June 2017 Meeting Wrap-up

Thanks to all the dedicated club members who made it to our last meeting of the season. It was such a nice evening to be outside enjoying nature, but we had a good time anyways. The next meeting will be September 14, 2017.

The theme for the summer is “Fun in the Sun”

The products that were mentioned during the meeting were:

Black Rapid camera strap

Lens Pen

Pac Safe

Snapseed

Topaz Plugins

Here is a recap of the my presentation on travel photography. Thanks again to Gilles Bisson for his helpful article.

1.Memory cards

a) Always carry multiple memory cards. Beware of those large

memory cards….do you really want to have 4,000 or more

photos all on the same card? 

b) Start your trip with empty cards. 

It is better to format your cards rather than just erasing/deleting the photos. 

Formatting the card resets the file index, perhaps making it a little less

likely to become corrupted over time…better safe than sorry.

Format your cards with the camera you plan on using and not

using your computer or another camera.

c) Plan on how you are going to backup your photos on the road.

2. Batteries

Rechargeable batteries do not last forever. 

bring spares and don’t forget to pack your charger.

3. Prepare for the weather

a) Some cameras don’t do well in the rain. Get a

plastic sleeve to cover the camera and the lens.

b) Be mindful of humidity. Going from an airconditioned

vehicle into hot humid air can cause

condensation on your lenses and/or inside the

camera. Bring a plastic bag large enough to

accommodate your camera and lens (white

garbage bag works well)…your camera can be

safely acclimatized in the bag while you scout

your next shot.

4. Camera Gear

a) Minimize the gear….take what is necessary and

leave the rest at home. But, take your tripod if

you can …or a least a monopod.

b) Bring a few lens cleaning cloths with you and

carry one with you at all times. Check your lens

regularly. There is nothing more frustrating than

getting home and finding traces of fresh/dry rain

drops or smudges in the middle of your images.

Clean your lens with your hot breath…no need

for liquid cleaner.

c) pack safe

5. Exposure

a) Shoot in Raw format.

b) Consider bracketing. … 3 shots…spaced by 1

or more stops. I have used this method often

and it is a great way to ensure you get the full

dynamic range of the scene…..just combine the

three in post-processing.

6. Shooting through glass

a) press lens against glass

b) try to eliminate light hitting glass

7. Telling a Complete story

a) Don’t forget to take pictures of the

signs. If you want to work on a

book or album later, it’s always nice

to have photos of the signs from

various places you visited.

b) Setting

shoot overview of the location

panorama works well

c) Characters

include people to tell more complete story

add scale to landscapes

d) Action

capture images that show what is happening

look for action

e) Details

8. Final Thoughts

a) Minimize the annoying camera geek factor. Don’t look like a target

b) respect your surroundings, including your fellow travellers

c) don’t forget to savour the scenery. Experience where you are.

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June 2017 Meeting

Next meeting Thursday, June 8, 2017

Loyalist College, Pioneer Building, Room P24

7:30

Feature Presentation

Tips for Travel Photography

Mike Gaudaur will lead a discussion on tips, techniques, and gear for better travel photography. Members (and guests!) are encouraged to bring in and share anything they have found that makes travel photography, easier or better. This will include using compact point and shoot cameras and cell phones.

Break

Mike will present a workshop on editing your images on the road using a tablet or smart phone. 

Theme Image Critique

We will finish the evening sharing and critiquing our monthly theme images.

This month’s theme: Fine Art Black and White

You can upload your images to our theme gallery on this website, or bring them in on a USB memory stick. Please refine your image selection down to your best two images.

May 2017 Meeting

Next meeting Thursday, May 11, 2017

Loyalist College, Pioneer Building, Room P24

7:30

Feature Presentation

Creating Fine Art Images

Margaret Liddon will bring us a presentation on how she creates fine art images of simplistic beauty. This presentation should help us all to see and create images that reveal beauty in the world around us.

Break

Mike will present an image editing workshop on various techniques for sharpening your images.

  • sharpening after capture
    • three types of sharpening
    • basic sharpening in Lightroom
    • Nik Sharpener
    • basic Photoshop sharpening
    • advanced Photoshop sharpening

 

Theme Image Critique

We will finish the evening sharing and critiquing our monthly theme images.

