November Update #1

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Let's all take a moment today to remember those who have served our great country as well the families and friends who stayed behind.  While we are often challenged, we are still free, thanks to to the men and women who made a difference.

There are still seats available for the Camera and Photography 101 workshop coming up next Sunday November 18th.  The workshop is designed to bring together the elements that go into an image and how you manage them on your personal camera.  It's very hands-on so you should bring your camera with you.   Email me at ross@newmarketcameraclub.ca to register.

Our final meeting of the year is on Tuesday November 27th.  In addition to our shared images, we will have a presentation by Amina Mohamed on her trip to Uganda and a tutorial on using greens screen techniques in photography.  As it is our last meeting, members are encouraged to bring either treats to share, or food bank ready goods.  Any treats left over will go along with the food bank items to Inn From the Cold, the charity that we support every year.  This year I am adding food bank items, because while we always have extra treats, it might be nice to also offer foodstuffs that will not go bad in a couple of days.

Our themes this month are Seasonal Shifts and Closer Than You Think.  We already have some great submissions, but the show improves with your own submission.

We have had a great level of acceptance to our new member's conversation system.  Folks are on the site everyday and new content is readily being posted.  We did have a surprise challenge a week ago, when the mobile app was updated which prevented access from mobile devices for about six hours.  Thanks to Gordon who let me know and the issue was resolved very quickly once I was made aware of the problem.  If you have not yet accepted your invitation, please consider doing so.

All the invites have now gone out, so if you cannot find yours, please let me know at ross@newmarketcameraclub.ca and I will resend it.

Thanks kindly , more to come

Ross

50% of Members Have Already Joined our Conversations Service

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What a great response. As of this morning, 50% of the membership have already joined the new Member’s Conversation Service and many members are already engaged in posting images and asking questions.

If you have not yet accepted your invitation, please consider doing so, and if you cannot find your invitation, please check your junk folder or spam folder. The sender is Newmarket Camera Club Member Conversations.

All the invites have now gone out, so if you cannot find yours, please let me know at ross@newmarketcameraclub.ca and I will resend it.

Member's Conversation Forum Invites Have Been Sent

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Hello everyone,

As discussed and demonstrated at our October meeting, I have sent out the invitations to all current members on this list to join the new Member's Discussion forum with the URL forum.newmarketcameraclub.ca

For those who could not attend the meeting, Google has announced the discontinuation of Google Plus.  A new service has been put in place using a secured platform that is by invitation only.  No one other than a paid member can join or see ANY content on the forum.  

We hope that all current members will join and engage in discussions and conversations with each other.  When you join, an AI called Discobot will start engaging you to help you learn the system but it really is no different from other forums except that it is completely private.

Image uploads are limited to no larger than 4MB in size, but there is no limit on the number of uploads, but this is not a cloud backup for your library, just in case you thought it might be.

If you do not see the invitation, please check your junk folder and mark the message as not junk so any other messages from the system do not get flagged as junk.

If you have not received an invitation within 48 hours and it is not in your junk folder, email me at ross@newmarketcameraclub.ca and I will get things sorted out.

Thanks kindly , more to come

Ross

October 2019 Meeting Reminder

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Hello everyone,

Thanks to Lou Stojcevski for his shot of buddy Rico

Just a short reminder of our meeting coming up at 6:30pm on October 23rd.

The big deal at this meeting will be the print show.  Bring a print (or few) of your favourite images to share with the membership.  No contests, no presentation limitations just your favourite prints to share with your peers and to chat about.  You've all been making great images over the course of the year, so why not show your friends at the club the work that you like the best.

I'm looking forward to this very much indeed.

Submissions for this month's themes are still a bit light, so please submit your images for the slide show this weekend so that I can include them in the show for the meeting.

I have implemented a replacement for Google Plus and I will be going through the new Member's Conversation service at the meeting.  It's very easy to use, but if you want to see the live tutorial, please come out.  Following the meeting, all members who receive this email will receive an invitation to join the new service.  It will be completely private and access will be by invitation only.  So no worries about sellers or bad actors or image thieves.  It's much more powerful than Google Plus ever was.  As always with any new service that uses batch email, check your JUNK folder to be sure that you do not miss your invitation.

While there were costs involved in getting the system installed and running, I am very happy to announce that I was able to make this happen without any changes to the membership fees that have already been announced.  More services for the same cost sounds pretty good to me.

We will begin accepting membership dues for the 2019 year at this meeting.  Dues are $50 per person, cash only.  You do not need to pay your dues at the meeting if not convenient.  All dues will be required by the January meeting, the same as every year.

I hope to be able to cover the top updates in the latest Photoshop CC releases at the meeting, time permitting.  There are not a lot of changes in Lightroom Classic CC so I will touch on whatever of those are really significant.

Thanks kindly , more to come

Ross

Leaving Google Plus

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Hello everyone,

Thanks to Jeff Ibbotson for his Gourd Delight image.

As you may have learned by now, Google has decided to shutter their Google Plus service.  This news came out on October 8th.  No end date has as yet been published formally but expectations are sooner rather than later.

About a month ago, I asked if members were interested in a similar forum / sharing option that would still be secure and still be private.  A few folks responded saying that they wanted the service to continue and did not have a preference as to where it was.  I want to bring you up to date on where I am with this.

