Orange Bytes Available Online

[Update] The September Orange Bytes is now online at the listed link below.

The PDF version of the Orange Bytes is available at the NOCCC Beginners Digital Photography SIGs OneDrive website.

The link to these digital Orange Bytes is:

The link is listed on the Right Sidebar under the Primary list.

The New Orange Bytes Is Here!

The Orange Bytes is back not by popular demand but through the hard work of Steve Breitbart. 

A big congratulations to Steve Breitbart. This new version of the Orange Bytes is just the ticket. Good work Steve.

Next Meeting: July 6, 2014.

Because of Steve’s hard work we now know the date for the July meeting. It’s July 6, 2014. See everyone there. Yes I know it’s during July 4th celebrations but that’s what it is.

If you haven’t received your Orange Bytes yet be patient. It’s still a week plus until the meeting. Plenty of time for your Bytes to arrive.

The main meeting speaker is Alex Leipf. He was the NOCCC scholarship recipient in 2013. He is a Master’s Degree candidate in computational science at Chapman University.

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.

Tidbits For May 2014

May 28, 2014

Next NOCCC meeting is this Sunday, June 1, 2014.

June 1, 2014 is our next meeting. Don’t be late. If you’re coming early to help setup or to attend one of the 9AM meetings I will have free coffee in Science 131A.

For the Beginning Digital Photography we will look at another photo organizer, Zoner Photo Studio 15 PRO. This was a free download that I mentioned earlier in this post. It’s no longer available as a free download.

I will append this post as I figure out what the hell I will talk about. Except for Zoner Photo Studio I’m still working on more ideas.

May 24, 2014

5 iPhone Camera Tips to Make You a Better Photographer

Many iPhone users rely entirely on the iPhone as their camera of choice, so why not take the best pictures possible? That’s what these Camera app tips are for, helping you snap better photos and making you a better photographer by taking advantage of some of the wonderful features that are built into the camera app.

May 15, 2014

Zoner Photo Studio 15 PRO

zoner1This is a Lightroom alternative program that is usually $90 but today only it is free. Since I’ve never used this app I can’t say anything about it. Go to PetaPixel for a short take on this app. They also have the links where you can download the program.

Don’t know how long this offer is going to last. 24 hrs or longer? So you better get your copy today.

I will give a demo of the program at the next NOCCC meeting.

May 14, 2014

Adobe Voice

Adobe Voice

This is a new app for iOS products only. Its an app that allows you to combine audio and images together as a video. Its new so I know nothing else about Voice. And its for Apple iOS only.

But I do know the price: $00.00. Yea it’s free.

May 13, 2014

Free 8GB SDHC memory cards. You read it correctly – FREE. Here’s is a story on the deal. It was first reported here. And the seller is here.

You have until midnight tonight. That’s May 13, 2014 at midnight.

May 8, 2014

Live View Of Planet Earth

NASA now has a Live View of Earth from the Space Station on UStream. Details here.

May 5, 2014

Best still images from video

Want the best photo but you’re having problems doing just that. Here’s your solution an for the iOS users. This app will select the best photos from a video. Of course if you’rea crappy vidographer then the old saying applies. Garbage in garbage out. Good luck with this.

For the story >> vhoto-pulls-impressive-stills-from-your-ios-video-footage

Tidbits For April 2014

April 10, 2014 Is the web site safe from the heartbleed bug in RSS?

Here’s a web page that will test a web site for you. It also has info on the heartbleed danger.

I advise you to FIRST visit this site and test any websites that you may use!


April 10, 2014: Nikon Announces New Coolpix Android camera with WiFi.

Nikon Coolpix S810c

Nikon Coolpix S810c

My only comment is: What took them so long?


Tidbits For March 2014

The New Improved flickr Is Now Live

Read what PetaPixil has to say about the upgrade to flickr: Flickr’s New Photo Experience Out of Beta, No More Opting Out

And if you want to see what the new flickr experience is like you can click on the NOCCC flickr image below and find out.

Google DriveGoogle Significantly Reduces Google Drive Prices

Read what PetaPixil has to say about the price reductions.

NOCCC At flickrflickr Maybe Getting Better

The new flickr  is possibly getting another facelift. Currently flickr is easier to use than Google+ and has many more features than Micorosft’s OneDrive.

So if this new update really is an improvement for flickr it should put it out front for sure.

Read what PetaPixil has to say about the possible upgrade to flickr: Impending Flickr Redesign Said to Simplify and Unify the Flickr Experience

PS: If you mouse-click on the image above you can visit the NOCCC flickr site.

Tidbits For August 2013

This is something I started back in May. I will do one a month but with a twist. I’ll continue to add tidbits to this one page for the entire month.

August 6, 2013

New Camera Announcement

From Shutterbug Magazine: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced the launch of the GALAXY NX, the first 3G/4G LTE Connected Compact System Camera (CSC). The GALAXY NX combines cutting edge optical performance with connectivity capabilities and a galaxy of applications based on the Android eco-system. The result is a new type of connected device that allows users to turn their experiences into a story that can be instantly shared with anyone they choose, from wherever they might be, in amazing color and outstanding detail. Read more about this camera here:

Also at B and H Photo Video.

August 5, 2013


There is an interesting new Web site. It’s called Photo Help Desk. It’s managed by one person and it just started so I can’t give any kind of review.

It’s up to you. Here is the link: