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Strategies for Creating a Photography Program

Have you ever been asked to present your photography in front of a group and didn’t know where to start?

During this weeks meeting, club member Julie Dodge will present different strategies for “Creating Your Own Photography Program”. This will include how to: choose a topic; select and present your images; add topical notes; speak to the audience; and most importantly… keep their attention. Whether you’re creating a 15 minute show, or a full two-hour program, you’ll learn techniques that will help you feel confident when accepting an invitation to present, and when delivering your program.

This year, there will be opportunities for members to share more of their photography with the club besides competitions. If you have images to share, this is a program you won’t want to miss.

Tuesday, Sept 18, 7-9pm,
First United Methodist Church, Downtown Peoria.

Participating in Peoria Camera Club Photo Competitions

Peoria Camera Club offers members opportunities to participate in photo competitions to help you improve as a photographer, and develop a critcal eye when composing and editing your photos.

With 12 different categories of photo competitions, all with different rules, regulations, and submission requirements, entering club competitions can be daunting. On September 4th, the first meeting of the new club year, PCC members Ray Keithley and Rich Seeman will present a program on participating in club competitions. Ray and Rich have participated in competitions for many years and are both seasoned judges. Together they will help you navigate the rules and offer suggestions so you can confidently participate and properly submit your images in club competitions.

The following topics will be covered:
▪ Benefits (to you and the club) of participating in competitions
▪ The 12 different categories and the rules for each
▪ Club competition levels, their purpose and benefit to you
▪ Finding competition information on the club website
▪ Resizing and renaming digital images for competitions
▪ The judging process
▪ Interpreting judges’ comments
▪ How to succeed in competitions

In the past year, rules have changed, competitions have been added and image handlers have changed. Come to this meeting and learn about how these changes affect you and how to improve your chances of earning acceptances and winning in Club competitions.

First United Methodist Church, 7-9pm

(Photo credit: Cradled in Moms Arms, Gail Chastain)

Heart of Illinois Fair Photo Competition Informational Sessions

Peoria Camera Club will be presenting two Informational Sessions for the Heart of Illinois Fair Photography Exhibit on what makes a good competition photo, how to print and mount your photos, and how to enter your photographic prints in the fair. Choose from two dates, times, and locations.

Peoria Public Library, Downtown
Tuesday, June 12, 2-3:30 pm

Peoria Public Library, North Branch
Monday, June 18, 6-7:30 pm

Compete with other Central Illinois Photographers for cash prizes and ribbons, and start exhibiting your work in the community.

Presented by: Julie Dodge, Superintendent of HOI-Fair Photography Exhibit

2018 Heart of Illinois Fair Photography Competition

PCC Members and ALL Central Illinois Photographers. As Superintendent of the Heart of Illinois Fair, I’m pleased to announce this year’s competition, theme, and dates. If you’ve never entered the HOI Fair Photography Exhibit before, it’s a great opportunity to print your amazing photos, compete with other photographers for big ribbons, cash prizes, and bragging rights, and show them off to your community.

I’ll be presenting a program on what makes a good competition photo, how to get started printing and mounting your photos, and how to enter them in the fair. There are two different dates, times and locations.

Peoria Public Library, Downtown
Tuesday, June 12, 2-3:30 pm

Peoria Public Library, North Branch
Monday, June 18, 6-7:30 pm

It’s easy to enter. See Rules link for details on Print categories, sizes, mounting requirements, and how to enter. Smartphone is the only digital entry, but follows the same entry process. Complete the Entry Form by July 1st to secure your commitment and order your entry tags.

HOI Fair Photography Competition Call for Entry
HOI Fair Call for Entry

HOI Fair Photography RULES
http://www.heartofillinoisfair.com/images/site/pageserver/file/2018/PHOTOPRINT18lettersize.pdf

HOI Fair Photography ENTRY FORM
http://www.heartofillinoisfair.com/images/site/pageserver/file/2018/AOENTRYFORM18.pdf

Join Us… March 27th for the “UNSEEING QUEST”

This week’s program, “The UnSeeing Quest“, presented by club members’ Rich Seeman, Ray Keithley and Vicki Padesky, will offer a practical application of lessons learned from Ian Plant’s Seminar by challenging club members to “UnSee” and “shoot like Ian”.

