Meeting Notes from Regular Monthly Meeting on Nov 14, 2013

Meeting Notes of November 14, 2013

To all DPI-SIG members and other interested parties:

A sincere welcome to our ­­­three new members!

George Doerner, Carol Kozlowski, and Ray Midura.

Our slideshow producer, Jeff Bilyeau, presented our monthly theme photos of:
“S T R E E T P H O T O G R A P H Y” for our 112th meeting. The slideshow included 178 images submitted by 31 members. Jeff manages to keep up with us, no matter how many images we toss at him! And his music is always toe-tapping, nostalgic and fun! He uses Pro Show Gold Producer software for the slideshows. The photos shown at the meetings will also appear on the web site’s page of slideshows. http://www.dpi-sig.org.

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

“Gears” by Bob Brown was published in the December issue of Shutterbug magazine. This was the second time for Bob to be published in Shutterbug magazine. Congratulations, Bob!

Jennifer Brinkman won a Photo Trifecta Top 20 Class most voted, in Long Exposure Photo Contest by Adorama in week 1 on ViewBug. Jennifer just keeps winning these competitions!

Joe Fitzpatrick had his pictures of Halloween’s “Zombicon” featured in a two-page spread in the Florida Weekly newspaper, Fort Myer’s edition; and a full page in the Florida Weekly newspaper, Bonita Springs edition.

MEMBER PRESENTATION

Christine Cook shared this news with us. According to a recent study, people who are learning digital photography have a better memory! With that in mind, she challenged us to remember the “Golden Ratio”, a term that we’ve all heard, but had no idea what it meant! It’s also called the Golden Mean, or Golden Spiral. Here are just a few sites & images which help explain the concept.

http://www.photographyicon.com/goldenratio/

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=golden+spiral+photography&qpvt=golden+spiral+photography&FORM=IGRE

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Golden+Spiral+Composition&FORM=RESTAB

http://www.apnphotographyschool.com/composition/golden-ratio-compositional-rule-for-eye-catching-photographs/

Christine has the following correction to her presentation: The pronunciation of the Greek letter Phi is ‘fi’ (long i) and refers to the Golden Ratio. Pi, pronounced ‘pi’ refers to the ratio of the circle’s circumference to its diameter. These are different mathematical concepts.

“Investigative Photography” was Bob Brown’s forte` when he worked for the Florida Highway Patrol. He regaled us with his expertise on what it takes to be an investigative photographer for an accident/crime scene. He had to decide whether to use a flash or no flash, get a good point of view for the best perspective for clarity, wasn’t allowed to manipulate images, had to I.D. and document the physical evidence, went to court where his photos were used as references, and endure lawyers who worked the “Is it possible?” game. Bob’s photographs and explanations made us all drive a little more safely aware on the way home from the meeting! It was fascinating to see this use of photography.

FCCC COMPETITION – DIGITAL

Awards were distributed by Christine Cook, for the FCCC 3rd Tri-Annual Print Competition. Congratulations to the following winners:

Advanced Color – Blue Ribbon

Christine Cook (2) – “Early Light” and “Splendor”

Advanced Color – Yellow Ribbon, Honorable Mention

Robert Kenedi -“Harbor in New England”

Advanced Monochrome – Blue Ribbon

Joseph Parisi – “Cape Romano”

Advanced Monochrome – Yellow Ribbon, Honorable Mention

Christine Cook – “Tuscan Tower”

Beginner Color – Yellow Ribbon, Honorable Mention

Val Brill – “Old Red Door”

Beginner, Creative – Yellow Ribbon, Honorable Mention

Val Brill – “Wind Blown Hair”

Make sure you take the time to read The Wider Image, FCCC’s e-magazine! It’s 18 pages worth of great tips and information! Click here: http://www.f3c.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/twa_vol2_num1.pdf

OUTING NEWS

Saturday, November 2, 2013, at 6:50 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., was the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk held at Cambier Park. DPI-SIG members registered to donate time and photographs to this worthwhile organization. These photos are invaluable to the American Heart Association, AHA, because they are used to give to corporate sponsors, in AHA articles, and slideshows throughout the year. DPI-SIG has photographed this event for several years.

