Learn Photoshop Elements

During this period of social isolation due to the COVID-19 virus, why not learn to use Photoshop Elements? You can download a fully functional 30 day trial copy of the latest version of Photoshop Elements here using your Google, Facebook or Apple sign-in or by creating a free Adobe account.

Once you have Photoshop Elements downloaded and installed, take advantage of the free tutorials from Adobe, the many useful YouTube tutorials, and the free instruction on Lynda.com available through the Ottawa Public Library (as described in this earlier blog post).

Until the Centre re-opens, if you need help with any of this and if you are running Windows 10, I’ll be glad to schedule one-on-one remote tutorial sessions. Send an email to contact@ksccc.ca to arrange a time.

As always, if you have questions about photography, send them to contact@ksccc.ca and we’ll try and find you an answer.

Bill Robertson

Manfred Mueller at SPAO

Dancers by Manfred Mueller

Unfortunate timing, but the A+ Exhibition, at the SPAO Gallery (77 Pamilla St, in Little Italy) opened on Saturday March 14 and runs until April 9th. The gallery is normally open from noon until 5:00 PM, Monday through Saturday.

Two of my images are part of this curated exhibition; one print and one digital image. Three highly qualified external curators selected the images that are on display.

Holi Boy by Manfred Mueller

The image of the dancers is one of the prints hanging on the wall and the portrait of the boy is shown on the 75″ screen. This is my first venture into the world of modern fine art photography, so I was pleasantly surprised when these two works were selected.

Manfred Mueller

Kanata Seniors Centre Closed

This afternoon (Friday March 13) the City of Ottawa announced that all recreation and cultural facilities including the Kanata Seniors Centre will be closed from March 16th to April 5th. Our meeting scheduled for April 5 is cancelled.

Any updates to this information will be posted here.

Fix My Pic for April Meeting

For Fix my Pic by David Haggarty

The image for Fix My Pic is now available by clicking here then clicking on the download icon (a downward pointing arrow) in the upper right corner. No RAW version is available.

The cut off date for submissions is the same date as for the Monthly Challenge – in this case – Friday, March 27th.

Images must be emailed to the regular club email address: contact@ksccc.ca

Members submitting images will be asked during the meeting to share their reasons for why they made a change and how they made the changes.

Submissions should be renamed to:

Whip by {your name}.jpg

John Williamson

Photo Exhibitions

Sandy Sharkey, who presented her brilliant images of wild horses at our club in November 2018, has an exhibition at the LaLande + Doyle exhibition space in the lower lobby area at Shenkman Arts Centre until February 23rd. You can meet Sandy there on Sunday afternoon February 16 from 1-3 pm. More information here.

The School of Photographic Arts of Ottawa is showing Meditations on Black Lake by internationally acclaimed Montreal-based artist Nadia Myre at their gallery located at 77 Pamilla Street just east of Preston Street. This exhibition continues Monday-Saturday 12-5 until March 6. More information here.

Fix It With Photoshop Elements

At the February 7th meeting, Frank Knor gave a presentation where he showed before and after views of several of his images and explained how he had improved them in Photoshop Elements by removing distractions, adding catch lights, cloning, sharpening …

You can review Frank’s notes here.

Editing in Photoshop Elements

At the February 7th meeting, John Williamson gave a presentation on Photoshop Elements. He explained some of the tools and keyboard shortcuts then edited an image removing a birdhouse, enhancing the colour and adding clouds to what was a boring sky. You can review John’s notes here.