2016 03 Art Stiles RanchWhen to use it, how to do it, and how to process it.

Chattahoochee Nature Center theater, Roswell, GA  The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Art Stiles will explain how to do focus stacking to ensure everything in your photo is in sharp focus. Members as well as interested potential members are invited.

Those attending this presentation are requested to do the following:

1. Install a Depth of Field Calculator on your smart phone. For iPhone I recommend Simple DOF; and for Androids I recommend DOF Calculator. You should be able to find these in the App section on your phone. (If you can’t understand the DOF Calculator you have, it is probably not the best one for your use.)
2. Bring your camera to the meeting with your favorite landscape lens and camera manual.
3. Check the lens manual or go online and determine the shortest focus distance for that lens.

Art will briefly explain how to use the DOF Calculator, and how to photograph a scene using multiple shots with different focal points. He will also explain and demonstrate how to merge all the shots into one, using Adobe Lightroom and Adobe PhotoShop. He will not address any other software; however, the shooting of the scene will apply to any software, and most software will probably follow the same basic work flow.

Attendees will be given a guide to take home and practice with.

Art is an avid amateur nature photographer, and he is always looking for ways to improve his skills. He is an experienced teacher and loves to share his experiences and knowledge with anyone that is interested enough to listen.

He has been featured in We Are Henry Magazine, and Griffin Daily News Magazine for his views on how nature photography can be a healing process, especially for those diagnosed with PTSD.

He has received several awards and recognition for his photographs, but the rewards of reconnecting with and experiencing the awesomeness of nature is what really drives him.

The speaker for our March 13th meeting is Marcia Brandes.  Marcia owned a wholesale art business for 33 years.  She used Photoshop extensively in her business, photographing and color correcting sales photos as well as  printing giclee art prints and producing color magazine ads.  Her own photographs have been featured in condo developments, hotels, and Haverty's Furniture Stores.

Marcia is a member of the new GNPA Conservation Committee, helping to develop a Conservation Photography Program.  She will start our meeting with a short presentation highlighting how members of GNPA can be involved in conservation photography.  

Marcia will then present an introduction to Photoshop.  She is going to give  an overview of her favorite and most often used features.  She will do a demo of some Photoshop tools and applications that are not available in Lightroom, and will show how to use Photoshop to enhance the photo after it has been developed in Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw.  Come find out how to remove unwanted objects in your photos, fill in missing background, replace an ugly sky or create bokeh using masking, focus stack using layers, and other great tools to expand your photography repertoire.  

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