PhotoOp 16 Provides Thought Provoking Material

PhotoOp 16 left shutter speeds and f-stops far behind in this thinking person’s daylong presentation. Numerous concepts, perspectives, philosophies and even research findings were shared with the event’s approximate 145 attendees.

Jack Dykinga started the day off with a problem-solving approach for creating compelling, well-composed images. Attendees were encouraged to simplify their images and match lighting with the mood of the subject. From a technical point of view, Jack encouraged photographers to “make friends with black” and not worry about shadows. Interestingly, he used images photographed at intervals and then stacked in Photoshop to capture lightning strikes. Jack pointed out that lighting is ephemeral and changing constantly. Photographers are urged to recognize those changes and wait for the optimum light.

Guy Tal urged photographers to use image making as a way to express what they feel about their subjects. In his opinion, as well as in the view other notable photographers, photographs are more than what the camera captured, but an expression of the photographers’ feelings about the subject. Guy also introduced the topic of Visual Language. He related how scientists are working to connect visual stimuli with certain emotions. Colors, shapes, lines, and location in the visual field all seem to express different messages. We as photographers can control what we include in the frame and if we internalize the visual language concepts, we can use them to say certain things when we create our photographs. Lastly, Guy presented research findings that show a correlation between participating in a creative process and personal happiness!

By several measures PhotoOp 16 was a success. Many comments expressed appreciation for the in-depth, thought-provoking messages delivered by this year’s speakers.

If you have comments, praise, complaints or suggestions, we’d enjoy hearing from you. 

Jump Start Your Lighting-SOLD OUT

As photographers, we look to other photographers’ work for inspiration and many times wonder how they got that shot, light or pose. Then, we all experimented and saw what works and what didn’t, taking years of trial and error and learning the “wrong way”.

This class is created to help speed up that learning process. Instead of learning the wrong way over and over until you learn what works. Learn from others mistakes. Look at a photo and be able to take it apart. And use the elements in your work to create a masterpiece. Master photographer, Chad Braithwaite will teach the group and has been well-liked by club members who participated in last year’s Working with Models workshop.

Bring your own camera with a medium to long focal length lens and Chad will supply the transmitter to fire the lighting gear.

To cover studio charges and model fees, we are asking $50 for either the 9 a.m. to noon or 12:30-3:30 sessions, March 19. (We've raised the charge a bit to cover costs.)

We can only accept about a dozen or so participants, so if you are interested, and as of February 23, we have filled the workshop. 

Faces Photography
8665 South Sandy Parkway
Sandy, Utah 84070 (map)

Special Photojournalism Presentation - Thomas Szalay

Touching Stories Told Through Photography

Photography can be a powerful voice for those who cannot speak for themselves in a forceful way. Photojournalist and teacher Thomas Szalay tells their stories in his photo essay “Home at Last.” The project took him to Romania where he assisted ABC News 20/20 in documenting a San Diego man and his efforts to bring abandoned children to the United States for adoption. Follow up images taken in the past year continues the story of how their lives have turned out here in America.

Szalay has a natural curiosity about different cultures that took him down a path towards photojournalism and documentary photography. During the 1980’s & 90’s he was a staff photographer for the San Diego Union-Tribune and The Santa Rosa Press Democrat. It was at these newspapers he honed his skills as a photo essayist. His work as appeared in the Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Time magazine, NPR and ABC 20/20.

Szalay will share his experiences about Romanian Orphans, Somali Refuges and other personal projects he has worked on over the past 30 years. He has also led club members on two Street Photography Workshops.

When: Thursday, February 18, 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Where: City Library, East 400 South, Salt Lake City Conf Rm. B

Winter Photography Workshop with Neil Rossmiller Announced

Nationally recognized and award-winning photographer Neil Rossmiller kicks off the club’s first workshop in 2016, with a presentation on the challenges of winter photography.

Neil, along with his wife Connie has operated a ski photography concession at Park City Mountain Resort for 23 of years. He has shot everything from Olympic and World Cup ski races to little kids on skis for the very first time.  His images have been published nationally in numerous publications and his  prints  hang on  walls  worldwide.  As a member of the Nature Photographers Network he has received several image awards.

When: Thursday, January 14, 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Where: NEW LOCATION: Pictureline, 305 W 700 S

Antique Power Museum Field Trip

History: Richard Erickson has been collecting treasures from the past his entire life. In addition to viewing over 120 antique farm tractors, more than 50 motorcycles dating back to 1911, antique trucks and steam engines, we will see a 1960's-era salvage garage, a restored shoe repair store from Salt Lake City's North Temple Street, a print shop, complete with working presses, a vintage service station, two historic cabins from the nearby Heber Valley, a blacksmith shop, a restored Salt Lake City café, and a shingle and lathe mill.

Outdoor Portraiture Workshop Announced

Posing subjects in the great outdoors can be as greatly rewarding and it can be challenging. In this comprehensive workshop hone your portraiture skills with accomplished photographer Dennis Walsh and his talented assistant, and accomplished photographer in his own rite, Randy Anderson. In this workshop you will use your own camera and work with live subjects to experience the challenges involved. Afterward, we’ll retire to Dennis’s Park City studio for pizza and further instruction for processing.

Attendees are requested to bring their own camera body and 1 or 2 lenses…preferably in the “portrait range.”(Lenses might include a 24-70 zoom, a 70-200 zoom or any prime lens in the 50mm to 300 mm range.) A tripod or monopod might be helpful but is not required. We will be charging $30 per person to cover our expenses. Registration will be limited to 15 persons, but we’ll add an addition workshop if enough folks sign up.


Saturday, October 17, 2 pm to 8 pm

Walsh Photographic Design Studio and Gardens

3255 American Saddler Dr, Park City

Cost: $30 to cover expenses

Registration Closed

Photographer of the Year Announced

At the End of Year meeting, Thursday, August 20th Shayne Shaw won Photographer of the Year for the 20114-15 club year. In accepting his award, Shayne credited the club’s Competition/Critiques for helping him achieve his success. He added that he also gained a great deal by observing the critiques not only of his own images, but by those submitted by others. He thanked his fellow competitors.

The top slots in Master Ranking were captured by Eric Vaughn won first place in the Authentic category and club president, Keith Hill took first place in Altered Reality.

Here are the results for all the year’s participants:

Master Open


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