Wednesday 3rd August 2011 – Clubnight


I thought we were going to have only a few members attending this evening.  Eddie arrived as one of the early ones and came down to the front with his laptop for some help.

His problem was that somehow he had managed to shift the Windows 7 taskbar from the bottom of the screen to vertically  on the left edge and he had tried everything to move it.   Thankfully, I have seen this before.  By placing the cursor on the taskbar in its vertical position, right click showed that there was no tick against the “Lock the Taskbar’ choice, therefore this was part of the problem.  By selecting ‘Properties, a dialog box showed the option to reposition it at the top, right, left or bottom.  Selecting bottom solved the problem.  I finished it off by putting a tick against ‘Lock the Taskbar’ and this should prevent it happening again.  Now Eddie knows.

He also showed me some photos of his in Picassa and we played for a few minutes with them.

When I looked up suddenly there was a really good turnout.  Apparently, there was a gathering just outside the door chatting in the evening sunlight.

Ann gave me the SD card out of her EOS 400D camera to show her photos.   Several others tabled their memory sticks including Alli, who came to us last week.

Ann had 1700 photos on her card so we sampled just a small number, some of which were out of focus.  By looking at the EXIF data via Faststone Image Viewer (free download) we could see that her shutter speed was too slow in many cases.  David Best offered a good suggestion that we set it up at Shutter Priority and ISO 400 and this could help with her problem of handholding.    She had some great shots of a little boy with a hat.

Nigel offered a great PTE slideshow which included photos of wildlife, his specialism.

Alli’s photos taken on her Vivitar camera were very good, though several were slightly overexposed.  At the tea break I talked to her and showed her the Exposure Compensation setting on her camera and how it worked.

I brought along my iPad to show Mark the feature of setting up a local hotspot on my mobile phone and connecting a non-3G iPad to the internet almost anywhere.  The application on the phone was Joikuspot Light.  Anyone interested should Google for it.   As it turned out,. Mark didn’t make it, but Nigel was about to buy an iPad, so we retired to the kitchen to show how this was set up whilst David Best took over and explained some features of Lightroom including its very powerful database management facility.

As usual the evening had flown and we finished at nearly 10.30.  Thanks once again to Julie and Helen for tea.    I think we need some different volunteers to give them a break.

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2 thoughts on “Wednesday 3rd August 2011 – Clubnight

  1. Had a good night last night Anns pictures were very good especially the portrait of the little boy eating his dinner.I had a good chat with Alli about my camera letting her try it for weight etc .I really dont mind making the tea but I suppose it would be nice if some others volunteered but we would need to know in advance so we dont end up with no milk

  2. Wednesday Night had been interesting with so many different topics, Light Room, Eddie’s problem with lap top and Ann’s 1700 pictures, Bless her. Every one enjoyed the evening, Alli found the help of David Roberts very useful as she gets to know the camera setting. Nigel’s PTE beautiful pictures and good music. All in all every one had a great night. And yes it would be nice some other folk making the tea. Julie and I don’t mind really gives us both time to have a natter.

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