January 17th, 2013 Meeting Minutes

In attendance: 25 members and 5 guests

President Frank Comisar opened the meeting.

Secretary Kent Brede updated members on the up and coming Exposure 101 Workshop, that will be held on February 2nd, at the Forest Center.  For more information and to sign up: Exposure 101 Workshop

Contest Coordinator Doug French updated members on the Club Contest held in June.  He’s looking for ideas to improve the show.  Contact Doug if you have any ideas.  We voted on splitting the “Bird and Animals” category into two separate categories, “Birds” and “Animals.”  In conjunction it was propose to get rid of the “Anything Goes” category.  The proposal failed.  It was agreed to add a “Public People’s Choice Award” voted on by visitors to our Contest Display.  It was agreed that the largest mat window size allowed for the show is, 16″x24″.

Display Coordinator Judy Dye requested photos of Birds (for the Forest) and Cemeteries (for the Bellevue Library) for our upcoming photo displays. Please bring unframed, unmated 8 x 10 or 11 x 14 prints to the February meetings. Be sure to label the prints with your name and subject, especially the location of the cemetery photos.  If you have any questions, please contact Judy.

Kathleen Crawford-Rose reminded us that not everyone has paid dues.  So get those in to Kathleen.

Frank mentioned the club brochure is being updated.  You can still send photos for possible placement into the brochure, but they must be sent this weekend.  The photos should be 240 to 300 dpi and be sent to Vice President Jay Davis.  For more information see this prior post.

Frank mentioned that John Gerlach will be conducting a Nature Photography Workshop, March 23rd.  You can find out more about the workshop and how to sign up at John’s website.

The member slide show was watched as members gave comments about their photos.

We were then treated by an interesting presentation on Photo Book Publishing by member Rich Ryan.  Thanks Rich!

The meeting concluded with Frank giving a demonstration on how to use our new website.

Photo Class Notice

From the Thursday GO edition of the World Herald

Local photographer Paul Bellinger is teaching a photography class with the Omaha Camera Club on Jan. 29th.

The photographer will teach students how to take better vacation photos.  The class includes tips on topics such as what to know before you go, film to digital, must-have equipment and more

The class takes place Jan. 29th at 6:30 pm at the Omaha Home for Boys Wurdeman Learning Center at 4343 N. 52nd Street. For more information, call 402-250-5396.

Kathleen

Photo Book Publisher Reviews

In the Cranky Consumer column of the Jan. 2nd Wall Street Journal four Photo Book Companies were evaluated.  They were Blurb.Com’s Bookify, MyPublisher.com’s Simple Publisher, Picaboo.com’s BookGenie and Shutterfly.com’s Simple Path.  There were pluses and minuses with each service.

They felt that “Picaboo allows the most customization of layouts and the book was the best of the four services.”   I noticed that it was also cheaper than the other three companies.

Blurb was noted as having the best quality of photos and easy to place captions.

My Publisher  was praised for the ability of the user to “chat” with company about questions and the traditional look of the product.

Shutterfly was praised for the various templates and the simplicity of using  the product.  Photo quality was judged ok .  Second cheapest service.

I haven’t checked it out but HP is advertizing Photo Creations at www.hp.com/go/hppcmagic.   You can create a photo book in just 3 minutes (it claims)

Kathleen

This Week – FFPC January 2013 Photo Club Meeting

Our meeting this week is on the 17th at 7:00 PM.  We’ll be meeting at the Forest Center.

First off, the sheet that lists who’s suppose to bring treats was exactly where I thought it was, until I went to get it.  So if you remember when you volunteered, please let me know.  If I don’t hear from anyone regarding this week, I’ll bring treats. 🙂

Rich Ryan will be doing a presentation on Photo Book Publishing.  We’ll also be doing the member show, since the meeting last month was cancelled.

We’re having a Exposure workshop in February.  Don’t forget to sign up.  Visit our website for more details.

Exposure Workshop 101

Remember to bring photos for the displays.  Judy Dye needs photos of Birds (for the Forest) and Cemeteries (for the Bellevue Library) for our upcoming photo displays. Please bring unframed, unmated 8 x 10 or 11 x 14 prints to the January and February meetings. Be sure to label the prints with your name and subject, especially the location of the cemetery photos.

See you soon.

Nature Photography Seminar

Professional photographer John Gerlach is conducting one-day nature photography seminars in various cities during 2013. He will be in Omaha on March 23. I plan to attend. Although I’ve never met him, I have a good friend who has participated in several of his photography workshops and recommends him highly.

Click here for more info.

Club Brochure

We are in the process of creating a new club brochure. Jay Davis is leading this effort. Our brochure is used to promote the Club to prospective members and is displayed at the Forest in Bellevue and other venues where we are represented. Our supply is running low, we have a new URL, and the Forest has a new logo so it is time for us to once again update our material.

As with previous brochures, members’ photos will be featured. If you have two or three photos you wish to be considered for use in the new brochure, please submit them to Jay Davis by January 17th. Images may be e-mailed to Jay or hand delivered on disk at the next meeting. Submitted photos should be of a size and quality suitable for printing. Due to space limitations, we will not be able to use all images. Photo credit will be provided for selected images.

Contact Jay Davis with any questions.

Reminder – January 2013 FNA Photo Club Meeting

Our meeting this month is on the 17th at 7:00 PM.  We’ll be meeting at the Forest Center.

Rich Ryan will be doing a presentation on Photo Book Publishing.  We’ll also be doing the member show, since the meeting last month was cancelled.

We’re having a Exposure workshop in February.  Don’t forget to sign up.  Visit our website for more details.

Exposure 101 Workshop

Remember to bring photos for the displays.  Judy Dye needs photos of Birds (for the Forest) and Cemeteries (for the Bellevue Library) for our upcoming photo displays. Please bring unframed, unmated 8 x 10 or 11 x 14 prints to the January and February meetings. Be sure to label the prints with your name and subject, especially the location of the cemetery photos.