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2018 May 29: Get Started With Lightroom and Making It Easy | The Annapolis Photography Workshop Group (Annapolis, MD) | Meetup

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2018 Jun. 23: Lightroom in a Day — Corey Hilz Photography

DATE: June 23, 2018
TIME: 9:00am – 5:00pm
LOCATION: 1616 H St NW, Washington, DC 20006
COST: $149

REGISTRATION: Register with Capital Photography Center

Learn Lightroom in a day. We’ll look at the 2 most powerful modules, the Library and the Develop Modules.

Learn how to use Lightroom to be in control of your digital workflow. This class is designed to make Lightroom easy to understand and put you in control of all it has to offer. It will cover your workflow from beginning to end: from importing and organizing to adjusting, sharing and exporting your images. Find out how to choose which adjustments to make, and in what order. We will spend our time in the Library and Develop modules.

Following the class all attendees will receive an extensive pdf handout with 130 pages of Lightroom tips, tricks and screen shots. It’ll be your post-class companion when you’re back at home working in Lightroom.

Topics include:

  • Adding metadata and keywords
  • Organizational tools: flags, stars and labels
  • Sorting and filtering images
  • Using Collections and Smart Collections
  • Recovering highlight and shadow detail
  • Adjusting contrast, saturation and vibrance
  • Fine-tuning (or completely changing) the white balance
  • Applying adjustments selectively with the Adjustment Brush
  • Graduated and Radial Filters
  • Retouching tools
  • Using the tone curve and targeted color adjustments
  • Removing chromatic aberration
  • Noise reduction
  • Sharpening
  • Processing multiple files
  • Exporting images in other file formats

Participants will need to bring a laptop (or even a desktop) with Lightroom installed so you can practice while the techniques are being demonstrated.

Source: Lightroom in a Day — Corey Hilz Photography

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 Oct. 25-28: 2017PhotoPlus International Expo + Conference Trade Show

Registration is now open for PPE 2017! Free Expo Pass ends July 11.

The PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo is the largest photography and imaging show in North America, attended by nearly 20,000 professional photographers, photography enthusiasts, videographers, students and educators from around the world. PhotoPlus features over 100 educational seminars, Photo Walks and Master Classes, special Filmmaking and Drone sessions, the Palm Springs Photo Festival Portfolio Reviews sponsored by & FUJIFILM, the Lucie Technical Awards, and over 200 exhibitors and brands displaying thousands of the latest products and services for you to touch, try and compare.

Source: PhotoPlus International Expo + Conference Trade Show

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How to Cut Out the Subject From the Background in Photoshop

This video by Chris from Spoon Graphics does a good job of going over many of the options available inside Photoshop for cutting things out. The most common use is to cut out the subject from the background, to place it on a different image or background – as in when making composite images. Watch as he goes over the options for cutting things out:

Source: How to Cut Out the Subject From the Background in Photoshop

The Best Locations in Maryland for Photography

Despite being a smaller state Maryland has quite a bit of diversity in its landscape. Much of state is on or near the Chesapeake Bay, and the eastern state also includes beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. Maryland also has rugged mountains and flowing waterfalls, as well as fields of sunflowers.

In 2016 Loaded Landscapes put together a list of the best places to photograph in each state (mostly from a landscape/nature perspective). They are looking to continually add to these pages and are hoping out members would have some suggestions for them in Maryland. Why don’t you visit the Loaded Landscapes and leave some suggestions in the comments page.

Source: The Best Locations in Maryland for Photography | Loaded Landscapes

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2016 January Schedule

There are still openings in our 2015-16 schedule. If you have any suggestions for 2016, please send Ron Peiffer and Chuck Gallegos an email at

January 2: Exhibit Setup – At 10:00 AM we will meet at the Glen Burnie Regional Library to setup our annual exhibit. Each member can bring three to four images matted, framed, ready to hang with wire on the back. We will need a ladder and t-pins or drapery hooks to hang the art work. Work cannot be listed for sale. Business cards may not be displayed with the exhibits. It is appropriate to display the photograph’s title, the name of the photographer, and their town of residence. (For example: “Still Life” by Janet Jones of Crofton.)

January 6: Program: Macro Tabletop Night – Club members will bring their cameras and stuff to photograph. The challenge will be macro photography. Good items to bring include anything but flowers are always popular. If you have strobes bring them. Also backdrops and tablecloths can be useful. Unlimited members will work with novice members to share tips and tricks to macro photography.

