Category Archives: Educational

Winter is coming!

The December 5 meeting will feature our final salon competition for 2018, and John Pennoyer will be here to make comments on our images.  I remember how John did an excellent presentation to us on winter photography a couple of years ago.   It is a favorite time of the year for him and he shared his experiences and even brought all of the clothing he uses to protect himself and his gear.  I know that he would welcome questions on the subject.  The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm.

More on Winter Photography

“Winter” is the assignment for the February salon and the submission deadline is January 16, so we still have some time to shoot.  I follow both John Gregor and Bryan Hansel on Facebook and those pristine winter scenes on the North Shore are my favorites.  Here is John Gregor’s “Fashion Tips for the Winter Photographer”.

 

Snowflake by Bryan Leonard

Closer to home, Bryan Leonard shared his tips on snowflake photography in March this year and it would be a good time to revisit the post by clicking here.

A search on winter photography will bring a lot of results and my favorite is this one since it covers protecting your gear.

Finally, here is a little time-lapse video that I made in 2016.  I set up my tripod to shoot out onto a deck and set the intervalometer to make an exposure once each minute.  The video represents four hours of falling snow that resulted in 247 exposures and uses eight seconds of this clip.

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Why Mobile Photography Should Be Taken Seriously

Eric Mueller will present a program on Wednesday, November 14, beginning at 6:30 p.m.  His presentation will be comprehensive and you won’t want to miss this.

Part I: We’re all Photographers Now

  • Intro
  • Who I Am and What I Do
  • Why I Teach Mobile Photography Classes
  • Definition of Mobile Photography
  • How has it Changed the Aesthetics of Photography?
  • Quality of Mobile Photos
  • Examples of Mobile Photos

Part II: Why Your iPhone is Better Than Your DSLR

  • Size
  • Shooting Experience
  • Editing
  • Sharing

Part III: The Joy of Editing on an iPhone

  • Immediate Gratification
  • Encourages Experimentation
  • App Demos
  • Snapseed
  • VSCO
  • Superimpose

Eric Mueller is a Minneapolis-based artist, photographer, and teacher. Known for his graphic style and strength in composition, his photographs have been exhibited in dozens of group shows, including at the Plains Art Museum, the Devos Art Museum, the Midwest Center for Photography, Head On Photo Festival, the Southeast Center for Photography, and the Columbus Museum of Art. He has been recognized with awards by La Grande Photo, the Minnesota State Fair, Instagram, the iPhone Photography Awards, and the Mobile Photography Awards. His freelance clients include Architecture Minnesota, Explore Minnesota, Blu Dot, the Yarnery, Budweiser, Metro Transit, Zagat Guides, Minnesota Historical Society, and WCCO TV.

In 2017, Mueller was featured on Minnesota Original, the Emmy-Award-winning television show on TPT (Twin Cities PBS) that profiles Minnesota artists.

Mueller teaches iPhone Photography classes online for iPhonePhotographySchool.com and locally for FilmNorth (formerly IFP Minnesota), the Minnetonka Center for the Arts, and the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota. He has about 50,000 followers on Instagram.  Until the meeting you can check out his website for inspiration.

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Two Special Events in September

Announcing “Blufftops & Visions”  N4C Convention

The 62nd annual convention of the North Central Camera Club Council (N4C) will be held in the historic river city of Dubuque, Iowa, on September 13-14-15, 2018.

Seminars & Photo Shoots will include:

  • Millwork and Models creative photo shoot in Dubuque’s Historic Millwork District (bellydancer, and more!)
  • Get inspired by St. Luke’s Tiffany windows
  • See Edward Curtis’ historic photographs of The North American Indian at the Dubuque Museum of Art.

Keynote Speakers will include:

  • Iván Ferrero, landscape photographer extraordinaire, from Toledo, Spain.
  • Brandon Erdman, winner of National Geographic and the Arizona Tourism Department’s #UnRealAZ photo contest.
  • Stephanie Johnson, expert in abstract photography using Intentional Camera Movement.
  • and more!

Registration is now open.  Please visit the Dubuque Camera Club website for more details.

