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Minutes from October 10th Meeting

Linn Area Photo Club Monthly Meeting

October 10, 2021

Julie Coder, Secretary

Kris Hoeger called the meeting to order. Sue Biederman, President, reminded members to wear masks, and said masks and sanitizer are provided, if needed. She also mentioned that members should only use the bathroom in the meeting room. New visitors, Jen OHare and Steve Pudinski, were introduced. Sue named the current Board members and Committee Chairs.

Keith Sutherland, Treasurer, gave a report. The club currently has a balance of $3,606 in the General Fund and $1,631 for HELP Portrait. Annual club expenses were $908, and included items such as website/IT expenses and liability insurance.

Sue said the Activities Chair position is open. Amy Mueggenberg, former Activities Chair, described the position as someone who sets up group shoots for members. She tried to target “things you wouldn’t normally do by yourself.” Past shoots included the fire station, Paramount, and night shoots. She offered free images to the venue in exchange for club access, and asked members to RSVP so she would know how many to expect. Some activities needed to be prepared well in advance, while other activities were “spur of the moment.” Amy planned monthly activities, but Pam Olson noted that the new chairperson wouldn’t have to do this as frequently. Amy agreed, saying that a quarterly shoot would be more manageable.

Amy also discussed HELP Portrait and said she needs assistance with planning. She’s also received requests for family pictures and senior portraits, and asked members to let her know if they’d be interested in volunteering for these.

John McMillan, Facilities Chair, gave an update.

Pam Olson filled in for Rick Boots, Contest Chair, since Rick was not able to attend. She said Rick had reached out to former Contest Committee members, but he has not received any response. She said the Committee needs to have members in order to have contests. Bill Schoon said he had volunteered to be on the Contest Committee at the previous meeting. Pam asked for member thoughts about having a mini-contest this year. Amy suggested waiting until spring for the annual contest in order to prepare for the Iowa State Fair. Pam said fair pictures are due in early June so a spring contest would need to be held in March or April. The theme for the fair in 2022 will be Open Road.

The suggestion was made to also include non-contest exhibits. Pam said Rick suggested that Tools be the contest topic next month, but some members thought Tools was a topic that had been done recently. The topic of Light Painting was chosen instead.

One member asked if the Club would continue to purchase foam core in bulk to sell to members at a discounted price. Doug Hoeger said he ordered it in the past from U-line.

Pam Olson, Program Committee Chair, said the committee has activities scheduled through April 2022.

Members discussed printing photos, noting that it can be intimidating for members to show their work. It was suggested that members put 10-30 photos with a common theme on a flash drive to share and discuss.

Pam said Marylynn is doing Tip of the Month, but she was not able to be at the meeting. If members have tip ideas, they can share them with her.

Sue said we still need a storage facility for gear.

Diane Dunn, Communications Chair, and Connie Wedemeier provided an update regarding Facebook. Connie is creating a private group for members. We currently have a Facebook page. Connie said about 200 people “liked” the page. Members need to request an invitation. Connie said she could make the club name public so that members can find it and request to join, or she could send a link to members. She does need to be able to identify people as members when they request to join, so the name needs to match our member list.

After a break, Julie Coder did a presentation on still life light painting.

Gary Siegle and John McMillen shared images for the Take Ten photo share.

The team will meet at the IBEW again next month. Doug Nauman will give a presentation about the properties of light.

Diane Dunn is working on website changes. She is looking for ways to make the site easier to navigate.

It was moved and seconded that the meeting adjourn.

October 2021 Monthly Meeting

Still Life Light Painting

                                             (c) Julie Coder

The LAPC will return to indoor meetings in October.  Covid protocols that are in place until further notice are posted here:

The meeting will begin at 1:30 and feature our own Julie Coder speaking on Still Life Light Painting.

In this presentation, Julie will describe a process for sculpting with light in order to bring out vibrant color and texture in still life compositions to create a more “painterly” look.

Our meeting location is:

1211 Wiley Blvd SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Photo Club Meeting: Commercial Photography & Lighting January 10th

Colored Pencils 3 Commercial 1 Commercial 2  Commercial 3

Educational Theme:  Commercial Photography & Lighting

As they say…. “A picture is worth a thousand words.”

Commercial photography is creating a compelling visual image or images that convey real feelings and evokes an emotional response about a product. Commercial photography includes taking photos of buildings, merchandise, artifacts, models and landscapes that are used for promotional purposes in such things as books, magazines, posters, websites, product packaging, advertisements, menus and catalogs.

Generally, in commercial photography, the entire photo shoot is devoted to a single product being photographed. The background generally is somewhat neutral so as not to detract from the product being promoted.

If you think about it, several of our LAPC photo shoots could very well be used in commercial photography: Winery, Pecks, West Music, Beautiful Food, Motocross, Portrait Studio, High Speed and Rodeo to name a few. All of those shoots could promote a product.   Even portrait photography has many aspects of commercial photography.

Via a live demonstration, Doug Benton (Hawkeye Community College instructor and photographer) will show us the lighting, propping, studio procedures, equipment, composition and camera techniques used in commercial photography of a product or two!   He will then show use some editing techniques of these images to make them “pop” so they are ready for publication!


Photo Contest Themes:   

Two Different Categories and All Digital! 

The Contest Committee and the Executive Leaders have decided that for January, all images will be “digital” (no prints). Submit your jpg/psd photos (by 8 pm Saturday, Jan 9th) to: [email protected]   Winning photos will be used in the Club Newsletter and deleted thereafter.

Contest 1:    2015 LAPC Photo Shoot

Almost all of us participated in one of the monthly photo shoots.    Let's see those images.  You can submit up to two photos of any of the following shoots: Snow (Jan), Central Fire Station (Feb), Portraits (Mar), Tropical Fish (Apr), Musical Instruments (May), Raptures (Jun), Motocross (Jul), Apple Orchard (Sep), Fall Colors (Oct), Potters Hands (Nov), Holiday Ornament (Dec)

Contest 2:    Photographer’s Choice

You can submit up to two photos of any image that meets the monthly contest rules.   If your photo interests are old cars, night skys, food items, animals, etc., then submit your photos in this contest.


See you in January!