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Tips, Tricks and Other Resources

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Check out these apps for tips on photographing the moon and stars:

Sunrise & Sunset Photo Calculator

Calculate time, location of rise and set and colors for photographers. Click here for more info.


How to Configure Printer Settings for Third-Party Papers

As some of you may recall, in the Fall of 2011, Renée Besta wrote a very detailed, three-part series of articles on HDR Photography and Printing for Breathing Color, a company that manufactures fine art papers for printing. The company also sponsored an exhibit Renée produced back when she was President of the Central Coast Photographic Society – the very first 'Photomorphosis' show at the SLO Museum of Art.

This series of articles covered the entire workflow for making great HDR prints that really pop, from proper camera color and HDR settings, to color management, monitor calibration and profiling, HDR post-processing, stylizing images, ICC profiles, and the complete printing workflow.

Well, over three years later, Renée is back working with Breathing Color, and will be involved in writing articles for their blog as well as doing podcasts and maybe even some webinars. For those Camera Club members who do their own inkjet printing, these articles may be of use.


If you are interested in printing and have time, please read her newest article and let her know what you think. And if you have any positive comments to make, she would greatly appreciate your taking time to do that on the blog, as it would really help her.


Mirrorless Cameras

Find Pat Brown's presentation from the November 13, 2014 SLOCC meeting here => Mirrorless Cameras Presentation


Focus Stacking Using Recent Versions of Photoshop

(This is actually very simple, but these are very explicit directions to avoid any confusion.)

Using a tripod, take two or more images at the same exposure, changing only the focus in increments from front to back. It is recommend the first image be the one focused closest to the camera because the composite image will have that cropping. (As you focus closer, you lose some of the periphery of the previous image.)

In Bridge, select those images, right click to "Open in Adobe Camera Raw." In Camera Raw, choose “Select All,” then “Synchronize” (both at upper left), then “OK” in Synchronize box and then make whatever adjustments equally to all. Then click "Done."

Back in Bridge, with the same images selected, go to Tools (at upper left), Photoshop, “Load Files into Photoshop Layers.” This will take some time.

When processing is complete, in Photoshop, go to Layers tab, highlight all the layers, then go to Edit, “Auto-Align Layers” and use “Auto” choice in the pop-up box.

After that processing and with all layers still selected, go to Edit, “Auto-Blend Layers” and check the “stack images” choice in the pop-up box.

After that processing, flatten the layers and make any more adjustments & sharpen in Photoshop.


Photographer's Rights


How to Store a Camera Lens or


Composition Webinar

In this B&H Video, David Brommer starts with cave paintings, quickly works his way through Egyptian and Medieval art and arrives in the Renaissance to demonstrate the advancement of composition and the birth of the Rule of Thirds. From there, he offers a wonderfully comprehensive yet down to earth lesson in photo history, theory and equipment, but most important, he demonstrates the basics of photographic composition and what makes a “good” photo.


Smartphone Apps for Photographers

From Jill Waterbury's presentation on September 11, 2014...her blog => and the three smartphone apps every photographer should have in their arsenal:


Learning Experiences


Recommended Resources


Recommended Reading


Bird Photography Resources

  • Morro Coast Audubon Society Bird Finding Guides
  • Bird photography from Alan Murphy
  • Live Eagle Cam: The Raptor Resource Project brings you the Decorah Eagles from atop their tree at the fish hatchery in Decorah, Iowa. The live video feed is streamed online 24/7. At night an infrared light provides night vision to viewers through the cam. Infrared light is not visible to eagles, they do not see it or know it is there.


Seasonal Photo Op Hotlines


Computer Repair Resources


  • MAC Superstore, SLO, 805-781-622
  • Rick Wilson, Santa Margarita, 805-438-4338 or 805-541-2154


  • Mustang Computers, Baywood/Los Osos; 805-528-4027 or 805-706-023;
  • Michael O-Reilly Morro Bay and SLO County; 805-772-7397;
  • Greg Hoffman, Strictly PC, Morro Bay 805-772-2427
  • Stuart Weiss, Coast Electronics, Morro Bay 805-772-1265 or Los Osos 805-528-4785



Chocolate Chunk Blondies

Posting by Popular Demand, the recipe to cookies brought to SLOCC meeting on March 13, 2014, as well as the SLOCC BBQ => Raising the Cookie Bar