September Technical Night – Special Presentation by Colleen Miniuk – Human Perception in Composition

Please join us on Friday, September 25, 2020 at 7 pm EDT for a presentation on Composition that I know you will enjoy and learn a great deal from!

Colleen’s Bio:

Colleen Miniuk is an ex-software engineer who fled Intel Corporation in 2007 to pursue a meaningful life as a full-time outdoor photographer, writer, publisher, instructor, and speaker. Her credits include National Geographic calendars, Arizona Highways, AAA Via, National Parks Traveler, On Landscape, and a broad variety of other publications. She has served three times as an Artist-in-Residence with Acadia National Park. She authored the award-winning guidebooks, Photographing Acadia National Park: The Essential Guide to When, Where, and How and Wild in Arizona: Photographing Arizona’s Wildflowers, A Guide to When, Where, & How (1st and 2nd editions) as well as the instructional ebook, Seeing the Light in Outdoor Photography (1st and 2nd editions). She also writes a weekly advice column called “Dear Bubbles.” Colleen leads photography workshops and all-women photography workshops (called “Sheography™”) through her own company, CMS Photography, as well as for numerous camera clubs, national-level organizations, conferences, and private clients.

Description of the Presentation:

Anyone who has spent even a little time dabbling in photography has likely heard about the many “rules” of composition. And the emphasis on such topic is for good reason, for how a photographer arranges the visual elements within the frame directly affects how viewers perceive his or her photograph. But oftentimes photographers spend much time forcing their scenes to fit the rules (which yields technically “perfect” but perhaps boring photographs) rather than arranging the subject matter based on emotional responses, meaning, and human perceptions.

Join outdoor photographer Colleen Miniuk for a different way to approach composition. This insightful and educational presentation goes beyond reviewing the predominant rules and shares how we can leverage the reasoning behind human perception to help elicit specific responses from our viewers. Hear how people respond to subject matter placement, visual weight, lines, light, color, and other elements of visual language to help us arrange our scenes to communicate more meaningful messages with our audiences.

Examples of her art:

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In the early 1900s, Charles S. Russell and river-running legend Bert Loper set out to make a movie about their whitewater adventures on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. After the first of their two boats sank in Cataract Canyon, Loper stashed the second boat along the river, hiked out of the canyon, and built a third boat out of galvanized steel. The Ross Wheeler, he called it, named after a local. Loper and Russell had a falling out. Russell took the Ross Wheeler and started the trip over with a new crew. The second boat sank. Then a fourth did as well. That was enough for Russell to abandon the third boat, the Ross Wheeler, along the South Bass Trail. Over 100 years later, the boat still rests there, chained to the boulders above the high water mark.
Fiery sunset over the gypsum ledges near East Gypsum Bay in the Virgin Basin in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area on the Arizona-Nevada border. (Photo from Arizona)

Colleen Miniuk Photography & Writing www.colleenminiuk.com

Do not miss this presentation! It will surely change how you see! It did that for me!

Jim will send out the Zoom invitation the week of Sept 20 for the meeting on Sept 25th. I hope to see you all there!

Lynn Wiezycki

Updated – August Technical Night- Special Presentation by Charles Needle – Impressionistic Photography: How to Use Your Camera (or Smartphone) as a Paintbrush

Speaker Change:

Due to a medical issue our August speaker, Rad Drew, will be postponed until a later date , October 23rd.

BUT Rad referred us to renown photographer, Charles Needle, so he will be doing his own presentation for us.

Presentation:

Unlock your creative potential and discover how to craft painterly photographs using nothing but your digital camera (or smartphone). Charles will describe the process of using long-exposure and multiple-exposure techniques to transform everyday scenes into unimaginable visual masterpieces. His program will be a nuts-and-bolts approach to learning techniques such as, Long-Exposure Pan/Tilt, “Multiple-Exposure Monet” (a technique Charles invented), Multiple-Exposure Rotate & Zoom, Soft-Glow Montage and Composite Montage.  He will also explain how to use a free script in Photoshop to accomplish this same look, if your camera does not have built-in multiple-exposure capability. You’ll learn how to see in new ways and take your photography to an entirely new, mind-blowing level!

Charles’ Bio:

Charles Needle is an award-winning, Colorado-based fine art photographer, author, speaker and workshop leader with a unique eye for design and artistic interpretation. His popular “Art of Nature” creative macro workshops have attracted students nationwide.

