RE: [digcam-216] Message Board - On Camera Flash..........

From: user 4.
Sent on: Sunday, July 6, 2008 11:25 PM
Hi Jerry-
 
I'm up for accepting the challenge, if everyone else is game.
As for the interim workshop, I'm definitely open to that as well.
I can probably make it on either of the two dates you suggested,
but Tuesday, July 22, is definitely preferred.
 
In answer to your other questions...
 
1. What is the name of the photo editing program(s) you are currently using?
     I use several programs, though most of the time I use a combination
     of Photoshop and Corel Paint Shop Pro.
2. What would you say your proficiency level is?
          a. Haven't opened it yet.
          b. Just a beginner & I need all the help I can get.
          c. I'm more than a beginner but could use some help.
          d. I'm moving right along, intermediate. 
               I'd say this probably fits me best.  I don't really consider myself a 'pro',
               though I do believe I am pretty proficient in Paint Shop Pro.  I am striving
               to become more knowledgable about Photoshop as well, and hope to be
               able to upgrade to a newer version (money permitting) sometime in the
               relatively near future.
          e. I'm an experienced pro but open to suggestions.
          f. I am an expert & willing to teach.
 
To be honest, I have been striving to use my photo editing programs as little as possible lately.
I guess you could say I've issued myself a 'challenge' of sorts... to try and create the 'perfect' photo
within the camera.  My camera doesn't have the capability of shooting in RAW format, so I don't
have, or need, software for that at this point.  In the software I do have, I try not to have to do
any more than resizing for the web and/or the occasional cropping.
 
That's not to say that I think there's anything wrong with photo editing.  It definitely has its uses,
and I do enjoy taking full advantage of those uses when necessary, or sometimes just to experiment
with various filters and such.  I also use photo editing and other graphics editing and creation, including
animation, in my web design work, so I do have a deep appreciation for the art, and am always
open to learning new tricks and techniques.
 
As I am relatively new to 'serious' photography, limiting my use of the editing programs for my photos
is just one way of pushing myself to learn as much as I can about the basics of photography and the
functions and uses of the various camera settings.  I try to force myself to depend on the camera
and on my growing knowledge of photography, and that of others from whom I am learning,
rather than relying on a program that can 'fix' my mistakes after the fact.
 
Anyway... sorry to ramble on.  As I said above, I'm not a 'pro', but am more than willing to
share whatever knowledge I have that may be useful to others.
 
Have a great week, and I look forward to the next meeting!
 
-Vicky
 


From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Jerry Bauer
Sent: Friday, July 04,[masked]:14 PM
To: [address removed]
Subject: [digcam-216] Message Board - On Camera Flash..........

We have received a challenge of sorts & I would like to get some feedback from all members on this subject and one more item, please.

First, I would like to accept this challenge if the membership is ready. In order to be sure we are going to be prepared, I would also like to schedule an interim meeting/workshop to address the subject of "On Camera Flash" & see that we are prepared to produce some really nice images using JUST the on-camera flash. I believe we can do this and it should be fun to have a little competition over the Internet between the 2 clubs.

In addition, there was some pretty strong interest in another suggestion for a future challenge either for ourselves or with that "other" group on the east side. I propose to demonstrate how to put an item of color into a Black & White conversion at this same meetup. This is really a pretty simple thing to do but if we do it as a group there would be a chance to give individual instruction to members who may not be real familiar with their editing software.

This leads me to my second question.

1. What is the name of the photo editing program(s) you are currently using?

2. What would you say your proficiency level is? a. Haven't opened it yet.
b. Just a beginner & I need all the help I can get.
c. I'm more than a beginner but could use some help.
d. I'm moving right along, intermediate.
e. I'm an experienced pro but open to suggestions.
f. I am an expert & willing to teach.

We don't want to move too fast for some less experienced members but we have also had other members offer to be mentors & teachers for the beginning level folks so you can have an opportunity to fast-track the learning experience if you wish.

If we get a positive response to this e-mail I am going to suggest we have the meetup/workshop either Tuesday, July 22 @ 7 PM or Saturday, July 26 @ 10 AM at the same place we had our first meeting, the Las Casitas Clubhouse.

Please let me know you response by Monday, July 7 @ 9 PM. Thank you for your participation!

Jerry Bauer
Co-organizer




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