‘FACEBOOK’ was the title of a presentation given by Liz Watson on 22nd February.
Facebook is a vast and ever-expanding organisation which aims to keep people in touch with each other, provides useful information on a wide range of topics and has special sections focussing on particular interests and topics – the UKCA Camera Club has its own page – firstname.lastname@example.org
Liz was hoping to show a video entitled ‘Facebook for Seniors, Grandparents and Boomers’ but due to the unwanted and lengthy interference of Windows updates it was not possible to show the video on this occasion. The link on You Tube to this video is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVy6q2JHfKU.
With the short amount of time that was left after Windows had settled down Liz went on to talk about how Facebook can be linked to other organisations such as Flickr and Pinterest. There are lots of videos on You Tube to help us familiarise ourselves with Facebook, but we were grateful to Liz for informing us on the basics and we look forward to a future presentation on this topic by Liz, which hopefully will go ahead without any annoying interference from Windows 10 and its ubiquitous updates!
Paul Knight made a welcome return to the Wednesday morning slot on 1st March to give us further information on Lightroom – a programme which can manage and edit our images.
A valuable feature of Lightroom is that it is a totally non-destructive editing programme – any editing done to an individual photo is saved as a separate file, and the original file remains unchanged. Both copies can be saved.
Images can be copied directly from your camera into Lightroom. Paul advised backing up copies in Lightroom, but also back up a copy to a separate hard drive.
He described in some detail the various functions of the Lightroom interface – Library, Develop, Book Slideshow, Publishing to the Web and Printing. There are many built-in presets in this programme, as well as the facility to watermark your photos and export them to various destinations, i.e. to Photoshop for further editing, or as an attachment to an email etc.
As with Facebook there are many tutorial videos on You Tube about using Lightroom, but it is always good to have a real live and informative presentation such as Paul gave us on Wednesday, so thank you to Paul for these many useful insights.
On 8th March during the first half of the Meeting Computer Club Chairman Jim Crowe gave a talk on ‘Shapes’. This intriguing title had us wondering what to what sort of ‘shapes’ Jim would be referring.
He went on to explain how pictures can be shaped to fit a monitor, or TV.
Some photos, straight off camera need to be first converted to DNG format.
Readily available software which will help with positioning and cropping photos are Microsoft Office Picture Manager, Picasa and Photoshop. All these programmes are good for positioning and cropping photos, but, of the three Photoshop is best, followed by Picasa.
For our competitions a ‘shape’ of 4 x 3 is needed.
Shaping proved to be quite a complex subject which needs practice to achieve the right shape to fit the medium you are using to display your photos.
Thanks to Jim for helping to enlighten us.
After coffee Derek Noronha brought us up to date on ‘Smart Devices.
A ‘smart device’ is anything that is enabled by connection to the Internet – TV’s tablets, phones, watches etc.
The ‘shelf life’ of new technology is about two years.
New ‘smart’ ideas sometimes fall at the first fence – 3D TV’s had a very short life and were discontinued in 2016.
As soon as sales of a ‘smart’ object start dropping a new one or newer version of the old one is produced to tempt people into buying or updating their equipment. From the manufacturer’s point of view smart devices are only designed to last three years.
Smart home systems are currently rising in popularity – home security, smart meter readers for gas and electric accounts, central heating systems and lifts.
Microphone technology is being developed to replace the traditional keyboard and mouse – I wondered if we have to start talking to our computers instead of swearing at them!
The speed at which such technology comes and goes is quite staggering and our thanks to Derek for keeping us up to date.
March 15th was the occasion for the first of this year’s Quarterly Photo competitions, with a record entry of 45 photographs. The competition structure now gives members the opportunity to submit three photos – two of a general nature and one theme-based. The theme for this competition was ‘Religion’.
Tom Brown gave a detailed critique and score for each entry – maximum of 10 points for Impact and a further maximum of 10 for technical ability. The audience also gave their own scores for each photo after the critique. When the results were announced at the Meeting on 29th March it was interesting to note that the audience’ scores correlated quite closely with that of the judge.
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