In 2018, Charles earned an honorable mention in the Macro category of the 8th Annual International Mobile Photography Awards Contest. He was also a semi-finalist in the 2014 Nature’s Best Photography Winland Smith Rice International Awards photo contest.

In 2011, Charles was selected as a finalist, among 15,000 entries worldwide, in the International Garden Photographer of the Year photography contest, sponsored by The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (London, England). This exhibition traveled throughout the United Kingdom.

A popular conference and camera club speaker for more than two decades, Charles has authored three cutting-edge instructional books: Tiny Worlds: Creative Macro Photography Skills (Amherst Media, January 2015), Impressionistic Photography: A Field Guide to Using Your Camera as a
Paintbrush (March 2014), and Creative Macro Photography: Professional Tips & Techniques (2011).

An accomplished speaker, photography juror and teacher with international workshops in Monet’s Garden (Giverny, France for 20 years in a row, with exclusive private access), Keukenhof Gardens (Holland) and The Butchart Gardens (Canada), Charles is a FujiFilm USA Talent Team
member and North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) Showcase Award winner nine years in a row.


Charles’ photographs have been selected for publication in Nature’s Best, Outdoor Photographer magazine, Nature Photographer magazine, Inner Reflections Engagement Calendar, The Chicago Tribune, SELF Magazine and are in private and public collections nationwide and abroad.

To learn more about Charles’ work, including his workshop and private lesson offerings, visit www.charlesneedlephoto.com.

Examples of his work:

Jim will be sending out the Zoom invitation shortly so be watching for it in your email or here on the website.

See you all Friday night and let’s get our Impressionism hat on and eyes ready! This should be fun!

Lynn Wiezycki

October Technical Night – Special Presentation by Rad Drew – Smartphone Photography using Snapseed and Lightroom Mobile

Please join us October 23rd at 7 pm EDT as we learn how to better use that camera we always have with us, our Smartphone! Rad is an excellent instructor and I know you will really enjoy his presentation. He is proof that you can make extraordinary images with your Smartphone!

Rad Drew Bio
Teacher, photographer, and tour leader, Rad A. Drew, creates with the iPhone, mirrorless, and infrared cameras. He is a frequent contributor to PSA Journal, and was listed in PSA’s Who’s Who in Photography 2018. His creative images have been recognized internationally and exhibited in galleries around the world including SOHO Gallery and SOHO Arthaus in NYC, the L.A. Mobile Arts Festival, and Obscura Gallery, Melbourne, Australia. Rad is an associate editor for PhotoPXL.com, and the mobile art network, TheAppWhisperer . He is a contributor to The Art of iPhone Photography: Creating Great Photos and Art on Your iPhone, serves as a Topaz Labs Affiliate, and is the creator of the popular webinar series, How I Did It!™. See Rad’s work and tutorials on his websiteFacebookYouTube, and Instagram, and subscribe to his newsletter.

Webinar Description:

In this 90 minute presentation, photographer, Rad A. Drew, from Indianapolis, Indiana, will cover two topics: 

  • The Magic of SnapSeed! Process your Mobile Images to Perfection!, and
  • Create and Process RAW on your Mobile Phone!

Part 1 Description: The Magic of SnapSeed (for iPhone and Android)
SnapSeed is one of the most powerful apps for processing images on mobile devices. It’s like having Photoshop in the palm of your hand! Photographer, Rad A. Drew, will share tips and tricks that you can use to edit and stylize your images using SnapSeed on your mobile phone.
What you’ll learn…

  • You’ll be introduced to the SnapSeed interface and the various tools for processing your images
  • Rad’s simple workflow for processing any image in SnapSeed
  • How to use SnapSeed’s hidden masking feature for eliminating noise in clouds and sky, and selectively sharpening parts of an image, such as the eyes in a portrait.
  • How to stylize your image with textures and filters for a vintage look.

Install the Free SnapSeed App
Install the free SnapSeed app on your iPhone or android phone prior to the presentation.

Part 2 Description: Create and Process RAW on your Mobile Phone! (For iPhone and Android)
Lightroom for mobile is an app that allows you to record images in high quality RAW format and to process those images with Lightroom’s powerful RAW editing tools on iPhone and Android phones.

What? You don’t subscribe to the Adobe Creative Cloud and you don’t want to? No worries!

