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Reiman Gardens: Educational Workshops


Check out these opportunities to improve your photography skills!


Photography:   Better Flower Photography

Monday, April 1, 2019 — Monday, April 22, 2019

4-week program on Mondays beginning April 1, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

When you capture an image of a flower, all too often the results can be disappointing. It’s easy to end up with a lackluster snapshot with little artistic merit. How can you avoid that from happening? Join award-winning fine art nature photographer Mark Stoltenberg as he finally teaches the long requested class that focuses on specifically taking better flower images. By putting exposure, light, composition, depth of field and perspective together, this class aims to improve your flower photos and increase your chances of capturing the occasional masterpiece.

You will need to bring the following to each class: your DSLR camera, and sturdy tripod. Beginner photography or instructor permission is the prerequisite for this class. Registration with prepayment is required by Sunday, March 31.

$90 Members

$112.50 General Public

$76.50 Students



Photography: The Art of Seeing

4-week course beginning Monday, June 3, 2019 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see! This class will help you explore your photographic potential. Photography is an exercise in the art of observation. Learn to pay attention to the details and capture the moments that tell stories. Join award-winning photographer and instructor Mark Stoltenberg as he teaches you to better “see” and “capture” the world around you. This class will change the way you look at the world and what you can do with your own camera.

You will need to bring the following to each class: your DSLR camera. Note: Beginner photography or instructor permission is the prerequisite for this class. Preregistration with prepayment is required by Sunday, June 2.

$90 Members

$112.50 General Public

$76.50 Students



Photography: Off Camera Flash

4-week course beginning Tuesday, June 4, 2019 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Join our beloved instructor Mark Stoltenberg as he starts you at the beginning of off camera flash with the basics and one flash, and then takes you through everything you need to know; from technique to gear, to mastering the Speedlight and taking better pictures almost immediately. Mark will get you up and running with the key features and functions that will enable you to get the most out of this flash. You’ll learn about the key buttons and dials, how and when to use each setting. All throughout the class Mark will share his insights, tips, and tricks to help you get the most out of your flash and enable you to create the images you’ve been dying to create.

You will need to bring the following to each class: your DSLR camera and sturdy tripod. Note: Beginner photography or instructor permission is the prerequisite for this class. Preregistration with prepayment is required by Monday, June 3.

$90 Members

$112.50 General Public

$76.50 Students


Photography: Master Study

4-week program on Tuesdays beginning April 2, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Back by popular demand! One of the best ways to learn any art form is by exploring a master artist’s methods. Under the expert guidance of professional photographer Mark Stoltenberg, you will study the creative process of eight new photographers who have truly mastered the trade. Through image analysis, class discussion and class homework, this course will offer new insight into how to approach your own images, boost your confidence, expand your critical eye, and improve your photography.
You do NOT need to bring your DSLR camera nor sturdy tripod. Beginner photography or instructor permission is the prerequisite for this class. Registration with prepayment is required by Monday, April 1.

$90 Members
$112.50 General Public
$76.50 Students


Photography: Black & White Digital

4-week course beginning Wednesday, April 3, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

One of the best ways to increase your ability to find great photography subjects is to learn to shoot in black & white. Join Mark Stoltenberg as you’ll learn the key elements of a successful black and white image. Mark will walk you through the steps to take, from planning to pre-visualization to capture and then to post-processing. Learn the various processes and conversion options to move your color image to black and white using both Lightroom and several 3rd party plug-in options.
You will need to bring the following to each class: your DSLR camera and sturdy tripod. Note: Beginner photography or instructor permission is the prerequisite for this class. Preregistration with prepayment is required by Tuesday, April 2.

