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, March 19th 2017 @ 2:00 pm
*Please note. This is one week later than usual.

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

TOPIC: Texture

The topic for the March 19th, 2017 meeting will be Textures The challenge here is 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

See the Links page for tutorials on Links and other topics


MAP at

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 February 12th Session

Meeting of 02/12/2017

TOPIC: Layers Revisited.

The meeting opened with Ralph Sutter playing a video review of the Moment SmartPhone add-on lenses for the iPhone.

Next, Sutter showed how he used layers for simple manipulation of images. His video screen captures document the steps. See
Cavern Point and Michela

This generated an extended discussion of Photoshop Element's Quick Selection Brush and the proper positioning of layers.

Alan Raul then played a lengthy How to Gurus video tutorial that carefully demonstrated using layer masks and other tools to merge two photos into a single image. View it at

The group often paused the video to ask each other "what if" questions about the process. Raul finally showed his own work in which he pasted a picture of himself onto another water image and invited the rest of the group to clean it up.

We took this as a homework assignment as viewing the several videos and battling lost Internet connectivity didn't leave enough time to tackle Alan's challenge.

SIDE NOTE: For the record, the new tv used for today's session is a Samsung 55" 4K SUHD Curved LED LCD TV.
See specs at

Link to Notes of Prior Sessions

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