Category Archives: Educational

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

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:

Registration link:


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


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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. Richard Ott has done color and black and white commercial, industrial and sports photography through his company Argus Images 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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A new Webinar is Scheduled!

When:  Wednesday, July 8, 6:30 pm.  Space is limited and preregistration is required.  Because they want this to fill up, I’ve sent an invitation to other clubs, so don’t delay.  Watch for the registration link in your email today.

I’ve arranged for a new Zoom webinar with Gettle Photography.  The subject is “Building an Image”.   Most great images are not spontaneous. They are more often well thought out and carefully crafted, taking into consideration such things as what you choose to include in the frame, lighting, the background, your chosen perspective, and many other elements. In this talk, Steve goes through his entire process. From seeing and identifying the image to choosing the message, and the step by step progression of building the final composition.

Steve and Nicole lead nature photography tours to exciting destinations around the world. They enjoy sharing their knowledge of the natural world and helping people capture amazing images of our planet. Steve has over 30 years of nature photography experience and has been recognized through numerous awards. These include being a multi-award winner of the BBC’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year and recognized in the prestigious Nature’s Best photography contest. His images are often featured in National Geographic and other nation-wide publications. Nicole has over 15 years of nature photography experience and enjoys discovering and sharing wild connections with others.

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Another Lisa Langell Webinar!

Thanks to Mike Chrun, who happens to be the president of the St. Croix Valley Camera Club,  we will have another webinar with Lisa Langell.  The subject is “Using the Fibonacci Sequence and other patterns to inspire creative photography.”  This will begin at 6:30 pm on Monday, June 8.  You must be registered as soon as possible to participate and I’ll be emailing the link to all members tonight.

Need a creativity boost? Find it in patterns found in nature. Emphasizing these patterns can produce incredible imagery and inspiration to find beauty in things previously overlooked.

Lisa will focus on a variety of patterns that will give you new ideas and techniques that set you apart as a photographer. One of these patterns, the Fibonacci Sequence, is a fascinating pattern that is found naturally in the outdoors from flowers to fruit, mollusks and more. Learn about this fascinating pattern and discover the subjects that incorporate this pattern so that you can photograph the beauty in them in unique ways.

You will learn:

  • About a variety of patterns found in nature
  • How to identify and focus on these patterns to inspire your photography — both in individual photographs and as a collage, grouping or gallery setting
  • Use Photoshop to enhance the visualization of these patterns
  • How patterns can create excellent personal photographic projects

Is the Fibonacci Sequence new to you?  Michael Huber incorporated it in the design of our name tags.


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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: and on Facebook here:

Nikon fundamentals of Photography

And Here’s the More!

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:
  • 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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