GFCC - Photo of the Year

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October 21st, 2014



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January 10th, 2014

Beyond Canon and Nikon

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Moving up from a smaller, less sophisticated camera or a point ‘n shoot? Tired of “film”?  There are more choices that Canon and Nikon for an interchangeable lens system!  The most widely know is the Micro Four Thirds, or MTF or M43 system.  Championed mainly by Olympus and Panasonic, the system is spreading fast.  This link will show many of the differences between MFT and the big DSLR’s. (Canon, Nikon, Sony, Lieca, and several more companies make non-MFT interchangeable lens cameras like MFT’s, but
they are not compatible with the MFT lenses).

I got my wife an Olympus PEN PL2 MTF camera several years ago rather than going her my hand-me-down Canon Digital Rebel XT, and she has never look back!  The color and image detail is phenomenal.  Here are a few photos I took on a Camera Club outing a couple of years ago when I borrowed her camera (no macro lens involved!):

And while the selection of MFT lenses has not yet reached the fantastic number of lenses available for the DSLR’s, the one advantage for MFT that they missed in the 11 Key Differences article above, is the number of lens adapters made for MFT.  For about $20 (and a lot more if you want to spend it!) you can get an adapter to mount almost any interchangeable lens made
in the last 60+ years to an MFT camera. It will be manual focus and aperture, but it will work!  I have one I use for some of my lenses on my wife’s camera.

Just how good are MTF cameras?  If I was starting out again today with a decision to make: Canon or Nikon or Olympus MFT, I would probably choose the MFT system, for all of the reasons in the 11 Key Differences article above, and a few more!

Curtis {!-{>
Club President

January 5th, 2014

Links to kick off photo year 2014


Hey, your Club President here!


We have a brand new year for making photographs in, about…well, everything!  Here are a few links that might help you technically, or might help motivate you or provide a new way of thinking about things.  Or they may just be fun.

But they all are related to our common interest of photography.

So click on a link, read, watch, laugh, cry, take photos or not.  If you find any of interest be sure you share them with us here!

Curtis {!-{>
President, Great Falls Camera Club


The life of ‘Mad’ Frank Hurley, Australian photographer


100-year-old negatives discovered in Antarctic


Award-winning photographer Tin Man Lee on the ethics and challenges of wildlife photography


Hollywood in Vivid Kodachrome


November 5th, 2013

Scavenger Hunt


GFCC meets at the Ursuline Centre, a former school that opened in 1912 with 151 students.  It was run by nuns at the time, now it’s a retreat and meeting place.  It’s a beautiful registered (as of 1991) historic building.  GFCC decided to utilize the building for their last meeting.

After a small lecture on flash photography, the members were sent out on a scavenger hunt.  The three items they had to find were not necessarily tangible items, they were more about stimulating creativity.  In addition to the challenging items our members were shooting in low light situations.

Photos were reviewed at the close of the hunt, straight out of the camera, with zero editing!

Here’s a couple of examples in each category of what our members did:



















Great job club members!


September 18th, 2013

Resizing Images for Monthly Contest


Resizing Photos in Photoshop (or a similar program) and Lightroom for Contest entry


To resize your images, most programs have a menu button at the top of the screen that reads “IMAGES” or something similar.  Pull down the menu and you will see “RESIZE” or “RESIZE IMAGE”.  It does vary a bit from program to program, but that is the way it is in PS Elements and as I recall, in Paint Shop Pro.

When you select “RESIZE” in Elements, you have a choice of “IMAGE SIZE” or “CANVAS SIZE”.  You want “IMAGE SIZE”.


This will change the overall dimension of the whole photo.  We use 1024 x 768 pixels.  Be sure the size is set to pixels and not inches or millimeters!  Set one of the numbers, and the other one should reset automatically.

Note: Select the longest edge and type in 1024 in either the horizontal or width.  If the constrain proportions box is checked the width will automatically change.  If it doesn’t change to 768 pixels, but it’s smaller than it’s okay.  If it’s larger, than uncheck the constrain proportions box and type in 768 for the short edge of the photo.


“CANVAS SIZE” is like cutting out a part of the photo at a specific size.  This can be useful!  If you resize your photo and it is at 1024 x 853, you will need to change the canvas size to 768.  Be careful your composition will not be adversely affected, as the top and bottom will be cut off!  If the height of the image is more important than the length, when you use the “IMAGE SIZE” set the height to 768, and the length will be too long, but you can change that in “CANVAS SIZE”, changing the length without changing the height, or vice versa as needed.


(In “CANVAS SIZE” you have the ability to decide which side you want favored when the canvas is resized.  If you like the upper left corner, you can select the upper left cover from the arrows that are on the “CANVAS SIZE” window, and it will measure from the upper left corner out, keeping the=at corner the same, and trimming off from the other sides.  If you don’t use the arrows it will select from all sizes equally to cut from.  This can be useful at times.)