Saturday, November 9, 2013, at 8:15 a.m., Many, many, Kowiachobee animal images were taken, which is a DPI-SIG tradition and service project. This outing brought out 30 members who will contribute their photos to the Kowiachobee Book Project. This was a great outing and a chance to see everything from A to Z – Albino turkey to Zebra youngster! The 2014 book will be created using 2012 and 2013 photos.

Saturday, January 11, 2014, 9:00 a.m., photographing Shy Wolf Sanctuary animals, with discarded evergreen trees as backgrounds, and new animal coats. This is a DPI-SIG tradition and service project. The photos are used to create their fundraiser calendar. This outing is full to capacity with 9 people on the waiting list. If you are registered & confirmed but findyou can’t attend this outing, please cancel and allow someone else to fill your position.

Wednesday, February 5 and/or 6, 2014, at 9:30 a.m., photographing at the Miami Zoo; an overnight trip for some. Sunrise 7:03 a.m., sunset 6:30 p.m. This is considered one of the best zoos to photograph because there are no fences in the way to obscure the view. Zoo opens at 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 .pm., Sugden Park, Naples. We’re hoping to photograph a family of woodpeckers, etc. Sunset 7:35 p.m.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 8:00 a.m., photographing shore birds at Tigertail Beach on Marco Island. Low tide 8:02 a.m. Sunrise 7:02 a.m. Dawn breaks 5:43 a.m.

Contact Ron Perkins, Outing Director, at dpi-outing@naples.net to register for the outings.

Images for the outings are posted on DPI-SIG’s web site: http://www.dpi-sig.org, Click on Member Galleries, click on Outings. Do the same to see previous outing photos.

DPI-SIG 2ND ANNUAL HOLIDAY SOCIAL

Save the date for the 2nd Annual Holiday Social to be held on December 7, 2013, at Damaris & Juan Gonzalez home. We’ll start the festivities at 4:00 p.m. and stay until Juan tells us to go home! Sign up to bring a dish & drink(s) to share, and a $5 bill to cover the cost of the entertainment. Last year, we had approximately 60 members attend and enjoy the festivities of the evening. Bring your camera because there will be many photo opportunities with several animals from Kowiachobee Animal Preserve, including the famous iguana, Spunky. You are welcome to bring a companion. Don’t miss out on one of our few social events that allows us time to get to know other members. Please RSVP our Social Director, Damaris Gonzalez, with your information: dpi-social@naples.net.

VENDOR DISCOUNT PROGRAM

We have a new Vendor in our DPI-SIG Vendor Discount Program! Thanks to Jennifer Brinkman and the Women’s Workshop, TOPAZ LABS has joined our Vendor Discount Program. Topaz Labs produces 14 different software programs and plug-ins that allow you to create unique effects and adjustments to your digital images. The program titles are:

– Topaz Adjust

– Topaz B&W Effects

– Topaz Clean

– Topaz Clarity

– Topaz DeJPEG

– Topaz DeNoise

– Topaz Detail

– Topaz InFocus

– Topaz Lens Effects

– Topaz ReMask

– Topaz ReStyle

– Topaz Simplify

– Topaz Star Effects

– photo FXlab

You can download a 30-day free trial for any of the Topaz products. Plus, each product is backed by free product upgrades for life along with lifetime support. Topaz is offering our members a 15% discount on all of their products from now until March 31, 2014.

BLURB has just announced a 25% discount when you spend $50 or more on one of their photo books. The special discount code is: SAVING. You will use that code at checkout to receive the member discount.

Plus, they have just come out with a custom template to help you create your own version of: Chicken Soup For Your Soul! It can be really hard buying books for people as gifts. After all, you never know just which books they already have. And then when you do find the right book and give it to them, how do you make it really personal? Put in a book plate? Write an inscription? How do you make the whole thing totally them?

