A CAPA Judges Course is being held in Kelowna this fall. See the attached poster and entry form for details. This is informative and a very useful experience even if you have no intentions of being a judge. CAPA Judging Course Poster
CAPA Judging Course Registration Form
Deadline for submissions: August 31, 2013
1st Prize - $250.00 2nd Prize - $150.00 3rd Prize - $100.00 Under 18 - $50.00
Viewer’s Choice - Photography Book donated by Tricia Sellmer
The World Around Us
Arnica Members - $20 Non-members - $35 18 and under - $ 5
Each additional entry $5.00 (a limit of 3 entries per submission)
For more information contact ArnicaARC@gmail.com
or go to http://www.arnica.ca/exhibitions/17/photography_exhibition_fundraiser.
SHOWCASE! Exercise your camera. Exercise your eyes. Grab some curiosity and creative thought and take them all for a walk. Next Wednesday, May 29th Program is the 2nd to last Showcase for this year. The Theme is ‘Lakes & Rivers’ not hard to find in the Kamloops area.
Following quickly on the heels of the May SHOWCASE is our final meeting for this season and the last SHOWCASE. The Theme is ‘Open’. Share 4 of your engaging images that just didn’t fit in other programs and if you are quick enough show some Pic’s from the Enderby caper.
SHOWCASE Themes for the 2013-14 were announced at the recent KPAC AGM. They are:
September 2013: Flower Power
October 2013: Reflections
November: Wild and Free
December 2013: Mad for Hats
January: Focus on Emotions
February 2014: Today’s Forecast – On Glorious Cloud 9
March 2014: Round and Round in Circles
April: 2014: Fenced In
May 2014: The Colour Purple
June 2014: Let’s Play
SHOWCASE is a perk and a pleasure of KPAC membership. Sharing your images and the stories behind the capture are what makes our Club such a fun group to belong to. I’m looking forward to seeing your Lakes &/or Rivers Wed. night. (A max of 4 and details for sizing and sending are on this website under the SHOWCASE tab. If you need help contact one of the Executive)
Watch for more detailed information in the How To section, but (in the interim) “Yes you can make polar panoramas with Photoshop Elements 7″ or later versions. Here are the essential steps: Open your 360 degree series of images, all of them. Go to File/New/Photo Merge Panorama. Select Cylindrical (their word for 360). Now (even though you have them open in Elements) in the Panorama dialogue box, browse for the images you will use (I can’t explain this but it seems to be necessary). Hit OK. In time your panorama will appear. Crop, clone, fix or adjust the image as needed. Now to the critical steps. Go to Image/Re-Size/Images Size. Un-check the constrain proportions box,and then set the height to the same dimensions as the width (or the other way, if you are just practicing). The image may shrink or become way big, so fit to screen. OK. It will also look impossibly weird - this is expected. Now, go to Image/Rotate, selecting 180 degrees. Then to Layer/Flatten image. And now for the magic: Go to Filter/Distort/Polar Coordinates. Ensure that the Rectangular to Polar box is checked. Hit OK. The magic happens (rather quickly) and your polar panorama appears. You may want to select/crop or do whatever image editing/sharpening indicated before saving. The ultimate panoramas, with layers and other effects, are no doubt made with powerful Photoshop CS or PTGui, but yes you can use Elements (the Photoshop engine lurks underneath). The dedicated panorama program Frank demonstrated is ArcSoft’s Panorama maker 6 (PC only. For PC and Mac there are Panoweaver 8 or Panavue Image Assembler - no experience with these), ArcSoft Panorama Maker is available on line at a reasonable cost. That program is very slick, intuitive and also makes 3D (rotatable) images. The sequence is basically open images, select the kind of panorama desired, hit Next, Stitch and celebrate. Frank Dwyer
At the last meeting David made timely mention of Adobe’s recently announced decision to make all future image editing software(and the creative suites generally) entirely cloud based - that is, you will not own rights to or possess the software, instead there will be a subscription model. This has profound implications for the future of image processing. While there is no need to panic, some of you might want to read the background and conclusions outlined on Thom Hagen’s website (this a Nikon centric point of view) at www.bythom.com. The articles are on the home page - starting at the top and scroll down the text to peruse the information. Actually, best to start at the bottom of the posts and scroll up in chronological order. This is one big controversy. Posted by Frank
Frank has put up “Roundabout” (which placed first in the KPAC juried print show)as the anchor image on his recently updated gallery, which now has a selection of images from a recent extended road-trip to the American Southwest. This coming Wednesday - the 23rd - Frank and Vic Hamm will jointly offer a workshop on panorama shooting - including a vivid portrayal of how Roundabout was made. Vic as many of you know has had his marvelous panorama shots featured in gallery shows and at various prominent venues. He is a master of the scenic panorama.