Workshop: Beginner Outdoor Portrait Photography – Thursday 6/27

Are you new to portrait photography and would like to improve your images?  This workshop will focus on the basic techniques that will help you take better outdoor portraits.  Unlike event photography, however, where you’d simply have make the best of the lighting and other circumstances as they unfold, we will look specifically at techniques where the photographer will have control over the positioning and placement of their subjects.  

This workshop will primarily be about using available natural light, and how to find the best light around for your subject when you may not have a flash or an assistant to hold a reflector – although we may touch on those briefly.  We’ll look at how to best deal with sunlight, how to find available reflectors in an urban environment, and how to look for and take advantage of diffuse light.  We’ll also talk about lens focal length and aperture, metering modes, and the benefit of fill flash. 

For the first half of the workshop we'll look at a number of portraits and talk about what does and does not work in them, and possible ways to correct images that could be better.  The second half will be devoted to going outside and exploring the techniques talked about in the first half.  Bring your camera along and practice.

So, if you’d like to learn some basic techniques on taking better portraits of your friends and family, please make yourself available for this workshop on portrait fundamentals.

  • Thursday, June 27th, 7pm.
  • Salt Lake City Main Library, Conference Room B (our usual place). 

New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape

A presentation by Lewis Crawford

In January 1975, a small but important exhibition, curated by William Jenkins, opened at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY, entitled New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape. Documenting landscape and a human involvement with a space, the photographs depict industrial warehouses, suburban tract housing, trailer parks and inner city streets in a mapped, gritty and honest way, all sans people. Landscape was no longer the sublime imagery found in an Ansel Adams photograph; it had become methodical and clinical. The influence of academia is evident within the show; most were college-trained artists or taught at universities, a first for a major photographic exhibition. By examining images, discussing the artists and curator, the lecture will explore their influences upon contemporary landscape imagery, photographic education and some of today’s top photographers.

Lewis J. Crawford is a fourth generation Arizona native and second generation Arizona artist. All though he still considers Prescott, AZ his hometown, he currently lives in Salt Lake City, UT and is an Associate Instructor for the University of Utah. In 2009, he earned a MFA in photography from the University of Utah and in 2005, a BFA in photography from Arizona State University graduating Summa Cum Laude. He has had solo shows in Tempe, AZ, Salt Lake City, UT and Ogden, UT. He has shown internationally and numerously within the United States. His work combines digital technology, antiquated photographic processes and print making to create what he defines as factitious imagery.

President's Note: From to time to time the club presents topics beyond the production of great photographs to consider broader view of photography in the art world. This is one of those presentations. I hope you'll take advantage of this presentation to expand your knowledge base.

  • Thursday, June 20th, 7:00 p.m.
  • Salt Lake City Library, Conference Room B

Little Sahara Sand Dunes Field Trip - Saturday, June 15th

Join the Wasatch Camera Club for a trip down to Little Sahara Sand Dunes in Juab county. This will be a longer event and we'd like to carpool as much as possible, approximate drive time from SLC is 2 hours.  We will have a variety of opportunities to photograph Utah's largest dune areas in late afternoon / evening light - sunset is at 9:00 pm (moonrise and set will be at 12:36 pm and 1:05 am)

Due to the additional coordination needed for a day-long event, we are asking that all that plan to attend please RSVP.

* When/Where: We will meet at 3pm at the South Towne Center mall in Sandy (10450 S. State St.) in the parking area west of Dillards on the western side of the mall and carpool from there (see contact info below if you have trouble finding us).  We should be meandering around the dunes by 5:30, and we expect to stay until about 9:00, so that should give us plenty of time to explore.  

Be prepared for trudging up and down the soft slopes of the dunes, have plenty of water and food, and protection from the sun.  It's possible that you'll encounter some rather prickly vegetation, so have appropriate footwear. There are bathroom facilities near the campground areas.

You may want to consider bringing a variety of lenses, and flashes or other lights to experiment with as the sun goes down, I've seen some interesting images created on dunes using light painting and other artificial lighting.  Be sure to bring along a little cash, there may be a vehicle entry fee.

