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  • May 21, 2018 - John Anderson - Owls or North Dakota Pipeline
  • April 16, 2018 - Curtis Juliper - Shooting Birds in Flight
  • March 19, 2018 - John Pennoyer - Light in the Landscape
  • February 19, 2018 - Don Tredinnick
  • January 22, 2018 - CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
    AS OF 4:30PM, THE MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE WEATHER and very poor driving conditions. It will be rescheduled for a later date.
  • December 18, 2017 - No Tutorial This Month
    There will be no tutorial this month. Enjoy the holidays!
  • November 20, 2017 - No Tutorial This Month
    There will be no tutorial this month. Enjoy the holiday!
  • October 16, 2017 - Leo Pritchett
    Leo Pritchett will be presenting the tutorial on DxO, a photo editing program he currently uses. The company also has a website which reviews and rates cameras and lenses.
  • May 15, 2017 - Still Life
    Linda Staats will give a tutorial about Still Life images.
  • April 17, 2017 - Table Top Models
    Don Stauffer will give a tutorial about table top models.
  • March 20, 2017 - Mike Fuerst - In Mid Air.
  • February 20, 2017 - Star Tribune Outdoors Weekend Section, presented by Bob Timmons.
    A journalist with the Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper and the editor of its Outdoors Weekend section, Bob Timmons will give the tutorial.
  • January 16, 2017 - Composites and Blending Using Adobe Photoshop, presented by Peter Wong.
  • November 21, 2016 - Matt Peterson - Light Painting, presented by Board member Matt Peterson.
    Matt will present a tutorial on light painting, including techniques, compositional lighting, location selection and lighting sources. There will be a lot of information in this lecture; no need to bring a tripod or your camera.

    Doors open at 6:30; meeting begins at 7:00. We hope to see you all on Monday for Matt’s tutorial.

  • October 17, 2016 - Bring Your Camera Night and Explore Our New Meeting Place, presented by Mike Fuerst.
    Bring your camera and after a short meeting, we will break up into small groups to explore the building where we meet. The emphasis will be on photographing architectural details.
  • September 19, 2016 - Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom Updates, presented by Rikk Flohr.
  • June 28, 2016 - John Nolten - A Peace of My Mind: American Stories
    Diane Pietro has invited our club to a lecture by John Nolten on June 28th at 6:30 pm at the MTN Studios, 820 18th Ave NE, Mpls. This will be a good opportunity to see a highly respected speaker and photographer and to see our new digs.

    “In a world that asks us to focus on the things that can separate us, A Peace of My Mind invites us to explore the common humanity that connects us.” John Noltner, founder, A Peace of My Mind.

    Since 2012, award-winning photographer and author John Noltner has driven 40,000 miles across the United States asking people the simple question, “What does peace mean to you?” With portraits and personal stories, ordinary people reveal extraordinary insights into how we can work toward common good and create a world that is more just for all.

    With a compelling new collection of stories, A Peace of My Mind is ready to engage on a national stage with a second book, American Stories, to inspire and empower people from diverse backgrounds to create positive change in the world. A Peace of My Mind’s combination of art and storytelling transcends barriers and provides a human approach to the challenging issues of today.

  • May 16, 2016 - Peter Beck - Portrait Project of Immigrants.
    Our speaker will be Peter Beck. Peter will be talking about his recent portrait project of immigrants; he has some wonderfully stunning black and white images. Here is a link to his website on this project:

    Doors open at 6:30pm; tutorial begins at 7:00pm. See you all on the 16th.

  • April 16, 2016 - Judy Hunter - International Wolf Center
    Our speaker will be Judy Hunter.

    Judy is a board member with the International Wolf Center in Ely, Minnesota. She is currently preparing for the International Wolf Symposium scheduled to take place in the Twin Cities area in 2018. She will make a presentation based on her experience with the last pair of pups that were introduced to the Center's pack. Her photography centers on animals and scenery.

    Doors open at 6:30pm; meeting begins at 7:00pm. We hope to see you all on Monday for Judy's tutorial.

  • March 21, 2016 - Terry Butler - Night Sky Photography
    Our speaker will be Terry Butler. Terry is well known amongst the Twin Cities photography community and is very active with the Camera Council. Her presentation will be on night sky photography. Here is a link to some of her wonderful images:

    Doors open at 6:30; meeting begins at 7:00. We hope to see you all on Monday for Terry’s tutorial.

