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PhotoCamp 2008

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Tentative Schedule:


The date is Friday, February 23. Currently, we are shooting for the 2 sessions scheduled from 1:15-2:45, starting immediately after lunch and concluding with the break planned for 2:45. Check the scheduling board the day of MooseCamp to find out the location and any potential change in times.


During the break, we'll collect those interested to take a field trip to Matthew Trentacoste's research lab across the street. This has two purposes:


  • To have another room to continue any PhotoCamp discussion we didn't have time to finish during the allotted block
  • To see the project he have been working on for the last several years: the DR37-P HDR display that his company, BrightSide Technologies, has built.

To save it from being a sales pitch (you can't buy one anyay), I'll leave the specs for the product page. Basically, it has 10x brighter whites and 10x darker blacks than other monitors, and the first step towards a TV you'd mistake for a window. Any description I do can't do it justice. You'll just have to come see.


Some ideas:


  1. Love to discuss ShoZu and mobile photo blogging
  2. Lightroom, Aperture and other Raw tools
  3. Film - I'll never do it but others can do cool stuff with it, love to hear about real film and simulating it with PhotoShop
  4. Workflow in general - how do you manage massive photo "giggage"
  5. Photo walk
  6. Contest - best photo
  7. Create a cool slide or movie out of our photos tagged nv2007 with a Derek Miller tune of course
  8. High dynamic range photography overview and workflow
  9. High-end geeky photography, possibly similar to the barcamp rundown I did
  10. Color science -- color spaces, management, and why your photos always look wrong on everyone else's computer
  11. Matt Trentacoste's research lab is across the street from the Forestry building -- a field trip to see some of the toys is possibly in order
  12. Tim Bray's Canon S70 is dying and he's been researching high-end pocket cams; would be happy to report briefly on what distinguishes them and what's out there. Pointers at http://www.tbray.org/talks/nv2007


Kris - Q & A and moderation.

Evan Lesson - Macro photography.

Bre Pettis - Arial photography.

Ted Leung - Flash photography

Matt Trentacoste -- Photo geekiness and HDR photograpy -- Short overview of my talk




Add your ideas here!


DIY Lighting techniques (diffusers, lightboxes, lights, etc...)

Lens fetish group therapy (what lenses do people recommend for various purposes...)

Composition tips. Discuss.


Add your info here if you plan on coming.



Additionally, get in touch with Kris or Matt if you want to get involved in any way.


Workflow from "Ingest" to Flickr Session (by Warwick Patterson - I'll post more indepth notes and links throughout the week on my blog.)

1. Using PhotoMechanic (try it for free), I Ingest Photos, Preview Images, Select Photos for Editing, and hit Ctrl-E to output my selected images to Photoshop (different programs can be opened based on Preferences).

2. Before doing anything to my images, I apply an Unsharp Mask to correct for the camera sensor's Low-Pass Filter (a coating on the CCD). For my Nikon D2H, the settings are Amount: 298%, Radius: 0.3, Threshold: 1. Each camera will have their own specific optimal setting - I got my settings from a chart that Rob Galbraith developed. This is a good starting point to try out for your camera (it won't be THAT wrong). You just want the image to regain it's natural sharpness - don't sharpen too much! You should always have your image at the 100% zoom while judging and adjusting the unsharp mask.

3. Then I adjust my levels/curves and any edits I want to make to the image.

4. I then do an additional post-edit Unsharp Mask step. The settings for this will change depending on where the image is headed. Unsharp Mask settings will be very different whether you're sending the image to web or for prints/magazine, etc. For an 800pixel Flickr-prepped image, I'll usually leave the Radius and Threshold settings the same, and move the Amount down to between 50-100% (judging by eye for best results). For printing purposes, you'll tend to bump the radius up...possible as high as 1.0 because printers tend to blur the inks together.

5. Key step for photos destined for the web: Right before saving, go to ~Image>Mode>Convert to Profile... Convert the image colour space to sRGB.

6. I use the ~File>Save As... option instead of "Save For Web...", simply because it keep the photos EXIF info for when I upload to Flickr.

7. Upload to Flickr using desktop Uploader! (or however you want).


This is the workflow I use almost all the time, especially when in the field on event. It works for me, but I know many other photographers with different workflows...you just need to find what works for you. With Photo Mechanic's simplicity and Photoshop Actions, I can turn around 40-50 photos in just minutes. I'll post some actions to my blog in the next couple of days.


Matthew Trentacoste's slides


2 talks for the price of one. The color for the web slides I went over during the session, and I included the HDR photography slides I didn't get a chance to, as well: http://matttrent.com/media/blog/2007/02/23/MooseCamp-Photocamp-2007.pdf


Associated blog entry: http://matttrent.com/blog/2007/feb/23/photocamp-presentation/


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