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PDA News May

From: Ronald T.
Sent on: Friday, May 15, 2009 2:54 PM
We are working on a project for May 17.
We will be taking a small number of photographers with us to the downtown area of Los Angeles. This will be a release shoot, all subjects will have a release signed. We are asking that you bring a posing fee of about five dollars per person. There should be around 20 models.

This will be in conjunction with Skid Row Photography Group, the event called ?Voices, Beautiful Women of Skid Row?, this Sunday from 1:30 PM to 5 PM. We are looking for photographers that have an understanding of the sensitivity surrounding women living on Skid Row. This is not a shoot and capture event. We are interacting with people who are opening themselves up to us and allowing us to come into their world. Anyone interested in participating in this event should call me at[masked] for details.

We would?ve liked to have had make-up artists, and hairdressers, to come to this event but we feel we do not have the time. But we ask for you to donate anything that you feel may make these women feel special for our cameras and for them.

Intermediate/Advanced Photoshop class begins Tuesday May 19
?In the BHAS catalog this course is listed as Advanced but I am tailoring the class to meet the needs of various levels of students. So if you've taken a beginning Photoshop class or are a more advanced user - come join us.? (Keith)
To enroll call the Beverly Hills Adult School office (310) 551-5150.
Keith Johnson, (323)[masked] or [address removed]
Adobe Photoshop: Intermediate/Adv Course
This course builds on your existing knowledge of Photoshop and expands your list of creative techniques to turn an ordinary photo into the extraordinary. They'll focus on features such as using curves to correct exposure & color, blending modes, gradient maps, retouching + selection skills including masking & pen tool.
Prerequisite: Beginning Photoshop or previous experience.
Course #062019
5 Tuesdays, May 19, 6:30-9:30pm
Room 191, $105
One of my favorite links: photoshopkillertips "Get your daily video dose of the coolest Adobe Photoshop tips, timesaving shortcuts, workarounds and tricks with Matt Kloskowski."
FYI, you can download a free 30-day trial version of Photoshop or any Adobe program:
adobe trial downloads And students can purchase Photoshop at a big discount too.
Someone asked about how to do a comic book effect, here's a tutorial:
Comic Book effect using photoshop

Dominick Mauro Contact information.
Dominick will have a limited supply of books with him for sale at just $10 each. Or you can buy one at for about $13 each which includes shipping. Please bring exact change of $10 cash, if you plan on buying a book at the meeting.

New equipment and software
This will eventually be the next best thing to being there. The Stereoscope cinema will give you 3-D viewing of your images, also videos from your iPods and from other media devices. Hi resolution LCD viewing, they have a virtual 45 inch screen viewed from 6 feet away.

They fit over your eyes and they also have incorporated slighting earpieces constructed of a soft compound which will give you high definition sound. All this for a cost of around $449.
Blu-ray external optical drive. This is a Mercury Pro Quad interface, archive your images using this drive will be a cinch. There are two models to choose from cost will run around $579 for the5583, 499 for the other 5582T

Storage has become a very big factor in the amount of images that we can maintain on our computer systems. We can never get enough and there's always a chance for a crash where you lose all your information. Over the next few weeks we will be reviewing some of the best options that may help relieve your storage nightmares.

In the past few weeks I have tried several different means of backing my images. Currently I am trying Mosey backups on the Internet for the cost of around five dollars a month with unlimited storage. I will let you know the findings in the next few weeks.

I would also like to encourage you to send me your findings on what you're using to back your systems. If you're using a Drobo, Maxtor Onetouch 3 or any others please let me hear from you.

Photo Ops

May 16, 2009 from 2pm-8pm
An eclectic event that celebrates the roots (and midway spirit)
of the Pier with show stopping performances from the largest
gathering of variety acts, circus artists, vaudevillians and
buskers seen on the Santa Monica Pier in a hundred years.

Western Days and Chili Cook-off
Sat & Sun, May 16 & 17, 11 am-5 pm ?
Old Town Temecula Old Town Front Street
Music, stage coach rides, calf roping lessons, art show and amazing chili, something for everyone. High Noon Bank Robbery Shootout! Corner of Front & Main Streets, presented by Old Town Temecula Gunfighters, and other entertainment. ICS Sanctioned Chili Cook Off.

Los Angeles Marathon/ 5K / Bike Tour / Expo
Register online by May 20!
Marathon: May 25, 7:20 am - 6th & Figueroa St.
5K: May 25, 8:30 am - 11th & Figueroa
Bike Tour: May 25, 5 am - Exposition Blvd. and Menlo Ave.
Expo: May 23 & 24, Sat 9 am-8 pm; Sun 9 am-6 pm - L.A. Convention Center
we are looking for, pictures of BIB #: 7872, this will be worn by one of our own, Ray, who is also the organizer for The Los Angeles Hiking and Photography Meetup. He will be participating in this year's marathon. We wish him well in his efforts.

Go Ray Go

Please e-mail me your bid number if you are participating, we want to recognize any of our membership that will be participating.


Photoshop World in October, once again it will be in Las Vegas Nevada. I would like to know how many of you are going this year. If the numbers are high enough we may choose to make it a meet up location,

October 1- 3, 2009
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
Las Vegas, NV

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