The San Luis Obispo Digital Photography Group serves the general San Luis Obispo County areas of the central California Coast.

We are a Special Interest Group of the SLO Bytes PC Users Group; aka SLO Bytes

Our meetings are normally held on the second Sunday of each month at 2:00 pm. The members are digital photographers and computer enthusiasts.

NEXT MEETING Sunday, April 9th 2017 @ 2:00 pm

Home of Connie and Ralph Sutter
498 Hansen Hill Road, Arroyo Grande

TOPIC: Depicting Time

The topic for the Sunday, April 9th meeting will be Depicting Time

"The challenge can be interpreted by any number of ways - from shooting a photo of a clock to an image showing the passage of time. Slowing your shutter speed down when you have a moving subject would give us the impression of time passing. Experiment with this! Or get out the close-up lens and shoot the inner workings of a watch."

NOTE: Once again, this assignment was suggested by Lightbox a 52 card deck with a photo challenge for every week of the year. Learn more at

See the Links page for tutorials on Links and other topics

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You will find a dashcam video tracing the route through the village of Arroyo Grande to the Photo Group on YouTube at

Notes from the March 19th Session

TOPIC: Textures

The topic for the March 19th, 2017 meeting wasTextures The challenge here was to infuse your images with texture. Taking a two dimensional print and giving it the feel of a 3D experience by introducing texture is a sure fire way of distinguishing your work from those around you.

It's all about the angle of your lighting and working with the shadows to take full advantage of the existing textures.
   Suggested setting: 70-300mm f/5.6 at 1/3 seconds ISO 100

NOTE: This assignment was suggested by Lightbox a 52 card deck with a photo challenge for every week of the year. Learn more at

The meeting opened with Ralph Sutter demonstrating Microsoft Photos. This free, no frills program allows the user to easily edit images while viewing the results. While its capabilities are unremarkable, it invites beginning photo editors to try their hand at image enhancement.

Alan Raul reminded us the another free Microsoft program, Movie Maker, will soon disappear. Download this feature-filled program while you can from

Sutter began the show and tell with a slide show of flowing water, gnarly trees and airy blossoms. Ralph lamented the difficulties that he had using Proshow Gold. Principal among them were
   the inability to publish a program when the images resided on his server instead of a local drive
   his struggle to determine the file name of images placed on the time slideshow time line

Ralph found no solution for the first challenge. For the second one, right click on the File List window and choose Go to Slide (Ctrl + U)

Raul shared some images of the SCaLe Convention that he, Ralph and Connie Sutter attended recently. Alan highly recommended the numerous sessions, the palatial grounds of Castle Green Pasadena and spectacular free food and drink offerings.
His video is available at

Raul then shared images of rough surfaces found near a local coffee house. He finished by describing his search for finding video software capable of playing back footage shot at 120 frames per second.

John Waller also displayed images showing texture; plowed fields and nightscapes that looked like they were shot in full sun thanks to careful setup, long exposure, tripod, slow ISO and skill.

Waller then showed a library of textures that he has created over the years, explaining how he used these images in displacement layers. His image of an iron dinosaur on top of one such displacement layer illustrated very effectively the possibilities of the technique.

Link to Notes of Prior Sessions

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