Meeting notes October 2012

Digital Photography and Imaging – Special Interest Group
of the Naples Free-Net
Naples Digital Photography Club

Meeting Notes of October 11, 2012
To all DPI-SIG members and other interested parties:
A sincere welcome to our eight new members!
Kal Anderson, Fred Bayer, Yvonne Graff, Shirley Hartman,
Miroslava Hughes, Carol King, Evelyn Perez, Chiang Wu

Our assistant slideshow producer, Damaris Gonzalez, presented our monthly theme photos of  “W R I N K L E D,  C R U M B L E D  &  F O L D E D”   at our 99th meeting.  Damaris reported that 17 members submitted 100 photos.  She used Pro Show Gold Producer software for the slideshows and used some toe-tapping music for this unusual theme.  The photos shown at the meeting will also appear on the web site’s page of slideshows.  http://www.dpi-sig.org.  Sincere thanks to Damaris for doing such a great job of filling in for Jeff.   It’s always fun to see how everyone interprets the monthly theme.  Remember:  think outside the box!

MEMBER IN THE NEWS:  Larry Richardson’s photography was featured in Naples Illustrated magazine, September 2012 issue, with an 8-page spread of images from his trip to Africa.  Awesome, Larry!

Priscilla McGuire, Coordinator for the Volunteer Photographers for Non-Profit Organizations reported on the requests for photographers.  A big thank you to the volunteers who have offered their photography services in the past.   This is DPI-SIG’s way of giving back to our community.  Remember, you don’t have to be a professional photographer to participate in this project.  The organizations just need someone to photograph their event.  Please respond to the emails from the various organizations and also let Priscilla know when you have volunteered your services: dpi-npphoto@naples.net
OUTING NEWS:
Outing Director, Ron Perkins, announces the following photo outings for the coming weeks.  He will be sending an email to members with more specific information.

Sat – November 3: American Heart Association Walk (morning) Volunteers needed!
Wed – November 14: Babcock Ranch (tentative)
Sat – December 8: Photographing Birds, location TBA (early morning)

2013
Sat – January 26 Little Estero Lagoon (early morning)
Wed – February 20: Miami Birds with Damaris and Juan Gonzalez (early morning to evening or stay overnight.)
Thurs – February 21: National Everglades Park, Echo Pond and Anhinga Trail (as an add-on from previous day)
Thur-Sun –  February 28 to March 3: NANPA, Nature Photography Summit, Jacksonville, FL

Submit your images for DPI-SIG 3rd Tri-Annual Competition.  Harold Kurzman, Competition Director, announced that the deadline is set at October 26. We are still permitted to submit a total of four images, color or black & white or a combination of both.  Please send your competition submissions to: dpi-compete@naples.net.  See the competition guidelines on our web site.

Nic Provenzo sends a big thank you to several generous members for their donations of their unused workable cameras and laptops for a worthy cause.  He will be taking another journey to Guatemala and will be distributing the equipment to several girls’ schools.  

Our Florida Camera Club Council (FCCC) Representative, Christine Cook, announced the winners from our camera club for the FCCC 3rd Tri-Annual Competition, Digital Division.  CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS!!!

Advanced Color – Blue Ribbon
Lorri Freedman – “Stairwell”

Advanced Color – Honorable Mention – Yellow Ribbon
Christine Cook – “Waiting”
Les Ford – “Pier at Moonset”
Lorri Freedman  – “Flicker Woodpecker”
Betty Saunders – “Mr. Green Jeans II”

Advanced Monochrome – Blue Ribbon
Sonny Saunders “His Majesty” – Sonny had the 2nd highest score in the state!

Advanced Monochrome – Honorable Mention – Yellow Ribbon
David Bosworth – “Morning Flower”
Gordon Campbell – “Junkyard Truck”

Beginner Color – Honorable Mention – Yellow Ribbon
Peter Horan – “Inside Notre Dame”

Beginner Monochrome – Honorable Mention – Yellow Ribbon
Nancy Garrison – (2) “Lone Sentinel”; “Forsythe Tritons”

VENDOR DISCOUNT PROGRAM:
Thanks to Don Fischer, Vendor Relations Coordinator, our discount program is active!  We currently have 9 vendors offering discounts to our members:
Two photography equipment vendors
Two photography magazine publishers
Five photography software vendors
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 you have any questions, contact Don at: dpi-venco@naples.net

Custom SLR donated over $300 worth of gifts that were given to 3 lucky DPI-SIG members at the meeting.  These were in addition to the regular door prizes given away each month.  A HUGE thank you, Custom SLR!!!

