Submitted by Keith Hill on Tue, 01/10/2017 - 15:23
Going for the Optimum in Image Making
This year’s PhotoOp presents two seasoned photographers who will share their approaches to capturing great images. Two sessions will include proven steps to better composition, dealing with challenging shooting conditions and a number of ways to optimize getting a great exposure.
The Wasatch Camera Club and Pictureline are pleased to present Jennifer Wu and Adam Barker at this year’s PhotoOp 17. Slated for Saturday, March 25 this year’s event will continue the dual presenter format with Jennifer presenting in the morning and Adam in the afternoon. (See their biographies below.)
Jennifer Wu, a Canon Explorer of Light, will present Nature’s Elusive Beauty — Composition for Nature and Landscape Photography. This presentation will focus on the fundamental elements of photographic composition and the techniques used to get outstanding images. You will learn more about how to approach taking a photograph and what to look for before pressing the shutter.
Outdoor and action photographer Adam Barker’s presentation, CONNECTIVITY: Capturing Images that Connect with Viewers will share his insight into how he creates imagery that truly resonates with viewers. With examples from his trips to Antarctica and Southeast Asia, you will learn how Barker utilizes photography fundamentals like three-dimensional composition and pre-visualization in his quest to wow the viewer.
This event will also include manufacturers’ representatives available during breaks and during lunch to answer questions and show their latest wares.
PhotoOp is open to everyone, but registration is required as seating is limited. There is a small charge to cover event expenses. This will be the sixth PhotoOp the club has offered and attendance has grown each year.
Jennifer Wu is a leading nature and landscape photographer, educator and author. She specializes in photographing the night sky. Jennifer is the co-author and photographer of the book, Photography Night Sky: A Field Guide to Shooting after Dark. With a BA in Photography, Jennifer has spent over 30 years photographing. She has been named by Canon USA for the Explorer of Light program. Her images have been published in numerous magazines and books including Popular Photography, Shutter Bug, Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler and many more. She enjoys sharing her passion and techniques for shooting nature photography in seminars and workshops.
Raised amongst Utah’s Wasatch Mountains, Adam Barker is known for his bold landscape and active lifestyle imagery that has been featured in Outside, Men’s Journal, Outdoor Photographer, Skiing, Ski, Powder, Flyfish Journal, Mountain Magazine, to name a few. He has drawn praise for his teaching style at workshops and has produced imagery for a varied array of commercial clients including YETI Coolers, Panasonic, Columbia Sportswear, Volkswagen of America, Deer Valley Resort, Lifestraw, Skechers and others.
Submitted by Keith Hill on Thu, 01/12/2017 - 10:24
With the New Year upon us there’s never been a better time to clean out your closets and cabinets of older photo equipment — especially now that it’s been updated with sweet new gear purchased during holiday sales events! To aid in the cleanup process, we’re putting together an equipment exchange (aka swap meet) that should be of benefit to everyone.
If all goes as planned, participants will be able to buy sell trade or even give away all types of photo related equipment. We ask that you accept responsibility for any transactions, loss, or damage incurred at the event.
You can bring just about anything, including cameras, lenses, filters, cases, projectors, computers, printers, light stands, lights and well you get the picture. We have secured a big room and will fill it up with banquet tables where you can present your wares.
Note: This is also a nice opportunity to socialize with your fellow photographers. You’re not required to participate in the equipment exchange, but who knows you might find a fabulous deal. Also, you’re welcome to invite a friend who is not a member. Also, we will supply beverages and light food for free.
Three Ways to Participate
Full Table $10
Half Table $5
Depending on how much gear you bring, these options will help you prepare. Full table is a banquet table all to yourself. Half table, we’ll seat you next to a fellow photog who can watch your stuff while you’re away. You are welcome to partner with your fellow photographers to split the huge costs if you wish. No table means you are just scoping things out and/or keeping your gear with you.
If you're coming please let us know, we need to plan our refreshments.
Submitted by Keith Hill on Tue, 10/11/2016 - 12:44
Floralgraphy - An Intimate Look at Flowers
In its third straight year of successful exhibiting, the Wasatch Camera Club is assembling a photographic portfolio entitled Floralgraphy - An Intimate Look at Flowers. The exhibit will present around 30 photographs taken by our talented club members.
