June 2015 Meeting

The New Invades The OldSIG Leader: John Krill #3160

Meeting Time Is Now 12:30 PM

We had 6 members at the meeting.

User Questions

We spent most of the remaining time answering user questions. It had been very encouraging that members are bringing in their questions. Keep them coming.

NEW and Exciting Developments at NOCCC

We now have our own Facebook page. To find the Club’s Facebook account just do a Google search for Computer Club NOCCC and one of the listing will be for our Facebook account. If you are use Facebook make sure you LIKE the NOCCC page.

July Meeting

I will not be at the July meeting since it falls on the July 4th weekend. I will be back for the August meeting.

PS: You have any ideas?

Standard Stuff That Is Always In This Report

 If you have a special request for information regarding digital photography let me know. E-mail me using the address listed below.

Check out the SIG BLog for other information and maybe info on what we will discuss at the next meeting.

As always we will answer any and all questions.

If you have a special request for information regarding digital photography let me know. E-mail me using the address listed below.

See you at the next meeting.

Where the Pictures From The Main Meeting Go To Die

Note: I am using a new Web location for the photos I take at the meeting. I now upload the photos I take to Microsoft OneDrive and flickr. A link will be put here every month to the folder location with the current month’s photos.

OneDrive: http://1drv.ms/1FEJaJs

flickr: http://tinyurl.com/parkll2

SIG BLog: https://nocccbgphotosig.wordpress.com/

Email: noccc.bgphotosig@gmail.com

May 2015 Meeting Beginner’s Digital Photography SIG

Ben Lochtenberg: SIG Leader, Editor of the Clubs Facebook account, and NOCCC Director. Why does one member need to do so much? Because no one else will.

Ben Lochtenbergh: SIG Leader, Editor of the Clubs Facebook account, and NOCCC Director. Why does one member need to do so much? Because no one else will.

SIG Leader: John Krill #3160

Meeting Time Is Now 12:30 PM

We had 6 members at the meeting.

The Fujifilm XPro-1 with the 27mm f2.8 lens

Note: The picture above was taken with the Fujifilm XPro-1 with the 27mm f2.8 lens. No flash was needed. Because the Fuji sensor has little noise at high ISOs flash is rarely needed.

Gave an overview of the camera and how it works. I described the good and bad points using the camera. Also showed how the Fuji sensor is designed making it unique among sensors.

If you are thinking of buying a digital SLR and have never used a digital camera I do not recommend this camera. It’s too quirky. For many photographers, myself included, who have gone with the Fujifilm XPro-1 found the learning curve longer then usual.

I’ll give you an example. I couldn’t get any electronic strobe to work. I have two and neither worked. Turns out if you enable Silent mode then the flash is disabled. This camera model doesn’t even have a built-in flash to disable and if you go to the trouble of putting a flash on the camera you wouldn’t want it disabled. I finally found the fine print in the manual that mentions this quirk of the camera.

That’s just one of many quirks of the Fujifilm XPro-1.

Conclusion – I love my Fuji. It’s not a general purpose camera like my Nikon D5100 but if I had to choose between the two then the Fujifilm XPro-1 is the keeper. It’s just too much fun.

Just What Is Adobe’s CC?

There have been many misunderstood ideas with Adobe’s new Cloud software.

The primary one is that the software is in the cloud and all your work is done from software that is not on your computer. WRONG. You download and install the applications just like in the past. The software IS on your computer. No difference there.

You have to be online to use the software. WRONG. You only need to be online for Adobe to check the status of your account. This is done once a month at the most.

You will lose all your images if you cancel your Cloud account. WRONG. You never lose any images since they are on your computer and they belong to you. Adobe does not block you access to the images.

Lightroom 6/CC

There are now two versions of Lightroom and they are identical except for access to the Cloud applications. They include the iOS and Android apps. You need a Cloud account to get the use of these apps.

I haven’t upgraded to Lightroom 6 yet. The upgrade cost is $80. I will get the upgrade version at some point.

If you think you qualify for the upgrade you need to go to Adobe.com and click MENU in the upper right corner. Then scroll down to the bottom of the next page and select All Products. Now scroll down to LR and click the Buy button. Now you can change from the Full version to the Upgrade version and select your current version from the I Own list.

I think that’s the only way to get the Upgrade version. Good Luck.

User Questions

We spent most of the remaining time answering questions. It had been very encouraging that members are bringing in their questions. Keep them coming.