January 13: Contest – We will hold our January Digital contest for both novice and unlimited members. Only paid members may compete. Members may submit up to three digital images. The theme will be “Open” so anything goes. The rules for competitions are available at

January 20: Program: How Did You Do That? Part II – Part I went so well back in November, we have decided to give it another go letting other photographers show us how they post processed their images to get the final works of art.

January 23: Field Trip – Smithsonian Insect Zoo – We will drive down to D.C. to visit the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, O. Orkin Insect Zoo and Butterfly Pavilion. The museum is open from 10:00 AM until 5:30 PM daily. Tarantula Feeding Demonstrations Sat-Sun 11:30, 12:30 & 1:30

January 27: Contest – Color/Monochrome – We will hold our January color and monochrome print contests for both novice and unlimited members. Only paid members may compete. Members may submit up to three color prints and up to three monochrome prints. The theme will be “Open” so anything goes. The rules for competitions are available at

January 31: Exhibit Take Down – At 1:00 PM we will meet at the Glen Burnie Regional Library to take down our exhibit. Each exhibitor is expected to come and pick up their photographs.

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Adobe Lightroom CC 6 – The Missing FAQ

Adobe Lightroom CC/6 – The Missing FAQ is primarily designed as a conversational FAQ-style reference book, giving you the detailed information you need to make informed choices, whether you’ve been using Lightroom for a few months or a few years. No more pressing buttons without understanding the repercussions!

Unlike most other Lightroom books, this isn’t just the theory of how Lightroom’s supposed to work, but also the workarounds and solutions for the times when it doesn’t behave the way you’d expect.

Source: Adobe Lightroom CC 6 – The Missing FAQ

Photographing Aircraft In Flight

The club has a couple of upcoming field trips to some regional air shows, so I thought I’d share some techniques on how to take better in-flight photographs. It comes down to selecting the right lens, an appropriate shutter speed, and learning to pan smoothly from the waist.

Lens-wise, you want a moderate-to-long telephoto or zoom lens. I own a 70-200mm lens and it’s adequate on a full-frame camera, but a 70-300mm or 100-400mm lens would be better. This is a situation where using crop-sensor cameras can work to your advantage. You get a 50% tighter crop (or more, depending on the camera), effectively turning a 70-300mm lens into a 105-450mm equivalent.

If you’re photographing jets, shutter speed doesn’t matter so much. There’s no propeller movement to consider so you can just select a fast shutter speed and concentrate on getting sharp pictures. But if you’re photographing propeller-driven aircraft (including helicopters and gyrocopters) then shutter speed makes a big difference in the feel of the image. You don’t want to freeze the propeller(s), it just doesn’t look right. So you need to select a shutter speed that leaves the propeller blurry. Compare the following three images (shot at 200mm and cropped in about 40%):


I changed my shutter speed in between passes to the values given in the lower left-hand corner. Notice how the first image, shot at 1/4000 of a second, makes the plane seem like it’s just sitting in mid-air. There’s no sense of speed or energy, even with the smoke trailing behind it. The middle shot (using 1/500th of a second) and especially the bottom shot (taken at 1/250th) give a much better sense of motion and speed.

In general, shutter speeds between 1/125th and 1/1000th of a second are what you want to use for propeller-driven aircraft. The exact setting depends on the aircraft and how fast its propeller rotates. You also have to remember that the aircraft is moving. So you need to pick a shutter fast enough to compensate for motion blur. In order to minimize motion blur you should also learn how to pan from the waist smoothly. Basically, you want to stand facing the flight line. If the aircraft is approaching from your left, you rotate your upper body (from the waist up) to the left while keeping your feet planted and frame the aircraft in your viewfinder. You rotate your upper body to the right as the aircraft moves from left to right and try to keep the aircraft in the same position in your viewfinder. You want to match your upper body’s rotational speed with the speed of the aircraft. If you set your camera’s motor drive to continuous exposure you’ll capture a sequence of images as the aircraft flies by. Squeeze the shutter smoothly so as to not jerk the camera during your first couple exposures.


In the above sequence of 10 images I used a shutter speed of 1/125. This is pretty slow for this aircraft, which was moving at about 300 MPH (only about 3 of the frames are sharp enough to use), but the propeller blur is fantastic. Here’s another shot from a different pass where I included a bit of the ocean. Notice how nicely the water and boats are blurred while the aircraft is sharp?


When you get your shutter speed right and your panning squared away this is what you can accomplish. Here are some other shots from that day, with shutter speed noted in the corner. Note that for these aircraft 1/1000th. of a second is too fast.


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