August Presentation – Dale Ralph – Bringing Your Ideas To Life

Join us for Dale Ralph’s presentation – “Bringing Your Ideas To Life”.  This will be Monday August 17th at 7:00 PM at the Lone Tree Civic Center.

Have you ever gone out to take pictures and nothing seemed to work out?  Dale will be showing some techniques to fix this.

Dale will cover:

  • Idea Generation
  • Selecting a Model (self-portrait or professional)
  • Shooting
  • Putting it together with a few simple Photoshop tools

More about Dale Ralph

I got my first camera, a used Kodak Brownie, while in Day Camp way back when. I have been taking photos in one form or another ever since. However, I became more serious about photography about ten years ago taking photos of landscapes and nature while on business trips. However, it wasn’t until I retired from corporate America at the end of 2013 that I was able to fully immerse myself. Retirement was when I discovered the works of Brooke Shaden and fell in love with conceptual composition photography. I have been hooked ever since.

Although I have taken many in-person and on-line courses, I find that my best teacher is necessity. I know what I want to do. I then research the internet and books. (U-Tube is a great resource!) Trial and error are also a significant elements of my process. I keep trying until I find something that works.

It’s all great fun!

Dale’s website is http://www.daleralphphotography.com

July Presentation by David Tejada – Speedlights – Small Strobes, Big Results

Join us  for David Tejada’s presentation, Speedlights – Small Strobes, Big Results. This will be Monday July 20th at 7 PM at the Lone Tree Civic Center. David is both a wonderful photographer as well as an accomplished educator.

Light is the greatest Influence!

Commercial photographer David Tejada will take you through the process of creating stunning images using only Speedlights. David has been shooting professionally for more then 30 years, his presentation will show you the behind the scenes of many images.

David will share his process of using Speedlights, giving you a inside look on how to set your lights, modify your lights and more importantly, understand why he makes the choices he makes when using light.

About David Tejada

I’ve been shooting professionally for more then 30 years. I am self taught, worked as an assistant to a Houston photographer for a year and a half. I am also an educator, I teach lighting workshops called Small Strobes, Big Results, teach at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, and have taught at Maine Media, and Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai, UAE.

Ansel Adams was one of my greatest influences growing up.

Some Samples of David’s work

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The Lightroom Workflow and Topaz Plugins a Great Team – June Presentation

Join us Monday, June 15th 7:00 PM at the Lone Tree Civic Center for Terry Mieger’s presentation, “The Lightroom Workflow and Topaz Plugins a Great Team”. His presentation will cover:

    • The use of Lightroom as your Photography Operating System.
    • A successful workflow
    • Integration of Lightroom with Topaz Plugins.
    • What’s new in the most recent Lightroom versions

    If you would like to optimize your workflow, and add some new features this should be a good presentation.

    More about Terry Mieger

    A retired educator, I taught high school Biology and Chemistry for 40 years in Milwaukee Wisconsin and Aurora Colorado. Photography became a part of my life, in the early 1950s, with an Argus C-3 camera and a roll of Kodachrome film. As a student at Colorado State University in the mid 1960s’, I studied large format photography and macrophotography working with biological and architectural subjects. In 2013 I formed Chaos Photo to teach photography and digital darkroom with workshops and personal consultation specializing in Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop and Topaz plugins. I do many presentations for photography clubs specializing in Workflow, Lightroom and Photoshop. Other topics include High Dynamic Range Photography, Macro Photography and Focus Stacking. During the last few years, I have judged many club competitions and the Arapahoe County Fair Adult Photography Division. I consider myself as a resource and an educator with very broad tastes in photography.

    Terry’s website is chaoscolorado.com

May Presentation – America’s Natural Wonders

Join us May 18th at 7 PM at the Lone Tree Civic Center for Russ Burden’s Presentation – “America’s Natural Wonders”.

America’s Natural Wonders:

Russ Burden will present “America’s Natural Wonders.” The show is comprised of slides set to music that show many of the areas Russ has traveled both across the US and locally in the Denver area. An assortment of both wildlife and scenic images are presented. The show will provide a journey into the world of nature where for 21 minutes, all your troubles and worries will be forgotten.

Russ Burden’s Background

Russ is the owner of Russ Burden Nature Photo Tours and runs workshops around the country to the best locations at the times they appear in their utmost glory. He also runs two photo safaris to Tanzania every April. His stock work is sold through Getty Images and often shows up in magazines and advertisements around the world.

Russ writes The Tip of the Week for the Outdoor Photographer website. He also writes a weekly Photo Tip for Take Great Pictures.com. Russ has been published numerous times in Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography, and Petersen’s PHOTOgraphic. He has two books to his credit.

Russ is a multiple time winner of the prestigious Nature’s Best Windland Smith Rice Award in the Art In Nature category in addition to the Backyard Habitat category. He also won Highly Commended honors in a number of other categories. As a result, his images have appeared in the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.

