Photo by Bob Baikauskas
What it's all about
(Click on Kate's photo above to contact her by email.)
We are a group of Photography Club members who share an interest in making a good photo better or rescuing failures that are worthy of saving. We also talk about taking a good photo and turning it into a work of art. You don't need to be an expert in Photoshop to attend the Photography SIG. You don't even need to own photo editing software. If you are considering purchasing photo editing software we can help you make that decision. If you already own photo editing software but are not getting the results you want we can help you with that also.
We discuss software tools such as Photoshop, Lightroom, Photoshop Elements, On1 Photo RAW, Affinity Photo as well as other tools such as Photomatix Pro for creating HDR photos and NIK and Topaz as well as other plugins for Photoshop and Lightroom. We also discuss some of the better free photo editing software programs. We can even show you how you can take a tattered old cherished print photo and bring it back to life.
Need help with a photo? Bring it on a flashdrive and our resident experts will help you turn it into what you envisioned when you took the photo.
If you have an interest in making the photos that come out of your camera look better then you should join us.
The Photography SIG meets the first Wednesday of every month at 9:00am in the Multi-Purpose room at Orchard Creek Lodge.So come and join us. I guarantee you will learn something.
Something you would like to see presented at a future meeting?
I am always looking for ideas on what members would like to see discussed at our Photography SIG meetings. If there is a specific topic you would like to have discussed or a particular photo editing program you would like to learn more about then send me an EMAIL
A Look At Some Of Our Previous Photography SIG Meetings
February 1, 2023 - Beyond Lightroom & Photoshop
Most of us use Lightroom and/or Photoshop to process our pictures; however, there are many other programs that can be used as linked filtering programs to Lightroom and Photoshop or stand alone programs. The programs I am most familiar with are from Topaz, Nik, or Apple Photos. There are more so we will be taking a look at the variety of processing programs available to add artistic techniques to photos.
January 4, 2023 - Architectural Photography
This month's SIG is on the Architectural Photography Genre which covers bridges, structures, and cityscapes. The professional photographers who dominate this field are usually in the commercial advertising and real estate fields; however it also has a place in artistic, travel, and street photography areas. The presentation will include the areas of equipment, composition, lighting, using smart phones, and drones.
December 7, 2022 - Pet & People Portraits
This month's SIG will focus on pet and people portraits. During the holiday season there are many opportunities to take individual and group photos to preserve memories of family gatherings. This is more of an introduction to some easy to remember techniques photographing and some processing tips. The emphasis is on informal photos with a few ideas for those who want more advanced knowledge using lights and such. Please bring your questions, comments, and expertise. This is a learning community so we all learn from each other.
November 2, 2022 - The Photography of Birds
This is the season of the great bird migration through the Pacific Flyway which includes many wildlife preserves near Lincoln that are good for bird photography. Even our relatively small ponds are alive with migrating birds as well as our resident egrets, herons, and geese. Bird photography is its own genre because it takes a good understanding of your camera and its settings to capture good photographs, especially of birds in flight. This SIG will cover some of the basic camera settings and processing of bird photography. Please come prepared to participate. The power of the SIGs are the variety of photography backgrounds of the participants. A list will be circulated for those who want a copy of the slideshow and handouts.
September 7, 2022 - What Does This Button Do?
Members have been asking for a refresher on cameras as they get more and more complex. Beginners want to know more about the basics, but even advanced users might need a refresher and more information on things like back button focus. This session cannot answer all the questions for every model of camera, but will provide information on the basics and where to find information for your specific camera.
Bring your camera. We will be dividing the seating into Nikon, Cannon, Sony, and other users so that you can benefit from the expertise of your peers in the club. The professional video will focus on a Sony A7iv, but is applicable to other cameras. The slideshow that is being created will cover Nikon, Cannon, Panasonic, and Sony; however if you want me to research your specific camera ahead of time, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your specific camera information and I will included it.
August 3, 2022 - Introduction to Restoring Old Photographs
We all have family photos stored around the house in binders, bins, and shoeboxes. In this SIG we will explore the ways you can scan and digitally repair photos for reprinting, posting on the web, or putting into a family history that all can enjoy. Members of the SCLH Genealogy Club are invited to attend. The first part of the meeting will be looking into the basics and equipment needed restoring old photos. A slideshow of this presentation with links will be available on request. The second part of the process will be a professional lesson on restoration. If we have time, we will work with member photos to see how to best repair them.
June 2, 2022 - Black & White Photography
In the early days of film cameras, masters of photography like Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dorothea Lange, Richard Avedon, and Edward Weston used composition, camera settings, and processing techniques to create brilliant masterpieces that have stood the test of time. Although some think that just turning a color photography into black and white makes it more artistic, nothing is further from the truth. It takes a profound knowledge of composition, knowledge of the camera, and processing techniques. Black and white photography removes any distraction of color and helps the viewer focus on other aspects of the photo, such as subject, textures, shapes, patterns, mood, and the composition.
In this session, we are going to explore what compositions make the best black and white photos, how to shoot them with digital cameras, and how to process them for print or the web. I will try again to open the meeting to online attendance. (Those who want to attend online, use the link below.) The slideshow will be posted to the club website. Bring in photos on thumb drives so we can work with them in black and white in class or share what you have been working on this month.
