The start of a New Year is fast approaching. I thought it would be fun to take a look back on the Club events for 2013!
Monthly Meetings (reverse order)
December – Year-End Party and Awards
November – Personal Projects
October – Photos edited from the blog
September – Guest speaker Alec Johnson -Seeing in black and white
August – Speed lighting with Ted
July – Workshop -Phipps
June – Terry shared Paris tour photos and Melissa gave presentation on portrait photography
May – Mike waterman -legal side of photography
April – Street Photography with Valeri Jardin
March – Small group break-out discussions -judging the same images
February – CloseUp Images -printing
January – I did a live edit using Lightroom showing some of my tips and tricks with the software
DSLR Basics class, Critique/judging clinic
-Animated gif of rain
-DIY ring light
-How to do a hyperlapse
-creating shaped bokeh
State Capital, Horse Ranch, Stillwater car show, Street Photography in Stillwater, Union Depot and more!
Member Spotlights, initiated a Facebook Page
Work displayed at the Library
Nations Photo Lab Gift Cards
New projection screen
Wow! Thanks everyone who helped and participated in the events and meetings. We are only as strong as our member involvement! Members should have received an email link to a Club Survey yesterday. This will help us shape the next year in terms of programs and structure. Please fill it out within the next week or so. It’s online and only takes about 5 minutes -easy!
Also, our Holiday Party is next Thursday (the 12th) so if you are a member, you can still RSVP (now!) via the contact page on this website.
And to get your Holiday Season off right, below is a musical video put together by workers at Alphabet Photography. Very fun!
The gift giving season is fast approaching and I thought I would share some of the more unusual ideas for photographers!
Let your guest know you mean business while they are doing theirs with this toilet paper dispenser.
For those time you need to accent your formal attire… lens cufflinks
Spice up your meal with this fancy pepper mill
For the spy in all of us… the camera watch
Keeping with the ‘covert’ theme, how about the camera flask
Still one of my favorites, the lens bracelet. I have the Canon black with red one but they have many choices of lenses and manufacturers.
And finally, for when you are feeling a little dry in the nose, the lens humidifier.
Click HERE for some more fun photography gadgets!
Also, if you are a Club Member and did not get an email invite for the Year End Party, please let me know via the contact page. Hope to see everyone there!
What a fun meeting! We had several members present personal projects they have worked on this past year. Here is the list:
Michael Waterman – Cityscapes
Ken Krautbauer – ‘At my feet’
Kathy Lauerer – Compositing
Bryan Leonard – Seasons -a timelapse
Ted Johnston – Portraits
Terry Butler – Night Photography
Michael Huber – Stop motion – kind of…
Mike Herrem – Idioms (like his ‘Fork in the Road’ example above)
Troy Schmidt – Night Photography
I was so impressed with everybody’s projects a appreciate the sharing of challenges and successes with the group. That is what this Club is about – learning and sharing so we all can get better at photography!
We also held elections for the 2014 season and Kathy Lauerer will be Treasurer, Terry Butler will be the Coordinator and I will have one more year serving as your President. Thanks everyone for your encouragement and trust to keep our Club moving forward. We hope to provide more fun and helpful information this next year! Speaking of being helpful, Ted found an article discussing the law on photographing on train tracks. In Wisconsin the law is as follows:
‘No person, other than a licensee or authorized newspaper reporters or those connected with
or employed upon the railroad, shall walk, loiter or be upon or along the track of any
Maybe ignorance is bliss… too late if you read this… Sorry!
Also, time is running out for the $50 Nations Photo Lab gift card offer (expires 01/01/14). Just sign up for a free account, download the ROES ordering widget, upload your photo & pick your product, punch in WWPC as the promo code and BAM that’s it!
Congratulations to member Terry Butler who will have some of her photographs on display at the Hudson Hospital’s Inpatient Department November 20th – February 9th. A reception for all of the artists will be November 29th from 6-8 PM.
Remember that there is NO meeting in December – instead, we will be having our year-end party. Club members will get an email with information within the next few days.
Hey everyone! The next meeting will be November 6th, 7:00 PM at the Phipps. We will begin the meeting with the election of officers for next year. The current officers are willing to continue one more year but if anyone is interested in running for a position please send me an email with your name and the desired position.
Next on the agenda will be to hear from those who had officially designated a personal project for the year. Each will do a brief presentation on goals, lessons learned, successes and challenges. I encourage every member to decide on something they want to get better at or try for the next year – step out of your comfort zone, push yourself, experiment and have fun!
