October Newsletter from Camera Co

From: Brian S
Sent on: Saturday, November 17, 2012 8:52 AM
Below is the October Newsletter from Camera Co.  I can let you know when they decide on their Nov outing.  I send these because the Camera co sponsors us and pays the meetup fee.  In October they renewed their sponsorship for another six months so we are covered through April.

Long time member and co-organizer Marlene is moving to California.  I just wanted to thank her for all she has done for the group.  Steve agreed to become a co-organizer so we still have six co-orgs and Adam as organizer.  If any of you are interested in being a co-org let us know.
http://www.meetup.com/Photography-Meetup-Group/members/?op=leaders

If you have any event ideas feel free to schedule them on the calendar or discuss them on our message board:
http://www.meetup.com/Photography-Meetup-Group/messages/boards/
 
Brian

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November 2012
 
           
The Lights of Devils Island 
Photo by Mark Weller and John Rumell 
 

In This Issue
About The Photographers Group
Sorry For The Delay
November Seminars
Hey Dave!
Del Mineard, Star Fiters
A couple of things
Join Our Mailing List!
Quick Links
View our photos on flickr
Find us on Facebook

 Greetings!
Do you have an idea for an outing? 
 
 
If any of you have ideas for outings or events please post them on the group's Flickr page so we can get some feedback from our members. Or email your thoughts to [address removed] 
 
 
 
Want to see your pictures in this newsletter? 
 
 
If you would like to have some of your pictures featured in this newsletter please send an email to [address removed] and state in your email that you grant me permission to use your photos that you have posted on Flickr. 
 

About The Camera Company Photographers Group 
This group was formed with the idea that people might have fun going to various locations in and around Dane County to photograph places of interest while sharing tips and ideas with others. The group was two years old in April and we have made a lot of good friends during this time. We feel lucky to have so many fantastic and talented people in the group who have all been happy to help each other out on the shoots. If anyone you know would like to join us for the fun we would love to have them. Oh, I almost forgot. The group is free! The only cost would be when we go someplace that charges an admission. We are a shooting group so we don't spend time sitting in meetings or banging gavels. So if you want to get out and shoot with a great bunch of people we are the answer for you. We do have a flickr group where we share our photos and if you want to click on the groups logo you can see the page. Feel free to join our Flickr group and post some of your pictures.
 
Our first meeting and photo shoot occurred on April 24, 2010  
 
  
Sorry For The Delay
A mishap that put me temporarily out of commission delayed this newsletter.
I needed to get this out at the last minute because I wanted to share Del's article about star filters  to you.
There are still some seats for some of the seminars.
I will not be able to physically do the outing I had planed for this month so I will send out an announcement for this months outing in a separate communication next week.
I will send out a separate announcement for this months outing.

November Seminars    
On Friday November 16th and Saturday November 17th we will be offering FREE seminars on some popular subjects.
Space is limited and our seminars fill fast.
To sign-up for seminars being held at the Eastside store call us at[masked]-9052.
To sign-up for seminars at the Westside store call[masked]-5280.


Friday Eastside 
 
 
Introduction to macro photography
(East - Friday 12:45-1:45pm)
Interested in extreme close-ups showing fine detail and texture invisible to the naked eye? This seminar provides an overview of the techniques and equipment needed to open up the world of macro photography. Learn about lenses, accessories, the use of off-camera flash, and more. Plus, have your questions answered by people who do macro photography.
 
Introduction to night photography
(East - Friday 2:00-3:00pm)
Add a fun new dimension to your hobby! Come learn the basics of night photography. You'll get tips on how to select an ISO, shutter speed, and aperture to successfully achieve interesting results. We'll also teach you how to make the most of the camera gear you already own.
 
Introduction to sports photography
(East - Friday 3:15-4:15pm)
Tired of missing shots? Let us give you the basic information you need to capture great action photos. Learn how to control the effect of motion with shutter speed, how to get sharp pictures by utilizing your camera's advanced auto focus modes, and how to deal with the difficult lighting conditions associated with both indoor and nighttime sports.
 
Street photography basics
(East - Friday 5:00-6:00pm)
Interested in capturing real-life moments, unscripted scenes, and interesting people? This seminar will provide an overview of the strategies, techniques, equipment, and mindset necessary for this fascinating style of photography.
 
Travel, travel heavy or travel light?
(East - Friday 6:15-7:15)
Have an upcoming trip? Around the world or around Wisconsin, we've got tips for a wide array of photographic situations you'll encounter. Whether its people, wildlife, or landscapes, we'll help you capture the things you'll want to remember. We'll also cover strategies and suggestions for deciding what to bring with you.
 
