Five Overnight Field Trips Announced

Overnight field trips are always popular with club members and now we have five new ones sure to appeal to most everyone.  As on our past trips you’ll be going with like-minded photographers working to shoot in the best light possible. Your next best photo trip starts here, so save the date(s)!

Nightscapes in Capitol Reef, June 23-24, 2017.  Join Club’s very own nightscape artist extraordinaire, Shayne Shaw, for a weekend of nighttime shooting in Utah’s beautiful Capitol Reef National Park.  Capitol Reef is home to some of the darkest skies in Utah.  Shayne will set us up in the best locations so that you can get the most out of the stars and Milky Way.  Come and experience the beauty of the desert at night!  This trip will be limited to 10 participants.  Registration will open soon, so save the date!  A block of hotel rooms will be held for participants, but feel free to find your own room or camping accommodations.

North Rim, Grand Canyon, August 4-6, 2017.  Last year’s trip was so successful that we just had to do it again.  We’ll hit the rim in prime monsoon season to maximize the dramatic weather as it sweeps across the canyon.  In addition to glorious sunrises and sunsets, there is plenty of daytime photographic interest in and around the park.  The Club has reserved a group campsite that can accommodate up to 25 people.  Click here for campground information.  Like last year, we will also try to offer a backcountry excursion for those who wish, weather and road conditions permitting.   Registrations will open soon.

Capitol Reef and Boulder Mountain, October 2017 (dates TBD).  There is no better place to be for a fall photo adventure.   We’ll visit some of the area’s most stunning canyons and soaring rock formations.  We’ll also capture the gorgeous fall colors on Boulder Mountain.  This trip may involve some moderate hiking for those who wish.  You will be sure to get to know the Capitol Reef area in a whole new way!  A block of discounted hotel rooms will be held for participants, and registration will open late summer.

Yellowstone in Winter, January 4-7, 2018.  Club member and professional tour guide, Rob Daugherty, will lead us on a photographic adventure through Yellowstone in its winter glory.  If wildlife is your thing, this is going to be spectacular!  We’ll photograph plenty of the area’s wildlife in their snowy habitat.  We may see bison, foxes, elk, bighorn sheep, maybe even wolves.   Come see Yellowstone like never before!  This trip will be limited to 15 participants, possibly a few more.  A block of discounted hotel rooms in Gardiner, MT is already held for participants.   Registration will open soon!

The Palouse, late spring 2018 (end of May or early June, dates TBD).   The velvety green hills and bright yellows of the canola fields lend themselves to some of the most photogenic landscapes you can find.  In addition to the classic rolling hills scenes that are found virtually everywhere you look in the region, there are many old barns, rambling fences, and rusted trucks.  We will be based in Colfax, WA, which is either a long drive or a short flight.  Registrations for this trip will open in the summer of 2017 so that people can plan well in advance. 

At present we are finalizing the registration system, but when needed for selecting for right-sized groups is required, we’ll be using our standard random selection system.

On all trips, you are responsible for your own transportation arrangements and costs, as well as your expenses for hotels/camping, and food and beverages.  Participants are encouraged to carpool whenever possible, and you maybe required to carpool while on a trip.  Each trip may also include a small registration fee to cover some of the club’s costs associated with organizing trips.   If you are interested in one or more of these trips, please email Claudia O’Grady.

Preparing for the Solar Eclipse

Astronomical Image Making Opportunity

On August 21, 2017 a solar eclipse will occur that will be visible in the Northern Hemisphere. in the “path of totality”To prepare for making a truly outstanding image, club member Clint Melender will share his approach and show his awesome image from Horseshoe Bend made in 2012.

Making successful images of solar eclipses require careful planning and multiple exposures. Bring your questions and suggestions for this rare photographic opportunity.

When: Thursday, April 20 6:30 PM to 9 PM

Where: Salt Lake City Public Library, 210 E 400 S, Salt Lake City, Conference Room B

Photography Exhibit Blooms at Red Butte Gardens

The club's major exhibit, Floralography - An Intimate Look at Flowers begins today and runs through April 23.

The exhibit gives  viewers a closer look at flowers to a point where they become abstract, sensual, soft or tenuous, depending upon its visual personalities.

The exhibit’s 75 images will be framed, mounted and for sale to attendees. As well there will be a number of flower-related matted prints and photo-cards available. A portion of the sales will go to support Red Butte Gardens. Also, you are invited to a special artists’ reception on Saturday, April 8th from 2 PM to 4 PM. Reception attendees can mingle with participating photographers and enjoy light refreshments.