We will end the night with a change-up from the traditional Salon format. I know I spoke about this in the last blog post as well but as a reminder, we want people to submit one image. These will NOT be judged. Instead, we want to know who the photographer was and understand what was the goal or story you were trying to achieve. Anything you want to share, have critiqued or ask questions about. The hope is that without the pressure of ‘submitting your best’ for judging, we will get a variety of photos and more time for discussion… more comments from all of our members versus primarily the judges. Send your image as before – for now we will keep them defined by category. Thanks and let’s end the year with some great participation!
There have been a few night photowalks and some of those images are listed under ‘Galleries’. Check them out HERE and HERE. Thanks Terry for posting!
Finally, I ran across this beautiful timelapse. Three photographers left their day jobs and spent 6 months traveling around the country – teaching workshops to earn a few dollars. 13,000 miles and 32 states later, they assembled the video below. Makes me want to buy a Chinook Camper and just go!
Adventure Is Calling from Shane Black on Vimeo.
Club member Bryan Leonard took a series of long exposures and combined them into this brief timelapse showing the Northern Lights. He said at first it was hard to tell if it really was the Northern Lights until he strung the images together. Opportunity tonight to see them as well. Very cool and thanks Bryan!
At the last meeting we looked at photos people had downloaded from the blog and edited. Some really fun and creative stuff! We also had a call for next year’s officers. We will hold elections at the November meeting. Currently, Terry (Salon Coordinator), Kathy (Treasurer) and myself (President) are willing to continue one more year but if anyone else is interested in one of those positions, please send me an email through the contact tab. We want to make sure everyone who wants an opportunity to participate and guide our club gets a chance!
At the next meeting we want those of you who had worked on a ‘personal photography project’ this year to share some images and your lessons learned. Don’t be shy! We want this club to be focused on sharing and learning -to help all of us improve and enjoy photography. And to continue that thought… we are changing up the Salon and trying something different. People can submit one image (same way as was done for the Salon) BUT… this image can be to show a technique you have learned, ask questions relating to your image, sharing an image that may not be technically perfect but has something you were excited about, or an image your proud of, or has an interesting story behind it, etc. We want to generate more discussion -which was always hard during the formality of the Salon- and give the opportunity to share images without the pressure of judging. This Club is only as strong as it’s members and their participation so let’s give this a try!
Also, as mentioned above, we have concluded our 2013 Salons and will be sending those images that scored a 21 or higher to an outside judge the first week in November. If you have one image that did not reach the 21 point cut off and want to submit it for the outside judge, please email that (in our typical salon format) to Terry at firstname.lastname@example.org by the November meeting. Awards will be given out at our year-end party tentatively scheduled for December 12th.
And Photo Meet-up Alert! We will meet at the parking lot across from the Phipps (beach lot) at 2:15 PM this Saturday the 12th for a trip to Taylor’s Falls! The colors should be spectacular. We want to be set up and shooting around 3:30ish to take advantage of the sun hitting the water. Bring your hiking shoes and a sense of adventure!
The next meeting is approaching! (October 2nd, 7:00 PM at the Phipps) Since we ran out of time at the last meeting we have a few more images to review during the Salon. So in lieu of a tutorial we are doing something we did last year that was really fun. Hopefully you have downloaded and edited a photo or two (or three) to share during our meeting. These will not be judged -just fun to see how different people can re-interpret the same image. Please give it a try! HERE is a link to the details and images.
I was contacted by the Duluth-Superior Camera Club and there will be a ‘Worldwide Photo Walk tour in Duluth on October 5th. HERE is the link to more information.
And if you haven’t seen this video… you must -Wow! I don’t know how but someone was able to strap a GoPro camera to the back of an Eagle in France. Beautiful…
I have tried a bunch of different programs to put together timelapse video. My favorite was GoPro’s Cineform Studio. For some reason it stopped working on my computer but the program was recently updated and I haven’t tired to see if it now works. In the meantime, I have been using Lightroom to put the photos together. Below is a tutorial on how I do it. The final video at the end looks a little choppy but that is because of my screen recording program. The actual Lightroom output is smooth as silk. I may show that in November when we…yes, discuss our personal projects from this past year! Have a great week everybody!
(viewing of the video will be best full screen and in HD)
Don’t forget to download a picture or two from the September 8th blog post to edit for the next meeting!