The speakers will provide an overview of Ian Plant’s creative seeing process… learning to “UnSee” what the average photographer sees and create images that “stand out from the crowd.” You will be encouraged to think like Ian, creatively interpret the subject, and impose your own artistic vision. For the “UNSEEING QUEST” you will be encouraged to embrace Ian’s idea of Discovery, Revelation, and Transformation, then go out on your own to find, shoot, and experience Ian’s approach to creative photography.

The April 24th and May 15th club meetings will provide opportunities for participating members to present and share your artistic interpretation and thought process behind making your final image(s). Even if you didn’t attend the seminar, ALL members are invited to participate. The March 27th meeting will provide important details you won’t want to miss.

Members are encouraged to put together a short (5-10 min) program of their images on a thumb drive, or as a PowerPoint show.

Be prepared to share your story and consider including the following:

  • An image of the overall scene you were shooting that includes your subject
  • An image of how you would normally “See” it, and shoot it
  • How you applied the “UnSee-It” process… Discovery, Revelation, Transformation
  • Your final image
  • The techniques or ideas you tried
  • Your thoughts on the “UnSeeing” process, how you used it, and how you may use it to shape your photography going forward

Anyone interested in participating or needing additional information, please contact Vicki Padesky at vickipadesky@comcast.net or call 309-696-0677.

1/30 Tonights program: “Printing and Mounting Your Photos”

     For tonights meeting, club member Julie Dodge will present a program on “Printing and Mounting Your Photos”.
     Julie will demonstrate on the computer how to adjust your images for the best printing results. The program will cover techniques to brighten your photos to get optimum whites while retaining dark colors for contrast and impact. We’ll discuss how different papers produce different results and view samples so you can judge for yourself.
     When the print is dry we’ll move onto the mounting process. Julie will share her techniques that will make it easy for you to enter a securely mounted print in competitions. She will also share tips for matting and framing, as some competitions require a more finished look.
      Throughout the demonstration you will learn what supplies you need to set up shop, where to purchase them, and how to value shop for the best bargains.
      Hope to see you at the meeting tonight.
     7-9pm, First United Methodist Church

“Peoria Camera Club’s Best” Photographic Print Exhibition

Peoria Camera Club and Peoria Public Library will host a Photographic Print Exhibition on November 3 – 28, 2017.  “Peoria Camera Club’s Best” exhibition is an opportunity for individual PCC members to display some of your best photographic work, and promote the amazing talent we have in our club.

As of 9/27, the number of Entries so far are light, so you can enter up to 5 framed images instead of 3.

These are the key dates you need to know.

  • Titles Deadline – Sept 30  (titles of your prints due)
  • Turn-in – Oct. 17  (prints framed and ready to hang)
  • Hang Prints – Nov. 2
  • Reception – Nov. 4
  • Place – Peoria Public Library

Click here for the full article with more details on this member opportunity.

Click here for the labels to use on the back:  Public Library Exhibition

 

PhotoChatter September 2017

Some of the highlights in this issue…

Upcoming Events and Reminders…………………….……………………….. 1
Wanted: Your Eclipse Experience …………………………….……..….…….. 2
Midwest Society for Photographic Education Conference….…… 3
Eagle Project, Lock & Dam 14 .………………………………………….…………4
Morton Photography Show Club Winners………………….…..…………. 5
2016-17 EOY Competition Winners ..…….……………..……………..…… 6-8
Chicago Area Photographic School ………………….…………………..……. 8
Demystifying CICCA…………………………………………………………….……. 9-11
Volunteers Photographers Needed / Classifieds ………………..…….. 11

Click here for the newsletter PhotoChatter September 2017