  • February 15, 2016 - Russ Borud - making and presenting slideshows., presented by Russ Borud
    Our speaker for this month's tutorial will be Russ Borud. Russ is well known among the Twin Cities photography community, and he has been a judge at some of our previous salon nights. He will be sharing his knowledge about making and presenting slideshows. Russ is known for pushing the boundaries, and he has developed some entirely unique ways with slideshows and presentations, whether to friends, family, or clients.

    Doors open at 6:30pm and the meeting begins at 7:00pm. Hope to see you all on Monday for this informative tutorial - you’ll be chomping at the bit to create your own slideshows.

  • November 16, 2015 - Brian Peterson, Photojournalist
    Brian Peterson, of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, will be our speaker. His program will be about his photojournalism, his most recent Minnesota State of Wonders project, and a little bit about self-publishing a book. He will have copies of his book for sale (they are beautiful books, and would be great Christmas presents). Bring your cash, check, or credit card that night. Books are $40 each (tax included) and Brian will be signing them if you wish. He might also bring a few 16” signed prints that would sell for $130. We’re so fortunate to have Brian scheduled to speak to our group.
  • October 19, 2015 - Rob Schultz, Executive Director of the International Wolf Center.
    Our speaker will be Rob Schultz. Rob is the Executive Director of the International Wolf Center. He will be speaking about the connections between his photography and his work, and how the two have been intertwined. He will also be talking about photographing the night sky and the aurora borealis.
  • February 16, 2015 - Essential Tips for Taking Great Photos, presented by Ian Plant
    We are very fortunate to have Ian Plant scheduled for a presentation to our group. Ian is a professional photographer, writer, and adventurer; a contributor to Outdoor Photography Magazine, and a Contributing Editor to Popular Photography Magazine. He also leads photo workshops and tours around the world. His topic will be “Essential Tips for Taking Great Photos.” Be inspired and check out his website:
  • March 17, 2014 - Beautiful Interiors, presented by Karen Melvin
    Join us for a peek at the gorgeous light-filled interiors of professional editorial/advertising photographer Karen Melvin. Ms. Melvin loves the light, a driving force in her photography, reflected in her passion for creating beautiful interiors. She will also share her books featuring homes of Lake Minnetonka, Mpls and Summit Ave. Don't miss it!
  • January 20, 2014 - Combined Salon and Tutorial, presented by Josh Le
    Josh Le will be speaking about zoo and animal photography (plan ahead…the March salon topic is animals!). We will also have the salon that was going to be held on the 6th (topic is “holidays”).
  • October 21, 2013 - Action Photography, presented by Tom Baker
    Fasten your seatbelts as we go mountain biking and fly fishing with pro freelance photographer Tom Baker from Manitou Photos. This will be a fun tutorial on action photography - the action starts at 7:00 Monday October 21st at our usual location: Twin Cities Photo Group Studio, LOWER LEVEL of the 2500 University Ave bldg - ENTRANCE is the green door on Cromwell Ave. Studio phone #: 651-528-8431
  • September 23, 2013 - Food Photography, presented by Scott Knutson
    Professional food and lifestyle photographer Scott Knutson, from InsideOut Studios, will join us to share some of his tips on making good-looking food photos! This promises to be a great kick-off to our new season, and will be excellent advance prep for the December FOOD salon. Don't miss it!
  • May 20, 2013 - The Essence of Photography, presented by Doug Beasley
    Doug Beasley is a prominent Twin City photographer with a wide variety of interests & clients (see his website at Doug also offers workshops, classes, and mentoring. An evening spent with Doug Beasley is bound to be very interesting and rewarding.
  • April 15, 2013 - Color Management – All You Need to Know, presented by Dave Johnson (M.Photog., Cr.Photog., CPP, AFS-MNPPA)
    While color management seems daunting when the color we see in our prints doesn’t match the color we saw on our monitors, it’s really not difficult. We can achieve good color management by following a simple process that starts with the camera and ends with the printer. Dave Johnson, a professional photographer with extensive color management experience, will cover camera white balance and profiling, monitor profiling, printer profiling, and how to apply the profiles in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. Dave will provide a handout designed to help you to develop and follow your color management process.

