Why Black and White?

Cole Thompson presents, "Why Black and White." He will recount his journey to black and white, illustrate why he loves the medium and reveal his most important secrets and tips. He will also explain his photographic philosophies including Photographic Celibacy, Simple and Cole's Rule of Thirds.

His presentation is 75 minutes long and he’ll showing lots of images, telling lots of stories (some of which are even true) and talking about a lot of things including:

  • Vision
  • Passion
  • Why B&W Appeals to Me
  • What I Look for in a B&W Image
  • My Conversion from Photographer to Artist
  • Copying Ansel Adams
  • My Vision Epiphany
  • What is Fine Art?
  • The Role of Equipment and Processes
  • Listening to Other’s Advice
  • Asking Others for Advice
  • Simplify
  • Photographic Rules
  • How Long do Projects Take?
  • Some Before and After Images
  • My Six Photoshop Tools
  • Always Stop!
  • Comparing and Competing
  • How I Choose a Project
  • Be Open to New Possibilities
  • How I Found My Vision
  • Why do I create?
  • How to Make Money From Your Photography
  • And Many Stories From My Portfolios.

Whew…all this in 75 minutes!

And at the end, he’ll be giving away three prints.

When: 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., Thursday, July 16th

Where: City Library, Conference Room B, Salt Lake City

Field Trip to Zion National Park Announced

The Wasatch Camera Club is pleased to announce another exciting overnight field trip opportunity for its members. Join us October 22-25 for a photographic expedition through Zion National Park. This field trip is open to all levels of photographers who are looking to capture some of the most dramatic landscape scenes to be found in North America.

During this field trip we will have the pleasure of being guided for one day by the famed professional landscape photographer, David West. David resides in the local town of Springdale with his family and has enjoyed many years of accomplished success as a professional with his workshops in Zion and his beautiful gallery in Springdale. View some of David’s fine work at davidjwest.com.

The precise itinerary for this trip is yet to be determined but we will start on Friday morning with our daylong tour with David.  Additional shooting locations will be generally easily accessed by a short walk from parking areas and shuttle stops, but we may include a moderate 2-3 mile hike.  Locations may include the famous bridge over the Virgin River at sunset, the exquisite morning light that filters through the colorful foliage along the valley floor, the misty waterfalls poring over the cliffs at Emerald Pools or the mysterious rock formations of the Checkerboard Mesa.

Participation will be limited to 12 members, to be selected by lottery.  This trip, like all other overnight field trips, will be rain or shine!  Expenses to consider include $150 per person for the guide service, travel to and from Zion NP, lodging (a block of rooms has been held at a Springdale hotel), food, and beverages.  Registration is now CLOSED. We will close registration on June 16th.   WCC will then select participants by lottery.  The lucky lottery winners will be required to pay a $50 deposit to hold a spot, which will be credited toward the guide expense.  Clear your calendar and stay tuned!

Shoot for the Stars Workshop

Presented by our own Shayne Shaw, this workshop will focus on how to photograph the night skies. In particular you will learn how to capture the beauty and majesty of the Milky Way.
Topics covered include...
  • Best lenses and equipment for shooting at night
  • Proper camera settings
  • How to find and forecast the position of the Milky Way
  • How to compose and focus at night
  • How to properly light paint foreground landscape features 

In Shayne's words: I love just about every type of photography ... nightscapes in particular have become a strong passion of mine. Shooting almost any subject at night can add mystery, intrigue and a special beauty that shooting the same subject during the daylight can't match. I honestly believe that there are things in this world that nobody will ever see if some photographer doesn't take a photo of it. That especially holds true at night. I love teaching the night photography techniques I have learned to others with the hope that it will help them become better photographers. 

When: June 9, 6:30-9pm
Where: SLC Downtown Library, Conference Room B

Popular Ten in Ten Meeting Scheduled

 Last February the club put together an innovative new program format to allow members to share their work in a brisk and orderly fashion that proved to be very popular. The new “Ten in Ten” meeting has participating photographers to have ten minutes to present ten images and provide the background as they see fit. These ten images can have any theme you wish: your best from 2014, a short visual travelogue, or a project you are working on. Also, we’ve added two minutes at the end of each Ten segment for questions. Think of it as Ten in Ten + Two.

If you want to share Ten in Ten sign up here. We will take the first ten who sign up and you will be notified if you are selected. If so, bring your images on a USB storage device to the meeting. Please use the competition format for the images. (Digital images should be in sRGB, JPEG format (.jpg) at a maximum size of 1920 pixels on the long side and at a resolution of 300 ppi.)

When: 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Thursday, May 21st

Where: City Library, Conference Room B, Salt Lake City

Taking Great Portraits - Secrets Revealed!

Accomplished photographer, Dennis Walsh will present an ambitious workshop that will cover…

  • What is a portrait…and why should we take them?                         
  • Finding vs Creating the Light - planning your light source and controlling it
  • Portrait lighting on a budget
  • Portrait Lighting Basics. A live demonstration of studio lighting.
  • 10 Tools to help you create better portraits

Short Bio: Husband, Dad, photographer, aviator, world traveler, cyclist, Notre Dame alumni, Rotarian, fine-art printer, and wanna-be piano player.

When: Tuesday, May 12, 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Where: Photo Collective  561 W 200 S, Salt Lake City

Falling Water/ Starry Night Field Trip

A late evening/night shoot at Upper Provo Falls & Mirror Lake

If "stilling the waters" is on your photographic bucket list join us at the Provo River Falls in the High Uintas. The water is fast, pure, uncluttered on beautiful slab rock formations. Club member Clint Phipps will show us some places where we can photograph small waterfalls using techniques to smooth the waters’ motion. Neutral density filters anyone?

Then, later in the evening we will capture the Milky Way, stars and potentially shooting stars over the Provo River and Mirror Lake. We will also be learning light painting techniques to enhance the overall composition.

It will be an exciting shooting experience, especially for those who have never shot the Milky Way before. We will have a workshop before the field trip where we will go over proper camera settings, how to compose and focus at night, how to find and forecast the Milky Way position and light painting techniques.

Where: From Kamas, take highway 150 to the Provo River Falls parking lot approx 24 miles. 

When: Sat. June 13 @ 5pm

What to bring:

-DSLR Camera

-Wide angle lens with a fast shutterspeed (any lens that has a range from 11-35mm would be great and an f-stop of 2.8 or faster)

-Sturdy tripod

-Cable release (you can use your camera’s self timer if you don’t have this)

-ND filters

-Headlamp – preferable with a red light setting (your eyes can adjust better to red light in the dark)

-Hiking shoes (there might be some light scrambling involved on and off the worn trails)

-Warm layered clothing and gloves – it still is cold during June nights

-Bug juice for the early hours of the evening

-Any food/snacks/drinks you may want for the few hours of shooting

A word to the wise, deer and black cows are everywhere, especially at twilight, slow down and no texting! 

Please note:

To optimize everyone’s experience we will limit the number of participants to 20 using a new selection method. Registration will be open April 23rd to April 30th.  Then we’ll use a lottery to select event participants. This will give all registrants an equal chance of being selected rather than the “first come, first served” we have used for earlier club opportunities.



Registration is now closed. Also, overnight camping may be possible. More information.





Moose Peterson Challenges Conventional Approaches

PhotoOp 15 with presenter Moose Peterson proved to be an eye-opening experience for many attendees. Starting with his keep it simple approach, he advocated underexposing images to enrich colors and using detailess shadows as a way to enhance color perception. This is surprisingly opposite of the “expose to the right” advice provided by many experienced photographers.

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