These personalized “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books are one really great way to do it. Not only do you get to choose from five different story themes (from “Christmas Stories” to “Giving thanks”), you can personalize it in ways you just can’t with a conventional book. As the title suggests, these are stories meant to comfort and heal. Your custom “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book will truly be a book for them because the book is printed with their name on the cover, as the recipient. And it’s truly from you because your name is printed on the cover as the giver. You can even include an inscription inside the book and on the back cover. Even add a photo to the back.

There are other nice options to choose from, like the type of cover you’d like and the type of paper. It takes just about five minutes to make it a truly custom book. And chances are, it’s something they’ll love forever. And a 60-page book starts at just $24.95.

If you are interested in creating your own “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book, click the special DPI-SIG link below to get started. http://www.blurb.com/chickensoup?SSAID=704449. If you prefer a more traditional photo book, you can find the special DPI-SIG Blurb website at this link: http://lp.blurb.com/aff/family?utm_source=affiliate_network&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=family&SSAID=704449. Enjoy building your special photo book.

THINK TANK PHOTO just announced an exciting Black Friday special that actually starts now! With this special offer you get a $50 rebate on their renowned rolling camera bags. And, should you order a roller plus one of their popular Urban Disguise shoulder bags, you are eligible to receive a $100 rebate! And, to top this off, you’ll receive free shipping…not only on these items but on all Think Tank Photo gear!

Plus, as a DPI-SIG member, you will also receive a free gift at checkout.

To partake of this special holiday offer simply click the link below and you’ll be directed to Think Tank’s roller page. There you will find a link you can click to download the rebate form. Really easy! Here is the special offer link:

http://www.thinktankphoto.com/categories/rolling-camera-bags/airport-series.aspx?code=CC-308.

This special offer is good from now until December 31.

Think Tank’s rolling camera bags are renowned for being the best made, most innovative rollers available. Each comes with easily configurable inserts, innovative security measures, and Think Tank’s “No Rhetoric Warranty.” The rollers are sized so as to make it easier for you to roll your valuable photography gear onto airlines as carry on, as opposed to having to check it.

The year-end deals from our DPI-SIG vendors just keep coming!

SCANCAFE has just announced the following deal: 40% off all Design Service Photo Books. The deal is good from now until the end of November.

Whether you want to create thoughtful gifts, or just showcase your photos, photo books are the perfect way to do it.

If you would like to take advantage of this special deal before the end of the month, log onto the ScanCafe site using the link below. The link should automatically apply the 40% discount, but if that does not happen, at checkout enter the Discount Code: 50SHADESOFGRAVY. Link: http://photoservice.scancafe.com/photo-Books.html?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=50SHADESOFGRAVY

Enjoy creating and sharing your photo books while saving 40%, but remember that the deal ends on November 30, 2013.

Thanks to Don Fischer, Vendor Relations Coordinator, our discount program is VERY active! We currently have 18 vendors offering discounts to our members. For details about the program, the vendors, the available products, and how to obtain the discounts, check out our DPI-SIG Member Discount Program page on the DPI-SIG website: http://dpi-sig.org/club-activities/membership-discount-program/. If the link doesn’t work for you, go to the DPI-SIG website (www.dpi-sig.org), click on Member Activities in the bar across the top of the page, and then select Membership Discount Program. Don is continually working to add more vendors to the program, so regularly check the website for updates. If there’s a vendor you would like him to contact, let Don know: dpi-venco@naples.net. Let’s support these vendors, who are kind enough to offer us a discount!

SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS

STUDIO WORKSHOP GROUP (SWG): Darleen Rowe has canceled this workshop for this month. She will send an email at a later date regarding the December workshop.

PHOTOSHOP USERS GROUP (PUG), Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, we will meet on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Naples Florida, 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples 34116, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. This group is open to any member who has or doesn’t have Photoshop and will cover all versions of Photoshop and Elements. There are 3 classrooms available each month: (1) for advanced, (1) for beginners, and (1) for Elements. Don’t be afraid to start learning Photoshop! Please bring your own laptops; there are no computers available for use. No reservation necessary; plenty of seating is available. For directions, see the map at: www.uunaples.org.