    Dave Johnson launched his studio, Silver Images (, in 1973, and began using Photoshop in 1992. He has been giving seminars and workshops since 1973, and has taught at the university, technical school, and high school levels. Dave is a PPA council member and a MNPPA (Minnesota PPA) council member. In addition, he manages National Camera’s Wedding and Portrait Division.
  • March 18, 2013 - Lighting and Posing People, presented by Doug Knutson
    Doug Knutson is a full-service professional photographer who does editorial, advertising, corporate, portrait, & industrial photography (see his professional website at Doug has done a very interesting series of Nobel Peace portraits shot at lecture locations (see his Nobel portrait website at Doug will talk about the kind of work he does, how his career developed, and how he poses and lights people for his portraits. Doug will bring the lights he normally takes to an on-site shoot and demonstrate how he lights his subjects. Doug has a very strong copyright statement on his professional website - if time permits, he will talk about how he has enforced his copyright.
  • February 18, 2013 - Posing People, presented by Shelley Paulson
    Shelley Paulson is a full time professional photographer based out of Buffalo, MN and specializes in equine, wedding and portrait photography that portrays the beauty and feeling of real life. Her passion for capturing emotion and the beauty of the everyday world is well portrayed in her images. Her presentation on Natural Posing Techniques will provide you with the following information that she sees many photographers struggle with:
    • How to work witheach persons natural body language to create relaxed poses that reflect each persons individuality;
    • General posing guidelines to make everyone look their best;
    • How posing builds confidence.

    She has spoken to a number of different camera clubs, organizations, and at events on various photography topics. If you are looking for help improving your photography, she also offers mentoring and small group training session. For more information on Shelley, please visit her web site (
  • January 21, 2013 - Landscapes & More, presented by Peter Wong
    Peter Wong is a Full-time professional photographer with a great eye for the potential of a subject and for creating great compositions -- whether of one of his "GolfScapes", North Shore images, grass blowing in the wind, chain link fencing, or barbed wire. Visit his website ( and see for yourself.

    Peter will present some of his work, discuss his work flow (he uses Lightroom4 & Photoshop), and his use of Viveza and Silver EFx. If time permits, Peter will talk about perceiving the potential of a subject, composing the image, and the role of cropping & postprocessing in the final composition.

    Peter offers Workshops & Photo Safris for people who would like personalized help with their photography -- for more info, visit his website.

    Remember that we meet at the Twin Cities Photography Group studio located in Suite S8 of the building at 2500 University Avenue West, Saint Paul. Enter via the green door on Cromwell Avenue (there is a Twin Cities Photography Group sign on the door). Park along Cromwell, University, or Franklin. DO NOT park at Memorial Blood Center -- they tow!
  • December 17, 2012 - Holiday Social by MPS Members
    The Holiday Social will be held on the 17th floor of Wilder Park Condos at 1181 Edgcumbe Road in St Paul. The Holiday Social is a potluck! Please bring snacks; sweet or salty items to share, maybe a favorite wine/beer. Some beverages will be provided. Friends and significant others are encouraged to attend. The evening will include a print exchange and some live holiday music. If you would like to be in the print exchange, bring a print matted to 11x14. Wrap the print, but leave it unlabeled on the outside.

    Please note these directions, as Wilder Park Condos may not show up on GPS systems. Wilder Park sits between St. Clair & Jefferson Avenues, along Lexington Ave. Make your way to Lexington, whether from 94 going South, or 494/W. 7th going North, etc. Turn WEST on Jefferson, go 1/2 block to Wilder Park driveway (look for the sign) and proceed in to high rise tower. Surface parking is across from tower. Larry Wold will let you in the building. If you get lost, call Ellen Wold at 651-398-7518. See you there!
  • November 19, 2012 - Noise, Noise Removal, and Dynamic Range , presented by Tom Jirak
    When we used film, we had to contend with grain. With digital, we have to deal with visual noise. Grain & noise are superficially similar, but the mechanisms and effects are completely different. This presentation will cover the sources and nature of noise, noise detection, noise removal (and its side effects), and dynamic range (also known as color depth). A few photo-geek tidbits are likely to emerge during the presentation.
  • October 15, 2012 - Street Photography, presented by Sonny Taylor
    Sonny Taylor will be presenting a discussion of Street Photography at the October 15 MPS tutorial meeting (7 PM at Patrick's Cabaret). Street Photography is a fun and interesting part of photography. However, there are many ways street photographers use their skills. We will examine several photographers from the aspects of:
    1) attitude/respect
    2) technique/gear
    3) content.

