Volume 2, Number 8
Jeffry Booher, Editor In Chief
Wherever there is light, one can photograph—Alfred Stieglitz
state of the union
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.
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.
OTHER PROGRAM NEWS
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.
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.
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.