Category Archives: Educational

Evaluating and Working with Light in Photography

On March 15, 6:30 pm Nic Stover will give a presentation to our club and the St. Croix Valley Camera Club. Thanks to Mike Chrun for arranging this and for sharing the cost with us!

Join professional landscape photographer Nic Stover for this session to talk about Not too Heavy, Not too Light.  Just right.  The word “photography” literally means “drawing with light” from the Greek words phos, (genitive: photós) meaning “light”, and graphê meaning “drawing or writing”.  There are so many ways to think about the different types of light within our photography and what we can do with what we get in the field but also when we get back in front of our computer to process our images we “harvested” in the field.

In this presentation Nic will talk about how the most important thing in photography is you and how you look through the light harvester (IE the camera) and the choices and decisions you make on how to collect the light that is falling in front of you onto your subjects of choice.  Nic doesn’t have mastery of light nor the power to control it but he will talk about what he CAN control is how he reacts to the light he is given, not the light he wants, but the light he is given.  Nic considers the science and study of light to be one of our most important pursuits in photography.  This presentation will increase your understanding of how to work with light.   

Some of the topics covered in this presentation include but are not limited to:

  1. How to think about light.
  2. How we view light vs how our camera (light harvester) views light.
  3. How do we actually see light from the warms and cools to the brights and darks.
  4. What is the true value of light in our images?
  5. How do photographers describe and talk about light?
  6. What are the 4 ways in which light interacts with our scenes?
  7. How can you most effectively use light in your images.
  8. Ways you can break out of your normal mode of working with light.

As part of this session you will get a follow up with a reference sheet of 15 ways to describe light, and a recording of the presentation. 

Stover is based in San Luis Obispo, California and focuses on landscape photography classes and workshops encouraging his class participants to develop their skills, explore their capabilities, and to create meaningful work.  Additional information can be found at www.stoverphoto.com

Ian Plant Freebie

Here is a link for a FREE reference sheet of ways to take better photographs from one of the masters, Ian Plant. 

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Happy New Year!

Mike Prokosch

On Wednesday, January 6, 6:30 pm, we will have meeting that will reveal our 2020 Year-end awards.  With the April Salon meeting being cancelled, and the print categories being discontinued, there will be no awards for prints this year.   This was the first year that we have the assignment category with the largest number of images submitted.  Michael Prokosch thanked our club for being asked to judge and was impressed with the quality and diversity of our salons.  The galleries will be posted after the meeting.  An invitation to the meeting will be sent by email to all members on the morning of the meeting.

We have two more meetings in January.  Check out the calendar page with information about Mike Moats (Macro) and Cameron Darnell (Creative Lighting for Bird Photography).  Watch for meeting invitations in your email no later than the day of those meetings, but get the dates on your calendar now.

Architecture Examples

The February 3, 6:30 pm meeting will be the first salon meeting of the year.  The assignment is Architecture and the submission deadline is January 13.   

Reminders

  • Be sure to enter the 2021 Interclub Competition! It’s a benefit of our club being a member of the Twin Cities Area Council of Camera Clubs.  The deadline is Saturday, February 6, 5 pm.  The rules and entry form is here.  And you can see how our club has done in the past here.
  • After a brief hiatus, the N4C contests resume this month.  The entry deadline is the tenth of each month.  Here is how to enter.
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Mike Moats on Macro Photography

On Saturday, January 16, 3:00 pm, Mike Moats will present “The Properly Equipped Macro Photographer.”  Being a properly equipped macro photographer is not just about the equipment, but also equipping yourself with the how-to knowledge of macro photography, how to control depth of field, a little about composition, and subject matter.

Mike Moats is an international award-winning, full time pro macro photographer from Michigan.  He is a Tamron Image Master, and his articles and images have been published in many photo magazines for over 15 years.  He has a Macro Photo Club online with over 2,000 members from 18 countries.  Mike teaches workshops and speaks at photo conferences throughout the US.

You can see more of his work and more about his Macro Photo Club here.  Special thanks to Steve Cole and Richard Hudson for arranging this.  A link to join this meeting will be sent to all members as soon as it is available.

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Camera Council News

Interclub Competition

The annual Interclub Competition for 2021 will be happening soon, so it’s time over the next couple months to find your very best photos to submit.  There will be no print competitions this year but Black and White (Monochrome) has been added to the individual categories.  Meanwhile, I’ll be looking at all our salon photos this year to choose 20 for the club competition.  The rules and entry form for 2021 is here.  You should also check out how our club has done in the past by clicking here.

Free Bird Photography Virtual Meetings

Photo by Cameron Darnell

The Camera Council is sponsoring two virtual programs that are available to all members of the Camera Council.  When we get closer to these dates, I will send invitations by email to all members.