    And, along the way, see some fun photos.
  • May 21, 2012 - Framing Part 2, presented by Susan Kaulbars, TC Moulding
    The first framing night we talked about putting together "the package": mat choices with frame choices to best enhance the art. We will continue those topics with a special emphasis on B&W and Color photographs.
  • April 16, 2012 - Tour of John Magnus Photo Studio
    The April Tutorial will be a site visit to 2nd Street Studio. MPS member John Magnus will show us around his studio and give a demonstration of high key lighting. The Address is 2518 North 2nd Street, which is 1-1/2 blocks North of the Minneapolis Photo Center. Look for the large parking lot in front (South side of bldg) and the sign on the building for STAGE TECHNOLOGY. His studio is Suite #112. See you at 7pm and bring your own chair!
  • March 19, 2012 - Portrait Photography, presented by Alec Johnson
    Learn from one of the best! Alec Johnson presents ideas on making memorable portraits.
  • February 20, 2012 - Framing Photo Prints, presented by Susan Kaulbars
    Susan Kaulbars from TC Moulding will present two hours of how-to tips and fresh ideas for framing & displaying your printed photos.
  • January 16, 2012 - Interclub CLUB competition, presented by MPS
    Monday Jan 16th is MPS tutorial night this month- we will be viewing club members best images and selecting 20 for our entry into the Interclub CLUB competition. THE CATCH: there can only be one image per member, so lots of us need to bring thumbdrives with our selections in order to sift them down to 20 between us. The competition is stiff for this and we need to fill out the entry. Bring your best 4-5 shots, any topic - it will be fun! If you can not come to the meeting but want to join in, you can email your images to Holly: The images should be JPGs max 1024 on the long side. ***** We are also looking for volunteers for the Mpls-St Paul Print Circuit judging on Feb 4, from roughly 9-5 in Stillwater. This too is a chance to see hundreds of great images from around the world. Email me if you are interested:
  • December 19, 2011 - Holiday Party and Print Exchange, presented by All attendees.
    Bring a matted 11" X 14" gift wrapped print. It's also a potluck! Please bring snacks; sweet or salty items to share. Beverages will be provided. Friends and significant others are welcome to attend.
  • November 21, 2011 - Preparing for Print Competitions, presented by Bob Dachelet and Kyle Krohn
    How to prepare for print competitions. We will look at past winning entries. We will also look at paper samples. Kyle will discuss paper profiles and the use of paper styles.
  • October 17, 2011 - Matching/Modifying Reality Using Lightroom/Camera Raw, presented by Dick Kain
    Dick Kain is a master of photo enhancement arts and was selected 2 years ago to be a beta tester for the then-in-development CS5. Should be very educational and fun!
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  • May 16, 2011 - Topic: 2011 PSA Mpls-St Paul Print Circuit, presented by Vijay Karai & Bob Dachelet
    Vijay Karai will present a slideshow of images from the 2011 PSA Mpls-St Paul Print Circuit and Bob Dachelet will presenting on "Choose the better photo" using prints from the PSA Mpls-St Paul Print Circuit that are due for destruction.
  • March 21, 2011 - Topic: A New Direction for the Photo Industry, presented by Kyle Krohn of West Photo
    Kyle Krohn, from West Photo, will introduce some of the new products from Nikon and Canon, and speak about the state of the industry, film, and where the photographic world is headed.
  • February 28, 2011 - Topic: Photoshop CS5, presented by Dick Kain
    Dick Kain will present the February tutorial with a demonstration of many new features in Photoshop CS5, of which he was a Beta tester. He will interactively show the power of content-aware actions, lens corrections, noise reduction, and many other features, including a stop-action demonstration of some 3-d effects (his laptop is too slow for interactive 3-d demos).
  • December 20, 2010 - Christmas Social & Print Exchange
    Due to the weather and the Vikings game and the travel chaos the two combined might cause the board has decided to cancel tonights Christmas Social

    No need to unwrap your prints - we will be rescheduling the party in the near future.

    Thanks for your patience and Happy Holidays!

    --------- Time once again for our Christmas Social! Please bring a food treat to share.

    A Print Exchange will be held for those who are interested, pick your best image, print, mount and matte ready for dropping in a 11 x 14 frame. Wrap the print in Christmas paper and bring it along for a fun gift exchange.
  • November 15, 2010 - Living in the moment – Landscape Photography, presented by Dave Berryman Natures Art Photography
  • October 18, 2010 - legal workshop on "Protecting Your Work For Artists" , addressing copyright, trademark, licensing, and other legal issues common to photographers , presented by Chris Sandberg cksandberg photography
    Twin Cities landscape photographer and attorney Chris Sandberg ( will present a legal workshop on "Protecting Your Work For Artists", addressing copyright, trademark, licensing, and other legal issues common to photographers (and all artists’) creative and business lives. Chris has a broad background in intellectual property issues, and will speak from the perspective of a working photographer and legal advisor. In addition to his presentation, Chris will leave lots of time for questions!
  • September 20, 2010 - Marina Castillo Photography, presented by Marina Castillo Marina Castillo flickr Photostream
    Marina will be showing her three books she has published on her photography. "Latina In The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness", "The Power Of A Flower", and "OBAMANATION" The Faces Of A Nation. All available on Marina will discuss the process and tips for making it an easier process to prepare photos for publishing and will also bring in a few framed and matted photos that have been prize winners and selected for magazines. Craig Blacklock selected one of her photos in a Boundary Waters Photo Contest 1st place winner February 2009. Marina will display that photo as well.
  • August 16, 2010 - Event Photography -- Shooting the MS-150, presented by Geoff & Holly Kuchera

