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2014
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  Tuesday 2 December 2014
Attendance : 8
News :
  • The photography subjects for our 2015 DIG meetings will be:

    3 February - Multicultural
    3 March - Balls
    7 April - Eyes
    5 May - Cars
    2 June - Doors
    7 July - Rainbow
    4 August - Flags
    1 September - E is for …
    6 October - Paper
    3 November - Birds
    1 December - High and Low
Presentation :
  • The award-winning entries from the 2014 ASCCA Digital Photography Competition were shown.

    The successful entries by HSCC members are on display here.

  • Two entertaining sets of excellent photos entitled "The Life of a Mother" and " Satellite Images" were shown.
Activity :
  • In preparation for the Seniors Week 2015 Digital Photography Exhibition, the subject for photos at our meeting on 3 February 2015 will be "Multiculture".
Members' Photos :

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  Tuesday 4 November 2014
Attendance : 8
News :
  • A short course on "Digital Image Editing with Picasa" will be held at 91 Queens Rd on 4 consecutive Thursdays from 2:00pm - 3:00pm, commencing on 5 February 2015. Contact Geoff Turton for details.
Presentation :
  • Marilyn Richardson showed us some excellent photos from her recent travels around the Mediterranean.
Activity :
  • Photos depicting the "Best Time of Year" will be presented at our December meeting.
Members' Photos :
  • 9 members contributed photos on the subject "Frame".

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  Tuesday 7 October 2014
Attendance : 10
News :
  • Hurstville City Council's Digital Photography Exhibition for Seniors Week 2015, on the subject "Multicultural", will be launched at Mortdale RSL on Monday 17 March 2015.
  • Fred Scott's course on "Managing Your Digital Photos" will be held in the Annexe on Thursdays 16 and 23 October 2014 at 1:00 pm.
  • "Sculpture by the Sea" will be on display again this year, along the walk between Bondi and Tamarama beaches, from 23 October 2014 to 9 November 2014.
Presentation :
  • Geoff Turton gave a short presentation on the relatively recent .webp digital image file format being developed by Google.
    .WebP is very versatile, offering lossy and lossless image file compression options, which can produce considerably smaller image file sizes than .jpg. This has the potential to considerably reduce digital storage and broadband transmission costs for companies like Google and Facebook.
    At this time, only Google Chrome and Opera web browsers are able to display .webp image files.
    See this Wikipedia article for more details.
  • XnConvert is a versatile free batch image file conversion program that will convert .jpg files to .webp format.
Activity :
  • "Frame" is the subject for photos to be presented at our November meeting.
Members' Photos :
  • 11 members contributed photos featuring a "Smile".

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  Tuesday 2 September 2014
Attendance : 11
News :
  • Four members submitted entries for the 2014 ASCCA Digital Photography competition.
  • HSCC has been invited to contribute photos for a "Multiculture" digital photography exhibition to be organised by Hurstville City Council for Seniors Week 2015 at Mortdale RSL.
Discussion :
  • Suggestions for the contents of a "Managing Digital Photos" course to be developed by Fred Scott were discussed.
  • "Digital Image Editing" course
    • It was decided that the course should be based on Picasa.
    • The content of Youtube video Picasa Basics Webinar should serve as a useful guide for developing this course.
Activity :
  • The subject for photos at our October meeting is "Smile".
Members' Photos :
  • 11 members presented photos featuring something "Old".

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  Tuesday 5 August 2014
Attendance : 14 members + 2 visitors
News :
  • Entries for the ASCCA 2014 Digital Photography Competition must be left at 91 Queens Rd by Friday 22 August 2014 at the latest.
  • The following topics were selected for photos at DIG meetings in 2015:

    3 February - Multicultural
    3 March - Balls
    7 April - Eyes
    5 May - Cars
    2 June - Doors
    7 July - Rainbow
    4 August - Flags
    1 September - E is for …
    6 October - Paper
    3 November - Birds
    1 December - High and Low
Discussion :
  • The conditions for entering photos in the 2014 ASCCA Digital Photography Competition state:

    "2. All photographs submitted must be taken by the entrant on a digital camera since 30 August 2013 and should include the date on the file."

    As well as the image data captured by a digital camera, an image file includes details of the camera settings used and the date the image was captured. This additional information is known as Exchangeable Image File (EXIF) data.

    After editing a digital image on a computer, most image editing programs provide the option of either saving the original EXIF data with the edited image or discarding it. For the ASCCA competition, the EXIF data should be retained.

    Most digital image viewers display EXIF data as part of the image file properties.

