september 2019

Volume 4, Number 6

Jeffry Booher, Editor In Chief

You cannot possibly hit the shutter without leaving a piece of you in the image―Joe Buissink

this just in...

Jeffry Booher

Participation and Volunteerism is what makes Darkroomers the incredible club that it is so I am declaring September National Volunteerism and Participation Month. Yes I can do that. I am the president...

There are a number of ways you can help
  1. Join our Members Only Facebook Group. According to my records, we have less than 50% of the membership participating in our Facebook Group so we have a long way to go...
  2. Take part in our Central Coast trip; which is actually in October. The plans are almost final so, if you were waiting for the itinerary to be completed, then you are in luck because we have all but final sign off on the plans.
  3. Join Terri Thompson on the nominating committee to help find a Treasurer and President for 2020.
  4. Join the leadership team in 2020 and be said President or Treasurer. Remember when you were in college and told yourself that you would be a leader in 2020? Well your time has come...
  5. Sign up to bring refreshments, host, or clean the building...
  6. Stay after each meeting and help clean up. We all have someplace we would rather be after a meeting but, if you stay and help out, then we can all be doing something else much sooner. Help your fellow Darkroomer by cleaning up after the meeting ends...

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defending the print

This summer the club went through a fairly traumatic experience where the gallery that we have exclusive use of was in question. Darkroomers had been down the that road before and, having lost exclusive access to the outer galleries in recent years. We will undoubtedly walk the road again. So I wanted to take a few minutes to rehash why it is important for this club to defend the print.

Recently, I was having dinner with some friends when one recanted an anecdote about hiring a professional photographer over the summer to take some family photos. It seems that the photographer was a friend of the family so a handshake sealed the deal so there was no formal contract. More importantly, however, there was no discussion about what the photographer would be producing. After the shoot, the photographer turned to the friend and said he would send an email with a link to the proofs and they would be able to order prints from the website.

Blasphemy! Everyone at the table shrilled. Except me. That's not how things are done nowadays, someone exclaimed. Modern people expect to get a digital download in which they can freely do whatever they want. Of course I was floored by all the banter.

While my friend should have gotten a written contract up front and done their due diligence before hiring the photographer, it is rare that a photographer will include a digital rendition as the final work product. It may be typical to get a JPEG with an order of prints. But rarely, except in the commercial world where a contract is established for the photographer who is producing work for hire, will a JPEG be the final output.

There are several reasons why photographers should not produce a digital image as the final work product:

  1. Money. Photographers make their living off of the print. If a photographer surrenders a digital image to someone then they would not be able to afford the costs involved for retouching, distribution and storage.
  2. Quality. Photographers need to protect the quality of their work. A photographer's quality is 99% of their reputation. And, as stated earlier, photos have to be retouched and processed to look good. A digital image can also be easily distorted or edited in such a way that ruins the reputation of the photographer--devaluing their brand.
  3. Control. Ever look at a JPEG on two different monitors? Photographers could be sued for making a bride's dress look purple but how can it be controlled if the final product is a digital rendition? How does a photographer explain monitor profiling and calibration to a client?

A print can be hung and, if hung correctly, will hang forever. Certainly there is the need to have a copy of a blissful family event on your phone or even on Facebook but the Print is, and will always be, King...

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dark continent

Darkroomers is heading up to the Central Coast area (SLO, Pismo, and beyond...). The trip is being planned by Jeff and Angela for October 17-20 for 4 action packed days and every day will be brimming with fun and exciting things. The trip will feature Lighthouses, Wineries, Piers, Tidepools, Rock Formations, and really good food. Really good food... If you have been On Location with Darkroomers in the past, you are well aware that we generally go places where food is an afterthought by the people who build the towns we visit. This trip, however, will feature some five star eateries (well, 2 stars at a minimum) and, good news, there are no Denny's anywhere near the circuit. No offense to anyone who likes Denny's...

The planning committee is looking for a nose-count because one of the excursions will require that we pay per member and that cost will come from our club sponsorship revenue so it will cost you nothing but you must be a member in order to attend. This is a good reason to become a member...

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Ben Horne

We begin the fall lecture series with a visit to the darkroom from local large format landscape photographer, Ben Horne. Ben has been shooting landscapes with an 8x10 view camera featuring the American Southwest. since 2009.

Ben's goal is to create simple, structured, and calm images of nature. The limitations of film help to shape the final image by giving Ben a sense of direction.

I absolutely love working with large format film because of the inherent limitation, and the strong sense of discipline that is required

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blue shoes

Darkroomers is once again hosting the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk. Join us as Darkroomer, Angela Andrieux, leads us through Balboa Park for a golden delight during blue hour. The good news is that this year's walk will not interfere with the large crowds at the Maker Faire as there is no Maker Faire San Diego this year...

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Rapunzel by Jeff Booher

Our third quarterly competition will be held October 2nd at 7P and the topic is Windows. There are plenty of opportunities around us to photograph interesting WindowsIE things and time is running out.

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September is the month when we establish our nominating committee. This is the most important committee of the year as the members who serve on it will decide who will lead the club next year. While we all wish Jeff could server another 4 or 5 years as president, he is term limited so we must elect a new President this year. Perhaps you want to serve as president or serve on the committee. Either way you are doing the club a great service and we welcome you!

scacc news

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SCACC was pleased to honor your award winning photos from the San Diego County Fair's Exhibition of Photography during the month of August but, sadly, that time has come, and gone... If you had photos hanging in the gallery then you need to pick your photos, ribbons and other materials up as soon as possible.

SCACC is not responsible for lost or damaged ribbons or materials

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The SCACC subcommittee on Marketing and Building improvement will be meeting on Tuesday, September 10th at 6:30PM. Among the topics that will be discussed will be outdoor signage. If you have some design skills and can be of service this is a great opportunity for you to flex your wings...

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Larry Vogel

Our Judge for September is Larry Vogel. Larry has been involved in photography since 1976 and, in recent years, has become a multi-talented artist using several mediums to pursue and express his creative explorations, including, photography, ceramics, painting and sculpture. He was awarded a photographic scholarship from The Friends of Photography for the Ansel Adams Photography Workshops in 1983, which was one of the last workshops actually taught by Ansel himself.

Larry's work has been on exhibit nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at The Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite, California, the Susan Spiritus Gallery in Newport Beach, California, and the Africus, Johannesburg Biennale in 1997.

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Jeffry Booher, President • David Poplawski, Vice President • Terri Thompson, Treasurer • Tanya Solorio, Secretary



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