DPI-SIG PHOTOGRAPHY ROUNDTABLE, will be held on Thursday, November 21, 2013, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Location is upstairs at 5029 Tamiami Trail East in the Village Falls complex. The Roundtable is an informal and friendly gathering of club members (beginning and advanced) to talk about anything dealing with digital photography and imaging. You might have a question or two about buying a new digital camera, or you may have a new camera that you’d like to “show and tell” the group. Maybe you are having a photo-editing problem, or a computer question you’d like to get some input. Bring your questions, answers, solutions, discoveries, prints, equipment, and ideas to share with the group. The floor is OPEN to have fun and talk about anything related to digital photography in this no-pressure, congenial atmosphere. You must make a reservation because space is limited.

LIGHTROOM USERS GROUP (LUG), will not meet this month because that night is THANKSGIVING! Enjoy your holiday and we’ll see you next month!

WOMEN’S WORKSHOP: The next meeting is Thursday, December 5, 2013, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Crossroads Church, 1055 Pine Ridge Rd., just west of Goodlette-Frank Rd. The topic is “Color Impact in Photography” presented by Leigh Herndon, a celebrated local artist and DPI-SIG member, and Christine Cook. They will present the Color Wheel, different color schemes and what schemes seem to produce winning images. November’s topic was plug-ins, such as Topaz and Portrait Professional. Please send images that you have edited, using whatever plug-ins you have. Size them 1024 by 768 and send to Christine Cook at dpi-wwshop@naples.net. Please include a brief note revealing which plug-in you used, and the primary edit(s) you used. This will be very informative for other members. We will also resume image critiques in December, so send a couple of photos for feedback. No reservation needed.

DPI-SIG LIBRARY: We now have over 100 items in our DPI-SIG Members’ Photography Training Library. If you have any photography training CD’s or DVD’s that you are no longer using and would like to donate to the DPI-SIG Members Library, please send an email to dpi-library@naples.net and we will arrange to pick them up. Go to the web site and check the list of available instructional media available to members. Your selection will be delivered to you at the next monthly meeting.

DPI-SIG FACEBOOK PAGE: We have a Facebook page for members. It’s a “secret page”, which means you will have to find a friend to invite you to the page. If you don’t know a member who is on our page, contact Randi Rush Morse, gtowndazi@aol.com, and she will be your friend! Randi is our Facebook Page Coordinator, and has generously given of her time to post announcements and get our DPI-SIG Facebook page up and running. This is a great place to share ideas, photos, etc. with other members. https://www.facebook.com/groups/dpisig/?fref=ts

This month’s Glossary term : “ASPHERIC LENS”, Lens elements that are not sphere-shaped. Instead of having an arc-shaped concave or convex front or back surface they are not sphere-shaped. They are designed to spread light more evenly to the corners of the frame. The asphere’s more complex surface profile can reduce or eliminate spherical aberration and also reduce other optical aberrations compared to a simple lens. A single aspheric lens can often replace a much more complex multi-lens system. The resulting device is smaller and lighter, and sometimes cheaper than the multi-lens design. These lenses elements are usually used to control aberrations or distortions in ultra-wide angle and large-aperture lenses. In photography, a lens assembly that includes an aspheric element is often called an aspherical lens.

Last month’s Glossary term: “MTF DATA, MODULAR TRANSFER FUNCTION”, is the most widely used scientific method of describing lens performance. As the name suggests, a measure of the transfer of modulation (or contrast) from the subject to the image. In other words, it measures how faithfully the lens reproduces (or transfers) detail from the object to the image produced by the lens. This very accurate test yields a graph that indicates a lens contrast and sharpness both radically and tangential, with full aperture open and at f/8. The higher the reading on the graph the better the lens. A professional lens should have a reading over 95% at 5 lines/mm in both directions and over 50% at 20 lines/mm.

