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2019-05-08 Meeting

posted May 10, 2019, 8:02 AM by Geoff Faulkner   [ updated May 10, 2019, 8:05 AM ]

Agenda

 

Education

Don Dimitratos has purchased a star tracker and will be giving a demo to the club during the first hour. The unit is called Sky Watcher WiFi.

 

President message

We will be hosting this meeting online for those who want to participate remotely. The link to join the Microsoft Teams meeting is:

https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3acceb957b28e04f10bbbcf89ad19b3594%40thread.skype/1557349730458?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22237d89ec-dede-4996-9c3a-1647471a4cc2%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%220de73ef4-3f35-41de-b0bb-a031b0748ab5%22%7d

 

  • Welcome
  • New members?
  • Club Resources

Website

http://www.tracycameraclub.org

Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/tracycameraclub (Link on the website to find the Facebook page)

Google Group

https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en#!forum/tracycameraclub (Link on the website to join the mailing list)

Meetup

https://www.meetup.com/Tracy-Camera-Club-Meetup

  • Pay for photos, membership, any IOU - See Adrianne.
  • Club promotions - did anyone change their membership this month?
  • Art Walk meeting 2019-04-16
    • I attended the art walk planning meeting at the Grand Theatre with William Wilson. I put in the application for our booth and we have been approved. The participation is confirmed for the following 3 art walks--June  21st, July 19th, and September 21st.
    • Any member who would like to display their photos is welcomed to do so. You may also sell your photos if you have an interested buyer. The Tracy Camera Club and the Grand Theatre are not involved in this transaction.
    • I will probably setup a slideshow of entries, but William has challenged us to come up with something more engaging than a slideshow and pamphlet. I'm looking for ideas. Suggested a photo booth that posts the images online for participants to see and tag themselves in. Please send your booth ideas to president@tracycameraclub.org
  • We are members of the San Joaquin Valley Camera Club Council. You may enter photos in that competition as well. The website for more information is http://www.sjvccc.org/. Mickey is the club representative, and can help answer any questions you may have about that additional competition.

 

Trips and events

  • 2019-05-05 Sacramento Mike's Camera Lens day at the zoo follow-up
  • 2019-05-18 Uvas Canyon - Laura Chellew
  • 2019-05-18 Oakland Mormon Temple tour - Geoff Faulkner
  • Any other trips or events we should think about?

 

Education

  • Richard Beebe - Classes?

 

Website and social

  • Geoff for updates

 

Finances

  • Adrianne for follow up

 

Competition

  • Heida Stover from the Stockton camera club is our judge
  • We have 73 entries for the competition tonight

2019-04-10 Meeting

posted May 10, 2019, 8:01 AM by Geoff Faulkner   [ updated May 10, 2019, 8:05 AM ]

Agenda

 

Education

We are going to watch a few videos on lighting and then practice some portrait lighting techniques.

 

President message

Start the Microsoft Teams meeting for those who are remote.

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Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

Learn more about Teams

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  • Welcome
  • New members?
  • Club Resources

Website

http://www.tracycameraclub.org

Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/tracycameraclub (Link on the website to find the Facebook page)

Google Group

https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en#!forum/tracycameraclub (Link on the website to join the mailing list)

Meetup

https://www.meetup.com/Tracy-Camera-Club-Meetup

  • Pay for photos, membership, any IOU - See Adrianne.
  • Club promotions - did anyone change their membership this month?
  • We are members of the San Joaquin Valley Camera Club Council. You may enter photos in that competition as well. The website for more information is http://www.sjvccc.org/. Mickey is the club representative, and can help answer any questions you may have about that additional competition.

 

Upcoming trips and events

 

Education

The last Thursday evening photo class at the Grand starts next week, April 11th, running for 5 weeks.

It is a merged Intermediate and Advanced focus. We will look at a number of "beyond Beginning" concepts and issues. Participants will also list their own interests, whether "problem" areas - lighting, composing, applied techniques - or specific things they will want to have addressed.

In the just concluded Beginning-Intermediate class we had hands-on exposure/lighting/Q&A photoshoots with a live subject, a still life session in the ceramics lab, and a night wet-pavement opportunity (that I have been waiting to occur during a late fall-winter-early spring Thursday evening class for years!). The class ahead will have similar unique sessions arranged.

After this class, the next Thursday classes won't occur until the Fall semester in September. The summer session will be the only Saturday offering for a Beginning class, and the semester isn't long enough for anything beyond Beginning.

