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New Meetings Are Scheduled and More

Lisa Langell

Lisa Langell Virtual Meeting – April 29, 4:30 pm

  • The New Nature Photography: Trends for the Future
  • Join this fun, interactive and informative webinar that will boldly change the way you think about how you photograph nature photography!  Visit Lisa’s website for inspiration. 
  • I’ll be sending a registration link to all our members by email.

Matt Kloskowski Webinar – May 13, 2020 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Title: How to Edit Your Photos Like a Pro in Lightroom and Photoshop

Matt Kloskowski

In this live webcast with Matt Kloskowski, you’ll learn some great techniques for editing your photos in Lightroom and when to jump over to Photoshop to help out. This will be a late beginner to early intermediate level presentation, but really… it’s just about having some fun with your photos and improving your editing during this time indoors.
1) This is absolutely free. All you need to do is sign up. Each person in the club needs to sign up.
2) This will be recorded but you’ll need to sign up to get the recording (even if you can’t watch live you’ll still get it)
3) Mark your calendars, but the system will automatically send you reminder notifications too.
4) You’ll be able to enter the webcast room about 15-20 minutes before the webcast starts.
5) There will be an area for Q&A once you log in to the live webcast on the day of your webinar.

I’ll be sending a registration link to all our members by email.

Matt’s amassed over 300,000 followers on Social Media platforms with his easy training style that gets right to the point.  You can follow him on YouTube here:  https://www.youtube.com/user/mkloskowski and on Facebook here:  https://www.facebook.com/ThePhotoshopGuy/

Nikon fundamentals of Photography

And Here’s the More!

Nikon School Online!

https://www.nikonevents.com/us/live/nikon-school-online/

“Nikon’s mission has always been to empower creators. In these uncertain times, we can do that by helping creators stay inspired, engaged and growing. That’s why we’re providing all of our courses free for the entire month of April. Let’s come out of this even better.”   You don’t need to be a Nikon shooter!  Most of the classes pertain to any camera.

 

 

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Free Virtual Meeting is April First!

The next meeting of the Western Wisconsin Photography Club in Hudson will be a VIRTUAL meeting, a webinar presented by expert landscape astrophotographer Dr. Mike Shaw. In this free presentation, Mike will walk through the use of today’s powerful mobile apps, which make it simple to plan exactly when and where to set up your tripod, what focal length lens to use, the exact compass direction and elevation to capture the perfect shot. The primary tool will be the Planit! photography app, but he’ll also cover other similar apps.

  • You can join the webinar online at 7 pm, April 1. Here’s where to register:  https://www.mikeshawphotography.com/precision-night-photography-planning
  • You’ll get a link by return email. Just click on that link a few minutes before 7 pm Wednesday, April 1, and you’ll be connected. There will be an opportunity to type in questions for Mike, but the audience will not have video or audio feeds.

Dr. Mike Shaw is an astrophotographer and the author of “Creative Nightscapes and Time-Lapses,” and “The Complete Guide to Landscape Astrophotography.” In addition to his own photography workshops, he is the lead Instructor for the 2020 Night Sky Academy in the US National Park Service. He also creates online tutorials for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, teaches classes at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the Bell Museum.

 

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More Goodness Coming in March

At the next meeting on Wednesday, March 18, 6:30 pm, expert landscape astro-photographer Dr. Mike Shaw will show how to align your subject with your favorite night-sky object.  Have you ever tried to shoot the full moon next to your favorite landmark but you missed it? How about the Milky Way lined up over a lake, but it was way off?

Photo by Dr. Mike Shaw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike will walk through the use of today’s powerful mobile apps, which make it simple to plan exactly when and where to set up your tripod, what focal length lens to use, the exact compass direction and elevation to capture the perfect shot. The primary tool will be the Planit! photography app, but he’ll also cover other similar apps.

