Category Archives: Training

Nature Visions Expo

Friday, November 1, 2019 – Sunday, November 3, 2019

Nature Visions Photography Expo is an annual event that is held at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, VA and is the premier photography expo in the Mid-Atlantic region. It is composed of a juried exhibit of nature photography, lectures and classes on all aspects of photography, vendors, a Friday all-day seminar by renowned photographer Thomas Heaton, and our Saturday keynote address by Cole Thompson.

We have over 300 winning nature photographs on display plus an exhibit of over 125 Fine Art photographs. We also have over twenty local and national vendors selling all manner of photographic supplies and equipment.

This year we have several distinct types of training

  • All Day Friday Seminar (included if you buy a 3-day Merchant Hall pass).
  • One-hour Lectures (included if you buy a Merchant Hall pass, also available separately).
  • Multiple hands-on workshops for macro/flower and bird photography (purchased separately).
  • 90-minute Lectures on a wide range of photography topics (purchased separately).
  • Keynote Address (included in the multi-day passes; also available separately).
  • Two 90-minute FREE sessions of Lightroom instruction (registration required).
  • Multiple FREE one-hour sessions for the beginning photographer (registration required).
  • 20-minute Photographic Portfolio Review sessions (registration required).

Source: Nature Visions Expo

Also posted in Announcements, Seminar, Tutorials, Workshop

2019 Feb 23: Studio Outing (Setup 9am/Start 10am)

Photo by Ron Peiffer

On Saturday February 23, club members will converge on Chip Bulgin’s studio in Baltimore where we can shoot table top still life, portraits of each other, models, discuss post processing, and do lighting tutorials.

We will be doing studio photography with strobe lighting. We will have several stations/sets available for photographing both human and still-life type objects. Feel free to bring your own lights if you have them. Also feel free to bring stuff and/or people to photograph. You will need a camera with a hot-shoe and a short prime (fixed) or telephoto lens. Something like an 18-55mm, 50mm, 85mm, 18-135mm, and the like should be perfect.

For tabletop club members will bring their cameras and stuff to photograph. Flowers and food are always popular. If you have strobes bring them. Also backdrops and tablecloths can be useful. Unlimited members will work with novice members to share tips and tricks to improve their still life and macro photography.

The address is 3500 Parkdale Ave. Baltimore, MD 21211. The building is on the right-hand side of the street. It’s an old 3 story brick building that used to be a mill. There is a parking lot just past the building up a concrete ramp that has approximately 10 spaces. There is also parking on the street. Go in the blue doors from the street. Take the elevator up to the 3rd floor. Chip’s studio is on the left.

If you are attending or have any questions, please send an email to our club Chip at

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Photo Beach Bash 2019 » Coastal Camera Club

The is the 6th year the Coastal Camera Club is hosting this exciting event. As in past years, the highlight will be presentations by four nationally-known photographers:

JOE BRADY: a photographer, educator, author and workshop leader speaking about an approach to creating images that make you smile. Joe is our keynote speaker,
RAD DREW: a well-known expert in the growing field of Smartphone Photography, talking about how to use your smartphone to create images with impact,
CHASE FAHSBENDER: a specialist in street photography from NYC, sharing his story on how street photography invigorated his passion for his art, and
JAY FLEMING: a local photographer who has achieved national recognition through his passion for the Chesapeake Bay and photographing people who make their living on and around the Bay. He’ll share that with us.

The event will be held again at the Atlantic Sands Hotel, right on the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach. The doors will open at 8:00am when you’ll be able to have a beverage while you visit our Photo Flea Market and stop by and chat with any of our exhibitors. So far B&H, Fujifilm, Parcel Plus, Cameras,etc., and Tamron will be on hand with more to come. You can also peruse a selection of winning images from CCC members in the Gallery on the 4th Floor.

I am happy to announce that the host hotel for the Photo Beach Bash, the Atlantic Sands, has reduced their block room rate from $130 to $105/night and moved the deadline out to February 28th. This is a great deal for those of you coming to the Bash from a little bit farther away, or for anyone just wanting to take advantage of the boardwalk location to, e.g., be around for some sunrise shots over the Atlantic Ocean. So if you are interested in taking advantage of this great offer, call the Sands at 1-800-422-0600 and ask for the room rate for the Photo Beach Bash.

The program starts at 9am and will conclude with a drawing for a wonderful selection of door prizes around 6:30. We’ll take a 2-hr. lunch break at 12, and this year we’re happy to say that in addition to nearby eateries, the hotel’s restaurant will be open. You’ll have plenty of time to revisit the exhibitors, and, if you’d like, get one or two of your images that you brought along critiqued by our presenters in the 4th Floor Gallery.

