Club Calendar

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Please note: All meetings are being held online using Zoom until further notice. All club members will receive a meeting invitation with the Zoom meeting link.  If you aren't a club member yet, you're welcome to join our Google group for people who are interested in the PCC. To join this group, click here and click the link that says "Subscribe to this group.".

September 2020

We will start with an introduction to the Portland Camera Club and our activities. The club officers and executive board will be introduced and present themselves. A summary of the upcoming club calendar of activities will be presented.

Summer Image Presentation: Members can submit one image of their choice to be displayed in a collective slide show. We will have an informal critique of entries. By random drawing, one member who submitted an image will be selected for a free club membership for the 2020-2021 year.

The deadline for entries is midnight Wed Sept 9. Please submit one JPEG by email to pccupload@gmail.com – every entry will receive a confirmation. Images must be sized maximum width 1920px and maximum height 1080px.

Members and newcomers are invited to show one of your images as a way of introducing yourself and your work. This will be a welcoming and supportive introduction and discussion. Please submit one image that best reflects your interests and goals. The deadline for entries is midnight Wed Sept 16. Please submit one JPEG by email to pccupload@gmail.com – every entry will receive a confirmation. Images must be sized maximum width 1920px and maximum height 1080px. As always, please name your image file as your name-[class A or B]-title.jpg, for example, ansel-adams-a-winter-storm-yosemite.jpg

Bob KristBob Krist is a freelance photographer and filmmaker whose work has taken him to all seven continents and has won numerous awards, including "Travel Photographer of the Year" by the Society of American Travel Writers three times. Bob's latest book is a black & white monograph of portraits and landscapes called Old Souls & Timeless Places (Brilliant Publishing, Exton, PA 2019).  Bob's presentation to the PCC is Video for Still Shooters–Making the Transition. Many still shooters want to take their first steps into video, but are intimidated by the large crew sizes and the truckloads of gear it seems to take to do it right. But it doesn't have to be that way. Using compact gear and some basic, easy-to-learn video shooting techniques, you can put out quality videos with a 1 or 2 person crew.  Learn the secrets of doing more with less, including compact solutions for audio, simple storytelling techniques using the Five Angles and the Five Shots, how to put out video and stills at the same time in sports and wildlife scenarios, and some tips for compact accessories for run and gun shooters.

Bob Krist has made a science of going smaller and lighter with video gear in travels all over the world while producing client work for National Geographic, Four Seasons Hotels, Pennsylvania Tourism, and a number of NGOs and nonprofits.

Bob's website is bobkrist.com

October 2020

Option 1 - Photoshop: Mike Leonard will present a program on image preparation for display or competition. Mike has a vast amount of experience with photographers of all experience levels through his Adobe Users Group and teaching his Friday Night Photoshop classes. Mike will take the photo image from in-camera, through processing to sizing and final preparation for digital competitions.

Option 2 - Lightroom: Knapp Hudson's program will cover preparing an image in Lightroom.

All PCC members will receive two Zoom links by email. The email message will indicate which Zoom link is for the Photoshop meeting, which for the Lightroom meeting.

Rob will present a workshop using five sample images to be critiqued and judged.  Note: files for this meeting are available here: click to open the folder. The PDFs available include Rob's Judging/Critique Guidelines Manual and the slide show for Rob's presentation. The five images to be used for judging will be added to the folder.

One image per member. Max size: 1920px wide by 1080px tall. Submission deadline: midnight Thursday, October 8.  Please submit one JPEG by email to pccupload@gmail.com – every entry will receive a confirmation. Images must be sized maximum width 1920px and maximum height 1080px. As always, please name your image file as your name-[class A or B]-title.jpg, for example, ansel-adams-a-winter-storm-yosemite.jpg  If you're requesting a critique from the judges, add c- to your image filename (e.g., c-jane-jones-b-katahdin-sunset.jpg).  For more details, see the Competitions & Discussions page.

"A New World Opens, Macro in the Field."  In this talk Steve will speak about how to use basic equipment to make beautiful images of things in the realm of the small: from the size of a butterfly to as small as a tiny flower. He will cover the specific equipment needed for this type of photography. He will also discuss the specialized techniques used in this challenging genre of nature photography such as maximizing depth of field, controlling light, controlling the background and using flash. This program has a special emphasis on working macro subjects in the field. Visit stevegettle.com

Note Carefully: Each member must Pre-Register for this webinar individually—and please not at the last hour. Similar to a Zoom meeting, each person will receive a link from Steve Gettle to join the webinar Mon. Oct 26, 7pm. This will not be the usual PCC Zoom routine. To Pre-register go to: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OjfivStrR-yd8MoiWgaQMg

November 2020

Club members are invited to share their favorite location in Maine to photograph. The program is dependent on member contributions. Members are encouraged to share a few images (2-4)of their location and provide a brief description of the site during the Zoom meeting on Nov 2. Image submission deadline is midnight Wed Oct 28. Please name your image files your name-title.jpg, for example, ansel-adams-winter-storm-yosemite.jpg. Please send images as a JPEG file to pccupload@gmail.com. Every entry will receive a confirmation email. Images should be sized at maximum width: 1920px, maximum height; 1080px.