Discount products available to DPI-SIG members:
Acratech  line of bullheads, quick release plates and clamps
Custom SLR camera straps and swivel camera mounts
Popular Photography, American Photo, Outdoor Photography and Black & White Photography magazines
Alien Skin: Exposure 4, Blow Up 3, Snap Art 3, Bokeh, Image Doctor 2, and Eye Candy 6
Anthropics Portrait Professional software
HDRsoft’s  Photomatix HDR software
Photodex’s  ProShow Producer, ProShow Gold, and ProShow Web
Unified Color Technologies three HDR software products: HDR Expose 2, 32 Float v2, and HDR Express

Did you forget what all those buttons and symbols mean on your camera?  We seldom thoroughly read the camera’s manual but Tim Gibbons did a basic lesson on the description of each setting along with examples of what they really mean!  He said the most feared setting on the camera is “MANUAL”!  This was a good review for both the beginner and advanced photographer.  We forget the potential of our camera and what a powerful tool we have in our hands. 

Why should you calibrate your monitor?  Rhea Nichols enlightened us on the various reasons to take the time to calibrate your monitor to make sure the colors and black levels look as accurate as possible.  A calibrated monitor ensures the best results when you are editing or viewing photographs; helps in getting an accurate print of your photograph, and can be accomplished using the operating systems included on your computer.  You need to calibrate your monitor in the same lighting conditions that you are going to be editing your photos.  Rhea has his own printing business in Naples and is well versed in printing techniques.

Women’s Workshop (formerly Ladies’ Roundtable): The next meeting is Thursday, November1, 2012, from 6:00 – 8:00  p.m. at Crossroads Church, 1055 Pine Ridge Rd., just west of Goodlette-Frank Rd.  This group is organized and run by women, but all members are welcome, including men.  Agenda next month includes a continuation with the Macro Photography theme with a slide show of members’ work , a presentation & discussion.  Other agenda items include photo critiquing and an explanation of the Women’s Workshop’s Facebook page with an invitation of members to participate.  Contact Christine Cook at cliffchristine@gmail.com, if you have questions.