Floralography - An Intimate Look at Flowers

March 31–April 23, 2017

Red Butte Garden and Arboretum

300 Wakara Way

Salt Lake City, UT 84108


Photoshop 17 deemed a Success

The Wasatch Camera Club’s major event for 2017 looks to be a winner. This year’s attendance was 192 registrants and that’s up 23% from last year at 156. With few exceptions, all comments were positive, including Snap Survey responses.

Photographer Adam Jones not only provided a huge library of amazing images, he took questions throughout his presentation and answered with thoughtful in-depth and informative answers. This dialogue between audience and presenter gets quickly to core issues of interest.

Attendees heard about telephoto lens applications not only for wildlife but making landscape “sections.” Additionally, Adam covered a more liberal use of higher ISOs, using F-16 when required, aperture priority, and a variety of recommendations for processing software.

Utah-based photographer Adam Barker implored attendees to, “shoot what you love.” He offered approaches to connect with your viewer and where possible include items that provide image context. He suggested that composition is our most dramatic tool. He is an advocate of using the “manual” camera setting 90% of the time and interestingly, hand holding filters in front of the lens. He especially recommends living in the moment with the image.

Thanks to our sponsors, Pictureline, Manfroto, and Canon. Special thanks to Jon Ballard who did a lot of heavy lifting in bringing our presenters to Salt Lake City.

Introducing a new event: Photo Swap & Meet

With the New Year upon us there’s never been a better time to clean out your closets and cabinets of older photo equipment — especially now that it’s been updated with sweet new gear purchased during holiday sales events! To aid in the cleanup process, we’re putting together an equipment exchange (aka swap meet) that should be of benefit to everyone.

If all goes as planned, participants will be able to buy sell trade or even give away all types of photo related equipment. We ask that you accept responsibility for any transactions, loss, or damage incurred at the event.

You can bring just about anything, including cameras, lenses, filters, cases, projectors, computers, printers, light stands, lights and well you get the picture. We have secured a big room and will fill it up with banquet tables where you can present your wares.

Note: This is also a nice opportunity to socialize with your fellow photographers. You’re not required to participate in the equipment exchange, but who knows you might find a fabulous deal. Also, you’re welcome to invite a friend who is not a member. Also, we will supply beverages and light food for free.

Three Ways to Participate

Full Table $10

Half Table $5

No Table


Depending on how much gear you bring, these options will help you prepare. Full table is a banquet table all to yourself. Half table, we’ll seat you next to a fellow photog who can watch your stuff while you’re away. You are welcome to partner with your fellow photographers to split the huge costs if you wish. No table means you are just scoping things out and/or keeping your gear with you.

If you're coming please let us know, we need to plan our refreshments.


Buy a Table Here (No RSVP required)

No Table RSVP Here


Miller Free Enterprise Center Room 203

Salt Lake Community College

9750 South 300 West, Sandy, Utah

Saturday, January 28 - 10 AM to 2:30 PM

(This is the same building as previous Photo Ops. Park on the west side and use the west entrance for the shortest distance to the room.)

Three Lightroom Workshops ... FILLED!

Due to high demand Randy Collier's Lightroom workshops have been filled and the registration closed.  Stay tuned for future workshops.




Exhibit at Red Butte Garden Announced

Floralgraphy - An Intimate Look at Flowers

In its third straight year of successful exhibiting, the Wasatch Camera Club is assembling a photographic portfolio entitled Floralgraphy - An Intimate Look at Flowers. The exhibit will present around 30 photographs taken by our talented club members.

Gertrude Stein wrote, “Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.” On one level she is correct. But all things can reveal deeper mysteries if one peers with curiosity, imagination, and an open-mind. Flowers are no different. A field of brightly colored tulips will always attract the attention of photographers — amateur and professional alike. But step closer into the frame and a flower can become abstract, sensual, soft or tenuous, depending upon its visual personality. We call this approach: Floralgraphy - An Intimate Look at Flowers. Whether using close-up lenses or compositions, with this exhibit we explore far beyond a rose merely being a rose.

Holding the belief that photographic prints are the highest expression of the craft of photography, the club encourages members to print, frame and hang their finest works. The Florography exhibit is evidence of the level of talent, the beauty of great print-making and the joy of presentation through the careful selection of the club’s best floral works. 

Call-for-Entries Now Closed

March 31–April 23, 2017

Red Butte Garden and Arboretum

300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City

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