Interesting Changes Coming To Our Competition/Critique Sessions

We are always working to improve our competition/critiques and this year we’ve made changes based on comments and experiences from last year.

In the past, we have required participants to add a title to their entries. While titling is widely popular in the art world, some believe images should stand on their own. This being the case, we will give entrants the opportunity to have a title that the judges see or, if they prefer, not.

Also, judges will no longer see images organized by ranking. This will permit anyone’s image to receive scoring based entirely on merit. This change was made to eliminate any possible bias a judge might have on seeing an image based on ranking. For example, an image in the Masters category could create an expectation for higher scores. Now, our judges will not see a ranking associated with an image requiring them to score based solely on the photograph’s perceived quality.

Competition Director Jason Hutchison is also redistributing the number of participants in each ranking. The crowded Intermediate and Advanced rankings were getting too large while the Masters ranking was shrinking. Normally, the winners in each ranking are promoted to a higher ranking each year but this was taking too long to create manageable ranking sizes. So, 3 to 4 participants in the lower rankings are being promoted up for the coming year. Jason pointed out that these promotions are all well deserved based on quality work.

Our attempt to create synergy between Exhibits and Competition/critiques seemed to create some confusion with last year’s themes in that the themes were also possible exhibit titles. We don’t think that worked very well and this year the themes have been reset to be similar to earlier years.

With these changes in place it’s going to be an exciting year and we encourage all members to jump in and participate in this very successful program. We know from past experience, competition/critiques are a powerful way to help improve everyone’s work.

Autumn in Zion Park Field Trip

Back by Popular Demand

Last year’s trip was so successful that it bears repeating!  There is no place better than Zion National Park to experience Utah’s autumn colors and grandeur.  Join the Wasatch Camera Club for an excursion that will offer ample photographic opportunities for beginners and pros alike. 

Most of the details of the trip are still being arranged, but it is likely that the trip will be very similar to last year’s event. Moderate hiking will be required!  If weather permits, the trip will include a hike into the Narrows for those who wish. Other photo locations may require shorter hikes. 

The cost of the trip will is still to be determined.  The group will be limited to 12 people, selected by lottery.    Registration for the lottery is now open. You can register here. Stay tuned for more information, or email Claudia with questions.

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.

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