April Technical Night – Long Exposures and Double Exposures – by Robert, Lee & Lynn

Since two of our upcoming Competition Assignments are Long Exposures and Double Exposures, we will be going over these photographic techniques for our April 23, 2021 Technical Night!

Robert, Lee and Lynn will be tag teaming the discussion with their images and suggestions on how to make artistic creations of your own.

These techniques are a bit outside “normal” photography but they are great ways to get more creative and have a lot of fun with the equipment and software we all have! You can even do this with your phone camera!

So please join us as we go down this creative rabbit-hole and have some fun getting your “altered realty” on for our June and August assignments!

HOW TO ATTEND

We will send the Zoom invitation to all current (2021) members a few days prior to 04/23/21.

Please remember to renew your TBCC annual membership if you have not already done so for 2021. You can use this link: http://www.jrsphotos.com/misc_sale_tbcc_dues30.htm

BE SURE TO COMPLETE THE MEMBER INFO FORM, HIT THE SUBMIT BUTTON AND THEN PAY YOUR DUES ON PAYPAL. THIS IS FOR RENEWALS AS WELL AS NEW MEMBERS!

Non -Members are Welcome! If you are interested in joining us to see what we are all about, we will send you a Zoom Invitation for our Competition Night only. Please send your Name and Email address with the Subject line “Zoom Invite Needed for MEETING on (appropriate date)” to mytbcc@gmail.com so we can get the invitation to you.

Hope to see you at our Competition Night on April 16th and for this Technical Night on April 23rd.

Lynn Wiezycki, TBCC VP

March Technical Night – Lightroom Updates, Tips & Tricks presented by Robert Rostick

Our own, and very special, Robert Rostick, will be presenting Lightroom updates, tips & tricks for our March Technical Night on March 26, 2021.

  1. We will explore some hidden features inside Lightroom Classic that you may not know about as well as some Brush Tricks
  2. LR Range Mask in depth
  3. LR Color Grading and replacing color
  4. LR Print Module and Map features
  5. Also any questions you might have about LR that have never been answered to your satisfaction

We hope to see you at this technical night that will certainly help all of us!

HOW TO ATTEND

We will send the Zoom invitation to all current (2021) members a few days prior to 03/26/21.

Please remember to renew your TBCC annual membership if you have not already done so for 2021. You can use this link: http://www.jrsphotos.com/misc_sale_tbcc_dues30.htm

BE SURE TO COMPLETE THE MEMBER INFO FORM, HIT THE SUBMIT BUTTON AND THEN PAY YOUR DUES ON PAYPAL. THIS IS FOR RENEWALS AS WELL AS NEW MEMBERS!

Non -Members are Welcome! If you are interested in joining us to see what we are all about, we will send you a Zoom Invitation for our Competition Night only. Please send your Name and Email address with the Subject line “Zoom Invite Needed for MEETING on (appropriate date)” to mytbcc@gmail.com so we can get the invitation to you.

Hope to see you at our Competition Night on March 19th and for this Technical Night on March 26th.

Lynn Wiezycki, TBCC VP

Mark your Calendar for our Next Outdoor Adventure – Sunday, April 25, 2021 at Robinson Preserve in Bradenton, FL.

As a followup to our wonderful Photocamp in January we getting together for a morning plus lunch outing at Robinson Preserve in Bradenton on April 25, 2021 at 9 AM.

PLEASE READ ENTIRE POST.

This is a terrific park with many photographic opportunities.

I made a visit to check it out and was blown away and, I only saw part of it! I carried my long lens for birds and my wide angle on the infrared converted camera for landscapes. There were some birds but I spent most of my time shooting landscapes.

Woodpecker – I also saw many egrets, some raptors and other small birds.

The Observation Tower was a fairly short walk from the main parking lot but it is several stories high. There are decks on the lower levels so you can see some of the salt marsh from the lower levels. From the top deck you can see the Skyway Bridge and get an overview of the entire preserve.

Observation Tower
View from the Tower.
View from the Tower – Used the birding lens for some landscape images!

The salt marsh has a great variety of plant types and there are long boardwalks and many bridges going over the marsh and small streams that flow in and out of the bay.

I even tried a little ICM with my iPhone and the Slow Shutter Cam app!

I have booked Pavilion #1 (below) that is adjacent to the parking lot and main trailhead at the 1704 99th St NW, Bradenton, FL 34209 entrance. If anyone wants to just hang out there it will be a pleasant spot and it is screened in. Also, everyone please bring a picnic lunch for yourselves and we can enjoy each others company at lunchtime. We will have the pavilion until 5:30pm so if you want to stay past lunch you are welcome to!

We will meet at the pavilion at 9 AM EDT. I will have maps of the preserve so you can decide which of the many trails you want to checkout. There is a long paved trail and some unpaved but fairly smooth crushed shell trails. The trail to the Observation Tower is mostly crushed shell.

Be sure to bring insect repellant and fluids for hydration!

We hope to see everyone there!

ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

Lynn W.

