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November 08

knoxphotographicsociety group at Yahoo! Groups
* You choose when and how to stay in touch * Swap photos, files, polls, calendars, links, and more with members * Quickly scan new postings and browse detailed message archives * Plus enjoy many more ways to show and tell - 24/7 So get started. Visit knoxphotographicsociety now. http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/knoxphotographicsociety/ Regards, Patrick Ulrich Moderator

Exhibitions
Knox Photographic Society has some wonderful photographers, whose work is worthy of exhibition. We are eager to learn of opportunities and venues for showing some of our framed works to the public. If you have any suggestions for exhibition spaces, please contact: Julie Bird 9725 7406 or email julie_bird@optushome.com.au or Karen Lewis 9754 5150 or email lewiskaren@optusnet.com.au

Ken Duncan Gallery New gallery opening on 22 November 2008 on Level 1, 9 Star Circus, Docklands, Harbour Town Shopping Centre www.kenduncan.com

Knox Photographic Society (KPS) Windcheaters
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Long sleeve - full zip (sizes: S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL) $40 Long sleeve - 1/2 zip (sizes: S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL) $40 Sleeveless with full zip (sizes; 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, XL, 2XL) $35 Colours available are: Navy or Red (with KPS logo in gold) These are generous sizes and if for example you normally take a Large (L) I would instead order a Medium (M) Payment MUST be made when placing order with Sheryle Griffiths

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For Sale
Nikon F body $150 35-105 1 :3.5-4.5 AIS $75 (macro lens) Make me an offer for the following items Nikon F – D focusing screen Nikon F3 – E focusing screen Various lens hoods Also LOTS of 52mm filters i.e. Close up, FL day & night, ND, 81 series, 82 series, 85 series, polarizer, Duto, Diffuser, Centre Spot, Variocross, Fog, Softener Also Sun Auto teleconverter 2x to suit Nikon Contact Alfred Zommers on 9879 9917

For Sale
Nikon D40x 10.2 Megapixel digital SLR AFS DX 18-55mm f3.5.6G ED II lens AFS DX VR 55-200mm f45.6G IF-ED lens 4Mb memory card battery charger UV filters on both lenses Nikon software Original packaging Less than 1 yr old with Australian warranty Purchased 24/11/07 excellent condition great beginners Digital SLR Price $600 will accept a reasonable offer Contact Margaret Zommers on 9879 9917

For Sale - Mat Board
Midnight Black
Size: 32" x 40" (812mm x 1016mm)

$8 /Sheet
Peterboro Vantage Whitecore is the ideal choice when you need the decorative impact of a bright white bevel but do not require a conservation quality matboard. The Vantage range now has a large selection of the most popular colours with the majority available in oversize. • Bright white core • Buffered to a pH of 7.5 to 9.5 • Smooth white bevel that will not turn brown Extra heavy surface papers allow for a smoother, cleaner cut

Call Les Finch at Finch Computers (03) 9761 4535 or 0428 106 490

Awards
Bert Hoveling presented Julie Bird with the award for 2nd place in the Audio Visual—Photo Harmony section at the recent APS national competition and Louise Wolfers with the LAPS award.

