Exceptional PhotoOp 18 Presenters Announced

We are very pleased about this year’s PhotoOp presenters. Both are nationally recognized outdoor photographers who have great experience in landscape photography. Beyond capturing great images both are dedicated to fine art photography and present their work in galleries.

Our first presenter will be Brenda Tharp. Her work has been published in Sunset magazine, Audubon, Sierra Club Magazine, Publications of the National Park Service, and Michelin Travel Publications.

An acclaimed workshop instructor, Brenda has taught photography since 1985, through her own programs, and for such groups as Maine Media, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Pacific Northwest School of Arts, MISA. She also leads photo tours to international destinations.


Elizabeth Carmel is our second presenter. She is a columnist for Outdoor Photography magazine and one of 12 photographers in the world to be named as a Hasselblad Master. She makes her own large, fine art prints some of which have appeared in the Smithsonian in Washington D.C., The California Museum of Photography, and the Nevada Museum Of Art. She also has her own galleries Truckee and Calistoga, California.

Elizabeth published a book of her photography titled “Brilliant Waters, Portraits of Lake Tahoe, Yosemite and the High Sierra” with a foreword by Robert Redford. Elizabeth’s work has been featured in many magazines and books.

PhotoOp 18 is open to everyone, but registration is required as seating may be limited. You can register on the Wasatch Camera Club’s website. There is a small charge to cover expenses.

Special thanks to our new sponsor Acme Camera.

PhotoOp 18

Saturday, March 24 9 AM to 3:30 PM

Miller Free Enterprise Center

Salt Lake Community College Campus

9750 South 300 West
Sandy, Utah

Registration Closed

Yellowstone in Winter Trip Closed

Yellowstone in Winter Announced

Yellowstone in Winter, January 4-7, 2018. 

Yellowstone NP is a spectacular place to visit in winter.  Abundant wildlife and snow-blanketed landscapes will serve up endless photographic opportunities. Bison, elk, coyote, wolves, eagles, bighorn, and many other interesting creatures are all ready for their closeups. The group will be guided by the club’s very own and very talented Rob Daugherty, a professional guide and tour operator.  Don’t miss this great opportunity! 

This trip will be based out of Gardiner, Montana, an easy 6.5 hour drive.

This trip will be a winter wonderland for photographers, so be sure to sign up early!

Logistics:  Up to 15 people can be accommodated on this adventure.  Motel rooms have been reserved at a very affordable rate of $68 per night, plus tax.  The registration period is open now, and will continue through November 10.  If there are more registrants than can be accommodated we will conduct a lottery for spaces.  At the time you are selected you will be required to pay a $50 registration fee to cover the club’s costs related to this trip.  Other expenses for which you are responsible include travel and food.  There will be no hiking, snowshoeing, or cross country skiing!  Our excursions will be conducted by vehicle caravan. 


Register Closed





Understanding the Visual Language of Photography

“We can communicate things in our images that venture beyond what a subject or scene looks like, and that are not always expressible in spoken or written words.”

- Guy Tal

In this special presentation Guy goes way beyond simplistic rules of composition, and reviews some of the science of visual perception, thoughts from great artists on visual expression, and techniques for becoming more effective visual communicators.

Guy Tal is professional artist, author, photographer, educator and public speaker. He works primarily in the landscape of the high deserts of the Colorado Plateau. He does not consider himself a photographer who creates art, but rather an artist working in the medium of photography. His work has been featured in Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography, PhotoOp 16 and Digital Photographer magazines, among many others.

Recently, he has published The Landscape Photographer's Guide to Photoshop which will be available at his presentation.

Saturday 9:00 am – 12:30 pm, December 2, 2017 (Doors open at 8:00 with refreshments.)

Salt Lake Community College - Miller Campus

Miller Free Enterprise Center (MFEC)

9750 South 300 West-Sandy, Utah

Purchase Tickets for $10 at the Door

Capitol Reef in Autumn: October 6-8, 2017

Join the WCC as we travel to the heart of red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park.  We will spend three glorious days inside the park, along streams and in canyons, as well as up on Boulder Mountain.  This time of year is perfect for capturing the spectacular colors of fall.
The club has reserved a block of hotel rooms in Torrey, Utah for three nights.  Participation will be limited to 10 people.  Some easy to moderate hiking may be part of the group itinerary, although participants are welcome to create an alternate shooting location if hiking is not possible.  Participants are responsible for their own costs related to travel, food, and accommodations.