NEW and Exciting Developments at NOCCC

We now have our own Facebook page. To find the Club’s Facebook account just do a Google search for Computer Club NOCCC and one of the listing will be for our Facebook account. If you are use Facebook make sure you LIKE the NOCCC page.

June Meeting

I have a new camera and that will be the main area of discussion. I will continue to show one or two Youtube videos at the beginning of the meeting. Maybe more slideshows? Anyone have some travel or family pictures to share?

PS: You have any ideas?

Standard Stuff That Is Always In This Report

If you have a special request for information regarding digital photography let me know. E-mail me using the address listed below.

Check out the SIG BLog for other information and maybe info on what we will discuss at the next meeting.

As always we will answer any and all questions.

If you have a special request for information regarding digital photography let me know. E-mail me using the address listed below.

See you at the next meeting.

Where the Pictures From The Main Meeting Go To Die

Note: I am using a new Web location for the photos I take at the meeting. I now upload the photos I take to Microsoft OneDrive and flickr. A link will be put here every month to the folder location with the current month’s photos.

OneDrive: http://1drv.ms/1Ig8ARu
flickr: http://tinyurl.com/lj3276k

SIG BLog: https://nocccbgphotosig.wordpress.com/

Email: noccc.bgphotosig@gmail.com

March 2015 Meeting Beginner’s Digital Photography SIG

16670448826_9155df9378_oSIG Leader: John Krill #3160

Remember: We have moved the meeting to 12:30 PM or after the Advanced Digital Photography SIG.

We had 7 members at the meeting.

Youtube Video Of The Month

We didn’t show a video this month. You can still visit the SIG blog and click on John’s Youtube Playlist to view all the videos we have shown during the meetings and many more.

Cloud Printing Using Your Own Printer

One big question everyone had with the Chromebook was printing. Well folks I’m here to tell you it’s no big deal.

Google now has developed the software to print from just about any device to any printer that is setup to accept print jobs from that device. Here is the link at Google that explains everything.
https://www.google.com/cloudprint/learn/index.html, I was able to setup my photo printer to accept prints jobs from my Android tablet and it worked like a charm.

Once I get the Samsung Chromebook I will make sure one of our home printers, most likely the Black and White laser printer, for print jobs.

They also have printers on the market that can be used as a stand-alone printer requiring no computer. I just may get one of those.

Ain’t technology grand?

What Is Multi-Touch Screen?

While showing examples of a daily email specials one of the items was a Dell laptop with a multi-touch screen. Multi-Touch is exactly what you do with your smartphone and tablet. This technology is now part of Windows 8.1.

User Questions

We spent most of the remaining time answering questions. It had been very encouraging that members are bringing in their questions. Keep them coming.

April Meeting

I have a new camera and that will be the main area of discussion. I will continue to show one or two Youtube videos at the beginning of the meeting. Maybe more slideshows? Anyone have some travel or family pictures to share? How about photos of children?

PS: You have any ideas?

Standard Stuff That Is Always In This Report

If you have a special request for information regarding digital photography let me know. E-mail me using the address listed below.

Check out the SIG BLog for other information and maybe info on what we will discuss at the next meeting.

As always we will answer any and all questions.

If you have a special request for information regarding digital photography let me know. E-mail me using the address listed below.

See you at the next meeting.

Where the Pictures From The Main Meeting Go To Die

Note: I am using a new Web location for the photos I take at the meeting. I now upload the photos I take to Microsoft OneDrive and flickr. A link will be put here every month to the folder location with the current month’s photos.

OneDrive: http://1drv.ms/1CqEsBH
flickr: http://tinyurl.com/pow28yq

SIG BLog: https://nocccbgphotosig.wordpress.com/

Email: noccc.bgphotosig@gmail.com

About the picture: Larry Klees is explaining how he created the multiple images of a skate boarder going off the curb onto the street.

February 2015 Meeting Beginner’s Digital Photography SIG

Chapman University SIG Leader: John Krill #3160

We had 7 members at the meeting.

YouTube Video Of The Month

We didn’t show a video this month. You can still visit the SIG blog and click on John’s YouTube Playlist to view all the videos we have shown during the meetings and many more.

Cloud Printing Using Your Own Printer

One big question everyone had with the Chromebook was printing. Well folks I’m here to tell you it’s no big deal.

Google now has developed the software to print from just about any device to any printer that is setup to accept print jobs from that device. Here is the link at Google that explains everything.

https://www.google.com/cloudprint/learn/index.html, I was able to setup my photo printer to accept prints jobs from my Android tablet and it worked like a charm.