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Ron’s Tips
Each month I will endeavour to include in Aperture Ring, at least one useful tip. To start, I present you with: Shoot RAW I am not suggesting removing your clothes before taking the shot. I am of course talking about camera settings and the file format that the camera delivers to your memory card. There has long been trepidation by some about this method of shooting and saving images and there need not be. Just because you shoot in RAW mode doesn’t mean that you can’t also save the image as a Jpeg file, at the same time. Quite a lot of today’s cameras off the ability to save a RAW and a Jpeg file simultaneously. This may create a slightly longer file save time, but with modern fast memory cards and powerful cameras, this is usually insignificant. Also, shooting in RAW mode does not mean that you will then be required to perform complex adjustments to the image, even before you begin the editing process. In fact, if your shooting technique is as good as it should be, very few adjustments will actually need to be performed before the image is opened for manipulation. You should look at a RAW file as an undeveloped negative and while quite a few of us may have been (still are) proficient in wet darkroom developing techniques, most of us are not and probably not even interested in the process at all. Even so, this undeveloped image now has possibilities beyond a simply jpeg capture. The one big, dare I say HUGE, advantage RAW mode has over everything else it provides, is the fact that the image delivered by the camera to the memory card is essentially just a bunch of numbers that represents the image BEFORE any of the options selected in the camera have been applied. This why it is referred to as a digital negative. All the selections you made in the camera configuration and shooting modes are simply attached to the image data as a list of ‘things to do’. So when you open that image in a RAW converter, all those settings are there waiting to be either applied as is, or adjusted further then applied or even disregarded completely. The main settings that would affect most of us are white balance and exposure. Let’s start with white balance. Most of us shoot in Auto White Balance mode. Some of the more experienced, creative and/or fastidious might select other options (like cloudy, tungsten, etc) as their preferred mode and leave the setting there for the most part (e.g. portrait shooters prefer cloudy mode because it warms skin tones). Some select a setting at shooting time to suit the prevailing conditions, while some do it on the run and change that selection often, even during the same shoot and at the same location. The thing about shooting RAW is that regardless of the setting you used at the time of capture, white balance can be (re)adjusted in the RAW converter, after the shoot. The same applies to exposure. If your shot turns out a little (or a lot) too dark, then you brighten it up. You can also add or remove extra contrast and a myriad of other adjustments. I would suggest that you leave most of these adjustments alone until the image is opened in your editor (or until you develop the skills needed to understand and use these options). At this stage we will keep things simple and concentrate just on white balance and exposure. To start you must change your camera setting to RAW mode. Then, after capturing your images, remove the memory card from the camera and using a card reader, copy the image files to your computer. You should never (unless that is the only option you have and even then do it rarely) plug the camera into the computer using the cameras’ USB port. It is way too easy to slip and move or bend this connector in a way that will damage or break the socket in the camera. If that happens, the camera will be essentially rendered useless, with repair costs typically more than the camera is worth. No matter how careful you are, accidents will happen and even if they don’t, simple wear-n-tear will eventuate in the same end. It is safer and cheaper in the long term to remove the card from the camera and use a card reader. If you have a RAW converter plug-in installed in your image editor (Photoshop has its built-in as do most), by simply double-clicking on the RAW file (NEF for Nikon, CR2 for Canon, etc), the image will be opened in the RAW converter. I will have to use Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) as my example here because that is all I am familiar with. When the image opens in ACR, a vast number of options will present themselves. At this stage, ignore them all except the ones I mention. Without getting any more technical, most cameras capture a 12 bit image. When it is saved as a RAW file, this resolution is preserved. When the image is saved as a jpeg file, it is reduced to an 8 3

bit image. This is obviously a lesser number, hence a lesser quality. One of the great things you can do in ACR is save the now opened file as a 16 bit image or an 8 bit image. If you are concerned about preserving all the colours and tones the original capture has, use the 16 bit mode. If the image is to be printed, or projected, then later in the editing process, it can be converted to 8 bits. At this stage we will stick with 8 bit images. Check the numbers at the bottom centre of the RAW editor window and make sure they are set to bits, if not, click on the name and change it. While this dialogue is open, check that the resolution is set to 300ppi and colour space is Adobe RGB. In the control panel on the right, make sure that the Basic tab is selected and that you see a large range of sliders. In the setting in the White Balance box is most likely set to As Shot. To change the white balance setting, you can click on the down-arrow on the right and select another option. Auto will be pretty close for most uses but it has been suggested that, like daylight balanced film, if you set this option to daylight, you will get the most accurate of the auto-mode renderings. If you would prefer a much warmer image, try the Cloudy mode. The good this is that you can see what the effect of each option is in the preview window and it is not until you click OK that the setting is applied. If you want to fine tune this setting, use the sliders just below the WB box. The Temperature and Tint sliders can be adjusted to fine-tune your choice. If the image looks OK, press OK and you’re done. The image will open in Photoshop with these setting applied. ote that the original RAW file will not be altered in any way. The settings you chose are written to an XMP file as data, attached (& usually hidden) and saved with the image file. If you open the original RAW image file at a later date, the same settings will be imported with the image. You can still change them, each time you open the file. This is how you can create a set of images for HDR editing. Use a different setting for each version to cover the full exposure range. What if the exposure was not quite right at capture time? There is an adjustment slider in ACR to help with that and it is called, (believe it or not), Exposure. By moving this slider back and forth, you brighten or darken the image as if you were changing the shutter speed of the camera. A RAW converter cannot change the aperture setting used nor the actual shutter speed used, but it can adjust the effect of these two settings by altering the exposure value (EV) applied after the shutter was pressed. It will not change the depth of field because that is entirely dependant on the lens and the aperture setting used. Any motion blur in the image caused by the use of a slow shutter speed, is also not altered. Your creative capture techniques are not changed by shooting RAW. Also, a RAW converter cannot bring back detail in an area that has blown out due to over-exposure. It has a good chance of getting some detail back from badly under-exposed areas, even though these will probably suffer from excessive noise. Once you have adjusted the exposure and white balance for the image, press OK, ACR will send the image to Photoshop and close. Now you can get stuck into the ‘real’ editing. Next month, Shooting the RAW. There is a difference. Ron

