Discusson Group Notes January 29, 2010

Discussion Group

This was the night we held a special session on Photoshop Elements (PE). Eight of us sat around showing each other what we knew, and didn't know.  Some were well versed, others hadn't tried it yet, and the rest fell in between.  In the end we decided that there was not enough interest to continue starting early so we'll be going back to our regular scheduled time, keeping the option open to try it again at some future date.  Of course, anyone can ask questions at any of our meetings on PE or any other subject. There's usually at least one person with a laptop.


Cheryl gave us a description of what she learned at the workshop on Lightroom.  I'm sorry I missed it but Julia needed help with her homework.  Terri said that, if you have PE, then you can download the Adobe RAW processor from the Adobe web site.  PE does most of what Photoshop does but is priced at $79 whereas Photoshop CS4 is priced at $699.  There are ways to get each cheaper, depending on what lengths you want to go to.  Costco regularly sells PE on sale for $59 if you get a coupon, which many members receive but don't use.


Cheryl described connecting a camera to IPad for a larger image.  She also mentioned that the Lancaster Museum and Art Gallery (LMAG) is now showing their annual juried art selections, some of which are from LPA members.


Lee showed us his "Idiot's Guide to Digital Photography" and a couple of other books which he loaned out.


We talked about the LPA competition on Human Interest on Tuesday.  As in past competitions, there seemed to be some confusion over the exact criteria (I couldn't make it) but, all in all, I heard it went well. We talked a little about how PSA lists "Human Interest" as a subset of "Photojournalism" where we don't.


Cheryl told us that the LA Conservancy offers walking tours of such places as "Union Station," "Broadway Historic Theatre & Commercial District," and much more.  We agreed that these might make good field trips for members.


Bill mentioned some upcoming Walkathons in Palmdale and Lancaster. These would make good photojournalism/human interest subjects.

If you can, please join us each Friday evening at Denny's at the corner of Ave K and 20th West. We begin about 6:30 PM and usually go to at least 8:30 PM. You can drop by at anytime and stay for as long as you like (you don't even have to buy anything). Denny's has graciously provided us a section to ourselves and the service is great.


All photography related subjects are fair game and there's never a planned agenda. You can bring in your questions, your stories, your equipment, your photos (paper or digital), or even just yourself to sit, listen, and/or talk.


I would again like to extend a special invitation to both new members and the more expert members who would like to participate in these informal discussions.


You are welcome to visit the LPA forum and leave your comments......


Glenn Olson
Coordinator and Moderator

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