Sunday, December 27, 2015


Spring Break 2016

March 12-13, 2016
Mounds View High School
1900 Lake Valentine Rd, Arden Hills, MN 55112

Saturday Speaker:  Jeff Morgan
Sunday Speaker: Ian Plant

Information: Register for one day, or both days.

Registration for Saturday includes: Lunch, Coffee Breaks, Jeff Morgan's Programs, Photo Vendors, U of M Raptor Center Birds, and the 2016 Interclub Awards.

Registration for Sunday includes: Ian Plant's Programs, Coffee Breaks, Snacks, and Photo Vendors.

1. Saturday AND Sunday combined registration fee is: $65, saving $15.00
2. Saturday ONLY registration fee is: $45
3. Sunday ONLY Registration fee is: $35

Payment options:
By PayPal, credit card, or check

There will be no registration at the door.
PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY to check-in at the registration desk.
The doors will open at 8:00 am on Saturday, and programs will begin at 9:00 am.
On Sunday the doors will open at 11:00 am, and the programs starts at 12:00 pm.
PARKING: Ample parking is available in the lot to the East of the school building. 

Program Information

Saturday Speaker - Jeff Morgan

About Jeff Morgan
As a photographer with over 30 years of experience, Jeff's knowledge base encompasses film and digital technology. He was an early adopter of digital photography tools, and he first started using Photoshop Version 2 in the early 1990's, so he has a lot of photographic expertise to share. His commitment to the craft pushes him to remain on the cutting edge utilizing a wide range of tools and techniques to keep his skills and creative eye sharp.  Jeff started his photography company, Elm Studio, in 2002 and initially focused on architectural and location photography. He employs a range of creative technologies, such as high dynamic range imaging, light painting, low light, infrared and panoramas, to produce compelling work. His images and articles have been published extensively in PhotoPlus Magazine and have also appeared in Practical Photoshop, Digital Camera, TechRadar and other publications in Europe, USA and China. Over the past ten years he has shared his knowledge through a series of photographic workshops in USA, UK, France, China and Costa Rica. He has provided workshops for The Photographic Society of America, The Royal Photographic Society and The New York Institute of Photography. He really enjoys helping other photographers, and would be pleased to support your learning through his small group workshops.

Program:  Total Fitness Workout
Are you stuck in a rut with your photography?  Would you like to get some ideas about how to improve your image-making skills?  We will look at some exercises you can practice that will expand your creativity and strengthen your repertoire of skills.  Learn some techniques and procedures that will enable you to quickly improve your pictures and communicate with more visual impact. This presentation will cover two sets of exercises: the first one is designed to help you increase your compositional and aesthetic skills, and the second one will cover the technical controls you should incorporate into your artistic vision. A true artist not only sees but is also a master of their craft. Come and energize your creative side!

Program:  Field Photography
How to plan and accomplish a successful location shoot. This is practical discussion and demonstration on how one goes about planning and auctioning a creative photography outing. We look at the research I do before a shoot, continuing on with the equipment and its use during the shoot. Then we will look at how I set about to shoot images, the settings I have used and how the images are produced. At the start of the session I will show some of my work with discussion on how it was captured. What do you really need to use for a great image? Is it better to use filters or not? Do your images lack quality, sharpness or good color; we will study and discuss good practical field craft for high quality photography. Your questions and participation will be warmly welcomed. Break out of your bounds and try some new techniques and equipment.

Sunday Speaker - Ian Plant

About Ian Plant
World-renowned professional photographer, writer, and adventurer Ian Plant is a frequent contributor to and blogger for Outdoor Photographer Magazine, a Contributing Editor to Popular Photography Magazine, a monthly columnist for Landscape Photography Magazine, and a Tamron Image Master. Ian is also the author of numerous books and instructional videos. Ian leads photography workshops and tours around the world to help beginner and advanced photographers explore and expand their personal vision. His personal photographic project, Dreamscapes, moves beyond the literal and transforms subjects into something unexpected, bridging the line between the real and surreal. Ian relies on long exposures, unique lighting conditions, non-traditional perspectives, and special natural events to show his subjects in a new light. Ian travels the world, seeking out the hidden spaces in between the familiar, in his never-ending quest to inspire, entertain, and educate others in the art of photography. You can see his work at

Program:  (Un)Seeing: The Art of Photography

Famous photographer Minor White once said: “One should not only photograph things for what they are but for what else they are.” Artistic abstraction—learning to see visual elements “for what else they are”—is the key to sharpening your creative vision. Learning to think abstractly is the single most important thing you can do to improve your artistic skills, and it will allow you to see creative possibilities that you otherwise would miss. World famous photographer Ian Plant will share his personal insights on learning to see the world with different eyes through composition, moment, and creative use of light, sharing dozens of his best landscape, wildlife, and travel photos from around the world.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

"All Shores Lake Superior" photo contest

John Gregor will be guest judging "All Shores Lake Superior" photo contest on MN Exposure

Check out Minnesota Exposure web site.

To enter go to MN Exposure FaceBook page.
Event is March 21 & 22 – Register Soon!

Please register by Thursday, March 12, so that we can insure that there will be plenty of food and refreshments.

