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Linux SIG
Third Saturday of the Month
Next Meeting Date: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Linux Workshop
Time: 12pm - 4pm
Meeting Place: Interlock Rochester - 1115 E. Main St., (at Goodman)
Hungerford Building, Door #7, Suite 200, (upstairs), Rochester, NY
Bring your computer and questions. Help will be available.
Contact info: Carl Schmidtmann - unixgeek@faultline.com 
Digital Photography & Scanners Group*

Check this site or the Monitor for date & location.

* Monthly Presentations
    Next Meeting Date:  First Thursday of the Month
    Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm 
    Meeting Place: St John's Meadows retirement complex, 1 Johnsarbor Drive West
    1423 Elmwood Avenue
    Rochester, NY  14620
  • Thursday, May 3, 2012 

  • 6:30 - How to emboss your favorite picture on a note card - Art Trimble
    We are looking for a new SIG leader.
     
  • Thursday, October 7, 2010 

  • 6:30 - How to Send a Picture Story
    We are looking for a new SIG leader.
     
  • Thursday, September 2, 2010 

  • 6:30 - General Meeting/No Agenda 
    We are looking for a new SIG leader.
     
  • Thursday, July 1, 2010 

  • 6:30 - Farewell Meeting
     
  • Thursday, April 1, 2010 

  • 6:30 - 7:00 Help's Half hour - Bring the problem on a CD/jump drive etc. We'll work on it. 
    7:00 - 8:30 Scanning Basics - How much resolution is "enough" - Optimize before the scan w/histogram. 
    Limits of color enhancement - dealing with that pesky color cast. 
    Dealing with defects - Photoshop to the rescue 
     
  • Thursday, January 7, 2010 

  • 6:30 - 7:00 Help's Half hour 
    Using Photoshop Elements Organizer 
     
  • Thursday, December 3, 2009 

  • 6:30 - 7:00 Help's Half hour 
     
  • Thursday, November 5, 2009 

  • 6:30 - 7:00 Help's Half hour 
    Selection Tools in Photoshop Elements - a review with examples 
     
  • Thursday, October 8, 2009 

  • 6:30 - 7:00 Help's Half hour 
    Discussion topics for following meetings 
    Photoshop Elements demo on your photos to resolve a problem. 
     
  • Thursday, June 11, 2009 

  • 6:30 - 7:00 Help's Half hour 
    7:00 - 8:30 Review an edited version of your favorite shot taken at the May meeting. I will have my computer connected to the big screen and Photoshop Elements V7 will be available.
    I will bring a Compact Flash reader and the computer has an SD slot + a DVD player. Plan to use my computer and Photoshop to "walk through" the steps you took to edit/enhance your photo. 

    This will be the last meeting until September. There will be no October meeting, as I will be somewhere between the Pacific coast and Rochester from Sept 15 to Nov 1. 

  • Thursday, May 7, 2009 

  • This will be a "Bring your Camera" event. Shoot whatever interests you on the nature path or maybe the railroad will be running that evening. Adjourn to the meeting room about 7:30pm to share and edit a few shots from that evening. 
     
  • Thursday, April 2, 2009 

  • 6:30 - 7:00 Help's Half hour 
    7:00 - 7:15 May Meeting (Bring your camera meeting) 
    7:15 - 7:45 Lightbox digital image editor 
    7:45 - 8:30 Photoshop Elements Topic TBD 
     
  • Thursday, March 5, 2009 

  • 6:30 - 7:00 Help's Half hour 
    7:00 - 8:30 Photoshop editing topics 

    Image resize - for the internet, for your printer Image size vs. canvas size - Placing multiple pictures on one canvas - Use of layers and canvas expansion tools - Some border effects to enhance your photos - How to apply 

  • Thursday, February 5, 2009 

  • 6:30 - 7:00 Help's Half hour
    7:00 - 8:30 Layers, Selections and Color Replacement 

    Graphics Tablet - Is it an editing tool for You? Try it out and decide for yourself. 

  • Thursday, January 6, 2009 

  • 6:30 - 7:00 Help's Half hour or what did you get for Christmas? 
    7:00 - 7:30 Magic Extractor Tool (version 4) vs. manual selection 
    7:30 - 8:00 Quick Selection Brush (version 6) How it works & make it work for you. 
    8:00 - 8:30 Layers & how to exploit them when editing a photo. 

