On Saturday, September 29, 2012, I had the privilege of attending the first Calvert Photography Club workshop entitled Photography Boot Camp: A Hands-on Exploration of Exposure. The workshop was a full day, from 9:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., and was held at Annmarie Sculpture Park and Arts Center, in Dowell, Maryland.
Designed to help photographers move past the auto modes on their cameras, the lessons presented delved into the principles of exposure. We began the day by checking in at the registration table, where we were greeted with a warm welcome, and a hefty folder of informational materials to use and later, take home with us. Included with the folder was our agenda, which was outlined by CPC President Guy Stephens.
Our game plan for the day was to meet as a large group and be introduced to an exposure principle. Then, we would break out into pre-arranged smaller groups, to move through targeted exercises which demonstrated and reinforced the principle which was introduced. It was a beautiful fall day, as we moved into the great outdoors, to work in small groups with the experienced photographers who graciously volunteered to lead us.
As a member of the CPC, I have been taking pictures successfully for many years. My goal in signing up for the course was to take it as a refresher/re-enforcement of the principles which are the foundation of photography. At the end of the day, I was well pleased with my experience. I found the boot camp to be well-organized, full of meaningful content, and appropriate for not only an experienced photographer, but also for a true beginner.
While a few of the participants were CPC club members, the vast majority were visitors, who came to the workshop as novice photographers. I had the privilege to talk with several throughout the day, who were excited to join us. One gal came with her husband’s Nikon camera as a “replacement ” for her husband, who originally paid to attend the workshop, but had to cancel at the last minute. She was a true beginner. As we moved through the exercises, I watched as her face lit up as she figured out the controls of her camera, and successfully took the practice shots.
Everyone seemed to agree that we received wonderful, one-on-one instruction, and so much for our money, not the least of which was the folder of informational materials. We also received a free Sigma tote bag and other Sigma goodies, a wonderful boxed lunch, afternoon snacks, and everyone went home with a door prize! Many photography vendors graciously provided free software, photography camera bags, books, gift certificates, and other photo-related items for our day.
It was a wonderful experience, and a great investment of both my time, and money. I came away with a renewed sense of mastery of the basics of exposure, and took those principles to heart as I shot the splendors of fall, this past weekend.
After many months of planning and preparation, the Calvert Photograph Club held its first photography workshop on September 29, 2012. The workshop was geared toward those who wanted to get learn more about their camera and how to shoot out of Auto mode. The workshop was sold out and was held at the beautiful Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center on an absolutely beautiful day.
While I was pretty comfortable with my camera, my goal in attending this workshop was to walk out with more knowledge and techniques than I walked in with. I’ve been shooting in Manual mode for almost two years. I already knew how to change the ISO, exposure, and aperture. However, I’ve struggled with the concept of the exposure triangle such as what setting to use and when. I feel I take great pictures but there is room for improvement. I was also interested in learning from more experienced photographers.
Before the workshop started, everyone registered and picked up their workshop folder. The folder contained the instructional material but also had lots of great offers from photography companies like BorrowLenses and SmugMug. I was also impressed by how many great prizes there were available for the raffle. Two of the prizes in the raffle were backpacks from LowePro which are often not cheap.
Club president, Guy Stephens, opened the workshop and welcomed everyone. He went over the agenda for the workshop and I immediately liked the way it was setup. After each lesson we would go out into the field and practice what we just learned which was a great idea. The lessons focused on the key areas: Shutter Speed, Aperture, and ISO.
Overall I really enjoyed the workshop. It was a great event and I think everyone else walked out there feeling the same way. I also really liked the way the workshop was setup. The lessons were informative and the assignments really helped to understand the lesson. I have a better understanding of exposure and the exposure triangle. Hopefully this is just the first of many more workshops to come.
Carnivals and fairs offer such a wide variety of unique subjects, it really is one of the best opportunities to get different shots without having to travel too far from your home. From animals to people to the colorful rides themselves, take your tripod, wander the grounds and see what you can find.
If you check the photo exhibit, you might even find award winning entries by your fellow club members!
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The wind whipping off the Patuxent River provided an ominous start to the Calvert Photography Club?s fall picnic, held Oct. 1 in Solomons, but the chilly air wasn?t enough to deter us from enjoying good food and good times.
Club members and their families came to enjoy delicious dishes, including hot apple cider from Sandy and a fun Polaroid cake made by Lisa Stephens of Imagine It Iced. Our pot luck was a great success with too many wonderful dishes to be eaten at once, though everything in ?crock pot row? was devoured pretty quickly. As I joked at the picnic, ?Not only are we a group of incredibly talented photographers . . . we?re pretty awesome chefs, too.?
After enjoying a late lunch/early dinner, members splintered off to see the nearby beachfront, sip beverages and hide from the bracing autumn wind. Our day spilled into evening as we watched the colors of sunset take over the horizon, and the clouds—so ominous earlier in the day—provided an interesting contrast at dusk.
Though we left with cold hands and chapped faces from the unseasonably cold temperatures, our day wasn?t spoiled—and was a great chance to chat, share photography tips and get some excellent nature shots and portraits. Don?t forget to share yours in our Flickr group!
Thanks to everyone for their great food and excellent company!
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!