Complete Seminar details are at and online registration is at:

We also have an update which includes a partial list of door prizes that includes:
  • Tamron lens valued at $629 
  • One year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud, Lightroom and Photoshop valued at $120 
  • West Photo Gift Certificates 
  • Sensor Cleaning Certificates 
  • 36” x 24” Stretched Canvas 
  • Cold Snap Certificate 
  • Encaustic Art Workshop
    The Twin Cities Council of Camera Clubs (aka Camera Council) would like to invite you to attend this weekend event which will include presentations covering a broad range of topics including: nature, landscapes, portraits, and photo software. Tamron is sponsoring our Sunday speaker Don Mammoser. Bring your camera! The Raptor Center will be bringing birds for a mid-day photo shoot on Saturday.

    We hope these instructional opportunities and shooting session, along with the fun and fellowship with fellow photographers, will meet or exceeded your expectations. We are looking forward to seeing you again this year or meeting you for the first time.

    When: Saturday and Sunday, March 21-22, 2015. Saturday will begin with registration starting at 7 a.m. Programs will begin at 8:00 a.m. and finish with the Interclub awards starting at 4:30 p.m. Be ready for a day of learning, a chance to win door prizes, an awards program for the interclub competition, and lunch on Saturday. Sunday registrations begins at 11:30 a.m. with Don Mammoser's programs beginning at 12:30 p.m.
    Where: Century College, 3300 Century Ave N, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
    (Parking Map; College Website)
    Your registration fee includes all sessions, lunch on Saturday, and break refreshments.
    $45 Saturday Only          $25 Sunday Only             $65 Both Days

    Sign up at Please use online registration even if you plan to pay by check. At this point we do NOT plan to have on-site registration for this event.
    Who and What: 
    For complete program details and presenter biographies:


    Rikk Flohr - Presentation: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
    John Gregor His website: Explore the Shore; recent photography from the shores of Lake Superior

    Alec Johnson Alec's website: 
    Presentation: Black and White Photography: It is not Color Photography minus Color

    Brian Peterson Presentation: State of Wonders

    Saturday - Bring your camera! The Raptor Center will be bringing birds mid-day on Saturday.

    There will also be door prizes.

    Don Mammoser is being sponsored by Tamron. His website is:
    Presentation #1: World Travels with 1 Camera and 1 Lens
      Presentation #2: For Love of Wildlife
      Presentation #3: Celebrate Special Photo Moments

    Vendors:  The following vendors will be showing their wares:

    Clare O'Neill Encaustic Arts
    Coldsnap Photography
    Fleeting Glimpses Images, LLC
    Fusion Photo Gear
    National Camera Exchange
    Northwest Camera
    Paint Addict Studios
    West Photo

    Thursday, May 9, 2013

    Adobe "Death of the Boxed Software" - a must read for Photoshop users

    "Adobe killed perpetual licenses of almost all of its creative software. Creative Cloud is the future. The only future. Sure, you can still buy CS6 licenses, and you will own those in perpetuity. Although, you won’t get the whiz-bang new features for CS6. Ever."

    The whole suite will cost $50/mo, which is $600/yr - each and every year. Photoshop will cost $20/mo, which is $240/yr - each and every year. And these amounts can be raised, of course, as Adobe's wishes. So, instead of the $200 for each upgrade, which happened about every 18 months, if you chose to upgrade every time (remember when it was $140/upgrade?), you get to pay $240 each year, assuming the price does not go up, of course.

    And, if you stop subscribing, "(t)he achilles heel of Creative Cloud is here. When you unsubscribe to Creative Cloud, you lose the ability to access your work or create further work." (italics mine) Hello?!! Houston, I think we have a problem.....

     The discussion begins here...

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013

    How to Make a Book with Steidl

    "This engrossing documentary follows renowned German art-book publisher and quirky perfectionist Gerhard Steidl as he works with Günter Grass and other distinguished clients to produce gorgeous, hand-produced editions of their works."

    "Martin Parr describes his new book / Gerhard Steidl packs his suitcase / Ed Ruscha designs an ambitious artist's book / Günter Grass illustrates a new cover for The Tin Drum / Joel Sternfeld takes photos with his iPhone / Karl Lagerfeld walks the runway in Paris / Robert Adams rummages for vintage prints / Jeff Wall offers a tour of his new studio / John Cohen gives an impromptu concert / Robert Frank stumbles across a forgotten Polaroid..."

    I have been waiting for this documentary to be finished and released and it does not disappoint. Steidl is a master book publisher and is favored by photographers and artists alike. Although few of us will ever aspire to this quality, it is a fascinating thing to see how these great books come together and why the cost to buy a limited edition Steidl book can be so expensive. If you spend some time watching the documentary, you will understand more about photo printing and creating your own books, on a bit of a lesser scale.

    Note that one of the books by Joel Sternfeld is of photos made with an iPhone.

    Now showing on Netflix, and for sale at Amazon.

    Friday, May 3, 2013

    Folios, Chapbooks and Keepsakes

    Folios, Chapbooks and Keepsakes  - there are many ways to pass on your images. It is good to keep that in mind and work at passing your efforts forward.  

    Antelope Canyon in a New Light

    Antelope Canyon often photographed and in need of a new perspective, per photographer Gregory Boratyn. The results are unique and interesting due to a few image adjustments. If you are an image processor type, check out the results.