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!


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

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