$90 Members
$112.50 General Public
$76.50 Students


4-week course on Tuesdays beginning May 7, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Capturing the personality of your child or grandchild in a photo is challenging. Some kids are shy and some are outgoing. Some kids can’t sit still. The trick is to take what they offer and be ready for the unexpected. Join Mark for some great instruction and tips for photographing your children or grandchildren. Learn everything from what gear you need, how to capture your kids in motion, to what camera settings will give you the best image quality, and how to pay attention to the backgrounds.
You will need to bring the following to each class: your DSLR camera and sturdy tripod. Note: Beginner Photography or instructor permission is the prerequisite for this class. Preregistration with prepayment is required by Monday, May 6.

$90 Members
$112.50 General Public
$76.50 Students


Photography:  Beginner Photography

4-week course beginning Wednesday, May 8, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Join professional photographer and instructor Mark Stoltenberg as he helps you go beyond the “Green” button, take control of your DSLR, and make better photographs. And it doesn’t even matter what brand of camera you use, as these lessons apply to all DSLR cameras. Mark will teach depth of field, aperture, light, composition, finding your subject, “tips and tricks” and so much more. Once you start putting these concepts into practice you’ll see an immediate improvement in your work. Each class is broken into 3 parts: classroom discussion, hands-on practice taking pictures by the students, and review of the images taken.
You will need to bring the following to each class: your DSLR camera & sturdy tripod. This class is the prerequisite for the many other photography classes offered at Reiman Gardens. Preregistration with prepayment is required by Tuesday, May 7.
Register early – this class fills up fast!

$90 Members
$112.50 General Public
$76.50 Students

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!

Monthly Contest Categories

The Monthly Contest Categories are all updated and posted now on the web page.
Please make sure you check them so you are ready each month!
Here's a quick rundown….



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!

Shallow Depth of Field

Square Format (Max image size 11 x 11) but you can print it on up to an 11 x 14 sheet

Selective Color



Paint with Light

Meeting Reminder: This Sunday


As a reminder, on Sunday will be our monthly Linn Area Photo Club meeting.


Topic:  My Digital Workflow: Lightroom and Photoshop

In addition, those of you who want to participate at next month's Canon Printing Workshop on Sept 23rd, this will be a great time to bring cash or a check to complete your registration.     We still have several open spots.    If you cannot attend Sunday's meeting, send in your fee to the Club's mailing address.

This is great workshop to help you improve your prints and to take home with you a couple of large format prints.




Canon Printing Workshop: Sept 23rd

Why don't my prints look like the images on my computer?

Should I be using 8 bit, 16 bit or 32 bit to print?

Should I convert my images to JPG or TIFF prior to printing or leave them as a PSD?

What Color Space should I use?  Adobe RGB, ProPhotoRGB, sRGB, AppleRGB?

Who handles color management?  Photoshop, Printer, No Management

Do I need to flatten my image layers in Photoshop before printing?

What software gets the best results?  Photoshop, Lightroom, etc?


If you don't know these answers to these questions, our upcoming seminar is for you!

LAPC/Canon Printing Workshop

Those of you who came to the Linn Area Photo Club Photography Workshop this year with Tyler Stableford had an opportunity to meet Kelly Anderson with Canon.  Kelly came to the event to provide participants with large format prints as an added benefit to this year's workshop participants.  While we had Kelly at the event we asked if she  would come back to do one day “Printing Workshop” for LAPC members and workshop participants.    Kelly agreed and stated that she would try to fit it into her schedule for this year.
Well, Kelly is coming Saturday, September 23rd!!!!!    She and another printing expert from Canon USA are coming and bringing with them two Canon Pro 1000's and two Pro 100's!  Four printers for you to use!
LAPC/Canon Printing Workshop schedule:
Two, four hour sessions:   30 people in the morning session and 30 people in the afternoon session.  (Both sessions will provide the same learning experience so don't worry about missing out on anything if you attend either session.)
  • Morning Session        (8am to Noon)

– 2 to 2.5 hours of seminar
– 1.5 to 2 hours of hands-on printing: Working with the two Canon Reps, participants can print one (and maybe two depending upon time and resources) of their images to take home that day ….. either 17″ X 22″ or 13″ X 19″.

