Photographing the Solar Eclipse

Mike Muhle made a very detailed and entertaining presentation on photographing the solar eclipse.  He emphasized the importance of planning and knowing what to do before the eclipse starts.

September Meeting Roundup and Materials

For those not there, our September meeting was a great step back to normalcy for the club. While understandably it was moderately well attended, it was a lot of fun with a different agenda. A quick intro and “prayer” talking about the blessings we saw after the storm, especially in the form of neighbor helping neighbor led into Pam Walton’s talk about the project she led to save Connie and David Emerson’s old photo albums after the flood. Pam’s heart-touching presentation was a great illustration of neighbor helping neighbor, and for our club, an uplifting story of our members pitching in for one of our own. She concluded by giving the Emersons a hard drive with over 2500 files with their photos digitalized by the hard work of seven club members. Pam was a great force behind this hard work that lasted about seven days.

Our presenter gave a talk on street photography. She is a professional photographer, and did a nice job. Her material is posted on the Programs page and linked here.

Share and Learn was sparse with only about six people submitting..it is up on the galleries page now. It was a shorter than normal S&L session, but that was ok because Mike Muhle wrapped up the meeting with a technical dive into eclipse photography. Mike’s an engineer, and it showed, but his presentation was very informative and enjoyable because we could watch someone discover photography because it resonated so well with the technician inside him, rather than the artist (like his wife, Kathy).  Mike obviously loved the experience and brought us all along for that ride.  His experience reflects how we all find something in this subject that touches who we are.

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.

Lightroom – Automating Your Workflow

The attached document covers most of what we discussed in the Post Processing SIG in December 2015 on workflow automation in Lightroom.  Our January SIG registration can be found on this page.

There are an amazing number tools to help you speed up repetitive tasks.  If you  find yourself doing the same thing over and over again, then there are tools to help you.

As you read the document and try out the various tools take note that I personally believe the most important thing you can do is to organize the way you name your files, your folder structure, and your use of ratings, colors, and keywords.  If you have a plan, and use it consistently, you will find using Lightroom a lot easier.  In addition automation tools like Smart Collections will work for you to help you sort through your image library.

 

Photography 101 – Class Materials

 Attached are the presentations used in the Photography 101 series this summer (2015).  They include the material used for the Lightroom Library Module (organizing your images), Know Your Camera, and Creating Art.  We plan to have one more basic session in the Fall on editing in Lightroom, using the Develop Module.

Lightroom library module

Know your camera

Creating Art 1

Video on Composition used in the workshop