July 2014 Meeting Beginner’s Digital Photography SIG

Chapman Univserity
SIG Leader: John Krill #3160

We had 7 members at the meeting.

Photos of Nature Highlight Meeting

We viewed a slideshow of over 100 photos of nature photography, which included flowers, animals, birds, fish, etc.

Learning How To Operate Your Digital or Getting Qualified Help Is Hard To Do

Every model of digital cameras is unique. Even within a single manufacture they can have completely different menu layouts. Nikon DSLR cameras have one style of menu while their point-and-shoot cameras have a different menu. Even the Nikon 1 is different than any other Nikon camera though it got its start with point-and-shoot menus.

I say this because trying to help someone to operate their digital camera can be as difficult for the advanced user as for the beginner. You just have to get out the manual and go for it. For someone using a camera for the first time the experience for the beginner or the experienced person will be the same. The only difference is the more experienced user may learn how to use a camera quicker than the beginner but then again maybe they won’t.

The important lesson is to take the camera AND the manual out and take pictures over and over. It you have a problem then you have the manual at the ready. Even experienced users like myself have to refer to the camera manual to figure out how to do something. I have my camera’s manual in the camera bag at all times.

Get help only AFTER you have used the camera and have some experience with it. You will now have a set of questions that when answered will advance your knowledge and greatly speed up your proficiency with the camera.

August Meeting

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 Photos for the April 2014 Club Meeting: http://1drv.ms/1vXj7bg
Flickr Photos for April 2014 Club Meeting: http://tinyurl.com/pp5xm23

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

Email: noccc.bgphotosig@gmail.com

What’s With The NOCCC Web Site And Orange Bytes?

It appears that the official NOCCC web site is not be maintained. Nothing has been changed since April 2014. If anything has been added since then it’s not apparent to me. This is a problem because there is no paper version of the Orange Bytes.

The Orange Byte is our monthly newsletter. It stopped publishing several months ago. So no information about the SIGs. No information about meeting dates. It was reported at our last meeting that a smaller Orange Bytes would be printed and sent out prior to the July 2014 meeting. Maybe.

The big problem with no paper Orange Bytes and the web site not getting updated means no one knows when the July meeting will be. No dates for future meetings have been posted.

After sending in my SIG report and uploading the pictures from the June meeting I have heard nothing. I have no idea if anyone is doing anything with the Bytes or the web site.

If this continues and no dates are set for future meetings I will just stay home.

PS: It is apparent that all I have done with this post is yell into a dry water well.

June 2014 Meeting Beginner’s Digital Photography SIG

Miss Direction
SIG Leader: John Krill #3160

We Had 8 members at the meeting.

Video For The Day

Showed a short video by Nick Carver on the different size sensors that digital cameras use.

What DSLR Should I Buy?

Two of our members had questions on what DSLR camera they should purchase. This IS the most common question we get asked and the MOST difficult one too answer. Why? Because once someone, like me, buys their camera they stop keeping up on what’s current in the digital camera world.

There was a spirited discussion on price and brand but there is no simple answer. I personally recommend that you determine the upper limit you’re willing to spend. Then start your search with that limit in mind. DPREVIEW.com is always a good place to start. They have the most complete list of cameras and they do very good reviews. Also use BHPhotoVideo.com to do a search using your cost limit and various other factors in narrowing down you choices.

Of course the most mentioned brands were Canon and Nikon followed by Sony. But if you’re willing to look at other brands then I recommend Pentax. One of their strong points is that they’re well build and better sealed from dust and moisture than most other brands.

We also recommend you consider going to a good camera store. In Orange County Samy’s Camera is a good starting point. They’ve gotten better on price and being able to hold and test a camera before purchase is always the BEST option.

July Meeting

I will continue to show one or two youtube videos at the beginning of the 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 Photos for the April 2014 Club Meeting: http://1drv.ms/T7XzfA

Flickr Photos for April 2014 Club Meeting: http://tinyurl.com/ox97chdSIG

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

Email: noccc.bgphotosig@gmail.com

May 2014 Meeting Beginner’s Digital Photography SIG

SIG Leader: John Krill #3160

Bruxie

Bruxie is a new take on The Sandwich, using a creative version of an authentic Belgian Waffle as the bread. Bruxie Waffles are paired with quality seasonal ingredients, offering both Savory choices like Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Prosciutto & Gruyere, and Hot Pastrami, as well as a variety of Sweet options such as our Seasonal Crème Brulee, Nutella & Banana and S’Mores. There is one located across the street from the college.

We had 7 members at the meeting.

Video For The Day

Didn’t get to show any videos. Will try again next month. I hope to make this a regular feature.

Geotag Photos Pro Continued

GeoTag Pro Desktop Utility

While preparing last month’s report I went searching for Windows desktop apps that could be used to embed GPS data into photos and avoid using Adobe Lightroom. I found a couple Windows apps that worked and I will report on these apps in a future post. What I did find was the web site for GeoTag Photos Pro. It’s: http://www.geotagphotos.net/. I mention this because they have a Windows and Apple desktop utility that can used to embed your GPS data from the GPX file you created on your iPhone or Android device. All you need to do is log-in using the Username and Password you created when you first setup the app on your tablet. You don’t even need the GPX file you sent to yourself because they KEEP a copy at their site and use it to embed the GPS data into your photos.

