Category Archives: arizona

February Meeting

We have a great program for the Feb 9 DIG. Charles Cobeen has been working with the new “Helicon” focus software. He has been shooting tethered to a laptop in the field with Helicon controlling focus. Charles will review the updated software and demonstrate the control feature “before our eyes”.

In addition to Charles, Marianne Jensen has agreed to discuss Cox’s webspace for storing galleries.

Jennifer Wu one day Workshop!

Jennifer Wu is offering a one day photography workshop the day after her seminar. It’s sure to sell out quickly so contact her as soon as possible! Her email and phone number is below her course description.

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
Nature’s Beauty with Jennifer Wu
February 21, 2010
Scottsdale, AZ – Sunrise to Sunset

This incredible one-day field workshop includes: Field sessions at two pristine desert locations. We will photograph at sunrise and sunset for the best light. In the field, Jennifer will demo using flash fill, filters and using reflectors to control the light for impact in your images. Jennifer, Canon Explorer of Light, will talk about how to see an image. During the day lectures include how to create depth in your images, using hyperfocal distance and custom camera settings. She will do a critique of a couple of your images from the morning shoot. A full day with lots of learning!

Skill level is designed for advanced beginner to intermediate/amateur photographer. You should know basic camera functions. Digital SLR camera will be the focus however you may use any type of camera.

Workshop Fee: $125

Does not include transportation or meals. Limited to 15 people. Location details and schedule sent upon registration or inquiry. Please fill out the registration form and include payment. Mail or email to photo@jenniferwu.com.

Contact Jennifer for more info:
photo@jenniferwu.com
Phone: (916) 690-6251
www.jenniferwu.com

WHICH BLOG SHOULD I USE?

From Marianne: At our last meeting, I highly recommended using WordPress for a blog. I’d like to revise my recommendation! Someone pointed out that I might be taking for granted how easy WordPress is and they are absolutely right. Of course it’s easy for me. I’ve been using it for years!

So…if you have no experience with html or with css OR if you want something VERY easy with minimal work, then forget about WordPress. Try one of the following instead. They are free which means you don’t have to purchase web hosting and they are popular with the masses because they require minimal experience. With both, you can choose to make it a hosted blog at any time.

Blogger:
I mention it first because it’s by far the most popular blogging tool available. No doubt because it’s so easy. You can choose to turn it into a hosted blog at any time.

SmugMug: Very popular with photographers. I have no experience with SmugMug but I have several friends who do and they only have good things to say. With SmugMug, you can eventually choose to have your website through them along with your blog. There will be a monthly charge for that, of course.

For Mac users: Mac operating system has a built in blogging utility. Also free. Many photographers use it and say it’s very easy.

Good luck and happy blogging!

January Meeting

We had three excellent presentations this month!

Don Foerster gave a very entertaining and extremely useful demonstration showing how to use Advanced Blending options to quickly combine two layers (not in Elements). Here are 2 links to tutorials regarding this topic. The first is a video from Creative Sweet TV. Although there’s a little too much banter at the beginning and end, it’s very useful.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXfezToyQFI

The second link is to a written tutorial which demonstrates the use of blending options for masking.
USING BLEND IF SLIDERS FOR MASKING (more advanced)

Chick Gerston showed how to replace a sky and get more realistic results. His presentation was from Mark Galer’s CS3 tutorial from a few years ago. The use of Clipping Masks was key to the best results. Great job, Chick!

Mark Galer Realistic Sky Replacement tutorial

Pat Beckly showed the slideshow improvements in Lightroom 3 beta. Here’s a link to AdobeTV videos.

Julieanne Kost – Lightroom 3 beta

Finally, Marianne Jensen continued her quest to extol the virtues of having a blog. Besides being a way to share your work with others, she pointed out the use of a blog as a marketing tool. Here’s a link that sums up many of the advantages.

Blog more, Blog now

DIG Annual Seminar

Hi to all,

The Digital Imaging Group is proud to announce another in our series of annual seminars featuring well known and accomplished photographers/digital imaging experts.  Following George Lepp (2007), Arthur Morris (2008) and Lewis Kemper (2009), we’re happy that Jennifer Wu has agreed to come to the Valley to share her expertise with DIG members and guests on Saturday, February 20, 2010.

Jennifer is a “Fine Art Nature Photographer” and will share her techniques with us that apply to many photographic fields, such as depth of field blending, HDR, content aware scaling, photographing the stars, etc.  We have asked her to select a few of her best and favorite images and walk us through her process from initial visualization, composition and lighting and on through image optimization and printing.  Our time together should be interesting, informative and rewarding for those who are in the intermediate and advanced skill levels of photography and digital image processing.

See Jennifer’s work at  www.jenniferwuphotography.com

Click here to download Her bio and artist’s statement.

The seminar will again be held at the Hilton Resort on 6333 North Scottsdale Road, in Scottsdale.  The seminar will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a 1.5 hour lunch break (lunch is not included).  Check in will begin at 8:00 a.m. and there will be coffee and pastries available prior to the start of the event.

Cost for the seminar only will again be $30 but for $45 you can attend the seminar and receive a year’s membership in DIG, a $10 savings.  DIG membership for 2010 alone is $25.  The DIG seminar discount cannot be transferred to a non-DIG member.  Refunds for the event will be made until two weeks prior to the seminar (includes requests received by February 6th).

Seating will be limited for this seminar, so you are encouraged to register early.  It is expected that we will not be able to accommodate everyone due to room restrictions.  This message is being sent to 2009 seminar participants and all DIG members.

CLICK HERE to download the registration application. Mail it along with your check made payable to “DIG” to Ed Mertz; 30600 N. Pima Rd. Lot #115, Scottsdale, AZ 85266-1856.  We apologize that we cannot process credit or debit cards.  When your registration application and check has been received and your reservation accepted, you will receive an e-mail of confirmation.  Contact Ed with questions at: edmertz@earthlink.net, or Chuck Williams at: chuckwill@cox.net

We look forward to your participation in another great seminar.

Best photographic wishes,

DIG Officers

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