Tips from Shane Warren

Robbin Haigler

By Robbin HaiglerClub President, Karl Barth, opened todays meeting at 10:00 a.m. by welcoming everyone. 

First time guests were recognized and encouraged to speak to Bonnie Bryant, Club Treasurer, if they had questions or are interested in joining our club.

Bonnie was then asked to give the Treasurer’s Report.  She shared the budget balance, reminded us that dues for the remaining of this year are now ½ price at $12.50 (a bargain!) and that we currently have 66 paid members.  Since she is also in charge of the Refreshments List she solicited help for the coming months.  If you would like to share in bringing refreshments to our meetings some time during the next 5 months, please let Bonnie know by sending her an email.

The Slideshow Volunteers List was passed around by Robbin Haigler.  We are also in need of volunteers for this part of our meetings - August through December is available.  If you would like to share a 3-5 minute slideshow of your photos please email Robbin to be put on the schedule.  The subject can be your choice and we would love to see participation from someone who has not yet done this activity - it really is a learning experience for everyone!

We then welcomed our Guest Speaker and Wedding Photographer, (Brandon) Shane Warren.

Shane began by sharing a little background about himself:

  • originally from Calvert County but now lives in West Virginia
  • mom was a creative artist and enjoyed photography
  • has a strong background in design and photography
  • has always had a creative soul and was considered a nerd
  • flunked photography in high school (because he ‘broke the rules’)
  • began wedding photography specifically in 2004 when asked by a friend to help him out
  • loves the pace and pressure weddings offer as well as the possibilities that allow him to express his creativity and feelings for each bridal couple

He then shared the steps for his number one ‘secret’:

  1. Find a scene that appeals to him
  2. Notices the light and knows how the sun lights the scene
  3. Find the spot/angle that is clean for his subject (this means he might have to use off camera light for the subject but makes sure the available light and flash match!)

Shane’s presentation continued as a very informal exchange of personal information.  His sporadic thought processes kept the mood light and entertaining.  He shared a huge part of himself in an heartwarming way and with tidbits of wisdom throughout the morning.  Some of those tidbits included:
think outside the box of what you have learned (break the rules)

  • know who you are as a creator
  • be passionate about your work
  • you are unique , . . make your photographs unique
  • love your work . . . shoot for yourself, not the jury
  • think in a soulful way
  • earn the trust from your clients and they will want you to do your thing
  • accept yourself
  • you will be noticed when you are different

Some scattered suggestions made by Shane included:

  • ask for critiques from someone you admire - this is a great way to learn and is perhaps better than actual shooting
  • create in the camera (he only does tone & color adjustments)
  • create timeless but not trendy photographs
  • take time to shoot for you
  • read The Art Spirit by Robert Henry
  • learn to portray emotion

Shane’s personal success as a photographer is due to his firm belief that photos come from the soul.. . the soul becomes the fuel for the emotion evoked, shared and recognized in his photos personally created for his clients.

You may find examples of his works on his Website or Facebook Page

Our next Photo Trip is scheduled for Saturday, August 2, 2014.  A trip to Fells Point at the Inner Harbor of Baltimore.  Watch your email for all the details and plan to join us!  Information may also be found here on our club website.

Wednesday, July 23 is our next Evening Meeting scheduled at Trinity United Methodist Church (7:00 - 9:00p.m.)  Jim Rogers will be leading the discussion on club member photos being critiqued.  You are encouraged to bring 3-5 photos on a thumbdrive to share.  This is a great learning experience and often enjoyed by those in attendance!

Karl concluded our meeting with the official announcement for our 3rd Annual Photography Boot Camp: Understanding Exposure.  This is an all day workshop geared toward the beginner and/or those wanting to get off Auto and learn how to control their camera.  It is scheduled for Saturday, September 27th at Trinity United Methodist Church.  An informational handout and REGISTRATION FORM may be found here on our club website.  Limited seating is available so if you are interested please register early!

Check our calendar for scheduled activities for the upcoming months and feel welcome to join us!

King’s Landing Park Photo Trip

Brenda Schillaci

Sunset at King’s Landing Park was Calvert Photography Club’s photo trip goal for July. Approximately 25 members attended.  We met up at the parking lot by the public pool, just a short walk away from the pier.

If you haven’t been to King’s Landing, plan to go someday to walk the trails and watch for the wildlife.  I saw an osprey on its nest, a muskrat (or some such creature) swimming through the water, fish jumping, one freaky bug I’ve never seen before and tons of dragon flies.  I’ve been to King’s Landing before and don’t recall seeing even one dragon fly, but this night they were nearly swarming certain areas, especially along the boardwalk through the Cocktown Creek Marsh. 

Sunset itself was challenging.  The sun and its reflection on the water were so bright that even attempting shots while the sun was still somewhat high was hard on the eyes.  There were some clouds near the horizon line to give some color as the sun set.  I tried a very dark neutral density filter I’ve had awhile but never used so I could try some longer exposures and got a very different look than I got in my photos without a filter. 

There was a bright half-moon in the sky that was very eye catching and nice to shoot. The power plant is visible from the end of the pier with the light popping on at sunset, though I didn’t have much success trying to get a picture of that.

Be sure to check the group Flickr page to see what our creative group came up with at King’s Landing!

How do we develop our own style?

Ursula Lawrence

This month’s meeting started off with Karl welcoming any new members, and a request for volunteers to sign up to bring refreshments to upcoming meetings.

Photo Trip: The next photo trip will be July 5 to King’s Landing Park in Huntingtown, for a sunset shoot.

Member Slideshow: Guy Stephens presented “40 Photos from Southern Maryland,” a wonderful collection of photos, including lighthouses, fashion, sunrise and sunset, black and white.  Guy is a very talented photographer and we all enjoyed his slideshow!

Presentation: Our speaker this month was Mr. Lynford Morton, who gave us a very inspirational presentation titled “Developing your Own Style.”  Mr. Morton considers himself to be a lifelong photo geek, and he has extensive experience in photojournalism, including an 8-year stint as a US Army photojournalist.  He owns and operates PhotoTourDC ( and also runs Shutterbug and Meetup excursions.  Following are some highlights of Mr. Morton’s presentation: How do we develop our own style?

  • Seeing and capturing the unique and personal
  • Experiencing early enthusiasm and shooting everything
  • Experimenting and creating a great volume of photos
  • We then realize that nothing connects and all we have are random pictures
  • We come to know what our own style is

What is isn’t

  • Choosing a subject, e.g. street photography, nature.  These are genres, not styles

Some examples of what it is:

  • The equipment we use
  • Background and context
  • Our creative approach, e.g. HDR, the treatment we put on a photo
  • The subject
  • The quality of light

Suggestions on how to develop style:

  • Put it into words, i.e. compare and contrast what you like and don’t like about photography; which treatment do you most connect with;
  • Inspiration: what appeals to you
  • Impersonation: recreate something that inspires you
  • Improvisation: make it your own

Ultimately, finding your own style is a process of self-discovery, it’s finding who you are and making your work an extension of your personality.