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March 8th Monthly Club Meeting

Meeting Theme: “Shadows” In preparation for the May contest theme, the Contest Committee will present information about photographing shadows. Then everyone will have a chance to use their cameras at some workstation set-ups to experiment with lighting and how shadows add or hide depth, and how shadows can be abstract images by themselves. We will have photo tents, lights, and objects with which to create shadows. 

Bring your camera, tripod and lens for the shoot

Contest Theme: TOOLS

Bring a photo or two for contest.

NEW MONTHLY MEETING FEATURE: As new monthly feature, bring any photo, NOT for contest judging, but just to share on display – no rules on this photo except include your name and a sentence about the photo on a card or slip of paper. This is your chance to share some of your photos /recent photography experiments / photo mistakes that aren’t related to the contest theme.  

FYI: If you were not at the February meeting, you will need to do two things in March.  1) Complete the revised information card that was passed out in February.  2) Provide your information for name tags.   We need name, camera brand(s), what you like to photograph (be more creative than just the standard categories) and the town you live in, if you are willing to share that.  Nametags will be printed and ready for the spring event in April.  Both forms will be available at the check in table.

2020 LAPC Spring Photography Event

For over 10 years, the Linn Area Photo Club has brought to the Cedar Rapids Area some of the best photographers in America.   In 2020, we are taking a slightly different approach to photography education by emphasizing the more technical aspects of photography and splitting the historical daylong presentation into two different sessions, followed by an optional Day 2 hands-on workshop with our presenters.


Day 1 – April 25th:  Seminar

Jillian Bell

Close-up/Macro Photography

Jillian Bell is a National Technical Representative with Tamron who teaches camera skills across the country.    She published a How-to eBook on Macro Photography and will lead off the day's seminar.   On stage, Jillian will discuss the ins & outs of the close-up /macro photography process.   Then to make sure we have a good understanding of the process, she will be photographing a few close-up/ macro images live on the stage, demonstrating these skills.      And then….. she will show those images on the screen so participants can see her results.    Lastly…. towards the end of her presentation, she will show some of her tips & tricks in her digital workflow to make those images print-ready.

And that's just the start of the day!


Roger Feldhans

Light Painting

If that's not enough educational opportunity… next on the agenda is Roger Feldhans.    Iowa has a lot of very talented photographers and we are fortunate to have one of them as a presenter for this event.   Roger will discuss:

  • A brief history of light painting, how it all began
  • Tools he uses, both those which can be purchased and those that can be created at home
  • How to “see the light”, how to put light into motion to create these type images
  • Camera settings, equipment needed and optional equipment to enhance light painting

  And like Jillian, Roger will be taking a few light painted images live on the stage demonstrating how it's done. And then….. he will show those images on the screen so participants can see his results live.    Lastly…. towards the end of his presentation, he will show some of his tips & tricks in his digital workflow to make those images print-ready. 

What a day of learning!


That all happens on Saturday.   On Sunday the learning continues!



Day 2 – April 26th:  Workshops

It's one thing to listen to how it's done, then to watch how it's done… now it's time to practice all of that learning.   There will be two concurrent workshops to pick from:

  • Close-Up / Macro Workshop Option A
  • Light Painting Workshop Option B

Jillian Bell

Close-Up / Macro Workshop Option A

Working with Jillian, we will have a series of close-up/macro workstations set up to allow participants the opportunity to hands-on practice these skills.   At each station, there will be different light sources, different subjects, different setups all designed to enhance your learning experience.  Jillian will move from workstation to workstation assisting participants in their efforts and answering all the questions they have.

Bring your camera gear! And if you don't have a macro lens…. don't worry Jillian works for Tamron and they are bringing some lenses along with them.


Light Painting Workshop Option B

Roger Feldhans

This is a “hands-on” workshop.  Participants will bring their camera equipment and together with Roger,  participants will create some incredible light painted images.

Utilizing a variety of light sources, Roger will walk all participants through a series of somewhat complex but interesting light paintings.


2019 Help-Portrait Preview/Thank You

 

We received feedback from our volunteers that:

1) Some volunteers get to see some of the pictures being taken

2) Some volunteers get to see the final prints while we put the packets together

But, not many volunteers get to see the final results of all their time and effort.

So……… we are going to do a presentation for all volunteers highlighting this past year's event :

  • Sunday, March 29th
  • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Beems Auditorium A
  • Downtown Cedar Rapids Library

Join us!   See the smiles your contributions helped produce as we celebrate another great and successful Greater Cedar Rapids Help-Portrait event.

If you have friends/family who might be thinking of helping at the 2020 event, bring them along.   Let's show them what they have missed.

