Member Critique Night, Thursday February 20th

As members of a camera club of many fine photographers we often don't consider the critique of our fellow club members as often as might benefit us.  If you're like many photographers you probably often take several images of the same subject in different ways, and then hem and haw during your review about which of those images you think is best - which crop, which processing, which angle, etc.

For Example:

There is likely not a right answer, but you can be sure that people will have preferences, and those preferences can serve as a good answer.  The Member Critique Night is a good opportunity to find out what others prefer in your work and how you may possibly improve it. You're welcome to treat this as a show and tell of your best images, but it might be a more productive evening for everyone to bring images that you're just not quite sure about, images that you like but think could be done differently.

Please come prepared to talk about your images for about 5 to 10 minutes - bring as many or as few as you like, but consider the time constraints and what you'd like to accomplish.  In order to give everyone an equal opportunity in a limited amount of time please put your images in a clearly marked folder on a USB drive ( a working USB drive John Scarlett :-D ) in the order that you'd like them critiqued, this will help us be a bit more efficient.

When: Thursday, February 20th, 6:30 to 9:00 pm

Where: Our usual Bat place, Main SLC Library, Conference Room B (downstairs)

Why: Because we like you.

The Club goes Big at the Library

Thursday, February 6th was a milestone for the Wasatch Camera Club. It was when we held a reception for the Language of Light exhibit. Over 50 members and a number of others gathered to view the works of 48 club photographers.

Fifty-eight prints where displayed and received great comments by those assembled, including many from the City Library staff who helped produce the show.


This is the first phase of the Language of Light and it will be up until March 14th. The second and final phase will begin March 3rd and end on April 30th. The second phase will be in the other five branches of the Salt Lake City Library system and cover different categories of photographs. All of these later exhibits will run simultaneously.  (More on the exact schedule here.)

Light Painting of Table-Top Objects Workshop

Doug Pizac, club member and professional commercial photographer (see bio below), will lead a "hands-on" workshop exploring the use of ancillary lighting to "paint" table-top objects. The two viola shots above are a good example of what you see and learn. The difference between them is that the second photo has seven layers of light-painting that were combined into a single image during post-processing. 

Doug will start the workshop with a brief presentation showing the basic processes and then move into a live demonstration. After that, he will then assist club members to create their own light painting pictures with objects they bring.  Attendees will need to bring their camera with a normal lens (approx. 50mm), a tripod, flashlight and an object no bigger than a loaf of bread to photograph. Members should test their flashlights for correct color balance beforehand.  LED lights are close to daylight balanced and regular flashlights are between tungsten and candles -- around 2600 kelvin.

DATE: 11-Feb | TIME: 6:30-9pm | LOCATION: SLC Main Branch Library, Room

Doug Pizac started his 40+ year career as an intern at National Geographic. From there he was team photographer for the California Angels baseball club, a freelancer for the Associated Press, UPI, Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register and eventually landed a staff photographer position at AP.

After 30+ years at AP he now has his own company where he fulfills the needs of clients and national publications.  Doug believes in giving back to his beloved industry through teaching photography courses at The Art Institute of Salt Lake City where he is training the next generation of photographers and helping others such as Wasatch Camera Club members.

Learn the Basics of Studio Lighting SOLD OUT

This workshop will acquaint you with the use of studio lighting equipment to create a variety of affects for portrait subjects. The class will cover routine, as well as, unconventional approached to lighting and will use a range of studio lighting gear. Attendees will be well equipped to rent the studio for their own projects following this workshop. Master photographer, Chad Braithwaite will teach the group and has been well-liked by club members who participated in last year’s Working with Models workshop.

Bring your own camera with a medium to long focal length lens and Chad will supply the transmitter to fire the lighting gear.

To cover studio charges and model fees, we are asking $40 for the 9 a.m. to noon session, February 15.

Faces Photography
8665 South Sandy Parkway
Sandy, Utah 84070 (map)

Nationally Recognized Photographer - Rick Sammon - to Present at PhotoOp 14

Every year the Wasatch Camera Club brings a nationally recognized presenter to Salt Lake City to recharge the creative juices of area photographers. This year, it's Rick Sammon who will be doing the honors. Rick is a Canon Explorer of Light and has not only extensive experience as a photographer, but is a great teacher as well. He plans reveal numerous techniques, concepts and how-tos during a day-long PhotoOp 14 event on Saturday, March 22nd, from 9am to 3pm.

Everyone is invited, but due to possible space limitations, we ask all to register for the event. To find out more about Rick and PhotoOp 14 click here.

Miller Center, Salt Lake Community College, 9750 South 300 West, Sandy, Utah

Language of Light Deadline Information

For those of you who had images accepted into the Langauge of Light exhibition, here are the specifics of the final preparation:

January 20 – Your image description(s), sales price (if you’re selling), and contact information needs to be complete for all your images. You provide this info via a web form found here. We need it early so we can parse it out to the folks at the library branches.

As you may know we have a two part start up, where In Nature kicks off in February and the other branches start in March.

Saturday, February 1, Noon-3PM – All “In Nature” prints need to be delivered to the Salt Lake City Library. Our volunteer Branch Coordinator, Brandon Tolman, will be on-site to check-in your work. 

All other image categories will be delivered “around” March 1st at the branches where they are assigned. We are still awaiting final dates and times for this so please stay tuned for further updates. Again, you will hand off to club branch coordinators.

If your schedule will not permit you to hit these delivery times you will need to make arrangements with the appropriate branch coordinator for delivery ahead of the due date. (The previously sent email has contact info for those coordinators.) The Branch Coordinators and image categories by branch assignment are as follows:



Branch Coordinator

In Nature

Main-Lower Urban Room

Brandon Tolman

The Built World


Fred DeSmet

Global Views


Cathie Delewski

Creative Angle


Keith Hill

In Details


Lloyd Blackburn

The Human Experience


Clint Phipps

Choosing the Right Cameras and Lenses

A new year is upon us and are you sure you have the right camera and lenses for what you want to photograph? Digital SLRs, full-frame, APC sensor, mirrorless, four-thirds and point-and-shoots (and even film!)…they all have their place. Super wide angle, medium telephoto, primes and zooms…which to choose for what? You wouldn’t use a sledge hammer to secure a nail so make sure you understand what imaging tools are available and which would be best for YOUR photography.

Jens Nielsen and Dave Ward of Pictureline will present a 2 hour workshop entitled ‘Choosing the Right Cameras and Lenses’ on January 14th beginning at 6:30pm. This workshop will be at Pictureline and if interested you should RSVP here.

Jens worked for the very well-regarded Borge Andersen in his the photo lab from 1986 until 1989 when he founded Pictureline.  For 25 years Pictureline has been one of the dominant photography stores in Utah. Jens has taught numerous classes and seminars that relates to photography and the business of photography.  

Dave has been involved in photography since he stole his father’s camera in the 7th grade. Photography was a way to document his day-to-day life and adventures in rock climbing, mountain biking and hiking. Dave brings his passion for photography to his numerous Pictureline classes and community education adult learning classes.

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