Saturday, January 31, 2009

Wolf Field Trip

The NHCC field trip committee is holding a field trip to Wolf Talk on Sunday Feb 15th. The reservation is for 10 people (she can set up a second date if there are 20 people interested) and the cost is $40. http://www.wolftalk.net/ (please note that you must be a paid member to attend NHCC field trips)

Please email Linda Thomas humbrd001@yahoo.com if you want to sign up. We will likely meet at Exit 13 on I-91 to carpool up to Mass.

From the Wolf Talk website...
Come and join us for a special treat, please be our guest as we introduce you to our animals and facility. Join us for a walk in the woods with Denahee, one of our youngest wolves. Enjoy some quiet time in the woods and feel free to take pictures, capturing memories to cherish forever. After we emerge from the woods, join us for some refreshments and story sharing to end the day. We are located in Gardner, Massachusetts. Snow shoeing rentals - schedule to be announced once we get snowfall. Available on Friday, Saturday and Sundays. Week day walks are available by special requests.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Next Program: Photoshop CS3 by George Fellner

Join us on Monday Feb 9th for our next NHCC program.

Our meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Mondays at 7L:30 at the Bethesda Lutheran Church; 450 Whitney Ave. New Haven, CT. You must be a paid member to attend a workshop, field trip, and to compete, but guests are always welcome at our meetings.

Image Enhancement and Optimization: Photoshop CS3 Workflow
By George Fellner


This workshop will focus on the basic adjustments typically made to all photos in order to optimize the image. Starting with a basic discussion of concepts and definitions, the various aspects of the RAW file is explained. This will be followed by the description of the Photoshop workflow process. Next, using actual photos, the workflow is demonstrated. Starting with the browsing of image files, selecting an image, and phase 1 processing through Adobe Camera RAW, the image will be edited with regard to white balance, exposure, color, and tonality among other variables. After the file is saved, it will receive further editing through phase 2 processing with regard to cropping, tonal fine-tuning, cleaning, sizing, and sharpening. While we all love to take great photos, the reality is that the second part of the creative process involves a minimal amount of computer work to implement the enhancement and optimization of our images.

George Fellner received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech, his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Florida, and is principal of Fellner Associates Architects. His photographic subjects include landscape, travel, portrait, as well as architecture. For the past 4 years, he has been exploring the macro-photography of stones and crystals, offering limitless material for evocative images. Fellner is the program director of the CT Valley Camera Club (and former president). He is also the co-chairman of the American Institute of Architects - CT Committee on the Environment and regularly gives presentations on architecture, sustainable design, and the environment, as well as photography.

His images have appeared in travel guides, national journals, newspapers, business publications, and the recent book Green Homes: Dwellings for the 21st Century, as well as in juried exhibitions. Fellner’s work was featured in 2007 as part of a 2-person exhibition (with Larry Russ) entitled Surreal Earth at the Exposure Gallery of Photography in New Haven, CT. His work was also featured in 2008 as part of a 3-person exhibition (with Jody Dole and Ellen Carey) entitled Click at the EO Art Lab Gallery in Chester, CT.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

January competition deadline soon

Our January NHCC competition is almost upon us. Your images must be emailed to NHCCwin@comcast.net

The deadline is midnight Friday Jan 23rd.

Photographs must be in the JPEG format and scaled to a maximum of 1024 pixels wide and a maximum of 768 pixels high.

Don't forget that the assigned subject competition has been changed: http://nhccphotoblog.blogspot.com/2008/07/nhcc-changes-to-category-competition.html

Our handbook with the complete rules and instructions can be found on the NHCC website: http://www.newhavencameraclub.org/handbook.htm

Prints

1. Prints must be between 8 by 10 inches and 16 by 20 inches.

2. Prints must be mounted on mat board or foam core board. Any size mat board or foam core board is allowed up to 16"x20".

3. Prints may be matted conventionally or electronically as long as the maximum dimensions are not exceeded.

4. On the back of each print clearly print your name and address, title, order designation (1 or 2), and an arrow indicating which edge is the top. This information may be printed on one or more labels affixed to the back if you prefer not to write on the mount.

Electronic Photographs

An example file name formatted correctly is A1$Jones$Bill$Red_Skier$2005-11.jpg The first letter is A, B, OR S for special category. You can enter TWO images in A or B and in S. The A or B photos do NOT have to be the same subject as the special category.

