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April-June 2005

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Temecula Valley Computer User Group - California
Let your imagination look through your viewfinder!
by Cheryl Wester, Director

The Temecula Valley Computer User Group has been busy working on the 2nd annual Digital Photo Contest. It was so popular last year (our largest turnout of members at a meeting) that we are holding it again this year. We have different categories: People and children, animals, landscape/flowers, still life. (Note: Landscape can be mountains, sky, sea, flowers, desert, trees, etc. Still life is any object not shown in motion: architecture, automobiles, boats, sculpture, historical objects, etc.) Members submit 5 X 7 (or larger) borderless pictures on glossy photo paper. Entries can be color or black & white and entrants can submit up to three prints for each category. We have volunteer judges from the photo community in our area judge them.

Each category has 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards as well as a Best of Show award selected from the 1st place winners.

The photos are all mounted in order to share at the meeting and the winning pictures are analyzed and it is shared as to why they won!

In preparation for this we are having a three-session SIG on digital photography. At one of the SIGs we are taking pictures around the area, loading them on a laptop and analyzing what is good and bad about them. What a terrific way to improve photography skills and have a lot of open discussion and participation. We had more than 30 members at the first SIG.