august 2017

Volume 2, Number 8

Jeffry Booher, Editor In Chief

Wherever there is light, one can photograph—Alfred Stieglitz

state of the union

Drema Swader

Photography tips. We've all seen them. “Know your gear”, “Fill the frame”, "Take your camera with you always", "Pay as much attention to the background as you do to the foreground". Learning and remembering photo tips can be one of the best ways to improve your photography.

Some tips are humorous: "P is not for "Professional". And some tips apply to one type of photography and not to another. Portrait photographers might say: "Get you subject to relax". Landscape photographers might be advised to "Watch the light". And wildlife photographers might say "Do your homework and know the habits, activities, and feeding times of the animals you are shooting. And don't forget to research safety issues".

One of my favorites is “The difference between great photographers and not so great photographers, is that the great ones don’t show their crappy pictures”. A wise friend once advised me to "only display my best photos", and another piece of advice along these lines is "Don't display multiple photos of the same thing, even if they are all good. Pick the one you like the best, and display only that one".

Don't be afraid to break the rules

What is your favorite photography tip? Does it apply to one type of photography and not another? How did you learn of the tip and is there a story behind the tip? Did you ever receive a bad photography tip which you think people should not use?

Email your favorite tip to me and we will print it in a future edition of In Focus, the Darkroomers newletter.


program news

July was a quiet month for programs with two Popup On Location events and our Quarterly competition. The Zombie Walk Popup event turned out to be more of a cosplay gathering and vigil which fell apart about as quickly as it came together. There was, however, on location filming of b-roll footage for one of the zombie shows that is sweeping the airwaves. This made for some fun lighting scenarios if you could get in on it.


masking agent

Our next Weekend Workshop is August 12th and Larry Vogel has crafted his masking tutelage into a workshop tailored specifically for Darkroomers. The workshop is sure to push your masking abilities. The workshop is currently full but Larry offers his masking workshops in his Vista studio and online. If you are seriously interested in learning more about masking or other Photoshop techniques then contact Larry directly.


out of this world

World Photo Day is August 19th and Darkroomers is planning an evening stroll through the Park. Bring your tripods and your cable releases because you are going to need them as we take some long exposures of light streaks from cars. We will meet at the Photographic Arts Building at 7pm but get there early.


composite sketch

Teal in Mushroom Land by Susan Coppock

Presentation night at the Darkroom comes twice this month. On August 2nd we have our good friend Susan Coppock coming over to show off her compositing skills and teach us a few tricks of the trade.


mobility mahem

Theresa Jackson

Theresa Jackson is scheduled to come talk about Lightroom Mobile and other mobile editing workflows and tools on August 30th. We may even get a first look at the Nimbus Project.




Our quarterly competition brought in a huge crowd with 11 members submitting 23 images for competition. It was Angie Crompton who stole the show with a First place win in the Monochrome division and a Second place win in both divisions. Angie is well on her way to winning the Pitt Warner trophy this year and she is climbing her way to the top in the Monochrome division. Watch out for Angie.

Congratulations to our 1st Place Winning Entries

Congratulations to all of those who participated! The winning entries galleries are on the website along with the scores and standings. The theme for our next quarterly competition is Bikes and will take place on Wednesday October 4th at 7:30pm.



Greg Klamt

Our judge for August is Greg Klamt. Greg is a multi-disciplined artist with a skillset that runs the gamut from web designer to art director. Greg's skillset includes singer, actor, designer, illustrator and photographer. His design and photography skills helped build the WebMD website.

I have always been passionate about combining creativity and technology to tell stories

Greg has juried the International Exhibition of Photography at the San Diego fair for the last 11 years and he is a member of the La Jolla Playhouse Leadership Council.


community news

The 2017 Medium Festival presents a dynamic line up of exhibitions, tours to regional photography collections, and lectures by many of the renowned artists of our time. Festival access is included with VIP Passes, Group f.16 support, One Day passes, the Keynote Lecture with John Gossage, or individual lectures through the new Single Lecture Pass. Online registration opens on Friday August 18th!




Photos used in this newsletter from Jeff Booher, Richard Strobel, Angie Crompton and Susan Coppock are used with permission and may be subject to copy restrictions from the copyright holder. All rights reserved.

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Jeffry Booher, Editor in Chief

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Drema Swader, President • Jeffry Booher, Vice President • Osia Strasner, Treasurer • Nancy Varga, Secretary


Jeff Booher, Rich Strobel, Angie Crompton, Susan Coppock

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