Club Calendar

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

Mike 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. This program is a great way for a Portland camera Club member to be prepared to take part in our digital photo critiques and competitions.

More details to come.

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  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 best locations in Maine to photograph. The program is dependent on member contributions. Each member who wishes to contribute a favorite site will submit 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 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 midnight Wed Nov 11. 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.

  One image per member. Max size: 1920px wide by 1080px tall. Submission deadline: midnight Thursday, November 5. Click here for image submission info.

"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