Focus on Focus Workshop Well Attended

Our recent workshop on focus covered the very fundamental topics of shutter speeds, f-stops and ISO settings and how they affect one’s ability to achieve the focus required for particular subjects. As many members check the landscape box on their membership application it was fitting to begin with perhaps one of the most challenging subjects to keep in full focus – that of landscape. The presentation went on to cover portraiture and sports photography and the challenges each presents.

Among the attendees there was some pretty strong interest in “back button” focusing, i.e. programming your camera to separate the focus function from the half shutter position. In this instance, most photographers also decide to use only the center sensor for focus to ensure the exact point of focus. (The back button focus approach was strongly encouraged by Ron Wyatt who presented a sports photography workshop at Pixels recently.) If you’d like to find out more just Google “back button focus” and you’ll find a ton of information.

The Focus on Focus workshop is part of the club’s ongoing mentoring project. If you have interest in being a mentor or being mentored contact our Mentoring Director Charli Bova here.

Mentorship in Progress

The Mentorship program was launched on May 12th with the Exposure module.  It was lead by Charli Bova and attended by 7 members.  The relationship of ISO, aperture and shutter speeds in capturing the "correct" expose was presented.   How aperture controls DOF as well as shutter speed controls motion in photography were reviewed.  Everyone became familiar with their own camera, camera menus and camera programing before we went out into the the field.  We then used  the camera's meters and histograms to get the artistic exposure we were looking for.

The next module, Focus, is going to be presented in a workshop format on 6/12 by Keith Hill.  Please bring you cameras and User's Manuals to the session.  If you have questions about your camera's function, this will be the time to get some individual and hands on instruction by more experienced members.

Following Focus will be modules on Composition and Digital processing are being developed.

Please contact me at mentor(at)wasatchcameraclub(dot)com to be on the email list for future modules.  You must be registered to participate in the module so there are enough mentors, space and handouts to meet the needs of the group.

Natural History Museum of Utah Field Trip

Very old dead critters, architecture, butterflies and gems – what a diverse pallet of subjects all rolled into one field trip!  You can browse the museum at your leisure to photograph the displays or the wonderful architecture of the new building.  Additionally, the curators of gems & mineralogy and entomology are going to set aside a special room for us to photograph some of their specimens, and they’re looking forward to our being there!  I’ll be bringing four task-lighting lamps for additional lighting, but it’s also suggested to bring a backdrop fabric that you’d like to photograph on – specimens will be light and dark, so a variety colors and textures will provide lots of possibilities.  This will also be a good opportunity to practice some of the macro techniques that you learned in the recent macro workshop!

Location: The Natural History Museum of Utah at Red Butte

Date and time:  Wednesday, June 6th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm

Fee: The museum has an entry fee of $9.00

For a club event of this nature the museum will require that we sign a release stating the images will be used for personal use, or if used for commercial purpose the museum is entitled to a percentage of the proceeds from that use.

Please RSVP to fieldtrip(at)wasatchcameraclub(dot)com

Focus Fundamentals Workshop

Controlling focus is a key creative tool and critical for making great images. In this workshop we'll consider focus techniques for shooting landscapes, portraits and sports. We review the terminology and the interrelation between shutter speed, f-stops, depth of field, ISO which are the core of all photography. It may sound messy, but the relationships are pretty simple when you understand them. Special emphasis will be given to landscape photography as it represents the challenge of ensuring the greatest depth of field. Discussion will include lenses, camera settings and operation, software usage and other gear to help you stay sharp.

Presented by Keith Hill on June 12th at the downtown SLC library.

Folks in the 2, 3, & 4 numbered mentoring levels should make this workshop a priority.

Hill AFB Open House and Air show Field Trip

Saturday and Sunday, May 26th and 27th.  Gates open at 8am, Free to the Public!

We'll rendezvous at the main gate at 10am for club members that would like to get together to share ideas on capturing images of both the static aircraft and those during the airshow.  Because this is a large public event RSVP's are not required but please join us at the rendezvous if you're so inclined. We'll share thoughts about how to capture interesting images.

Please see their website for a list of things not allowed into the show, as for camera gear they're only allowing small bags - that means leave your big ones at home or in your car.  http://www.hill.af.mil/warriorsoverthewasatch/index.asp

Aerials Acts will be going on from approximately 10am through 4pm both days.  Also, according to Capt. Scott Meyer, who is organizing the static and aerial shows,  entering and photographing the interiors of the planes will be up to the individual crew members.  Don't assume you can take photos of the interiors, ask a crew member first!

Please use the comments section of this post to help simplify car-pooling arrangements if you're interested.  Include your name, contact info, approximate location, and whether you'd like to drive or be picked up.  Use the comments section at your own discretion, remember the website is public.

Cheers!  See you there.

Macro Workshop: May 8, 7-9pm

Have you ever considered getting into macro photography and didn’t know where to begin?

Maybe you need a new photography subject that doesn’t require that you venture much beyond your home – perfect for those bad weather days when you’ve really got an itch to do something creative.  Macro photography can be an exhilarating way to expand the way you see things, it can take you into a world of detail that you may have never paid much attention to.  You may find interesting details in ordinary objects, or maybe you’ll discover a new passion for the smaller creatures that you noticed but never examined closely.  Macro photography certainly has its own unique set of challenges, but with the right tools and a little bit of know-how they can be easily overcome . . . sometimes anyway.

 
This workshop will be an expansion of last year’s presentation. It’s designed for those who haven’t tried macro but are interested in knowing more about it, or even those who have played with it a bit but would like to learn about optional tools that can take your macro to different dimensions.
 
Our own Jim Berneike will cover the pros and cons of the different tools available, show you some results of his own, as well as some from other photographers that really excel at this art.  He'll also cover some of the process and some of the hurdles you can expect to encounter, and the techniques used in overcoming them.
 
Please join us on Tuesday, May 8th at 7pm at the SLC main library conference room B (where most of our meetings are held) for an in-depth introduction to the world of macro photography.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Club Members Critique Session on April 26th

Join the Wasatch Camera Club this Thursday, 26-April, for our now very popular Member's Critique Session. Bring 5-10 images that you would like to discuss (on a memory stick) AND receive insightful feedback. These can be those images you are justly proud of or perhaps you are are just not sure if it is THE winning image. Regardless, in a most heplful and constructive manner, the club members will help critique your photographs and hopefully in the process push you closer to that better image.

Date/Time: 26-Apr, 7-9pm

Place: Main SLC Library, Room B

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