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.

Beyond Lightroom: Photoshop for the Rest of Us

On April 23rd join Wasatch Camera Club’s Arnie Finkleman as he presents a Photoshop workshop. Are you intimidated by Adobe’s premier photo editing package? Don’t be, as Arnie brings Photoshop out of the realm of for-pros-only and into the world of mere mortals (and club members!). Geared towards current Lightroom users who do not use Photoshop and/or photographers new to the Photoshop world, Arnie will explore the differences between the two Adobe products as well as how to get started using Photoshop.

Primarily a landscape photographer, Arnie’s photography experience dates back to the good old days of film. More recently he dove into the world of digital darkrooms by taking Photoshop classes. He would like to share with you what he has learned, so please join him as he explores Photoshop for the rest of us.

Where: SLC Downtown Library, Conference Room B
When: Thursday, April 23rd, 6:30-9pm

Auto Graveyard Field Trip

Of course history is surrounding us all the time, in old buildings, old forests, deep canyons, and even the acquaintances that we keep.  Sometimes though we come across forgotten pieces of history, things that are no longer commonplace in our surroundings, and for that reason they may trigger memories or ideas about a past that we don't often visit.

On Saturday, April 25th at 8:30 am the Wasatch Camera Club will be visiting an auto junkyard where resides many old cars and trucks. Mike, the owner, has asked that nothing leaves his property except the images in our cameras and no one climbs on the vehicles or parts.

We're going early for the nice morning light, please be sure of how to get there before leaving home. 

This is a junkyard, please wear appropriate clothing and heavy-lugged footware - getting tetanus might ruin your whole day.

Saturday, April 25th at 8:30 am

A-1 Auto Parts

6778 West 2100 South, West Valley, Utah

See you there!

Please RSVP here.



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