Past Meetings


July 25, 2011 - Hammondsport Mac Users Group

ATTENDING: Tom B, Jerry L, Jack H, Dotti E, Bob G.

TOPIC: How to Take Great Photographs

Mac users were asked to bring some of their favorite original photos on a USB thumbdrive to this meeting and tell us how the pictures were taken. Since many of us are old experienced photographers (from the film age), we had a good time sharing pictures, stories and the following tips:

SCUFI - shoot close up for impact - this also softens background detail

Framing - use a tree branch, doorway, or foreground element to frame subject

Background - avoid clutter, distracting lines, extreme light or dark

Lighting - use natural light indoors (by a window), use fill flash outdoors for shadow detail

Rule of Thirds - avoid dead center and symmetry in placement of a key element

S - curves - use streams, roads or lines to lead the eye into picture

Scale - include a recognizable element for scale when emphasizing height, depth or distance

Panning - emphasize speed by following fast movement with camera to blur background

Focus on eyes - in a portrait, the eyes are the first thing to be noticed

Angle - shoot from an unusual viewpoint (high, low, inside-out)

Bad weather - take pictures in inclement weather (rain, sleet, fog)

View some of the photos shared at the meeting by Tom, Dotti, Jerry and Bob.

Kodak Top 10 Tips (flash version) - or html version


EQUIPMENT

New Digital Cameras can use old SLR lenses - such as Olympus PEN E-P1

i-FlashDrive by PhotoFast - two-way file transfer for iPad, iPhone and Mac/PC - USB on one end, 30-pin dock connector on other - works with free iFlashDrive app - read more - 8GB ($95) 32GB ($180)

Uninterruptible Power Source (UPS) - Jerry shared how to make a low-cost, high-quality Uninterruptile Power Source. Loss of power or a brown out to a computer can be disastrous if it happens while writing to a hard disk. It can corrupt the Table of Contents, making the disk unusable without heroic measures. So a computer should have a UPS feeding it to eliminate that danger. Kind of like having house insurance, may never need it but if you do need it, you REALLY need it. Read more

SOFTWARE

TenFourFox - fastest free browser for PPC running 10.4 or older. Which Version? G3, G4, G5

Caffeine - freeware to keep your mac awake during long sessions

JAlbum (version 9.5) - free app to transform a folder of photo files into a complete website in a few seconds with thumbnails, captions, linked images and camera info. (Tom's favors the older version 6.1)

Preview a folder of photographs as a Slideshow:

1) Open folder, then select all pix in folder (Command-A)
2) Right-click (Control-click) on one of the titles and choose 'Slideshow' from Menu.
3) Slow speed of slideshow by clicking Pause, then use direction arrows ->
4) Move translucent control panel of slideshow by click-holding on thin divider line

 

IN THE NEWS

Secrets From Apple's Genius Bar - read some of Apple's store training secrets. They include: intensive control of how employees interact with customers, scripted training for on-site tech support and consideration of every store detail down to the pre-loaded photos and music on demo devices.

Apple Fastest-Growing Major Retailer in U.S.

MobileMe to iCloud transition - Apple Releases details - no more website hosting after 6/2012

TidBits article re: above

How to move iWeb site to new domain host

 

TIP

Water Accident - If you accidently run your USB thumbdrive through the washer, or drop your cell phone into the pool (or toilet), do the following to possibly salvage it for future use:

1) Remove any battery.
2) Then place the device in a ZIP-LOCK bag filled with UNCOOKED RICE.
3) Zip it closed and leave it for a couple days to allow the rice to absorb all moisture.
4) Replace battery and give it a try.

(Note: if the accident occurred in salt water, first rinse the device in fresh water).

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