Gertrude Stein wrote, “Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.” On one level she is correct. But all things can reveal deeper mysteries if one peers with curiosity, imagination, and an open-mind. Flowers are no different. A field of brightly colored tulips will always attract the attention of photographers — amateur and professional alike. But step closer into the frame and a flower can become abstract, sensual, soft or tenuous, depending upon its visual personality. We call this approach: Floralgraphy - An Intimate Look at Flowers. Whether using close-up lenses or compositions, with this exhibit we explore far beyond a rose merely being a rose.
Holding the belief that photographic prints are the highest expression of the craft of photography, the club encourages members to print, frame and hang their finest works. The Florography exhibit is evidence of the level of talent, the beauty of great print-making and the joy of presentation through the careful selection of the club’s best floral works.
Submitted by Keith Hill on Sat, 10/01/2016 - 08:42
Put the Ultimate Photo Editing Tool in Your Hands
Many club members have expressed interest in learning more about Photoshop and we’re happy to announce three new workshops to help you expand your skills. These workshops are scheduled close together to enable you to build knowledge from previous classes as you go. Or, you may wish to pick individual workshops most pertinent to your needs. Regardless, your work will never be the same.
Pixels associate, master photographer and long time friend of the Wasatch Camera Club, Randy Collier will be your instructor. Randy provides instruction in a fun, thorough format where you come to truly understand Photoshop. Classes will be held at the Pixels store in Sandy and you’re welcome to bring your laptop to follow along with Randy’s instructions. (If not, prepare to take careful notes.)
For planning reasons we’d like everyone to register as quickly as possible. We anticipate this will be popular and we may need to use a larger space. The fee per class is $30 which includes a nine dollar club member discount from the normal price.
Here is the schedule:
Basic Tools - Wednesday, October 12th from 7:00 PM ’til 9 $30
This essential instruction lays groundwork for any future Photoshop work.
Using Layers - Tuesday, October 18th 7:00 PM ’til 9 $30
Compositing - Wednesday, November 9th 7:00 PM ’til 9 $30
Club member Doug Pizac shares his secrets about how to paint with light using just one strobe. By compositing the images he transforms a rather dull outdoor shot of a home or indoor room into images with life. In this workshop he will cover the entire process first, by choosing an area/room at the library, photographing it, and then creating a layered image live using Photoshop on the meeting room’s projection screen. This is a very effective technique that can be applied to a number of subjects shot in challenging lighting conditions, and the equipment needed is budget-friendly.
When: Wednesday, September 14th, at 6:30 p.m.
Where: City Library, Conference Room B
Submitted by Keith Hill on Tue, 08/16/2016 - 08:56
We are always working to improve our competition/critiques and this year we’ve made changes based on comments and experiences from last year.
In the past, we have required participants to add a title to their entries. While titling is widely popular in the art world, some believe images should stand on their own. This being the case, we will give entrants the opportunity to have a title that the judges see or, if they prefer, not.
Also, judges will no longer see images organized by ranking. This will permit anyone’s image to receive scoring based entirely on merit. This change was made to eliminate any possible bias a judge might have on seeing an image based on ranking. For example, an image in the Masters category could create an expectation for higher scores. Now, our judges will not see a ranking associated with an image requiring them to score based solely on the photograph’s perceived quality.
Competition Director Jason Hutchison is also redistributing the number of participants in each ranking. The crowded Intermediate and Advanced rankings were getting too large while the Masters ranking was shrinking. Normally, the winners in each ranking are promoted to a higher ranking each year but this was taking too long to create manageable ranking sizes. So, 3 to 4 participants in the lower rankings are being promoted up for the coming year. Jason pointed out that these promotions are all well deserved based on quality work.
Our attempt to create synergy between Exhibits and Competition/critiques seemed to create some confusion with last year’s themes in that the themes were also possible exhibit titles. We don’t think that worked very well and this year the themes have been reset to be similar to earlier years.
With these changes in place it’s going to be an exciting year and we encourage all members to jump in and participate in this very successful program. We know from past experience, competition/critiques are a powerful way to help improve everyone’s work.