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April LAPC Photo Shoot


Hercules Haven

Where:  1220 Lilly Street Cedar Rapids

When:  Sunday April 29 

Time:  4pm to 6pm

Its time to head back outside for our LAPC group shoots!  In April we are heading to a different kind of animal shelter.  Hercules Haven is home to many animals including:  three alpine goats, two Nubian goats, two mini-pigs, four pot-belly pigs, three horses, twenty five chickens, a baby lamb, four barn cats, three dogs and two house cats.  They are typically closed Sundays, so we’ll have the farm to ourselves.

They normally charge admission, but are waiving the admission for our group.  There will be a free will donation set out and I’ve promised a handful of photographers will donate a few images back as a thank you.

We suggest you wear farm appropriate footwear.

Please RSVP to so I can let our contact know how many from LAPC are coming.


For more information:

Sunday LAPC Meeting Reminder!

Lisa Bergmann-Smithey (Local Photographer and Kirkwood Instructor) will present “Making It Right in Camera”. 

Lisa shoots many of her images in manual mode, and her objective is to have her images be the best the can be “in camera” …  needing minimal post processing.   How many times have we heard…. “I just shoot everything in raw and I will just fix it in Lightroom/Photoshop later”.

Join Lisa in learning what you can do in camera to make your images the best they can be.


Executive Sponsor:   Patti Sampson – Club Secretary


Photo Contest:      Music

State Fair Theme for 2018
If you aren't sure about your photo for the State Fair, now is the time to test the waters!


Here are some links that may help…

FYI: Seasonal Photographer Job Opportunity

This came into our Club's email account….. this not an endorsement by the Club, but if you have an interest.  No idea what is pays, but if you want some experience, this might be an opportunity.


My name is Elena Oleske, and I am hiring some part time photographers for our May/June season and was hoping that you or someone who you know might be interested.   Thank you, and if you or someone in our photo club is interested, please feel free to call me or to email me.

(732) 678-8085


GradImages®:  Iowa City – We are hiring graduation photographers

Here are some basic details regarding the position.

GradImages® is currently searching for photographers to work with us during the Spring Graduation season. GradImages® is a premier education photography company responsible for photographing over 4,500 graduation events each year, our goal is to hire photographers that are able to take good quality photos and who are able to work as many graduation events as possible during the graduation seasons.

Date of F2F interview in Iowa City: April 21, 2018

The main responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Using company equipment to take good quality photographs of graduates during graduation events
  • Traveling to graduation events
  • Working with team captains and assistants to ensure photography during graduation events runs as smoothly as possible while providing excellent customer service to clients, graduates and their families.
  • Photographers are hired to take photos on company equipment. The positions do not require photographers participate in any post-production editing or selling.


  • At least 1 year of DSLR camera experience (professional, educational, freelance or any combination), with the ability to quickly take good quality, consistent photos of each and every graduate as their names are called during graduation ceremonies
  • The ability to provide stellar customer service to clients, graduates and their families.
  • The ability to work quickly and efficiently. The ability to react quickly and make good decisions while multi-tasking at a very fast pace.
  • The ability to wear appropriate FORMAL clothing to ALL events, ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS MUST OWN AND WEAR DARK COLORED BUSINESS SUITS and appropriate / coordinating shoes. The ability to maintain a professional appearance and give consideration to neatness and cleanliness.
  • The ability to stand, move quickly and hold the camera for the duration of any graduation ceremonies in indoor or outdoor settings sometimes on uneven terrain. The ability to lift up to 50 lbs and stand for 4-6 hours.

Register Now: 2018 LAPC Annual Photography Workshop



Once again, we are pleased to bring to you the….

    2018 LAPC Annual Photography Workshop



Speaker:  Chuck Kimmerle

Date:    May 19th

Time:  8:00 – 3:30

Where:  New Covenant Bible Church




“I feel an attraction to the plains, prairies, and basins near where I live in Wyoming. Their quietness and peacefulness are therapeutic.    I need them to refresh my soul and maintain my sanity. I think such a connection is not only relevant in my work, but vital. It’s what drives me and inspires me.   My landscape work centers primarily around the intersections of where man and nature meet. I find that these areas, which now seem to be the norm of our landscape, offer an insight and significance which I cannot find in nature alone.”


Early Morning:       Your photographic legacy

Mid-Morning:         Why shoot black and white?

Early Afternoon:     Processing for black and white in Lightroom and Photoshop

Mid-Afternoon:       Finding your photographic voice


Presentation:    $15 LAPC Member              $20    Non-Member

Lunch:                $10   (Pulled Pork Sandwich or Marinated Chicken, Salads, Dessert, Drink)





Sponsored by:


Sunday Meeting Reminder!


Topic:  Creative Thinking: Taking vs Making a Photograph

Trent Foltz   –  Trent is from Geneseo, Illinois and has his own fine art studio.    In 2017 Trent was a guest speaker at one of our Club meetings and showed off his outstanding black & white images.   Join us again as Trent helps us learn about Creative Thinking.


Photo Contest:   Glass

Like most people, you want to learn new skills in photography.  But sometimes you don't have the time to research those skills, especially in the time frame that matches monthly contest themes.    The following are some links that may help you this month.  Have fun!