 

Website and social

  • Geoff for updates

 

Finances

  • Adrianne for follow up

 

Competition

  • Richard Beebe is our judge tonight
  • We have 81 entries for the competition

2019-03-13 Meeting

posted Apr 6, 2019, 11:51 AM by Geoff Faulkner

Agenda

 

Education

Tonight we looked at product photography of small objects using overhead off-camera flash.

 

Off-camera flash notes

  • Equipment list that we used tonight http://a.co/bAYpEml
  • Remove the lighting in the room. Start with manual exposure on your camera at ISO 400,  shutter speed 1/125 and aperture F/8. Take a sample photo with no flash and confirm that the photo is black. Make adjustments if you still see light. Try decreasing the ISO. Your shutter speed can increase, but be careful not to exceed your flash sync speed (1/200 on many newer cameras). Aperture adjustments can affect focus, especially when close to a small object.
  • Use a white paper curved up behind your subject to provide a clean background ("seamless white")
  • Position the main flash inside of a soft box, pointed down at your subject. Move this flash as close as you can to your subject without actually being in the shot. Set the flash power to very low, as the light is close to your subject. We were working at 1/128th power on our flash.
  • Take test shots and review. Position the flash and your subject to control reflections on the surface, lighting where you want to light. You can move the light, tip the angle, and generally re position.
  • If you want to kick some light into a dark area of your photo you can use a white card as a reflector. We used round cake decorating cardboard. I cut about 1 inch off the bottom of the round, cut a slit into the circle, and used the cut cardboard piece to make a stand.
  • Take test shots taking care to watch for the reflections and shadow lighting.
  • You could also setup additional lights. Consider lighting the paper in the back to ensure a nice, bright white throughout. Can also light from the side some of the shadow areas, but consider the balance between the main light and these extra fill lights. You might need to increase the light from the main light because the flashes can't go lower than 1/128--if all flashes are firing at the same power the fill light might overpower the main (key) light. We were looking for interesting shadows rather than a completely lit photo with all shadows filled in.

 

President message

Start the Microsoft Teams meeting for those who are remote.

  • Welcome
  • New members?
  • Club Resources

Website

http://www.tracycameraclub.org

Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/tracycameraclub (Link on the website to find the Facebook page)

Google Group

https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en#!forum/tracycameraclub (Link on the website to join the mailing list)

Meetup

https://www.meetup.com/Tracy-Camera-Club-Meetup

  • Pay for photos, membership, any IOU - See Adrianne.
  • Club promotions - did anyone change their membership this month? None yet.
  • We are members of the San Joaquin Valley Camera Club Council. You may enter photos in that competition as well. The website for more information is http://www.sjvccc.org/. Mickey is the club representative, and can help answer any questions you may have about that additional competition.

 

Upcoming trips and events

  • Nothing scheduled yet.

 

Education

  • Richard Beebe - Classes? Richard has a beginning/intermediate photography class going on right now at the Grand.

 

Website and social

  • Geoff for updates

 

Finances

  • Adrianne for follow up - Finances look good.

 

Competition

  • Dean Taylor from the Stockton Camera Club is our judge tonight
  • We have 89 entries for the competition

2019-02-27

posted Feb 28, 2019, 6:16 PM by Geoff Faulkner

We had to reschedule this meeting due to a power outage at the Grand Theatre!

2018-11-14 Meeting

posted Dec 5, 2018, 10:08 PM by Geoff Faulkner

Agenda

 

Education

Discussion of Lightroom, where your files are stored, how to manage your files, and how to make your own collections of pictures to help you stay organized.

 

Showed mounting an old manual focus, manual aperture Nikon lens to a new Sony mirrorless camera.

 

President message

Start the TeamViewer meeting for those who are remote.

Join online meeting

 

  • Welcome
  • Voting for board positions
  • New members?
  • Club Resources

Website

http://www.tracycameraclub.org

Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/tracycameraclub (Link on the website to find the Facebook page)

Google Group

https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en#!forum/tracycameraclub (Link on the website to join the mailing list)

Meetup

https://www.meetup.com/Tracy-Camera-Club-Meetup

  • Pay for photos, membership, any IOU - See Adrianne.
  • Club promotions - did anyone change their membership this month?
  • We are members of the San Joaquin Valley Camera Club Council. You may enter photos in that competition as well. The website for more information is http://www.sjvccc.org/. Mickey is the club representative, and can help answer any questions you may have about that additional competition.