Once I get the Samsung Chromebook I will make sure one of our home printers, most likely the Black and White laser printer, for print jobs.

They also have printers on the market that can be used as a stand-alone printer requiring no computer. I just may get one of those.

Ain’t technology grand?

What Is Multi-Touch Screen

While showing examples of a daily email specials one of the items was a Dell laptop with a multi-touch screen. Multi-Touch is exactly what you do with your smartphone and tablet. This technology is now part of Windows 8.1.

User Questions

We spent most of the remaining time answering questions. It had been very encouraging that members are bringing in their questions. Keep them coming.

March Meeting

I will bring in my newly acquired Samsung 11” Chromebook and we will discuss what can be done with this machine as far as photography is concerned. I will continue to show one or two Youtube videos at the beginning of the meeting. We will discuss ISO. What is ISO? Maybe more slideshows? Anyone have some travel or family pictures to share? How about photos of children?

PS: You have any ideas?

Standard Stuff That Is Always In This Report

If you have a special request for information regarding digital photography let me know. E-mail me using the address listed below.

Check out the SIG BLog for other information and maybe info on what we will discuss at the next meeting.

As always we will answer any and all questions.

If you have a special request for information regarding digital photography let me know. E-mail me using the address listed below.

See you at the next meeting.

Where the Pictures From The Main Meeting Go To Die

Note: I am using a new Web location for the photos I take at the meeting. I now upload the photos I take to Microsoft OneDrive and flickr. A link will be put here every month to the folder location with the current month’s photos.

OneDrive: http://1drv.ms/1CqEsBH

flickr: http://tinyurl.com/pow28yq

SIG BLog: https://nocccbgphotosig.wordpress.com/

Email: noccc.bgphotosig@gmail.com

 

New Time: 12:33 PM To 2 PM

New Performance Center At Chapman University

New Performance Center At Chapman University

John Krill 3160, SIG Leader

The Beginning Digital Photography SIG new meeting time is 12:30 PM to 2 PM.

We will meet in the same room.

We will follow The Advanced Digital Photography SIG so those that go to both SIGs can still do so.

Reason For Time Change: I’ve had to get to the meeting early to set up and I stay until the end of the Main Meeting to take photos of the raffle winners. This means I’m at there from 8 AM until after 4 PM with nothing on my schedule from 10:30 AM until the Main Meeting at 2 PM.

Now with the SIG time change I go from our SIG meeting directly to the Main Meeting.

Much better.

I think?

September 2014 Meeting Beginner’s Digital Photography SIG

Chapman Univ Parking LotSIG Leader: John Krill #3160

We had 8 members at the meeting.

Youtube Video Of The Month

We didn’t show a video this month. You can still visit the SIG blog and click on John’s Youtube Playlist to view all the videos we have shown during the meetings and many more.

Rent Before You Buy

Before buying that new digital camera you might want to rent one first. May camera stores provide rentals and you can also go online to rent that future purchase. I recently rented a Fujifilm X100S from LenRentals.com. The entire process was pain free and I learned that I probably wouldn’t buy that camera.

The featured photo was taken with the Fujifilm X100S,

NOTE: The day after I returned the camera to LenRentals.com Fujifilm released an upgrade to the X100S. The new camera, the X100T, included many of the changes that I talked about during the meeting. Now comes decision time. We will see.

User Questions

We spent most of the remaining time answering questions. It had been very encouraging that members are bringing in their questions. Keep them coming.

October Meeting

I will continue to show one or two Youtube videos at the beginning of the meeting. Will discuss ISO. What is ISO? Maybe more slideshows? Anyone have some travel or family pictures to share? How about photos of children?

PS: You have any ideas?

Standard Stuff That Is Always In This Report

If you have a special request for information regarding digital photography let me know. E-mail me using the address listed below.

Check out the SIG BLog for other information and maybe info on what we will discuss at the next meeting.

As always we will answer any and all questions.

If you have a special request for information regarding digital photography let me know. E-mail me using the address listed below.

See you at the next meeting.

Where the Pictures From The Main Meeting Go To Die

Note: I am using a new Web location for the photos I take at the meeting. I now upload the photos I take to Microsoft OneDrive and Flickr. A link will be put here every month to the folder location with the current month’s photos.

No photographs this month.

SIG BLog: https://nocccbgphotosig.wordpress.com/

Email: noccc.bgphotosig@gmail.com

August 2014 Meeting Beginner’s Digital Photography SIG

New Construction

New Construction Chapman Univserity: Musco Center for the Arts

SIG Leader: John Krill #3160

We had 8 members at the meeting.

