Online Meeting Best Practices

To get the most out of a virtual online meeting:

  • Mute your microphone unless you are speaking to the group. If your microphone is on, avoid sound playing in room, especially music
  • Disable your camera to minimize bandwidth requirements. If your camera is on avoid backgrounds with a lot of motion (ceiling fans, traffic out a window, etc.)
  • If you have a question type it into the chat box
  • Log in 30 minutes before the meeting starts if you need to test your set-up, otherwise log in 5-15 minutes before the meeting
  • Notify the host using chat if something is not working
  • To get the hosts attention try holding up a white card in front of your camera
  • Use a headset/earphones/ear buds if you have them. The echo cancellers will thank you
  • Use a headset with a microphone if you have one. Everyone will hear you much better than if you use the microphone built into your device or webcam

Online Monthly Meetings

With the cases of Covid-19 still a concern, the Executive of the Kanata Seniors’ Centre Camera Club have decided to continue to have the monthly meetings online using Google Meet.

The website has been updated to include information on Google Meet including Requirements for Google Meet Video Calls, How to Access a Meeting and How to Use Google Meet. For information on Google Meet go to the menu item Get Help/Online Meetings and our blog posts with the Article Tag “Online Meeting”

Send an email to contact@ksccc.ca if you:

  • have any questions or problems with Google Meet;
  • have any suggestions regarding meeting topics or format; or
  • wish to present a slideshow during a future meeting.

Recommended Critique and Editing Video

I generally don’t recommend a lot of websites and videos I see on the Internet, but I ran into this one last night and it is particularly good for a couple of reasons; he takes images that were submitted to a well known American photo competition and then discusses what could be improved and then demonstrates how to implement those improvements.  He happens to use Capture One, but that is really more of a detail as these edits can be done with any editing tool.

The person doing the talking is Kevin Raber.  Kevin used to run the highly regarded photography website, Luminous Landscape (LuLa), after its founder, Michael Reichmann died a few years ago.  He seems to have founded photopxl.com and took a number of LuLa contributors with him.  Unlike LuLa, the new website is not a pay site and is free.

I’ve watched his first four edits and he nailed the issues I had with the image (and missed a few, in my view), but regardless, he made significant improvements to each one.  The important lesson is how he identifies the flaws; that in my experience is where most people struggle a bit.

The link to the article and video are here.

It is a long (over 1hr 15min) video, but is easy to watch in small pieces.

Manfred Mueller

Composition Tips

We are lucky to have photography as our hobby.  During this difficult time we still can use our cameras to express ourselves by capturing images we see in our minds.  Composition plays a big role in making our photos most appealing.  This video gives a great summary of some major composition forms. May you enjoy it as I do.  Be safe.

Frank Knor

Free Photo Course From Mike Browne

Mike Browne, whose YouTube videos have been featured often at past club meetings, has announced this:

This free twelve week programme of teaching, exercises and competitions will help you appreciate your home environment in a way you would never have believed possible, finding beauty in every angle and shadow.

No one wants Lockdown, but it’s a great opportunity to practise new ways of seeing and photo techniques, whilst keeping yourself and others safe whilst growing your skills and having the opportunity to win free access to my online courses.

I’ll post a free video tutorial every Sunday at 19.00 pm (UK Time) that also sets a challenge for you to enter an image in our weekly Photography Locked Down competition on Facebook.

Winners and runners will be announced ‘Live’ on Youtube the following Sunday by myself – and some superstar guests I promise you won’t want to miss. You’ll get the next free tutorial and photo challenge immediately afterwards.  

This is an amazing opportunity to grow your skills, win free access to online training and keep your mind out of mischief – you literally give it your best shot.

Thanks to Phil Tughan for sharing this tip.

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