 

Upcoming trips and events

  • End of the year party planned for 1/26/2019. We have yet to confirm the venue but will start confirming this shortly. Adrianne has provided some costs for planning to the board. We have booked El Patio for a buffet that will be served that night. Our menu will include beef fajitas, chicken enchiladas, salad, rice, beans, chips, and salsa. We are asking for $10/person and hope that everyone comes!. The club will pick up the rest of the costs of the food and room rental.

 

Education

  • Richard Beebe - No classes until next year. Richard will update the Meetup group with the new information.

 

Website and social

  • Updates applied to the website.

 

Finances

  • Adrianne not present.

 

Competition

  • Heide Stover is our judge tonight
  • We have 104 entries for the competition

2018-10-10 Meeting

posted Oct 11, 2018, 12:48 PM by Geoff Faulkner   [ updated Oct 11, 2018, 12:58 PM ]

Agenda

 

Education

Discussion using Lightroom to capture and assemble a panoramic photo.

Discussion of Macro photos for next month's category

  • Extension tubes can be a great option to adapt a non-macro lens for macro photography. I recommend getting a set that passes the electronics through to the lens so you have all control while you are taking a photo. Canon lenses, for instance, have no other way to set aperture.
  • Try experimenting with taking several shots of your subject, with different focus areas throughout each photo. You can then assemble the photos together into a single image using Photoshop Focus Stacking. There are many tutorials about this online. Look at this video for a quick explanation of the concept.  How To Do Focus Stacking in Photoshop

 

President message

Start the Skype for Business meeting for those who are remote.

  • Welcome
  • New members? - Christine Ross Cunha, Chris Martinez, Ozzy Torres
  • Club Resources

Website

http://www.tracycameraclub.org

Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/tracycameraclub (Link on the website to find the Facebook page)

Google Group

https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en#!forum/tracycameraclub (Link on the website to join the mailing list)

Meetup

https://www.meetup.com/Tracy-Camera-Club-Meetup

  • Pay for photos, membership, any IOU - See Aaron this month as Adrianne is out.
  • Club promotions - did anyone change their membership this month?
  • We are members of the San Joaquin Valley Camera Club Council. You may enter photos in that competition as well. The website for more information is http://www.sjvccc.org/. Mickey is the club representative, and can help answer any questions you may have about that additional competition. Mickey heading down to Selma on Sunday for the meeting this month.

 

Nominations for new board positions

  • Does anyone have a nomination for any board position? Any board members want to resign their position? Voting will occur during the November meeting if any changes will happen.

 

Trips and events

  • We had the art walk on 9/22. I had a booth in front of the Grand Theatre and they setup the television for me. We had a pretty sparse booth with no other photos to show. Most were interested in drinking and skipped over the booth, but we did get a little interest from some visitors.
  • Sunday 10/14/2018, 9-4 Mike's Camera Lens & Camera Demo Day at the Sacramento Zoo. Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Sigma, Sony, Panasonic, Tamron, Fuji, ProMaster. Gear "rented" in 1 hour increments (loaned, no cost to try out a new camera, lens, or accessory. They also have large telephoto lenses around the park for you to mount as you visit. Bring a memory card if you intend to borrow a camera! https://mikescamera.com/sacramento-zoo-demo-day.html
  • SJVCCC meeting this Sunday.

 

Education

  • Richard Beebe - Currently wrapping up the beginning photography class. Ends 10/11.

 

Website and social

  • Geoff for updates

 

Finances

  • Adrianne is out this month.

 

Competition

  • Steve Greiner is our judge tonight
  • We have 61 entries for the competition

2018-09-12 Meeting

posted Sep 20, 2018, 10:38 AM by Geoff Faulkner

Agenda

 

Education

Tonight I will cover Black and White conversion using Lightroom.  Also cover an interesting way to calculate Bulb mode.

 

As far as the Black and White conversion in Lightroom, I reviewed the information in several online articles, and added in some of my own experience. I would recommend looking at the many articles published by Andres S. Gibson on Digital Photography School as a start.  This article had some of the screen shots we used, but was for a

https://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-convert-photos-to-black-and-white-in-lightroom/

 

Bulb mode exposure trick

How long should you expose your bulb-mode photos?  Set this on your camera to get a good estimate

ISO

6400

Aperture priority

Set to aperture of your photo - for pinpoint light starburst try f22

 

Look at the shutter time, and make note of it.  That number will be roughly the number in minutes to expose at ISO 100.

