Well, I'm a little late getting this out to the group but late is better than never. We covered a few things at the meeting but the main thing was lens calibration. If you google it you'll find a ton of tutorial, but I haven't found one that's simple, even though the process isn't hard. If anyone finds one that's pretty good let me know and I'll link to it. There are a couple of tools that make the process easier. The LensAlign and the SpyderLENSCAL. Both work fine and are available on Amazon. If you don't want to shell out the cash for one I'll be glad to bring mine to a meet up, just let me know in advance.
Something that came up after the meeting was model releases. A lot of you may ask why you need one, especially if the model asked me to take the picture and it's only going in my portfolio. Well the short answer is because you can't predict the future. The release protects you and the time you've invested in building a portfolio. As the photographer you own the copyright of an image but that still does not give you the permission to plaster someones face all over your website or Facebook or any other social media, and although you may have the verbal consent of the model there's nothing that protects you from them changing their mind in the future. So say you built a nice portfolio and you have a few pictures that are the gems of the bunch, then somewhere down the road you piss off the subject of those images, what happens? Well without the release the model could refuse to let you use them anymore. Anyway, there are lots of sources of releases out there and plus some smartphone apps too. You can read more about it at the ASMP website. They have release language that you can copy and paste into your own form and that have a free app that you can download to your phone. There are many types of releases to chose from but at the very least use this one.
The last item we discussed was the Rick Sammonseminar coming to Huntsville on May 11th. It is free but you do need to register. There will door prizes and someone on hand from Peachtree Camera cleaning sensors for $30
That's a wrap.