    Ever wanted to help out at a charity event as a photographer? Want to know how to get started or what to do once you've agreed to be there? Please join us for a evening of information on Event Photography and how we do what we do for our chosen charity group.

    Some topics we'll cover:
    Preparation for the Event, Starting the Day, Shooting at a Location, Advanced Shooting, Post-Processing, The End Output & What We (as volunteer photographers) Get Out of It.

    Visitors always welcome!
  • July 19, 2010 - Summer Hiatus

    There will not be a tutorial for July. Instead, go out and enjoy your neighborhood this evening. We'll return to the regular schedule next month - See you then!
  • June 21, 2010 - Think Inside the Box Challenge

    A night to explore your photographic skills and see how others work within the same limitations! This tutorial evening is intended to help the participant see creatively and to compare what they saw with how others see the same situation.

    What to bring:
    Your digital camera set to JPG Fine (If you need help with this, please bring your camera manual along and we'll figure it out.)
    A SD or CF card (as appropriate) for your camera.
    One FAST wide (within 10 to 70 mm) or macro lens.
    A sense of adventure!

    Optional things to bring (not mandatory):
    ONE Flash/strobe for use on or off camera.
    Monopod and/or bean bag.

    We'll be spending the first hour of the tutorial working with our cameras in and around IFP. The second hour we'll be looking at the images everyone produced.

    Visitors Welcome!
  • May 17, 2010 - Jeopardy Judging II, presented by Bob Dachlet

    We did it last year - let's do it again... Jeopardy Judging!

    Members will compete to judge the best print in multiple categories such as People, landscape, nature, snow scenes and much much more. Come see what happens to prints judged not to be the best.*

    *Not advised for sentimental photographers - some scenes may be considered disturbing.
  • April 19, 2010 - "Printing To and Maintaining an Inkjet Printer" or "Screen to Print": How to get the best print from your printer with ICC profiles, media choices, and software., presented by NA Goodman

    NA Goodman will present a talk about color management, printing and Inkjet printer maintainance for our listening pleasure. All of Nancy’s works are done on Epson printers (primarily Epson Wide Format printers), but in the field she has worked on HP, ColorSpan, and an occasional Canon. As a Epson sales representative, she has a good knowledge of the ins and outs of Epson printers and will welcome any specific questions regarding problems you might be having with an Epson printer.

    NA Goodman is a Fine Art Printer (including her own photography work), Retoucher, and Restorer. She also has a consulting business providing what she calls "Ink and Print Solutions" which, among other things, consist of custom profiles and work flow solutions. Nancy has been an Epson sales rep on the weekends at the consumer level for the past seven years.
  • March 15, 2010 - Hand Coloring, and Tinting your photos using Photoshop, presented by Sonny Taylor
    Hand Coloring is a technique of adding your own color onto your photographs after they have been converted to black and white. The method is simple, but interesting as it utilizes several steps: B&W conversion, non-destructive editing, selections (optional), Color Blending Mode, and Layer Masks (optional) to tweak at the end.

    Tinting involves coloring the whole B&W photo with color, illustrating how to place the color optimally. With duotones diffuse color will be added to most of the image, with a second color added to the deep shadows.