This month’s theme: Sharp

You can upload your images to our theme gallery on this website, or bring them in on a USB memory stick. Please refine your image selection down to your best two images.

Please note that Douglas Banks is coming to clean cameras and lenses at the May meeting. Bring your equipment in for professional, on-site cleaning. Please bring cash ($20 for cameras and $10 per lens). Equipment will be cleaned during the meeting and ready for you to take home at the end of the meeting. This a fantastic opportunity to get your equipment in top condition for a busy summer of shooting.

April 2017 Meeting

Next meeting Thursday, April 13, 2017

Loyalist College, Pioneer Building, Room P24

7:30

Feature Presentation

Getting Sharper Pictures

Mike will present a camera technique and image editing workshop on best practices for obtaining sharper images.

  • hand held technique
  • working with tripods
  • other forms of support
  • lens use tips
  • obtaining sharp images of things in motion
  • sharpening after capture
    • three types of sharpening
    • basic sharpening in Lightroom
    • Nik Sharpener
    • basic Photoshop sharpening
    • advanced Photoshop sharpening

Break

Field Trip and Guest Speaker Idea Forum

Please come with your ideas and suggestions for special speakers we could invite to speak at our club.

It would be great if we good discuss some ideas for photography field trips.

Theme Image Critique

We will finish the evening sharing and critiquing our monthly theme images.

This month’s theme: Out of Place

You can upload your images to our theme gallery on this website, or bring them in on a USB memory stick. Please refine your image selection down to your best two images.

Please note that Douglas Banks is coming to clean cameras at the May meeting, and not the April meeting as previously announced.

SAPRK Photo Festival

The SPARK Photo Festival is a celebration of photography, and the artists, dreamers, innovators, storytellers, professionals and enthusiasts behind the camera lens. Every year, the month of April marks the arrival of numerous photographic exhibits and artists, in locations throughout the Northumberland, Peterborough, and the Kawartha Lakes regions. Technical workshops, lectures, talks, films, and other related photographic events and activities take place year-round as well as during the festival. The 5th annual festival is scheduled for April 1 to April 30, 2017.

This year there are 28 individual exhibits and 26 group exhibits. Two Quinte Photo Club members have exhibits in Campbellford. 

  • Lori Gillespie – Snapshots Photo & Video (reception Saturday, April 8 from 10 am to 2 pm)
  • Mike Gaudaur – Bennett’s Furniture (reception Saturday, April 8 from 11 am to 4 pm)

Click here for a complete listing of all the exhibits.

March Meeting Summary

We had another full house at the March meeting. Thanks to all who attended – even if they couldn’t stay all the way to the end.

Thanks

A huge thank you goes out to Judith Bain who revealed her technique for creating beautiful works of art out of what seemed like fairly blah RAW files. Judith mentioned that she uses NIK software like Color Efex and Silver Efex to get the results she showed us. Here is a link to the Google NIK page where you can download the suite for FREE:

https://www.google.com/nikcollection/

Reminder

Next month Douglas Banks will be on-site to clean our camera sensors. The cost is $20 and must be paid in cash when you sign in your camera. He will will work at cleaning during our meeting and return cameras at the end of the evening.

Theme

Next month’s theme is “What doesn’t belong?”. Be sure to upload your images to our website and the Quinte Photography Club Facebook page.

March Meeting

Next meeting Thursday, March 9, 2017

Loyalist College, Pioneer Building, Room P24

1. Special Speaker

Judith Bain

 

Judith is a multiple award winning photographer. She takes a very creative approach to her photography. Her images are as much works of art as they are photographs. At our next meeting Judith is going to take us behind the scene to see her creative process from RAW capture through image editing and ultimately to the framed finished print.

To view photos from from Judith’s web gallery:   Judith’s website gallery

2. Break

3. Theme Image Critique

We will finish the evening sharing and critiquing our monthly theme images.

This month’s theme: Black & White

You can upload your images to our theme gallery on this website, or bring them in on a USB memory stick. Please refine your image selection down to your best two images.