    For the most part, the topics are best illustrated by demonstrations. If you have a problem photo that needs to be edited, bring it to class. 

  • Thursday, December 4, 2008 

  • 6:30 - 7:00 Help's Half Hour
    7:00 - 8:30 Photoshop Elements Editing Tools Review 
     
  • Thursday, November 13, 2008 

  • 6:30 - 7:00 Help's Half Hour
    7:00 - 7:30 First look at Adobe Photoshop Elements version 7
    7:30 - 8:30 Photoshop Elements Editing Tools Review (continued from October meeting) 
     
  • Thursday, October 2, 2008 

  • 6:30 - 7:00 Help's Half hour 
    7:00 - 7:30 What's new in digital photography? Photokina review
    7:30 - 8:30 Introduction to Photoshop Elements 7
     
  • Thursday, September 11, 2008 

  • 6:30 - 7:00 Help's Half hour. 
    7:00 - 8:30 Review photos from the May photo session at St John's Meadows Discuss agenda for next meetings - Subjects that you would like to discuss etc.
     
  • Thursday, June 5, 2008 

  • 6:30 - Meet in the lobby.

    This will be a "Bring your Camera" event. Shoot whatever interests you on the nature path or maybe the railroad will be running that evening. Shots from that evening will be a topic in September's meeting.
    Demonstration of the application of the latest equipment to "color correct" the very nice monitor in our meeting room.

    If you have a photo with a problem that you would like to resolve, but don't quite know how to deal with it, bring it to class (CD or USB memory stick or SD card) and we will "walk through" the process to fix it. 

  • Thursday, May 1, 2008 

  • 6:30 - 7:00 Help's Half Hour
    7:00 - 8:30 Creative use of Layer Blend modes: 
                      Apply Local Contrast enhancement
                      Create special purpose adjustment layers
                      Aggressive sharpening without the halos
    Follow-up: Photoshop Elements Blend Modes
     http://www.timgrey.com/index.htm - Tim Grey's DDQ - answers to digital photo editing questions
     
  • Thursday, March 6, 2008 

  • 6:30 - 7:00 Help's Half Hour
    7:00 - 8:00 Editing Tools Discussion: 
                      Review and demo selection tools
                      Create layer masks from selections
                      Creative use of layer blend modes
    8:00 - 8:30 Editing tools in later versions of Elements vs. Elements v3 
     
  • Thursday, February 7, 2008 

  • 6:30 - 7:00 Help's Half Hour
    7:00 - 7:30 The Ultimate Free Digital Darkroom Tools
                       Picasa - Finder & organizer - simple/quick editing
                       Raw Therapee - Powerful RAW converter - ultra controllable colorimetric editing
                       GIMP - Selective enhancement with layers - Final output adjustments & sharpening
    7:30 - 8:30 Introduction to selections, layers and layer masks
    Follow-up: Local Contrast    Photoshop Elements Layer Mask
     
  • Thursday, December 6, 2007 

  • 6:30 - 7:00 Help's half hour
    7:00 - 7:30 PhotoShop Elements 6 Introduction (Ron Matteson)
    7:30 - 8:00 Gimp 2.4 Introduction (Dave)
    8:00 - 8:30 Photoshop Elements Automatic & Quick Fix Tools
     
  • Thursday, November 1, 2007 

  • 6:30 - 7:00 Help's half hour
    7:00 - 8:00 Where's that Picture? - Tools to organize/file your photos: Picasa, Photoshop Elements, Windows "My Pictures"
    8:00 - 9:00 Getting the Color Right - The First Step in Photo Editing
    Follow-up: Color Correction With Levels    Removing Color Cast
     
  • Thursday, October 4, 2007 

  • 6:30 - 7:00 Help's half hour
    7:00 - 8:30 Digital Camera Concepts, GIMP Part 2
    Follow-up: Presentation Slides
     
  • Thursday, September 13, 2007 

  • 6:30 - 7:00 Introductions and Help's half hour
    7:00 - 8:00 Digital camera review- essential components, camera types and megapixels de-mystified
    8:00 - 8:30 A brief introduction to GIMP, a free (and powerful) alternative editor to Photoshop
    Follow-up: Presentation Slides
     
