Since February 5, 2019 our CPC website has been hosted on a new server, and Bill Fletcher is the new webmaster. The URL remains
https://calvertphotographyclub.com/ (On February 14 I obtained a security certificate and implemented the SSL security protocol, hence the https://. Your browser should automatically redirect you to the “secure site”.)
If you encounter any issues with the site please let me know.
For now I have concentrated on updating the site and striving for compatibility with current components of the hosting platform, especially the PHP scripting engine. Not all the kinks have been worked out yet. You may still see annoying but harmless error messages from time to time. Unfortunately it was not feasible to move the site to the latest 5.1.3 release of the ExpressionEngine CMS (Content Management System) as several of the necessary plugins have not been updated for releases later than 2.x.
Then I will try to bring member lists up to date. We need to drop the names of those who have not been members for years and ensure that we have the best email addresses for current and recently lapsed members.
Finally I would like to re-implement the site with a simpler CMS that supports a responsive design. That’s jargon for a site that adjusts to the size of the user’s screen, so it displays appropriately on a desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. A simpler CMS will also make it easier to share or pass on the webmaster duties in the future. Please let me know if you’d like to take part in the redesign effort.
Throughout the transition I have benefited greatly from my predecessor Guy Stephens’ help and guidance. The high quality of his site design and implementation reflects his careful and thorough approach to web development. His decade of service as webmaster has been an invaluable asset to the Calvert Photography Club.
The club board recently voted to increase the membership fees by $10 starting January 1. The new fees are as follows:
The reason for the new fees is to help cover the cost of the using the College of Southern Maryland campus in Prince Frederick.
If you were not able to attend today’s meeting, the 2018 Club Member Survey was announced. The survey is being announced earlier than previous years so that we can get a head start on 2018.
The club survey is very critical to the success of the club. The responses provided in this survey are used to help plan meetings, guest speakers, and trips. In previous years the survey has not gotten a lot of responses. Whether you have attended every meeting or attended a few meetings, please take the time to fill out this survey. It only takes about 5 to 10 minutes to fill out. The results of the survey will be reviewed by the board along with our meeting and education committees.
The link to the survey was sent out to the club via the e-mail distribution group. If you didn’t receive the link please let me know.
If you have any questions, concerns, or problems with the survey please feel free to contact me. I really hope everyone will take the time to fill it out.
Calvert Photography Club
Karl explained that there are a lot of components to Lightroom. Today we just went over the basics. Lightroom is like a database. It allows you to organize and edit your photos as well as to create slideshows or photo books.
First of all, obtaining Lightroom (LR) can be done through Adobe Creative Cloud at https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/photography.html Ther.e are different bundles of programs available, but the photography package includes Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC as well as Bridge CC. The cost is $9.99 per month and includes all periodic updates.
One thing to remember is that Lightroom does not move, copy, or change the original photo in any way. It is a nondestructive editing program which allows you to make changes to a preview version so that you can see what the final image will look like after editing. Lightroom then stores a record of all of the changes you have made to a picture in a separate file called the Catalog. Lightroom contains the following modules: Library, Develop, Map, Book, Slideshow, Print, and The Web. The Library and Develop modules are the two core modules that most people will use the most.
The library is there to help you organize and manage your photographs. You will find, import, sort, and organize your photos all through the Library module. The navigation options are located on the left side panel. This panel gives you access to all images in your current Catalog. Your Catalog in Lightroom is all of the pictures that Lightroom has access to. The Lightroom Catalog file contains only information, however. The actual images are NOT being stored in the Lightroom Catalog. Lightroom is just referencing those images at a particular location on your hard drive. Therefore, if you move your photos to a different location on your hard disk, Lightroom will not be able to find them. This is important to know and understand!>
First, however, you must import your images into Lightroom. (And by “import” I mean you are importing the location of the images, NOT the actual images themselves.) You can do this by clicking on the Import button on the bottom left of the Library module. This will bring up another window showing the contents of your hard drive which you will see on the left side of the screen. Next, find where the images you want to Import are located and click on the file you want. Those images will then be displayed as thumbnails. You can uncheck any images that you do NOT want to import. Once you have done this just click on Import at the bottom right-hand side of the screen and all of the checked images will then be Imported into your Lightroom catalog.