Betty Wiley is a favorite presenter on all aspects of Lightroom. Betty is a frequent contributor to a number of magazines on Cape Cod and the South Shore. She was featured in a photo essay which appeared in the July (2011) issue of Cape Cod magazine which showcased her images taken on Cape Cod and the islands. She has numerous magazine assignments and covers to her credit and is an experienced speaker, instructor and workshop leader and has numerous accolades for her teaching and on-location workshops. Members take note, this is always a favorite presenter and program. Visit bettywileyphotography.com

This is the chance for members to have their image discussed in an open, non-judgmental way by all the meeting members. These sessions are always a favorite and are a perfect way for your photo to be seen, strong points shown and possible improvements to be made without the pressure of scoring and competition. You can introduce your image, describe what you are trying to achieve and your level of success. Members can discuss the images using the 12 Elements terminology that is used in evaluating aspects of an image such as, Creativity, Technical Excellence, Composition, Lighting and Style, etc.  Please submit one image that best reflects your interests and goals. The deadline for entries is NOTE: NEW DEADLINE is midnight Sat Nov 14. Please submit one JPEG by email to pccupload@gmail.com and in the email message write something like "This is my discussion image" to indicate that it's for discussion night (not the 11/23 competition). Every entry will receive a confirmation. Images must be sized maximum width 1920px and maximum height 1080px.

One image per member. Max size: 1920px wide by 1080px tall. Submission deadline: midnight Thursday, November 12. Please submit your image by email to pccupload@gmail.com and in the email message write something like "This is for the competition" to indicate that it's for the competition (not the 11/16 discussion night). Every entry will receive a confirmation.

"Moving in Closer: Advanced Macro" Steve Gettle returns with a presentation about advanced macro techniques. Look into the eyes of a dragonfly. See the scales on the wing of a butterfly. Gaze into the dew drops on a spider's web. A beautiful new world opens up when we move in beyond 1:1 (1:1 = a full frame shot of a nickel). During this course we will explore the exciting world of more extreme macro photography. You will learn how to use special techniques and equipment to peer into the world of the truly tiny. We will explore some simple things like extension tubes and close-up diopters to get in close, as well as more specialized techniques and equipment like microscope objectives and focusing rails. We will also discover the creative doors kicked open through the use of focus-stacking and high-speed flash.

Note Carefully: Each member must Pre-Register for this webinar individually—and please not at the last hour. Similar to a Zoom meeting, each person will receive a link from Steve Gettle to join the webinar Mon. Nov. 30, 7pm. This will not be the usual PCC Zoom routine. To Pre-register go to: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__w8q2RRjT6G-TfthNCkj5Q

December 2020

Club member Samm Marquis will lead a presentation on photographers developing an online presence in the Social Media realm, such as Facebook, Instagram, etc.

Tonight will be a fun opportunity to get to know a few PCC members and their interest in photography. Ella Hudson will do a series of brief interviews asking some club members about their photography and photographic experiences.

January 2021

One image per member. Max size: 1920px wide by 1080px tall. Submission deadline: midnight Thursday, Dec 24.  You must name your image file as your name-[class A or B]-title.jpg, for example, Ansel-Adams-A-Winter-Storm-Yosemite.jpg  If you're requesting a critique from the judges, add c- to your image filename (e.g., c-jane-jones-b-katahdin-sunset.jpg). Please submit your image by email to pccupload@gmail.com. Every entry will receive a confirmation.

Click here for a handy guide to preparing and submitting your image.

This is the chance for members to have their image discussed in an open, non-judgmental way by all the meeting members. Images will not be judged or scored. Members can discuss the images using the 12 Elements terminology that is used in evaluating aspects of an image such as, Creativity, Technical Excellence, Composition, Lighting and Style, etc.  The deadline for entries is midnight, Jan 9. Please submit one JPEG by email to pccupload@gmail.com. Every entry will receive a confirmation. Images must be sized maximum width 1920px and maximum height 1080px.

Click here for a handy guide to preparing and submitting your image.

Members can choose either of two Zoom meetings about making a slide show. One meeting is Mike Leonard's presentation on how to use the PicturesToEXE program to create a slide show on a PC. The other meeting is Knapp Hudson's presentation on how to use Lightroom to create a slide show on a Mac. Members should choose their meeting in advance: the PC users' meeting, or the Mac users' meeting. Details on signing up for either Zoom meeting to come.

A presentation by club members Mike & Linda Cullivan about their trip to Norway, above the arctic circle. The presentation will describe some details on planning, preparation and travel to a remote and wild location. Also, photographing in a hostile climate. Landscape and wildlife images will be presented. Mike and Linda welcome questions during the presentation.

February 2021

One image per member. Max size: 1920px wide by 1080px tall. Submission deadline: midnight Thursday, January 21.  You must name your image file as your name-[class A or B]-title.jpg, for example, Ansel-Adams-A-Winter-Storm-Yosemite.jpg  If you're requesting a critique from the judges, add c- to your image filename (e.g., c-jane-jones-b-katahdin-sunset.jpg). Please submit your image by email to pccupload@gmail.com. Every entry will receive a confirmation.

Click here for a handy guide to preparing and submitting your image.

This is the chance for members to have their image discussed in an open, non-judgmental way by all the meeting members. Images will not be judged or scored. Members can discuss the images using the 12 Elements terminology that is used in evaluating aspects of an image such as, Creativity, Technical Excellence, Composition, Lighting and Style, etc.  The deadline for entries is midnight, Feb 6. Please submit one JPEG by email to pccupload@gmail.com. Every entry will receive a confirmation. Images must be sized maximum width 1920px and maximum height 1080px.

Click here for a handy guide to preparing and submitting your image.

Professional photographer and teacher Kathleen Cemons' presentation will be on incorporating textures into images. Visit Kathleen's website at kathleenclemonsphotography.com

Ben Williamson is, in addition to being an accomplished professional photographer, the photography editor for Down East magazine. Visit Ben's website.

March 2021

One image per member. Max size: 1920px wide by 1080px tall. Submission deadline: midnight Thursday, February 18.  You must name your image file as your name-[class A or B]-title.jpg, for example, Ansel-Adams-A-Winter-Storm-Yosemite.jpg  If you're requesting a critique from the judges, add c- to your image filename (e.g., c-jane-jones-b-katahdin-sunset.jpg). Please submit your image by email to pccupload@gmail.com. Every entry will receive a confirmation.

Click here for a handy guide to preparing and submitting your image.

This is the chance for members to have their image discussed in an open, non-judgmental way by all the meeting members. Images will not be judged or scored. Members can discuss the images using the 12 Elements terminology that is used in evaluating aspects of an image such as, Creativity, Technical Excellence, Composition, Lighting and Style, etc.  The deadline for entries is midnight, Mar 6. Please submit one JPEG by email to pccupload@gmail.com. Every entry will receive a confirmation. Images must be sized maximum width 1920px and maximum height 1080px.

Click here for a handy guide to preparing and submitting your image.

Members can choose either of two Zoom meetings: "Photographing Lightning" with Mike Leonard or "Lightroom, Often Overlooked Items" with Steve Painter. Members should choose their meeting in advance: the lightning meeting or the Lightroom meeting. Details on signing up for either Zoom meeting to come.

Phoneography specialist Rad Drew's presentation is titled "The Magic of SnapSeed: Process Mobile Images to Perfection!" In this presentation you'll learn how to:
* Apply a standard workflow for editing any image in SnapSeed
* Use SnapSeed's hidden masking feature for eliminating noise in clouds and sky, and selectively sharpening parts of an image, such as eyes in a portrait
* Leave a splash of color in a B&W Image
* Create composites with two images
and so much more!

Rad A. Drew is a photographer, teacher, and tour leader from Indianapolis IN who makes photographs with mirrorless and infrared cameras, and assorted iPhones. He loves to teach and inspire others to discover their hidden creative talents. Rad's creative images have been recognized in galleries and photo competitions around the world. Visit www.raddrewphotography.com.

Note: you must register in advance to attend this Zoom presentation. To register (free), go to https://www.raddrewphotography.com/p/webinar-for-portland-camera-club.html.

Ryan Knapp is the Mt Washington Observatory Photo Administrator.

April 2021

One image per member. Max size: 1920px wide by 1080px tall. Submission deadline: midnight Thursday, March 25.  You must name your image file as your name-[class A or B]-title.jpg, for example, Ansel-Adams-A-Winter-Storm-Yosemite.jpg  If you're requesting a critique from the judges, add c- to your image filename (e.g., c-jane-jones-b-katahdin-sunset.jpg). Please submit your image by email to pccupload@gmail.com. Every entry will receive a confirmation.

Click here for a handy guide to preparing and submitting your image.

This is the chance for members to have their image discussed in an open, non-judgmental way by all the meeting members. Images will not be judged or scored. Members can discuss the images using the 12 Elements terminology that is used in evaluating aspects of an image such as, Creativity, Technical Excellence, Composition, Lighting and Style, etc.  The deadline for entries is midnight, Apr 10. Please submit one JPEG by email to pccupload@gmail.com. Every entry will receive a confirmation. Images must be sized maximum width 1920px and maximum height 1080px.

Click here for a handy guide to preparing and submitting your image.

Professional outdoor photographer Sean Bagshaw's presentation is about Luminosity Masking. Visit Sean's website at www.outdoorexposurephoto.com

Members are invited to share a slide show. Instructions are coming for how to submit your slide show.

May 2021

 

Tonight is the Portland Camera Club's annual business meeting, including the election of Club President and Executive Board members. After the annual business meeting, our guest speaker is professional photographer Laurie Klein whose presentation is on Fine Art Infrared Photography. Visit Laurie's website at www.laurieklein.com

Our guest speaker for the annual club banquet, virtual this year, is professional photographer and teacher Tillman Crane. He will be speaking about fine art platinum/palladium prints.