    Please bring your PS questions, as there should be time for discussions.
  • February 15, 2010 - Australia & New Zealand, presented by Dick Kain
    For the February 15th program meeting, Dick Kain will share images from his 1989 trip to Australia and New Zealand. The original slides (both 35mm and 6 x 6 cm) were recently scanned, color corrected, and integrated into a seamless show of the trip, which included an Aboriginal dance festival and visits to Kangaroo Island (which has not had rabbits) and a game preserve in South Australia. On the way home, Dick drove around the South Island of New Zealand for nine days photographing mountains and scenery. If time permits, after the break he will share images form his trip to Japan last summer, seeing a total solar eclipse, interesting temples and other places, including some infrared images.
  • January 18, 2010 - Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep
    What is Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep? [NILMDTS] is a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization consisting of photographers volunteering their time and services to families that are experiencing the death of an infant. At the parents request, an affiliated photographer will meet with the family at a hospital or hospice location to help parents create beautiful heirloom memories of their child. Our affiliated photographers are dedicated to making this photography session as loving, sensitive and private as possible. NILMDTS has provided thousands of families of babies who are stillborn or are at risk of dying as newborns with free professional portraits with their baby.
  • December 21, 2009 - Christmas Social, Print Exchange & the PSA 75th Anniversary Book presented by Vijay Karai
    Time for our Christmas Social! Please bring a sweet food treat to share.

    A Print Exchange will be held for those who are interested, pick your best image, print, mount and matte ready for dropping in a 11 x 14 frame. Wrap the print in Christmas paper and bring it along for a fun gift exchange.

    Presentation: Slideshow of the 75th anniversary book for PSA presented by Vijay Karai.

    Many Minnesotans were lucky to get their photographs included in the PSA 75th anniversary book including John Olson, Cynthia Fleury and others. This presentation was built by Vijay and shown at the opening night of this year's PSA Conference in Yellowstone.
  • November 16, 2009 - Commercial Aerial and Architectural Photography, presented by Steven Bergerson

    I look forward to returning and speaking to MPS. I did so enjoy the opportunity to speak to you a few years ago. My presentation will be similar to what I did then, with an update of the aerial and architectural photography I have done since then. I have documented the construction of the 35W Bridge, as well both TCF Bank Stadium and Target Field, and the Green Roof on Target Center.

    As before, I will welcome questions from your group and let their interests lead the direction of the discussion. As you know, I love to tell "stories" from my nearly 30 years of photography, and I hope my stories will keep you interested. Last time I talked right through break; this time I will stop for the break, but will probably continue talking anyway.

    I can bring my stabilizer so people can feel how it works, and since I will have my camera and computer there, I could give a brief demonstration of Capture One Pro.
    Night Aerial Stadium Shot
  • October 19, 2009 - Studio Style Portraiture, presented by Christopher Grey

    Those of you who do studio style portraiture will not want to miss Christopher Grey at our meeting on October 19. The author of numerous books and columns about lighting, Chris will demonstrate the proper placement of the key (main) light to get the best look from the subject (regardless of face shape) as well as how to place hair and background lights. Chris will also demonstrate how to use one light and a softbox or umbrella to get great, predictable, effects from whatever size modifier you might be working with. He'll also talk about some posing and composition basics that will improve your pictures.

    Chris is an accomplished speaker and noted photographer, and he's been with us before. If you missed his previous visits, you won't want to miss this one. Chris will demonstrate his techniques and answer your questions about how to create a portrait that will live forever.
  • September 21, 2009 - Illustration Effects, Textures and Borders: How to Make a Blah Photo More Interesting in 15 (or so) Steps, presented by Holly Kuchera

    Got a photo you kinda like, but it just doesn’t pop enough for you? This tutorial will be all about the steps used to take make an image look like an artistic, drawn illustration and also how to add textures and/or borders to take the image to another level.

    “I started out life wanting to be an artist and worked throughout my childhood, high school, and college years to achieve that goal. It wasn’t until I married my photographer husband (Geoffrey) in 1995 that I picked up a camera as a means of artistic expression. Since then I’ve started my own Graphic Arts/Stock Photography business (Tortoise Productions, Inc.) and spend most of my time alternating between creating images for the world of advertising, and creating images just for me. Stock photography can be very straightforward depictions of objects, animals, people, situations, and places. In the photos I create just for me, I allow myself the freedom to play.

    I’m a lover of anything that enhances mood in a photograph and use a variety of computer software programs and camera techniques to achieve that mood. HDR, color alteration/saturation, applied textures and borders, in-camera motion effects and monochrome conversion are all favorite tools in my artistic playground.

    As a photographer, I try to work a little, play a lot, and enjoy the results as best I can. Hopefully you will as well.”

    -- Holly Kuchera

    Holly's Flickr Gallery
  • August 17, 2009 - Back to the Basics, presented by Geoff & Holly Kuchera

    Leave your fancy camera at home for this one. For the August Tutorial we will be meeting in Uptown with disposable cameras in hand.

    Meet us at Famous Dave's in Calhoun Square (1st floor - 3001 Hennepin Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN) at 6:30 pm to get last minute instructions. Join us a little earlier at 5:30 pm for socialization and dinner.