1. Photographs must be submitted as JPEG photographs with the .jpg extension.

2. Convert files to the sRGB color space if not already in that space or convert to Gray Gamma 2.2 if submitting an untinted monochrome photograph.

3. Photographs will be projected using a projector having 1024 pixels in the horizontal direction and 768 pixels in the vertical direction. Photographs must fit within those dimensions. See Figure 1 (pg 17 handbook). Unless your photograph’s proportions are in the exact ratio of 4 to 3, one of these dimensions will be less than the maximum.

For example, if you have a vertical photograph, the height will be 768 pixels, but the width will be significantly less than 1024 pixels. A square photograph will be 768 pixels by 768 pixels under these rules. Smaller photographs are acceptable. This means that a horizontal photograph will normally be 1024 pixels wide and may be as tall as 768 pixels, for example Figure 2 (pg 17 handbook). If the photograph is not 768 pixels tall it will be projected with black bars above and below the photograph as shown in Figure 3 (pg 17 handbook). A vertical photograph will normally be 768 pixels tall, but will be less than 1024 pixels wide and it will be projected with black bars on the two sides as shown in Figure 4 (pg 17 handbook).

In order to provide all of the information needed and to allow the use of automated tools, image files must be named as follows: x#$LastName$FirstName$Title$Year-Month.jpg Where “x” is the class (A, B, or S for special category) “#” is the sequence number for the competition (1 or 2), “LastName” is the last name of the maker, “FirstName” is the first name of the maker, “Title” is the photograph’s title without spaces (use the underline character “_” instead of spaces), and “Year-Month” is the competition being entered in the format “2005-11” for November 2005. It is suggested that normal capitalization rules be followed for the last name, first name, and title. The dollar signs (“$”) are used to separate the fields of information.

An example file name formatted correctly is A1$Jones$Bill$Red_Skier$2005-11.jpg This is Bill Jones’ first photograph for class A entitled “Red Skier” entered into the November 2005 competition. Note that file names may not contain spaces because we may post some or all of the entries and results on our club Internet site which runs on a Unix operating system that does not allow spaces. Use the underline character (“_”) instead of spaces in titles.

It is very important to adhere to this naming convention so that the Vice President of Inside Competition or his designated assistant can use automated tools to prepare score sheets and keep records. The dollar signs ($) are recognized as field separation characters by automated tools such as spreadsheet programs. Be sure that all fields are in the correct order. If you run into problems because your computer operating system does not allow file names as long as required, complete the name as far as possible and put the full file name in the body of the submitting e-mail and the chairman will fix your titles for you.

• If you are submitting make-up photographs, use the year and month of the competition being made up rather than the year and month of the competition into which entered. If entering make-up photographs for the October 2005 competition in the January 2006 competition, the year and month should be “2005-10”, not “2006-01”.

• When inserting the competition date, use a 4 digit year (for example 2007) followed by a dash (“-“) followed by a two digit month (09, 10, 11, 01, 02, 03, 04, or 05)

Sunday, January 11, 2009

What You See Is what You Get this MONDAY

Come join us for our January 12th meeting, where Vic Krasenics will give a presentation entitled ‘What You See Is what You Get” to show you how to get the maximum exposure range in your images. Vic will explore several ways to get the maximum dynamic range of exposure in your images. He will give a brief history of techniques used in both film and digital photography as well as a comparison of them.

The techniques in taking the photo is as important as the post processing, whether film or digital, and Vic will demonstrate when and how to use each type. He will demonstrate the latest technique used to generate HDR images with Photomatix software and to clean up you images with Photoshop Elements.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

January NHCC competition

Our January NHCC competition is almost upon us. Your images must be emailed to NHCCwin@comcast.net

The deadline is midnight Friday Jan 23rd.

Photographs must be in the JPEG format and scaled to a maximum of 1024 pixels wide and a maximum of 768 pixels high.

Don't forget that the assigned subject competition has been changed: http://nhccphotoblog.blogspot.com/2008/07/nhcc-changes-to-category-competition.html

Our handbook with the complete rules and instructions can be found on the NHCC website: http://www.newhavencameraclub.org/handbook.htm

Prints

1. Prints must be between 8 by 10 inches and 16 by 20 inches.

2. Prints must be mounted on mat board or foam core board. Any size mat board or foam core board is allowed up to 16"x20".