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PhotoAnswers website by Gary Dawson

At the last Prac Night on 29 October 2008 I introduced members to the PhotoAnswers website at www.photoanswers.co.uk This site started about a year ago and is produced by two of the popular UK photo magazines –Practical Photography and Digital Photo. One of its features is a growing range of short video clips that present various aspects of Adobe Photoshop CS and Elements, hints on using your camera and equipment, composition, raw processing, etc. On the night I showed three short video clips that I had downloaded:Use Levels in Photoshop Using Curves in Photoshop Dodging and Burning in Photoshop They are adding new videos each month, plus there are equipment reviews, a gallery, a DSLR Skills course, and much more to inspire you. And it is all free! I briefly explained that rather than always connecting through the internet, you can download many of the video files and watch them later if you know how to get them off your hard disk, even though they are not presented as an actual download file. So here is how to do it… Firstly, this process is easiest if you are using Internet Explorer as your browser, simply because it is easy to find where Windows puts the file when it is being played on your PC (Other browsers use a similar logic, but use their own temp folder that can be hard to find. Sorry, Mac users will have to try to work this out for themselves.) The video file will generally get downloaded as a .flv file (a compressed Flash Video format) into your temporary internet files folder. You must wait until you have played the entire file on your PC before you can make your copy, so this means you have to watch it or you can go away and have a coffee and come back in a few minutes. When it is finished, open Windows Explorer and go to the temp folder associated with your login. This will be on the C: drive, in the “Documents and Settings” folder, under your login name, eg. on my PC this is C:\Documents and Settings\Gary\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files Hint: If you don’t have a login, it will probably be under: C:\Documents and Settings\Default User\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files Secondly, reorder the files in this folder according to “Type”. You can now scroll down to all the FLV files and look for your most recent download. Sometime the filename will be really cryptic, like: 1156823612_1296496354_b604c9440e4beee47615725b17ff503f122a61eb[1].flv but often you will see the subject in the name, e.g. 1156823612_1701885168_nd-dodge-burn[1].flv Hint: If you can’t find your file, then try resorting on “Last Accessed” with today’s date at the top, and look for the most recent FLV File in the list. You can now copy and paste this file to another folder, and rename it, e.g. Photoshop-dodge-burn.flv Hint: Windows doesn’t like you playing the file from the “Temporary Internet Files” folder, so copy it to another folder first before you check that you have the right one. Lastly, you need to be able to view your file. FLV files can only be displayed with a limited range of viewers, 5

as they are really intended to only be shown in your browser using a Macromedia Flash plugin. However, one standalone player that you can use is Total Video Player. This is a free download from a number of sites – just do a Google search for “total video player download”. You will then have to install this by running the tvp.exe file you download. This is a very lightweight player, and doesn’t seem to cause any problems on my PC. You will notice that you can’t stop/start/rewind/fast forward the FLV files with TVP, but that is a small issue for being able to view them at your leisure without having to watch directly from the internet every time. You may find other players that are more versatile, but TVP will at least get you started with FLV files. Have fun, and I hope PhotoAnswers helps you to further improve your photography and Photoshop skills. PS You may be able to use this procedure to capture other internet video files that are otherwise not directly downloadable. It doesn’t work for all sites, or for proper streaming video, but at least you know where to look anyway just in case!

We'd like to introduce you to photoenter.com. The newly launched weekly online photo competitions are fresh and unique. As keen photography enthusiasts this site was created to bridge some specific gaps in the online services currently available to amateur photographers. This site has brought together, under one roof a tool that allows you to:
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• Compete Weekly theme based competitions Two competition styles A progressive prize pot Guaranteed minimum prize money paid weekly ο Be confident You keep the copyright to your photos We won't pass your details onto third parties unless you specify otherwise Clear and transparent prize calculation Contact us directly by phone or email ο Share & Express online forum - share your views comments - post or view profile - your own personal space ο Learn EXIF - see detailed camera settings in the galleries feedback - see fellow enthusiasts comment on your entries Get inspiration from our weekly themes planning your photo shoots in advance with our pre-loaded themes