  • Thursday, June 14, 2007 

  • 6:30 - 7:00 Help's half hour
    7:00 - 8:30 Review of photos taken at the May meeting
     
  • Thursday, May 3, 2007 

  • 6:00 - Meet in the lobby. Art Trimble will explain the various photo shoot locations & how to find them.
    7:30 - Return to the meeting room.
    7:30 - 8:00 - Help's half hour
    8:00 - 8:30 - Digital workflow for RAW files, part 2
    Follow-up: Presentation Slides
     
  • Thursday, April 5, 2007 

  • 30 min   Help's Half Hour
    30 min   Discuss May meeting - photo outing
    60 min   Digital Photo Editing Workflow - Part 2 (RAW workflow compared to JPG workflow)
     
  • Monday, March 5, 2007 

  • 30 min   Help's Half Hour
    75 min   Digital Photo Editing Workflow - Part 1
    30 min   Discussion/Clarification
    Follow-up: Presentation Slides
     
  • February 1, 2007 

  • 30 min   Help's Half Hour 
    60 min   Wacom Graphire Tablet Introduction and Demo - The tablet replaces the mouse with a high precision felt tip pen/eraser on a small 4 x 5 tablet - just right for Photoshop editing chores.
    30 min   TBD or "Try before you buy" with the Graphics Tablet.
     
  • January 4, 2007 

  • 20 min   Help's Half Hour 
    20 min   Essential differences between CRT and LCD monitors
    30 min   Calibrating your Monitor (with and without calibration hardware)
    60 min   Creating a Device Color Profile. (Demo by Chuck Rinehart) If you wish to bring your computer and your monitor to calibrate it, contact me. We can make time to do the demo on a couple of units. First come - First Served! 
    Follow-up: Presentation Slides
     
  • December 7, 2006 

  • 30 min   Help's Half Hour 
    90 min   Introduction to Color Management
    Follow-up: Presentation Slides
     
  • November 9,  2006 

  • 30 min   Help's Half Hour 
    30 min   Histograms - what they represent & how to apply in digital photography
    60 min   Table-top Studio Demonstration
    I will bring my studio to demonstrate lighting, shadow control etc. 
    If you have an object that you would like to photograph, bring it. (and your camera) We will experiment with lighting to show it at best advantage.
     
  • October 2,  2006 

  • 30 min   Help's Half Hour 
    90 min   Raw Digital Converter Demo.
    There are many converter applications. I will demonstrate some that I use, with comments on their strengths and weaknesses: 
    *Adobe Elements 3 Raw Converter
    *Adobe Lightroom Beta 3 for Windows
    *RawShooter Premium
    *Breezebrowser
     
  • September 7,  2006 

  • 30 min   Help's Half Hour 
    30 min   Show & Tell - Digital Cameras
    60 min   Introduction to the RAW digital photo file
    Follow-up: Presentation Slides
     
  • June 22,  2006 

  • 30 min   Help's Half Hour 
    Topics - TBD
     
  • May 23,  2006 

  • 30 min   Help's Half Hour 
    60 min   Picassa Organizer - Part 2 
    45 min   PhotoShop Elements3 Editing Options (Auto, Comparative, You Control)
     
  • April 13,  2006 

  • 30 min   Help's Half Hour 
    60 min   Getting Organized with Photoshop Elements Organizer - Part 2 
    30 min   Introducing Picassa 2
     
  • March 9,  2006 

  • 30 min   Help's Half Hour 
    60 min   Organizing your photos Part 2: PhotoShop Elements Organizer (Introduction)
    30 min   Editing Techniques - Progressive De-focusing the background with a Layer mask
     
  • February 9,  2006 

  • 30 min   Help's Half Hour 
    30 min   Selection techniques and application of layer mask to "extract" a subject and place in another image
    30 min   Digital on-board flash: how to use to best effect
    30 min   Digital auto focus: how it works & how it can be fooled
     
  • January 3, 2006 

  • 30 min   Open Discussion
    45 min   USM Edge Sharpening + 2 Layer Sharpening as discussed at the December meeting. (Dave)
    45 min   Selection tools and techniques using a layer mask to create a composite image with a new background.(Dave)
     