Interstate Photo Day – Saturday, September 22, 8:30-4:30

Where:  Wisconsin Interstate Park, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin

This free event is sponsored by Twin City Area Council of Camera Clubs and is planned and hosted by St. Croix Valley Camera Club

Keynote Speaker:  Craig Blacklock on his book, St. Croix & Namekagon Rivers—the Enduring Gift

Presentations:

  • “Photographing Wildlife”
  • “Composition”
  • “Taking Portraits Outdoors”
  • “Macro Photography”
  • “Growing as a Photographer for Novices”

Photo Opportunities:

  • Guided photo hikes by park naturalists, a Master Gardener and native plant expert, and club members
  • Self-guided photo locations—over half a dozen possibilities, including from a kayak
  • Photo Scavenger Hunt

Free River Boat Cruise

Registration will open the first week of August

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July is just around the corner

Let’s Shoot Fireworks!

2017 Hudson Fireworks by Bryan Leonard

This year Hudson’s fireworks display will be at Lakefront Park on Sunday, July 1, at dusk.  It will cap off the Booster Days festivities that includes live music, a beer garden, carnival rides, a parade, live music and more.   For more details on Hudson’s Booster Days celebration click on this link.  Stillwater’s fireworks display will be on Wednesday, the 4th, beginning at dusk (around 10:00 pm). 

2017 Hudson Fireworks by Terry Butler

Bryan Leonard and I shot fireworks last year at just about the same time, ten minutes after ten.  Bryan’s shot was taken from in front of the Phipps and he used a wide angle lens (18mm) f/ll, ISO 100 for 5 seconds.  I took the walking path that is parallel to the I94 bridge and wish I had brought bug spray.  Mine was a composite that was shot at ISO 100, f/11 and the fireworks shots ranged from two to four seconds at 55mm.  This year I plan on being at the Phipps by 9:00 pm, so meet me there!

Photowalks and Galleries

I need your photos for galleries!  Please send your photos to photowalk@wiphotoclub.com Size them so that they are 960 pixels on the longest side and give them a title that includes your name.  Photos to include:

  • The Wall that Heals exhibit at the Minnesota state capitol last weekend
  • Blooming Butterflies exhibit at Como Park taken any time this year or last year
  • Fireworks or 4th of July celebrations

Important:  July Meeting Date

I’ll be making another blog post, but for now, please remember that we will be meeting on the second Wednesday, July 14, 6:30 pm, instead of July 4.  Richard Hudson and Pete Mutschler will host a Scavenger Hunt and Ice Cream Social.

Everything you could possibly want to know about shooting fireworks is contained in this video by John Cornicello that he did for Creative Live.  It’s an hour long, but as I said, it includes everything, including making double exposures for getting more bang in one shot.

See ya Sunday night!

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Getting Started with Video

Darrell Tangen will make a presentation this coming Wednesday, June 20, 6:30 pm on “Getting Started with Video”.   My camera has video capabilities, but the only time I’ve ever shot video is accidentally, so I am really looking forward to capturing video on purpose!   And several members have told me that this is a program they have wanted.

Nearly every current digital SLR and cell phone has digital video capability today, and using it is can be a challenge.  The goal of this presentation is to introduce the two parts of working with video: video capture and video editing.  We will start with an understanding of the settings on your camera and how to use them properly.  Members are encouraged to bring their cameras and ask questions about their particular options.  Then we’ll discuss ways to make your video capture more interesting and look more professional.  Once we have a video clip or two, some of the simplest editing options and some of the software used will be discussed.  Editing can be time consuming and challenging so we’ll just cover some of the basics using the less expensive software options. We will wrap up with some of the common uses and places you can use your videos.

In the late 1980s Darrell began teaching at Dakota County Technical College in the Photography Program.  He has been there for the last 30 years training students of all ages how to be successful in all the areas of the business of photography.  In the late 2000s the topic of digital video was added to the skills needed by a professional photographer. Today’s market has brought video and photography so close together that the most successful photographers have skills in both fields.

Special note:  Because Phipps’ Summer Art Camp is going on and projects will fill our normal meeting space, this meeting will be held in the Black Box Theater on the north end of the building.

Fine Art Photography

At our next meeting on May 2, Don Mendenhall will explore some of the understandings and meanings of fine art photography and how those apply to each individual photographer.   A self-taught award-winning photographer from the age of twelve, Don has used his photography in a teaching and consulting career. Presently he is involved in art shows throughout Wisconsin including the St. Croix Art Festival. He also coaches photography and is currently teaching two masterwork salons in the Madison, Wisconsin area. His photographic style is fine art contemplative. He has a unique way of seeing and feeling the uniqueness or essence of the subject matter.