We will also be announcing a big change to the 2020 event date!

 

Help-Portrait Team

 

PS…. these pictures are from 2018, come see the 2019 images!

New Monthly Meeting Opportunity

At Sunday's meeting it was proposed that each month, members can bring an image to be displayed (NOT JUDGED as a part of the monthly contest) as an opportunity to show other Club Members  how they have been utilizing their photography skills.   It can be of any topic (as always, no nudes), any print size, a collage, a creative manipulation, or multiple images in one print.    All are acceptable.

So for example, you have experimented with frozen bubbles images, night sky photography, snow photography, water drops images, pet photography, lightroom enhancements/plug-ins/tools, etc….. bring an image.   Or… if you don't have anything you think is “new and exciting”, just bring a photo you like, had fun taking, or one that was a mistake.    Sometimes, we learn more from mistakes than from successes!

Add a small note card (to be placed next to the image) which includes your name and a one/two sentence write up about your picture.

Examples:

John Doe

Attended the Club sponsored “Wood Working” Photo Shoot and

tried my luck at action photography.

 

Mary Smith

Took advantage of the supermoon at a farm near Solon.

 

As you can see, in 2020, the new Executive Leadership Team is experimenting with some new ideas on developing Club Members.

We look forward to seeing your image at next month's meeting.

 

Executive Leadership Team

 

February 9th Meeting

Theme:

February's meeting will be the first under the new bylaws and the five member executive leadership team. This month's meeting will focus on bringing members together to get to know each other better. Come prepared to play bingo and go on a “photographic journey” with a partner and team players.

 

 

 

   

Monthly Photo Contest:   Arrows   

 

1:30 to 4:00

IBEW Hall

1211 Wiley Blvd SW,  Cedar Rapids

 

Annual Photo Contest/Foam Core

The 2019 LAPC Annual Photo Contest is just over a week away.

Have you started selecting your images and getting them ready?  Reminder:    You can submit up to 17 images (see below).

Photo Pro is ready to print your images.   Tell them you are a Club Member and get a discount.

FOAM CORE:   If you still need foam core I have about 32 white and 35 black still remaining.   Send me an email at [email protected] and let me know how many you want.   You can pick those up at my house just east of Kirkwood.   First come first serve.

Rick

 

2019 Categories and Their Descriptions

1. People and Portraits
1.1. Two (2) entries per photographer
1.2. Individuals or groups of people as the primary focus of the photo.

2. Animals
2.1. Two (2) entries per photographer.
2.2. Domestic, captive or wild.

3. Landscape/Scenery
3.1. Two (2) entries per photographer.
3.2. Photos that focus on natural settings.

4. Close Up/Macro
4.1. Two (2) entries per photographer.
4.2. Showing small subject or detail of larger subject, that fills the frame, is larger than life size.

5. Architecture
5.1. Two (2) entries per photographer.
5.2. Showing buildings, building details, monuments, interiors or exteriors.

6. Anything Goes
6.1. Two (2) entries per photographer.
6.2. Photos can be HDR, B&W, images that don't fit in any of the other categories.

7. Panoramic
7.1. Two (2) entries per person.
7.2. Maximum length allowed is 20″  (2:1 ratio no longer applies). Maximum 11″ height still applies.

8. Action
8.1. Two (2) entries per person.
8.2. An image showing action by a person, animal, vehicle, etc..

9. Club Member Judged Category  “Guilty Pleasures”
9.1. One (1) entry per photographer.
9.2. Judged by the LAPC Members in attendance
9.3. One (1) vote per member
9.4. 1st place only shall be awarded
9.4.1. Category winner shall receive one (1) year paid membership to the LAPC starting January 1st.
9.5. Winning photo is not eligible for best of show award

Couple of Key Rules:

  • Photos must be securely mounted on 11”X14” backing (except panorama). Metal prints (not metallic paper) need not be mounted.
  • All entries must be in print form
  • No restriction regarding print media. Glossy, matte, metallic, metal, canvas etc. are all permissible.
  • Entries may be either color or black and white in any category unless specifically restricted.
  • Entries cannot have been a previous LAPC Annual Contest winner (1st, 2nd, 3rd or Best of Show) Honorable Mention photos may be resubmitted.
  • Panoramic photos need to be mounted to a backing the size of the print.
  • All entries must have the competitor’s name, image title, category to be entered into and an arrow indicating up, on the back, lower right hand corner.
  • No Photographer identifying markings is permitted on front of photo.

2020 Officer Elections

 

At our annual meeting in November we will be electing the 2020 Club Officers.   If you have an interest in being an Officer of the Club, please send us your name to be put on the ballot.   All positions below are open to election annually.

