Digital Group – Welcome

tribute-to-miles_paul-sparrowThe Digital Group is designed to teach the techniques of digital imaging and what makes digital manipulation different from film based photography. Although the group is focused on the digital medium it can also be of interest to those using the traditional film medium. Through the use of the computer as a tool, all photographers can explore new ways of improving their images and discover unique techniques to manipulate the photographic process.

Explorations Group – Tues. Oct. 15

A look at some useful Photoshop techniques that you might not have discovered.

We'll be exploring some of the hidden and little known techniques in Photoshop that can help you with your image processing.

Looking forward to seeing you... Paul

Digital Group now “Explorations Group”

Photography has seen many changes in technology and when I first started the Digital Group some 25 years ago “digital photography” was new. Back then it made sense to distinguish the group’s name from the well established “analogue” image capture and darkroom processing as the medium was an exciting new way for photographers to create their imagery. But nowadays using the digital medium has become ubiquitous for photographers so we’ve decided to drop the “Digital” designation in preference for “Explorations” as that is what we’ve been doing for the last 25 years through the Digital Group... “exploring” photography (regardless of the medium). So we will continue our “explorations” of photography in all its many facets, as we’ve done over the last 25 years... but now the group will be know as the “Explorations Group”.

Paul Sparrow

Tues. Sept. 17th - “Everyday Nature Photography”

Our first meeting of the year will be an exploration of shooting nature subjects in an informal way. I’ll be looking at everything from equipment and camera settings to what to look out for in the photographic approach.

Looking forward to seeing you then...

Paul Sparrow

Latow-Melbourne Camera Club AV Exchange

Digital Group - Tuesday, May 21st

Join us for a special presentation of AV shows from members of both the Latow Photographers Guild and the Melbourne Camera Club of Australia. Five shows from each club will be screened through this unique exchange at both clubs this month.

The Melbourne Camera Club will be screening the same shows on May 30th and again at a special showing for their general public on June 1st & 2nd.

Come and join us for this exclusive evening of AV shows at this month's Digital Group - May 21st.

Close-up & Macro Photography


DIGITAL GROUP – Tues. April 16th

This month I’ll look at the complexities of doing close-up & macro photos where attention to detail is a must to get high quality images.

Whether you're photographing nature subjects or still life setups I’ll look at what close-up equipment is needed, lighting techniques and image processing to help get the best results from this demanding discipline.

Looking forward to seeing you then... Paul

Using Portable Flash

Digital Group – Tues. March 19th

Sometimes multiple flash units are cumbersome and time consuming.

This month I'll show you how to use a single portable flash unit to augment available light in both natural as well as artificial lighting situations.

Looking forward to seeing you... Paul

THE HISTORY OF IMAGE MANIPULATION

DIGITAL GROUP - Tues. Jan. 22nd

We think of the photographic image over history as a “truthful” representation and the modern digital image subject to manipulation where we can’t tell what is “real”, however pictures have been altered for a variety of reasons from advertising and propaganda, to political purposes and artistic creations since the dawn of photography.

For our January meeting I’ll be looking at how the photographic image has been manipulated from the beginning.

Looking forward to seeing you for this special presentation... Paul

Digital Group – Collages & Montages- Tues. Nov.20th

Collages & Montages

This month I’ll look at how Photoshop can be used to create layered multiple image collages and then go further to construct montages of images on different backgrounds or replace one part of a photo with another.

Looking forward to seeing you for this special session... Paul

Digital Group – Tues. Oct. 16th – Understanding “Blending Modes” in Photoshop

Digital Group – Tues. Oct. 16th

Understanding “Blending Modes” in Photoshop

This month I’ll be looking at the various Blending Modes and how they work. I’ll go through which ones can be used to enhance your editing and how they can be used for creative effect in your image creations.

Hope to see you there... Paul

AV Festival Video Premiere

Tues. Sept. 18th

Join us for us for a special premiere presentation of the video produced in coordination with Your TV Cogeco celebrating the AV medium and the 2018 Latow International AV Festival.

DIGITAL GROUP – Using “ProShow” to create Imaginative Slide Shows.

Tues. Sept. 18th

For our first Digital Group meeting of the new season I'll be looking at how to use the slide show software "ProShow" to produce AV presentations that go beyond the "traditional" slide show.

ProShow opens up the possibilities of producing uniquely creative presentations that takes the photography past looking at them as individual elements ...allowing for the total integration of images and sound.

I'll look at the many components that allow you to create an emotional connection with your presentation.

Looking forward to seeing you all for this special look at how to use the program creatively.

Paul Sparrow