Category Archives: Public

All About the Night Sky

OK, maybe not “all” there is to know about the night sky, but certainly enough to satisfy a craving to learn what’s involved in photographing the night sky and the beautiful celestial objects that live there. On Tuesday, October 2nd, guest speaker, Craig Stocks will discuss astro-landscapes, featuring the Milky Way, as well as approaches to more detailed astrophotography. Post processing will also be addressed since it’s such a critical element to create a successful night sky photo.

Guests are welcome to attend.

Tips & Tricks of Macro Photography

Interested in learning more about macro photography? This week, Tuesday, September 25th, club member Crystal Johnson will present a program on the “tips and tricks” of shooting macros, equipment needed, and creative macro project ideas. Guests are welcome.

There will also be an opportunity for PCC members to participate in a Macro Photography Outing — Saturday, October 13 – Location and time TBA.

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 Insect Salon Entries Due 9/22

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 22, 2018.   The judging will be on 9/29/2018.

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