Monday, December 14, 6:00 pmIntro to Bird Photography by Cameron Darnell

Bird photography can provide countless opportunities for artistic expression and enjoyment. After discussing the basics of photographing birds, Cameron will explain how to manipulate your camera settings for bird photography, how to use light to your advantage, and how he composes his images. He will share descriptions and image examples highlighting various techniques for developing bird photography skills 

Photo by Cameron Darnell

Monday, January 11, 2021, 6:00 pm  – Creativity in Lighting for Bird Photography by Cameron Darnell

Birds provide a myriad of opportunities for artistic expression beyond a standard portrait. Whether the photographer utilizes backlight, negative space or depth of field, capturing a variety of unique compositions can create a visually stunning bird portfolio. In this workshop, Cameron will explain how to create a thoughtful image that tells a bird’s story. He will share descriptions and image examples highlighting various techniques for becoming a more creative bird photographer.

Cameron is a recent graduate of high school, is 19 years old, and enjoys nature, athletics, and music. He got into photography after birding for a while when he saw someone with a lens clicking shots on a bird walk seven years ago. “It seemed so fun, so I tried it with a beginner digiscope setup. I was hooked immediately! I love the creative aspect of bird photography, how each viewer sees the scene differently and can create his or her unique vision of the subject. It’s fulfilling to provide an outlet for visual wildlife conservation as well through my bird photography.”

Website: https://www.camerondarnellphotography.com/

Instagram: @camerondarnellphoto

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November 4 Meeting Update

We had a great meeting with John Gregor on Wednesday night.  It was well attended, not only by our club members, but also the North Metro Photo Club and the St. Croix Valley Camera Club. He showed us some amazing places and images and gave a lot of back stories.  The audience asked some great questions, and John’s answers were revealing.  John gave us permission to record the meeting, so if you missed it, here it is:

John asked me to share the following links:

He has a lot of great videos on his YouTube channel.  He has a couple on the use of ND filters, and my favorite “Fashion Tips for Winter Photographers”.  You know that’s coming!

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Coming Up in November

Next Wednesday, November 4 at 6:30 pm we will be hosting a presentation by John Gregor.  The program is “The Stories We Tell; Telling Stories with Nature, Landscape, and Travel Photography”.  John has been a long-time friend of our club and has also made many appearances at the Camera Council’s Spring Break events.  John 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, his degree was entitled “Documentary Expression of American Culture through Photography” a combined degree of Social Sciences and Fine Art Photography.  You can see more of his work at https://coldsnapphotography.com/

All club members will be emailed invitations to join the meeting on the morning of the 4th.

Free Statewide Star Party

Our friend, Dr. Mike Shaw, will be giving a free presentation at 7 pm, Wednesday November 11. Link for details of his talk:  https://www.bellmuseum.umn.edu/event/swsp-2020-wed/

Registration link:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/statewide-star-party-virtual-edition-tickets-124294232395

Reminder

Our last salon meeting of 2020 will be on December 2 and the entry deadline is November 10.  The assignment is “Fall” and here is how to do it.

 

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The Power of Contrast – Lisa Langell

Thanks to the North Metro Photo Club for inviting our club to another great presentation by Lisa Langell.  This program will be on Thursday, September 3 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm.  An email with the invitation will be sent to all paid members later tonight.

Why contrast is so critically important — HOW and WHERE you use it makes all the difference!

  • Did you know you can actually control your audience to follow a path in your images in a certain order and sequence?
  • Are you aware that carefully placed contrast plays a critically important role in whether your images are experienced in a pleasing way, or with strain?
  • Have you mastered the secret of making an image come to life and “pop?”
  • Need ideas to improve the “resting place” for your viewer’s eye as they navigate your image?

These critical components of powerful images can all be significantly enhanced by the proper use of contrast. There are special techniques that can be accomplished in-the-field as well as during post-processing that will amaze you.  We will explore before-and-after examples and teach you how you can do so with your own images simply and effectively. Get ready for a game-changer!  Whether you are controlling for contrast in your exposures themselves, and/or in post-processing, this fun, informative and interactive session will help you learn the tricks and techniques necessary to make your images go from drab to fab!

Lisa Langell is a full-time, award-winning photographer whose work has appeared in numerous prestigious publications including the cover of Outdoor Photographer magazine, plus numerous images in Arizona Highways, Ranger Rick, art galleries and more.  She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the North American Nature Photography Association.  She is also a proud ambassador for Tamron, FotoPro, and H&Y filters.

Whether it was working as a master floral designer, a licensed psychologist, university faculty, an international consultant in K-12 education, the Chief Business Development Officer of an education technology company, a researcher, a writer, or an artist—she enjoyed meeting each challenge.  Still, her strongest calling was photography–ever since childhood–when bird watching ignited her lifelong love of nature and the camera.  In 2010, she turned her passion for photography into a business—and in 2015 she successfully transitioned to photography full-time and left the corporate and consulting world behind.  The journey with photography has definitely been Lisa’s favorite – she loves combining her diverse background and skills into her photographic art and instruction.  Bringing joy to others brings joy to her! She thrives on creating innovative learning experiences and pushing photographic boundaries.  She equally enjoys enriching, stimulating and expanding fellow photographers’ minds emotionally, creatively and intellectually. 