Tickets are now on sale, same prices as the last time; $25 ‘til then end of February, $30 after that including at the door (but cash only).

Visit our website at, go to our Photo Beach Bash page, and click through to the Eventbrite page to sign up. There are other useful links on our site which will enable you to learn more about our presenters.

Source: Photo Beach Bash 2019 » Coastal Camera Club

Also posted in Photo Opportunity

2019 Jan 30: Portrait Night

Fred Photographing Cathaleen by Alan Hamerstrom

On Wednesday January 30th we will gather for a portrait night. Club members will bring in lights, backdrops, reflectors, light meters and cameras to learn and practice our portrait photography.

Club members will serve as volunteer models.

Experienced club photographers demonstrate lighting setups and posing techniques giving people a chance to play with and use lighting equipment including studio strobes and light meters.

Remember we have a low-key/high-key contests coming up so this is a great opportunity to learn and practice.

Also posted in Meetings, Photo Opportunity, Programs, Tutorials

Cityscape Photo – Expert Photo Instruction

Expert Photo Instruction

Our own Steve Rosenbach is offering one-on-one and small group lessons for Lightroom and Photoshop. His Lightroom Quick-Start lesson will take you from zero to being a competent Lightroom user in about two hours…guranteed!.

More advanced and customized sessions are also available for both Lightroom and Photoshop. Steve also offers free after-training phone/email/text support for anyone who takes any of his lessons.

Steve offers one-on-one and small group lessons for all skill levels and most aspects of photography, including editing in Lightroom and Photoshop. His Lightroom Quick-Start lesson will take you from zero to being a competent Lightroom user in about two hours…guaranteed! More advanced and customized sessions are also available for both Lightroom and Photoshop, and like his workshops, I offer free after-training email/phone/text support for anyone who takes a lesson from me. He is happy to come up with a plan tailored to your current skill level and where you want to go with your photography.

Source: Cityscape Photo

Also posted in Lightroom, Photoshop

2018 May 29: Get Started With Lightroom and Making It Easy | The Annapolis Photography Workshop Group (Annapolis, MD) | Meetup

Also posted in Tutorials

2018 Jun. 23: Lightroom in a Day — Corey Hilz Photography

DATE: June 23, 2018
TIME: 9:00am – 5:00pm
LOCATION: 1616 H St NW, Washington, DC 20006
COST: $149

REGISTRATION: Register with Capital Photography Center

Learn Lightroom in a day. We’ll look at the 2 most powerful modules, the Library and the Develop Modules.

Learn how to use Lightroom to be in control of your digital workflow. This class is designed to make Lightroom easy to understand and put you in control of all it has to offer. It will cover your workflow from beginning to end: from importing and organizing to adjusting, sharing and exporting your images. Find out how to choose which adjustments to make, and in what order. We will spend our time in the Library and Develop modules.

Following the class all attendees will receive an extensive pdf handout with 130 pages of Lightroom tips, tricks and screen shots. It’ll be your post-class companion when you’re back at home working in Lightroom.

Topics include:

  • Adding metadata and keywords
  • Organizational tools: flags, stars and labels
  • Sorting and filtering images
  • Using Collections and Smart Collections
  • Recovering highlight and shadow detail
  • Adjusting contrast, saturation and vibrance
  • Fine-tuning (or completely changing) the white balance
  • Applying adjustments selectively with the Adjustment Brush
  • Graduated and Radial Filters
  • Retouching tools
  • Using the tone curve and targeted color adjustments
  • Removing chromatic aberration
  • Noise reduction
  • Sharpening
  • Processing multiple files
  • Exporting images in other file formats

Participants will need to bring a laptop (or even a desktop) with Lightroom installed so you can practice while the techniques are being demonstrated.

Source: Lightroom in a Day — Corey Hilz Photography

Also posted in Tutorials

2018 May 3: The Freeman Patterson Lecture on Understanding Creativity | Silver Spring Camera Club

The Freeman Patterson Lecture on Understanding Creativity

Joe Miller and the Northern Virginia Alliance of Camera Clubs present “The Freeman Patterson Lecture on Understanding Creativity” on Thursday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Mr. Patterson, a world-renowned photographer and teacher, will discuss the idea of “Creativity” as applied to photographic work. His personal efforts range from documentary to impressionistic; resonating with themes inherent in the natural world. His images have been published in numerous books, magazines, journals, newspapers and advertisements, exhibited around the world.

Freeman will begin his presentation with a talk about the nature of creativity and ways to nurture and develop the creativity with which we are all born. He includes stories of people who have used their creativity under great difficulty to benefit others and follows with a series of photographs (with commentary) that illustrate his main points and reveal how both the symbols in our dreams and the symbols in our art tell our life story.