Activity :
  • "Old" will be the theme for photos at our September meeting.
Members' Photos :
  • 15 members presented photos on the subject "D is for …".

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  Tuesday 1 July 2014
Attendance : 12 members + 2 visitors
News :
  • Hurstville City Council's Aged and Disability Development Officer, Brenda Eggleton, presented us with a copy of the book that has been produced to display the Animal photos DIG members contributed to the 2014 Seniors Week Digital Photography Exhibition. Copies of the book will be distributed to various local organisations who serve younger and older citizens.

    HSCC members may purchase copies of the book for $5 each through Geoff Turton.

Discussion :
  • A reminder that entries for the ASCCA 2014 Digital Photography Competition must be handed in by the next DIG meeting on Tuesday 5 August 2014.
  • Members' suggestions for photo topics for next year's DIG meetings are required so that the list can be finalised at our August meeting.
Presentation :
  • Geoff Turton demonstrated how to use the free image editing program GIMP, to prepare a portrait for the Club's newsletter.
    • GIMP can be downloaded at www.gimp.org.
    • There are many Youtube videos describing how to use various GIMP features. One such useful set of tutorials is GIMP Tricks.
Activity :
  • The theme for photos to be presented at our August meeting is "D is for …".
Members' Photos :
  • 13 members contributed photos on the subject "Path".

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  Tuesday 3 June 2014
Attendance : 12 members + 2 visitors
Discussion :
  • There are many government sites that offer quality public domain photos. For example, www.whitehouse.gov.
Activity :
  • Next month, the subject for photos at our DIG meeting is "Path".
Members' Photos :

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  Tuesday 6 May 2014
Attendance : 13
News :
  • Entries for the ASCCA 2014 Digital Photography Competition must be submitted by the DIG meeting on 5 August 2014.
  • Competition details and Entry Forms are available via links on the ASCCA website.
  • There is no Photo Story competition this year.
Discussion :
  • We tend to scan photos from left to right and this influences an image's impact. The effect can be observed when a photo is flipped horizontally.
  • Plastic globe original
    Plastic globe flipped horizontally
Presentations :
  • Some of the amazing YouTube video about Stephen Wiltshire, "The Human Camera", was shown.
Activity :
  • The subject for photos at our June meeting is "Communication".
Members' Photos :
  • 12 members presented photos featuring "Plastic".

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  Tuesday 1 April 2014
Attendance : 12
Discussion :
  • HSCC has received many requests for an introductory course on managing and processing digital images. Such a course will be developed shortly and the consensus is that it should be based on Google's Picasa program.
Presentations :
  • Ken McRae demonstrated the use of a webcam to record surveillance video on a personal computer.
  • Some of the entries in the "25th Sutherland Shire National Exhibition of Photography Electronic Images - 2013" were shown.
Activity :
  • Members' photos featuring "Plastic" will be displayed at our May meeting.
Members' Photos :
  • Photos on the subject "Home" were contributed by 8 members.

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  Tuesday 4 March 2014
Attendance : 11
News :
  • DIG members contributed 42 photos to Hurstville City Council's Seniors Week digital photography exhibition at Mortdale RSL from 10 to 24 March 2014.
Presentations :
  • We had a look at the prize-winning weather photos selected for the Bureau of Meteorology's 2013 calendar.
  • We also had a look at some photos of "Triples". This was the subject for photos at our December 2011 meeting.
  • In the January/February 2014 edition of Computer Choice, six free image editing programs were rated as follows:
    1. LightZone
    2. GIMP
    3. Serif Photo Plus Starter Edition
    4. PhotoScape
    5. PhotoFiltre 7
    6. Paint.NET
  • Geoff Turton demonstrated some of the tools available in the free graphic design program PicPick, including
    • various screen capture options,
    • a colour picker,
    • a pixel ruler,
    • a magnifier and
    • a whiteboard.
Activity :
  • "Home" is the subject for photos to be presented at our April meeting.
Members' Photos :

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  Tuesday 4 February 2014
Attendance : 14
News :
  • Hurstville City Council's program for Seniors Week 2014 is now available.
    Hurstville Seniors Computer Club will provide photos for a Digital Photography exhibition entitled "Best Friend - animals great and small" at Mortdale RSL.
    This exhibition will run from Monday 10 March 2014 until Monday 24 March 2014.
Activity :
  • The topic for photos to be presented at our March meeting is "One Plus One".
Members' Photos :
  • 14 members presented photos on the subject "Blue".
  • Photos for the Seniors Week exhibition were also viewed.

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