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Each month Peachpit Press selects one User Group that has been deemed to have been exceptional in their communication with meeting updates, giveaway requests and book reviews and asks them to share some insights and tips with them. Previous groups have included the Sacramento Video Industry Professionals and the Austin Adobe User Group. In November Peachpit Press featured the the Calvert Photography Club!
I participated in an interview about the Calvert Photography Club with Keely Hild who asked a number of questions about our club. Questions ranged from what type of format we use for our user group meetings to the opportunity to highlight an exception member. This was a fun opportunity and great recognition for our club. You can read the entire interview on the Peachpit blog.
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The Calvert Photography Club is proud to announce the opening of a new exhibit at the Solomons Island Visitors Center. The club has been working with Joyce Baki, a Tourism Specialist with the Calvert County Department of Economic Development, to develop a “summertime” themed exhibit that displays photographs from several club members. The exhibit is designed to promote the theme of summertime in Calvert County.
The club held a contest earlier in the year to select shots for the exhibit. Over 40 images were submitted by club members and it was a difficult process to select the 5 images that best represented the theme of the exhibit. The photographs selected for the exhibit included:
Solomons Morning by Allen Barth
Fisherman at Dusk by Sandy C. Carr
Oysters at Daybreak by Jeff Smallwood
Marine Museum in Focus by Guy Stephens
Proud Angler by Teddie Watts
Below is a slideshow that features all of the shots submitted for the exhibit. A very big thanks to all the club members that submitted photographs for this project - really a great selection of work!
The exhibit will be at the Solomons Island Visitors Center throughout the summer - I would encourage everyone to stop by and check it out.
A special thanks to Sandy Carr for all her hard work leading to this great opportunity!
Bryan Peterson, a well known photographer for 30 years and a teacher of photography for 20, gave a slide/lecture presentation at the Byrd Theater in Richmond, Va. First, though, a little history on this beautiful old fashion theater.The theater was built in 1928. It was named after William Byrd who was one of the founders of Richmond. The first movie shown there was on Christmas Eve in 1928. It was a comedy called Waterfront and was a silent movie with sound added. At that time a matinee costs 25 cents and an evening show was only 50 cents. A dinner and movie in one night ? Wow !!
The Byrd Theater is listed as one of our nations Grand Movie Palaces, is a State and National Historic Landmark and to this day, the appearance of this theater is mostly unaltered. The Byrd is still an operating movie theater so on Fri., May 13th you can see “Bruce Lee Fights Back From The Grave” for only $5. Now back to our presentation.
On April 9th a few of our club members attended the lecture that Bryan Peterson gave. It started at 9 a.m. and ended at 4 p.m. with an hour break for lunch. I avidly watched his presentation, listening to his every word as slide by slide was presented on the large screen in front of us. Such colors, so vivid and sometimes wild. I asked myself, “Just what kind of a camera do you need to catch the kind of life that Mr. Peterson was showing?” Why wasn’t I seeing these colors? Were there other photo enthusiasts who thought the same way ? But that was exactly what his talk was all about. Learning to see creatively and understanding exposure ! Angles, lines, thirds, light, or lack there of, rainy days, fog, reflections (my favorite),imagination and learning to see differently. I learned how to not center my subject and produce a better photo. Do not put the horizon in the middle of your picture ! Na, break the rules, Peterson said. Change things if you can. Zoom in on the subject. It will make for a more interesting photo. Experiment when possible. He showed us how to imply motion on stationary objects which produced not only an interesting photo but art. He also showed us how to use fill flash in various situations and the amazing effects one can achieve when using neutral-density filters. He discussed how to soften water and freeze action and the effects that a polarizing lens would have on photographs shot either on a sunny, cloudy or rainy day. Front light, side light and back lighting was discussed. Each technique that Bryan Peterson presented was accompanied by a beautiful and vivid photo. I took copious notes and was glad that he shared with the audience the F stop, shutter speed and lens used for each photo.
During the lunch break we were able to purchase any of the numerous books that Bryan Peterson wrote on photography. I purchased 2 and had him autograph them.
By the end of the lecture I was feeling more confident with my own photography. I’m sure I was not alone. Now, armed with more info and quite a few examples, I just might produce a photograph that is worthy of a few oohs and awes. And I will try and take Bryan Peterson’s advice. Enjoy what you are doing, don’t give up and practice, practice, practice.
Thank you, Bryan Peterson, for the eye opening lecture and thanks to the Richmond Camera Club for hosting the lecture.
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