    What you need to bring:
    One disposable film camera - your choice of brand, film speed and type. The cheaper the better.

    Our goal for the evening is to illustrate that it's not always the camera that makes or breaks a photographer. With disposable cameras we'll be leveling the playing field.

    After the tutorial/outing, get your camera processed at any shop that can do film to digital (CD) -- Target, WalMart, Costco, Proex, etc. Then upload your best shot or shots, to the MPS Flickr group and we'll publish the link to the rest of the club so everyone can enjoy what we came up with. Please keep your personal processing (in Photoshop, etc) to a minimum. The idea is to show off your photography skills, not your Photoshop skills.

    Rain or shine (it's not like you have to worry about expensive camera gear getting damp...)

    Come and have some fun getting back to the basics of photography - no fancy-dancy digital stuff here. (Extra credit to anyone who can figure out how to do a multi-exposure HDR with a disposable camera!)

    Good luck and see you there!
  • July 20, 2009 - Cathedral to Capitol Scavenger Hunt!, presented by Geoff & Holly Kuchera

    Time to have some challenging fun with your photography. Join your fellow photogs in a scavenger hunt from the St Paul Cathedral to the State Capitol.

    We will not have an official meeting place but good places to park are at the lot next to the Cathedral, in the Minnesota Historical Society lot a little bit down the hill, at the meters at the State Capitol or along the streets (check to make sure your parking area is legal for the time period).

    What exactly are we hunting for? That's a secret unless you RSVP to or We will be emailing attendees a list of of hunt items on the Sunday prior to the outing.

    There will be a lot of walking involved in this outing, so please take that into consideration. Bring whatever you've got and, due to the time - your tripod! This will be a rain or shine event.

    If you're up for a challenge, please come! And bring your friends!
  • June 15, 2009 - Celebrate Nature Photography Day!, presented by Geoff & Holly Kuchera
    Always wanted to make beautiful photos of the great outdoors? Get started today by taking your camera on an outing, learn some new shooting tips and join your fellow club members.

    We will meet at the West entrance of the Guthrie (818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis) at 7:00 pm.
    There is a parking ramp across the street from the entrance ($8?), you can take your chances on the metered parking, take the light rail in to the Metrodome station and walk over, or park on the northeast end of Stone Arch Bridge where parking is free after 6:00 pm.

    We can split up in groups and shoot around the Guthrie, Stone Arch Bridge, Downtown, Third Avenue Bridge, St Anthony Lock & Dam, on Nicollet Island or a variety of other locations. Architecture, textures, sunset, night shots, night lights, interesting people, traffic blurs, the river, HDR images -- all are possibilites, all you need to do is come and play. If you have questions on how to do something, feel free to ask and hopefully someone in the group will be able to help.

    Bring your most comfortable shoes, your tripods, flashes and other equipment for a night of walking around the river. And, if you wish, some of us will meet early for a picnic in the park on the northeast end of Stone Arch Bridge by the picnic tables at 5:30 - 6:00 pm. Bring your own goodies from home or pick up something tasty on your way there.

    Do come and have a creative night out with friends. Visitors are very welcome to this shoot.
  • May 18, 2009 - Jeopardy Judging, presented by Bob Dachelet
    Jeopardy Judging will have members competing to judge the best print in multiple categories such as People; landscape, nature, snow scenes. Come see what happens to prints judged not to be the best.
  • April 20, 2009 - Value Systems and the Creation Process for Photography, presented by Alec Johnson

    Alec Johnson will discuss getting stuck with our photography process and usefulness of identifying a photography Value System to help us get creating again. He'll present this in the context of his street portrait work, providing useful suggestions to approach the timeless photographic art of street portraiture.

    Alec is a commercial architecture and landscape photographer, and also a studio portrait and location editorial photographer. His commercial work can be viewed at He also teaches digital landscape photography courses on the North Shore of Lake Superior. His landscape work and workshop information can be viewed at Additionally, Alec is a full time professor of Entrepreneurship at The University of Saint Thomas. He is widely recognized for his teaching skills and ability to inspire.
  • March 16, 2009 - Potluck Open House for Jeff and Jennifer Morgan

    The Minneapolis Photographic Society is hosting an Open house for Jeff and Jennifer Morgan. As you know the one-way tickets have been purchased for their return to the U. K. at the end of March.

    The evening is Monday March 16 at the IFP, where MPS holds it's meetings. Food will be available from 6:30 P.M. until 8:00 P.M., MPS will be providing plates, forks, pop, water, and coffee. If you would like bring something to share, please do, it would be welcomed.