  • Afternoon Session     (12:30 pm to 4:30 pm)

– 2 to 2.5 hours of seminar
– 1.5 to 2 hours of hands-on printing: Working with the two Canon Reps, participants can print one (and maybe two depending upon time and resources) of their images to take home that day ….. either 17″ X 22″ or 13″ X 19″.



There will be a $20 fee to register and reserve your spot for this exciting learning experience. This fee will be used to cover facility costs and drinks/snacks that will be provided during the event. One print is worth more than the $20!

Send a check to reserve your spot. Include with the check a note to indicate that you prefer either Session 1 (morning) or Session 2 (afternoon). (All efforts will be made to place you in your primary session…. but if that session is full we will move you to the session with open spots.)

Linn Area Photo Club
P.O. Box 225
Marion, IA 52302


On August 5th, if there are any spots still available that the Club members have not filled,  we will send an email to all the 2017 LAPC Photography Workshop participants inviting them to join us…. so reserve your spot soon.


LAPC Executive Committee


LAPC July group shoot – International Juggling Festival- multiple opportunities

Hi.  I have alot of info for those of you interested.  The organizers of the event – which goes Monday 7/10 to Saturday 7/15 – are all very happy to have however many from our group shooting at which ever activities we choose.  I did not promise any images – just use whatever hash tags you can find if you'd like to share.  If you have an LAPC shirt/hat – this would be a good time to wear it.

Highlights:  Thurs 7/13 – night juggling with lighted props.  Sat 7/15 – Busking at the CR downtown farmers market – “unusual, colorful characters, so in addition to all the varied action to photograph, you'll likely get some verydistinct-looking folks”  Also Joggling and extreme juggling.  TBD:  Water Skuggling.

Details from my contact (Emory):

Here are my recommendations for photography opportunities at the IJA Festival:

1.) Glow Out To Dinner – This is scheduled for downtown at 7:30 pm on Thursday the 13th.  I believe this will be an informal gathering of jugglers who use glow props, though it might include a more organized demonstration or performance.  Glow props are typically balls, clubs, hoops, and diabolos that have LED lights built into them.  The illuminated props will offer some interesting photographic possibilities, such as long-exposure shots with the props tracing arcs and patterns through the air.  I'm puzzled, though, why this is scheduled to begin at 7:30 –  Those glow props definitely need near to full darkness to give their best effect.  So, I recommend this event for photographers if it's dark enough.

There is almost always a night-time fire-juggling gathering at IJA Festivals, but I don't see one on the schedule this year.  These are really spectacular for photography, with fire, faces illuminated by the glow from flaming props, and opportunities for long-exposure shots.  If a fire event is announced at the festival I'll e-mail you with details (LAPC – if I get this alert – I'll post an update on the website & facebook).

2.) 5k Joggling Road Race – 7:30 am Saturday in Lisbon, IA.  Since this is being run on the streets as a road race, it might be a little more photogenic than the joggling events being run at the Coe College Track later that morning (see below).  The runners might start later than 7:30 – that might be the get-organized time rather than the starter-pistol time.  I'll try to nail the time down better if any of your photographers are interested.  The drawback to this event would be limited variety of shots – Photographers would likely need to get set up in one spot, or two nearby spots, and get somewhat similar photographs of passing runners.

3.) Joggling Championships – 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Saturday at the Coe College Track.  These are all the juggling track events other than the 5k – all the usual running events – 100-meter, 400-meter, relays, etc. – but done while juggling.  The good news is there is plenty of light, and numerous events to photograph, so you'll have plenty of time and freedom to move around, experiment, and photograph from different locations around the track.  The bad news is there will be dead time between events, standing around without much to do, waiting for the next race to start.  Also, variety will be somewhat limited – I've taken some very good joggling photos, but it's also the sort of event where you can wind up with 1,000 photos that all share three or four similar looks.  So, I'll give this one a conditional recommendation – it might appeal to someone particularly interested in sports photography and running.