The next DPI-SIG Photography Round Table discussion will be held on Thursday, October 18, 2012, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Location is upstairs at 5029 Tamiami Trail East in the Village Falls complex.  You must make a reservation because space is limited.
Bob Levin announced that the newly formed Photoshop Users Group, will meet for the first time at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Naples Florida, 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples 34116, on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  This group is open to any member who has or doesn’t have Photoshop.  Please bring laptops; there are no computers available for use.  For directions, see map at: www.uunaples.org.
Lightroom User’s Group will meet on Thursday, October 25, 2012 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Peggy Farren’s studio, 2383 Linwood Ave., #302. You will be receiving an email of the meeting.  This discussion group is for members only and due to limited space, is on a first-come basis.  Please do not respond until after you receive your email invitation. 
This month’s Glossary term  “ABERRATION”
Essentially, anything in an image that is not supposed to be there. For example, optical imperfections within a lens may cause distortions such as color fringing, barrel distortion or pin cushioning.
Last month’s Glossary term:  “MACRO”
A special type of lens or lens setting primarily used for close-up photography, macro refers to a one-to-one or higher magnification of a subject provided by optics (i.e., a macro lens). The focal length of a macro lens determines how close the lens must be to a subject to attain a one-to-one image capture.
Please check the glossary on our web site for more digital photography terms!
Next month’s theme is: “A   B L A S T   F R O M   T H E   P A S T”   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:  National Geographic Photo Contest 2012:  As a leader in capturing our world through brilliant imagery, National Geographic sets the standard for photographic excellence.  Last year, they received more than 20,000 entries from over 130 countries, with professional and amateur photographers across the globe participating.  Well, it’s that time of year again! Send  them  your best shots in any of these three categories: People, Places, and Nature.  Submit images that accurately reflect the captured moment in time.  In other words, keep it real.
The Grand Prize Winner will receive $10,000 and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2013: A behind-the-scenes experience like none other.  The 2012 National Geographic Magazine Photo Contest deadline is November 30, 2012, 11:59 p.m. US Eastern Time.  The entry fee is $15 per entry.  Web site has contest rules, f.a.q., prizes, and last year’s winners.  http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/photo-contest/
Photo Op:  Clyde Butcher’s Annual Muck-About & Saturday Swamp Walks start in October.  Conservation through education is at the heart of Clyde’s walks through The Big Cypress National Preserve.  To learn more, visit www.clydebutcher.com.
Photo Op:  Here’s a chance to experience Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary at night with walks, talks, music and more.  The Sanctuary is located at 375 Sanctuary Road West, Naples – off Immokalee Road, 15 miles east of 1-75.  See an ancient forest under a bright moon, listen to the musical cacophony of chattering bats, hooting owl and croaking frogs; check a telescope to glimpse planets and stars; and glimpse glowing alligator eyes and night herons.  It’s all part of “Corkscrew After Hours”, a new series of monthly night events beginning Thursday October 18 from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.  For their inaugural event, environmental educators will offer guided excursions through the Sanctuary’s Blair Audubon Center.  Its 2.25 mile boardwalk will stay open until 9 p.m. for the 10-month series (extending through July 12, 2013).  Each month will feature an “After Hours” theme – October’s theme is Bats! Admission fees: $12 adults; $6 students with ID cards; $4 kids 6-18; Entrance fees cover two consecutive days of admission.  Information: Corkscrew.Audubon.org  or call (239) 348-9151.
Photo Op:  The Seminole Tribe of Florida announced their 15th Annual American Indian Arts Celebration November 2-3, 2012, at the Big Cypress Reservation, 34725 West Boundary Road, Clewiston FL 33440.  Native American dancing, demonstrations by Native American artisans, critter show and gator wrestling.  Entrance fee $9.00 adults; $6.00 Seniors/students, which includes parking and admission to the museum.  “Birding on the Boardwalk”, Saturday, November 3, 2012, at 7:30 a.m. in front of the museum.  Bring photo gear, binoculars, scopes and a sense of adventure!  Hosted by the Hendry Glades Audubon Society.  Walk is one mile of raised boardwalk through a natural Cypress Dome.  Handicapped accessible.  www.ahtahthiki.com
Photo Op: If you’re in and around Lee County, check out a new Conservation 20/20, Wild Turkey Strand Preserve, between Ft. Myers and Lehigh Acres, which is open to the public.  The 3000+ acre site sits along State Road 82, west of the Hendry County line, providing wildlife habitat as well as offering photographers a historic Florida oasis.  The preserve sit atop portions of the former Buckingham Army Airfield, the state’s largest airfield training base during WW II (1942-1945). The Conservation 20/20’s mission statement is to acquire properties of environmental significance, restore those lands to their natural state and condition, manage them in an environmentally acceptable manner and provide public recreational opportunities that are compatible with protecting the natural resources.  Learn more about the preserves by visiting www.conservation2020.org.
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. (239) 263-7001.  Check her web site for directions and class descriptions: http://www.understandphotography.com/
October
15  -SPEEDLIGHT Valarie Super Monday- PPA workshop $99
17  -6:15 – 8:15 p.m. Studio Model shoot Naples $29/49
18  -9 a.m. to noon Macro photo & Excursion $149/169
20  -5 p.m. Zombiecon Fort Myers FREE photowalk
21  -Steam Punk model shoot $79/$99
22  -9-5 Business of Making Money in Portraiture Super Monday PPA workshop $99
24  -9 a.m. To noon Photoshop Elements cram course – Getting started in editing.
25  -6:15 to 8:15 p.m. DSLR Operation and Exposure Basics Fort Myers $45/60
26  -Everglades Excursion Limited to 5 photographers

November
3    -Ding Darling excursion limited to 5 photographers
7    -10-12 DSLR Operation and Exposure Basics Naples $45/60
10   -9-12 Composition – The best class to improve your photography! Fort Myers
14   -6-9 pm Studio Lighting 3
15   -6-9 p.m. Lightroom The Basics and Beyond beginning Lightroom $69/89 Fort Myers
17   -9 a.m. To noon The Outdoor Portrait & Speedlight basics Naples
21   -6:15 p.m. Studio Model Shoot $29/49
28   -10 a.m. To noon DSLR Operation and Exposure Basics Fort Myers $45/60
 
December
1    -8:30 a.m. Successful Bird Photography workshop
4    -9:15 a.m. To 12:15 p.m. Photoshop Elements cram course – getting started in editing.
9    -9a.m. To noon The Outdoor Portrait & Speedlight basics Fort Myers
15  -3:45-6:45 p.m. High Dynamic Range HDR Naples
27  -10 a.m. To noon DSLR Operation and Exposure Basics Naples $45/60
28  -Everglades excursion Limited to five photographers
29  -10 a.m. to noon Old Naples city photowalk
29  -10 a.m. To noon Fort Myers city photowalk
29  -Streaking lights and Night photography Naples

AND, don’t miss the Key West Photo Adventure scheduled for November 29 –  December 2, 2012.  Have fun, travel and improve your photography.  Only $795.00 per person which includes 3 night’s lodging.  To make your reservations, contact Peggy Farren at (239) 263-7001.

