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Library Session - Macro Photography presented by Jeff Park

Jeff Park, an employee and instructor at Apertures, will be our guest speaker. He's prepared to discuss MACRO photography from the basics to advanced. You will want to watch his demonstration of shooting and editing stacked images to increase depth of field in your macro images. Software for stacking images will also be discussed. Come prepared to ask questions regarding macro photography to get the most out of this session.

This session will lead us into a macro shoot to take place later in January, so watch for details on that.

We will also announce the winners for November and December THEME OF THE MONTH.

After our library session, we will go to Applebee's at 11104 East 41st Street. for a bite to eat and socialize.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I agree with the other comments. It was not worth my time and money to go last night. I know it is difficult when there are all different levels of understanding in a group but when the title is Macro Photography, I was expecting to learn more about how to do macro photography and I had a very hard time following what he was saying----mostly because a lot of the terminology was above my head. Then it seemed like we talked more about stacking and post processing than we did about macro it self. Guess I did not understand what he was going to present so I have to take part of the blame as well as not being familiar with a lot of what he was talking about. It would make me think twice before taking a course from him at Apertures.

    1 · January 24, 2013

    • Sylvia W.

      Betty, Just to clarify...the $15 donation was for the entire year, not just this session. And please don't give up on us. After 4 years of doing these sessions, this is the first one I can remember that we have received such negative comments from our members.

      1 · January 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sylvia, I knew the 15.00 was for the whole year----I was just using an old old phrase. I apologize if I was misunderstood.

      January 26, 2013

  • Lawrence M G.

    After the meeting: Good Times.

    January 25, 2013

  • Lawrence M G.

    Orange juice was a good tip.

    January 25, 2013

  • Pam S.

    I've read all the comments at least twice, it appears that there were many diverse expectations. We might use the whole experience as a learning one. It seems that this topic "Macro" was of great interest to many. I know it was to me. It sounds like a subject to try again with lessons learned. I would first ask, "What did you hope to learn about Macro Photography?" For me personally, I wanted some additional insights on getting good bug pictures and how do you light, or diffuse light outdoors on those flower pictures without carrying a studio with you. I was looking for tips and tricks for in place Macro nature photography. What were others hoping to learn? That discussion might help the organizers to set up future sessions. Maybe we could have a library session titled "I wish someone had told me ____ when I was a beginner." and have everyone contribute a one minute tip.

    1 · January 24, 2013

    • Bill D.

      You nailed it. I'd like more practical tips, such as the one example last night, "orange juice". Lighting tips, because it is so hard when your inches from your subject. I agree we should try this one again.

      January 24, 2013

    • Juni C.

      It doesn't even have to be a presentation of a paid speaker. There are many people in the group who are competent, and I'm sure some people in the group have shot a macro one way or another. Show a macro shot, then explain/show how you achieved it. What was the setting? How was it lighted? There is a reason "show and tell" is still used as an instructional method because it can be effective. And everyone can participate instead of just sitting and listening to a boring lecture.

      January 24, 2013

  • Angel S.

    what is a "library session"? and for what?

    December 28, 2012

    • Mike S.

      It is our monthly meeting that happens to be held in a library. As opposed to a "shoot'.

      January 24, 2013

    • Sylvia W.

      Hi Angel, Our library sessions are our monthly instructional, critiquing or educational sessions. We have a wide variety of speakers and presenters on topics ranging from composition & technique to portrait posing to very specialized photography such as off camera flash, macro and night photography. And besides all that....we have fun. :))

      January 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm glad I came to the meetup! I'm a beginner so everything was way over my head! But I loved getting to meet everyone! The people I got to talk to all seem very helpful and willing to take time to show me what they know about photography! I'm very happy to have found this group!

    2 · January 24, 2013

    • Marty C.

      I am glad you came and that you were able to meet the group. We hope to see you again soon!

      January 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Glad to read the comments. It was my first meeting, and I thought it would be my last, since I assumed everyone understood what he was saying, and so the group was way too advanced for me.

