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February 2017 Topic - Other People Taking Photos

Submitted by bain63 on Wed, 01/25/2017 - 13:33
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Other People Taking Photos

With virtually everyone owning a camera (via their phone), we are now living in an era of more photos being taken each year then pretty much all of the years of photography combined.  So it shouldn't be hard to find someone taking a photo.

The person taking a photo can be the primary subject of your shot, or can be incidenental to other things going on in the shot (like perhaps what they are photographing).

No selfies of yourself for this one.  Find some other folks taking photos (although you may shoot other people doing selfies).



September Theme: Window(s)

Submitted by bain63 on Sat, 08/15/2015 - 07:26
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The theme for September is Window(s).  Not the operating system, but windows that we look through.  

This should be a fairly easy one for everyone to have access to lots of source material.  

Be creative.  Have fun!





Voting is now OPEN for APRIL

Submitted by bain63 on Thu, 05/01/2014 - 09:17
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Voting is now open for the April contest albums through May 7. New members, please review the Voting Guidelines if you have not done so already OR if you have not done so for some time.

Cast exactly three votes in each category (one 5-star, one 4-star, and one 3-star vote. Use 1-star to cancel a vote)

- View every photo at full size and never judge by thumbnail alone 

You may not vote for your own photos

Adobe Offering Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC for $9.99/month.

Submitted by bain63 on Sun, 09/08/2013 - 21:12
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Photoshop Photography Program | Creative Layer


* Photoshop CC

* Lightroom 5

* 20 GB of online storage

* Behance ProSite

* Access to Creative Cloud Learn's training resources

* Ongoing upgrades and updates

To be clear, $9.99 is not an introductory price. It is _the_ price for those of you who sign up by December 31, 2013\. And here is a list of prices for the major regions outside of the US -- keep in mind that these prices are exclusive of VAT/local taxes which vary by country.

January 2013 Topic: "Out of Place"

Submitted by bain63 on Sun, 12/16/2012 - 14:55
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Photograph something that doesn't seem to belong with it's surroundings, or just doesn't seem to be where it should be.

Have fun with this!

Here is an example of what I'm envisioning for the theme.  This was a strange scene I came across on a vacation in nothern Minnesota a few years ago.  

Out of Place Example

Kodak Preparing for Bankruptcy - End of an Era?

Submitted by bain63 on Wed, 01/04/2012 - 16:02
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Eastman Kodak Co. is preparing for bankruptcy in the "coming weeks" in case efforts to sell its patents fall through, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

The photography and imaging equipment company has long struggled with revamping itself as atechnology company amid advancements in digital cameras and photo sharing.  Shares of Kodak have closed under $1 for 30 consecutive trading days, the Journal reported.

Kodak has cut global staff to 18,800 from a peak of 145,300 in 1988. Jobs at its headquarter in Rochester, N.Y. were cut to 7,100 from 60,400 in 1982, according to the Associated Press.


Read the rest at the link.  So is this the end of an era?

March Subject

Submitted by bain63 on Wed, 02/16/2011 - 15:56
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The March subject is Bokeh.  Use a shallow depth-of-field to draw attention to your subject, while leaving the other elements of the image out-of-focus.

For cameras that allow you to set an aperture, go as wide open as you can (smallest f-stop number);  f/2.8 or smaller will yield very dramatic results.  There are plenty of example on the web and how-to instructions.  Here's one handy guide.

For automatic, or point-and-shoot cameras, it's still possible to get a shallow depth of field.  There are plenty of sites that have guidance on how to do this.  Here's one that seemed to have some decent instructions.  And another.  I tried the latter and got some promising results.  If that doesn't work, don't give up.  As I said, there were other sites that had other instructions as well.  Google bokeh point and shoot and you'll find them.

A handy tool for determining depth-of-field is here.  It allows you to pick your camera model, aperture, and focal length.  It then gives the distances that are in focus and not.

Have fun.  :)

Amazon Discounts on Nikon Lenses

Submitted by bain63 on Wed, 02/02/2011 - 15:58
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Canon users, please avert your eyes.  Nikon users keep reading...  :)

Amazon's got a promotion going on for Nikon lenses.  Purchase a new qualifying Nikon body, and also purchase a Nikon lens, and you can use a coupon-code at check-out for $100 to $400 off.

Here's the link to the info.

Stay Dry - Stay Safe

Submitted by bain63 on Wed, 01/12/2011 - 07:18
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For the folks who live in Australia, the videos we're seeing of the flooding are just incredible.  I hope everyone is safe and dry.

Take care and be safe.




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