In 2003 the Flatirons Photo Club started a digital study group to help its members move into the age of digital photography. The digital study group was moderated by Flatirons Photo Club members Murth Murthy and Russell Dohrmann. To encourage new people to become members of the Flatirons Photo Club, the Photographic Frontiers Study Group is open to anyone interested in digital photography even if they are not current members of the Flatirons Photo Club. The current moderator is Cary Wolfson.
Learning by Doing
In the fall of 2008 the Photographic Frontiers Study Group embarked on a new direction – learning by doing (rather than learning through instruction). Assignments are given each month, but as some participants are more advanced than others any new techniques can be studied. This way each individual can learn the techniques they are interested in and at their own pace. The use of Photoshop is not required, techniques and aesthetics can be learned, participants can also learn by hearing from others the processing steps used to create their images. Participants can offer advice on how they might approach an image.
Meeting Time and Location
The Photographic Frontiers Study Group meets once a month at Boulder Digital Arts, 1600 Range St., Boulder (at the corner of Arapahoe and Range Street near Ball Aerospace). Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month. At the end of each meeting there is time set aside for a Q&A session. The meetings start at 7:00 PM and end at 9:00 PM.
Digital Projection of Images
Participants in the study group meetings are asked to create a digital image, to bring it to the study group, and to describe the steps they went through to create the final image. When possible the original image and the resulting final image are both shown. Images are brought to the meeting on Compact Flash Drives (Thumb Drives) for projection using the club’s digital projector. Original images may be Camera RAW, JPEG, DNG, or TIFF. Processed images can be JPEG, TIFF, or PSD (Photoshop).