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 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

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.

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