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October Comp Results
Title Novice Set Subject Lorikeet Feeding Salad in Waiting Good For Ya Indulgence Tim Tam Temptation First Blush Novice Open Ladybug Desert Graffiti Car Bowsprit Uluru Ramparts Otway Jewel Toronga Falls Large Print Open Forest Tranquility Beauty or Beast Shadow Football Tunnel Structure Possum with Young The Bushman EDPI Set Subject Chocoholic Lucious Licorice Three Faces of Eve Fish Food Naughty But Nice Shanghai Sweets EDPI Open Upper Antelope 1 Hey! Get me Outa Here The Posse Bolte Bridge Autumn Berries Big Balls & Little Balls The Shrine Points 15 14 13 11 12 11 15 14 13 12 12 12 15 14 13 12 12 12 15 14 12 12 12 12 15 14 13 12 12 12 12 Place 1st 2nd 3rd HC HC HC 1st 2nd 3rd HC HC HC 1st 2nd 3rd HC HC HC 1st 2nd 3rd HC HC HC 1st 2nd 3rd HC HC HC HC Name Caroline Stills Barry Skelton Lyn Sloane Barry Skelton Caroline Stills Martin Rowe Alicia Rowe Caroline Stills Alfred Zommers Gary Dawson Gary Dawson Margaret Zommers Val Rees Louise Wolfers Val Rees John Tyrrell Robert Johnston Walter Madebacher Louise Wolfers Val Reeves Julie Bird Julie Bird Julie Castieau Ron Cork Ron Cork Robert Johnston Ron Cork James Wang Julie Bird Margaret Zommers Margaret Zommers

The Ivanhoe Photographic Club Inc. invites you, your partner and/or
guests to our end of year Presentation Night, to be held on Monday 1st December 2008 at 8:00pm in the Warringal Senior Citzens hall at 80 Hawdon Street Heidelberg , 3084. We would appreciate confirmation of your intention to attend by calling Sara Knight on 9440 7015 or email; saraknight@optusnet.com.au
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Beauty or Beast

Bolte Bridge

Bowsprit

Desert Graffiti Car

Fish Food First Blush

Indulgence Hey! Get me Outa Here

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Lorikeet Feeding Lady Bird

Naughty but Nice Luscious Licorice

Shaddow Football Salad in Waiting

Shanghai Sweets The Posse

Three Faces for Eve 9

Otway Jewel

The Shrine Uluru Ramparts

The Bushman

Tim Tam Temptations

Torongo Falls

Tunnel Structure

Upper Antelope 10

Big Balls and Little

Autumn Berries

Chocaholic

Forest Tranquility

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COMMITTEE
President Vice President Secretary Ass. Secretary Treasurer Ass. Treasurer Editor Competition Steward Librarian Committee Sheryle Griffiths Ron Cork Elaine Craig Julie Bird Suzanne Walsh Lyn Sloane Alfred Zommers Peter Knight Paul Burke Doug Bird David Burren Wayne Devenish Vince Fukes Ian Paterson Rob Sloane Peter Smyth Maureen Clark sherrickblu@optusnet.com.au roncork@optusnet.com.au elaineconmurra@rocketmail.com julie_bird@optushome.com.au walshns@bigpond.net.au lynandrob@optusnet.com.au alfredz@connect.net.au camelot@bigpond.net.au condor20@bigpond.net.au david@burren.cx wayne.devenish@rch.org.au wayne.fi@bigpond.net.au vince.fukes@bigpond.com iap@tinnitus.org.au lynandrob@optusnet.com.au peter.smyth@ap.csplc.com petersmyth1@optusnet.com.au mclark6@optusnet.com.au 9728 6621 9763 6497 9754 6894 9725 7406 9762 6420 9761 2107 9879 9917 9762 1694 9762 1507 9754 6796 9898 6291 9729 6329 9877 3622 9755 2238 9761 2107 9778 8991 9720 5186

2008/9
Syllabus
Meetings are held at Boronia West Primary School, Tormore Road, Boronia (Melway 64 J8) on the second, fourth and fifth Wednesdays of the month. Meetings start at 8:00 pm.

November 2008
This month’s topic: Fashion 5th 12th Committee Meeting Hand in for competition Speaker: My Favorite Photo – 30 secs-1 minute egg timer 2 spots With one waiting. Location: Lilydale Lake Meet 11.30am onwards Contact:

23rd 26th

Christmas BBQ – Family Day Judging of competition Hand in for image of the year competition.

December 2008
First Wed 3rd 26th Judging of best Large Print, Small Print, EDID and Slide of the Year. Christmas breakup Members with surnames A-K to bring savory Members with surnames L-Z to bring sweet.

January 2009
FTG National Park Meet at 5pm Lower Car Park (Burwood Hwy end) Mel 74 H5 BYO everything inc. Camera (good bird photos)

February 2009
This month’s topic: On Reflection 4th 11th 18th 25th Committee Meeting Hand in for competition Outing Judging of Competition 12 Have images ready for Kawarra Club members -- my style of photography Horrie Pritchard City Walk Shrine , St Kilda Rd. (meet at Eternal Flame at 7pm Mel 2F J12


				
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