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Camera Company Photographers Group May 2013

From: Brian S
Sent on: Saturday, May 4, 2013 3:43 PM
Our group is up to 495 members.  Who will be the 500th?  Below is the May Camera Co newsletter.  They are going to Epic May 29.  Our group went there last April and took these:

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From: The Camera Company Photographers Group <[address removed]>
Sent: Saturday, May 4,[masked]:05 AM
Subject: The Camera Company Photographers Group May 2013

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  May 2013
The Capitol
 Photo by Tony Huessner
In This Issue
About The Photographers Group
Report on Our Most Recent Outing
Next Outing: Positively Epic!
Quick Tip!
May Seminars At The Camera Company
Hey Dave!
Who Wants To Be Famous
Photo Contest
Group Member Photos
Member Profile: Austin Cope
Member Profiles
Join Our Mailing List!
Quick Links
View our photos on flickr
Find us on Facebook
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.  
All pictures in this newsletter click to a larger version or to more information! 
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   
Report On Our Most Recent Outing: The Capitol
Photo by Cheryl Schlitz
Photo by Tim Smith
Photo by Rosanne Cash
Photo by Cheryl Schlitz

We had a nice turnout for our Capitol outing! We were a tad early for Tulips, but there were plenty of people about and sights to see, thanks to the Farmers' Market. Some great weather didn't hurt.  And of course the Capitol Building itself never disappoints.  To the regulars that were in attendance: thanks for joining us again! And to the newcomers: welcome! More fun and good company in store.
Next Outing: Epic
Positively Epic, outing to Epic!  
On Wednesday May 29th at 3:00PM we will meet at Epic located at 1979 Milky Way, Verona, WI 53593
Epic has graciously agreed to allow us access to their company so we can photograph the wonderful buildings and grounds. 
We will photograph this fantastic company inside and out. If you have never been in these buildings this is a must see.  Every building has a theme. Grand Central Station, Indiana Jones, Subway Station.
Epic has requested that we make our photos available to them for their use. Please be prepared to do this if you attend this outing.
Wide-Angle and fast lenses will be the order of the day on this outing.
Lighting in the buildings is excellent.This is a hand-held  photography project.
Tripods and Mono-pods will not be permitted.
We hope you join us for Positivity Epic!
I need to have an idea how many people to expect so please email me if you are plan to attend.
[address removed]
Grand Central Station Hallway at Epic 
Photo by the Author

Quick Tip! 
My friend The Great Leonard Osterich shared a cool little tip.  Leonard takes a small piece of wet/dry sand paper with a fine grit and cuts little pieces to glue onto the inside tabs of his lens caps. The little bit of grit provides a really good grip so the cap will not slip from his fingers.
I like great ideas that are easy to implement, cost little as far as investment and provide a benefit that can be appreciated every time I do something like take off or put on a lens cap!
The only drawback is that I don't sell Leonard many replacement lens caps because he does not drop his into lakes and rivers.
Wet/Dry sandpaper glued to the inside edge of the finger grips on a Nikon lens cap.
May Seminars At The Camera Company 
New Presentation
Inside and Out: Macro Hardware 
Just Some Macro Equipment
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Eastside only
In this seminar we will discuss various methods of getting close-up photos.
We will show you the how to!
You will see how to use close-up filters and extension tubes. We will show you how to use a reversing ring with the lens that you probably already own. We will demonstrate how to use your flash off of the camera using cords as well the commander mode built into some camera models. We will show you the Ray-Flash and an inexpensive alternative LED type light that works really well for most of your macro photography. If you have been thinking about a more advanced lighting set-up we will show you the Nikon R1C1 Macro flash.
This is a much more advanced and detailed seminar than any of the Macro or Close-up seminars that we have previously done.
This is a new presentation so you have never been to this one. 
This seminar is free, but because we have a limited number of seats available, advanced registration is required!
Call the Eastside store to sign-up.  
The Camera Company Eastside  
4232 East Towne Blvd.
Hey Dave!
Hey Dave! What is the plate that the camera is on in the picture of the Macro Ring Light from April's newsletter?

