Friday 22nd July 2011 – Clubnight


Slightly smaller turnout tonight.

Mike was early as usual and I took the opportunity to go outside with him and explain the use if his 70-300mm Zoom lens, particularly the fact that when fully zoomed, it becomes difficult to handhold if the shutter speed is too low. I explained that it is recommended that the minimum shutter speed needs to be in the range of the inverse of the max zoom, in his case 1/450 (i.e. 300mm x 1.5 crop factor of the Nikon). He took a shot of a distant wind turbine rig out in Belfast Lough at a relatively slow shutter speed, then we set up on Aperture Priority mode at F9 and shutter speed of 1/500. The resultant photo was much sharper. I also explained the sometimes he may have to compromise on his ISO setting if the light was poor. In the present scene there was plenty of bright light.

Back inside, the usual hubbub of folks chatting, could be heard. Helen and Julie closed in on the computer and I attempted to solve Julies problem with attaching music files to Pictures to Exe slideshows. Hopefully she now understands. (Breaking News. She’s just notified me that she’s solved it.) Helen has still the limited trial version.

Peter has produced an excellent Audio Visual of his recent travels in Tuscany, Italy. It contained stunning shots and all were captivated by his photos of poppy fields. Following the showing, we gave good feedback on some minor points picked up by more experienced PTE’rs. Detailed discussion took place on the issue of correct registration of portrait formatted photos to ensure that there is no slide to slide mis-alignments.
Mark suggested that they should all be in one multi-layered psd, using lowered opacity to re-position and by switching on the appropriate layers and “Saving for Web”, good registration could be achieved.
On the other hand, one could take the scattered photo approach by adding a photo and fading the underlying photos.
I had a re-run of an AV made several years ago. It was of a trip to Barcelona. This AV showed the scatter effect for portrait format and also the synchronisation of the beginning of each bar in the music, particularly with music which has a strong beat pattern.

Mark and others offered complete PTE projects for new users to examine and pick up the tricks and techniques.

As a roundup, Cooperman had us wringing out our hankies at his AV showing tears. Can’t remember the title, but I’m sure someone will comment and remind me.

I spoke to Mark at the end and suggested that he could become a contributor to my (our) Blog. Depending on how it works out, I may well open it to others.

Next Wednesday, we’ll have a full session on PTE as so many have now purchased the program.

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4 thoughts on “Friday 22nd July 2011 – Clubnight

  1. Michael, thank you for your comments. By simply listening to the feedback that we all offer on photos displayed, you cannot help but learn.

    Some folk learn quicker than others, some you only have to mention an approach once and then a few weeks later they show photos that clearly illustrate that not only did they get the message, but have adopted it to suit themselves. Others are slower on the uptake, for many reasons – having a full time job with overtime and the pressures of work and family life. Such members need to have the approach reinforced a few times.

    David and I are happy to share our knowledge, skills and experience. (I strongly suspect that we both really wanted to be teachers bit got caught up in life and the real world!)

  2. I entered your blog for the first time on the morning of 23rd. A very detailed report of the nights events! Thank you for recording the details of your instructions to me using the zoom lens.
    I often think my progress is so slight, it is natural to want to be a great achiever at the beginning but thats not the way things work!
    I am aw-struck by the knowledge you all have about the subject of photography. Thank you Mark and David for your leadership and devotion to the subject, and sharing your expertise at the club twice a week.
    Michael

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