Please check the glossary on our web site for more digital photography terms!

Next month’s theme is: “ T I S T H E S E A S O N ” Members are eligible to submit 6 pictures or a 2 minute video to: dpi-theme@naples.net. Please follow the procedure for renaming and resizing photos. Refer to: dpi-sig.org and click on “Topic of the Month”. Please follow these guidelines: Use your name only and the order number you want the images shown. Title is NOT needed! E.g., John Doe_01, John Doe_02, etc. Please do NOT send zipped files. If you like to plan ahead, theme topics for the entire year are listed on our web site.

COMPETITIONS, EXHIBITIONS & PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES

Competition: The Art Council of Southwest Florida Biennial Spring Show 2014 will run from January 31, 2014 through March 1, 2014. Deadline for submissions is January 6, 2014, at The von Liebig Art Center of the Naples Art Association, 585 Park Street, Naples FL. Artists who are a current member of one of the nineteen Art Council member organizations are invited to submit entries to be juried for acceptance into the upcoming show, sponsored by the Art Council of Southwest Florida. These works will be displayed at The von Liebig Art Center, 585 Park Street, Naples FL. This is a good opportunity to display your work in a setting with potential for a high volume of viewers and possible sales. Eligibility: A current, up-to-date Membership Card, or proof of payment for an art organization. Belonging to the Art Council is required. Entry Fee: a non-refundable fee of $20.00 for the first entry & $15.00 for the second entry, for a maximum of two entries per artist. Check here for the Rules and the Prospectus: http://www.tiptopwebsite.com/custommusic2/councilsite2.pdf

Photo Op: 27th Annual Fort Myers Beach American Sand Sculpting Championship, November 22 – December 1, 2013, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., located at Wyndham Garden Hotel (formerly the Holiday Inn) 6890 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach. Cost: $5.00; free parking and shuttle service from parking lot near Lovers Key State Park. According to one of the sand sculptors, Fort Myers Beach has some of the best beach sand in the world for sculpting. You can call this a sport or art, but it will be a lot of fun taking pictures while the sculptures are being made. www.fmbsandsculpting.com.

Photo Op: “Christmas on Third” – November 25, festivities begin at 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Third Street South, full of twinkly lights and wonderful red and silver decorations, launches the Holiday Season as the Mayor lights the official Christmas tree. Music and bells resound from every courtyard and plaza, Santa arrives, the crèche is alive at Third and Broad, and…the snow falls – which it continues to do every evening. Christmas on Third Street South is full of joy and spirit. The festivities do not stop after Christmas on Third is over. The rest of the week Third Street South continues its celebration of the season with more music and snow…

Tuesday, Nov. 26th – 6:00pm – 9:00pm: snow show at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 27th – 6:00pm – 9:00pm: snow show at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 28th – Thanksgiving – No music or snow show

Friday, Nov. 29th – 6:00pm – 9:00pm: snow show at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov.30th – 6:00pm – 9:00pm: snow show at 7:30 p.m

Photo Op: The 39th Annual Christmas Walk & Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on December 5, 2013, starting at 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Location: Fifth Avenue South. Bring friends and family for this annual tradition on 5th Avenue South as local choral groups, dance troupes, school and church choirs and the community come together for the holidays and the traditional lighting of the Tree. Festively decorated storefronts and windows, twinkling lights and Stores open late with holiday cheer! And, don’t miss Santa Claus as he poses for photos and hands out candy! Make 5th Avenue South a part of your holiday experience!

Photo Op: The Naples Christmas Parade will be held on December 10, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Location: The Naples Christmas Parade will line up on Broad Avenue. The floats will turn right on to 3rd Street South, then right on 5th Ave South, and end on 8th Street South.

Wanted: Used digital cameras and equipment for the Camera Club at the University of Warsaw in Poland. Can be used or even broken. Contact Stas Majewski (239) 200-6600, stasmajewski@gmail.com or Marcel Seamples (239) 776-4527, marcel4naples@yahoo.com. You may also bring your camera(s) to the meeting.

