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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 Insect Salon Entries Due 9/15

Once again the Peoria Camera Club will be hosting the 2018 National Insect Salon, a Photographic Society of America-sanctioned Nature competition.  Images must be submitted no later than September 15, 2018.   The judging will be on 9/22/2018.

Go to the Insect Salon page for more detailed information.

(Featured Image “Cicada Killer” by Gail Chastain, one of the 2017 accepted images)

 

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

4/3 Program: “Find your Shot Where You Are-UK Edition” by Jim Burnham

JF6 6015During 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.

      Hope to see you at the meeting Tuesday.
     7-9pm, First United Methodist Church

Join us March 24th for a Seminar with Ian Plant

UNSEEING: TAKING PHOTOS WITH ATTITUDE

UNLEARN how you see the world

UNDO your perception of reality

UNLEASH your creativity

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

Eternal Mirror ©Ian Plant

 

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.

You can see his work at www.ianplant.com

Ian Plant

Tickets are on sale now.

The three ways to buy a ticket:

  1. Online with a credit card – Go to our seminar page
  2. At a Peoria Camera Club meeting with cash or check
  3. Mail a check – You can download the Seminar flyer here

Learn more at our seminar page >> CLICK HERE or follow the menu tabs above.

You won’t want to miss Peoria Camera Club’s event of the year!

3/6 Program: “Experiencing Vs Seeing, Using Your Senses for Better Images” by Hank Erdmann

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.1496247057610-ydbxejh50od-6c985fd62d8e7cce4214f2de1e568ebf

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. 1496246407454-ewlaaoc9lk-6c985fd62d8e7cce4214f2de1e568ebf

      Hope to see you at the meeting tonight.
     7-9pm, First United Methodist Church

2/27 Program: “Drones and Still Photography” by Dave Vernon

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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.

      Hope to see you at the meeting tonight.
     7-9pm, First United Methodist Church

2/20 Meeting Schedule and Reminders

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.
Upcoming  speakers:
2/27: Dave Vernon
3/6: Hank Erdman
4/3: Jason Reblando
      Hope to see you at the meetings!
     7-9pm, First United Methodist Church

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