  • December 6, 2005 

  • 30 min   Help's Half Hour (Dave T)
    45 min   Digital scanning Part 4 (Ron Matteson)
    30 min   Advanced Unsharp Mask techniques - Demo and Summary See attachments (Dave)
    15 min   Selecting Hair -if you can do this you can select anything! (Dave)
    15 min   Clean-up (All)
     
  • November 7, 2005 

  • 30 min.    Help's Half Hour - Dave 
    60 min.    Digital Scanner -  Part 3 - Ron Matteson
    45 min.    Advanced Sharpening Techniques w/demo - Dave Thompson
    15 min.    Room cleanup
     
  • October 4, 2005 

  • 30 min.    Help's Half Hour - Dave - Open for questions, suggestions for future meetings
    60 min.    Digital Scanner -  Part 2 - Ron Matteson
    45 min.    Advanced Sharpening Techniques w/demo - Dave Thompson
    15 min.    Room cleanup
     
  • September 1, 2005 

  • 20 min.    Help's Half Hour - Dave - Open for questions, suggestions for future meetings
    50 min.    Digital Scanner -  Part 1 of 4 - Ron Matteson
    35 min.    Advanced Digital Photo Sharpening and other uses for the USM tool
                   - Sharpening more than once - why it may make sense
                   - Workflow for advanced sharpening
                   - USM for contrast enhancement
                   - How it works
                   - Guideline for applying
    15 min.    October Topics - discussion/suggestions
     
  • June 9, 2005 

  • 30 min.    Help's Half Hour - Dave - Open for questions, suggestions for future meetings
    20 min.    Embossing technique demonstration by Art Trimble
    30 min.    Text in Photoshop Elements 3
    30 min.    Color management in Elements 3 (session 1)
    10 min.    Room cleanup
     
  • May 3, 2005 - Photoshop Elements 2: Layers and Selections

  • 30 min.    Help's Half Hour - Dave
    30 min.    Moiré Fringes - Gail Price
    50 min.    Photoshop Elements 2: Layers and Selections - Dave 
    I would be pleased to demonstrate the use of selection techniques and application of layers on photos that you may have. Bring the file to class, either on a CD, a compact flash card, or a flash memory stick that will plug in to a USB port.  "As shot" file from your camera or scanner is preferred.

    The focus will be on understanding the most common uses of layers and how layers interact with each other.  Selection techniques will depend somewhat on the file that we are working with, but will include applying the marquee, lasso and magic wand tools.
    10 min.   Stack Table & Chairs.
     

  • April 14, 2005 - Essential Elements for a Digital Camera - Part 2 

  • 30 min.    Help's Half Hour - Dave
    20 min.    PMA Goodie Give Away - Art Trimble
    30 min    Consolidated Hot Topics Discussion - Dave
    30 min    Essential Elements for a Digital Camera - Part 2
    10 min    Stack Table & Chairs.
     
  • March 10, 2005 - Essential elements for a digital camera - Part 1

  • Help's 1/2 hr (Dave)
    PMA report (Art Trimble) ~20 minutes
    Mini-workshop - Divide in groups, each group to agree on 1 to 3 "Hot Topics" - Consolidate Hot Topics to guide future Photo SIG discussions ~30 minutes
    Essential elements for a digital camera - Part 1 (Dave) ~30 minutes
     
  • February 1, 2005 - Basic Digital Editing Work Process

  • Presentation Follow-up:
    URL to download enhancements for PS Elements 1, 2, or 3
    http://member.melbpc.org.au/~pshipley/
    Download the zip file and the instructions to your hard drive.

    Resources - The following URLs contain a wealth of info about digital
    photography. (I research here for my presentations.)  More will be added as
    time goes on. Open the folder and add those of interest to your favorites
    list.

    http://www.wyofoto.com/articles.htm

    http://clarkvision.com/imagedetail/index.html

    http://www.normankoren.com/

    http://photography.about.com/

    http://www.photoreview.com.au/Sectionxasp/01b67f49-23ca-45f9-a9cd-65c1abea936c/Default.htm
    click on "shooting"

     http://www.tasi.ac.uk/advice/creating/creating.html
     

  • October 3, 2002 - Scanning different types of documents; Resolutions required for printing, e-mailing, etc. - Presented by: Ron Matteson

  • Presentation Follow-up: Overview and Slides
     
  •  September 5, 2002 - Comparing the Digital Camera to a Single Lens Reflex 35mm Camera

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