Nightscapes in Arches National Park, Sep 7 & 8

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 Arches National Park has some great opportunities for stars and arches.  We’ll have two nights of group shooting, capturing the skies and the beautiful 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.  Sign-up is open now, and will remain open until June 25, 2018.   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 $75 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 registration fee, participants are responsible for their own travel, lodging, and meals.  Carpooling is highly encouraged!

Nightscapes Sign-up Page

Photographing Subjets in Motion

Stopping Motion Photographically – Lessons Learned From Sports Photography

Sports photographers make a living capturing fast-moving athletes frozen in time by quick shutter speeds and other methods. In this workshop, club member and professional sports photographer Jeff Swinger will share all the techniques on stopping motion on a variety of subjects. While we may not need these tools all the time, they will be helpful in capturing wildlife and other moving subjects. You can see his amazing images here.

M6:30pm, Thursday, June 21st at the Salt Lake City Library, Conf rm B.

Talkin' About a Revolution – in your Camera Bag

Award-winning photographer and club member Tom Horton readily admits to being a photo tech geek, although he prefers the term "early adopter." In the past year he has been working through the bugs of two new photography tech revolutions, and he's ready to share the results.

16 Lenses are Better than One

You've heard of the bleeding-edge Light 16 camera, perhaps even seen one. Is it a DSLR replacement? A hi-res phone camera? Does it even work? Tom has been putting one of the first shipped through its paces, and will share the good, the bad, and the real skinny on this bad boy.

Let Your Imagery Soar - Really

Any unemployed helicopter pilot will affirm that drone photography has taken over the aerial video world, from hobbyists to Hollywood. But, what is its potential for still photography? Is the skill set attainable? Are the results worthwhile? Do you need a pilot's license? Tom will bring a year's worth of images, and dish on the facts and rumors.

When: Thursday, April 26th, 6:30 PM

Where: Salt Lake City Public Library, 210 E 400 S Conference Room B (our fave)

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!

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