The number of definitions of fine art photography may be the same number as there are photographers in the room. Fine art more than anything else is unique to the individual artist. In the case of fine art photography, it not the reality the camera sees it is the vision of the photographer that may well go beyond reality. Fine art photography is the vision, feeling, or concept the photographer wants to communicate. Continue reading »

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Wendy Mayberry and Shooting Snowflakes

The March 7 meeting will feature Wendy Mayberry and will be at 6:30 pm.   Wendy’s presentation will cover some behind the scenes in working with famous photographer Mary Ellen Mark as well as her own photographic journey working in many aspects of professional photography.  She will give some practical advice in bringing out the best in any subject, tips in creating genuine expressions in front of the camera and some easy to use ideas on posing, locations and how to talk to people to help them enjoy being photographed. Wendy will use her skills as a stand-up comedian to keep the presentation entertaining as well as help you learn to inject a little bit of humor into your photography!

Wendy graduated from James Madison University with a degree in teaching and Hallmark Institute of Photography. She worked with photographers such as Mary Ellen Mark, Ross Whitaker & Jerry Avenaim. She has photographed album covers, authors, explorers, musicians, comedians and a ton of families, weddings and babies. She worked at the corporate office of Lifetouch creating advertising and training materials. Recently she had been working on a number of painting with light projects and portraiture. She also has a career as a stand-up comedian which serves her well in making subject relax in front of the camera.

Snowflake Photography

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Michael Huber Creativity

Michael Huber’s PSA Award Winner

Considering the cold weather, we had a great turnout (and better parking spots close to the building).  After Gene Schwope, representing the PSA, gave Michael Huber his first place award for “Basket Ballin’”, Michael went on to demonstrate how he makes his creative compositions in Photoshop.  This included how he started out by filling a layer  50% gray.  Then he masked images using the quick select tool and moving them into the composition.  It also included replacing the sky using a mask with a gradient, and other uses of layer masks and brushes.  I was enthralled by one of the custom brushes that he used to create mood with lighting effects and how he transformed it to suit the composition.  One of the tips he provided was reducing the saturation of some of the layers to help them match the rest of the composition.  Though this session was not recorded, he made a video a while back on the award-winning image.  You can find it on a previous post here.  Scroll to the bottom for the video.

More from Michael

Michael has uploaded another fresh video on the club’s YouTube channel.  Since he’s been doing all the cast photos for the Phipps Children’s Theater productions for the last couple years, he wanted to share the process with us.  Thanks, Michael!  This may come in handy for capturing and processing portraits for the “Humanity” assignment we have later this year

 

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Good-bye 2016

Farewell to 2016

  • We had 18 Meetings with
  • 10 Guest Speakers and
  • 1 Hands-On Workshop
  • 12 Monthly Member Photos at the Library
  • 2 Exhibits
  • Four Club Competition Salons with
  • 5 Outside Judges
  • 10 Photowalks
  • We started our first ever Club Project, “Capture the Western Prairie” that will culminate in an exhibit at the Phipps in 2017
  • We welcomed 38 new members and had
  • 17,783 views on our website so far in 2016, with 4,729 visits. After the blog posts, the page most viewed was the Calendar
  • 20 image galleries were added this year that featured 784 images – look around!
  • Our club received 2nd Place in the TCACCC’s Interclub Club Competition and our members earned
  • One first Place, 5 Awards, 7 Honorable Mentions and 29 acceptances in the Individual Competition
  • We entered 46 N4C Contests and
  • Judged 2 N4C Contests
  • In those N4C contests we received 9 First Places, 7 Second Places, 5 Third Places and 35 Honorable Mentions,  We also received 50 Merit Awards.
  • At the N4C Year End we won 2 First Place, 1 Third Place, and 7 Honorable Mentions out of the 6 digital contests. We also received an Honorable Mention for our web site and one Honorable Mention for the annual Photo Essay (slide show) Contest.
  • One 1st Place in a PSA Competition
  • One Great Year End Party

Whew!  No wonder 2016 seemed to go by so fast!

 

Also posted in Club Meeting Info, Creative/Artistic

Raider Nation Composite

Taking on a Challenge

2016-volleyballcompositeAfter being asked by the Hudson High School Girls Volleyball Team to create a team poster, Michael Huber relented, partly because he felt bad about their not having one, and partly because of the challenge it would bring.  Michael had a vision of how he wanted the end product to be, which helped in capturing and processing all the images he would need.  It helped that he already has experience in achieving the Joel Grimes look of grittiness that he wanted.  It also helped that he has a working knowledge of lighting and how to work with the girls.  So, what do you get when you have the vision to make a composite of all these images and more?

2016-volleyballThis video on our YouTube Channel shows the challenge from start to finish.

 

 

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