March 2012 Meeting

Beginner’s Digital Photography SIG
SIG 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. Clear?

Slide Shows

Showed some of my own photos from Saturday, March 3, 2012 Patriot’s Day Parade in Laguna Beach as well as photos I took in Laguna Canyon while a passenger on a city tram bus. I was able to get motion blur of the wire fence in the foreground while maintaining sharpness of the background. I just used a shutter speed of 250 of a second and focused on the background. It’s all hit or miss. You never know until you get back to the computer if you were successful. Of 6 or 7 photos I took this way only one was satisfactory to me.

This led to going over the Sea Gull photos I’m always taking down at the beach. For these photos I set the camera focusing method to continuous. Once you lock the focus on a subject the camera will automatically track the subject and keep it in focus. It takes practice and however much you try probably only 5% will ever be worth while. But that’s the beauty of digital. Take all the photos you want. It’s free. If they don’t work then just delete them.

Sending large image files via the Internet

I generally use to send photos over the Internet. Most e-mail applications will not let you send large files so apps like SendNow help save the day. I already reviewed some of the Internet Web sites that provide this type of service. You can read my review of these sites via the NOCCC Beginner’s Digital Photography SIG BLOG here:

Recording All Your Valuables With Your Digital Camera

I will be researching what we need to do in order to record all our personal or business valuables. This may include the proper way to photograph items, what detailed information is needed, and how and where to store this information.

This will be the primary subject for the next meeting.


I was going to cover the latest version of Picasa in the March meeting. This is still on the To Do list. I still think Picasa is one of the better applications for keeping track of all your digital photos. And it’s FREE.

Embedding Date/Time or GPS Information Onto Your Photos

This has been an ongoing question that still hasn’t got an answer. I will try over the next month to get everyone an answer to this riddle. The data is in the photo’s Metadata, the problem is using it. Wish me luck.

Will the Cellphone Replace the Point-and-Shoot Camera?

The cameras inside that latest iPhones have gotten much better. But that’s not why they may replace Point-and-Shoot cameras. The reason the iPhone is everything you can do with the photo AFTER you take the picture. What to send the baby picture to grandma? No problem. Want to put the baby picture online at Flickr or Facebook? No problem. Want to add it to a blog posting. No problem.

Now try doing any of the with you Point-and-Shoot camera. The only place it can go is the computer. You carry your computer everywhere you go? And once it’s in the computer how many steps are required to get that photo to grandma or up to Facebook?

iPhone Volunteer Needed

Anyone with an iPhone willing to give our SIG a short demonstration on using the camera in your phone?

Also – I’m Still Hoping That An Android Pad User Will Volunteer

I would like to demonstrate Adobe’s new Photoshop Touch App ( I will pay you to install the software App on your Android ($10.00). Any one interested?

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 9 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 with that months photos.

SkyDrive Photos for the March 2012 Club Meeting:

PS: If you saw the actual link to the photos you would think it never ended. It’s the longest link I’ve ever had to deal with. Solution is the TinyURL web site. Give it a really long link and they give you a nice short one. That’s the link you see above.

SIG Blog:


Tether Your Camera To The Computer For Free

Do you have the need to use software that will allow you to control your camera from a computer? Many people do. It’s called Tethering. As in I have my camera tethered to my laptop.

For many who need tethering software may only need it for very limited purposes and they’re (Include me)   unwilling to spend $150.00 or more for the software.

Can you afford $0.00? Thought so.

This is how to do it.

First is the tethered software. There is a company in the U.K. that has a free version of their software called Tethered Pro Lite. It doesn’t take more than 10 minutes to download and install the software and you’re up and running.

So Tethered Pro Lite will control your camera, take the photo, and download the image to any folder you assign.

So the photo is on the computer how do I view it?

In a word Picasa. And it’s also free. The beauty of Picasa is that once you have it continuously watching a folder it will then load the image into Picasa automatically and it’s then ready to view.

At the February 2012 meeting I will demonstrate the entire process of acquiring your pictures using remote control software.

The Picture: The flags at Chapman University were really flying what with all the wind. Tried to get the flags the moment they were both extended completely out. I flipped the photo 180 degrees horizontally.