Category Archives: Technical

Special Meeting Coming Up!

John Gregor – “Filter for Feeling”

John Gregor Selfie

We will have a special meeting this Wednesday, February 14, 6:30 pm, in the River Room at the Phipps Center for the Arts.  The meeting will feature a program, “Filters for Feeling”  or “How to use filters to create a specific look and feel to your images”.  From smooth and serene to rough and wild texture in a photograph, the use of filters can convey feeling and emotion that reflects the photographer’s response to the subject. Using filters is the key to creating texture in landscape photography. It is more than simply screwing a filter in front of your lens, it is understanding the relationship between exposure time, subject movement, dynamic range and more. This means knowing which filter to use, how to control the exposure time through ISO, aperture, and filter selection. In this presentation Gregor will discuss the nuances of using filters and how to integrate them into your camera workflow so you can use them effectively.

Gregor has a Masters of Education through St. Scholastica College with an emphasis in photographic literacy. He earned his BA from the University of Minnesota with a degree through the University Without Walls program, and his degree was entitled “Documentary Expression of American Culture Through Photography” a combined degree of Social Sciences and Fine Art Photography.

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March Meetings

Brian PetersonWhat a pleasure it was to have Brian Peterson with us for our first meeting of the month!  It was interesting to get an understanding of what it is like to be a working photographer-journalist.  Considering all of his local and national awards, he came across as humble and down to earth.  When sharing information about “State of Wonders”, Brian told his experience about self-publishing a printed book.  Brian generously brought a signed print that was given to one of our members who purchased a book.  Congratulations to Carol Menke for being the winner!  The real take-away for me was hearing about the way he approaches a subject to tell the story.  Coincidentally, that is one of our assignments this year.

Judging N4C – Saturday, March 19, 9 am to noon

I would first like to say thank-you for letting me serve as yourOur club joined the N4C almost two years ago and since then our members have been entering their monthly contests.  This month it’s our turn to judge the travel contest, a first for us.  We expect to receive close to a hundred digital images.  You are welcome to stop by to observe or to help.


 Lighting with Off Camera Flash – Sunday, March 20, 1:00-3:00 pm with Ted Johnston

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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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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
-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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Lightroom TImelapse Tutorial

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.

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Upcoming Meeting and a River Hike!

alec-johnsonWe will have a special guest at the next meeting! Photographer Alec Johnson will help us ‘See in Black and White’. This will be a great presentation with some beautiful images. Please plan on attending the September 4th meeting. HERE is a link to see more of Alec’s work.

We also have photo meet-up next Wednesday August 28th at 6:30 PM at the LeFever Training Center. The address is 1177 U.S. 12, Roberts, WI. HERE is a link to a map. They are just west of Roberts on HWY 12. They have beautiful horses and are allowing us full access to the animals and facility. Please plan to attend!

Finally, Jeff and I made a visit to Willow River State Park which is right in our own back yard and well worth a visit. I wanted to try getting that silky smooth look to moving water in my photographs so off we went. Take a look!

I lied -one more thing… I was contacted about a ‘Capture the Heart of America’ photo contest. They are looking for agriculturally-related subjects with a top prize of $500. HERE is the link to the Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage website.

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Rain, Fireworks & Upcoming Meeting

When we had that one sunny day this week, I missed the rain so I made this animated gif! Be patient – let the ‘rain image’ load for a bit… I made it pretty large so you can get the whole effect. If after a couple of minutes it still is not working, just click on it. Photoshop lets you create these and they are a fun way to liven up your emails or webpages!  Below the gif is a video tutorial on how I made this one.  Check it out! (view in HD full screen)






















Also, the Fourth of July is coming up and I know many of you will be enjoying (and photographing) fireworks. HERE is a nice article to help you get that great shot.

Photowalk July 17th! Terry has made arrangements to visit an artist’s studio and garden filled with beautiful concrete/mosaic sculptures. People can carpool to Beldenville from the Park and Ride across from Target at 6:30 PM. Terry needs to get a count so please email her ( with questions or interest.

Our next meeting will be Wednesday July 10th, 7:00 PM at the Phipps. Here is what we are going to do… trust me, it will be fun!
-Bring your camera (must have a removable SD or compact flash card) -we can try using your USB cord directly from the camera if you cannot remove the card.
-We will then let everyone loose on the Phipps (interior or exterior) for 20-30 minutes to get one shot of something that interests you -a detail, texture, pattern, etc.
-Please set your camera to take a jpeg and not RAW.
-Then bring your photo (card) to the room and we will import it into a slide show. (please delete all images from your card except the one you want to share)
-We will then view and discuss the images in lieu of the Salon -this is ‘no judge July’ after all!

This should be an interesting workshop with an opportunity to focus on getting things right in-camera versus editing software AND a great way to learn from everyone. We will review all of this again at the meeting as well so everyone understands what we are doing.

If time allows, we will also look at your Self Portraits so please don’t forget to email those to by Monday July 8th. Thanks and have a safe and fun Fourth!

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Upcoming Meeting -Portraiture!

Storm-chaserMel-Italy-by-Hunter-iPhoneOur next meeting is coming up on Wednesday June 5th, 7:00 PM at the Phipps. One of our newer members, Melissa Davidson of Studio threesixty5 will be sharing a quick mini tutorial on natural lighting in portraiture. Davidson will share which gear she uses to get certain looks, how to scout light to achieve emotional photos, quick tips on posing while making your subject comfortable in front of the camera, the benefits to shooting a stop higher in portraiture shots and a few before/after editing examples that will decrease your editing workflow. She has spent the past 5 years perfecting her craft and is happy to share her knowledge with any of the WWP Club members.

“I believe in the value of shared knowledge. I also believe that there are many ways to achieve the photography you want. So many times I was told that my work wasn’t good enough, only to find that we all do things differently. And that is completely okay. One person’s trash is another’s treasure. I believe that is the same way we should look at photography. Meaning, not every client wants the same thing I want and hires a photographer based on their own style. Everyone is different. The day we all should be the same is the day I would have to walk away. Who you are should be shown in your work. Don’t ever let anyone tell you different.” -Melissa

Since we will be focusing on portraiture, I thought I would share a video I did last year on building your own Ring Light. This was primarily to be used for video as my daughters like to sing and make music videos. I have since actually used it for portraits and it gives a really cool look to the eyes and provides a nice even illumination. This video was selected to be part of Vimeo Video School which was awesome! Take a look.

Also, Marilyn from our Club sent along this link to the B&H Event Space that records it’s photography seminars. Lots of great information.

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