Wanted: Seeking people aged 75 and up! Michelle Tricca, a Naples based portrait photographer, is seeking people to photograph their wrinkles & wisdom for her current photo project, “Elder Wisdom”, http://www.elderwisdomproject.com. Michelle is known locally for her 2011 award winning public art installation “A Face in the Crowd”, which was an audience participation community project of great success. Michelle showed a sampling of her project at last month’s meeting. To see Michelle’s work, visit michelletricca.com or check Facebook – Michelle Tricca Photography. Call her, if you have questions or know of some candidates for her project: (618) 414-2347.

Wanted: Videographer…this is a paying job. Contact Frank Mason at gogetfrank@yahoo.com.

Companion Wanted: (male or female) Always wanted to visit Europe? Mignonne Russell is looking for a traveling companion to visit Holland, arrive May 9, and depart May 23, 2014, (2 weeks); and Rome, arrive May 23, and depart June 23, 2014 (4 weeks). In Holland, there is a rental car fee of $245 per person and shared gas money. Sleeping quarters are separate and a small fee for these exchanges. Hopefully, you like to walk, have no problems taking a nap or resting and taking a day off! She is also pursuing exchanges in Venice, Florence and Positano area. Contact Mignonne, if interested: (239) 273-4131 or russellmignonne@yahoo.com.

For Sale: Canon EOS Rebel Xsi/450D with Canon EF-S 17-85 mm f/4-5.6 IS, USM SLR Lens (used less than a year). Includes Hoya HMC-UV 67 mm filter; (2) batteries & charger; David Bush’s Book; brand new Canon 200DG Digital Camera; and Gadget bag. Price $500.00. Contact Rosie Cabrera (239) 877-6057, rocablanco@gmail.com.

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS & CLASSES

Check Peggy Farren’s classes, guided tours and events. Her classes range from the beginner to the advanced photographer’s needs. Classes sell out quickly – sign up early! There are discounts on class prices for early registration. Check her web site for directions and class descriptions: http://www.understandphotography.com/

November through December 2013

Nov 19 Four weeks to Proficiency in Photography VIRTUAL boot camp begins!!!

Nov 26 6:00 p.m. DSLR2 Intermediate $69/89

Dec 5 10:00 a.m. DSLR Basic Exposure $45/$60

Dec 8 2:30 p.m. Flash Basics – On and Off camera – Sunset Portraits $79/99

Dec 27 10:00 a.m. DSLR Basic Exposure $45/$60

Dec 28 2:30 p.m. Simple HDR with Gavin Lowe $89/119

Dec 29 8:00 a.m. Intermediate Everglades Excursion $149/169

Dec 30 2:00 p.m. Photographing Birds of SW Florida $129/$129

Jan 24 – 26 Everglades 3-day Photo Adventure…only 2 spots left!!!

To make your reservations, contact Peggy Farren at (239) 263-7001.

Sharon Antonelli announced planned tours to India on February 2-20, 2014 and a February 21-March 3, 2014. These tours are designed with the photographer in mind. Check the website: www.alltoursindia.com. For more information, contact Sharon: saphoto4u@gmail.com or phone (239) 590-0717.

Dennis Goodman, one of our most famous Naples photographers and DPI-SIG members, is offering 5 different Photographic Excursions as a fund raiser of The Conservancy of SW Florida. Each session will be repeated 3 or 4 times on different dates. Specimens will be placed in their natural surroundings and photographers will be able to obtain close-up head-shots, etc. Enrollment limited to 12 photographers each session.