Please RSVP: here.

Contact: Jim Berneike 801-792-3570 or Chris Miller 801-389-2500 

The Language of Light Photography Exhibit

In the largest photography exhibit in its history, the Wasatch Camera Club will present The Language of Light in all six branches of the Salt Lake City Libraries. The show will include landscapes and people, wildlife and urban, architecture and travel, altered reality and macro photography.

Read all the details

 As a member, you will have an opportunity to have your work displayed and perhaps sold during the exhibit. This project will require a large number of images and a lot support, but with your involvement, the club is up to the challenge.

Rendezvous with Auto History Field Trip - Saturday, May 18th

Of course history is surrounding us all the time, in old buildings, old forests, deep canyons, and even the acquaintances that we keep.  Sometimes though we come across forgotten pieces of history, things that are no longer commonplace in our surroundings, and for that reason they may trigger memories or ideas about a past that we don't often visit.

On Saturday, May 18th at 7:30 am the Wasatch Camera Club will be visiting an auto junkyard where resides many old cars and trucks - some from as far back as the late 20's or early 30's.  Although certainly not preserved, it is remarkable to see some of the things that have lasted so many years. Rick, the owner, has asked that nothing leaves his property except the images in our cameras.

We're going early for the nice morning light, please be sure of how to get there before leaving home. The yard doesn't have a name posted, but it sits at the SE intersection of 700 S. and 4400 W.  I'd recommend going west on 400 S at Redwood Rd. - continue west for approximately 2 miles, as you drive the road bends south on a couple of occasions and becomes 700 S.  Continue under Bangerter Hwy and you'll be there in about 1/4 mile.  I would not recommend driving north on 4400 W to get there, the train tracks often have stopped trains on them - you may be waiting a long time to go the extra 500 feet that you need to.

This is a junkyard, please wear appropriate clothing and heavy-lugged footware - getting tetanus might ruin your day.

Questions:  Please call Jim 801-792-3570

Saturday, May 18th at 7:30 a.m.

Please RSVP here.

See you there!

 

 

Workflows: Photo Mechanic to Photoshop and Beyond

Doug Pizac will be demonstrating two workflow procedure topics that will make your life easier, faster and more productive.

The first is a continuation of the Camerabits’ Photo Mechanic demo given by David Breslauer in April. Doug will show how this powerful program performs mass captioning, metadata entry, code replacement, and FTP uploads to sites like SmugMug, Photoshelter, Flickr, etc. Once you’ve properly prepped your raw images, the second topic on Photoshop will guide you on how to add sizzle and pop to your imagery quickly with the help of custom-made Actions and enhancement tips.

Attendees can bring an example of their work as part of this workshop. They should bring two files on a flash drive of their own -– the original file out of the camera (before) and how they did post-production on it (after). Doug will then demo using the original file and compare the attendee’s final image to his.

Doug gained his expert photography and darkroom skills through multiple internships with photographers, editors and master printers at National Geographic during college and a workshop with Ansel Adams before his death. With his computer programming knowledge he has been able to translate these procedures to Photoshop. He achieved his Adobe associate certification in Photoshop last year. After 30+ years with The Associated Press as a staff photographer he now freelances and is transferring his decades of experience to college students through teaching.

WHEN: Tuesday, 7-May at 7pm

WHERE: Main Branch, Salt Lake City Library, Conf. Room B

Member's Photos Critique at Next Meeting

The Wasatch Camera Club offers Member Photo Critiques to provide participants a better understanding about how others perceive their images in a positive and lively social setting. The open forum offers problem-solving suggestions, new perspectives and valuable feedback on images presented. Novice to master level photographers are encouraged attend.

Please bring 3 to 6 of your images on a USB thumb drive prioritized in the order that you’d like them critiqued. At the beginning of the meeting we’ll count the number of participants and allocate our time accordingly.

Bring a positive attitude, an open mind, a willingness to share your thoughts, and a desire to learn from others.

 

WHEN: April 25th at 7pm

WHERE: Salt Lake City Public Library - 210 East 400 South, Conf. Room B

 

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