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February Club Events

Monday, February 12
Showcase: "Ethiopia," presented by Tom Getz
Clubhouse 3, Dining Room 2 at 6:30 pm

Tom Getz will present a digital slide on Ethiopia, where he spent five weeks in early 2017. The show will start and end in Addis Ababa, the capital, visiting the national ethnography museum, where there are colorful crafts, paintings, the bones of the early hominid Lucy, historical items related to emperors and empresses. Also in Addis were the museums at the university, the holy se of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, a museum of martyrs, several historical churches and mausoleums, and a local market, the largest in Africa. Travelling north we see historical paintings in monasteries on Tana Lake, the giant stelae of Axum, and the fantastically decorated orthodox St Mary church. In Gondar Tom photographed the ruins of palaces and ritual bath, monasteries and local scenes in markets and streets. We will see the mountain scenery of the north as far as the border with Eritrea, and a visit to watch Gelada monkey troops.

The highlight of Tom’s trip was the Lalibela Timkat (Epiphany) festival scenes with hundreds of priests in bright robes, drums, gold crosses and umbrellas, dancing and chanting. Lalibela is also famous for its rock-hewn ancient churches, and we will see the best of them. 

  Tom will show images of people, camel caravans, farm scenes, market activity and daily life, such as carrying water and hauling goods to market. A second part of the show will feature five colorful tribal areas in the far south and a selection of bird and nature photos from four Ethiopian national parks. The influence of Islam and ties to Jewish culture in this Christian orthodox country will be discussed. The show will be accompanied with ethnic music and live narration.

This event is for for Laguna Woods Village residents and their guests. A $3.00 donation will be collected at the door for non-members who attend this event.

Tuesday, February 13
Class: "Introduction to Macro Photography," presented by Jim Graver
Clubhouse 4, Photo Classroom, 1:30 to 3:30 pm

Ever wonder just how some of those amazing close-up photographs are taken?  How can I do the same? What equipment do I need and how much will it cost. If so, you may want to attend the introductory class of “The World of Macro Photography.”

Macro photography can be an absorbing activity enabling you to reach into ‘near space’ and record an image that is not easily visible to the naked eye. There is nothing more satisfying than to make a huge print of an insect, mineral specimen or any small object and captured with the technique of macro photography.  Macro Photography can be as simple or as complex as you wish to make it, even with a budget, $200-special digital camera you can capture images of the tiny world before you, subjects as small as a matchbox, a match-head or even tinier. The higher-priced compact digital camera can do it even better, some offering macro shooting with a powerful zoom lens, so you can stand back a bit.

Some topics that we will be discussing will be “What is Macro Photography, You will learn some easy tips on capturing these macro images for beginners, what equipment can be used, focusing, distortion, viewing, depth of field, lighting and light loss, camera settings, backgrounds, using flash, and post-processing enhancements.

The class fee is $5.00 for Camera Club members, $10.00 for non-members.  If you would like to become a member, the membership fee is $20.00 and the class will be $5.00. Try to arrive by 1:00 p.m. to be sure of getting a seat! The first 45 students to register, will be accepted and we will confirm you acceptance by email reply. If registrations exceed 45, you will be placed on a waiting list and notified.

To register, email cameraclublh@gmail.com with the Subject line: “Macro.” Include your name, address, telephone number, and whether you are already a Camera Club member. Also include whether or not you are a Laguna Woods Village resident. We will confirm your acceptance by email reply, or if the registrations exceed 45 you will be placed on a waiting list and notified.

Tuesday, February 20
Class: Photoshop Elements (Class 1 of 4), Presented by Art Ramirez
Clubhouse 4, Fred Granger Learning Center, 9:30 to 11:30 am or 1:30 to 3:30 pm

Learn how to get the most from using Photoshop Elements for your digital photo editing. This is a 4-session class designed for those who have taken Art's previous beginning class. If you are new to Elements, do not sign up for this class.

Fee: $40.00 for members and $50 for non-members.

To register, send an email to cameraclublh@gmail.com with the subject line “Photoshop 2.” Include your name, whether or not you are a Camera Club member, and whether you prefer the morning or afternoon class. Confirmation will be sent by email.

Monday, February 26
Showcase: "Travel Photo Basics," presented by Erin Manning
Clubhouse 3, Dining Room 2, at 6:30 pm

Are your vacation photos looking a little…blah? Are your friends and family falling asleep during your slideshows? Travel photography isn’t always easy, it’s a mixture of landscapes, people, street scenes, and architecture combined with time constraints and unique cultures. But no worries, help is on the way. This session offers tips and techniques for capturing memorable vacation photos, whether you have a DSLR, compact camera, or smartphone.

Learn how to:

With Erin’s easy-to-follow instruction you'll be taking great travel photos in no time, and everyone will be asking how you did it!

This event is for for Laguna Woods Village residents and their guests. A $3.00 donation will be collected at the door for non-members who attend this event.

Tuesday, February 27
Class: Photoshop Elements (Class 2 of 4), Presented by Art Ramirez
Clubhouse 4, Fred Granger Learning Center, 9:30 to 11:30 am or 1:30 to 3:30 pm

This is a 4-session class designed for those who have taken Art's previous beginning class.