January 9, February 6, & April 3, 2014 (9 – 10 a.m.) The Conservancy of SW Florida BIRDS OF PREY– a rare opportunity to photograph birds of prey close-up. Cost – $79.00

January 16, February 11, March 13, & April 10, 2014 (9 – 10 a.m.) The Conservancy of SW Florida NATIVE SNAKES – several Florida snakes included. Cost – $79.00

January 23, February 20, & March 20, 2014 (9 – 10 a.m.) The Conservancy of SW Florida BARN OWL. Cost – $79.00

January 30, February 27, March 27 & April 24, 2014 (9 – 10 a.m.) The Conservancy of SW Florida NATURE WALK around the Conservancy.. Cost – $79.00

Photo Excursions: 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. $115.00 each

January 8, 2014 Orchids & Plants

February 12, 2014 Landscapes

March 12, 2014 Wildflowers

April 9, 2014 Sunset (time to be announced)

Register at: www.dennisgoodmanphotography.com/excursions or call (239) 825-4677.

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Christine Cook will be teaching a course on “Taking & Making Creative Images” at Artis-Naples for a 4-day Workshop next February 6, 13, 20, 27, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants will learn Photoshop techniques that will improve their images to be more beautiful, more dramatic and more competitive in competitions. They will also learn creative techniques such as refined compositing and other layer-based strategies. Some knowledge and experience with Photoshop or Photoshop Elements program is required, as well as some experience with layers. This is not a beginners’ Photoshop class. Christine will teach that class in April at the Botanical Garden. For registration, see: http://artisnaples.org/programs/photos-photoshop.

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Sonny Saunders will conduct a Lightroom Importing class for anyone who wants to learn one of the most important features of Lightroom. If interested, please send a message to: Sonny@naples.net.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

THE NEXT DPI-SIG MEETING WILL BE THURSDAY, December 12, 2013, AT 7 P.M.

at Edison State College in Building J.

Please remember, Edison State College is a SMOKE-FREE CAMPUS!

DUES: Our membership dues are $30.00 per year. We also have a student rate for membership at $20.00, for age 18 and under. You will be notified by email when your dues have expired and need to be paid. Dues must be current to be included in the privileges of DPI-SIG membership, such as: Outings, Special Interest Groups (Photoshop Users Group, Lightroom Users Group, Studio Workshop Group, Roundtable, Women’s Workshop), Art Shows & Exhibits, Vendor Discounts, Theme Picture submissions, DPI-SIG Competitions, FCCC Competitions, etc.

We request that you also continue to make a donation at each meeting, in the receptacle provided at the entry table, to help offset the rental cost. Many thanks to all who contribute each month.

Do you know of any family, friends, co-workers, or anyone with an interest in photography? Please feel free to bring them to our meeting and encourage them to join us! Most of our new members are referrals. Remember to use our DPI-SIG business cards and DPI-SIG brochures to invite potential members to our meetings. AND, don’t forget to welcome new people at our meetings. Those of you who attend regularly know familiar faces, but don’t forget the people who are at our meetings for the first time. We all like to feel welcome! Extend your hand and start talking photography!

Reminder: All Meeting Previews and Meeting Notes are posted on the website: http://www.dpi-sig.org/breaking-news. AND, if you want announcements posted in these Meeting Notes, please give the information in writing, either at the meeting, or by email before or immediately after the meeting, to Betty Saunders, saunders@naples.net.

A RECAP OF IMPORTANT DATES…MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

November 20 – Photoshop Users Group @ 6 p.m., no reservation needed

November 21 – DPI-SIG Roundtable @ 6 p.m., by reservation only

November 28 – Happy Thanksgiving!!!

December 5 – Women’s Workshop @ 6 p.m., no reservation needed

December 7 – DPI-SIG 2nd Annual Holiday Social

December 10 – Deadline to submit Monthly Theme Photos “T I S T H E S E A S O N”

December 12 – DPI-SIG Meeting @ 7 p.m., Edison State College, Building J

Submitted by Betty Saunders (for Sonny Saunders & Bill Coakley)

