Category Archives: Creative/Artistic

Mastering the Art of Composition with Ian Plant

At our discussion salons, we hear so much about an image’s composition. In photography, composition involves the selection and arrangement of visual elements within a defined space. Composing a pleasing image can be challenging, even intimidating, because there is no set formula to follow.

If you are looking to improve your own photography or to develop a keener eye for evaluating others’ work, Ian Plant has a helpful tutorial in this video:

Ian explains why things like leading lines, shadows, perspective, framing (and more) are visually pleasing, and he shows how to use them to produce well-composed images. Experts and novices alike will find his explanations helpful and his photography inspiring.

Some of you may remember Ian Plant.  He spoke at the Camera Council’s 2016 spring break and he gave a presentation to our club in 2015. You can find him at www.ianplant.com.

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Hello 2017 – Good-bye 2016

Our first meeting of the year, January 4, 6:30 pm, will feature a discussion salon and we need your images!  Please submit up to three (3) images, either digital or prints.  These images will not be scored but will be the basis of an open discussion, which may include a new technique in capture or processing, or for general discussion and feedback.  Or they could show a before and after processing.  Short video clips will work also, so anything goes.  Please send these in by Tuesday, January 3 to photos@wiphotoclub.com.

Creating Composites

Ocean Barrel – Michael Huber

At the same meeting, due to popular request, Michael Huber will demonstrate a few of the basics in creating a composite image.  This is done by combining multiple photos to create one new image using Adobe Photoshop.  Several tools discussed will be the use of layers, masks and brushes.

Reminders

Consider entering photos for the N4C contests that are held each month.  There are six digital categories:  Black and White, Creative, Journalism, Nature, Pictorial, and Travel.  The complete rules are here.  All N4C deadlines are on the tenth of the month.

Our first competition salon will be at the February 1 meeting.  The deadline for entry is Wednesday, January 11, 5:00 pm, and the assignment is leading lines.  The club competition rules are here and all the assignments for 2017 are posted here.

Farewell to 2016

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Members in the Spotlight

Jeff Bucklew

Eagle Attack - Jeff BucklewJeff has been enjoying gallery representation at Seasons on St. Croix Gallery in Hudson for over six years.  He appreciates his relationship with the gallery owner, Ruth Misenko, who promotes and sells his work.  He does his own printing, as well as all aspects of the framing process, including cutting the mats and making the frames.  Scenes of Hudson and elsewhere in the area, as well as photos from Mexico, the North Shore, and wildlife are mainstays.   Because of his signature style, Jeff has become the exclusive photographer for the Hudson Chamber of Commerce and his work is used in their publications that are widely distributed.   Currently, one of his photos is the cover of “The Wild and Secenic St. Croix Valley” the 2016 Visitor Guide for the St. Croix Valley.  The “Welcome to Hudson” sign coming into Hudson from I-94 also sports his work.  His web site is here.

Ken Krautbauer

Ken Composite160713-9441Ken has recently begun a relationship with Kelley Frame & Fine Art Gallery in Hudson.  We all know about his unique vision, his style that he imprints on his memorable images and which attracted the owner’s attention.  There you can purchase framed prints, matted prints and note cards that are all on display.

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DIY Light Wand

I wanted to try and make a ‘light saber like’ wand to do some light painting. Got everything from Menards and went to work! Really easy to put together and I will have fun trying it in different settings. This video shows how it was built and a few examples.

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My Compositing

Terry asked if I could explain a bit about the composite images I have recently been doing. I was inspired by the work of photographer Joel Grimes and love the illustrative, contrasty and exaggerated look of his composites. Capturing the images is surprisingly simple – the post-processing however can be a bit complicated. I don’t go into great depth here as it would be a very long video! This whole video was filmed with the GoPro Hero 3+. Watch in HD and full screen!

I like trying different things… but am mastering none! Having said that, I am having fun and I encourage everyone to get out of your comfort zone and explore this art called photography!

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Mid-Month Update!

Marnie-TourWe had a great tour at Marnie Marie Photography here in Hudson. Marnie gave us a tour of her retail area, studio and presentation area. She filled us in on her experiences as a business owner and a portrait photographer. It is tough to balance those two! I loved her passion for building relationships with people and really trying to capture and give clients a legacy piece of art. She put together a recap and other information to share with our group. Below is a link to that pdf. Thanks Marnie (and for the refreshments too)! Continue reading »

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Happy Fourth of July!

TSchmidt-City-LightsHey everyone! I hope you all will have a safe and fun 4th of July! As a reminder, our next Club meeting is Wednesday July 9th at 6:30 PM. Members Troy and Fred will do a mini-tutorial on photographing the night time urban landscape. They will cover the following:

-Equipment needed
-Picking the right location and subject
-Composition
-Camera settings
-Taking the shot
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Member Spotlight & Textures

Grace JToday we spotlight one of our youngest Club Members, 15 year old Grace Johnston.

Main camera/gear: Sony Cyber-shot

Favorite Editing Software: Lightroom 4 and GIMP 2

What is your specific background or interest in photography?: I’m an artist want-to-be. I LOVE old artwork, especially oil paintings. When my Dad got back into photography, I tagged along being interested in it, and seeing a way to get Daddy time. Now I’m his test model/guinea pig. Using what I’ve learned in art class, I got hooked on photography, because I could finally make some of the pictures I saw in my head. Continue reading »

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Spring Break Coming Up and ‘My point’

Hey everyone! If you have not registered for Spring Break you have until March 18th to save $10 off the $50 ‘at the door’ charge. HERE is the link for the online registration. I won’t restate all of the speakers, etc. but HERE is a link for more information. I hope to see all of you there!

Speaking of March 18th… Ted Johnston will host a mid-month tutorial on Speedlighting. For those of us that are not comfortable or that familiar with off-camera flash, this will be great! The class will be in our usual room at the Phipps at 6:30 PM.

And at the end of our last meeting I did a quick Lightroom edit and forgot to mention ‘my point’ of doing it! (It has been a long winter…) A great way to learn, at least for me, is to find an inspiring photo and then try to recreate it… or at least in terms of a similar look. We have all heard the term Rembrandt Lighting which is based upon using a single soft light for portraiture as seen in paintings from the artist Rembrandt. By really looking at and dissecting light, shadow, color, composition, texture, etc. you can learn different techniques to add to your photographic knowledge base. Below is a video of my attempt to stylize a photo of my daughter to that of photographer Joel Grimes.

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August Meeting Summary

MGH_20130904_0002We 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 photos@wiphotoclub.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!

Bluffs

Butterfly

Crayons

Generators

Hay-Rolls

Michael

Mill-City

Tinkerbell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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