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. I’ll post date and location when finalized.
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.
During the question and answer at Ian Plant’s seminar last month, one of the attendees asked him something similar to this:
“So, you’ve gone to all these remote and fantastic places and taken all these fantastic photographs, what about someone who really can’t travel all around the world to find images. What do we do?”
Basically, the answer was to practice taking photos at home. If you can take good photos here, you can take good photos when you do eventually get to these places.
I wanted to do a presentation on just that, finding good photos here in Illinois. But I also promised Sam Black I would cover England and Scotland at some point. So, I decided to do both. On three separate trips over the last 20 years to England, Scotland and Wales, I took pictures of where I was at the time, rarely venturing out to the ultra-spectacular locations. It was combination vacation and photo excursion when I could get the time. So time was short on my own, or I had to find the shots where I was.
I’ll be covering different themes and subjects I am always looking for when I am out and about. This is the United Kingdom Edition.
A camera changes our perception of reality in several significant ways. See the way your camera sees.
Technical choices can transform your subject profoundly and artistically. Then consider other important factors such as perspective, position, composition, light and moment.
Join Ian for this enlightening and exciting seminar as he shares his insights about the use of composition, storytelling and light to make photos that grab attention and never let go.
March 24, 2018
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Illinois Valley Central High School
1300 West Sycamore in Chillicothe, IL
World-renowned professional photographer Ian Plant is known for his inspiring images and dedication to capturing the beauty of our world. Ian’s mission is to inspire and educate others in the art of photography. He is a frequent contributor to many leading photo magazines, managing editor of Outdoor Photography Guide, a Tamron Image Master and the author of numerous books and instructional videos.
Hank Erdmann is making a special trip from Lockport, IL to give us his presentation “ Experiencing Versus Seeing, Using your 11 Senses for Better Composition” Hank has been with us in the past and we are very fortunate that he was willing to make the trip all the way down here.
From Hank’s Blog:Experiencing Versus Seeing; Your 10? Senses and Image Making
Experiencing nature versus just seeing nature is what brings us as human beings to truly cherish it. By paying attention to our five human senses; vision, hearing, touch, smell and taste and to our five artistic senses; feeling, awareness, contrast, beauty, and simplicity, our photographs can start to match our awe and love for the natural world and share those feelings with those who view our images.
At some point in the progression of becoming an artist, and more specifically a photographer, we understand that seeing and documenting subject matter is not enough no matter technically proficient one is. At some point we realize we need more than just technical skill to make images that offer the viewer feeling and inspiration. Eventually we learn that there is more than going to a place or scene, holding up the camera or cell phone and pointing it at a subject and clicking the shutter button. We either learn enough of the technical side or nowadays with advances in photographic equipment and in software, we just ignore that side and let our gear and software do OUR work for us. I’d make a case that wouldn’t be prudent but that’s another argument and another article for a later time. As we progress in our artistic life and grow as an artist, we start making the effort to learn more on the aesthetic side of the equation versus that on the mechanical and technical side.
David Vernon will do a presentation on drones and still photography at our February 27th meeting.
From David’s website http://www.escapesphoto.com
I wear many hats. I am a commercial, portrait, and fine art photographer living and working in Central Illinois.
I picked up and began using my first camera when I was eight years old. For all of those years, photography was a companion who was either a half step ahead or behind. There were years where I was deeply immersed and there were years when other things in a busy life intruded. In all that time, this companion sat on the edge of my life waiting patiently to capture the moment when the light of recognition clicked on over my head. During that time, I’ve come to understand two things: that my art is what makes me truly happy and that life is too short not to follow one’s passion.
The February 20 meeting will be showing the results of the Open 3 and Nature 3 competitions.
2/20 is also the deadline for the Photojournalism 2 and Nature 4 competitions. See the Club Contacts page for handler emails. We were light on Nature 3 submissions, so it would be great to have a good turn out. This will be judged by a PCC member.
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.
Once again the Peoria Camera Club will be hosting the 2017 National Insect Salon, a Photographic Society of America-sanctioned Nature competition. Images must be submitted no later than September 23, 2017. The judging will be on 9/30/2017.
March 18, 2017 is the date for Peoria Camera Club’s annual seminar. We are excited to have an amazing photographer, author, and speaker – Bryan F Peterson. We have a new location this year just a short distance north of Peoria on Hwy 29 at Illinois Valley Central High School in Chillicothe, Illinois. Anyone with an interest in photography is encouraged to attend.
PCC Members: Joe Virbickis, PCC’s past president and chairman of the seminar, will be sending out an email to members about the member discount. Then look for your email invitation to the seminar January 18 or go ahead and check out our seminar page.
Once again the Peoria Camera Club will be hosting the 2016 National Insect Salon, a Photographic Society of America-sanctioned Nature competition. This year the judging has been moved forward by about 6 weeks to August 27, 2016. Images must be submitted no later than August 20, 2016.