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The Gainesville Photography Club meets every third Monday of every month at 7:00 pm in the Rear Conference Room at the LifeSouith building located at 4039 Newberry Road Gainesville, Florida.  The entrance to meeting room is in the rear of the west side of the building near the back of the facility parking lot.

A different photographic theme is assigned for every month.  Click the "Themes" tab at the top of the page to see a schedule of monthly assigned themes for 2015 and descriptions of how to interpret each theme.  Rules for submitting your digital images for viewing at our meetings can be found near the bottom of the "themes" page. 

Guest are welcome to attend and show up to eight pictures in accordance with the image submission rules.  Anyone wishing to join the Gainesville Photography Club should attend a meeting and fill out a membership application; annual membership for the year are $ 25.00 individual, $35.00 family and $15.00 for students.  Beginning photographers are encouraged to join.

Free Plug-ins & Tools (Mostly for Windows)

Here are some freebies you can evaluate. If you try it and like it (or don't like it) please give it a write-up here so others will know what to expect. So here it is complete with links.

Xerographics now offers its 11 plugins as 64-bit Windows versions. Additionally the plugins that previously were shareware are now donationware, so they can be freely used, but the developer would be pleased about a money donation if you like them. It seems that the Xero plugins are the first free ones to become available as 64-bit versions since the first 64-bit alpha version of FilterMeister was made available a year ago.
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Nikon offers a new free image browsing software called ViewNX-i as well as a free image editing tool called NX-D (for Win/Mac). ViewNX-i includes sorting and organization features, allows viewing photo and camera information and lets you add descriptions and ratings. A button runs the Nikon NX-D editing software on the selected files. NX-D supports NEF und NRW raw files as well as JPEG and TIFF images. It features floating palettes and various displays, e.g. comparisons of multiple images and adjustment of before-and-after images. Adjustments are saved as sidecar files for non-destructive editing.
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Image Composite Editor (ICE) (for Windows) is an advanced panoramic image stitcher created by the Microsoft Research Computational Photography Group. Given a set of overlapping photographs of a scene shot from a single camera location, the app creates a high-resolution panorama that seamlessly combines the original images. ICE can also create a panorama from a panning video, including stop-motion action overlaid on the background. Finished panoramas can be shared with friends and viewed in 3D by uploading them to the Photosynth web site. Panoramas can also be saved in a wide variety of image formats, including JPEG, TIFF, and Photoshop’s PSD/PSB format, as well as the multiresolution tiled format used by HD View and Deep Zoom. 
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Substance (for Windows) is a free tool for creating 3D organic art. It uses an evolutionary algorithm to generate a continually evolving stream of shapes. The result can be saved as a HD image file, as 3D meshes or as an animated sequence. There is also an augmented reality feature, which places the 3D rendering in a photo.
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That's it!!

Phil Olivier

Photoshop Elements Plug-ins Provide Photoshop Features

Photoshop Elements 13.1 has been released and offers 64-bit processing, a significant improvement. There's also additional software containing 400 more features making it much more powerful. I've provided information for these goodies and links where to get them. If you are not using Photoshop Elements because it lacks power perhaps you will reconsider. 

LAYERSXXL 1.0 FOR WINDOWS: 180 new photo & design features for Photoshop Elements

LayersXXL adds up to 180 photo and design features to Photoshop Elements for Windows that were previously only available in Photoshop. These features are available as new menu items, icons and dialogs, so they seamlessly integrate into the user interface of Photoshop Elements. LayersXXL works with version 6 to 13 of Photoshop Elements for Windows.

LayersXXL offers tools for performing the following tasks with the help of multiple image files: Denoising high ISO shots, Depth of Field Increase, HDR creation, combining Light Trail photos, preparing a manual composition, multiple exposure effects and panorama stitching. There are even seven action-like task items for doing these things in an automated fashion.

LayersXXL also includes a Layer Comp panel for creating and managing layer compositions like in Photoshop. Even more, there is a new Style Settings dialog similar to Photoshop's Layer Styles dialog with 5 new layer effects, 15 new blending controls and 90 layer effect options.

For more information and a 14-day trial version visit the  LayersXXL Product Page .

ELEMENTSXXL 2.52 UPDATE: Many Bug Fixes

ElementsXXL supplies 230 professional features for Photoshop Elements and greatly enhances the image editing experience in Photoshop Elements. The latest version 2.52 of ElementsXLL fixes seven bugs, e.g. a crash in PSE 13 with the Curves dialog, two problems of the "Render 16-bit Document" command, localization problems, and removes the Shift + N shortcut.