    1 · January 24, 2013

    • Bill D.

      Everyone's starts out a beginner. We learn by picking up a tip here and there. I would encourage you to take one of Doug Henderson's classes at TTC to get started.

      1 · January 24, 2013

    • Sylvia W.

      Hang in there Jackie....this was an advanced topic even for our group. Come back next month....and come to the macro shoot if you can.

      January 24, 2013

  • Sylvia W.

    First, our apologies. It was our understanding Jeff would be setting up a demonstration for the group and we were surprised there was no video presentation of his work to accompany his wealth of information and experience. Jeff assisted us 5 years ago with a hands on demonstration that was very informative and sparked a keen interest in macrophotography. The lack of equipment demonstration and visual aides negatively affected his presentation.

    Second, this was clearly a more advanced topic. Most of our sessions are geared in the low to mid intermmediate range. As we strive to reach photographers from beginners to advanced experience levels, it is difficult to find that 'sweet spot' that both nurtures and encourages the beginner yet still provides some meaty substance to the sophisticated photographer. We hope to see you all back with us next month.

    January 24, 2013

  • Frank P.

    Interesting session. Like several others, the discussion was way beyond my level in the technical aspects. It would have been good for Jeff to have shown some examples & how they were obtained, rather than just talk. I've taken a couple classes taught by Jeff and have seen some of his work and know it to be excellent. Even though this presenation was over my head in many respects, the evening wasn't a loss as I still took away a couple things I didn't know and could use.

    January 24, 2013

  • Bill D.

    I think people will learn more Sunday at the actual shooting. It's a big topic to cover in one lecture. This was my first meeting and I had no idea what to expect. Some sample set up pics would have been nice and sample pictures are always fun to look at.
    I have no doubt the guy knows his stuff and I'm sure in a teaching class things would be better. But for those who have not done much Macro shooting it had to have left them frustrated.
    Here are 4 things you must have if you want to get serious about macro photography. 1 A dedicated macro lens or two 2. ball head tripod with focus rail 3. lots of patients Photoshop CS5 can do a decent job stacking the images when you get to that stage.

    1 · January 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The talk was interesting. My favorite taco truck was around the corner to this location, therefore dinner was delicious. It's always fun to hang out with other photographers after the library sessions. I even ran into my very first photography instructor. I gave the bartender at Applebees multiple opportunities to make a good martini, but she the flavor was off and she consistently poured light; you have now been warned.

    1 · January 24, 2013

  • Juni C.

    I actually feel sorry for the guy. I'm sure he's a nice person who knows the difference between f2.8 and f22, lens diffraction, stacking, lens reversal and all that stuff but technical know how doesn't make anyone a photographer.

    January 24, 2013

  • Juni C.

    You know the expression "All talk with nothing to show for it"? That's EXACTLY what it was.

    January 24, 2013

  • Bill B.

    Disorganized ramble that was difficult to follow and too technical for those looking for an introduction.

    1 · January 24, 2013

  • Arthur B.

    Jeff sounded like he new a lot about micro photography. However, it was very technical and I am sure their was a lot of the members wondering why he did not show any images and possibly some equipment so we could understand what he was talking about.

    1 · January 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Boring, I'm sure Jeff knows his stuff, I can only look at a radio for so long. I would learn more if he SHOW SOME PHOTOGRAPHS OF HIS WORK to help explain visually what he was talking about. I like Jeff, he has helped me before at the store, nice guy. Maybe I'm in the wrong group. A little disappointed for my first meeting. Met some nice people.

    1 · January 23, 2013

  • Angel S.

    How do these sessions work? What all is involved? what all happen here? Info please?!

    December 29, 2012

    • Jeanne C.

      Angel, we meet from 7 to 9 at the library. Afterwards, we usually to to THE BROOK on 91st Street to get a bite to eat and socialize.

      1 · December 31, 2012

    • Angel S.

      Oh cool!! sounds great!! thank you all!!

      January 2, 2013

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