And Terry had posted this on our Facebook page but there will be a Photography Workshop by Canon Explorer of Light Photographer Adam Jones Saturday October 19th, 7-9:00 PM in Rosemount. You do need to register and this may fill up quick. HERE is a link with the details.
The Member Spotlight this month focuses on Troy Schmidt.
Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6
Nikon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6
Nikon 50mm 1:1.8
Favorite Editing Software:
I use Adobe Lightroom 4 for basic developing and Photomatix Pro for HDR. I’ve been known to open Photoshop Elements 11 and Corel Paintshop Pro from time to time. They all do something a little different, so I like to have a variety in my toolbox.
What is your specific background or interest in photography?
I worked with a gentleman who was a serious photographer. He has had numerous images published in National Geographic and other major magazines. His beautiful images sparked my interest in photography as an art. A couple of years ago, I picked up an old Canon AE-1 35mm camera at a flea market for 50 cents. That kicked my interest into high gear. I soon learned that there’s a lot to know about camera operations when you’re not using a point and shoot! I picked up a nice Fujifilm bridge camera and started snapping away! Over the summer of 2012, I took hundreds of pictures and entered several in the St. Croix County Fair. I managed to win ribbons on many of them, including 1 blue ribbon. That gave me a lot of validation in my new hobby. I then picked up a Nikon D3100 and D200 and really got serious!
Favorite subject matter to photograph:
I started out doing mostly landscape shots, but after looking at the work of other photographers, I became more interested in architecture, shapes, and patterns. The street photography tutorial presented by Valerie Jardin sparked an interest in people photography as well. I’ve gotten into night photography and light play recently. Whenever anyone asks me what I like to take pictures of, I say “anything I find interesting”.
In what areas do you want to learn more about or improve your photography?
I’m working on night photography right now. It’s challenging to get good, clear, low noise photos. It’s very rewarding when I get good night shots with good colors and lighting. I also need to continue learning more about post-processing.
I enjoy being a member of WWPC because:
There are so many talented photographers in our club! I’m blown away by the photos submitted to our salon every month! I love how everyone offers good constructive criticism. The tutorials are great as well! It’s great that our group is willing to share their knowledge with others. I’ve learned so much from everyone over the last year!
I found this video that does a good job of explaining the differences you get using long lenses versus short lenses. Plus the scenery is pretty good! Have a great weekend everybody!
We had a great time learning about ‘seeing in black and white’. Photographer Alec Johnson shared with us some stunning landscape images along with his thought process in understanding color as shades of black and white. Very fun and an energetic speaker. Thanks to Jeff Bucklew for arranging the tutorial!
We unfortunately ran out of time to review all of the Salon images so to give us a bit more Salon ‘catch up’ time next month, we will revive something we did last year in lieu of a tutorial. Yes, it’s ‘Share your Amazing Edits’ night! Below are 8 images. Most of these are just
right out of the camera’. Feel free to download by ‘clicking on an image’ to enlarge, then ‘right-clicking’, choosing ‘save image as’ and put it somewhere you can find it! Then edit the image any way you want! Be creative, crazy or just try to make it better. Pick one (or more) and email to email@example.com by the Monday September 30th. Title it ‘Edits(1,2)_your club number’. We will look at these before the Salon. Last year it was amazing to see the different things people did to the same base image!
If you missed this past meeting, our Special Assignment Category for October is ‘Black and White’. And…I believe this will be the last Salon before our year-end judging with winners announced at the December Party. So the October meeting will be it for submitting those images.
We had a fun night at the LeFever Training Centre! Luckily it was less humid! The LeFevers gave us the run of place and we could walk right in with the chickens, ponies, goats and horses. They even brought some of their beautiful Arabians out so we could take action shots of them running in the paddock. Special thanks to them for their hospitality! Terry would like to make a special gallery for this photo meet-up so email 2 of your favorite images to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put in the subject line ‘horses’.
The next meeting is Wednesday September 4th, 7:00 PM at the Phipps. You won’t want to miss this special presentation on ‘Seeing in Black and White’ by photographer Alec Johnson. I personally am excited to get a better understanding of visualizing and then transforming a color image into black and white. Ansel Adams came up with a ‘zone system’ to help with this. HERE is a description of this idea and HERE is a recent book that transposes that idea into the digital realm.
Below is a video by Phlearn’s Aaron Nace – ‘Tips to a Better Black and White Photo: Beyond Desaturation’. If you haven’t check out Phlearn… you should! Some great stuff on photography and Photoshop.