Just for fun, the Linify web site can turn normal images:


into a strange kind of line art:


Visit the web site to see several examples, click on their About link for more details on what it’s doing, upload a picture or two of your own to see how it works, and play with the settings and see what you can come up with.

Nik photo editing tools now free!

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!

Catching the Moment

At the April 1st meeting Suzanne Warren Powell will talk to us about Miksang Contemplative Photography:

Miksang is a Tibetan word meaning “good eye.” It represents a form of contemplative photography based on Dharma Art teachings, in which the eye is in synchronization with the contemplative mind. The result of this particular perception of the world, combined with photography, produces a peculiar and open way of seeing the world. Miksang pictures tend to bring the observer back into the original contemplation state of the author of the picture. The pictures can bring one back to a purer perception of reality that is often neglected. Miksang involves nothing fancy, no special setup; only a visual capture, in the proper state of mind, of everyday’s reality. (wikipedia)


Suzanne has degrees in the Arts and Education and been teaching Fine Art and mentoring in Creativity since 1985.

Her love of nature and a Zen approach to life and creativity has led Suzanne into the arts and culture of the Far East. She practices Miksang photography, a form of meditative Tibetan Dharma art and writes Haiku poetry. Suzanne lives on a large rural property, which features trails through meadows, woods and wetlands. This untamed landscape renews her artistic vision every day.

Change Your Camera’s Clock

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.

Critique a Photograph

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.

Adjustment layers and layer masks

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.

PicturesToExe & ProShowGold

At the March meeting, Ken showed off his first slideshow that he made with PicturesToExe and a little help from Catherine Easton. A great first effort. The program is available here for $69US.

Frank Knor recommended ProShowGold which is available here for $69.95US and comes with a library of music which has no copyright restrictions.

Both programs provide free versions that you can try before you buy.