The problem with free services, including those provided by social media hosts, is that they can change or disappear on the decision of the hosting party.  There is no service guarantee or service level agreement.  Most of them are sustained by targeted advertising that use cookies and other tools to gather information about you and to hit you with targeted ads both on the site and elsewhere.  While some people don't care, I hate this and will not go this route again.

I have been looking at forum style tools that will support easy image sharing, discussions and question and answer capabilities.  I am very close to decision on a paid service that will not hurt the club and that will be private.  All paid members will receive an email inviting you to join the new service when it goes live.

Only paid members will be able to access the service, ensuring your privacy and hopefully will reduce the load of applicants who are not members of our club, who ask daily to join for reasons unknown.

None of the content from Google Plus will be ported.  It's just not viable to do.  It will be a fresh start and I hope that what gets implemented will be used more widely than the current Google Plus offering has been.

I will keep everyone updated via the website and direct email as the change moves ahead.

Thanks kindly , more to come

Ross

Workshops Email

Hi members,

A couple of people asked that I post the contents of the last email

Hello everyone,

I wanted to get this message out right away.  At our last "custom" meeting, there was clear demand for the return of workshops and long form tutorials for club members.

I have completed the necessary work with the town and have locked in Sunday afternoons from November 2018 through November 2019, the second Sunday of each month for this purpose.

The next step is to get them on the club website calendar and to define what will be covered in each workshop.  The plan is that everything is hands-on.  That means your camera and gear, or your computer.  Real world stuff and no foo foo dust.

Now I just need some help defining the content.  I have received some suggestions so far, and as you know, the squeaky wheel gets the grease.

The following topics are already confirmed, but I have not yet assigned dates as I want to be able to build on skills over the term.

Photography and Camera 101
Learn the key principles of photography and how to apply these principles to your camera.  We will cover the elements of exposure, focal length choices, exposure compensation, white balance and how to use these tools to make more successful images.  We will spend most of our time in Program mode for this class simply because it is so powerful as a tool to help folks get comfortable and confident

Photography and Camera 201
In this class we will build on the skills in 101 to move into the semi-automatic modes as well as full manual.  We will also explore some concepts that will help you be more successful such as the in camera histogram, live view as well as using accessory tools such as tripods, standard filters, remote controls and fill in flash.

Photographing for and Processing for Black and White
Black and white is not what we do when a colour shot does not work out.  Black and white is tougher to do well than colour, so this workshop is going to focus on shooting for black and white.  We will look at metering practices, deciding where tones should fall, learning to see without the distraction of colour.  Then using software for demonstration purposes, we will dive into black and white post production including when and how to use coloured filtration for your black and white, where curves and levels are best used and how to make compelling black and white images that stand the test of time

Managing Your Photos in Lightroom
This class is all about the Library module.  Develop a best practice for importing, for folder use and using collections.  We will talk about keywording, rating and ranking.  We will look at how we can use Collections to manage our core workflow and explore how metadata can help us in using Smart Collections.  We will also look at how the Library module helps us organize our images for online viewing and sharing as well as for populating an Adobe Portfolio site.

Integrating Lightroom and Photoshop
This class is all about looping in Photoshop when Lightroom is not enough.  What do we do where?  What happens when we round-trip?  How do we keep track of images when we back and forth?  There is no single right way, but there are some best practices that we can work on.  The class requires that the attendee have a computer and a subscription to at minimum the Adobe Photographer's bundle.

TTL Flash Is Easy
This class is all about using your flash more effectively.  All of today's cameras support TTL flash, but there is a lot of misunderstanding and a lot of BS about TTL.  You'll use your camera and your hot shoe mount speedlight flash to learn how TTL works, when it can be fooled, and how to get to a great shot quickly.  We will also cover mixing flash and ambient light, working to match colour temperatures with gels along with the use of creative exposure control to make great images with flash that don't necessarily look like flash.  This class applies to all TTL flashes but we will work with small flash only.  Light shaping tools for small flash will also be covered.

Photoshop for Lightroom Users
This class is built for folks comfortable in Lightroom but for whom Photoshop is still a mystery.  We will look at the most common Photoshop tools for Lightroom users and learn when they make sense.  Rather than an overly deep dive into Photoshop, we will spend our time on specific tasks that have wide ranging usability.

These are, I think a good start, but there are slots for 12 workshops and that means five of them have no subject yet.  Let me know what you want to learn, and if not covered already, I will look to build content in that regard.  The existing classes are built based specifically on member requests.  Please share your needs/wants via email.

I am going to hold the workshop fees to what they were two years ago, $50 per person per workshop.  Workshops will be limited to 20 attendees and will be first come, first registered.  Registration will be in advance,

If you are a new member and do not yet have access to the private page for the club on Google Plus, please click the link below to apply for access.

Thanks kindly , more to come

Ross

London Vintage Camera Show - September 30th 2018

We'd like to invite your members to the London Fall Vintage Camera Show, taking place Sunday, Sept 30th, from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the Carling Heights Community Centre, 656 Elizabeth Street, London. Expect 50-70 tables of FILM EQUIPMENT for sale. Admission $4.00, under 16 free. Free parking and door prize draw. Canada's 2nd largest show! For more info: 519-473-8333. Thanks, Maureen Tucker

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