There is a FREE VERSION of Lightroom that has everything except three tools – Selective, Healing, and Geometry – none of which are required for creating and processing RAW files. 

If you already subscribe to the Adobe Creative Cloud, the complete Lightroom for your mobile phone is included with your monthly Adobe Creative Cloud subscription. If you don’t subscribe to the Adobe Creative Cloud, install the free app on your phone.

  • Get the Lightroom app for iPhone 
  • Get the Lightroom app for Android.

What You’ll Learn in this Webinar: 

  • Why photographers prefer recording and processing RAW 
  • How to make images in RAW format with the Lightroom Pro Camera, including HDR and Long Exposures. 
  • Six steps for processing your RAW files to perfection in about two minutes using Lightroom’s powerful RAW processing tools. 
  • How to save the processed images to your phone’s camera roll. 

RAW images and RAW processing has long been the standard for serious digital photographers, but, until recently, recording and processing RAW was not possible on mobile devices. Today, however, we can tap the power of RAW right from our mobile device. 

Some more of Rad’s smartphone images.

Jim will send out the Zoom invitation a few days before the meeting.

Hope to see you all there! This is one you should not miss! We will not be recording the presentation

Lynn Wiezycki, VP

July Technical Night – Lightroom Classic and Lightroom Cloud presentation by Jim Sykes

If you have Adobe’s Creative Cloud subscription, you may have noticed you had 2 versions of Lightroom included in your subscription. Until recently they were both designated as Lr. As the result of a recent Adobe update, the two Lightrooms are now more distinctive. There is Lightroom Classic designated as LrC and Lightroom Cloud designated as Lr.

There are some substantial differences between these applications so our own Jim Sykes will take us through the differences and give some pros and cons of using Lightroom Cloud (Lr).

Lightroom Classic is the version we use for Competition Night and Critiques. With the recent update there were a few changes to Lightroom Classic (LrC) that Jim will tell us about, also.

So join us online for a Zoom meeting Friday, July 24, 2020 at 7pm to learn more about Lr and LrC.

Jim will send out a Zoom invitation just prior to the meeting date.

See you then!

Lynn Wiezycki

Infrared Photography by Tony Sweet – Technical Night in June

To continue our learning and sharing during these difficult times, I am very happy to announce that we have booked Tony Sweet to give his talk on Infrared Photography at our June 22, 2020 Technical Night via Zoom.

Tony’s Bio:

Coming from an artistic background as a professional jazz artist and professional close up magician (sleight of hand artist), Tony has always sought creative, deeply personal endeavors.

The transition from jazz artist to nature photographer was a seamless transition as both require an improvisational nature and an ability to adapt too quickly changing conditions.

Tony was named as a Nikon Legend Behind the Lens and has been published worldwide for over 35 years. He has authored 8 books, contributing to many others, co-produced an educational DVD series, and teaches and lectures throughout the US, Canada, Iceland, and Cuba. 

Tony is co-owner, along with Susan Milestone, of their Visual Artistry Workshops Series and Creativity Seminars. Tony and Susan have also launched an online educational series, beginning with ProCritiques and One on One private sessions.

Please visit http://tonysweet.com

Examples of Tony’s infrared work:

I took my very first online photography classes from Tony back around 2005! My first workshop was also with him and Susan in the mountains of Tennessee. He was teaching color nature photography but showed us some of his amazing infrared images! I was hooked and vowed to get a converted camera as soon as I could…. I know you will want to try this different and interesting way of seeing the world, after hearing Tony speak and seeing more of his images!

Please join us at our Zoom meeting on June 22, 2020, and learn from this internationally known photographer.

Jim will send the Zoom invitation out and post it on the website just prior to this meeting.

Looking forward to seeing all of you at the meeting.

Stay well!

Lynn Wiezycki

May Technical Night -Macro/Close Up Photo Contest and Celebrity Judge – TBCC Members Only

PLEASE READ ENTIRE POST FOR ALL THE DETAILS!

During our forced stay at home time, macro and close up photography has become a way to keep from being totally bored and keeping our photography skills honed!   So with that in mind, we are opening up a special Macro/Closeup Photo Contest for our 2020 paid TBCC members.

Renown macro/closeup photographer, Mike Moats, has agreed to be our celebrity judge and he will be awarding a lifetime membership to his Macro Photo Club to the winning entry.  This is a $99 value.

