Discusson Group Notes February 5, 2010

Discussion Group

Bill returned the "Idiot's Guide to Digital Photography" which Terri explained, with a twinkle in her eye, was hers, not Lee's. I took the opportunity to get a quick look at the Table of Contents and a few of the pages and it actually looked like a very comprehensive book. I particularly liked the section on Composition.

Vivian brought up the topic of computer and photography related classes for seniors in the community and at the college. There's actually quite a bit available.

Terri brought up my note on the LA Conservancy and we talked about different day trips to the LA area and means of transportation. I'm thinking of doing some metal work in Art Deco so the "Art Deco" walk, which they hold every Saturday, is of particular interest to me. We agreed on the idea of going in a small group, like a field trip, but didn't set a date.

Terri and Lee told us of the printer and paper they bought from John Shedrick who, by the way, is planning on traveling in the near future. Lee also bought a tripod from him which got us on the general subject of accessories like tripods, matt cutters, and such. I described my stash of picture frames, many of which still have pictures in them, which I've bought from yard sales and Goodwill stores.

Vivian reminded us of the upcoming "Small World" workshop by Noella Ballenger on March 23rd. Noella will also be doing two workshops on flowers on the 24 and 27th of March. Terri and Lee have already signed up and slots are going fast.

Terri updated us on the status of the LPA T-Shirts and insurance.

Bill described his web cam that he uses to see his grand kids.

Vivian asked about lenses for flowers so we talked about lenses for a while. I suggested she try the lens that came with her camera on objects, like cups and spoons, that are about the same size as the flowers she wants to shoot to see if it will work for her. If not then she could talk to the folks at King's Photo so see if they have any suggestions. Of course, Sammy's Photo came up, but that's a bit of a drive. There's also Santa Clarita Camera which is about the size of King's Photo. They have many of the same things as King's but also many that are different.

We talked about ink and my trip to Santa Clarita last year to get one ink cartridge just before last year's fair entries were due. Terri told us of Inkjet Superstore which sells both new and refilled ink cartridges. Santa Clarita Camera carries a good selection of Epson cartridges.

A while back I wrote that I could not find a Yahoo forum on PS Elements so Terri told me where to go.



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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