January 2018 S&L Challenge

2018 is here, and what better way than to photograph our favorite creatures, our pets, with people.  Our assignment is Pets and People.  Take pictures of Pets OR people, or pets AND people. You’ll get more love by the audience if you can get them together. The holiday season is a great time to get some great shots.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

November 2017 – Share and Learn Gallery – Time

They say that time flies when you’re having fun.   What better way to have fun than to take pictures!  This month our challenge was to submit images that said something about time.


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 


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


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. 


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. 


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.


Q: how many pictures may I submit?

A: four or less


Q: What file type mya I use.

A: always submit jpg file.


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. 


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. 

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.

What is Share and Learn?

We conduct a “share and learn” session at each of our meetings where members bring in photos they’ve shot.  In order to provide some incentive for our members to get out and use their cameras, as well as encourage some learning we issue a monthly photo assignment to serve as the subject for the Share and Learn.  While it is not strictly required to follow the assignment, members are encouraged to do so.