Portrait Lighting Workshop

Join long time professional commercial and portrait photographer Gary Lee Booth at  ACME Camera on Thursday June 19th, 6-8pm.  

Gary will mentor and assist you in problem solving lighting situations on a portrait shoot.  You will have the opportunity to use diffusion, bounce (reflectors), and strobe lighting provided by ACME Camera of Sugarhouse. We will have models for the shoot.

Bring your cameras as this will be a "hands-on" workshop!

Location: ACME CAMERA RENTAL, 1991 S. 1100 E., SLC (in Sugarhouse)

Date: Thursday, June 19th

Time: 6-8pm

Registration closed, sorry!

Outdoor Flower Photography Workshop

This workshop, geared primarily for beginners and intermediates, is designed to show you how to manage light and create interesting compositions using flowers as your subjects. We will mainly focus on controlling the natural light but will also touch on adding supplemental light sources. We'll also cover depth of field, subject isolation, and creative compositions. Bring tripods, macro lenses (if you have them), regular lenses, and wide angles as well. The workshop will be led by two of the club's top shooters, Jim Berneike and Jeff Clay.


Where: Red Butte Gardens, 300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City...we will meet in the interior courtyard just through the main building.
When: Saturday, 3-May, 4-6pm
Cost: There is a $10 fee ($8 for seniors) for entrance to the Gardens
Just Posted: Did you miss out on a paper copy of Saturday's handout? A PDF is available in our Guides & Tutorials section.

Sharpen Your Sports Photography Skills

 The club has been approached by the Salt Lake Lions to provide photographers for their matches. The sport is Ultimate Disc and takes place on a football-sized field. You can see more here. The Lions management would like three photographers per match to cover the action. In return, you will get:

  • 2 complimentary tickets for their friends/family (photographer gets in free, of course) for each game you attend.
  • Water and Sustain (healthy, sugar-free sports drink) provided on the field (please bring a a water bottle).
  • Access to the exclusive media areas on the field.
  • Ability to meet players and get them to sign merchandise
  • Exposure on a national level - we have 17 teams across North America - from New York and Toronto to Vancouver and San Jose.
  • Unique resume and talent-building opportunity.
  • Acknowledgement on social media sites for the photos (please feel free to include watermarks, too).

Here's what they ask of participants:

  • Must wear media pass at all times while on premises (provided by the Lions)
  • Must stay within designated areas, and are not allowed on the field of play during the game
  • No flash allowed
  • No tripods - monopods ok
  • No camera bags allowed on the field - they can become a serious tripping hazard
  • Capture athletes' faces as much as possible
  • Deliver and photos you feel are the best within 24 hours of the game. (You can upload images to the club's Box website.)
  • Allow full usage rights only for the Salt Lake Lions and the AUDL (American Ultimate Disc League) on any submitted photos. No third party usage rights are requested - we will refer any requests to you.

The game dates are available here: http://saltlakelions.com/get-tickets/team-schedule/

They would like 3 photographers at each game, and you will need to arrive about 30 minutes before the start of the game. You are asked to stay for the entire game (about 2 hours).

 The action is very fast moving and will be challenging to photograph well. If you have interest in doing being a sports photographer please send an e-mail with the dates you want to cover to Shane Barrow here.

NightScape Photography Technical Workshop by Royce Bair

Join nationally renowned Royce Bair on Tuesday, April 8th as he presents a technical workshop on nightscape photography. He will give a digital slide presentation loaded with technical, how-to information, such as: planning when and where to shoot, forecasting, finding dark skies, calculating star alignment, choosing the right lens, exposure calculation, noise reduction techniques, light painting, and blending exposures. There will be ample time devoted to questions and answers.

When: Tuesday, 8-April, 6:30-8:30pm

Where: Viridian Event Center (http://www.viridiancenter.org/) of the West Jordan Library (8030 South 1825 West)

What about Royce?

For three decades Royce Bair has been working into the night to create evening landscapes that reveal features not normally seen in the light of day. His "NightScapes" are exposures of the night sky with a unique landscape feature. Using starlight, moonlight, and man-made light, Royce sculpts his terrestrial subjects. Heavenly light sources, i.e. the Milky Way, are often a key component of his compositions. Royce originally used his photography style as a commercial photographer, for companies like IBM and General Motors. More recently, his editorial clients have included National Geographic and The Smithsonian.

Is this REALLY free? Yes, but Royce has requested that you register here.

Want to see more of Royce Bair's NightScape images?

Rick Sammon Delivers Big Time at PhotoOp 14

In a delightful and informative presentation, Rick Sammon pleased a record-setting crowd of 200 at the Salt Lake Community Center on Saturday. Continuing the club’s growing PhotoOp tradition of great presentations, this was perhaps our best effort.


Rick was pleased with not only with his presentation but also gave credit to the enthusiastic and knowledgeable crowd who posed timely and in-depth questions. It was a strong interaction that began early and lasted throughout the day and Rick declared that it one of his most well-received presentations to date. He also enlivened his efforts with some humorous remarks and very funny images.

PhotoOp 14 was productive beyond providing those present with some great insight that included ways to expand creative horizons, location portrait shooting guidelines, how to succeed with HDR, and how to work a subject to get a great image;  the event added 58 new members pushing our club’s membership total to 326.

While we won’t have all 326 members show up for meetings, the club’s size will get the attention of outside organizations helping us to continue providing interesting programs and other opportunities for you and other members.

If you were unable to attend or need to refresh your notes you can find much of the material Rick shared on his blog here.

Lightroom 5 Workshop: Getting to Know the Library and Develop Modules

Join Jon Scarlet on Tuesday, 25-March, as he takes us on his annual tour of Lightroom. For this workshop excursion Jon will focus on both the Library and Develop modules of the newest Lightroom release, #5. He’ll concentrate on tips and tricks but you will also get a macro view of his workflows. Bring your laptop if you want to follow along but whether you are a budding novice or weathered pro, you will want to see what Jon has to show.

Jon’s main interest is in event photography. Working in that area often requires processing photos rapidly because the client frequently needs a finished product quickly. So he was drawn to Lightroom because it can be used to efficiently catalog, review and process photos. He first exposure (sorry for the pun) to photography came years ago from a New York Daily News press photographer. Jon has been a member of the WCC for 4 years. He photographs for the following groups and organizations:

The Kimball Arts Center
Habitat for Humanity
Motherlode Canyon Band
New Pilgrim Baptist Church (SLC)
Utah Jewish Federation
National Ability Center
Beethoven Festival Park City
Snowed Inn Restaurant at Park City Mountain Resort
Park City Mountain Sports Club
Park City Museum
Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter of Utah State University
When: Tuesday, 25-March, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: SLC Main Library, Conference Room B

Field Trip: Midway Ice Castles - Cancelled

This Feild Trip has been cancelled. Here is the announcement from the Ice Castles management:
The reason we are sending this email is to thank you for coming to the Midway Ice Castles.  It is also to help announce that the last day of our season will be tomorrow, Monday February 17th.  We will remain closed for the season thereafter.
We regret closing so early in the year.  However, the unseasonably warm weather makes closing necessary for the safety of our guests and employees. 

Questions: Call Eric 385-233-1518 or Jim 801-792-3570


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