Our August 7 meeting will feature a competition salon. I think the salons are one of the most important learning experiences our club offers, hearing both positive comments and ideas for improvement from our judge. And they are full of inspiration! Our judge this month is Keith Bridges who is a photographer, playwright and director who just recently moved to the Twin Cities area. His work in commercial and portrait photography has evolved these days into primarily fine art photography with prints and exhibits. His art projects range from still life to abstracts to contextualized portraits. His most recent fine art exhibit “Man Made” – a series of still life images (with accompanying snippets of dialogue) exploring the concept of masculinity – was featured at the Arts Center of St. Peter this past fall and at the Plymouth Creek Center Gallery this past winter. He lives with his awesome wife and daughter in Plymouth.
Black and White
On August 21, I will be making a presentation: “Black and White photography – a Personal Vision”. Over the years I have had some success with this genre and will share my insights. I will answer the questions, “why black and white?” and “what makes a successful black and white?” I will share capture tips, demonstrate black and white conversions using Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, Nik Silver Efex Pro and the use of dodging and burning. The presentation will also include information on layer masks and adjustment layers. I will also share some Photoshop actions for sharpening images.
Did you take part in the Scavenger Hunt on July 10? The deadline for choosing your favorite photos for each item on the list is August 11. At the September 4 meeting prizes will be awarded based on your vote. The Scavenger Hunt gallery is here.
Wisconsin Public Television’s Photography Competition
You are invited to participate in the Garden & Landscape Expo Photography Competition. Designed to bring another form of imagery and perspective to Garden & Landscape Expo, the competition allows amateur photographers to demonstrate their skills and display their work. Photographs will be juried prior to the event, and selected photographs will be exhibited at Garden & Landscape Expo for nearly 20,000 attendees to admire. There are six entry categories and the application deadline is December 15. Here is more information and online entry.