3. Prints may be matted conventionally or electronically as long as the maximum dimensions are not exceeded.

4. On the back of each print clearly print your name and address, title, order designation (1 or 2), and an arrow indicating which edge is the top. This information may be printed on one or more labels affixed to the back if you prefer not to write on the mount.

Electronic Photographs

An example file name formatted correctly is A1$Jones$Bill$Red_Skier$2005-11.jpg The first letter is A, B, OR S for special category. You can enter TWO images in A or B and in S. The A or B photos do NOT have to be the same subject as the special category.

1. Photographs must be submitted as JPEG photographs with the .jpg extension.

2. Convert files to the sRGB color space if not already in that space or convert to Gray Gamma 2.2 if submitting an untinted monochrome photograph.

3. Photographs will be projected using a projector having 1024 pixels in the horizontal direction and 768 pixels in the vertical direction. Photographs must fit within those dimensions. See Figure 1 (pg 17 handbook). Unless your photograph’s proportions are in the exact ratio of 4 to 3, one of these dimensions will be less than the maximum. For example, if you have a vertical photograph, the height will be 768 pixels, but the width will be significantly less than 1024 pixels. A square photograph will be 768 pixels by 768 pixels under these rules. Smaller photographs are acceptable. This means that a horizontal photograph will normally be 1024 pixels wide and may be as tall as 768 pixels, for example Figure 2 (pg 17 handbook). If the photograph is not 768 pixels tall it will be projected with black bars above and below the photograph as shown in Figure 3 (pg 17 handbook). A vertical photograph will normally be 768 pixels tall, but will be less than 1024 pixels wide and it will be projected with black bars on the two sides as shown in Figure 4 (pg 17 handbook).

In order to provide all of the information needed and to allow the use of automated tools, image files must be named as follows: x#$LastName$FirstName$Title$Year-Month.jpg Where “x” is the class (A, B, or S for special category) “#” is the sequence number for the competition (1 or 2), “LastName” is the last name of the maker, “FirstName” is the first name of the maker, “Title” is the photograph’s title without spaces (use the underline character “_” instead of spaces), and “Year-Month” is the competition being entered in the format “2005-11” for November 2005. It is suggested that normal capitalization rules be followed for the last name, first name, and title. The dollar signs (“$”) are used to separate the fields of information.

An example file name formatted correctly is A1$Jones$Bill$Red_Skier$2005-11.jpg

This is Bill Jones’ first photograph for class A entitled “Red Skier” entered into the November 2005 competition. Note that file names may not contain spaces because we may post some or all of the entries and results on our club Internet site which runs on a Unix operating system that does not allow spaces. Use the underline character (“_”) instead of spaces in titles. It is very important to adhere to this naming convention so that the Vice President of Inside Competition or his designated assistant can use automated tools to prepare score sheets and keep records. The dollar signs ($) are recognized as field separation characters by automated tools such as spreadsheet programs. Be sure that all fields are in the correct order. If you run into problems because your computer operating system does not allow file names as long as required, complete the name as far as possible and put the full file name in the body of the submitting e-mail and the chairman will fix your titles for you.

• If you are submitting make-up photographs, use the year and month of the competition being made up rather than the year and month of the competition into which entered. If entering make-up photographs for the October 2005 competition in the January 2006 competition, the year and month should be “2005-10”, not “2006-01”.

• When inserting the competition date, use a 4 digit year (for example 2007) followed by a dash (“-“) followed by a two digit month (09, 10, 11, 01, 02, 03, 04, or 05)

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

What You See Is what You Get Jan 12th

Come join us for our January 12th meeting, where Vic Krasenics will give a presentation on getting the maximum exposure range in your images. Titled ‘What You See Is what You Get”. Vic will explore several ways to get the maximum dynamic range of exposure in your images. He will give a brief history of techniques used in both film and digital photography as well as a comparison of them.

The techniques in taking the photo is as important as the post processing, whether film or digital, and Vic will demonstrate when and how to use each type. He will demonstrate the latest technique used to generate HDR images with Photomatix software and to clean up you images with Photoshop Elements.

A sampling of various images taken with each technique to get the most realistic images as well as the pushing the image to get that ‘HDR look’ will close up the discussion.