Saturday Eastside 
 
Travel, travel heavy or travel light?
(East - Saturday 10:00-11:00am)
Have an upcoming trip? Around the world or around Wisconsin, we've got tips for a wide array of photographic situations you'll encounter. Whether its people, wildlife, or landscapes, we'll help you capture the things you'll want to remember. We'll also cover strategies and suggestions for deciding what to bring with you.
 
Introduction to Sports Photography
(East - Saturday 11:15-12:15pm)
Tired of missing shots? Let us give you the basic information you need to capture great action photos. Learn how to control the effect of motion with shutter speed, how to get sharp pictures by utilizing your camera's advanced auto focus modes, and how to deal with the difficult lighting conditions associated with both indoor and nighttime sports.
 
Street photography basics
(East - Saturday 12:30-1:30pm)
Interested in capturing real-life moments, unscripted scenes, and interesting people? This seminar will provide an overview of the strategies, techniques, equipment, and mindset necessary for this fascinating style of photography.
 
 
 
 Special Guest Speakers
 Mark Weller and John Rumell  
 
The Lights of Raspberry Island
The Lights of Raspberry Island
       
 
The Lights of the Apostle Islands: Chasing the Milky Way
(East-Saturday - 2:00-3:00pm)
Hear Mark Weller and John Rummel tell the fascinating tale of how they went about getting their wonderful pictures of the Lighthouses of the Apostle Islands.
Mark and John are not keeping any secrets; they will share the story of why they did it and how they did it!
 
 
summer milky way john rumell
Photo by John Rumell
click to view larger
 
 
An Introduction to Astrophotography - no telescope required.
(East-Saturday - 3:15pm-4:30pm)
In this seminar, John Rummel explains some basics of good astrophotography using cameras and equipment that you probably already own, no telescope required. Some more advanced techniques will also be discussed, as well as lots and lots of pictures.
John has many years of experience and has made some fantastic photos of the moon, planets, and stars and more.
If it happens in the sky he has photographed it.
This is your chance to get some tips from a real expert.
 
 
 
Saturday Westside
 
 
Better Portraits
(West - Saturday 9:00-9:45am)
In this seminar we will discuss how to give your portraits a professional look using your DSLR camera settings, as well as using different lighting and posing techniques.
 
Macro and Close-Up Photo Techniques
(West - Saturday 10:00-10:45am)
Interested in extreme close-ups showing fine detail and texture invisible to the naked eye? This seminar provides an overview of the techniques and equipment needed to open up the world of macro photography. Learn about lenses, accessories, the use of off-camera flash, and more.
 
Creative Photo Gifting and Online Printing
(West - Saturday 11:00-11:45pm)
Have you ever wanted to make a special photo gift that really stands out? This informative seminar will teach you how to create memorable photo gifts and print online. Learn how to design your gift to make that extra special person smile.  All attendees will receive a $10 coupon good towards any photo gift.
 
Composition Techniques
(West - Saturday 12:00-12:45pm)
Do you feel like your photos could use a breath of fresh air? We'll cover topics such as the rule of thirds, patterns, use of lines in an image, perspective and more. Take your photos to the next level.
 
Planning your shots in a digital world
(West - Saturday 1:00-1:45pm)
This seminar will introduce digital tools available to help you plan your scenic shots for that photo shoot across town or around the world. Great for iPad and Smartphone users.
 
Images, iPads, and Androids
(West - Saturday 2:00-2:45pm)
In this seminar we will introduce the art of mobile photography-how to shoot, enhance and share photos with your mobile phone or tablet. You will learn how to take, tweak, and share images with your  IOS or Android device.
 
Hey Dave! Can you help me make my Christmas list? 
People always come in the store at this time of year and they say, "my son or daughter, husband, wife or friend is into photography and I would like to give them something for Christmas that they can will be able to use when they are out taking pictures". What could I get them?

Years ago I decided that at Christmas time I had to have list of useful products covering a wide price range that I could suggest to customers who ask for my help with this question.

There are the usual items such as lenses, flashes, camera bags, tripods, mono-pods, or of course you can always buy them a new camera.
On the other end of the price range are things such as the stocking stuffer type items.
Here are few ideas.

Lens cleaning products including, lens cleaning paper or micro fiber lens cloth. These are always a safe bet because even if they already have one a person can always use another lens cloth. Priced from a couple of dollars up to about $10.00. Inexpensive and always a welcome addition to any shooters camera case.

