Category Archives: General Meeting

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

Christmas Banquet

When: December 19, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Where: First United Methodist Church – Wesley Hall (On Lower Level)

What to Bring:  A dish to pass – please select from a casserole, fruit/vegetable or a dessert.  The club will provide the meat, drinks and place settings.

Please click on the below link to google docs which will open an excel spreadsheet, you just need to put your name, how many are attending  (yourself included) and what you are bringing then close it – the information will be saved automatically.

Sign-Up Sheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/19eDOv5_djLfSOlsO1Bje8lFn4iNzd8TC-2ZlNZKj4P8/edit?usp=sharing

Speaker:  Natalie Jackson O’Neal

11/7 meeting: Kara Kamienski

CaptureJoin us on 11/7 for a presentation by Kara Karmienski, a local professional wedding photographer from Washington, IL. She has a teaching degree from University of Illinois and offers classes in photography from kids level up to professional. She has photographed over 250 weddings in the past seven years.

Kara is going to talk to our group about lens choice in her shots, her class offerings and talk to us about her experience as a professional photographer in general.

 

Join us Sept 19 – Macro Photography Presentation

Macro Photography

Presented by:

Vicky Padesky, Ray Keithley and Rich Seeman

Macro photography is a very interesting and exciting  form of photography, and with good reason. It can be done indoors and out with an unlimited source of subjects. Macro photography makes it possible to take great images of anything without traveling at all. In this presentation, we will provide some tips and ideas to help you take your macro photography to the next level.

Meeting starts at 7pm.  Meeting Details

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Join us Sept 5 – First meeting and a Presentation by Unposed Photography

Welcome back current members and welcome new members for the 2017-18 PCC season!

We have a great season planned for everyone. If you are new, please keep an eye on this website for upcoming events and contests and if you are a member and you do not yet have a login to this website, please use the contact form and let us know, so we can create one for you. Logging in allows you to see all the documents, including rules, schedules, and contact information for the group.

For our first meeting of the season we have a special guest, the owners of Unposed Photography, who have come down from Galena to talk to us about their work.

  • Weddings
  • Good business practices for photographers.
  • Marketing and finding clients
  • Promoting your work
  • Choosing the right equipment for the job
  • Posing for weddings
  • Choosing locations and assessing lighting situations
  • Post processing
  • Managing your business