Please note: In Photoshop if you want to change the height and the width separately, you need to uncheck the relative box.

For Lightroom users, the process is even simpler.  Select the image you want and then select the export button.


You will get a pop up export screen, to resize scroll down to Image sizing, select ‘resize to fit’ and on the drop down menu choose long edge.  Type in 1024 (make sure you have pixels selected and not inches) and type 72 for resolution. Then hit export.


Before you export make sure that you’ve selected the folder where you wanted to export to and that it’s named properly.

The other thing to keep in mind is the resolution.  This should be (and usually is) set to 72 pixels/inch.

This is a REALLY QUICK and DIRTY GUIDE!  You can find out how to do it in your specific program by looking up RESIZE IMAGE in your help files.  If you can, print out the file and then follow along as you attempt to resize.

All of this is much easier than it sounds, and once you see how to do it you will be resizing without even thinking about what you are doing!

If you have questions, please email us at:

Include your name, phone number, email address, and of course, the question!  We will respond as soon as we can.

Good luck and happy resizing!


Curtis Barrow, President

Rhonda Adkins, Web Mistress


September 13th, 2013

Craig Varjabedian Guest Speaking at Sep 26th Club Meeting



Hello Club members,
We have exciting news!  Craig Varjabedian has offered to do a special presentation for our club on September 26th!  Craig is a renowned for his photography of the American West. He has released a new book titled: Landscape Dreams, A New Mexico Portrait.
Club members will receive free shipping, if they use the code: FREESHIP with their order by Sept. 30th.
Order by Sept. 18th, and you  will receive your book(s) at Craig’s talk on Sept. 26 otherwise they will ship directly to you after that date.
Bonus Gift: Receive a free box of notecards with any book order.
His new book, Landscape Dreams, A New Mexico Portrait also has a special offer right now, buy the book and receive a limited edition signed poster:
Members can also call Cindy to place an order at: (505)983-2934 from 10am-7pm Mon-Sat

June 26th, 2013

Survey: What topics and outings are you interested in?

The Great Falls Camera Club strives to provide the best experience for its members that it can.  In order to do that for the upcoming club year, we would like to hear what you would like.  Please take a moment to fill out this survey, it’s only 4 questions (see below and use the scroll bar to view next questions) and should take just a few moments of your time.  Thanks!

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June 6th, 2013

Canon Explorer of Light Photographer, Adam Jones coming to Montana


GFCC members, the Billings Camera Club has extended an invitation for us to learn form Adam Jones!  Please see information below:Adam-Jones-promo-Page-1




May 23rd, 2013

Picnic in the Park

GFCC Picnic Shoot ©Rhonda Adkins 2013-1

The Great Falls Camera Club did their first outing of the year.  Members met at Giant Springs National Park, a beautiful setting, with water views, falls, fishing and wildlife and for a romantic picnic…

GFCC Picnic Shoot ©Rhonda Adkins 2013-1

Photo by Rhonda Adkins

Not that the camera club members were feeling romantic, well maybe Alan was!

 Alan at GFCCmtg  ©Julie Nice 2013

Photo by Julie Nice

Rhonda, our local food photographer demonstrated setting up a food shoot beginning with:

  1. Pick a theme
  2. Make a list of everything you will need and check, double check, triple check and then forget something…like AAA batteries (thanks Ken for rescuing us)
  3. Pack more stuff than you’ll use, carry it to the farthest possible point and wonder why you brought so much stuff.
  4. Make sure there is extra food for members to nibble on so they won’t eat your scene!

Rhonda tethered her camera so the shots could be seen on her laptop.  She covered choosing on where/hot to set up depending on the light/background.  Food looks best in natural light with either a back light or side light.  Rhonda also demonstrated correcting white balance using an X-Rite Passport color checker.

Also discussed was using the histogram versus the meter, taking photos horizontally, vertically, wide, up close and different angles.

GFCC Picnic Shoot ©Rhonda Adkins 2013

 Photo by Rhonda Adkins

GFCC Picnic Shoot ©Rhonda Adkins 2013

Photo by Rhonda Adkins

Club members helped style and set the scene and took pictures, of course. And Ken gave helpful tips along the way.

GFCC Picnic Shoot ©Julie Nice 2013

 Photo by Julie Nice

GFCC Picnic Shoot ©Julie Nice 2013

Photo by Julie Nice

Ken wowed the crowd with his magical feat of folding the reflector behind his back…almost!

For the members who helped carry the masses amount of stuff back, were rewarded with sandwiches and snacks.

It was a gorgeous evening and a perfect day for a romantic camera club picnic!

GFCC Picnic Shoot ©Rhonda Adkins 2013


Photo by Rhonda Adkins

February 21st, 2013


Early morn at Lee Metcalf



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Early morn at Lee Metcalf, MT