Mike will join our May 22, 2020 Technical Night meeting via Zoom and talk about some of the entries (based on the number of entries), announce the winners and give us an overview of what he has to offer in regard to the Macro Photo Club and his other educational offerings.

Mike’s Bio:

Mike Moats is an international award-winning, professional macro photographer from Sterling Heights, Michigan. Mike’s love of photography, which started out as a hobby in 2001, has since evolved into a full-time business. In addition to creating his own images, Mike added Close-up/Macro Photography” workshops into the mix in 2006, and he now also makes speaking appearances at photo conferences nationwide, leads intensive Macro Boot Camps around the country, and now has an online Macro Photo Club to assist photographers with their macro goals.

Recruited as a member of the Fuji Pro Talent Team in 2006, Mike is also honored to be a Tamron “Image Master” and a Vanguard Pro. He has won numerous local, national, and international awards. Mike’s first book, Tiny Landscapes, was released in 2008, and his images and how-to articles have been published in various magazines, including Outdoor Photographer, Nature’s Best Photography, Shutterbug, PC Photo, Nature Photographer, Photo Life, Whisper in the Woods, and Michigan Fish and Game Finder; in photography collections such as the North American Nature Photography Association’s (NANPA’s) Expressions book and the Pure Michigan tourism companion; and in various corporate collateral, including on the Tamron USA blog and in Fujifilm newsletters.

Examples of Mike’s work:

Contest Details:

We will accept only 2 entries of a macro/closeup image from each paid member (if you have not paid your 2020 membership dues please pay here , Paypal).

We will only be accepting entries via email, lynnwiezycki@gmail.com, from April 15th up to midnight May 15th, 2020.

Please follow the instructions below for configuring your JPEG image in Lightroom as I will be sending the images up to Mike to judge.

Cost:

Free to paid 2020 TBCC members.

Awards:

1st Place – Lifetime Membership – Mike Moats Macro Photo Club and a 13 X 19 print of your image printed by JRS Photos (Jim Sykes)

2nd Place – 13 X 19 print of your image printed by JRS Photos (Jim Sykes)

Questions?

If you have any questions, please email Lynn at lynnwiezycki@gmail.com.

Technical Night Meeting:

Jim will send out a Zoom invitation just prior to the May 22nd Technical Night meeting to all members.

We are looking forward to hearing from Mike and seeing everyone’s macro/closeup images!

Stay well!

Lynn Wiezycki

Vice President TBCC

Special Speaker at April Technical Night – 04/24/2020

In these difficult times, we still need to keep learning and sharing.  We are very fortunate to have Jackie Kramer of Phlorography and Luvblooms.com as our speaker at 7PM on April 24, 2020.

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Jackie’s Bio:

Jackie has been passionate about photography since her dad gave her a camera in high school. Orchids, hibiscus, and bromeliads at Selby Gardens and wading birds at Lido Beach and Longboat Key became Jackie’s favorite subjects.  Although her photography has expanded to include weddings and portraiture, she remains an avid floral photographer. Jackie teaches individual and group workshops and also maintains an active online group, Phlorography – Artistic Floral Photography, with thousands of passionate floral photographers from around the world.

Jackie will be speaking via Zoom about the artistic side of flower photography.  She will also tell us about Phlorography, her new online educational offerings, and her upcoming workshops.

Here are some examples of her beautiful work!

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Please join us at our Zoom meeting on April 24, 2020, and learn from this nationally known photographer.

Jim will send the Zoom invitation out and post it on the website just prior to this meeting.

Looking forward to seeing all of you at the meeting.

Stay well!

Lynn Wiezycki

 

Saturday video series and other info

Happy New Year to everyone! Here is a rundown of some of what’s happening in our club right now:

Please join us on Saturday morning at 10:00 am for the next video presentation. This time the topic will be intimate landscape photography with photographer Bill Fortney.

The assigned category for the January photo competition is Travel. Remember the cutoff time for entries on the meeting night is 6:45 pm and that you must have your dues paid to be eligible. If you wish to pay your dues at the meeting please fill out this form and bring it with you. Your current ranking, based on the final scores from 2011, can be viewed on the new score sheet.

The next SDL workshop that Robert and Jim are doing will be at tRG studio on Saturday the 21st. The topic is food photography. If you are interested please go to the SDL website to find out more information and register.

P.S. Thanks to everyone for making the holiday party a success. The food and the company were terrific. Here are a few snapshots from the event: