Ridgewood Camera Club

Program Information


Images of China -- Timely and Timeless, 2018-02-21

Instructor - Douglas Goodell

Instructor Biography - Douglas Goodell has been involved with photography most of his life. A technical background and wildlife interest came together when he retired from research in 1998. At that time he got hooked on avian photography which remains his main interest; he has also become involved with many other types of nature subjects. His work has included fine-art prints, books, lectures, and workshops. He is a contributor or co-author of the books: In the Presence of Nature (2004), Duck Enough to Fly ( 2005), Jungle of the Maya (2006), and Nature?s Paradise ? Costa Rica (2012). He is currently most active with photography of rescue animals to help promote their adoptions. He is a member of the Ridgewood Camera Club, The New Jersey Photographers Forum, and the North American Nature Photographers Association.

Description - Images of China -- Timely and Timeless -- This is a photographic journey through some of the great wonders of China. It is not my typical wildlife photography. It presents majestic scenes of the Great Wall, the rough peaks at Yellow Mountain, and, in the Guilin area, the unique mountain shapes around the Li river at Yangshuo and the rice terraces at Longsheng. It also includes some of the spectacular sights in Beijing and the pandas of Chengdu. It shows the blend of ancient and modern developments. This trip was organized by RCC member Bun Chan in 2008 and the program first shown in 2009, but its subject and beauty are worth repeating.

Super-resolution: Do You Really Need that 50 Megapixel Camera?, 2018-03-21

Instructor - Bob Kane

Instructor Biography - Bob is a retired metallurgist/materials engineer who made a career of research in high temperature materials and their processing, and in hot gas-metal reactions. Photography using light-and electron microscopy was almost a daily tool, supplementing his old darkroom and now digital for his image processing fixes. Main present interests are street photography with friends and an ongoing e-Book project on the Celery Farm Natural Area. Hes been an RCC member since 2004, given a couple of programs, and ran the now-forgotten on-line Peer Critiques. I???ve recently switched to Canon for micro four-thirds but I???m not fanatical about it.

Description - With a combination of good technique, good lenses, and Photoshop CC (plus perhaps a couple other inexpensive programs) it can be possible to make prints literally as large as you like. I???ll discuss what I mean by resolution in a very broad sense, then a few means to improve it for many images. Techniques for single image treatment like up-rezzing and deconvolution, then image stacking methods for sequences of exposures will be covered, including focus stacking, panoramas, minimizing noise and expanding dynamic range, and making huge prints or big crops by improving spatial resolution. Some specifics related to some micro four-thirds systems will be touched upon, and maybe getting better results from your 12 Mp drone.

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