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 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

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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

Here’s a sample of his work:

Milky Way Madness at Mesa Arch

One With The Night

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

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



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 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.

Focus Stacking In the Real world – November Presentation

Join us November 17th at 7 PM for Terry Mieger’s presentation Focus Stacking In the Real World.  Have you ever done macro photography and wished you had a little more of the image in focus?  Or wished that you could have more depth of field, without driving your sensor into diffraction?  Terry will be discussing Helicon Focus as a solution for these problems.

Terry will be discussing:

  • What really is depth of field?
  • Focus vs Sharpness
  • What are the choices and how is focus stacking done?

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

October Presentation – GPS with Lightroom – George Jardine

Join us on October 20th for George Jardine’s presentation – “Everything You Wanted To Know About Using GPS with Lightroom!”

Have you ever looked at your photos after the fact, and wished you knew which photos were taken where?  Or wished that you could map them without a lot of effort.

George is an excellent speaker,teacher and photographer.  He has given both lectures and tutorials for the Lone Tree Photo Club that have advanced my knowledge of lightroom.

George’s presentation will cover three major points:

  1. How to apply GPS coordinates to your photos using Lightroom.
  2. How to use GPS tracklogs with Lightroom.
  3. More about GPS and your photo timestamps than you thought you’d ever want to know.

Updates from George’s presentation

One thing that I learned from George’s presentation was that accurate time on your camera makes this much easier.  George mentioned two web sites that makes this easier.

The website,  is extremely useful for both changing time zones, and seeing the difference between UTC (which your GPS uses,) and your camera.

To find out how far your camera’s clock is off from the correct time, you can photograph, your smart phone displaying the web site,  Shoot this at the end of your shooting session.  Then once you import your images, you can compare the time in the file, to the photographed time.


More about George Jardine

George Jardine is well known for his managing role on the original development team for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and as Adobe’s first Pro Photography Evangelist for Lightroom. George first joined Adobe Systems in 1993 to work with Emmy Award-winning designer/instructor, Russell Brown, to help evangelize Photoshop. George re-joined Adobe in 2003 to help manage, develop, promote, and teach Lightroom to professional photographers. As a professional photographer, George’s photography appears internationally in popular magazines and on favorite internet websites. Based in Colorado, George currently teaches workshops, consults for digital photographers, and is a freelance video producer. George’s critically acclaimed Adobe Lightroom Video Workshop tutorials set a new standard of excellence in digital imaging education.

Here’s a few samples of George’s work.

Black Lava Beach Ice

Black Lava Beach Ice

Black Lava Beach Sea Stacks

Black Lava Beach Sea Stacks

Sports Images that Don’t Suck – Sept Presentation – Cliff Lawson

Join us on Sept 15th for Cliff Lawson’s presentation, Sports Images that Don’t Suck. If you’ve ever tried to take sports images yourself, you can see that this will be a very informative presentation. A few years back I took a class from Cliff and he is an excellent instructor. Cliff is a member of the Professional Photographers of America.
Cliff will cover:

    What equipment works best. The difference between getting “OK” images and great sports images.
    How to position yourself to increase the odds of being in the right place.
    Sports photography etiquette. How to insure that YOU are not ejected from the event.

For those of us who have done it, being in the right place for swimming is much more challenging. You can’t get this kind of shot, by standing on the sideline and pushing the shutter button.
Maddie Merritt Hurdles
Most of Cliff’s work when he turned pro, was sports photography. Primarily this was motor sports, wrestling and swimming.
Cliff’s website is Cliff Lawson Photography