Geotag Photos Pro is easy to use with a simple interface. It’s a recommend.

Note: We paid $3.99 for the Pro version but at the web site it states the cost at $4.99.

Using Picasa to embed GPS data into your images.

Earth GPS Embed

To embed GPS data into your images using Picasa you also need Google Earth installed. Follow the next few steps. In Picasa select all the photos you want to have GPS embedded and from the top menu select: Tools >> Geotag >> Geotag with Google Earth. Google Earth will pop up and there will be a small window where you can click through your images and embed a position which you selected with the special pointer and by clicking ‘Geotag’ or ‘Geotag All.’ When done click ‘Done.’

Saving or Printing the Current Screen Image

To save or print what is currently on your computer screen simply press PrntScr. That key is generally located along the top row of the keyboard. What you’ve actually is copy the screen to the ‘Clipboard.’ With Photoshop Elements or any graphics editor just paste the image into the active canvas. With Photoshop Elements you can also select File >> New >> Image From Clipboard. Now it’s treated as any other image in Photoshop Elements.

June Meeting

I will continue to show one or two youtube videos at the beginning of the 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 Photos for the April 2014 Club Meeting: http://1drv.ms/1g1GMzN

Flickr Photos for April 2014 Club Meeting: http://tinyurl.com/oyv5ef8

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

Email: noccc.bgphotosig@gmail.com

April 2014 Meeting Beginner’s Digital Photography SIG

GPS Embedded With My Tracks and GeoTag Photos Pro

GPS Embedded With My Tracks and GeoTag Photos Pro

SIG Leader: John Krill #3160

We had 8 members at the meeting.

Video For The Day

Showed a short video that explains where the term ISO was derived. Interesting stuff. The photographer, Nick Carver, that explained ISO is local. He has an office/classroom in Tustin, CA. http://www.nickcarverphotography.com/.

Geotagging Your Photos

Many of us have digital cameras that have no GPS built-in but we still want to have GPS data embedded into our digital photos.

Today we had a demonstration of two GPS tracking apps for the Android.

My Tracks

The first is a free app from Google called My Tracks. My Tracks is a general use GPS tracker. Take it on walks and you can keep track of how far you walked, total time of the walk, how fast, the calories consumed. You can view your walk overlaid on Google maps. For photographers you can upload a GPX file that can be used to embed GPS data into your photos. Because the GPX file type is not the default for My Tracks you need to select Export from the menu and then to make it easier for the photographer use the Share option and send the file to yourself. Once that was figured out the app became very useful. It has a simple interface and is easy to use. It’s a recommend.

Geotag Photos Pro

The second program that was shown is called GeoTag Photos Pro. The app works with both Apple and Andriod tablets. The app cost $3.99 when purchased through the Google Play store. Unlike My Tracks GeoTag Photos Pro is strickly for photographers. Once you’re through with your picture taking just stop the app. Then upload the GPX file. It will send a GPX file to the email address you specified during setup.

While preparing this report I went searching for Windows desktop apps that could be used to embed GPS data into photos and avoid using Adobe Lightroom. I found a couple Windows apps that worked and I will report on these apps in a future post. What I did find was the web site for GeoTag Photos Pro. It’s: http://www.geotagphotos.net/. I mention this because they have a Windows and Apple desktop apps that you can use to embed your GPS data from the GPX file you created on your iPhone or Android device. All you need to do is log-in using the Username and Password you created when you first setup the app on your tablet. You don’t even need the GPX file you sent to yourself because they KEEP a copy at their site and use it to embed the GPS data into your photos. All I can say is that it’s easy to use but I think their desktop app works only with JPG files. Haven’t tested with other image formats.

Geotag Photos Pro is easy to use with a simple interface. It’s a recommend.

Note: We paid $3.99 for the Pro version but at the web site it states the cost at $4.99.

Note 09 April 2014: Found a list of supported file types at the Geotag Photos Pro web site. Geotag Photos Pro supports the following file formats: jpg, nef, cr2, crw, dcr, ciff, erf, orf, k25, kdc, mef, mrw, nrw, pef, raf, tif, tiff, raw, arw, rw2, srf, sr2, srw, x3f, dng.

They do support RAW camera formats. Desktop Geotag Photos Pro supports more than 40 RAW files formats, including most common NEF, CRW, CR2, RAW, RW2 and so on.

New Method For Cleaning Your Camera’s Sensor

Showed a youtube video that demonstrated the use of the Sensor Gel Stick. If you are interested then do a search a youtube for: How To Clean A DSLR Sensor: Sensor Gel Stick. You can also go to the web site: http://photographylife.com/product/sensor-gel-stick.