 

Chart to explain

6400

3200

1600

800

400

200

100

1 seconds

2 seconds

4 seconds

8 seconds

16 seconds

32 seconds

64 seconds (approx 1 min)

1/2

1 second

2 seconds

4 seconds

8 seconds

16 seconds

32 seconds (approx 1/2 min)

5 seconds

10 seconds

20 seconds

40 seconds

80 seconds

160 seconds

320 seconds (approx 5 min)

Normal exposure time 1 second at 6400, 2 seconds, 3200, 4 seconds 1600, etc. up to ISO 100 64 seconds (Close to 60 seconds, one minute).

 

The bulb mode presentation from last meeting has been uploaded to the website. It is on the “Resources” page, at the bottom of the education section.

https://sites.google.com/site/tracycameracluborg/Resources

 

 

President message

Start the TeamViewer meeting for those who are remote.

  • Welcome
  • New members?
  • Club Resources

Website

http://www.tracycameraclub.org

Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/tracycameraclub (Link on the website to find the Facebook page)

Google Group

https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en#!forum/tracycameraclub (Link on the website to join the mailing list)

Meetup

https://www.meetup.com/Tracy-Camera-Club-Meetup

  • Pay for photos, membership, any IOU - See Adrianne.
  • Club promotions - Congratulations to Olivia Gonzalez who promoted to AA
  • We are members of the San Joaquin Valley Camera Club Council. You may enter photos in that competition as well. The website for more information is http://www.sjvccc.org/. Mickey is the club representative, and can help answer any questions you may have about that additional competition.

 

Upcoming trips and events

  • Anything planned, Cash?
  • End of the year planning

 

Education

  • Richard Beebe - Classes Beginning Photography starts on Thursday 9/13. 

 

Other announcements

  • Tiffanie Heben wants to address the club - Historical museum still looking for help to scan photos.
  • Viewpoint gallery in Sacramento - club with exhibitions. Upcoming show looking for photos. 12 work of art. Process of creating a photo. Want photos about photography. Deadline Oct 19th.

 

Website and social

  • Geoff for updates

 

Finances

  • Adrianne for follow up

 

Competition

Chris Marshall - not yet in the member list. Paid dues? Has a photo in the competition tonight.

  • Aaron is our judge tonight
  • We have 76 entries for the competition

 

Follow up for the end of the year party

  • January 29th
  • Jorge's El Tapatio Restaurant
  • Need 25 reservations
  • $25 per person, no room charge.

 

 

 

2018-08-08 Meeting

posted Aug 9, 2018, 7:25 PM by Geoff Faulkner

Agenda

 

Education

For tonight's education portion I would like to show the club some amazing training resources that are available to us through the Tracy Library. The library has linked with Lynda.com to give all cardholders a free, premium membership to the site.

 

Here is the information you need to get signed on: 

http://www.ssjcpl.org/learning/onlineLearning.html 

 

You can also use the Lynda.com app on your mobile device. Mobile lets you sync photos to your device for offline viewing! To sign in using the app: 

 

1. Download and open the app 

2. Select Already a member? 

3. Select Organization 

4. In the Web Portal field, enter your library's URL catalog.stockton.lib.ca.us and select Go 

5. You will then be redirected to your library's portal to complete log in 

 

President message

Start the TeamViewer meeting for those who are remote.

  • Welcome
  • New members?
  • Club Resources

Website

http://www.tracycameraclub.org

Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/tracycameraclub (Link on the website to find the Facebook page)

Google Group

https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en#!forum/tracycameraclub (Link on the website to join the mailing list)

Meetup

https://www.meetup.com/Tracy-Camera-Club-Meetup

  • Pay for photos, membership, any IOU - See Adrianne.
  • Club promotions - did anyone change their membership this month?
  • We had the artwalk at the Grand Theatre on Friday. They have asked us to participate one more time this year for the Wine Stroll. They have agreed that we can setup shop right next to the front door of the theater, have power and the television brought out for us.

 

Upcoming trips and events

 

Education

  • Richard Beebe - Cell phone photography class was on Saturday. How did it go? Nothing until September.

 

Other clubs

  • Mickey - We are members of the San Joaquin Valley Camera Club Council. You may enter photos in that competition as well. The website for more information is http://www.sjvccc.org/. Mickey is the club representative and can help answer any questions you may have about that additional competition.

 

Website and social

  • Geoff for updates - Added some website navigation to make it easier to find the important competition information.
  • Working to see if we can provide some automation for uploading images. Trying to make it easier to keep track of the images you are submitting and the form that you have filled out.

