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Rick’s Macro Tips

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Rick’s Macro Tips 

                              Mr. Macro (Rick)

 

1. Use a tripod and cable release/self timer to reduce camera vibration.

2. Use mirror lock-up if your camera has this function, again for less

   camera vibration.

3. Set a small aperture value (f/16 – 22) for best sharpness throughout

    the subject.

4. Use a low ISO setting (100 – 200) for best image quality.

5. Choose your focus point carefully; manual focusing is best.

6. Use your depth of field preview button to see how the captured

    image will appear.

7. “Fill the frame“, but don’t “cut off” your subject!

 

The Shoot!

        

         Looks like a Natural (Katie)

             

       Close Focus (Carl)                          Even Closer (Ron)

                    

      Good Focusing Form (Phil)                Tight Shot (Dick)

       

True Table Tripod (Chris M.l)Got the Shot! (Bill, Al, and Ralph)

                     

              Group Effort (Ralph, Carl, Al, and Bill)

                      

                Reading the LCD Screen (Jac and Dick)

                          

                         Handheld Shot at 6400 ISO (Joe)

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2017 NECCC Courtesy Enrollee – Carl

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As HDP is a member in good standing the club is allowed to choose one of its members to attend the annual NECCC Conference at UMASS Amherst. The only stipulation is that the Chosen One has to be a first time attendee. Three members asked to be considered for the free admission. Carl‘s name was selected!

 

There will be a nominal fee for the courtesy enrollee next year.

 

72nd Annual Conference New England Camera Club Council Report

By Carl Albro

This report provides my impressions of the Conference. First off I would like to thank the club for sending me as their guest to the conference.

I attended the pre-conference workshop “Colors” by Bryan F. Peterson who was also the Keynote speaker on Saturday evening. He was fun to listen to and gave a better understanding of the power of some colors in images. I ordered his book on Colors to use as reference for the different color combos that help with stronger images.

Most of the workshops I attended were informative (The only poor ones were due to the speaker talking too much about themselves and pushing outside workshops).

Some of the things I learned in these workshops are the following:

  • Consider showing more environment in nature images
  • Blurs of large group of birds are more powerful, if at least one bird is sharp
  • The best lighting for birds is between sunrise to two hours later and two hours before sunset tosunset.
  • To better judge the exposure of bird you should look at RGB Histrogram, use the Camerasneutral setting with contrast set to minimum, sharpening set close to max, and WB = AWB.
  • For nighttime city photography, Chris Smith recommends:

o Lens in 24-105 range
o Primarily use F11
o Mount camera on a sturdy tripod
o Use 2 sec. trigger instead of remote trigger
o Start at ISO 400 until you need more than 30 seconds, then increase to stay under 30 seconds
o Turn off image stabilization

o Due Manual Focus

• For conversion to B&W, consider creating three BW layers based on the three primary color which can be done using the following instructions:

o Open your image in Photoshop
o Make three duplicate layers of the image
o Name one Red
o Name one Green
o Name one Blue
o With the “Red” layer selected do the following:

▪ Select menu option “Image | Adjustments | Channel Mixer” ▪ Check the “Monochrome”

▪ Set “Red” to +200
▪ Set “Blue” to -200
▪ Start “Green” at about 50
▪ Adjust “Green” to gives the desired image without the “Total” exceeding 100%. ▪ Hide “Red” Layer

o Repeat the process on “Blue” layer setting “Red” to -200, “Blue” to +200 then adjust “Green” while not exceeding 100% Total

o Repeat the process on “Green” layer setting “Green” to +200, “Red” and “Blue” to -50. You can adjust the “Red” and “Blue” to best looking image while not exceeding 100% Total (The average of the two colors should be -50).

o Look at each “Color” Layer to decide which one provides the best B&W conversion.

o You can also blend two of the layers for a different look
o This approach gives to more control over the B&W conversion process.

The conference provided several photo ops (Models, Inspirational Floral Techniques, Hedgehog, Insects, still life, and Motor Cross Ramp stunts). Here are some sample images I took:

 

o The conference provided several photo ops (Models, Inspirational Floral Techniques, Hedgehog, Insects, still life, and Motor Cross Ramp stunts). Here are some sample images I took:

 

o The conference provided several photo ops (Models, Inspirational Floral Techniques, Hedgehog, Insects, still life, and Motor Cross Ramp stunts). Here are some sample images I took:

 

 

I was one of the lucky winners of a door prize. It was a license to the photo editing application “Infinity” which has the similar editing features as Photoshop, but is much cheaper. They offer over 200 videos for learning how to use the product (Looked at about 30 of them and fine it is a very useful product. If you don’t have Photoshop or elements, and don’t want to spend $120 a year for the Adobe Cloud subscription. You can get this product for $49 stand alone license. I don’t know what they would charge to upgrade the application in a year, but I think you would be happy with it for a long time. Do note, I didn’t see much support for third party products.

I will be going back next year.

Carl

Joe’s Industrial Images Published by PSA

Written by Hockomock Joe on . Posted in Above and Beyond

 

 

I have been a member of several PSA image study groups for quite some time. On a regular basis we submit one or two images for the others to critique. I have used their comments to revise my images for use in competitions. One of the photographers, Max Burke, asked me to write up an article about my “Industrial Series.” I did choose a few of my favorites captures from the shoot to be used in the article.

My essay was part of the Third Newsletter Issue for August, 2017. Here is the link:

 

Third Newsletter Issue-August – Working format

 

 

 

 

Holiday Socials

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Our first meeting in December has traditionally been the opportunity to sit down and socialize. The evening starts off

with pizza, salad, and beverages. After the last call for seconds is made, the fun begins – our Yankee Swap! There is a

minimum dollar value for the swap items and that is the only guideline.


My all-time favorite swap item went to Chris, a LIVE LOBSTER!! Mike was thinking out of the box that night!

 

 

 

Chris D. with her Yankee Swap

 

 

2016 Social

 

 

His membership has been revoked!

 

Click here for more images 2016 Social

2015 Social

(Click here for more images 2015 Social)

 

 

“Hannah’s Pick”

 

“Lily’s Swap”

 

2014 Social

(Click here for more images 2014 Social)

 

 

“Happy HDP Holiday!”    

 

Lily Picks for Her Dad

2013 Social

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Happy Holidays 2013!

 

“I’m keeping this. . .
if my wife lets me!”

2012 Social

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“No cutting the line!”

“Meghan’s happiness was ever so fleeting as the reflector found a home several times!”