That is the Manfrotto 454 Macropostioning Sliding Plate.
Here is how it works. Your camera is attached to the plate using your camera's tripod mount. Then the plate is mounted to your tripod. When shooting your macro photos you set your focus on your lens. Once you have your focus set pretty close to where you want it you can turn the knob at either end of the plate - your camera will then move forward or backwards depending on which way you turn the knob. This is a micrometer type adjustment so you can move the camera ever so slightly. This results in super accurate focus. This works really well if you are going to try to do some focus stacking in Photoshop because you have such accurate control of the focus.
Promaster RL60 LED Macro Ring Light and Manfrotto Macropositioning Sliding Plate

Manfrotto 454 Macropostioning  Sliding Plate

Who Wants To Be Famous?
We would like to to do a little redecorating at our stores.
So someone got the bright idea to have me ask group members if they would let us print some of their pictures. I would sure appreciate it you would consider sending me an email letting me know if you would help us out with this. I know that you people have plenty of fantastic pictures that you would like to share with the world.
Think of it! You send me an email letting know you are going to cooperate. Then we decide what pictures we want to use. We print them up and frame them. We hang them in our stores and you tell all of your friends that The Camera Company has one of your pictures on display. Then they tell their friends to go and see your picture at The Camera Company and the next thing you know you are being interviewed by Wolf Blitzer.
Suddenly, you're famous!

If you want to participate SEND ME AN EMAIL
Macro Photo Contest

Photo Contest: Macro Photography
Spring seems to have finally arrived, and so to celebrate we're holding another photography contest! The theme of the contest is "Macro Photography". The contest will be open for submissions until May 31st.

If you have questions (or need more equipment!) our sales staff at any of our three locations will be happy to assist you.
We'll also be posting tips and tricks on our Facebook page all month long!

1st Place - $50 Camera Company Gift Card
2nd Place - $25 On-Line Printing Credit
3rd Place - $25 On-Line Printing Credit

Group Member Photos
Click on the picture to see it on the groups Flickr page and to leave a comment.

Photo by Rosanne Cash
Photo by Tony Huessner
Photo by Vicki Kurasz
Photo by Bill Fenske

Member Profile: Austin Cope
Hey folks,
My name is Austin, and I work at the East Side Camera Company. I've probably met many of you already either in store, in a class/seminar, or at an outing.  Flickr users may know me from the challenges I try to post weekly to the Group's page.   
My photographic history is pretty brief; I bought my first camera (a Nikon D3100) as an early graduation present to myself last April. I had never really been into photography, but enjoyed taking pictures here and there with others' cameras. That D3100 changed everything, and soon I was obsessed. I spent the next few months reading, watching YouTube tutorials, and shooting non-stop. Recently graduated and forced out of my campus job, I had plenty of time to immerse myself in photography. I loved every minute of it. I moved to Madison from Milwaukee shortly afterwards, and landed an ideal job at The Camera Company not long after that.
I always say that as a photographer, I've got the best and worst job in the world. It's the best because I've learned so much and met so many great people through the Camera Company; the worst because I'm not just the proverbial kid in a candy store, I'm a kid that works in a candy store, surrounded every day with all the latest drool-worthy gear. Customers have joked that they should just pay me in gear, and I'm not sure I'd object to that.     
I just recently celebrated my first year in photography, marked by the purchase of my second camera (a Nikon D7000). I'm in love with it. I'm hopeful that this one should satisfy the need to upgrade for at least another few years.  Now lenses on the other hand... 
Nowadays, I split my time between work in the store, shooting for fun, and recently, my first paid shooting gigs. I get a lot of enjoyment out of helping customers get great cameras, and in instructing people in their use during classes, seminars, and tutoring sessions.
As for what I shoot for fun, it varies pretty wildly, but I got caught up in street photography early on and it's still primarily what I shoot. Getting as close as possible and snapping photos of interesting strangers still makes my heart pound; I cannot recommend it highly enough for those photographers seeking a thrill. Days off, you can find me wandering State Street or the alleyways surrounding it.   
Since shooting some cross country skiing, an autocross, and a 5k, I've really been getting into sports photography as well. In this genre, like street photography, it's still about capturing emotion, interesting people, and moments.
Overall, I'd say I'm obsessed in the best possible way.  Between reading, watching, viewing, comparing, teaching, tinkering, testing, and shooting, photography is a huge part of my life.  What a fantastic interest we all share!   
Be sure to stop by the East Side store some time and say hello!
Photo by Austin Cope
View more of Austin's photos on his Flickr Photostream.  
And his website here. 
Member Profiles 
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. 
Austin did it. 
Now it's 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!
David E. Fiala 
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