Meeting Reminder: Tomorrow Feb 11th

Camera Skills – Getting To Know Your Camera

                 *** BRING YOUR CAMERA (and manual) TO THE MEETING! ***

Kris and Doug Hoeger – Leaders

When going out on a shoot it is a good practice to “set up” your camera ahead of time prior to arrival based on what you plan on shooting for the day.  Then, when you arrive, make a few adjustments if necessary based upon actual environmental conditions.   Things that you need to consider are:

    • White Balance
    • ISO
    • Camera Mode
    • F-Stop/Shutter Speed
    • Raw or JPEG
    • Metering
    • Drive Mode
    • Auto Focus
    • Bracketing

Photo Contest:      Harvest                

Wikipedia:   “Harvest”the process of gathering a ripe crop from the field.

                          “Harvesting” is the act or process of gathering mature crops from the fields.

                         “Harvesting” is also the gathering (hunting, trapping, or fishing) of wildlife or domestic animals.

Upcoming LAPC Events

At the bottom of the Linn Area Photo Club home page is a link to all of the Club's upcoming events or other photo events around the area.

Keep an eye on this calendar so you know what opportunities are coming…..

February 5
“Beauty Around Us – Images from 2017.”
CR Audubon
February 9
PPI Winter Convension
February 10
“You Are Loved”  with Kyle Sydney Powell
Indian Creek Nature Center
February 11
LAPC Monthly Meeting
Camera Skills – Getting To Know Your Camera
March 11
LAPC Monthly Meeting
Trent Foltz
April 8
LAPC Monthly Meeting
May 6
LAPC Monthly Meeting
May 19
“LAPC Annual Photography Workshop”
Chuck Kimmerle
New Covenant Bible Church
May 20
“Small Group Photo Shoot”
Chuck Kimmerle
June 10
“Drone / Aerial Photograph”
Caleb Howard
LAPC Monthly Meeting
July 8
“Composition: Beyond Rule of Thirds”
Rae Lowenberg
LAPC Monthly Meeting
July 12
 “On the Trail of Big Cats: Tigers, Cougars, and Snow Leopards”
 Steve Winter
Paramount Theater

“You are Loved” Nature Photography Session

Saturday, February 10 2018

Artist and photographer Kyle Sydney Powell released her new book You Are Loved in November of 2016, which contains inspirational photography featuring natural and heart-shaped forms based on her “you are loved” series.

“In any given moment, whether ordinary or extraordinary, happy or sad, you are loved.” Artist and photographer Kyle Sydney Powell released her new book You Are Loved in November of 2016, which contains inspirational photography featuring natural and heart-shaped forms based on her “you are loved” series. She curated the photography for this book from a selection of heart photos taken daily for a period of five years. Bring your camera, or device with a camera, to this hands-on workshop where you will explore the Nature Center grounds seeking inspiration for your own curation of nature photos. Kyle will provide direct instruction in photography, as well as guidance in closely observing and searching out inspiration in nature. Registration required. No materials fee. M $10; NM $12.


Location: Indian Creek Nature Center
Time: 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
5300 Otis Rd SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Sunday’s Meeting Reminder

I hope all of you had a great holiday season and a wonderful start to 2018!  Next Sunday (January  14th) is our first LAPC meeting for 2018.    I hope all of you can join us.

Monthly Meeting Topic:    Photo Feedback
Many of you entered photos in the November contest.    As a matter of fact I believe we had a record number of entries!     Those who won 1st, 2nd or 3rd place got some feedback from the judges on why they selected that image.   However,  there was no feedback for the remaining images… which is understandable due to resource restraints of the judges.
Nevertheless, we are going to provide that opportunity at this month’s meeting.   We will once again break into small groups and do a feedback review of those images or any other prints you would like feedback on.    This exercise helps not only the owner of the image, but also all of you who participate in reviewing these images.  By hearing what other say about what they look for in determining a great image you will learn how to make “adjustments” in your image capturing /photo editing skills.

  • Bring your 2017 LAPC Annual Photo Contest images to Sunday’s meeting….. or any other images that are at minimum of 8 X 10.     The size is so people can see the image details.
  • Bring up to 10 images.   Can't promise we will get through all of them, depending upon the number of submissions.

Monthly Photo Contest:    Ditches
Over the years we have all seen some great stuff on the back roads of Iowa (or any other state) that we have stopped the car jumped out and took some impressive images.   Our families might have been cursing us out the whole time….. but it was a great image and worth it!

2018 Club Dues  Reminder!   
Club dues need to be paid as of February 1st….. so bring your cash or check.    2018 will be a another educational year at LAPC that you will want to be a part of!

Its Almost Here! Annual Photo Contest

On Sunday (Nov 12th) we have a full schedule of events at the LAPC monthly meeting!


Annual Photo Contest

  • Submit up to 17 images in our Annual Photo Contest
  • For all the rules, go to:
  • If you have waited until the last minute… we still have 11X14 foam board for sale.  Call Rick at 319-360-0060 and set up a time to pick them up.  $1.00 ea.


Election of 2018 LAPC Officers

  • Want to be an LAPC Officer?   President  / Vice-President / Treasurer / Secretary
  • Send an email to: and get your name on the ballot.


My Photo Adventures

  • Bring to the meeting 5 – 10 digital images you would like to share with the LAPC members while the judging is taking place.
  • If you would like, you can share with the LAPC members the who/what/when and answer any questions they may have.
  •  Bring on a USB drive please.



  • In just over three weeks is the 5th Annual Help-Portrait Event
  • We need volunteers!    Editors we need you.
  • All day / Half-Day Shifts