We had a nice little gang-of-five for some pre-holiday discussions.
Terri showed us her snow pictures, one of which (I believe) ended up in the LPA newsletter. Art showed us some of his backlit flowers and bottles with ribbons flowing out. Art has an artistic eye for shapes and colors that I'm envious of.
I relayed what Mr. Stokely (King Photo) told me about "flash on second curtain." I don't know if I described it well that night but since then I've found a good web site that does: http://www.shortcourses.com/use/using6-2.html. A Google image search on "second curtain flash" brings up many examples, my favorite being http://www.shortcourses.com/images/b4ch6/curtainsync.jpg which shows the results of both first and second curtain flashes. The setting on my equipment is on the flash attachment. This is something I can practice at home with a ball swinging on a string (maybe even with the cat trying to catch it)
We talked about new cameras such as the 50D and the Rebel XSI. I described what Mr. Stokely showed me on the new XSI and all it's features that my Rebel XT doesn't have, such as a bigger LCD, macro-view on the LCD, sensor cleaning, and such. Of course, all we have to do is wait a few months and the next, better, version will be out. Me, I'll wait till my current camera breaks.
We talked about printers and inks and warranties. John mentioned that that when he puts an aftermarket ink cartridge in his printer the internal software warns him about it (Big Brother is watching) but he likes the prints he gets. At a much earlier session Bonnie had told of her warranty being voided because she had used such a cartridge. Depending on what printer you have and the aftermarket ink you use you can save a lot of money on ink and may be completely satisfied with your photos. But if you do then you should first understand the pros and cons and think it through carefully
John talked about the upcoming portrait workshop and Terri showed us her portraits. Speaking of which, Sharon has issued a challenge for a "self-portrait" on the LPA Forum which starts today (January 1) and has the photos posted in two weeks.
Someone (I think Terri) mentioned IrFan View http://www.irfanview.com for free software and plugins that include batch processing, viewing, naming, and resizing. Their web site states "IrfanView is a very fast, small, compact and innovative FREEWARE (for non-commercial use) graphic viewer for Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista. It is trying to be simple for beginners and powerful for professionals."
I showed John my paper-draft beginnings for a list of places to take photos. He said it still needed work. Since then I've posted a working copy on the internet at
http://home.earthlink.net/~photo_johns_1/sites.htm and am looking for constructive comments.
Refrain: We meet each Friday at Bianco's Cafe at the South end of the Lancaster Market Place, behind and across the street from Movies 12. The core times are from 7 to 8 PM but there's typically someone there from 6:30 to at least 8:30. Bianco's will keep the lights on for you.
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