Registration will stay open through September 1, 2017.  If more people register than can be accommodated, we will conduct a random lottery for the 10 slots.  Successful participants will then be required to make a $50 nonrefundable registration fee.  This fee is required to ensure slots are used by everyone who enters, and to prevent last minute drop outs that preclude participation by others.

If you have questions about this trip contact Claudia O’Grady.  

Please join us!

The North Rim, Grand Canyon Trip is Now Open

Join us August 4-6, 2017 for some stormy skies, water carved canyons, and breathtaking vistas.  Just like last year, we’ll hit the North Rim in peak monsoon season, yielding dramatic photo opportunities.  We’ll photograph sunrises and sunsets at some of the best overlooks, and take advantage of daytime shooting.  No hiking is planned, but it is likely that some will want to venture out onto the trails.

The club has reserved a group campsite at the North Rim campground, which can accommodate 25 campers.  Bring a tent and a sleeping bag, and you’re all set. The campground has nearby toilets and shower facilities, along with a general store, a restaurant, and a saloon.  For more information on the campground, visit https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/cg-nr.htm. All food and travel are on your own and carpooling is encouraged.

Following this portion of the trip, we can take up to 10 people to a backcountry location for two nights (August 6 & 7).  You must have a high clearance 4WD vehicle, pack your own gear (tent, bag, food, cooking equipment) in order to attend this portion of the trip.   You may register for this portion without registering for the first portion, but priority will be given to members who attend the first portion.

Register Here

Registration will stay open through July 8, at which time you’ll be required to pay your nonrefundable $50 registration fee.   If you have any questions about this trip, please contact Claudia O’Grady.

Note: We require registration fees to ensure slots are used by everyone who enters. Past experience has shown last minute drop outs leave slots that could have gone to others, but on short notice can't change their plans.

Join us!

Hidden Places Secret Times

For Your Camera Only

Club member and nationally recognized photographer, Tom Horton has spent some serious time scouting Utah and surrounds for off the beaten path locations to shoot great images.

In his words:

"To take great photographs, go where the great photographs are," sounds like wisdom, but as you grow in photography you will discover it is flat out wrong. When you see a classic beauty and vow to go there and shoot, you are guaranteed to fall short of great photography -- even though you may learn a lot. For an honest attempt at great photography, you have to work at finding your own hidden places and secret times. I will chronicle my efforts at finding unique places and producing my own vision, and how you might do that also. If you are willing to do the work, please attend.

Note: You will be sworn to secrecy at the meeting. These locations must remain secret!!!

When: Thursday, July 19, 6:30 PM (This is the new date.)
Where: Salt Lake City Public Library, 210 E 400 S, Conf B

Nightscapes in Capitol Reef Registration Closed

Capitol Reef by Night

Wasatch Camera Club members are invited to register for a weekend of nightscape photography.  Join the club’s very own Shayne Shaw for a special trip to experience the dark skies of southern Utah. 

If you’re excited about getting out with fellow photographers to capture the beautiful desert under the stars and Milky Way, this will be a perfect opportunity.  Dark skies are becoming rare, and Capitol Reef National Park has some of the best viewing opportunities in the west.  We’ll have two nights of group shooting, capturing the skies and the beautiful red rock formations.  Although you may choose to sleep during the day, there are also ample daytime shooting opportunities throughout the area!

Please note:  While this is not a workshop, if you’re new to nightscape photography and have technical questions, it is very likely your fellow shooters will be able to offer some useful tips and tricks. 

Logistics:  Participation on this trip is limited to 10.   If more than 10 people sign up, we will conduct a lottery to determine the lucky winners.  At that point, registrants will receive an email link to pay the nonrefundable $50 registration fee.  Once the registration fee is paid, registrants will be provided information on how to reserve one of the rooms being held at a local motel. 

Cost:  In addition to the $50 registration fee, participants are responsible for their travel, lodging, and meals.  Carpooling is highly encouraged!


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