President Jay Hall called the meeting to order at 1:30 pm with about 40 members present.

He welcomed guests Johanna Tromp, Roberta Vanasco, Michele Luft, Charlotte Beckles, Joyce Maxwell and Helen Pelikan. SNUG welcomes guests at any meeting; OLLI membership is not required as a guest.  So if you see a topic that might appeal to a friend, bring them to the meeting – and who knows, they may join OLLI.

Jay also thanked Robert and Evangie Rodgers for the setup, and Rose Terenzi, Lynn Adams, & Nancy Sjoberg for the delicious refreshments.

The 50-50 draw was won by Vangie Roberts.

We enjoyed presentations on digital photography from three faculty members who introduced their OLLI classes.

Fred Barthmus surveyed a range of digital cameras from a recently-announced Samsung point-and-shoot at $6.99 to top-of-the-line DSLRs (digital single lens reflex camera bodies at $3000 plus, without lenses). Cameras built into smartphones and tablets are now quite powerful and are becoming very popular. Fred advised us on the choice of cameras, including size, weight, features desired, price etc and fielded several interesting questions.

Next up was veteran professional photographer Leon Izmirlian, who offered several tips on making great photos. We were to “fill the frame” by getting up close to the subject, stabilize the camera when using zoom, avoid flash except where absolutely essential, etc.

Charlie Croucher showed us how to improve a valued photo by enhancing detail in the central subject, removing an unwanted object, blurring and making less prominent a distracting background. These and other tools using the Photoshop Elements software are covered in Charlie’s classes.

The meeting was adjourned at 3 pm.

      Submitted by David Henry, in the absence of a secretary.