Russ Burden’s website is www.russburdenphotography.com

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April Presentation – Nightscape Techniques For Any DSLR

Join us April 21st at 7 PM at the Lone Tree Civic Center for Mike Berensen’s presentation – “Nightscape Techniques for Any DSLR”.

 

1. Learn how to use Mike’s Super Long-Exposure Cheat Sheet to get great long-duration star trail images on the first try.

2. See how to get improved image quality in your nightscape images using multiple exposures and Photoshop.

3. View Mike’s favorites flashlights for Light Painting – shared after testing models out in the field.

About Mike Berensen:

Mike Berenson is a talented photographer based in Littleton, Colorado who combines his love for the starry night sky with his love for landscape photography. Mike says it feels a little strange telling people that his passion for night photography actually started deep underwater in the tropical waters of the Caribbean. But that’s where he found his love for sharing wonders of the world with those who aren’t able to see for themselves. And once he transitioned to the mountains of Colorado under starry night skies and started applying some innovative techniques, he knew he’d found his calling.

These days, Mike enjoys sharing techniques (both out in-the-field and in post-processing) with night photography workshop students in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. Mike has the honor of having won Best of Show awards in the Littleton Eye Of The Camera and the Lone Tree Photography Show, both in 2013.

Mike’s website is http://www.coloradocaptures.com

Here’s a sample of his work:

Milky Way Madness at Mesa Arch

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Tracking Milk Over West Spanish Peak

 

March Presentation – Printing your Images

Join us March 16th at 7 PM for Scott Dougherty’s presentation about printing your images.  Ever wonder which paper or substrate to use when printing your images?  Scott will talk about printing on canvas papers, glossy papers, luster papers, fine art papers, or on a metal substrate.

February Presentation – Fantastic Portraits

Join us February 16th at 7 pm for Cliff Lawson’s Presentation, “Fantastic Portraits with One…OK, Maybe Two Speedlights”.  You will learn how to get that flash OFF the camera to take better people images.  We will discuss how to balance your flash with outdoor ambient so you do not get that “flashy” look.

We will start with just one light, add a reflector and then add a second speed light.  You will also learn how various inexpensive – and some more expensive – modifiers can make a huge quality improvement in speed light portraits.  Cliff’s website is http://www.CliffLawson.com

Cliff’s Background

I have been involved with photography as a hobby since college days. After retirement in 2003, I needed something to do and took up the hobby seriously. As you may have remembered for my previous visit last fall, I started doing a lot of swim photography and that led to people wanting portrait work.

I joined the PPA and through that organization attended several multi-day classes from Fuzzy Duenkel, Don Chick, and Darton Drake. All accomplished portrait photographers. Supplementing that with information from the web – specifically, David Hobby and Joe McNally, I really studied lighting. Both outdoors and studio. I knew this was the way to distinguish myself from all the natural photographers flooding the marketplace.

Now, I have a successful portrait business – mostly High School Seniors, but lots of families as well. I also do well with corporate headshots by going to their location and setting up a traveling studio.

Through the PPA, I am a Certified Professional Photographer and  did receive my Master Photographer degree at the annual PPA convention in Nashville on February 3, 2015.

Phillip Reid Senior Portraits

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January Presentation – Stretching Time

This Month’s Presentation

Join us on Jan 19th at 7 PM for Dr. Jason Odell’s presentation, “Stretching Time: Creative Long Exposure Photography”

Throughout history, most of the technological advances in photography reduced exposure times by increasing the sensitivity of the capture medium. While being able to capture action photos in near darkness is amazing, an entire avenue of creativity opens up when you start to look at ways to capture long slices of time in an exposure.

In this presentation, you’ll learn about using long exposures as a creative tool for your photography, and how it can transform typical scenes into magical ones. From traditional nighttime photography to capturing long exposures in broad daylight, you’ll learn a variety of ways to capture long exposures with a digital camera. You’ll also get pointers on choosing subjects, creating strong compositions, and post-processing long exposure images.

About Dr. Jason Odell

Jason P. Odell is a professional photographer who specializes in wildlife, landscape, and creative urban themes. He is the author of eleven comprehensive photography guides, including his best-selling guides to Nikon’s Capture NX 2 and Nik Collection plug-ins.

Jason’s reputation for having a clear vision for communicating the technical and artistic sides of modern digital photography makes his books and workshops popular with photographers world-wide.

Jason’s photography has been featured by Nik Software, Tiffen, Studio Photography Magazine, Singh- Ray Filters, and Digital Silver Imaging.

Jason’s website is http://www.luminescentphoto.com where you can find his blog, information about his classes, and his podcast, The Sensor Plane

Dec 15th Meeting – No presentation meeting this month

The December 15th meeting has been canceled.  We will be back with a presentation next month.

December 1st Meeting – Elections and Potluck

Join us December 1st at 7 pm for our annual elections and a potluck.  Members can vote on the officers for next year.