May 4, 2022 - The Art of the Smart Phone Camera and Editing Programs
Smart phone cameras have taken over the photography world, especially in the mid-size and compact point and shoot varieties. Most photographers use a smart phone because the best camera you have is the one you always have with you. When I sat at our table at the Club Expo, many people that came by expressed an interest in photography, but then said apologetically that they mostly used their smart phones as if these pictures was not "real photography" which is nonsense.
You can use principles of composition, crop and edit, use interesting portrait modes, and take panoramic shots. Some shoot in RAW just like our DLSR and mirrorless cameras, and they keep getting better and better. They will not replace these high end cameras for artistic purposes, but they are great for printing smaller photos and sharing on social media. This meeting will explore how to best use the smart phone you have and the editing software available to you. Note that I use an iPhone; however, if you email me the type of smart phone you have, I will try to put in some information specifically useful to your phone. (Starkayak@icloud.com)
March 2, 2022 - Spring Landscape & Macro Photography
It's wildflower season! This month we will look at landscape and macro photography. Since the Learning SIG has disbanded, we are covering camera settings to processing with the help of landscape photographer Dave Morrow which includes the use of aperture priority, best field practices, composition tips, and efficient Photoshop processing. We will also look at the basics of Macro photography and the best places to shoot wildflowers in California. There is something for everyone from the beginner to the more experienced photographer.
February 2, 2022 - How to Take & Process Sharp Photos
Why aren't my photos sharp? This month we will look into what goes into taking a sharp photo and how to help sharpen a photo in Lightroom and Photoshop. Areas of exploration include Lens Focal Length, Hyperfocal Distance, Post Production Sharpening in Lightroom and Photoshop, and Focus Stacking. There is something for everyone from the beginner to the more experienced photographer.
January 5, 2022 - What's New in Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop
January Enhancement SIG Back Online Wednesday 1/5/22 at 9:00AM Due to Covid Concerns.
Our subject of discussion is new updates to Lightroom and Photoshop. This will be a review and I am asking those who have tried out some of these techniques to bring their experience to the discussion. Please feel free to share what you have been working on. We are a community of learners.
November 3, 2021 - Blending in Photoshop
Vicki White presented Photoshop techniques that will help you add that “wow” factor to your photographs.
October 6, 2021 -Basic Photographic Corrections
Corrections. While most of what we do in Photoshop is enhancement, sometimes we need to remove or replace objects in the photograph to make it work. This will be an introductory overview of the tools of correction that are most often used in Photoshop: the healing brush, cloning tool, etc.
Please bring your current work on a thumb drive for the later portion of the meeting for a "show and tell" conversation. Looking forward to seeing you there.
September 1, 2021 - LAYERS
I will have a presentation on the basics of layers in Photoshop. We will then move on to member discussion and share. I encourage people to bring thumb drives of their work, and will be sending out a survey to help with planning future meetings. If you wish to demonstrate how you created a photo via Photoshop, Lightroom, or Topaz--I have these programs on my laptop and can activate with your thumb drive.
January 6, 2021
Apple just released a new “RAW” capability for all its iPhone 12 models. The new “ProRAW” image format option is selected in the Camera App and the Settings App if you want it to be the default. This new collaboration between Apple and Adobe has implications throughout the industry.
SCLH Photography Club Member Jerry Hall has compared images from a 12 mp IPhone 12 Max with images from a 20mp Lumix G9 using Adobe Camera RAW and will present his findings. Join in the discussion of this possible game changing innovation. Show and Tell submissions also welcome.
Click HERE to view the presentation.
In May the SIG focused on the many different software options for the creation of High Dynamic Range Images. The session covered such programs as Photomatix and the new Aurora for the Mac. For addtional information you can go to the club's Blog and see some of the latest information about HDR photography. Check it out HERE . To go to the May Enhancement SIG page click HERE
In March Jim Moon made a presentation on Photolemur. Photolemur is a program that automatically enhances our photos. I was skeptical but after listening to Jim's presentation I was intrigued. So intrigued I signed up to pre-order the Windows version. For an update on Photolemur you can go to the club's Blog and see some of the latest information about Photolemur. Check it out HERE . For more on Jim's presentation you can look HERE
In March we had another full house to hear Allen give a presentation on Smart Objects in Photoshop. He walked us through his workflow which begins in Lightroom where he uses Adobe Camera Raw and other Lightroom tools to make adjustments to his images. Once he is done in Lightroom he opens up the image in Photoshop. In Photoshop he showed us how to convert an image to a Smart Object and went on to explain the advantages for doing so. For more look HERE
The Multi-Media room at Orchard Creek was filled to near capacity to hear John Campbell's presentation on Photoshop, his workflow, how he rescued a photo he at first thought about trashing, use of actions, and finally how to use the Adobe utility Configurator to create a personal panel of shortcuts to frequently used tools. He also gave us a brief glimpse into how he creates his signature images. For more on his presentation look HERE
Bob's presentation was a discussion on how members can get there own gallery on the club's website. It can be as simple as sending you photo to the club's Photo Editor. For more on his presentation look HERE
Pete Henshaw made a presentation to a near standing room only crowd on Lumenzia which is a tool for creating luminosity masks. For two hours Pete wowed those in attendance with his presentation skills and the power of Lumenzia. For more information on his presentation look HERE
Vicki White made a well received presentation on iPhoneography. In other words how to take pictures with your iPhone. Many of the things she discussed applies to Android phones as well. For more about her presentation look HERE
Ron Parker is one of the Club’s black & white experts and at the August Photo Enhancement SIG he showed us how he works his magic to transform a good color photo into a beautiful black & white photo. For more about his presentation look HERE