Member SpotLight & Spring Break

Michael-WatermanToday we focus on a familiar face to our Club – Michael Waterman!

Main camera/gear: Canon 7d, Tamron 17-50, Canon 70-200 2.8 IS, Canon 300 IS.

Favorite Editing Software: Photoshop CS 5

What is your specific background or interest in photography? Photography is a creative outlet and diversion from my day-job. When I hold a camera, my pace of life slows and I take time to observe the world around me. With each image I take, I preserve a memory and a story based on my own vision and experience. At times I look back through my catalog just to reminisce about the places I visited or people I met – it is a visual diary, of sorts.

Favorite subject matter to photograph: Anything! Work consumes a lot of my time, so when I have time to shoot, I will shoot whatever subject matter is available. However, my photo catalog contains thousands of images of my dog, so I guess she is my favorite subject matter – or at least, the most available.

In what areas do you want to learn more about or improve your photography? I want to get better at “seeing” the photo before I take it. I admire those in our club who can visualize interesting photos from seemingly ordinary subjects.

I enjoy being a member of WWPC because: I enjoy interacting with other photographers. I learn so much at our meetings and gain inspiration from seeing such diverse work. The photo walks are very informative (and fun) because I get to share ideas, learn new techniques and shoot new subject matter. I never would have shot Union Depot, the Stone Arch Bridge at night, or from the roof of the Minnesota State Capitol if it hadn’t been for the club.

Thanks Mike! We also had a mid-month discussion last night on the software Lightroom. I had anticipated maybe a dozen people but around 25 joined in – wow! The goal was to do a general overview of the software in terms of how it manages our photos as well as its editing tools. Ted Johnston and I tag-teamed reviewing aspects of Lightroom -which was hard as the program can do so much! I hope people did not get overwhelmed. Setting up how to import and store your images is the hardest (and most important) part. After that, it is all fun! Here are a few links to other Lightroom resources: Lightroom YouTube Channel, Serge Ramelli and B and H. There are a ton more… just ‘Google’ Lightroom! As a special bonus, The first Club Member who comments the word ‘Lightroom’ to this post will get a free e-book and video from Trey Radcliff (Stuck in Customs) on Lightroom Photo Management.

The TCACCC Spring Break is coming up! Note that our very own Michael Waterman (and Member Spotlight) is a presenter! Here is the scoop!

When: Saturday,March 22, 2014. The day will begin with registration starting at 7:15 a.m. Programs will begin at 8:00 a.m. and finish with the Interclub awards starting at 4:00 p.m. Be ready to enjoy a day of learning, a chance to win door prizes, an awards program for the interclub competition and a great meal.

Where: Dakota County Technical College, 1300 145th Street East (County Road 42) Rosemount, MN 55068

Who and What: This is just a partial list, with more programs being added daily:
Jeff Fischer – Wildlife
Arne Myrabbo – “Dragons and Damsels” (dragonflies and damsel flies)
Rikk Flohr – Lightroom
Rikk Flohr – “Macro: Up Close and Personal”
Bob Lundquist: Techniques for action photography at horse shows
Michael Waterman – “Law and Photography” – common legal issues that impact photographers
Dave Johnson (National Camera Exchange) – To be announced
Bring your camera! The small studio will be open with models supplied most of the day.

Vendors: National Camera Exchange, Tamron, West Photo, Tamrac Bags, Fleeting Glimpse/World Designs, Adobe, White House Custom Color, and Clair O’Neill (Photo Encaustics). All will be showing their wares beginning at 7:15 a.m., offering discounts and donating door prizes.

Ticket prices are as follows and includes a great meal:
TCACCC member $40.00
Non-member $45.00
Student $25.00
Online registration is preferred and can be found HERE.
Payments online include using a credit card, PayPal, or mailing a check.
Online registration will end on March 18.

Registration will also be possible on the day of the event and will be $50.00 per person.
This is open to the public, so bring a friend. It will be a great day!

AND thanks to Terry and all of the volunteers who helped out during the Spring Break print judging. I heard many positive comments on how it went from those who participated!

This entry was posted in Just for fun.


  1. Fred February 20, 2014 at 2:42 pm #


    • Michael Huber February 20, 2014 at 3:41 pm #

      We had several fairly quick ‘Lightroom Responses’ but Fred’s was first!
      Fred – I will send you an email with your free ebook and video – congratulations!

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