Category Archives: Tutorials

Nature Visions Expo

Natures Visions Photo 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

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2019 Apr. 17: Cyanotype Night by Christine Milleker

Local alternative process photographer and instructor Christine Milleker will be bringing the historic 1842 Cyanotype process to the Arundel Camera Club on Wednesday April 17, 2019 from 7pm to 9pm which meets at the Severna Park High School in Severna Park Maryland.

Christine will be presenting the history of the process, it’s importance in the 19th century photographic movement as well as modern, contemporary interpretations in the 21st century.

As always , club meetings are free to the public. However, after the presentation everyone in attendance will be invited to coat, expose and develop their own Cyanotype to take home for a small donation to the club of $5 for club members and $10 for non-members. Payment may be made via cash the night of. Attendants will learn the methods of from-scratch coating, exposing, development and toning. Everyone that attends will take home a pamphlet on the chemicals, recipes, toning techniques and finishes to continue this creative, artistic process at home.

Because this is a contact print process, we recommend bringing flat, opaque objects to contact print on Cynotype paper. Examples are leaves, lace, feathers, and jewelry to name a few. There will be loaner items available for you to use if you are unable to find a suitable item. We also recommend participants bring clothing that they wouldn’t mind getting stained.

Alternatively, Christine is offering to print your photos to a Cyanotype specific curved PiezoDN Digital Negative for you to use to make cyanotypes from at a price of $5 per 4×6. The deadline to e-mail an image to make a digital negative is Wednesday April 10th, a week prior. We recommend converting the photo to a black and white before sending.

For more information, or to order a custom digital negative please e-mail Christine at the address: christine@johnmilleker.com.

Also posted in How To, Meetings, Printing, Programs, Tips, Workshop

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, Training

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

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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
WORKSHOP SIZE: Maximum 12

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

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 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 WordPress.com & 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

Also posted in Photo Opportunity, Training

How to Cut Out the Subject From the Background in Photoshop

This video by Chris from Spoon Graphics does a good job of going over many of the options available inside Photoshop for cutting things out. The most common use is to cut out the subject from the background, to place it on a different image or background – as in when making composite images. Watch as he goes over the options for cutting things out:

Source: How to Cut Out the Subject From the Background in Photoshop

The Best Locations in Maryland for Photography

Despite being a smaller state Maryland has quite a bit of diversity in its landscape. Much of state is on or near the Chesapeake Bay, and the eastern state also includes beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. Maryland also has rugged mountains and flowing waterfalls, as well as fields of sunflowers.

In 2016 Loaded Landscapes put together a list of the best places to photograph in each state (mostly from a landscape/nature perspective). They are looking to continually add to these pages and are hoping out members would have some suggestions for them in Maryland. Why don’t you visit the Loaded Landscapes and leave some suggestions in the comments page.

Source: The Best Locations in Maryland for Photography | Loaded Landscapes

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2016 January Schedule

There are still openings in our 2015-16 schedule. If you have any suggestions for 2016, please send Ron Peiffer and Chuck Gallegos an email at programs@arundelcameraclub.org.

January 2: Exhibit Setup – At 10:00 AM we will meet at the Glen Burnie Regional Library to setup our annual exhibit. Each member can bring three to four images matted, framed, ready to hang with wire on the back. We will need a ladder and t-pins or drapery hooks to hang the art work. Work cannot be listed for sale. Business cards may not be displayed with the exhibits. It is appropriate to display the photograph’s title, the name of the photographer, and their town of residence. (For example: “Still Life” by Janet Jones of Crofton.)

January 6: Program: Macro Tabletop Night – Club members will bring their cameras and stuff to photograph. The challenge will be macro photography. Good items to bring include anything but flowers 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 macro photography.

January 13: Contest – We will hold our January Digital contest for both novice and unlimited members. Only paid members may compete. Members may submit up to three digital images. The theme will be “Open” so anything goes. The rules for competitions are available at http://arundelcameraclub.org/rules-summary/

January 20: Program: How Did You Do That? Part II – Part I went so well back in November, we have decided to give it another go letting other photographers show us how they post processed their images to get the final works of art.

January 23: Field Trip – Smithsonian Insect Zoo – We will drive down to D.C. to visit the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, O. Orkin Insect Zoo and Butterfly Pavilion. The museum is open from 10:00 AM until 5:30 PM daily. Tarantula Feeding Demonstrations Sat-Sun 11:30, 12:30 & 1:30

January 27: Contest – Color/Monochrome – We will hold our January color and monochrome print contests for both novice and unlimited members. Only paid members may compete. Members may submit up to three color prints and up to three monochrome prints. The theme will be “Open” so anything goes. The rules for competitions are available at http://arundelcameraclub.org/rules-summary/

January 31: Exhibit Take Down – At 1:00 PM we will meet at the Glen Burnie Regional Library to take down our exhibit. Each exhibitor is expected to come and pick up their photographs.

Also posted in Contest, Exhibit, Field Trip, How To, Meetings, Programs, Tips

Adobe Lightroom CC 6 – The Missing FAQ

Adobe Lightroom CC/6 – The Missing FAQ is primarily designed as a conversational FAQ-style reference book, giving you the detailed information you need to make informed choices, whether you’ve been using Lightroom for a few months or a few years. No more pressing buttons without understanding the repercussions!

Unlike most other Lightroom books, this isn’t just the theory of how Lightroom’s supposed to work, but also the workarounds and solutions for the times when it doesn’t behave the way you’d expect.

Source: Adobe Lightroom CC 6 – The Missing FAQ