September 2021 – Technical Night – Special Presentation – “In Depth on Depth: Creating Dimension in Landscape Photographs” by Colleen Miniuk

If you caught Colleen’s TBCC presentation last year, you know you don’t want to miss this year’s on Sept 24th! Colleen is creative, knowledgeable and a tiny bit fun! She has a way of looking at photography and explaining it that will open your eyes, minds, and get your cameras clicking!

Presentation Summary

Are your landscape photographs falling flat? While humans see the world in three dimensions, a photographer can render an image of a scene through our camera in only two. Not only do our cameras “see” differently than our eyes and brains do, but also our own eyes can deceive us: what we see and what we think we see doesn’t always line up. If we understand how humans see depth, we can consciously create a sense of shape and dimension in our compositions. Join outdoor photographer/writer Colleen Miniuk for this insightful presentation to learn how to mindfully incorporate the three L’s (lines, layers, and light)—and even optical illusions!—that can help transform uninspiring arrangements into engaging expressive photographs.

Colleen’s Bio

Colleen Miniuk is a corporate-America-escapee turned full-time outdoor photographer, writer, publisher, instructor, and speaker from Chandler, Arizona. Her credits include National Geographic calendars, Arizona Highways, AAA Via, National Parks Traveler, On Landscape, and a broad variety of other publications. 

Her work from the Colorado River watershed is currently featured in a solo photography exhibit “The Current Flows: Water in the Arid Water” curated by Jeanne Falk Adams (Ansel Adams’ daughter-in-law) at the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center in Pueblo, CO.

She has served three times as an Artist-in-Residence with Acadia National Park after which she authored the award-winning guidebook, Photographing Acadia National Park: The Essential Guide to When, Where, and How.

She is also the author of 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) and exhibition catalogue The Current Flows.

She writes an online photography advice column called “Dear Bubbles” and leads photography workshops, women’s photography retreats (called “Sheography™”), webinars, and online critique sessions for camera clubs, organizations, and private clients across the U.S. Learn more at

A Few of Colleen’s Images



We will send the Zoom invitation to all current (2021) members a few days prior to 09/24/2021.

Please remember to renew your TBCC annual membership if you have not already done so for 2021. You can use this link:


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 so we can get the invitation to you.

Colleen will educate and entertain you, so don’t miss this special presentation!

Hope to see you at our Competition Night on Sept 17th and for this Technical Night on September 24th.

Lynn Wiezycki, TBCC Pres

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:

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

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