Ottawa PC Users' Group
Digital Photography Workshop 2017


The motto of the Ottawa PC Users' Group (OPCUG) is "Users Helping Users", a task we have undertaken for more than 35 years. In accordance with this tradition, this fall, the club is offering a Digital Photography Workshop with a variety of technical sessions designed to help you take better pictures with your digital camera, and to allow you to efficiently manage all the photographs on your computer. The workshop will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017 (10:15 am to 4:45 pm) at the Elmvale Acres branch of the Ottawa Public Library.

The first step to taking better photographs is to make use of the specific features that your digital camera provides. Most of us simply set the dial on "Auto" and start shooting. Let us show you a better way! Similarly, how do we get those pictures out of our camera, and where are they actually stored on the computer? We will show you how to manage your photographs, how to do batch renaming of those "IMG_8858.JPG" files, and how to easily share your photographic gems with friends and family. Most importantly, we will demonstrate how you can securely backup all of your original photographs in order to prevent any possible data loss. Finally, we can show you how to give your photographs a professional look using some simple editing procedures and some hints on more advanced techniques to take your editing to the next level. We have the technology to make all of these processes simple and - best of all - the software you need is free!

One-day workshop


Who's the Boss - you or your camera?
Chris Taylor

Take your photography to the next level by getting your camera off "Auto" to achieve the creative effects you want. Learn how to tell your camera to capture what you see - don't let it decide for you. Topics covered will include an understanding of aperture, shutter speed and ISO which can be applied to any camera that has a dial for selecting exposure settings (e.g. "A" or "Av", and "S" or "Tv").

Digital camera
Digital Image Management
Alan German

In order to effectively manage your digital photographs, you need a powerful yet easy to use computer-based system. We will see how to use free software to download images from a camera, and store them on a computer in a way that they can be easily retrieved, viewed, and modified. Most importantly, we will discuss how to safely back up all of your digital photographs to prevent any possible data loss. These photographs are your digital memories. They are unique to you - and they are irreplaceable! Find out how to safely store and easily manage your entire collection of digital photographs.

Digital image manager
Sharing your photos
Jeff Dubois and Jocelyn Doire

Do you want to share your photographic masterpieces with family and friends? Jeff Dubois will outline a number of sharing techniques, services and products frequently used to suit a variety of needs. Jocelyn Doire will focus on the use of one service (Google Photos) to facilitate sharing of digital images.

File transfer through the cloud
Photo Editing
Chris Taylor

Give your photos a professional look! Find out how to to identify and easily fix basic flaws such as crooked horizons, too much sky or water, poor lighting, "red eye", and skin blemishes. Learn the importance of cropping and placement of the centre of interest. Also included will be some hints for taking your editing to the next level with more advanced techniques. Both free and inexpensive commercial software will be demonstrated.

How to straighten an image



Workshop Details:

The workshop is scheduled to run from 10:15 am to 4:45 pm on Saturday, September 30, 2017, at the Elmvale Acres branch of the Ottawa Public Library, 1910 St-Laurent, Ottawa, Ontario K1G 1A4.

The cost to attend the workshop is just $40.00. This will include coffee breaks and the chance to win a copy of ON1 Photo RAW 2017.

ON1 Photo RAW 2017 is an all-in-one photo organizer, editor, raw processor, and effects application (See: https://www.on1.com/products/photo-raw/). The software is valued at US$120 and can be installed on up to five Windows or Mac computers. OPCUG extends its grateful thanks to ON1 for their support of our club by providing this valuable door prize for the workshop.

So, tell all your friends and relatives - who are not yet OPCUG members - about our workshop. For anyone who needs to know more about digital photography and computers, this is a not-to-be-missed event.

Space at the workshop venue is limited and participation will be limited to the first 35 registrants.