Freeman has presented this program in several countries – Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Israel, France, England, Canada, and the United States – and regularly updates both the spoken and visual content. It is a continuing work in progress.

Combining a deep love of photography with an open and engaging teaching style, his lectures emphasize learning how to express effectively what you see and feel. He regards visual design as the craft or the language of visual expression and helps his students become fluent; using design with the ease of speaking their first language.

He helps attendees to understand that creativity resides in them (the photographer) and not in the tools or techniques that are used. Without an imagination, dreaming, and manipulation, tools and techniques can accomplish nothing.

Carpooling for this event is suggested due to limited parking space.

Date:    Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Admission:   Free
Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center
3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA  22030

Source: The Freeman Patterson Lecture on Understanding Creativity | Silver Spring Camera Club

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We’d like to invite you to join the Photoworks photography community in our next innovative
project. We share your goal to develop and nurture the art of photography in the DC Metro
area. To that end, we’ve gathered a group of Master Photographers to meet on a monthly
basis, and engage in community photo portfolio critiques — offering individualized insight and
thoughtful guidance. We hope you can join us.

The series of 6 monthly meet-ups runs from 6:30-8:30PM — Sunday, September 17, 2017
through Sunday, February 18, 2018. Each session features a different Master Photographer
from the Washington Metro Area. The first session (Sunday, 9/17 at 6:30PM) features Min
Enghauser, an award-winning photographer based in Alexandria. Min has a piercing eye for
color and detail, offering intimate and powerful portraits of both the natural and man-made.
The fee for the entire series of 6 gatherings is $100, and includes a personal 25-30 minute
portfolio review with the Master Photographer of your choice. In each session, the 2-4 students
that have signed up for a portfolio review will bring in a cohesive set of images (15-20 prints,
darkroom or digital). Each student receives a public portfolio review with the Master
Photographer, offering individual insight and guidance. We’ll talk about what makes a good
picture, and discuss the direction the student wants to explore. This should help students be
better editors of their own images. Students who are not having their work critiqued that
month are observers of the process; a uniquely valuable and informative experience.


  2. Our event is listed as “WORKSHOP: Photo Portfolio Review” and lasts for 6 Sessions @ $100
  3. Choose one Master Photographer for your portfolio review. Sign up with that photographer.

Our guest photographers are rock stars in the world of photography! The list includes talented
portrait and landscape photographers, digital and film photographers, artists comfortable
working in color and black/white, as well as The Washington Post’s own Robert Miller — our
former juror from the “United/Divided” Photography Exhibition. Take a look below…

Min Enghauser
Sunday, Sept 17, 6:30-8:30PM
A master of color and point of view. Enghauser photographs intimate portraits of both the
natural and the man-made.

Karen Keating
Sunday, October 15, 6:30-8:30PM
Director of Photoworks, Karen Keating works in both color and black/white.
Experienced, knowledgeable and insightful, Keating’s work has extraordinary richness and
depth — offering the viewer real connections and insight.

David Myers
Sunday, November 19, 6:30-8:30PM
Deeply layered, rich tones/textures, and technically spot-on, Myer’s images reflect a wealth of
knowledge and shooting experience around the world.

James Steele
Sunday, December 17, 6:30-8:30PM
Stunning fine art images. Strong in contrast, color, tone, texture, and composition, Steele’s
photography is instantly recognizable.

Sue Bloom
Sunday, January 21, 6:30-8:30PM
An artist by training, Bloom is an experienced and accomplished photographer who rethinks
and reworks the possibilities of digital photography. Her work is striking, creative, symbolic and

Robert Miller
Sunday, February 18, 6:30-8:30PM
Deputy Director of Photography, The Washington Post
Miller’s journalistic focus is on the news and news images. He currently covers the
administration, and previously covered the 2016 presidential campaign.
His black and white images are powerful and direct, honest and at times playful. They
consistently feature a strong narrative and a clear point of view.
Instagram: @rmillerphotoeditor

Karen Keating
Director of Photoworks
Hope to see you at Photoworks.

 Oct. 25-28: 2017PhotoPlus International Expo + Conference Trade Show

Registration is now open for PPE 2017! Free Expo Pass ends July 11.

The PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo is the largest photography and imaging show in North America, attended by nearly 20,000 professional photographers, photography enthusiasts, videographers, students and educators from around the world. PhotoPlus features over 100 educational seminars, Photo Walks and Master Classes, special Filmmaking and Drone sessions, the Palm Springs Photo Festival Portfolio Reviews sponsored by & FUJIFILM, the Lucie Technical Awards, and over 200 exhibitors and brands displaying thousands of the latest products and services for you to touch, try and compare.

Source: PhotoPlus International Expo + Conference Trade Show

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