Carmen Schettino is conducting a photo workshop in the Smoky Mountains, November 26 – 30, 2012.  Learn how to capture those Blue Ribbon images! For reservation information, call Carmen at (941) 356-9229.

Rookery Bay is sponsoring photography classes taught by Gordon Campbell. 
 Nature Photography Made Easy: 9 a.m. – Noon, $150
  Nov. 1-2, Dec. 1-2, Jan. 12-13, Feb. 25-26, Mar. 27-28
 Photo Excursion-Burrowing Owls of Marco Island:  5  – 7 p.m.,  $125
  Nov.13, Dec. 20, Jan. 25, Mar. 6
 Photo Excursion: Alligators Up Close!:  2 – 6 p.m., $150
  Oct. 22, Nov. 20, Dec. 27, Feb. 1, Mar. 13
 Sharpen Your Photo Editing Skills: 9 a.m. – Noon, $65
  Nov. 5, Dec. 8
A complete description and listing is available on their website: rookerybay.org/photography-and-art-classes

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

THE NEXT DPI-SIG MEETING WILL BE THURSDAY, November 8, 2012, AT 7 P.M.
at Edison State College in Building J, at the Conference Center.

NOTICE:  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 need to be paid.  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 new 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.
Reminder: If you want information posted on 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!
October 18 – DPI-SIG Roundtable @ 6 p.m., by reservation only
October 24 – Photoshop Users Group @ 6 p.m.
October 25 – Lightroom Users Group @ 6 p.m., by reservation only
October 26 – Deadline to submit images for DPI-SIG Competition
November 1 – Women’s Workshop @ 6 p.m., no reservation needed
November 3 – American Heart Association’s Walk – Cambier Park
November 6 – Deadline to submit Monthly Theme photos  “A BLAST FROM THE PAST”
November 8  – DPI-SIG Meeting @ 7 p.m., Building J, Conference Center
Betty Saunders (for Sonny Saunders & Bill Coakley)
A special thanks to all our DPI-SIG & FCCC volunteers:
 Jeff Bilyeau:  Monthly Theme Slide Show Producer
 Gordon Campbell:  Assistant Meeting Photographer
 Christine Cook:  DPI-SIG Representative to FCCC; Ladies Roundtable Coordinator
 Pam Costa:  Public Relations Director; FCCC PR Director
 Art David:  Liaison, Naples Art Association; FCCC Competition Director 
 Laura DePamphilis:  FCCC Awards Director
 Peggy Farren:  DPI-SIG Print Facilitator to FCCC
 Don Fischer:  Vendor Relations Coordinator
 Nancy Garrison:  Liaison, Art League of Marco Island
 Tim Gibbons:  Meeting Photographer
 Damaris Gonzalez: Monthly Theme Slide Show Producer/Assistant; Assistant Meeting Photographer
 Eric Hansen:  FCCC Executive Director, 2010 & 2012 Convention Chairman, Past President  
 Mark Helfgott:  Sound Consultant
 Harold Kurzman:  Club Competition Director
 Priscilla McGuire: Coordinator, Volunteer Photographers for Non-Profit Organizations
 Chuck McKinney:  DPI-SIG Logo, Brochure & Business Card Designer
 Ron Perkins:  Outing Director
 Nic Provenzo:  Art Show Director
 Diana Reagan: Coordinator, Volunteer Photographers for Non-Profit Organizations
 Larry Richardson:  FCCC Vice President
 Marcel Seamples:  FCCC Treasurer
 Nancy Springer:  FCCC Southwest Florida Area Representative 
 Orlando Vargas:  Assistant Meeting Photographer
 
 Betty Saunders:  Membership Registrar; FCCC Secretary
  
 Bill Coakley:  Co-Founder; Webmaster
 Sonny Saunders:  Co-Founder; FCCC President; 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-compete@naples.net    For members to email entries for DPI-SIG competitions
 
dpi-theme@naples.net       For members to email images for Monthly Theme shows

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 dpi publicity director

dpi-npphoto@naples.net      For members to photograph  Non-Profit Organization events
 
dpi-sig@naples.net           For members (or anyone) to send anything to the Club Founders 

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

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

Web sites:

http://www.f3c.org  FCCC Web site

http://dpi-sig.org  DPI-SIG Web site

 
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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