You may read more about her or see her work at http://www.langellphotography.com

 

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How to Talk Dog

On Wednesday, June 17, at 6:30 pm, Lisa Asp will be hosting a Zoom meeting for our club.  I will send out invitations by email today.  Please register as soon as possible, as we will be extending an invitation to other clubs to take part in order to help make this worthwhile for our speaker.

There’s more than just squeaky toys when it comes to creating portraits of our 4-legged family members.  Lisa Asp, owner of Tangerine House of Design in Minneapolis, MN, has been photographing pets since 2001 and has learned a thing or two along the way.  Join us as she shares the inside scoop on training her (human) clients, lighting their dogs and getting expressions that the owners will love.  As part of this seminar, Lisa will also discuss safety in working with pets, posing, lighting and lens selection. 

 Lisa Asp, M. Photog., M. Artist, Cr., CPP, grew up in Minnesota.  She moved to the east coast in 1998 and opened an upscale, retail photography studio in Connecticut.  When her husband was offered a job in Minnesota, they jumped at the chance to move back near family & friends and relocated in 2011.  After purchasing and renovating a house, Asp opened “Tangerine House of Design”, a full-time photography studio in Edina, MN.  Pet photography had previously been a small part of her business but took off at this point and became her niche market. 

Asp has earned a “Photographer of the Year” medal from the Professional Photographers of America for the last 9 years straight and has been named one of PPA’s “Elite Plus” members.  Lisa has won numerous awards for her work including five Kodak Gallery awards, Fuji Masterpiece, Lexjet, PPA District First Place and GIA Second Place, and many more. She enjoys volunteering her time with several pet rescues photographing their adoptable animals, fostering and assisting in their fundraisers and food drives.  Her love of animals has grown into wildlife (and landscape) photography and has teamed up with another photographer to launch “Inspire Photo Tours” – small group educational and photographic experiences to help others explore the world photographically.  She is a past president of the Twin Cities Professional Photography Association, Director of the Animal Image Makers Conference, and a PPA Councilor. 

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WebEx Meeting How To’s

Participant Best Practices

  • Participant cameras should be turned off. It really doesn’t add anything to the experience and it sucks up bandwidth.
  • Participant microphones should also be turned off when joining the meeting. You are encouraged to type questions into chat during the presentation and then to have an open Q&A session for audio questions for those with microphones.
  • A headset of some kind is recommended, rather than listening through the computer speakers.

How to Join a Meeting – At about 20 seconds into this video there is an option to join the meeting using your browser.

How to Change the Video Layout in Webex Meetings

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May – Moving Forward

By now, some of you have experienced live webinars, thanks to some very generous people in the photography community.  Maybe some of you have experienced video conferencing using Zoom, Cisco’s WebEx, or one many other alternatives.   Members of our board had a WebEx meeting a couple of weeks ago and we will have another one tomorrow night.  (We are working on making this better for everyone.)  The experience of some left much to be desired, partly because of bandwidth limitations and likely the amount of internet traffic at the time.  We have decided to use WebEx for future salons and speakers.  The reason we chose WebEx is for its security and also because we will be able to record the meetings in the MP4 format so that we can post the videos on our website. This cannot replace meetings at the Phipps, for sure, and no cookies will be served during the break!

Street Photography: Life and Art in a Split Second

In a virtual meeting of the Western Wisconsin Photography Club on Wednesday evening, May 20 at 6:30 pm, Walter Horishnyk and Richard Ott will share images from their gallery exhibit of New York street photography, “The Manhattan Project.” Winding their way through the crowds and corners of the city, they captured their own personal visions of Manhattan. Their striking use of color and composition makes the city come alive.  In this presentation, they will describe their journey with plenty of tips to improve your own street photography.  Invitations to join the live meeting will be sent to members by email on Wednesday morning.

Street photography has been Walter Horishnyk’s passion for many years. He regularly shows his work of Minnesota, New York City and Havana street photography in galleries. Walter also specializes in live music performances, capturing the musicians’ emotions and energy. http://horishnyk.com/ Richard Ott has done color and black and white commercial, industrial and sports photography through his company Argus Images http://www.dickottsworld.com. He has exhibited in St. Paul, Minneapolis and at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson.

Exhibits Update

Chelsea Long, the Healing Arts Program Director, has contact us to update us regarding the current status and short-term plans for the Healing Arts Programs at Hudson Hospital & Clinic and Westfields Hospital & Clinic. The hospitals will remain closed to non-patients at least through the end of June in response to COVID-19.   As a result, they have had to cancel all art rotations through July and plan for the possibility that the closure continues. They have asked that all artists with work give their permission to keep their work through the end of September, if that becomes necessary, or to notify us of a date by when you absolutely need it prior to that. Artwork will continue to be insured through this time, as well as available for purchase from staff and patients. 

“Yellow Flower” by Michael Waterman

Close to Home

If you haven’t already checked out our Close to Home gallery, click here for inspiration.  Even though some of us are getting out more and further from home, we are still accepting images for the gallery.

 

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