The central portion of the Library Module is the image display. You can choose to view your pictures in a resizeable grid or one at a time. The right side panel is your metadata tool where you can add keywords and copyright information. Keywords make finding certain images easier, and multiple keywords can be added by separating each word with a comma.
The next module is the Develop module which is where you can edit your images. You can bring up an image you want to work on by locating and clicking on it while in the Library module and then clicking on Develop at the top right side of the screen. At the left side of the Develop window, there are various presets that you can try if you like. Your History panel is also located on the left. On the right side are a series of panels such as Basic, Tone Curve, Tone Splitting, Detail, Lens Corrections, and more where you can make your adjustments to exposure, contrast, highlights and shadows, as well as sharpening, color adjustments and more. Once you are done your basic editing in Lightroom, you can right-click on the photo and choose Edit in Photoshop, Topaz, Nik Software, etc. to continue making other adjustments.
The Map module allows you to geotag, or input the location of where the photograph was taken. The book allows you to make your images into a book that you can have printed or published. Slideshow lets you quickly set up a slideshow of images for your friends, family, or clients to view. With the Print module, you can specify the print size and location on the paper, add watermarks, and apply print sharpening. You can also specify the color profile of your particular printer. And finally, the Web module lets you create an online gallery in various formats. There are several layout styles and presets/templates to choose from and each is customizable.
There are some good sources online if you want to learn more about Lightroom. Here are a few:
The photo assignment for August was “Kids with Props.” The winners for this month are
1st Place - Mike Jones
2nd Place - Rick MacQuade
3rd Place - Melissa Chin.
The September photo assignment is “Composing with Leading Lines.”
Our featured speaker today was a club member, Karl Barth, who spoke to us on “Understanding Your Camera Settings.” So what’s inside a DSLR Camera? There’s an LCD Display (1), Sensor (2), Memory (3), Battery (4),
Flash (5), Shutter (6), and a lens (7).
There are two types of sensors – Full Frame and Crop. Nikon has two: FX which is a full frame sensor and DX which is a crop sensor. Canon has three: Full frame, and two crop sensors - 1.3x, and 1.6x.
So what are the differences? Well…full frame sensors are bigger and also more expensive but tend to give better quality images in low light situations. They also give photographers more options when it comes to wide-angle images. This is advantageous when shooting architecture and landscapes. Crop sensors also provide excellent image quality but are less expensive. They are ideal for shooting nature, wildlife, and sports because you can take advantage of the crop factor to get maximum detail at long distances.
When purchasing a lens, make sure it is compatible with your camera. A full frame lens may work with a crop sensor camera, but it will work differently. Also, it is important to keep the sensor clean. If changing a lens turn the camera off and hold it downward so that dust and particles to not fall into the camera. Some cameras have built-in sensor cleaners. Check your manual!
Most cameras have various modes that you can shoot in including shutter priority mode, aperture priority mode, program mode, manual mode, and auto mode. Though we may want to start out in auto mode, there are many advantages to stepping out of your comfort zone and trying other modes. While shooting in auto mode may be easier, you may not always get the shot you want. There is limited room for creativity since the camera does all of the work. Don’t be afraid to experiment with other modes including manual mode!
So take control of your camera! Read the manual. Get familiar with the different control buttons. Get out of auto mode and experiment with different settings. Don’t be afraid of taking a bad picture. Go on photo outings with the Photo Club. There are people there of every skill level who will always be glad to help you so don’t be afraid to ask others for advice. Take your camera wherever you go. And practice, practice, practice!
A good reference for understanding your camera settings is: https://digital-photography-school.com/
The winners of the May photo assignment, “Can You See Me?” are 1st place – Rick MacQuade, Beth Phifer, and 3rd place – Courtney Wright.