The SIG Blog. I have a link, on the sidebar of the blog, to a youtube playlist for videos I recommend to the SIG members. One of those videos is the above mentioned. Nick Caver videos are also listed. I recommend them.

May Meeting

I will continue to show one or two youtube videos at the beginning of the meeting.

I will demonstrate the additional features I discovered for Geotag Photos Pro.

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 April 2014 Club Meeting: http://1drv.ms/1oHA3UO
Flickr Photos for April 2014 Club Meeting: http://tinyurl.com/lpcogsu

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

Email: noccc.bgphotosig@gmail.com

November Meeting Beginner’s Digital Photography SIG

SIG Leader: John Krill #3160

We had 8 members at the meeting.

Shutterfly

The holidays are upon us and we all need holiday cards and gifts such as calendars. Shutterfly provides us with a way to send out photos of the family, as calendars and cards, especially those that aren’t confident with the computer.

For this meeting I brought in two examples of Shutterfly products and demonstrated how to create holiday cards.

Calendars are a specialty of Shutterfly. I show a 12-month calendar and a one-year poster calendar.

Everything on Shutterfly starts with the picture. Once the pictures are uploaded to Shutterfly you then create your card, calendar, etc using Shutterfly templates.

The two calendars I created for the meeting arrived in less than a week.

We discovered that the 12-month calendar had one picture that was not printed properly. So Monday morning I got on the Shutterfly web site and used the Customer Service links to report the problem with the calendar. The customer service links are at the bottom of the page. Once I figured out how to send in a report it took another two days of back and forth messaging before they provided me with a procedure to get a replacement calendar. Even though they put a RUSH on the order it took the same number of days to get the replacement as it did to get the original calendar.

I was not required to send back the bad calendar.

Sending Photos Via E-Mail

Even though we talked about sending pictures through e-mail I’m again putting it in the minutes because of the holidays coming up, especially Thanksgiving.

One member has been having problems sending photos via email. Suggested they ZIP all the photos into one file and send them via Adobe’s SendNow. Some e-mail providers the size of attachments to e-mail and others limit the number of attachments to an e-mail. Some even do both.

By using SendNow you by pass both of these restrictions. Your photos are sent via SendNow and held until the recipient downloads them.

December Meeting

Not sure at this time what we will be talking about in the December meeting. Maybe something to do with Christmas.

I still want to do a ‘Walk About.’ Didn’t I say that last month? Bring your camera and we’ll walk about and see what kind of picture taking problems we can find and maybe answer.

If you have specific picture taking problems then bring your camera and just maybe we can solve your problem.

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.

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 SkyDrive and Flickr. A link will be put here every month to the folder location with the current month’s photos.

SkyDrive Photos for the November 2013 Club Meeting: http://sdrv.ms/1aWl7Jl.
Flickr Photos for November 2013 Club Meeting: http://tinyurl.com/lvzhbgz.

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

Email: noccc.bgphotosig@gmail.com

October 2013 Meeting Beginner’s Digital Photography SIG

SIG Leader: John Krill #3160

We had 12 members at the meeting.

The New Apple iPhone and It’s Camera

Saw a short video on the camera inside the new iPhones. There’s nothing that the camera can do that hasn’t been invented elsewhere but what is important is that it almost makes all the current point-and-shoot cameras obsolete. Why the camera makers in Japan haven’t innovated as Apple has with their cameras built into their phones is a mystery to me.

How hard is it to build the Android OS into their cameras along with Wifi thus giving them some of the capabilities of smart phones and being able to instantly upload photos to one or more of the social sites such as Twitter or Facebook?

Questions and Comments

Sending Photos Via E-Mail

One member has been having problems sending photos via email. Suggested they ZIP all the photos into one file and send them via Adobe’s SendNow. Some e-mail providers the size of attachments to e-mail and others limit the number of attachments to an e-mail. Some even do both.

By using SendNow you by pass both of these restrictions. Your photos are sent via SendNow and held until the recipient downloads them.

Changing Image Resolution For Printing

Another questions had to do with resizing a digital photo for printing. They wanted to know if taking a photo that has a resolution of 72 dpi and resizing it to 240 dpi will effect the image quality.

The short answer is yes but the member was only making 4”X6” prints and they stated that the prints looked great.

When I use Photoshop Elements to print a small image I don’t change the properties of the image at all. I just let Photoshop Elements to all work. In most cases the prints looks fine.

November Meeting

Not sure at this time what we will be talking about in the November meeting. Maybe something to do with Christmas.

I still want to do a ‘Walk About.’ Didn’t I say that last month? Bring your camera and we’ll walk about and see what kind of picture taking problems we can find and maybe answer.

If you have specific picture taking problems then bring your camera and just maybe we can solve your problem.

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.

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 SkyDrive and Flickr. A link will be put here every month to the folder location with the current month’s photos.

SkyDrive Photos for the October 2013 Club Meeting: http://sdrv.ms/GEoDwz.
Flickr Photos for October 2013 Club Meeting: http://tinyurl.com/kxxzqny.

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

Email: noccc.bgphotosig@gmail.com