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How to Join a CAPA Digital Circuits Group

The purpose of the digital study groups is to encourage photographers to manipulate their photographs in a computer, using a digital imaging program such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Elements, Corel Draw/PhotoPaint etc. This is done by using various tools and filters supplied by the software programs. The resulting image is dependent on the creative abilities of the photographer.

Members are expected to submit one image a month and comment on the other members’ work. As this is a study group, questions regarding image techniques are encouraged and an attempt is made to respond to members’ queries in the comment section each month.

All levels of digital imagers are welcome to join and images are not judged or scored. This is a great way to learn in a non-competitive atmosphere while improving your digital processing skills.

How to Join

Submit the following to Bob Walling by e–mail at rwalling395@gmail.com

Submission of Images

Write a short description of how the image was altered. Include a title and your name.
Include one image as an attachment with the description or two images as in a “before” and “after” image. The “before” image would be your original photograph and the “after” image the manipulated digital image. A digital image must be derived from a member’s own photograph(s).

The image should be approximately 768 to 1024 pixels in size on the longest side (use constrained proportions). with a maximum size of about 300K.

You should state the reason(s) for submitting your image so that members can respond accordingly. Possible reasons might include, image intended for competition, special effect or technique worth passing on to other members, looking for ways to improve an image or questions regarding technique/composition you would like answered.

Procedure

The study group administrator will upload the images on or before the 10th day of each month so your image should be sent to the administrator during the first week of each month.

Each member will then comment by e–mail on the other members’ images. These comments are sent to the administrator before the 25th day of each month at which time the comments will be uploaded to the web site. In order that the workload of the group administrator be minimized and the study group adheres to the prescribed schedule, members are urged to be punctual in sending their images & comments.

Images will remain on the web site for approximately one month at which time the next set of images will be uploaded and the cycle will be repeated. Anyone not submitting an image according to schedule should notify their study group administrator and an “Under Construction” icon will be displayed in place of the image.
Viewing Images

For best viewing, your monitor should be set to 800 x 600 dpi for a 15″ monitor and 1067 x 768 for a 17 or 19″ monitor. Some monitors may need to be calibrated to obtain the true colors intended by the image maker. Monitor brightness and contrast should be set to a comfortable level when viewing the screen.

Mac users must be able to receive MIME files and add extensions to their attachments.
Please note that images created on a Mac will appear darker when viewed on a PC and should therefore be made at least 20% brighter. Conversely, images created on a PC will appear brighter on a Mac and should be made at least 20% darker.

Guidelines for Critiquing Images

The digital imaging study groups are a forum for sharing our digital images, learning new techniques & experimenting, exercising our creativity and most of all, having fun.

We all know that there is often more than one way to perform a digital technique so be receptive to learning new methods.
Please give and take constructive criticism in a positive manner. The study groups are supposed to be fun and a way for all of us to learn by sharing our knowledge with each other.

Our images are not scored or rated. This is a “study” group, not a photo contest. Our purpose is to learn how other people react to our images, to learn what other people are doing, to share our methods, to learn how to improve our techniques and to interact with other photographers in a friendly manner.

Let’s appreciate the constructive comments and appreciate the learning that we acquire from our experience by participating in the study groups. Remember, not everyone has the same taste. There is no right or wrong.

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