A Closer Focus – November 16

An opportunity to share ideas, images, questions, and inspirations

For the November meeting please bring in a couple of your images from your work with wide angle lenses, a panoramic image*, a recent field trip or any picture you are proud of or have questions about. We will spend about half an hour sharing.

Half an hour will be an open forum discussing issues at hand: the new Photoshop and Lightroom, what’s up with NIK, or anything else of a photographic nature that’s on your mind.  

There will also be half an hour for 10 minute presentations by members: an introduction to PSA, a book report, gallery review, equipment or gadget sharing, I will talk this time about the why’s and how-to’s of getting off the Auto setting on our cameras. Future topics might include: compositional strength, HDR, abstract images, or anything else photographic you want to bring to the table. This is an opportunity for you to provide input to the SSCC experience.

If you would like to be on the agenda, please email me at: 


* In October’s A Closer Focus meeting, Gene Luttenberg discussed techniques for accomplishing a successful 180 degree panorama.  He described the importance of using a tripod, leveling the tripod head, and overlapping the individual shots by ~30%.  He also talked about using manual settings (aperture, shutter speed, focus, and ISO) to obtain uniform exposure and focus between individual images (you can allow your camera to decide in your favorite mode, take note of the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, then switch to Manual mode and use these settings for all the shots).  He suggested just trying it out as an experiment in your front yard or other easy location.  

For the meeting this month, bring the individual photos in, and show them all stitched together as a single panoramic image.  

If you are new to making panoramas, or want to read more, there are many excellent tutorials on the internet.  Here is one that hits all of the key aspects:  photographylife.com/panoramic-photography-howto