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Major Change to Members’ Slide Show

January 16, 2019

Apparently SMBAS has some shy photographers out there. I spoke with someone I expected would send me photos for the show and he (generic person) said he thought his photos were not good enough to win, so no go. After talking with more people, I find this is not an unusual response.

Also, I found that some people take decent/good/great photos but do not know much about editing them, and some are not sure what species of bird they have photographed, leading them to feel even more shy.

So, we are scrapping the ‘contest’ and making the March 5th program a show-and-tell slide show. This is how it will work:

  • You send me your photo file(s) and tell me in what order you want them shown.
  • You can use single shots, sequences, panoramas, whatever. Obviously we need nature to be the subject. If you’re not sure what species you photographed, we’ll help.
  • On March 5th, we will randomly call on people to come up and narrate their photos in whatever manner they want.

As to the nitty-gritty details on what to send me and how to send it:

  • We want JPGs. Most people take JPGs, and those of you who shoot RAW know how to do a “save as JPG” in your editor.
  • We don’t need huge files. Most cameras take large photos. Even cell phones take 4000×3000 pixel (12MB) and larger photos. Sending one of these by email might crash the email, and for the show we have to downsize them anyway. So, if you use an editing program, do a “Save As” or “Export” as JPG and fill in the size as 1280 pixels for the longest edge. If there is a quality option, take the highest number. This should result in a file that is 500 to 900KB.
  • If you don’t have an editing program you know how to use, and you have a Windows PC, I can send you a tiny program that will do the re-sizing for you, as long as the original is a JPG.
  • Please send photos by February 15th.

You can call or email me with questions. Any questions.

I hope this change of plans will result in a flood of submissions. The whole idea is to share experiences, see what others are doing, learn a few things, and have a good time!

Call me at 310-454-9662. Email me at cgbjr67 AT gmail dot com.


One Comment leave one →
  1. c gee permalink
    January 16, 2019 10:34 am

    Thanks for update and like this presentation idea better.



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