Variety Night MeetingsIt is time to relax, enjoy and learn, all at the same time.
Variety Night Meetings
On the third Wednesday night of each month, we sit back and enjoy the fruits of our labor of love – our digital images. The evening begins with an informal discussion relating to recent photographic experiences and issues. We then share information about upcoming photo ops, new camera equipment on the market, or photo enhancing software now updated or newly available. Now it is time to take a look our images. In doing this, we will come face to face with the creative beauty of our images and we will have fun learning at the same time. Everyone is encouraged to participate by sending in images for each of the individual activities that we will cover in these meetings.
Homework Fun: Our first sharing experience is the current month’s Homework Fun Project. This is another way that we encourage you to experimentation with Photoshop tools. This section is always lots of fun as we see just how creative we can be. After we have viewed the current month’s images, our fantastic leader will tell us all about the next month’s Homework Fun Project. You will have a full month to get to work on it. If you would like some help or inspiration, we will use a portion of the next Back To Basics meeting to cover some of the Photoshop techniques that you can use for the current project. We may even provide you with a tutorial, or at least, with online references.
Photo Challenge: Digits members are invited to submit a photo that fits a different theme each month. Click here to see a list of the themes for each month. Photos can be taken at any time for any month’s assignment but not earlier than one year prior to its display. Only one photo may be entered. Post-processing is permitted. The photo must be indisputably true to the theme and originate with the camera. This is yet another way to learn photography, by observing what others do. During the meeting, discussion about how the assignment was interpreted is encouraged. Images will be put on the Digits website. If you do not want yours put on the website, put parentheses around your name. Challenge your photographic mind and skill—be creative, have fun! If you have any questions or comments about Photo Challenge, please contact the PhotoChallenge coordinator.
Slide Shows: This is another great way for you to share your images with the group. Besides having the images tell a story, you can create slide shows that bring the story to life. By adding motion, creative transitions and music, you can enhance the visual effect. From time to time, we may ask you to use some particular theme for your shows, but usually you will be free to choose any theme that appeals to you. All we ask is that you limit the show time to no more one minute and thirty seconds.
In addition to viewing the shows at a meeting, we would like to add the shows to our YouTube video channel so that members who are not at the meeting, as well as the general public, will be able to enjoy them. If we post your show on YouTube, you will be able to send a link to any of your friends whom you would like to view the show. If you do not want to make your shows available to the public, we will show them only at the meeting.
Click here to see the complete details of how to submit your shows. If you would like some help in creating your slide show, click on this link to open our tutorial on this topic. If you have any questions or comments about our YouTube channel, please contact the Variety Night meeting coordinator.
To go directly to the DIGITS YouTube channel, click on this link. Click on any show to view it. To send a link to a specific show to others, right-click on the show and choose Copy Link Address from the menu to put the link in memory. Then compose a message and paste the link in the message.
Sharing Photos: We will finish off the meeting with a section in which we share our photos with each other. These images include both Photo Sharing images and Photo Outing images. Although this is our regular schedule, at times we may need to deviate from this. If you are meeting with us the first time, you may want to Contact Us to see if there have been any changes.
If you receive specific instructions from the SIG coordinator, please follow those instructions. Otherwise, follow these instructions.
How to submit your images
Click here to go to a tutorial that tells How to Submit Images to DIGITS using Sharefile. Page one contains links and instructions on uploading files to Digits. Please use the correct upload link for your images such as for “Homework”, “Photo Challenge”, “Photo Outings”, “Photo Sharing” or “Videos”.
Pages two and three have a procedure “How to Resize and Rename files”.
It is important to read all three pages and follow the procedures.
Submit your images no later than noon on the day of the meeting.