Speaker: Charles Needle Impressionistic Photography

Topic: "Impressionistic Photography:

How to Use Your Camera as a Paintbrush"

Unlock your creative potential and discover how to make impressionistic-looking photographs using nothing but your digital camera or smartphone.  In this session, award-winning fine art photographer Charles Needle will describe the process of using long-exposure and multiple-exposure techniques to transform everyday scenes into unimaginable visual masterpieces. 

The program begins with a short inspirational slide show, followed by a lecture covering techniques, such as Long-Exposure Pan/Tilt, "Multiple-Exposure Monet" (a term he coined), Multiple-Exposure Rotate & Zoom, Soft-Glow Montage & Composite Montage.  If time permits, Charles will also demonstrate several of these techniques "live" with his camera and smartphone tethered to the projector.

Charles will also sign copies of his brand new book (released last month), Impressionistic Photography: A Field Guide to Using Your Camera as a Paintbrush, which will be available for purchase at the meeting.


About Charles:

Charles Needle is an award-winning, Seattle-based flower & garden photographer, author, speaker and workshop leader with a unique eye for design and artistic interpretation. His popular “Art of Nature” creative macro workshops have attracted students nationwide.

Charles' most recent book, Impressionistic Photography: A Field Guide to Using Your Camera as a Paintbrush, was released in March 2014.  He has also published a cutting-edge eBook entitled, Creative Macro Photography: Professional Tips & Techniques, which is hailed as "one of the most comprehensive, useful, unique and inspiring books about close-up photography on the market today."

In 2011, Charles was selected as a finalist, among 15,000 entries worldwide, in the International Garden Photographer of the Year photography contest, sponsored by The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (London, England).  This exhibition traveled throughout the United Kingdom.

A FujiFilm USA Talent Team member and North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) Showcase Award winner six years in a row, Charles teaches more than a dozen location workshops per year, including international destinations such as Giverny, France with private access to Monet’s Garden, Keukenhof Gardens (Holland), and The Butchart Gardens (Canada).

Charles’ photographs have selected for publication in Nature’s Best, Outdoor Photographer magazine, Inner Reflections Engagement Calendar, and are in private and public collections nationwide and abroad.

To learn more about Charles' work, including his workshop and private lesson offerings, visit http://www.charlesneedlephoto.com.

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  • Maris

    Thank you, Charles, for the inspirational presentation. Ordered a Tiffen Vari-ND filter today! (B&H has the 77mm at $40 off and 82mm at $60 off thru 4/11)
    Looking forward to a Macro presentation in the near future!!

    April 9, 2014

    • Susan H.

      Great! What were the original prices? Thanks! Susan Hiles

      April 9, 2014

    • Carol S.

      Looks like it was $148, now $108.

      1 · April 9, 2014

  • jPeg


    April 9, 2014

  • Lynn C.

    Enjoyed it. Even though my camera doesn't have the capabilities Charles discussed, I'm excited to try some things with my camera I'd never thought of. Thanks Charles.

    April 9, 2014

    • Charles

      You're most welcome, Lynn. I'm glad I could inspire you to try some new things. Happy painting!

      April 9, 2014

  • John M.

    Excellent presentation. Learned a lot and was also inspired.

    April 9, 2014

    • Charles

      Thanks, John. It was a pleasure meeting you. Feel free to send me some images anytime!

      April 9, 2014

  • Shraga E.

    very knowledgeable . Good speaker. Plenty of experience on the subject

    April 8, 2014

    • Charles

      Thanks, Sharaga! Hope you'll experiment with some of the techniques I shared.

      April 9, 2014

  • Carol S.

    Sorry I can't be there...what a great opportunity to learn from a true master!

    April 8, 2014

    • Charles

      Thanks, Carol. Will miss seeing you. Let's get together soon!

      April 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Charles is an amazing photographer and this should be well worth attending.

    March 24, 2014

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