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July 2006 Graphic Arts SIG: Aperture in Focus

By Hal Cauthen

Meeting Photos

The Graphic Arts SIG met Saturday, July 8th at Mac Business Solutions. There were more than a dozen in the group with many old friends, several new ones, and some traveling from as far away as Pennsylvania and West Virginia!

After welcoming the early arrivals, I took a moment to demo a brief excerpt from a DVD I'd made from some old home movies (8mm film shot in 1958-1959 when I was in college).  It turned out that there was considerable interest in the project, and more than a few questions so, with a little urging, we watched several of the segments. All admired the color and clarity of the video and the 'sharpness' of the conversion. I mentioned that I had used two different services to do the conversion to digital, and was pleased with the results from both. See contact information below.

Next, we addressed some administrative matters, particularly the need for a volunteer secretary/note taker and someone to manage the GASIG Web page.  Although no one volunteered to be secretary, Cheryl Lavoire did offer to serve as our Web manager, and our thanks go to her for this.

Getting on with our program, Apple's Aperture, I introduced Kent Stipp of Mac Business Solutions who gave us an informative overview of the program. Designed for professionals, Aperture features a RAW-focused workflow, letting you import, edit, catalog, organize, retouch, publish and archive your images more efficiently and effectively than before. We learned that Aperture supports RAW formats from many leading camera manufactures, and that Aperture's color-managed workflow help you create not only prints but also customized contact sheets, even more elegant books than iPhoto, as well as Web pages that compliment the images you capture.

Resources - Film to Video Contacts:

Ralph Morris
13541 Pt Pleasant Dr.
Chantilly, VA


Transvideo Productions
919 N. Kenmore Street
Arlington, VA 22201