A few years ago Google bought the Nik software company. They began to sell the Nik photo editing suite and integrated some of Nik’s technology into google Photos. March 23, Google announced that all the tools in the Nik editing suite are now available for free. The Nik suite includes Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro, and Dfine.
It used to sell for almost $500US!
These days, so many of the clocks in our lives set themselves automatically and know when and how to change to daylight saving time. If you have an older camera, it may not do this automatically.
While you change all your other analogue clocks, remember to update your camera so that the time recorded in the EXIF data is correct.
It seems like everybody on the web is writing posts about how to offer constructive criticism. Here is a another post to add to our recent list.
We can all learn something by having someone who’s opinion we value give constructive criticism of our photographs. This article, this video and this article all contain tips on how to critique a photograph. We can also use these techniques as guidelines to help us when creating photographs.
During the March meeting John showed a video example of using adjustment layers and layer masks. This article shows the same technique in much more detail. This technique applies to all versions of Photoshop and to Photoshop Elements since version 10.
If you want to practice you can use one of the public access computers at the Centre. If you want one-on-one help, you can book a session with a computer tutor.
During the February meeting, John Williamson showed us how to:
His notes that explain how to do both have been added to the meeting resources list on the Meetings page under February 2016. They can also be accessed buy clicking the links above. Thanks for the excellent presentations and notes.
Contrary to the name, Joshua Cripps‘ Professional Photo Tips channel on YouTube is a great collection of short instructional videos that all of us can watch and learn from. Some of the topics he covers are basic for example his recent video: “What is a Stop?” and some are more advanced like: “How to Use a 10 Stop Neutral Density Filter for Long Exposure Photography“.
Take a look. If you find any other sites you’d like to share with the rest of the club, please let us know at email@example.com.
At the February 5th meeting, Catherine Easton showed 2 slideshows she had made. The first was done using the PicturesToExe program (Essentials: $69, Deluxe: $129) and the second using Microsoft’s free program Windows Movie Maker. Note that this was the first slideshow Catherine created with Movie Maker.
Well done Catherine and thank you for sharing.
If you have a short (3 minute or less) slideshow you’d like to share at a future meeting, please let us know by emailing us here.
This recent post from Digital Photography School has several tips on cold weather photography that will be helpful when you join us on our Old Quarry photo walk on the 19th. The ziplock bag and battery tips will be essential if it’s really cold 🙂
The links in our December post have some other useful tips.
If you missed our recent “Learn your camera” workshop, don’t despair. Before every monthly meeting the Mentors are available to help you with issues you have with your camera. They are also there to help you improve your photography with ideas on composition and post processing. Between meetings they can be reached by phone and email.
One-on-one help is also available from the Seniors Council Computer Tutors on topics such as:
- transferring your images from your camera to your computer
- organizing your images
- backing up your images
- processing your images using Photoshop Elements or Picasa,
- sharing your images using web sites like Flickr (used for the club galleries)
- making slide shows
One hour sessions can be booked at the front desk for $8. Three one hour sessions can be booked for $20.