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 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:

Flickr Photos for Augut 2014 Club Meeting: