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.

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

Digital Group – Tues. April 17th – “Bring an Image” Night

This month will be our annual “Bring an Image” night. Bring images you’ve worked on and show the group how you created them. Show the group what special techniques you used and enlighten us on the procedures you've developed to bring your creations to life.

The idea is to reveal not only how you did it photographically but how you used software like Photoshop/Lightroom or other programs and/or plugins to create the final result. Please bring “layered” composite versions of your files if you can to show us behind the scenes into the making of your images and the before and after versions.

Looking forward to seeing your creations... Paul

Tues. Jan. 16th – Going Beyond the Traditional Slide Show

This month I'll look at how to create an AV show that goes beyond just showing images one after another.

I'll look at what it takes to assemble a more "artistic" presentation with its co-ordination of images and music... creating a "harmony" of timing and movement.

Even if you don't create slide shows yourself this will be an opportunity to see how AV shows can be used to present photography in a way that brings the images to life.

Looking forward to seeing you all... Paul

Tues. November 21st – Creating Greeting Cards with Photoshop

With the holiday season fast approaching some of you will be sending out greeting cards (either electronically or printed versions) so I’ll be covering how to create your own greeting cards using Photoshop.

I’ll look at image selection, image processing, graphic layout, fonts & effects and envelope creation.

After this session you’ll want to create all your greeting cards yourself.

Looking forward to seeing you all... Paul