A special thanks to all our DPI-SIG & FCCC volunteers

Warren Barber: Computer Consultant

Jeff Bilyeau: Monthly Theme Slideshow Producer

Rosie Cabrera: FCCC Awards Director

R. L. Caron – Studio Workshop Instructor

Ed Cohen – DPI-SIG Competition Committee

Christine Cook: DPI-SIG Representative to FCCC & Print Facilitator; Women’s Workshop Director

Art David: Liaison, Naples Art Association; Art Show Committee

Laura DePamphilis: DPI-SIG Competition Committee Chairperson

Peggy Farren: Allows use of her studio for Lightroom Users Group and other workshops

Don Fischer: Vendor Relations Coordinator; Assistant Librarian; FCCC 2015 Conference Chairman

Joe Fitzpatrick: Meeting Photographer

Nancy Garrison: Liaison, Marco Island Center for the Arts; 2013 DPI-SIG Competition Co-Director

Damaris Gonzalez: Social Director; Assistant Slide Show Producer

Eric Hansen: FCCC Executive Director, 2010 & 2012 Convention Chairman, Past President

Mark Helfgott: Sound Consultant

Harold Kurzman: Public Relations Director; DPI-SIG Competition Director – 2009 to 2012;

Bob Levin – Photoshop Users Group Director

Priscilla McGuire: Coordinator, Volunteer Photographers for Non-Profit Organizations; Art Show Committee

Chuck McKinney: DPI-SIG Logo, Brochure & Business Card Designer

Randi Morse – Facebook Page Coordinator

Ron Perkins: Outing Director; FCCC President

Nic Provenzo: Art Show Committee

Larry Richardson: FCCC Digital Competition Director

Darleen Rowe: Studio Workshop Director

Carmen Schettino: FCCC Print Competition Director

Marcel Seamples: FCCC Treasurer

Jennifer Semro – Art Show Committee

Nancy Springer: FCCC Southwest Florida Area Representative

Richard Tindell: 2013 DPI-SIG Competition Co-Director

Betty Saunders: Membership Registrar; Art Show Committee; FCCC Secretary

Bill Coakley: Co-Founder; Webmaster; Lightroom Users Group Coordinator; Art Show Committee

Sonny Saunders: Co-Founder; DPI-SIG Librarian; Art Show Committee; FCCC Librarian

Remember, our camera club functions because of our volunteers. Please let us know what you are willing to do to help keep this a very active, thriving, energetic and fun group of photographers!

A very special thanks to Edison State College for the use of their great facility.

The following email addresses are for use by club members:

dpi-artshow@naples.net For members to contact the Art Show Director

dpi-askexpert@naples.net For members to ask questions online

dpi-compete@naples.net For members to email entries for DPI-SIG competitions

dpi-library@naples.net For members to contact the Librarian

dpi-npphoto@naples.net For members to photograph Non-Profit Organization events

dpi-outing@naples.net For members to contact the Outing Director & email pictures from Outings

dpi-pr@naples.net For members to send Publicity/Promotion items to the Publicity Director

dpi-sig@naples.net For members (or anyone) to send anything to the Club Founders

dpi-social@naples.net For members to contact the Social Director

dpi-studio@naples.net For members to contact the Studio Workshop Director

dpi-theme@naples.net For members to email images for Monthly Theme slideshows

dpi-venco@naples.net For members to contact the Vendors Relations Coordinator

dpi-wwshop@naples.net For members to contact the Women’s Workshop Director

http://dpi-sig.org DPI-SIG Web site

http://www.f3c.org FCCC Web site

https://www.facebook.com/groups/dpisig/ DPI-SIG Facebook Page

DPI-SIG is a Special Interest Group of the Naples Free-Net, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit organization providing education and internet services to over 4,000 registered members and the public at-large. The Naples Free-Net is entirely run by volunteers and the only remaining Free-Net in the country.

DPI-SIG meetings are held, unless published otherwise, at 7 p.m. each second Thursday of the month at the Conference Center, Building J, of Edison State College, Lely Campus. Turn west onto Lely Cultural Drive, at the first traffic light south of Rattlesnake Hammock Road on Route 951 (Collier Blvd.).

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