4.) Busking – 9:00 to Noon Saturday at the Downtown Farmers Market.  This should offer a lot of photographic possibilities.  This event is both a performance and a competition for top-quality street performers who have been invited to participate.  Street performers tend to be rather unusual, colorful characters, so in addition to all the varied action to photograph, you'll likely get some very distinct-looking folks to shoot.  Street performers also tend to use audience participation, so you can also expect to get photos of them interacting with spectators, plus opportunities to include crowd reactions in the photos.  Outdoors, so plenty of light.  And, everyone can enjoy the shows while photographing them.  I'd expect good variety, with opportunities to capture a real street-entertainment flavor.  So, recommended for all photographers for both fun and photos.

Unfortunately, the Busking and the Joggling overlap.  It might be possible to sample both, but more practically most people would probably want to pick one.  For most photographers – other than the most enthusiastic sports photographers – busking will be a much better choice than joggling.  I'll be photographing the busking, so if anyone from your group does photograph the joggling, please let me know since they'll get shots that I won't.

Go to the following link and scroll down the page to the BUSKING INVITATIONAL section – You'll see a little more information, plus two photos that I took of previous busking events, and one from a flash-mob event:

5.) Water Skuggling– Times/Dates To Be Announced.  Scroll down further at the above events link for information on this one.  This is something totally new and totally different.  Water skiing and juggling.  (I swear I am not making this up).  I've never photographed anything even remotely like this before, but it certainly sounds interesting.  I'll e-mail you with more details, probably after I arrive at the festival and can inquire further.  (LAPC – Amy will update the club website / facebook)

6.) X-Juggling / Open Juggling / Games of the IJA / Individual Prop Competition – Saturday Afternoon.  There are several options Saturday afternoon after the busking event.  The X-Juggling(extreme juggling) event is a somewhat informal competition where jugglers line up and take two tries to hit the single hardest / most spectacular trick that they're barely able to do.  It's a tough challenge to photograph this one well, but it can be rewarding.  No costumes and no artistic stage lighting, so the event isn't inherently photogenic like a theatrical performance or stage competition would be.

Much of the festival is just unstructured Open Juggling in the main event hall – hundreds of jugglers filling up a huge room just doing whatever they want to do – practicing solo tricks or passing clubs in small and large groups.  Total chaos – don't expect clean backgrounds and isolated subjects – but the open juggling is a fine opportunity for photographers to wander around, meet people, and experiment.  Some photographers will find the all of the varied options and diverse people to be particularly appealing.  You definitely wouldn't have everybody all getting the same shots.  While the open juggling is continuing Saturday afternoon, there will also be Games of the IJA in the same venue – this is a very informal competition, will all sorts of short games, some quite silly.  As an example, there's usually a juggling obstacle course to run.

Saturday afternoon ends with the Individual Prop Competition at 5:00.  This used to be a popular event, but participation dropped and it died out.  It's coming back this year after an absence of several years.  If they get a decent number of participants of reasonable skill, it could offer some photographic possibilities – I always found it to be more photogenic than the X-Juggling because you'd get at least some performers in costume rather than in T-shirts, and they'd be performing extended and varied routines rather than one-shot tricks.

So, one possibility certainly worth considering would be to have the group come at a time Saturday afternoon when they could spend part of their visit photographing either the X-Juggling or Individual Prop competition, and the other part of their visit just following their noses and following their instincts in the general chaos of the open juggling and the Games of the IJA.  Similarly, photographers could shoot the Busking Competition Saturday morning and then come over to the event center immediately afterwards to photograph some open juggling.  I'd definitely recommend this just for the variety.  The only issue here is that you'd need to make arrangements for the events at the convention center.  Events 1-5 above, including the busking, are all free and open to the public, so anyone should be able to just show up with a camera and start shooting.  But the events listed here in #6 are inside the festival venue, so I'd recommend (email Amy – if there is enough interest in a group of us meeting up – I'll contact the GM and see about getting us a discounted group pass for shooting).  We're a friendly bunch, and part of our mission is to let the rest of the world experience and learn about juggling.

