COBA June 2003 Meeting

The June 2003 meeting of the Camera Owners of the Bay Area featured a printing shootout. Earlier in the week, I sent an email out to members to print out a few sample images using their printer of choice. A number of people brought their images in, printed using a Fuji Frontier (CostCo), an Epson 1200, an Epson 1280, an Epson 875, and a Canon 950i. It was interesting to compare the differences in color between the prints. The results from the Epsons were all very similar, but the results from the Canon were a bit off. I suspect that it had to do with the printing software and color management as opposed to the printer itself.

There was an extended show and tell session during this meeting. I demonstrated a Photoflex Litedisc and my Rotatrim paper cutter. Chuong showed off his new Lumiquest Big Bounce flash diffuser while Dave demoed his dual lens can widget. Roger from Pixlabs took us through a demonstration of his new product, PhotoFramer an excellent program for easily creating frames around your images. I can see myself using this product from time to time, but unfortunately, it’s a Windows only product.

We talked a bit about topics to cover for future meetings, such as:

  • Framing and matting
  • Creating a pinhole camera
  • AdobeRGB vs. sRGB shootout
  • Lighting

If you have any ideas of your own, don’t hesitate to leave me a message!

One last thing, earlier in the day, I had lunch at the mothership — Apple Computer — with Bryan Chang of Frostyplace. The Apple campus really is beautiful, and the food in the cafeteria was pretty good! They used to have the same food service company that Palm had, Guggenheim. Rumor has it, Steve was unhappy with the quality and had them replaced. Caffé Macs got a good rating in my book today!

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