 

Role Current Officer Running For Office Comments
President Justin Tedford Sets each meeting's agenda, Locates speakers/presenters as needed, Leads monthy meetings, Leads Board Members in running Club
Vice-President Rick Young Rick Young
Secretary Patti Sampson Patti Sampson
Treasurer Doug Hoeger Doug Hoeger

 

Send your email to:  [email protected] if you have an interest in any of these positions by November 1st.

 

LAPC Executive Board

 

Monthly Meeting: Oct 13th Stephanie Johnson

 

– Stephanie Johnson – Cedar Rapids

Iowa Nature Photographer and contributor to: Iowa Nature Photography

“I'm a contemplative photographer, who has a strong connection to the natural world, and as such, I believe in the sanctity of all creation. We are all, by nature, creations, and thus creative beings, and I bring this connected and intuitive approach to my photography-as-art and to the images I create.  My personal vision is one that integrates creativity in the field with ethical behavior toward the natural environment.”

Stephanie will give us a presentation on ICM (In Camera Movement).

Monthly Photo Contest:   Mask

(A mask is an object normally worn on the face, typically for protection, disguise, performance, or entertainment. –  wikipedia)

 

 

1:30 to 4:00

Sunday, Oct 13th

IBEW Hall

1211 Wiley Blvd SW,  Cedar Rapids

September Monthly Club Meeting – Digital Workflow

Rick Young – Club Member

Rick will give us a presentation on his approach to digital workflow.  He will be using a combination of Lightroom and Photoshop to edit some photos on the overhead projector.

Members have the opportunity to send one image to him prior to the meeting (by September 6th to: [email protected]) and he will do some live digital workflow on some of those images… hopefully showing how to enhance their artistic appearance.

     

Before                                                 After

 

Monthly Photo Contest:     Entertainment

(Entertainment is a form of activity that holds the attention and interest of an audience, or gives pleasure and delight. It can be an idea or a task, but is more likely to be one of the activities or events that have developed over thousands of years specifically for the purpose of keeping an audience's attention – Wikipedia)

    

1:30 to 4:00

Sunday, Sept 8th

IBEW Hall

1211 Wiley Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids

 

2019 LAPC Annual Photo Contest & Foam Core Ordering

     

 

 

The 2019 LAPC Annual Photo Contest is just two months away.

Have you started selecting your images and getting them ready?

Reminder:    You can submit up to 17 images (see below).

Order Your Foam Core:

       

 

 

2019 Categories and Their Descriptions

1. People and Portraits
1.1. Two (2) entries per photographer
1.2. Individuals or groups of people as the primary focus of the photo.

2. Animals
2.1. Two (2) entries per photographer.
2.2. Domestic, captive or wild.

3. Landscape/Scenery
3.1. Two (2) entries per photographer.
3.2. Photos that focus on natural settings.

4. Close Up/Macro
4.1. Two (2) entries per photographer.
4.2. Showing small subject or detail of larger subject, that fills the frame, is larger than life size.

5. Architecture
5.1. Two (2) entries per photographer.
5.2. Showing buildings, building details, monuments, interiors or exteriors.

6. Anything Goes
6.1. Two (2) entries per photographer.
6.2. Photos can be HDR, B&W, images that don't fit in any of the other categories.

7. Panoramic
7.1. Two (2) entries per person.
7.2. Maximum length allowed is 20″  (2:1 ratio no longer applies). Maximum 11″ height still applies.

8. Action
8.1. Two (2) entries per person.
8.2. An image showing action by a person, animal, vehicle, etc..

9. Club Member Judged Category  “Guilty Pleasures”
9.1. One (1) entry per photographer.
9.2. Judged by the LAPC Members in attendance
9.3. One (1) vote per member
9.4. 1st place only shall be awarded
9.4.1. Category winner shall receive one (1) year paid membership to the LAPC starting January 1st.
9.5. Winning photo is not eligible for best of show award

Couple of Key Rules:

  • Photos must be securely mounted on 11”X14” backing (except panorama). Metal prints (not metallic paper) need not be mounted.
  • All entries must be in print form
  • No restriction regarding print media. Glossy, matte, metallic, metal, canvas etc. are all permissible.
  • Entries may be either color or black and white in any category unless specifically restricted.
  • Entries cannot have been a previous LAPC Annual Contest winner (1st, 2nd, 3rd or Best of Show) Honorable Mention photos may be resubmitted.
  • Panoramic photos need to be mounted to a backing the size of the print.
  • All entries must have the competitor’s name, image title, category to be entered into and an arrow indicating up, on the back, lower right hand corner.
  • No Photographer identifying markings is permitted on front of photo.