Also, inexpensive day passes for Iowa-local non-jugglers should be available throughout the festival, in case anyone wants to come out at almost any time or date during the festival to photograph the open juggling, other than when the big evening shows and competitions are running.

If you're picking just one event for the whole group to attend together, busking, or busking + open juggling, will likely be your best best.  But please let your group know that they would also certainly be welcome to individually attend and photograph any or all of the other open events.

Let me know if you have any further questions.  Also, let me know what event(s) you and your group chose – I might be able to meet with your group for a few minutes before an event to make some suggestions.

I also hope your group will consider attending some of the evening shows, particularly the Cascade of Stars show on Saturday night.  This won't be a photo opportunity (no flash photography, and it wouldn't be appropriate to have twenty or thirty clicking shutters through the show), but I'm certain everyone would really enjoy watching the best of the performances.

Emory said he is easy to spot – “I'm usually easy to spot at these juggling events, just because I'm the guy with the big camera on the monopod.  Please invite everyone to come say hello and chase me down if they have any questions.”
Gazette article:

Total Solar Eclipse – Mon Aug 21st

If you have any interest in caravanning down to possibly Missouri to catch the Total Solar Eclipse on Monday August 21st – pending clear skies of course – send an email to Amy at  [email protected] 

Of those who respond, I'll start a group message and we can discuss details 🙂

For more information and an interactive eclipse map see:


Amy Mueggenberg

LAPC Activities Officer

The fire burn is on!!! This Sat 5/6 @ 7pm

May 6 @ 7:00 am10:30 pm

For more details see:

Photo of April spinning fire.

Photo Credit to Michael Huang

Quad City Photo Club: Winter Event

On Saturday, February 4th, the Quad City Photo Club is having the QCPC Winter Event and will feature two guest speakers.   Harsha Jayawardena & Jack Graham.     Jack's presentation will cover:  “Becoming an Artist…. Not Just a Photographer.”   Harsha's presentation will cover:  “Nighttime Photography”.

It runs from 9 to 5 pm on Saturday (cost is $14 for lunch).

On Sunday (time to be announced) a group will meet at Lock & Dam 14 to photograph the eagles.

Attached is the PDF announcing their event.

Looks like a great event, with some educational opportunities.





Important Reminders: Meeting – Annual Contest – Officer Elections



1st:  Sunday Oct 9th, Monthly Meeting

Educational Theme: Photo Composition

Many of you have asked us to help you understand how “composition” impacts your photos and a few rules that will help you get better.    So……Rollin Banderob (LAPC Member,) will giving us a presentation on Photo Composition. Rollin spent years working for “The Gazette” so he knows how composition impacted the visual message his photographs were telling.  Bring your questions.  Bring your notepad.   You will get a lot of information out of this meeting.

Photo Contest Theme:   Scary! 

Print Images: You can submit up to two photos of any image that meets the monthly contest rules and meets this month's theme.


2nd:     Annual Contest

  • Have you picked out your images?
  • Do you have them printed?   (LAPC member get a discount at Photo Pro)
  • Have you started mounting them?

The time is flying by…. get working on your images!   We want 1000 images at this year's event!    State Fair has nothing on the Annual LAPC photo contest event!

****** See the LAPC contest rules and make sure you are aware the changes for 2016!


3rd:   Election of Officers

At Sunday's meeting we will announce any candidates for 2017 LAPC Officers.   The elections will occur at the November meeting.     My term as President will expire at the end of the year and we are looking for some Presidential candidates.      Donald & Hillary bothwithdrew there nominations recently due a personal conflict (each other) that is upcoming in November.    Our loss…

Club Members elect (or re-elect if no one runs) four Officer positions every year.    So if you have an interest in being an Officer send your name to: [email protected]   This year's Election Committee is:  David Byrnes, Patti Sampson and Cherie Flint


Current LAPC Officers

President Rick Young
Vice President Bob Lancaster
Treasurer David Byrnes
Secretary Justin Tedford



See you Sunday!


Rick Young