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Do you want to move your photography up to the next level? Would you like to meet other photographers, share your images with them, learn what they know, and share what you know?

The Seattle Photographic Society (SPS) was formed to help its members learn skills for capturing great images and sharing them with others. Novices, amateurs, advanced amateurs, and professional photographers are welcome.

On the first Tuesday of the month, SPS hosts Projected Image Night. Images are critiqued either by a commentator or by the audience and scored by a panel of three judges. Guests may enter images for commentary only. Viewing the images and listening to the comments and suggestions and trying to apply what you have learned is one of the best ways you can improve your photography. During the coffee break and after the meeting, you will have an opportunity to socialize with other photographers.

On the second Tuesday of the month, SPS hosts Print Night. We break up into groups of 4-7 people and pass the prints around for critique. There are usually homemade cookies at the coffee break!

The third Tuesday of the month is SPS's Education Night. We have guest speakers, demonstrations and hands-on activities covering a wide variety of photographic topics from lighting and composition to Lightroom, Photoshop, and other image editing programs. From time to time we meet away from our usual venue and have a photo shoot.

In order to enter images into competition on Projected Image or Print Night, you must first be a full SPS member. Annual dues are $40. This is one of the best photography education deals in town. You can pick up an application form at one of our meetings or download it from our website, http://www.seattlephotographic.com/static/a... (http://www.seattlephotographic.com/static/assets/SPS-Application-Form.pdf)

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Compare / Contrast (Small Group Critique)

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For our education night this month, we will again meet in small groups via Zoom to share our images and constructively critique them. Those who RSVP "Yes" will receive instructions for submitting their images and linking to the meeting. The theme for this month’s meeting is “Compare / Contrast.” Each participant should submit exactly two images. These images will then be shown on the screen together at the same time. The group will then contrast and compare the images to each other. This can be a very useful way to evaluate your images. This is not a complete list, but here are some ideas of the types of images to submit - (1) two similar images, where you can’t decide which is the stronger image (2) the same image, but one in color, one in black and white (or sepia toned, etc.) (3) the same image with different crops, or with different filters applied (4) two images taken from the same spot, but at a different time of day (5) An image before filters have been applied, and after This meeting is non-competitive, and images will not be scored. We want everyone in the group to participate in the discussion. Critiques will usually fall into the 3 major categories our judges use: composition, impact/ interest, and technical qualities. Feel free to discuss exposure, lighting, framing, balance, sharpening, cropping, etc. You may want to comment on the way the image makes you feel and why you are drawn to it as well. We hope to both showcase our photography and learn from others. We are all seeking to improve our photography skills and storytelling. We hope this will be a positive, constructive place to share our images. If you would like to participate in the discussion without submitting images, email Alicia at [masked] before 2 pm on the day of the meeting, and she will add you to a group.

Projected Image Night

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See what other photographers in the Seattle area are doing, and get feedback on your images. Visitors attending the meeting may submit one image for commentary. (Dues-paying members of the Seattle Photographic Society may submit two images, and have the option of having their images scored.) Images should be emailed to [masked] before 2 pm on the day of the meeting. Digital images must be in jpeg format, no more than 1920 pixels wide and no more than 1200 pixels high. sRGB is the recommended color space. (For more on how to prepare files using several popular photo editing programs see http://www.seattlephotographic.com/static/assets/SPS-Digital-File-Export.pdf.) Name the file "Maker Name-CategoyX-Title of Image." For questions about submitting images, message Alan Glasser, Digital Director. Don't be concerned if there are few RSVPs for a meeting. Most regulars don't bother to RSVP. There will usually be at least 20 people regardless of how many have RSVPed.

The Art of Landscape Photography

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In this seminar, Dr. Kah-Wai Lin will tell you the pro tips in seeing the unseen and crafting better images in landscape photography: how to use the lights to create visual emotion; how to use long exposure to create visual dynamism; how to use field of vision to create visual perspective; and how to use composition to create visual continuity and story. Dr. Kah-Wai Lin is a professional landscape photographer based in New Jersey. He also operates a camera store, Stetinden Photo, in New Jersey. Over the past few years, he has been presenting over 200 seminars worldwide, and has received over 200 awards in photographic contests. Website: www.kahwailin.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/kahwailin YouTube: www.youtube.com/c/kahwailin Camera Store: www.stetindenphoto.com

Projected Image Night

Luther Memorial Lutheran Church

See what other photographers in the Seattle area are doing, and get feedback on your images. Visitors attending the meeting may submit one image for commentary. (Dues-paying members of the Seattle Photographic Society may submit two images, and have the option of having their images scored.) Images should be emailed to [masked] before 2 pm on the day of the meeting. Digital images must be in jpeg format, no more than 1920 pixels wide and no more than 1200 pixels high. sRGB is the recommended color space. (For more on how to prepare files using several popular photo editing programs see http://www.seattlephotographic.com/static/assets/SPS-Digital-File-Export.pdf.) Name the file "Maker Name-CategoyX-Title of Image." For questions about submitting images, message Alan Glasser, Digital Director. Don't be concerned if there are few RSVPs for a meeting. Most regulars don't bother to RSVP. There will usually be at least 20 people regardless of how many have RSVPed.

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Projected Image Night

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