July 12 COBA Meeting

The July 2006 meeting of the Camera Owners of the Bay Area (COBA) user group will be held on Wednesday, July 12, 2006 in Cordura Hall 100 at Stanford University from 7:30-10:00 pm.

Location Reminder

In case you haven’t heard, we’re now holding our meetings at Stanford University:

Cordura Hall 100
210 Panama Street
Stanford, CA 94309

Cordura Hall is on the corner of Campus Drive and Panama Street. Park in the lot across the street. Cordura 100 is next to the courtyard between Ventura Hall and Cordura Hall. On Google Maps, the building is just north of the little icon it displays for the address (in satellite or hybrid mode).

Panoramic Photography

Dave Brown will be covering panoramic photography in-depth at the meeting. He will discuss:


  • Use-cases and goals
  • Different styles and types of panoramas
  • Enough geometry for panoramic needs (a.k.a. everything you tried to forget about globe projections from school)

On camera:

  • Requirements
  • Hardware
  • Calibration
  • Panoramic heads – build or buy, how much, and what makes it so hard
  • Composition challenges
  • Technique

Off camera

  • The Lowest Common Denominator projection
  • Software for authoring
  • Software for delivery
  • One possible workflow
  • Print and all its reverse conversions
  • “That stinking tripod”
  • Delivery – hosting, resolutions, and bandwidth

Dave is a programmer as a profession, but picked up photography as a hobby from his father. He currently works for PalmSource and moonlights as a residential photographer.

Print Testing

It’s that time of the year again where we test out the output quality of various printers and print houses. I’ve uploaded four high-resolution JPEG images here.

Your task is to make prints of these images using a variety of printers and print methods.

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