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April Updates

Hello, just a quick update…

Monthly Themes For Next Year

It may be early, but we’re happy to present the monthly themes for our 2016-2017 club year. As always, we look forward to seeing how you, our fellow members, interpret the themes.

September:  Closed
October:  Gravity
November:  Potent Potables – print
December:  Identical Snowflakes (or ones that are very very similar)
January:  Pay phone (being used)
February:  Things That Start With Q
March:  Invisible
April:  Easter Bunny – print
May:  Sanity
June:  O’pen (an ode to writing instruments) – print and digital

Updated April 2nd, 2016:  We hope you enjoyed our little April Fools prank. But really, we’re looking for suggestions for the actual 2016-2017 monthly themes. If you have some ideas, let us know at contact@lethbridgephotoclub.org

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Casual Meetings – Image Critiquing – Thursday, April 7th

Date:  Thursday, April 7th @ 7:00pm
Location:  CASA – small meeting room

Just a reminder that our next casual meeting is coming up next week.

At these meetings, members can immediate feedback for their images and participate in providing critique for images as prints, digital, or otherwise. The atmosphere is less structured than our regular meetings and intended to be very informall.

For those attending, bring along a few images that you’re stuck on, just aren’t sure about, or ones that you love but would like constructively critiqued by the group. Prints or digital images are welcomed.

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Regular Meeting – Thursday, April 21st

Date:  Thursday, April 21th @ 6:30pm
Location:  CASA – ATB Community Room

A reminder that the theme for April is Dreams, and is a print theme.

Prints can be any size you like. Bear in mind that larger prints may present better than a smaller print. Your prints do not need to be framed, but they do need to firmly mounted on a stiff backer board so they can stand upright. If they are framed, please remove the glass. Whether your print is matted is up to you.

Prints need to be brought to the meeting before 6:15pm so we can get them organized for judging.

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Thanks!
– Claus T.

ps. I forgot to mention it, but thanks to Brani Srnec for the photos taken at PhotoFusion! See them here, along with a recap of the shows.

Next Meeting : Thursday, Feb 18th, 2016

Our next meeting is almost here again…

Meeting Agenda
Thursday, February 18th, 6:30pm

CASA, in the ATB Community Room

Monthly Image Theme – Old

Secret Assignment
Presented by Valentina Tkachuk

Essay Assignment
Presented by David Tanaka

‘Been There’ Segment
Presented by Chris Cook

LPCnews video segment
Another installment of Chris Oates’ monthly video presentation, LPCnews.
Here’s a link to the last month’s episode.

Hands-on Educational Segment
– Close-up and Macro Photography

After the break the second half of the meeting will be set up for a hands-on educational segment on close-up and macro photography. We’ll have several tables set up for you to try different techniques. Several members will also have macro-specific equipment on-hand for you to see and try first-hand to help you see a different world that many people overlook.

To get the most out of this, we ask that you bring your camera along. Suggested equipment to bring along would include:

  • Camera
  • Lens, or lenses – If you have a macro-specific lens, perfect. If not, some lenses have a macro setting, and many lenses are still able to focus on items very close up.
  • Flash – Light can be a major issue for macro photography. If you have a flash bring it along. If you have wireless triggers or cables that allow you to use your flash off of the camera body, even better.
  • Tripod – Keeping the camera steady becomes very important when shooting small items.

Have you tried shooting macro or close-up photography before and have questions, or you’ve picked up a set of close-up filters, a set of bellows, a focus rail and aren’t sure how to use them? Or you’re not familiar with any of those items just mentioned? We’ll have the answers at the meeting.

Or, if you’re a seasoned pro at macro photography, feel free to help out, too.

If you’d like to bring along an item or two that you think is suited for macro or close-up shots, bring it along. The more variety the better. Something small, or not so small, with plenty of details that might be overlooked at first glance? You’d be surprised how different things look when you get right up close to them.

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PhotoFusion 2016

Just another reminder about PhotoFusion coming up on March 8th and 9th. Don’t forget the submission deadline is on March 1st. For more info, have a look on our website, here: https://lethbridgephoto.wordpress.com/2016/02/16/photofusion-2016/

We’ll have a few posters available at the meeting if you’d like to promote the event, too.

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Advertising

Aother reminder that we’re asking for your permission to use any images that you’ve submitted since September, 2014. This would include images from our monthly theme as well as the images submitted for display on CASA’s outdoor screen.

For 2016 and onward, we will be doing more to promote the Club and our public events. The best way to do so will be to showcase the photography of Club members on posters and other materials. But to do so we need your permission to do so.

If your image is used, your name will appear on the finished product, and we’ll let you know how it has been put to use.

Please reply back with your thoughts, and hopefully your permission.

To those of you who have responded, thank you.

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That’s it for now… see you all at the meeting on Thursday!

– Claus

Monitor Calibration for Improved colour accuracy

Are you frustrated by the way your images look when displayed by the projector at the photo club meetings?
Do the colours and contrast level of your photos consistently look all wacky when printed or viewed anywhere other than on your own monitor?

It might be time to calibrate your computer monitor.

We want to make sure that your images are displayed as accurately as possible during the photo club meetings so that everyone can enjoy them as you intended. Just over a year ago we purchased a new projector that can display higher resolution images with greater brightness, contrast and range of colours. But, this upgrade in technology would be a big disappointment if your images didn’t look as your expect them to. So, we calibrate the projector with the computer and lighting conditions that are used during our photo shows. We use a Datacolor Spyder monitor calibration device following these steps.

Using a colorimeter device and software is the most reliable method for producing accurate colour and contrast on your display and the club’s projector.

If you do not have monitor calibration hardware, you can try to improve quality of your display output using only software or test images and the monitor calibration features that are built in to Mac OSX and Windows. Although this involves some subjective adjustments, you may see an improvement.

Check out these helpful instructions and give it a try.

Although monitor calibration if often a neglected topic, it can be one of the most useful methods for improving the consistency and quality of your images.

More Resources:

  • This excellent article from Photography Life gives a thorough explanation of the theory and process of monitor calibration.
  • An article on monitor calibration, specific to Apple computers running OSX. Or, you may prefer to watch how it’s done with this video.
  • Information specific for Windows 7 & 8 computers, and a step-by-step video guide for Windows users.

Come out to April’s photo club meeting (Thursday, April 16/15) to hear about another method you can use to ensure the accuracy of the colours in your photos, no matter the lighting conditions you’re shooting in.