Christmas Party Next Month

Time to Party!  Our December club meeting will be held at the same time and place as normal; Third Tuesday, December 19, at 6:30pm in our meeting room at the First Baptist Church.  This is a meeting with a difference though.  Bring a  Christmas dish to share.  The club will provide meat dishes…turkey and ham, and the members will bring all the other goodies.

Please come and join us for this Christmas party…who knows, Santa may even show up!

November Presentation – Protecting Your Files

Ross Davis from Kingwood PC Repair (see also their Facebook page) spoke to the club about protecting our files.   As photographers we spend a lot of time capturing and processing images.  Our files are large and numerous.  It isn’t rare to exceed 20…30…80 thousand images.  Rose explained three important aspects of  things to consider.  Have a sound backup plan, invest in good antivirus software and reliable hard drives. (Slide below can  be enlarged by clicking on it.)

Backup plans need to be tested.  Don’t just assume your’s is working.  Your backups might be local, such as an external hard drive.  Cloud based, or a combination of the two.  Ross’s company provides a monitored cloud based solution that ensures your backups are safe.

Anti Virus software comes in various forms, and vendors.  The import thing is to have software installed that works, is updates, and doesn’t impact the performance of your computer.  There are services can be purchased also through and ongoing subscription 

Finally Hard Drives were discussed.  The newest type of drives are “SSD”, or Solid State Drives.  They don’t have the spinning disk and arm design and are less prone to damage.  They are also considerably faster than the older design hard drives.  The down side to SSD drives is that they are still more expensive than the older drives, and don’t have quite the same capacity.

 

 

 

November Meeting Topic – Protecting your files is as easy as 1-2-3

As photographers we all have the same nightmare in the back of our minds.  Something happens to all those precious pictures we’ve taken over the years and we can’t recover them, or we go on a trip, take a lot of pictures only to get home and find the memory card in the camera got corrupted and we loose those images.  There are hundreds of scenarios, and all of them have happened to several of us, and will happen to you unless you have a plan to protect your files.

Our speaker this month is Ross Davis from Kingwood PC repair, located in Town Center.  Ross will take us through the ins and outs of protecting our files, both on the road and in our homes and offices.

Ross, graduated from Humble High School, and has a  BBA in Finance from University of Houston.  He is married to his high school sweetheart Nicole and has two kids and two dogs.  His business, Kingwood PC Repair is now celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year and carries a A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

September Share and Learn – Sunshine

This meeting followed hurricane Harvey and we didn’t get as many Share and Learn images as we normally get. The topic was selected before Harvey, but served as a reminder that life returns to normal and there is sunshine at the end of the tunnel.

Q&A Submitting your Images for Share and Learn 

Q: When should images be submitted?

A: Any time before 7pm on the Monday before the meeting…i.e.: the evening before the meeting.  Later than that and we’ll make every attempt to include them, but cannot guarantee they will get in 

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Q: who do I send them to?

A: president@kwphotoclub.com, except on months when the Vice President is substituting, then send them to vp@kwphotoclub.com

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Q: How can I be sure the club got the pictures I sent in?

A:  You should receive a short reply if we got them. If you don’t hear anything don’t be bashful….go ahead and ask if we got them. 

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Q: Do I have to follow the theme for the month?

A: life is too short for “have tos” while we certainly encourage everyone to follow the theme, if you have some really great images you want to show off, by all means do. 

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Q: Do the pictures submitted have to be taken in the current month?

A: While that would be ideal, we don’t require that at all.

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Q: how many pictures may I submit?

A: four or less

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Q: What file type mya I use.

A: always submit jpg file.

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Q: What are the requirements for pictures submitted?

A: We make every attempt to accept whatever you send in, however you’ll make our life a lot easier, and reduce confusion on our part if you’ll do the following:

  1) name your pictures: names like DCS8765.jpg, Don’t help us identify your pictures, and don’t help us sort them for the Share and Learn presentation.  Name your images with your first and last name, a number tndicating the order you want them in, and a very short description.  So a good name might look like:  “Joe Smith 3 – Yosemite falls.jpg”

  2) reduce their size. Full, high resolution pictures are large, and harder to email. Our projector shows images at 75dpi (dots per inch) so anything greater than that is a waste. Therefore we request that Images be 75-100 dpi, and 1000-1200 pixels on the long side. 

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Q:  During the meeting do I have to know the camera settings etc for my pictures?

A: no, but the members sometimes might ask some of that detail about the picture. What was your ISO setting? What was your exposure setting?  Since there is a “Learn” aspect to this session, do be prepared to answers some questions.   Don’t remember those particulars? If you use Lightroom, look in the image metadata located in the right side Panel in the Library module. 

August 15 Program: Post-Production Editing Techniques That Will Change Your Photography

Post processing plays a big role in today’s photographic society. Whether it’s used subtlety or for major composites, it’s definitely an important skill to know.

Pat Guard , owner of Pat and Ray’s Studio in Kingwood, will be available to answer questions and offer tips for preparing photos to share with the world. In this digital age, all photographers need to be knowledgeable with Photoshop and/or other post-production techniques. Pat sees Photoshop as a tool, just as the darkroom was a tool to manipulate images in her early career. She will discuss and demonstrate just a few techniques that help get the most out of your images.

Re-sizing and Naming Your Share and Learn Images

As time goes on it helps to remind everyone of our submission guidelines for share and learn images each month.  These guidelines exist for two reasons.  One is so that the images load faster when viewing them and are easier to send via email, and the second is to help make it easier to organize photos for the share and learn slideshow.

  1. Image size.  No matter what size image you send, when it projects electronically in the meeting, its going to project at 72dpi.  Therefore there is absolutely no reason to send in high resolution images suitable for printing (250-300 dpi).  Those images are just larger and harder to email.  So PLEASE resize your images to 75-100 dpi, and 1000-1400 pixels on the long side.  They will show up as good as they possibly can.  Here are instructions for resizing your pictures: In Lightroom, In Photoshop.
  2. Naming (File names) your pictures is IMPORTANT.  Please don’t send in images with their original file name, unless you want to see them up on the slideshow in some random order.  Your images file names should be in the format “Firstname Lastname – ## – Description.jpg”, so for example one of my images might be “Chuck Dugand – 01 – East End Park walkway.jpg”.  The reason to do this is that the slideshow software we use will sort the images by filename ensuring your images all come up together.  Putting a description on the image isn’t necessary, but helps.  If you fail to rename your images it forces me (or Kathy) to do that for you, which just adds work.

Membership

Membership in our club provides you with access to programs, outings and our monthly meetings, to say nothing of the opportunity to meet like-minded photographers of all skill levels from this area. We have professional and semi-professional photographers that freely share their tips and knowledge with you.

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OUR MEETINGS

Photo Club meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 3500 Woodland Hills Drive, Kingwood, TX 77339 on the third floor. While meetings are held at the church and we are very grateful for their support we are not affiliated with any church and membership is open to everyone.  Meeting dates, photo assignments, special events, photo opportunities, and other items of interest are published via email and are posted on our website. Annual dues are $15 individual membership or $20 family membership. Dues are based on the calendar year beginning in January. This annual fee is the best deal in Kingwood!

 MEMBERSHIP FORMS

Our membership form is attached below. Download it, print it, fill it out and come to the next meeting, or click here for our online form.We look forward to meeting you!

Membership Form