Dr. Mike Shaw is an astrophotographer and the author of “Creative Nightscapes and Time-Lapses,” and “The Complete Guide to Landscape Astrophotography.” In addition to his own photography workshops, he is the Lead Instructor for the 2020 Night Sky Academy in the US National Park Service, he creates online tutorials for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom,  and teaches classes at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the Bell Museum. 

His website is here.  I recommend subscribing to receive his newsletter which is jam-packed with information.  He has free video tutorials on a number of subject and as well as ones for Planit!   And here is more information about the Planit for Photographers app.

March 4 Meeting Update

Did you miss the meeting on March 4?  Mariann Cyr gave a great presentation, “Spring is Coming: When and Where to Find Minnesota Wildflowers”.  Her list of flowers and locations is extensive and she was good enough to share her list as a pdf you can download.  You can find it on our Learning Page.

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Another Meeting Coming Up This Month!

Photography 101

Hudson in the Fall – Michael Huber

We will have a special meeting on Wednesday, January 22, with Michael Huber presenting “Photography 101”.  The goal is to cover the basics of DSLR photography.  He will discuss terms, settings, gear, composition and light as well as post processing options.  Those who attend will leave with a basic understanding of digital photography, both the technical and most importantly, the craft associated with it. Participants who would like help, should bring their gear to the meeting along with their camera manual.   Michael is an award-winning photography and former president of the club.

Pelican – Michael Huber

TCACC Judging Class

Ty Floating – Michael Huber

The Camera Council has announced an upcoming judging class and is encouraging each camera club to select up to two individuals who are interested in becoming a salon judge and who meet the student qualifications described here:

Student qualifications:  Demonstrated expertise in photography beyond the novice level, experience in submitting images for salon competition and must be nominated by a member camera club.     

Additional details are as follows:

  • The class is limited to 10 students
  • Dates:  Tuesdays – February 4, February 11 and February 18
  • Time:  6 – 9PM
  • Instructors: Darrell Tangen, Nancy Cox and John Anderson 
  • Location:   Glen Lake Shores Condos
  • 14301 Stewart Lane, Minnetonka
  • Cost: $40 (refundable when requirements of the class are completed by the student)

 

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Coming Up this April

Alec Johnson on “Light Painting”

AC Johnson Light Painted Motorcycle

At the April 17 meeting Alec Johnson’s talk will feature a series of bold and unique images using the technique of light painting – lighting a subject with a flashlight one detail at a time with a flashlight – and then compositing those frames of light to build a finished image.  Each image is its own case study, creating an engaging, lively and educational discussion.

Alec Johnson is a full-time tenured professor at the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, MN. He is also a freelance architecture photographer and award-winning fine art photographer.  He was an exhibitor of the international juried show, “The Portrait” at Praxis Photo Arts Center December 2018.  This past summer, 2018, he was accepted in the Minnesota State Fair Art Exhibition and received the Jennifer and William Oliver award for “unique, innovative and unusual” work of art.  Alec is also a Singh Ray Filters pro photographer.

Alec’s current photo projects include Outside the Arena, a series featuring the pre-competition ritual of rodeo riders.  He is also working on a studio series titled Comfortable.  This series is study of space, color and shape in the context of 60’s era comfort food, furniture and table settings.  He is represented by the Sterling Art Gallery located in Silver City, New Mexico.

American Masters Documentary Next Week – Street Photography

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Also posted in Club Meeting Info, Inspiration

2019 Spring Break and Interclub Competition

What a great Spring Break today!  I was so inspired by all the great programs that I attended, but especially by Gary Alan Nelson’s “Semi-Abstract Photography” program.  My head has been spinning ever since thinking about all the possibilities.  I had tried to get him to speak at one of our meetings a couple years ago, but it was not to be.  You can see more of his wonderful work at his website.  It was gratifying to see so many of our members who took advantage of all the opportunities today.  And I was happy to see that Dorothy Nordstrand won the door prize of a book of North Shore images by Craig Blacklock.

