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TWO SPEAKERS ALREADY - and today's DAILY TIP

From: Stephen D.
Sent on: Monday, July 26, 2010 9:36 AM
Great news! We've got two speakers already for the 18th, and more are on the way! Carl has kindly agreed to give us a glimpse into the exciting field of HDR imaging! High Dynamic Range is usually associated with taking the best of several versions of a scene and putting them together into one shot that has the best of each version. Carl's going to show us how to use the same HDR process when you have just ONE image and not several to work with. I know I'll be taking notes on his talk!

Have you ever wanted to be a film critic? Well here's your chance to become a PHOTO critic instead. Michael brings his forty years of experience with cameras (what were you doing forty years ago??).... presenting a slideshow of images that have both good and bad features. Let's see how many we can spot of each, and then pick the brains of the editors in the crowd to find out how each would remedy the images on Photoshop!

We still have time for others - this is YOUR meeting of YOUR group - Our goal is to have EVERY meeting run by EVERY member there. Use the "IDEAS" tab at the top of our web page with ANY idea you have for a meeting or for the group in general - or email me through the site if you'd prefer.

See you on the 18th!!

Steve

PS. The venue still isn't firm yet, but it's begining to look like it'll be in Pittsford somewhere. We'll keep you posted.

OH RIGHT!... Today's tip:

Yesterday I drove to Niagara Falls with my SLR, a monopod, and some decent light with a partly cloudy sky. It could not have been a better day to get some shots of one of the seven wonders of the world!

As I drove I began to lose interest in the trip. Why? Because the subject wasn't good enough? Because I didn't feel good? Maybe because something else was bothering me? No, it was one thing: The trip didn't have a purpose. It didn't matter at all whether I got those shots or not.

I don't know about you, but my favorite times with a camera, or in front of my editing screen for that matter, are when I'm doing it for a customer's website, or to prepare for a class I'm teaching, or as part of some family video that I'm doing for my family, or SOMETHING other than just the pictures or the editing projects themselves. CONTESTS are great for that. I had more fun two weeks ago at the Seneca Park Zoo taking pictures of that little orange guy at the top left of our website than I was having on my drive to Niagara Falls yesterday, and the reason was that there was a contest deadline for the Zoo's calendar next year.

Bottom Line? You may be different, but I like to always try to find a reason for the shoot or the edit at hand. Frankly, this group is part of that. My starting the group. I mean. You may find that taking an active role in it - WHICH IS WELCOMED BY THE WAY (LOL) - can bring the same dimension to your editing activities as well. I've grown in the past week with RPEG... just in one week! You can too. Here or elsewhere, "find a reason for doing it".

"Is there not a cause?"

SD

PS. Smug Mug. I decided that the day at NF was about shooting pics that I could upload there and maybe make some money on them. Worked for me! It was a GREAT day!!

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