March Club Events

Tuesday, March 6
Class: Photoshop Elements (Class 3 of 4), Presented by Art Ramirez
Clubhouse 4, Fred Granger Learning Center, 9:30 to 11:30 am or 1:30 to 3:30 pm

This is a 4-session class designed for those who have taken Art's previous beginning class.

Monday, March 12
Showcase: "To Be Announced," presented by Joseph Rossbach
Clubhouse 3, Dining Room 2 at 6:30 pm

This event is for for Laguna Woods Village residents and their guests. A $3.00 donation will be collected at the door for non-members who attend this event.

Tuesday, March 13
Class: Photoshop Elements (Class 4 of 4), Presented by Art Ramirez
Clubhouse 4, Fred Granger Learning Center, 9:30 to 11:30 am or 1:30 to 3:30 pm

This is a 4-session class designed for those who have taken Art's previous beginning class.

Monday, March 26
Digital Projected Image Critique
Performing Arts Center of Laguna Woods, Dining Room 2 at 6:30 pm

Join us on Monday, March 26 in Dining Room 2 of the Performing Arts Center of Laguna Woods to view projected images submitted by members and critiqued by a professional judge. Categories are Pictorial, Monochrome, and Special Subject: Altered Reality. For details, see the Digital Competition Rules (PDF)and 2018 Special Subjects explanation (PDF). Send your correctly sized digital images as attachments in a single email message to lhccdigital@gmail.com. images sent to any other email address may be excluded from the critique. Entries are due by 5:00 pm, March 22.

This event is for for Laguna Woods Village residents and their guests. A $3.00 donation will be collected at the door for non-members who attend this event.

2017 Slide Show Competition Results

Eleven entries were received for year's slide show competiton, and the final voting by the audience resulted in two ties, for first and second place, respectively. Congratulations to the entrants for their originality and creativity.

First Place (Tie)

George Harper: "I Left My Heart in San Francisco
Pat Wilkinson: "Meeting Missy"

Second Place (Tie)

Mike Bray: "Australia, a Land Called OZ"
Dee Tucker: "One Word Essay"

Third Place

Tom Getz: "Ethiopia's Struggle for Water"

Larry Cunningham Wins Award for Bristlecone Pine Night Photo

Larry Cunningham has won First Place in the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce photo contest and will be the featured photographer in their Welcome Booklet. He was also awarded a cash prize. To see Larry's winning photo of a bristlecone pine and the milky way as well as related images, go to his Facebook site.

The Nik Collection by Google Is No Longer Being Supported

The Nik Collection by Google, a set of seven plug-ins for Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Lightroom and Aperture, is no longer being supported as a product suite by Google as of an annoucement made in early June 2017. Who knows how much longer they will continue work on your computer, so user beware.

This is a wonderful suite of products and their demise is mourned by many devoted users.

List of 2018 Special Subjects for Digital Critiques

Here is a list of upcoming special subjects for our 2017 digital critiques:

Past Digital Critique Results

If you missed the past Digital Critiques, you can view the PowerPoint presentations of all the entered images that is stored in our Winning Images Archive. Each time that the club has a critique, we make a PDF copy of the PowerPoint presentation captioned with the name of the image and the photographer. It might take awhile for the presentation to load on your computer, because the file is very large.The Winning Images Archive also has copies of the scoresheets from each critique.

Digital Lab Resources Available for Members

Camera Club members have new and updated resources available for use. For details, see the Resources page.

Volunteer Opportunities

Digital Critique Team Needs Backup Members

One of the major functions of your Camera Club is to hold professional evaluations of your digital photos at least 5 times a year.  This activity requires that a team of members are trained to perform the following tasks:

The Digital Critique is one of the few Camera Club activities that almost everyone likes to participate in, and we feel the need for an additional team of substitutes who can step in as needed. Training will be made available.

Would you like to be part of this process and work behind the scenes so that the club can continue to make these evenings as productive and interesting as possible?

Please send an email message to the Education Committee at lhcameraclub@comline.com if you would like to join in this activity or want further information.

Digital Lab Substitutes

Your Camera Club Digital Photo Lab at Clubhouse 4 has opportunities available and we would like to add your name to the list of Substitutes who fill in when Supervisors have appointments, vacations or are feeling under the weather.

This is a great opportunity for you to use your Digital Photo Lab computers to edit your photos, create photo prints on one of the high quality printers, scan your slides and negatives to digital images or scan and repair treasured photos to create digital images.

Please contact the Third Vice President at lhcc@lhcameraclub.com

Education Committee

This volunteer committee reviews and approves training curriculum, evaluates training presenters and schedules training classes and workshops. The committee operates under the guidance of and is appointed by the Camera Club of Laguna Woods Fourth Vice President. If you have experience in developing or presenting training classes, have already developed training classes that you would like to offer to club members or have developed a workshop of approximately one and one half to two hours that you would like to present at a workshop, please email lhcameraclub@comline.com, Subject: Education Committee. Please also let us know if you would serve as a training assistant.