Some info from their website:

Tucked into the corner of northwest Bradenton, Robinson Preserve includes 679 acres of coastal grasslands, saltern, marsh, and mangrove habitat. These systems support a variety of rare wildlife, presenting careful observers with an opportunity to see roseate spoonbills, wood storks, white pelicans, bald eagles, and least terns in their natural environment. Sprouting up from the salty soil are a vast array of intriguing plants, including saltwort, glasswort, and succulent sea purslane.

Robinson Preserve offers visitors numerous ways to explore the coastal habitats. Scale the 40-foot tall observation tower for a view of four counties and five water bodies or check out the view from the camera in the Valentine House Visitor’s Center. Bike or roller blade on 2.5 miles of trail, and hikers can explore more than 5 miles of shell and coastal trails. For paddlers, Robinson Preserve’s 2.5 miles of blueways present a chance to navigate through mangrove tunnels, marshes, and more. The opportunities are endless.

January 2021 Technical Night – Judging and Being Judged with Jim Sykes and Robert Rostick

For our first Technical Night of the new year on January 22, we have our own Jim Sykes and Robert Rostick doing a panel discussion about image judging.

You might ask, why judging, I’m not a pro? But getting insight into how a professional looks at your images not only will help you with judging, if you get that opportunity on a TBCC Competition Night, but it also makes you more cognizant of what judges are looking for and what is important to them. Always remembering that all of this is very subjective.

This insight will make you more comfortable when you are called upon to judge others’ images but more importantly, it should give you a new “set of eyes” when you are looking at and evaluating your own images for competition and exhibition.

So please join us at 6:30pm on Friday, January 22, for the pre-meeting social time and then at 7:00pm we will start the meeting.

Jim will send out the Zoom invitation a couple of days prior to the meeting to all current members.

Please remember to renew your annual membership if you have not already done so for 2021. You can use this link: http://www.jrsphotos.com/misc_sale_tbcc_dues30.htm

BE SURE TO COMPLETE THE NEW INFO FORM AND TO HIT THE SUBMIT BUTTON AND THEN PAY YOUR DUES ON PAYPAL.

If you are interested in joining us to see what we are all about, please send your Name and Email address with the Subject line “Zoom Invite Needed for Technical Night Meeting” to mytbcc@gmail.com so we can get the invitation to you.

Hope to see you at our Competition Night on January 15th and for this Technical Night on January 22.

Happy New Year!!

Lynn Wiezycki, TBCC VP

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

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

2015 End of Year Holiday Party

Our annual holiday party will be held on December 12th. 7:00 PM at tRG studio. As always, we will be having a print show – please bring a print to hang and be prepared to talk briefly to everyone about your print. We will be awarding the prizes for the competition winners and we will have a few other fun surprises You are welcome to bring a guest and please bring an appetizer, entree, dessert, or drinks to share. We have tableware, cups, ice, and decorations covered already. You may use the following form to let everyone know what you are bringing. This list can be looked at first so that you can see what others have already signed up to bring and avoid duplicates.

03-15-13 Meeting Broadcast Update

Just want to make anyone who plans on watching the live broadcast of the meeting tonight aware that the broadcast will start at approximately 7:30 PM tonight instead of 7:00 due to a presentation we are doing at the start of the meeting that cannot be broadcast over the air for copyright reasons.

Holiday Party Updates and More

Here is some more information regarding the holiday party happening this Thursday evening:
Nobody needs to bring ice, plates, cups, utensils, or soft drinks. The club is providing these items.
You can see what is being brought here and you can add your items to the list here.
There is a stove and microwave available at the location.
Bring a print to hang!
No firearms are allowed on the premises.
2012 competition awards will be presented at the party.
Party time is 7:00 PM. Here is a map:

2013 Competition Assignments

This list will be posted soon on the competition info page with additional details and explanations but for now here is the basic information so that you can get started. For our next competition meeting in January assigned images will be photographed using any single light source other than sunlight. To be clear, this excludes multiple lights and/or sunlight. This is an opportunity for you to experiment with controlling the variables of light: intensity, duration, quality, direction, and color.

  • January – single light source (not the sun)
  • February – construct a still-life with found objects
  • March – self portrait
  • April – bugs (insects, spiders, centipedes, etc)
  • May – food and drink
  • June – emulate the masters
  • July – implied motion (not frozen action)
  • August – sports: the moment of impact
  • September – storyboard
  • October – landscape
  • November – portrait of a stranger (non-studio)
  • December – no competition

Beginning in January we will be implementing our new policy of requiring AA ranked members to act as the third judge during competitions. We feel this is an educational experience for those who judge and will provide a fresh perspective each month. Don’t be shy and don’t hesitate to contradict Robert or Jim – we want to hear your thoughts!

We will work our way down the AA rankings each month to pick the 3rd judge. If it’s someone’s turn and they are absent we will move down the list and the absent party will take their turn the following month if present.

Final rankings for 2012 will be posted after the awards are presented at the holiday party this week.