Rain shield
Keep one of these in your camera bag and ir it starts to drizzle keep shooting. A two pack is less than $9.00

Black Rapid strap
The best camera strap I have ever used, comfortable all day carry even with a heavy camera.

Three way bubble level, used to level the camera and keep horizons straight. I use mine all the time.
Mounts on any camera hot shoe. Can be viewed for either side, the front, back or the top. $39.99

Remote control shutter release. There are a few different types of these. Cable remotes are connected to the camera with, you quessed it, a cable. Infra-red remotes that work like the remote for you television. They use a beam of infra-red light to trip the camera shutter. Then you have radio control. These are the most reliable and work at greater distances and can work from around a corner. They also will work through windows.
Remote controls start at about $20.00 and go up to around $90.00 for the radio control remotes.
If you come in for a remote or you put one on your Christmas list make sure can tell us the make and model of the camera so we can be sure you get the right one.

Hoodman Lupe. This is another item I use a lot. It helps you see your LCD screen when you are reviewing your pictures. The LCD screen can be imposable to see in the sunlight and the Hoodman is just the ticket. Using the Hoodman make seeing you screen easy. It blocks out the sunlight and you see really clear bright screen.
The Hoodman lupe is a high quality device and sells for $99.99. If I forget mine at home the first thing I do when I get to my shoot is kick myself.

Polarizing filter
Create contrast between the blue sky and white clouds. Remove reflections from windows and eliminate the glaring shine from leaves when doing macro photography of plants with high oil content.

Close-up set
Do some macro work without committing to the expense of a macro lens. In the $50.00- $70.00 price range depending on size.  

Variable ND filters
One filter that can replace two or three ND filters.

Cross screen and star filters.
Create the star effects in your nighttime shots. Also a great filter to take along to a car show to get the star effect from reflection off of the chrome.

Check out Del Mineard's article below.


 Star Filters by Del Mineard Jr.
Star Filters
Night pictures like the capital building can be very dramatic but they all tend to look the same. To make your photo stand out use an inexpensive star filter. A star filter has a surface that is etched with a fine grid pattern. Depending on the pattern, point light sources and reflections create multi-beam stars. I started with a Star 4 filter and now use a Star Six filter.   This filter is designed so that a 6-point star is created from point light sources and reflections.
I like to use my star filter during the Christmas holiday season when I take pictures of our Christmas tree and indoor/outdoor lighting. Their also great for night photography of buildings, monuments, busy city streets. Any building lit at night works great such as the Washington Monument, the Jefferson Monument, and the Wisconsin State Capital building. For the small cost of a star filter you too can add impact and sparkle to your pictures.
Before you buy a star filter decide which lens you will use the filter on. For example, my wide angle zoom lens and telephoto zoom lens both use a 77mm filter so that was an easy decision. However, if your lenses have different filter sizes, just determine which one you will use the filter on the most. Although mine is a Hoya Filter Star Six, any of those at The Camera Company will work just fine. All you need to know is what size filter and if your want a 4-star or 6-star filter. Once you buy your star filter get out there and take some pictures and yours will sparkle. Remember to rotate the filter to change the orientation of the star. Or, give the information to your spouse and perhaps you will find a Star Filter in your Christmas Stocking like I did.
star filter
Photo by Delmar (Del) Mineard, Jr

A Couple Of Things 
We have placed the Photographers Group on The Camera Company website and I would like to be able to have some members comments about the group on there. So if any of you would email me your comment on the group and our activities that would be great. You can sign your first name, first and last name or make up a name.
If we can use this to help gain more members it is better for all because the more the merrier!


We always like to hear about our fellow group members.
Why not write a little something about yourself and share it with us all. Tell us about your interest in photography and how you got started. It is easy once you get going.

Byrne did it. 
Kathy did it. 
Lindsay did it. 
Rosanne did it.
Gary did it.
Bryon did it  
Now it is your turn. 
It won't hurt a bit. 
Write it up and send it to: 
[address removed]

This newsletter would be more fun for us all.
And easier for me to produce if I had more people give me permission to use their Flickr pictures in it.
However, I cannot use your pictures unless you email me permission to do so.
 
So come on! Help me out. Shoot me an email stating that I have permission from you to use your pictures and please include your Flickr name and your real name.  
If you have already given me permission and have not seen your pictures in a newsletter let me know because I think I have used everyone that I have permission for.
If you have restricted downloading on Flickr you may have to friend me.
 
 
We hope to see you at the outings!
Thanks,
David E. Fiala
 

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