For more information and a 14-day trial version visit the ElementsXXL Product Page .

METARAW 1.10 UPDATE

Providing support for many new cameras, MetaRaw extends the functionality of the Adobe Camera Raw plugin in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements by opening unsupported raw files and providing several other features.

In Version 1.10 the MetaRaw Converter now supports 25 new cameras, e.g. Canon PowerShot G7 X, Fujifilm X-A2, Nikon D5500, Nikon D750, Olympus E-M5 Mark II, Panasonic DMC-CM1, Panasonic DMC-GF7, Panasonic DMC-GM5, Pentax K-S1, Samsung NX1, Sony A6000. It also offers better Fujifilm X-Trans conversion, support for many special raw formats and fixes an EXIF bug.

For more information and a 14-day trial version visit the MetaRaw Product Page .

THE PLUGIN SITE UPDATES

Elements Bundle

The Elements Bundle consists of the following four products for Photoshop Elements for Windows: ElementsXXL, LayersXXL, MetaRaw and FilterHub. It costs $99.95 and you save 33% compared to ordering the products individually.

Elements Bundle Page

Free Tools run Photoshop filter plugins

The "Free Photoshop-Compatible Tools" page has been updated with new tools that run Photoshop plugins. If you do not own a commercial tool like Photoshop, Photoshop Elements or Paint Shop Pro, we recommend using Paint.net, PhotoPlus SE, PhotoFiltre, XnView or IrfanView.

Free Plugin Tools Page

Please check out these new offerings for Photoshop Elements. Peggy is using ElementsXXL if you want first hand input. If you are thinking of buying Photoshop Elements 13, the bundle may be a good deal for you. 

 

Phil Olivier

December Club Meeting

The Gainesville Photography Club meets every third Monday of the month at 7:00 pm. at the LifeSouith building located located at 4039 Newberry Road Gainesville, Florida.  To find the meeting room, use the entrance nearest to the rear of the parking lot.

Our December photo club meeting  is also our annual holiday party.  We will meet at 6 pm for a pot luck dinner and conduct our meeting at 7.  The theme for December is a slideshow.  Your slideshow can be on anything you want as long as it is no longer than about 10 minutes.  Some people, for example, show their best pictures of the year, others a slideshow of a recent trip.  There are several good and relative easy to use programs available for making slideshows set to music.  Windows Movie Maker, Windows Picture Story, and FastStone Image Viewer come to mind.  FastStone is by far the easiest to use but does not have as many features as the other programs.  As slideshow files are too large to email, you should bring them to the meeting on a thumb drive.

For dinner, the club will furnish a cold cut platter, condiments, sandwich bread, and soft drinks. You may bring a small side dish for about 8 people. If you wish, you may also bring an alcoholic beverage.  Significant others are also welcome as there should be plenty of food to go around.

 

November Club Meeting

The Gainesville Photography Club meets every third Monday of the month at 7:00 pm in the Founder's Room at the LifeSouith building located located at 4039 Newberry Road Gainesville, Florida.  To find the Founder's Room, go the west entrance and take the elevator to the second floor.

The assigned theme for November is "Contemporary" (see the "Themes" tab for a list of our monthly themes for 2014 and a description of how to interpret each theme).  Rules for submitting your digital images for viewing at our meetings can be found near the bottom of the "themes" page. 

Guest are welcome to attend and show pictures.   Anyone wishing to join the Gainesville Photography Club should attend a meeting and fill out a membership application; annual membership for the remainder of the year are $ 12.50 individual, $17.50 family and $7.50 for students.

October Club Meeting

The Gainesville Photography Club meets every third Monday of the month at 7:00 pm in the Founder's Room at the LifeSouith building located located at 4039 Newberry Road Gainesville, Florida.  To find the Founder's Room, go the west entrance and take the elevator to the second floor.

The assigned theme for October is "Black and White Landscapes" (see the "Themes" tab for a list of our monthly themes for 2014 and a description of how to interpret each theme).  Rules for submitting your digital images for viewing at our meetings can be found near the bottom of the "themes" page. 

Guest are welcome to attend and show pictures.   Anyone wishing to join the Gainesville Photography Club should attend a meeting and fill out a membership application; annual membership for the remainder of the year are $ 12.50 individual, $17.50 family and $7.50 for students.