March 2012 Meeting

Hi All! Our next meet­ing will be at Topeka-Shawnee Pub­lic Library on March 6th at 6:30. Please check the sched­ule board in the rotunda to find the room we are meet­ing in. Our topic is Get­ting to Know Your Cam­era. I believe the photo topic is your choice. We have the four cat­e­gories: Cre­ative, Pic­toral, Nature, and Pho­to­jour­nal­ism. Bring a photo for each cat­e­gory, but no more than 5 per cat­e­gory. I want to con­grat­u­late all the win­ners in the dig­i­tal cat­e­gories we have from Feb­ru­ary! Good job to all! I haven’t received the prints back yet, but I’m sure they will be here this week. Hope­fully we will have some win­ners in those cat­e­gories as well. If you would like to enter the print cat­e­gories, please bring your prints with you to the meet­ing. The cat­e­gories for print are Color Print, Nature, Black & White, and Pho­to­jour­nal­ism. Print size for Pho­to­jour­nal­ism is no larger than 8x12 and if mounted, make sure it is a light­weight mount. All other cat­e­gories the max­i­mum size is 16 x 20. They can be mounted and/or mat­ted but do not have to be until they win 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or hon­or­able men­tion. You also need to label each print with the title of the print, cat­e­gory, mem­ber num­ber, maker’s name, and the cam­era club on the back side of the mount in the upper left cor­ner. We can send up to 8 per cat­e­gory. So far the most we have had is 6 in Color Prints and Pho­to­jour­nal­ism. We are look­ing for­ward to see­ing all your pho­tos at the meet­ing where names become faces and faces become friends.

October Winners

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the fol­low­ing people:

Kalei­do­scope by Verla Her­shell 1st Place Dig­i­tal Creative

Inside Out by Don Thun Hon­or­able Men­tion Dig­i­tal Creative

Moun­tain Stream by Greg Hoglund Hon­or­able Men­tion Nature Print

Won­der­ful job everyone!!

What A Great Convention! Time to Get Back to Work.

Ok, it’s been a cou­ple of weeks, so it is time to get back to work. After the con­ven­tion, I decided to rest for the first week. It was a lot of work, but every­one pulled together and got things done. I want to thank every­one who pitched in and helped. I also want to thank the Ramada for doing such a great job with the con­ven­tion. Every­thing went very smoothly, and the food was won­der­ful. A very spe­cial thank you to Wolfe’s Cam­era for donat­ing the won­der­ful door prizes for the convention.

Last week, I took the time to go through the pic­tures I took at the con­ven­tion. I enjoyed the Topeka tour. I saw things that I didn’t even know hap­pened in Topeka! The Topeka High run­ning of the halls was a spe­cial high­light. Thank you to the Civil War Re-enactors for com­ing out to Ward-Meade Park and fir­ing off the can­non. The gra­ciously posed for many, many pho­tos. Thank you again to every­one! Awe­some Job!!

Now, our next meet­ing is 6:30 p.m., Tues­day, Octo­ber, 4th at the Topeka-Shawnee County Pub­lic Library. Please read the board in the rotunda to find out which room we are in. The pro­gram will be on panora­mas and unusual crop­pings. The theme of the meet­ing is reflec­tions and shad­ows, so bring your best reflec­tion and shadow pho­tos! Look­ing for­ward to see­ing every­one there where names become faces, and faces become friends!

October 2010 Meeting

The Octo­ber 2010 meet­ing will be on the 5th at 6:30pm in the Topeka Library.  When you enter the library, just check the mon­i­tors in the lobby to see which meet­ing room we are located.

October’s meet­ing will pri­mar­ily be a report on the La Crosse N4C Con­ven­tion by Greg Hoglund and Scott Udey.  If the Sep­tem­ber photo con­test sub­mis­sion results are in, we’ll go over those.  And we’ll review sub­mis­sions for the Octo­ber photo contest.

This month’s photo theme is “Back to School/End of Sum­mer”, so please email your sub­mis­sions to Scott Udey by Tues­day, Sep­tem­ber 26th.

The Monthly Photo Contest Requirements

It’s that time again and Scott Udey gave a great pre­sen­ta­tion at this month’s meet­ing about the require­ments for enter­ing your pho­tos into the monthly N4C pho­tog­ra­phy contests.

Each pho­to­graph should be saved as a JPG and can be no larger than 1024 pix­els on any one dimen­sion.  So the max­i­mum size is 1024-by-1024.  How­ever, any side can be smaller than 1024, ie 1024-by-600 or 515-by-1024.  Scott gave a pre­sen­ta­tion on using both Pho­to­Shop and Pho­to­Shop Ele­ments to prop­erly resize your pho­tos.  Dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion we dis­cov­ered that using the “Save for Web” option will change the color palette of your photo for com­pat­i­bil­ity with web browsers… and that could change the col­ors in your photo.  So it’s best to use the “Save as” option instead so that the orig­i­nal cam­era palette is used.

The size of your file can be no more than 500k bytes (512,000 bytes).

And the file should be prop­erly named, for example:

01,TA001,DN,FlowerBloom.jpg

The “01” is a place­holder for Scott so that he can give it a proper file num­ber if/when it’s sub­mit­ted to the N4C.  The “TA001” should be your TCC account num­ber.  If you don’t know what yours is, please con­tact Scott.  The “DN” is the cat­e­gory you are enter­ing in (DN = Nature, DJ = Jour­nal­ism, DP = Pic­to­r­ial, DC = Cre­ative).  And finally include the name of your photo. You can include spaces, but Scott’s expe­ri­ence is that space have caused issues in the past.  It’s crit­i­cally impor­tant that each part is sep­a­rated by com­mas (,) and not periods.

If you are unsure about any­thing, don’t hes­i­tate to ask ques­tions.  Our Flickr forum is a great place to post your pic­ture and get com­ments from our mem­bers on how to improve your pho­tos, or even some tips on what set­tings to use in your cam­era to get that per­fect shot.