January Meeting - Speaker Tom Vadnais & Best Photo by Ballot

Tom Vadnais

                    Fundamentals of Photography in the Field

While most photographers know about the elements that go into making a photograph, very few actively think about the effects of each photographic decision before clicking the shutter. Tom will demonstrate the importance of purposely choosing each of the three elements of exposure. He’ll also illustrate how to choose the right lens, and how to get your camera in the ideal position to tell the story you intend. Regardless of your experience and skill level, this in depth review will help you stay more conscious of the fundamentals of photography while you’re still out shooting so you’ll come back having captured what you intended.

When not photographing accident scenes and wrecked cars for work, Tom specializes in making landscape and travel images. In 2001, he completely switched to digital for the incredible control it allows from the exposure in the field through the fine print. Tom began teaching digital photography and Photoshop with Bill Lea in 2004, and has taught numerous workshops, made scores of presentations, and judged and critiqued for many photo contests, exhibitions, and photo club image reviews since. He equally enjoys capturing images in the field, and post-processing and printing back at home. Tom is current president of GNPA. His work can be seen on his website www.tomvadnais.com.


Bring a print up to 16 x20 for popular vote for best image.

As discussed at our Dec. Meeting (if you weren't there you missed some really great food!)

• One print per person, no fee to enter.

• Images that previously won a ribbon at any GNPA competition are NOT eligible.

• The print needs to be mounted on something so that it can be displayed.

• The print does NOT have to be matted. A mat is fine, but is not required.

• No framed prints and no plastic overlays please.

• Everyone gets one vote, the image with the most votes wins.

• Winner gets a prize. (Showcase Gift Card)

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  • Mikki Root D.

    We could delight in him for a bootcamp, or two! He was just great.

    January 29, 2014

  • Stewart A. W.

    Great information and enthusiasm for nature photography. Exactly the type speaker we need to continue and have for our young group.

    January 29, 2014

  • Mary B.

    Tom was very informative. I learned a lot.

    January 24, 2014

  • Gary

    Tom was fantastic, great speaker, enjoyed every minute !!!

    January 23, 2014

  • Horace H.

    I was asked after the meeting about the dimensions of my print in the competition and I gave an incorrect response. The image itself is 9x14 and the dimensions of the matte are 16x20. Sorry, I made a last minute change which I had forgotten.

    January 23, 2014

  • Horace H.

    Thanks to everyone who attended, for your contributions to the food pantry at St. Edwards and special recognition to the 18 who submitted prints for the print competition. With all of the announcements and print competition we ended up running a little longer than ideal but , My Goodness, what an amazing amount of information provided by Tom Vadnais in his presentation!! And we have more great speakers planned in the next few months. Watch for field trip announcements on Meet-up and on the GNPA web site. I will provide info in a day or so on how to sign up for field trips at Expo for those who have already registered. We have plans to make 2014 a tremendous year for everyone!!
    Horace Hamilton

    January 23, 2014

  • Horace H.

    We are very excited to have Tom Vadnais as our January speaker. Tom is the current president of GNPA, a very accomplished photographer and an experienced photography instructor. In addition, we will have a print competition (see rules above) and the winner will be chosen by everyone who is there. This will be lots of fun but you can only join in if you are there! Bring a print, even if you are not a highly experienced photographer. You joined to become a better photographer, so take the plunge. Pick out a favorite print and enter it into the contest. There is no better way to improve than by entering your prints in a competition!! Hope to see lots of you there. Horace

    January 15, 2014

    • Sue C.

      What kind of prints can we bring? Does it need to be nature?

      January 16, 2014

    • Horace H.

      Sue, I would say it should be nature or landscape related. But many great nature and landscape photos include man made elements like old barns, houses, bridges, fences etc. you could bring anything you want, but I think you will get more votes with a nature or landscape image. Hope this helps.

      January 16, 2014

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