 

Finances

  • Adrianne for follow up
  • Need Gross Receipts for 2016 and 2017 so that we can file our taxes with the state. Need this right away.

 

Competition

  • Dean Taylor is our judge tonight
  • We have 62 entries for the competition. Mickey won print of the month for his photo titled "Nuclear Cabbage".

2018-07-11 Meeting

posted Aug 9, 2018, 7:20 PM by Geoff Faulkner

Agenda

Education

Use the Lightroom Adjustment Brush to create layers and masking for adjustments.

 

President message

Start the TeamViewer meeting for those who are remote.

  • Welcome
  • New members?
  • Club Resources

Website

http://www.tracycameraclub.org

Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/tracycameraclub (Link on the website to find the Facebook page)

Google Group

https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en#!forum/tracycameraclub (Link on the website to join the mailing list)

Meetup

https://www.meetup.com/Tracy-Camera-Club-Meetup

  • Pay for photos, membership, any IOU - See Adrianne.
  • Club promotions - did anyone change their membership this month? Nope
  • We are members of the San Joaquin Valley Camera Club Council. You may enter photos in that competition as well. The website for more information is http://www.sjvccc.org/. Mickey is the club representative, and can help answer any questions you may have about that additional competition.
  • Filed taxes and need to renew business license with the City of Tracy.

 

Trips and events

  • 6/29 The Tracy Camera Club participated in the Art walk

 

Education

  • Richard Beebe - Beginning Digital Photography Class. Saturday mornings.
  • 8/4 Smart phone photography

 

 

Website and social

  • Website updated with the previous winner and member stats page is updated with scores.

 

Finances

  • Purchased TV and stand. Donating to the Grand Theatre. Sent them receipts and should receive a donation receipt back.  $123.99 for Stand, $1089.49 for TV.
  • Checks for classes from the Grand - gave to Adrianne.
  • Adrianne for finance follow up. - At the meeting Adrianne said we had $100 left in the checking account, but I show over $1000 in the account. Will follow up with her about the finances.

 

Competition

  • Richard Beebe is our judge tonight.
  • We had 58 entries for the competition.
  • Print of the month winner Don Dimitratos for "Space Needle and Flower Artwork"

2018-06-13 Meeting

posted Aug 9, 2018, 7:07 PM by Geoff Faulkner

Agenda

Education

Use the Lightroom Adjustment Brush to create layers and masking for adjustments.

 

President message

Start the TeamViewer meeting for those who are remote.

  • Welcome
  • New members?
  • Club Resources

Website

http://www.tracycameraclub.org

Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/tracycameraclub (Link on the website to find the Facebook page)

Google Group

https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en#!forum/tracycameraclub (Link on the website to join the mailing list)

Meetup

https://www.meetup.com/Tracy-Camera-Club-Meetup

  • Pay for photos, membership, any IOU - See Adrianne.
  • Club promotions - did anyone change their membership this month? Nope
  • We are members of the San Joaquin Valley Camera Club Council. You may enter photos in that competition as well. The website for more information is http://www.sjvccc.org/. Mickey is the club representative, and can help answer any questions you may have about that additional competition.
  • Filed taxes and need to renew business license with the City of Tracy.

 

Trips and events

  • Cash - 6/9/2018 Calaveras Big Trees State Park night photo shoot. How did it go?
  • 6/29 The Tracy Camera Club has confirmed we will participate in the Artwalk at the Grand Theatre. For those who can come, setup is at 5:00-5:45. Event is 6:00 to 8:30.  I will bring my laptop with entries from the competition playing as a slideshow throughout the event. I will also bring the old print stands for those who want to display physical photos. You may sell photos at the event, but the Grand and TCC will not be involved in the sale.

 

Education

  • Richard Beebe - Beginning Digital Photography Class. Saturday mornings.

 

Website and social

  • Website updated with the previous winner and member stats page is updated with scores.

 

Finances

  • Purchased TV and stand. Donating to the Grand Theatre. Sent them receipts and should receive a donation receipt back.  $123.99 for Stand, $1089.49 for TV.
  • Checks for classes from the Grand - gave to Adrianne.
  • Adrianne for finance follow up. - At the meeting Adrianne said we had $100 left in the checking account, but I show over $1000 in the account. Will follow up with her about the finances.

 

Competition

  • Aaron Peer is our judge tonight.
  • We had 50 entries for the competition. Cash won print of the month for "Happy to be here".

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