The day ended with the Interclub Competition Awards.   I am grateful for all our members who helped on the judging day and for helping to hand out the awards.   Our club is the 2019 Runner-Up Club of the Year and 15 members brought home 65 ribbons or awards.  The winning images have been posted here and congratulations to all!

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February News

Spring Break Update – Programs are Set!

Superior Storm – Mike Chrun

I’ve been helping out with the Spring Break event this year that will be held on March 30.  All the programs have been set and it looks like a great line-up, so if you have been waiting to register to see what will be offered now would be a great time to register.  Two of the programs at Spring Break will also be presented at our club meetings this year.  Michelle Terrell will be presenting her program “On Being a Birding Bird Photographer” on March 6 and Mike Chrun will present his program on “North Shore Winter Photography” later this year.  Our own Carl Wegener will also be making a presentation on his Recycle Your Camera for Kids project.  You can download the day’s schedule here and speaker bios and detailed program descriptions here.  More details and registration link are on the Spring Break page.

 

 

 2019 Interclub Judging

On Saturday, February 16, we arranged for the judging of all the digital entries for the 2019 Interclub Competition.  960 images were judged over a 5-hour period.   Our three judges were Alec Johnson, Layne Kennedy and Mike Shaw.  Though time did not allow for comments on all the images, there were some interesting discussions when it came to selecting the award winners.  Thanks to Steve Cole, Mary Johnson, Sarah Nieminen, Becky VanDyk, and Jane Neumiller-Bustad for helping out.  A special thanks goes to Melissa Anderson who made sure we had coffee and tea in the morning and lunch when we took a break.

 

 

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Coming Up!

Photography and the Law

Next Wednesday, February 20, at a special mid-month meeting, our own knowledgeable Michael Waterman will give a presentation about photography and the law.  Topics that will be covered include photographers’ rights, access restrictions, rights of privacy, model releases, ownership of images, copyright protections, and more.  The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm and as always the meeting is open to the public. 

Mike is a longtime member of the club and was president when I joined.  People join clubs because they share a common interest.  People remain in clubs because they make friends.  Mike is one of the reasons that I am celebrating eight years of membership.

Did You Know?

Have you taken some time to look around our award-winning web site?   The page that is usually most visited is the calendar page.  It is your one stop shop that tells you what will be happening.  That page is frequently updated for new speakers.

Also posted in Club Meeting Info

Spring Break Information

I’ve set up a page for just the 2019 Spring Break event.  A lot of the programs have been set with more to come within the next two weeks.  There should be a schedule for the day at the same time.  The Spring Break page will be updated frequently. 

Even so, you can register now:  https://reg.planetreg.com/E1228192637181688

 

Total Lunar Eclipse!

The Moon will be a Super Moon for the total eclipse that will happen on January 21.  A Super Moon occurs when the moon is near its closest approach to Earth.  It appears 14% bigger and 30% brighter than when the moon is at its farthest distance from earth.  The next total eclipse, visible in Hudson, will be in May, 2022, and after that we’ll have to wait until March 2025.

This is the timing for Hudson, Wisconsin

  • 8:36 pm – Penumbral eclipse begins
  • 9:33 pm – Partial eclipse begins
  • 10:41 pm – Total eclipse begins
  • 11:12 pm – Maximum eclipse
  • 11:43 pm – Total eclipse ends
  • 1: 48 am – Penumbral eclipse ends

To see an animation of the eclipse in Hudson and other eclipse information check it out here.

Some of our members have gone out as a group to capture this stunning event.  The composite image was taken in September 2015 and shows how it was necessary to adjust the exposure as the night progressed.  The other photo was taken at Lakefront Park after totality was achieved as the moon set across the river.  This shows how big the moon appears with a 560 mm lens.  Unfortunately the moon set over a building that was under construction!

For information on photographing the eclipse, see this article by Alan Dyer.

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