February 2013 Meeting Beginner’s Digital Photography SIG

Chapman Univ. New BuildingSIG Leader: John Krill #3160

NEW Room
– Science 131A: We have moved our meeting location from Science 127 to Science 131A. To repeat we will be meeting in Science 131A from now on. Science 131A is next door to Science 127.

Purchasing a Camera: Talked about cameras and where you search for them. Get reliable reviews for cameras. And where you purchase them.

Price: Lets face it we all set a maximum price for anything we buy so why not cameras. The best Web site for finding what’s available in a price range is B & H Photo Video, http://www.bhphotovideo.com. On the front page below Photography select Digital Cameras. I leave it up to you to go through the various options you have on the life sidebar. Scroll down the left sidebar and there is a price selector. You can even put in your own price range.

Reviews: You’ve selected a bunch of cameras that could work for you. Before you leave B & H you can read customer review of the cameras. Just remember the owner of a camera me be complaining about something that either doesn’t apply to the camera or they are using the camera correctly. That’s why I go to Digital Photography Review, dpreview.com. Most cameras are there. If it’s a new model they may not have a complete review.

Handling the camera before buying: You can’t grab a camera off the Web but you can go into a Best Buy, Target, Fry’s Electronics, etc. to pick up a camera and at least see if it handles the way you want. They may have what you want but in most cases the only carry two or three brands. Same with the better camera stores, like Samy’s Camera, carry a limited number of manufactures and even then it’s again a limited number of models. So go to the store’s Web site first and see what they are selling before making that trip down to the store.

Buying: I’ll leave this on to you. The big advantage of the Web is the variety of camera types available. This is not the case with big box stores. But with camera stores you can have them order a camera for you. Then again they have to be selling that manufacture’s goods.

Questions: Keep bringing in your questions. It really is the fun part of being a SIG Leader – answering question.

March Meeting:

How do you keep track of your photos?
What do you do with them? Do you make Prints? Create a Slide Show?

We’ll try to answer those questions for you.

Standard Stuff That Is Always In This Report

This report should be up on the SIG’s bLog. I may go into greater detail and I will include screen shots as well.

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.

We had 6 members at our SIG meeting.

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

SkyDrive Photos for the February 2013 Club Meeting: No pictures this month. I left early for a Super Bowl party.

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

Email: noccc.bgphotosig@gmail.com

About the photo: I enjoy photographing shadows, especially against buildings. The building on the left is the new core classroom and is named for James L. and Lynne P. Doti, It will probably just be called Doti Hall. The building on the right is the auditorium.