December 9 Meeting
The BCC will meet for its monthly meeting this coming Monday, Dec. 9th at the Vermont Center for Photography.
Ciri Gillespie [ https://www.cirigillespie.com/#1 ], a local photographer who has been involved in photographic projects in Cuba. Ciri will talk about her experiences traveling and photographing in Cuba.
Theme of the Month:
As of today I have received work from Lee Lloyd, Mary Miller, and Paul Miller.
Can't wait to see what the club comes up with for these images!
Looking forward to Monday.
November 11 Meeting
Tim Blogg, the former editor of the Greenfield Recorder will share his knowledge of the history and production of a newspaper, emphasizing the role of photography in shaping the news.
Liz Lavorgna will share her photographic teaching project at Turning Point.
THEME OF THE MONTH:
A gentle reminder that the annual membership fees to the club are due. The fees are $25 / individual and $35 / group. If you wish to become a member and participate in the competitions and exhibitions please send your check to Bill Dixon at 114 Morningside Commons, Brattleboro, 05301.
October 14 Meeting
The October meeting of the Brattleboro Camera Club will take place at the Vermont Center for Photography, 49 Flat Street, Brattleboro.
Special project for the October 14th meeting.
I found an interesting project in a photo magazine* I saw a while back. We discussed it at the September meeting and decided to give it a try.
The author/instructor had his class exchange RAW files and process them as if the images were their own. I thought it would be fun to do the same with our own images.
Anyone who is interested should bring a RAW file to the October meeting. I'd like it to be an image you have already processed for yourself - not one taken just for this project. The idea is not to 'correct or improve' another photographer's work but to 'see' the shot in your own way.
We will exchange the files at the October meeting - one per member. Bring in the resulting final photograph, along with the processed version of the image you shared, to the November meeting. I'd like to see them all as prints so we can look at the photos side by side but if that becomes an issue we can create a slide show instead.
*Black + White Photography: https://www.blackandwhitephotographymag.co.uk/
Photo Processing Alternatives
Our meeting discussions often center on which processing software to use as well as which equipment. Here are several Photoshop alternatives and plugins that I own and use pretty regularly. They all run on Windows and Mac OS.
They have DxO PhotoLab 2 and the Nik Collection. Both work well but are more expensive over all because they (so far) charge for updates. I had the Nik collection already (purchased!) but paid DxO when they released it under their name (there were a few very minor updates) so I could stay in the update loop. Less than a year later, and (again) more minor updates, they want another fee. Really? That generated a lot of ill will on their Facebook page! To be fair though the update between PhotoLab and PhotoLab 2 were pretty significant and Adobe has charged an update fee for less.
Very good plugins. They work in Photoshop or on their own in Topaz Studio. They may seem expensive compared even to Nik but no update fees and are often on sale. You can buy them individually instead of loading up with the entire set.
Free! Comes with a selection of the Topaz plugins and you can add more as you need or want them. I’ve made some pretty cool images with this program. Also - FREE!
Note: it prefers a pretty hefty graphics card to run. My older laptop at work (yes, I sneak photo time at work!) barely runs it even though the other programs run fine.
Makers of Luminar 3 and a very nice HDR program Aurora HDR (which I don’t own). Luminar comes with many ‘looks’ to apply to your image and you can get more from the site - or create your own. I’ve made some pretty cool images with this one too. Does a great job at removing unwanted junk from your images. And it’s been free updates since version one.
This one is the most like Photoshop but not exactly the same - there are many differences that crop up as you use the program. Over all if you are familiar with Photoshop you will quickly learn this. This is the only one that allows you to add text, borders, drop shadows, etc.
Also - free updates!
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