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March Meeting - Speaker John Mariana

Nature Enhanced: Nature in Color and Black & White

How do you create a fine art expressive nature photograph? In this program I will present and demonstrate the Fine Art Techniques that I use in Photoshop (PS) and Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) to create expressive color and black & white images with emphasis on nature. I will present the concepts of image impact and storytelling.

A great quote from Leonardo da Vinci is, "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication". Images with the most impact are those that have "simplicity" of concept, background, and content.

During the presentation I will show examples of my original image and then the final presentation.Using Photoshop I will demonstrate the use of the tools to achieve images in my style. My first approach to enhancing an image is through color, even with black & white. I will show the benefits of the tools I use.

In 1980 John started using photography in connection to his art background to create color images. By 1984 black and white prints became his specialty. Today, John uses photography to create fine art black and white and color prints expressing his thoughts and artistic vision.

Until 1990, 35mm was his preferred film format. Today John uses medium format, large format negatives and digital files to bring a new and different look to his work. A uniqueness of composition, contrasts, colors and tones comes from formal art training at age 11. Formal art courses continued through his undergraduate studies. Although photography was not the first medium used as an expression of creativity, the early artistic training combined with photography gives his images a unique visual and emotional presentation.

Studies with such noted photographers as Howard Bond, John Sexton and Dan Anderson provided training in the style of photography taught by Ansel Adams in the Owens Valley Workshops. John's current works include color prints, black and white prints, warm brown sepia toned prints and hand tinted prints.

John was President of the Chicago Area Camera Clubs Association in 1990. This organization consisted of 40 clubs in the greater Chicago metropolitan area. He became the Chairman of the Chicago Area Photographic School from 1986 to 1990.

Co-founded the not-for-profit American Photographic Academy dedicated to Education In The Art Of Photography and provided two day workshops with John Sexton, Jerry Ulesman and others.

Founded the ambient light workshops to provide in-the-field and darkroom education.

John Mariana Photography

                   Fine Art Prints and Books

"Photographs which stir your heart and excites your mind"


Please remember to bring non perishable food items for the food bank as our thank you to St. Edwards Episcopal Church for providing our meeting space. 

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  • Joyce G

    Excellent information using Elements. Really liked the before and after photos. Well thought out presentation.

    March 27, 2014

  • Nancy C.

    Great speaker, great presentation. Learned some new things, which is always good.

    March 27, 2014

  • Horace H.

    John's presentation was as good as I knew it would be!!!

    March 27, 2014

  • Gary

    Great speaker, presentation and examples of technique with Elements

    March 27, 2014

  • Janice M.

    I learned a couple of new things to do on my photos. I enjoyed listening to him and seeing all of his photos. Thank you for letting me attend and hope to see you all soon!

    March 27, 2014

  • Steve

    Meeting was great! I was able to pickup two post-editing techniques from John's presentation….very helpful.

    March 26, 2014

  • Mary B.

    John is always very informative.

    March 26, 2014

  • Laura K.

    John gave a wonderful presentation on improving nature photography.

    March 26, 2014

  • Sharon

    As always, John is a great guest speaker/instructor, enjoyed his presentation tonight using Elements.

    March 26, 2014

  • Ed Z.

    I feel bad I have to cancel out of this meeting. I really wanted to see/hear John Mariana. I have a medical procedure I need to rep for the day before - nothing serious.

    March 22, 2014

    • Horace H.

      Sorry you can't make it. Hope the medical procedure works out ok

      March 22, 2014

  • Diana A.

    Thank you Mikki!

    March 17, 2014

  • Mikki Root D.

    Usually at 9 pm, unless lots of folks want to stay and ask questions after the program...then I have to encourage movement pretty soon while closing up. :-)

    1 · March 17, 2014

  • Diana A.

    Hi! This will be my first meet up here in GA and just wanted to know what time do your meetings usually end? Thanks!
    -Diana A.

    March 17, 2014

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