Youtube Video Of The Month

The video, Crop Sensors vs Full Frame – Crop or Crap? puts to rest the myth surrounding Full Frame sensors. If you’re one of the many that think Full Frame is the your only choice or you’re trying to decide which size sensor technology is the best for you then you need to view this video now. It puts to rest the myth of Full Frame forever. I have a separate Youtube playlist just for NOCCC members. At the nocccbgphotosig.wordpress.com I have a link to this playlist. It’s under Primary on the right side Menu bar labeled John’s Youtube Playlist. You’ll find the above mentioned video and many others. If you have any suggestions for Youtube videos then let me know. The SIGs email address is listed below.

What Lenses Do I Get With My New Camera?

I’m always leery of making suggestions to new users but one suggestion I almost always tell them to buy the camera with the kit lens and go out a shoot, shoot, and shoot some more. Once you have that experience with the kit lens you probably will have a better idea of your true lens requirements.

Most kit zoom lenses are very good and many people, myself included, still use the kit zoom lens that came with the camera. Yes I need to update my lens but now I have a much better idea of what I need. If for no other reason you will have a good backup lens once you purchase addition lenses.

What Is Color Cast and How Do You Get Rid Of It?

Colorcast results from using the wrong White Balance setting in the camera. This often happens when you have two or more light sources, for instance natural light from a window and incandescent light from a lamp.

To prevent or minimize colorcast at the camera you can create your own White Balance setting if your camera has that option. I’m not going to explain how to do this because EVERY camera has it’s own method. Check your camera manual for instructions.

You can purchase a special color pallet card that is used with your camera and photo editing software to balance any lighting situation at the computer. One such product is SpyderCHECKER 24. It’s $50 at most photo stores and online at Amazon or B&H Photo Vide.

Removing colorcast using Photoshop Elements: There is a very simple method in Photoshop Elements that will get rid of most colorcast problems. Go to: MenuBar->Enhance->Adjust Color->Remove colorcast. Read the instructions carefully and you should have that ugly colorcast removed with one click of the mouse.

Important Note On Correcting colorcast At The Computer: Most monitors do not show colors properly and trying to use the manual method may make the problem worse even though it looks great on your monitor. Always let Photoshop Elements do the correcting.

Sending Images To An Outside Source To Get Prints Made

The Problem: When the customer views the prints they find that they have been cropped to fit the size of the print, generally 4×6 inches. The customer then tries to change the size of the image by using the Photoshop Elements Image -> Resize command and it doesn’t work. What I suggested they do is use the Cropping Tool and set the Mode to Fixed Ratio and use the aspect ratio of 3×2 which is the aspect ratio of a 4×6 inch print.

The reason for using the Crop tool is because the image from the camera has a different aspect ration than the 4×6 inch print. The crop tool will allow you to crop the image to best to show the image on a 4×6 inch print.

Sending Images To Someone Over The Internet

There are several services for sending files over the Internet. DropBox is one of the more popular ones. Adobe SendNow is another.

Using a cloud service like Microsoft’s OneDrive is another. I use OneDrive to post the photos I take at the main meeting. You can upload your pictures to a folder and then make that folder private. You can then send the recipient the URL for that private folder and they can download the pictures.

September Meeting

I will continue to show one or two Youtube videos at the beginning of the meeting. Will discuss ISO. What is it? How to use ISO to your advantage. Maybe more slideshows? Anyone have some travel or family pictures to share? How about photos of children?

PS: You have any ideas?

Standard Stuff That Is Always In This Report

If you have a special request for information regarding digital photography let me know. E-mail me using the address listed below.

Check out the SIG BLog for other information and maybe info on what we will discuss at the next meeting.

As always we will answer any and all questions.

If you have a special request for information regarding digital photography let me know. E-mail me using the address listed below.

See you at the next meeting.

Where the Pictures From The Main Meeting Go To Die

Note: I am using a new Web location for the photos I take at the meeting. I now upload the photos I take to Microsoft OneDrive and Flickr. A link will be put here every month to the folder location with the current month’s photos.

OneDrive Photos for the August 2014 Club Meeting: http://1drv.ms/1sOjRjt

Flickr Photos for Augut 2014 Club Meeting: http://tinyurl.com/ktc5trg

SIG BLog: https://nocccbgphotosig.wordpress.com/

Email: noccc.bgphotosig@gmail.com