MARCH MEETING HIGHLIGHTS

Pat Johnston, President, called the meeting to order at 7:30 P.M in the Frank Wills Memorial Hall, upstairs. The new address is 405-1st Street. Pat asked the membership for comments regarding the new venue.

In his opening remarks, Pat reminded the members that:

  • Our magazine exchange was ongoing.
  • Some drinks are available in the kitchenette.
  • Guy’s café photo gallery always needs new images for display.
  • A photo outing is scheduled for March 18 as an Urban photoshoot in the Inglewood section of Calgary. The plan is to meet at 9am at Pension Strategies for carpooling from Cochrane, or 10 am at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary (for those driving direct).
  • ‘Frame or Framing’ is April’s theme and ‘Urban Decay’ is our May theme, which will suit our Inglewood photoshoot.

22 persons were in attendance, including about 6 new potential members.

This evening’s program: Post Processing digital photos

Mr. Scott Winter gave an hour-long presentation showcasing several Software programs that either plug in to Photoshop and Lightroom, or can be used stand-alone.

He showed before and after images to demonstrate how greatly improved an unremarkable image could be with post-processing tools. He favors RAW files but the software works with other image formats as well (jpegs).

His demo included Anthropics “Portrait Pro” ($89.85), “Smart Photo Editor” ($29.95), and “Perfectly Clear” ($199.00). He dramatically improved portrait and landscape images with a live demonstration of these programs and their simple pre-set inventory of effects in combination with his skills in Photoshop.

“Perfectly Clear” is a local product: Scott provided a code for 20% off its purchase as well as holding a draw for a free copy.

Len Cyca won the draw for post processing software.

After the break, Bruce showed members photos on the theme “Abstract” (about 45 images). The interpretations were quite varied and promoted good discussion.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:25 pm

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