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How Did You Get That Shot? Get ready for some creativity! Join us as presenter Betsy Wilson shows us how to remove the roadblocks and add that spark to getting great images.
Betsy will share a sampling of some before and after images by both her husband Jim and herself and explain how they got from the original image to the final creation. Sometimes it is merely getting creative with cropping and some minor edits, sometimes they will blend several photos together to create something completely different. “It’s not just the destination, but the journey - what I saw and felt and wanted to capture, and then the steps (and mistakes) along the journey to create the final image.”
Betsy began learning photography after retiring from a career as a newspaper publisher. Her husband Jim gave her his hand-me-down camera and a lot of encouragement, and she has never looked back. Their shared passion for photography includes a wide variety of types including macro, landscape and nature photography. Both Betsy and Jim have been honored as Photographer of the Year Award at the Chester County Camera Club. You can see more of their images at Betsy and Jim's website www.LetsCaptureTheMoment.com
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Abstracts are the poetry of photography. They allow your imagination & your creativity to soar. Abstracts allow you to incorporate line, shape, form & color to create images that are unique & artistic. And, it allows you to be completely free of rules or restrictions. This program will show you how to find abstract subjects, plus how to create beautiful images from ordinary things you see every day. You will be taken step-by-step through the creative process. You will see the basic scene or subject & then the resulting abstract image. You will learn how to find abstracts in a variety of subjects including cars, water, birds, flowers, landscapes, shells, glassware & more. This program will open your eyes to all the creative possibilities around us. Mollie will show you how to turn basic things we see every day into compelling images that will catapult your photography to a higher level.
You will recall that Mollie did an excellent judge & critique session for our March 28, 2022 Competition night. Mollie is a professional photographer who specializes in nature, wildlife, flowers, and abstracts. She is passionate about photography & loves to share that passion by teaching others. Early in her career, she studied with Ansel Adams & Joyce Tenneson. She has won the Kodak Gallery Award 14 times, considered by some to be the “Oscar” of photography. Mollie’s work is in the Permanent Collection of the International Photography Hall of Fame & has been exhibited at Epcot Center in Disney World & at Grand Central Terminal in NYC. She runs Awake The Light Photo Workshops & Tours, offers online webinars & personally leads photo workshops around the country and beyond. Read more about Mollie & see her work at www.awakethelight.com & Facebook.
This will be a paid event for non-members with a $10 donation. For non-members interested in attending, please register by making your $10 donation at https://store.berksphotographic.org/product/club-donation/. At checkout, please specify "Mollie Isaacs - January 16" in the order box. Once BPS receives your donation, your pass will be emailed to you.
Matt Payne will present “Methods for Tapping Into Your Creativity” in a hybrid Zoom session.
By focusing on what speaks to us as a person in the field, we can hone in on what makes photography an incredible creative pursuit in a more consistent way without using rules or tropes. Using some of Matt's own images, he will walk through his process of self-expression & the techniques he uses to maximize his ability to capture stunning moments in nature.
Matt Payne is a mountain climber as well as a fine art nature & landscape photographer living in Durango, Colorado. In 2018, Matt completed his life-long goal of climbing the highest 100 mountains in Colorado, where his love of photography was kindled. Since 2017, Matt has hosted a weekly podcast dedicated to nature photography called “F-Stop Collaborate and Listen”. Matt is also the co-founder of Nature First Photography, an organization that was created in 2018 to help increase ethical awareness in nature photography - see more on this below. Lastly, Matt is the co-creator of the Natural Landscape Photography Awards, an international photography competition begun in 2021 which rewards & celebrates nature photographers who dedicate themselves to photographing & editing their work in a realistic fashion.
Learn more about Matt & his work at mattpaynephotography.com & be sure to check out his podcast “F-Stop Collaborate and Listen”.
This will be a paid event for non-members with a $10 donation. For non-members interested in attending, please register by making your $10 donation at https://store.berksphotographic.org/product/club-donation/. At checkout, please specify "Matt Payne - February 20" in the order box. Once BPS receives your donation, your pass will be emailed to you.
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Alan feels that black-and-white, by its very nature, is an abstraction of “reality”. A sky can be light or dark without looking wrong. Colors can be skewed without anything looking wrong. But with color, unless doing something clearly wild, there is an expectation of “reality”. A green sky or purple skin just looks wrong! This abstraction quality of black-and-white provides a freedom of creativity & expression that has captivated Alan since his very first forays into photography. Although Alan has done a lot of color in his career & has some things that he’s thrilled to have done, in the end, it seems black-and-white is always what grabs him.
Join Alan as he shares with us how he “sees” in black-and-white, explores what makes a successful black-and-white image & shows us his favorite tips & techniques for converting images to black-and-white for a tonally rich final image.
Using his vast portfolio of exquisite black-and-white images, Alan will walk us through the magic of black-and-white, including: What makes a successful & compelling black-and-white image; How to use the colors in a scene to interpret & express the feelings you want to convey; Creating this magic with film or pixels...using filters for film & a range of conversion options from digital captures; Simplifying post-processing & learning why many do-it-for-you black-and-white conversion applications may not be the best option. If time allows, Alan will use one or two BPS member images to demonstrate his approach to post-processing that emphasizes interpreting shapes, colors, textures & relationships in a scene.
Alan Ross is an internationally respected master photographer & educator who worked side-by-side with Ansel Adams as his photographic assistant. He knows Adams’ approach & technique perhaps better than any other photographer today. He also continues to be the exclusive printer of the Yosemite Special Edition negatives, an assignment Adams selected him for personally in 1975. Alan makes each print by hand from Adams’ original negatives using traditional darkroom techniques.
As an artist, Alan is best known for his tonally exquisite black-and-white photographs of the American west. His photographs hang in collections & galleries around the world. As a photographic educator, he specializes in helping photographers realize & express their photographic vision at any skill level & using all formats & styles.
Alan lives in visually captivating Santa Fe, where he pursues his own work, teaches one-on-one & small-group workshops in the art of photography. Learn more about Alan & see his work at www.alanrossphotography.com.
This will be a paid event for non-members with a $10 donation. For non-members interested in attending, please register by making your $10 donation at https://store.berksphotographic.org/product/club-donation/. At checkout, please specify "Alan Ross March 20" in the order box. Once BPS receives your donation, your pass will be emailed to you.