Art Shows, Lightroom 2, and CPS

The August meeting for the Camera Owners of the Bay Area (COBA) user group will be held on Wednesday, August 13, 2008, in Cordura Hall 100 at Stanford University from 7:30-10:00 pm.

Art Shows

There are two upcoming art shows where COBA members can submit their photos.

  1. ShutterBudd is hosting a few local art displays in the San Francisco Bay Area and they’re looking for submissions from photographers such as yourself! The theme for this show will be “Life In the Bay” since they are located in the San Francisco Bay Area and will be showing the art in local businesses. They’d like to see images that really reflect the feeling of the Bay Area and of living in and around San Francisco. They are asking for stunning black and white images that evoke any number of emotions and are immediately recognizable as having been taken in the Bay Area.

    For our very first show, they’ve chosen two lovely local businesses in Mountain View, California: Sweet Corner and zpizza, both located on bustling Castro Street. They have both expressed an interest in giving back to the artistic community and hosting beautiful art in their spaces, and this is a great chance for everyone to win!

    For details, please check out

  2. Sam is organizing a photography show and sale on Saturday, August 23. He’s thinking to have about ten, 10×10 booths in this location. Although it will be outdoors the area is covered so tents won’t be needed. This is a high traffic area, and with some advertising, the traffic can increase even more.

    For more information, contact Sam at: FLSTCSAM (at)

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2

With the release of Lightroom 2, does a photographer need to have regular Adobe Photoshop in her or her software arsenal anymore? Is Lightrooom good enough to be used as the sole photo processing and editing application?

Chris Pedersen and Mark Jaremko will present their case and highlight what’s new in Lightroom 2, including:

  • Touch-up capabilities
  • Gradient editing
  • Workflow improvements
  • Storing your photos across multiple hard drives

Canon Professional Services Signup

Canon has a great program called Canon Professional Services (CPS) that is available to full-time professional photographers. From the membership application:

CPS has been established to enable Canon U.S.A., Inc. to offer professional photographers expedited repair service as well as short term equipment loans for evaluation prior to purchase. CPS also offers access to nation wide network of Professional Market Representatives for information and discounted repairs.

Eligibility for CPS members requires evidence of your professional status. More information can be found here:

If you’re a working photographer, you can sign up for CPS. Download the form, assemble your tearsheets, business cards, letterhead, press credentials, etc. and let’s get you signed up to CPS. I’ve had this form sitting on my desk for years now, and it’s time for me to send it in too!

SmugMug Monthly Assignment: ANGLE

The winner will get a free 1-year Pro account subscription on SmugMug for having the best photo of the group! Only new photographs taken from the previous meeting date to the next
meeting date will be accepted.

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