  • February 16, 2009 - Naturalist, Wildlife Photographer and Writer Stan Tekiela, presented by Stan Tekiela

    Stan Tekiela is the originator of the popular state-specific field guides such as Birds of [various states] Field Guide, Wildflowers of [various states], and Trees of [various states]. Over the past two decades Stan has authored more than 100 field guides, nature appreciation books and wildlife audio CDs for nearly every state in the nation, presenting many species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, trees, wildflowers and cacti.

    Holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural History from the University of Minnesota and as an active professional naturalist for more than 20 years, Stan studies and photographs wildlife throughout the United States and has received various national and regional awards for his books and photographs.

    Also a well-known columnist and radio personality, his syndicated column appears in over 20 newspapers and his wildlife programs are broadcast on a number of Midwest radio stations. He is a member of the North American Nature Photography Association and Canon Professional Services along with many other professional organizations.

    Stan resides in Victoria, Minnesota, with his wife, Katherine, and daughter, Abigail. He can be contacted via his web page at

  • January 19, 2009 - "People On Location" and shooting for Corbis (Stock Photography), presented by Peter Beck

    Peter shoots stock exclusively for Corbis and does national consumer and trade magazine work, as well as some corporate communications, largely in the Midwest. Peter is very knowledgeable on the stock photography business, provides an excellent overview and is happy to answer questions. The images he will show are simply outstanding. Please look at the Bio/Credits section of Peter's web site for the extensive list of clients which include Ford, IBM, Microsoft, Apple, Cargill, etc.

  • December 15, 2008 - Peter Wong and Christmas Social , presented by Peter Wong

    Peter Wong will be showing us his fantastic Golf Course and Landscape photography. You can see examples of his work at his website: Peter Wong Photography

    Also the Christmas Social, please bring a sweet food treat to share.

    A Print Exchange will be held for those who are interested, pick your best image, print, mount and matt ready for dropping in a 14” x 11” frame. Wrap the print in Christmas paper and bring it along for a fun gift exchange.
  • November 17, 2008 - Natural Light Portraiture, finding and using available light, gear for working in low light, light and texture., presented by Shelly Paulson

    "I was once asked if I am an available light photographer because I don't know how to use strobes. I had to really search my heart to find the answer, and that answer is no. I am an available light photographer because I enjoy the beauty of natural light and the challenge of working with what light I can find in a given situation. I love the timeless feeling that natural light gives to a photo.

    "Working with natural light can be a challenge because it is much less predictable and controllable than using strobes or flashes. I will be showing you how I identify the light I want to work with in a given situation and how I approach those challenges. Once you understand how to use the light that is available to you, you can photograph people just about anywhere."

    Shelley is a professional photographer based in Buffalo, MN. Her photographic areas of focus are equine, weddings and portraits. Her web site can be viewed at Shelley also offers architectural, editorial and natural light corporate portraits through her creative services firm Summerset Studio.

  • October 20, 2008 - Using your camera and Photoshop to shoot and to manually blend images to achieve a single, wide dynamic-range photo, presented by Sonny Taylor

    Often we find ourselves with a bright sky or harsh shadows; and have to shoot hand-held, without tripod, flash, diffuser etc.

    We will illustrate and simplify camera and Photoshop techniques that allow us to shoot and combine multiple images.

    In the camera, we use the Histogram, and Auto-Exposure Bracketing for multiple exposures.

    Continuing in Photoshop, we will discuss the combination of Bridge, ACR (RAW), the Histogram, Smart Objects, Auto-Align, and Layer Masks, to allow us to blend these images into one, with a wide dynamic range. Also, multiple processing and blending of a single RAW file will be described.

    It's much easier than it sounds.

  • September 15, 2008 - Lightroom 2.0 - New Local Adjustment Tools, and Other Goodies, presented by Steve Bye

    With Adobe's late-July release of Lightroom 2.0, I find I'm spending almost all my time in Lightroom. It's new local adjustment tools are quicker and easier to use than Photoshop's adjustment layers with layer masks. And it's improved printing capabilities provide a whole new printing paradigm. This lecture/demonstration will include many examples of optimizing images using Lightroom's adjustment tools. I'll also show why you might want to use Lightroom to print your images, even if some of their optimization work is done in Photoshop.

    Steve Bye - Steve was the Digital Lab Manager at the Minnesota Center for Photography, where he taught Photoshop, Lightroom, and Fine Art Printing until its recent closure. He is now teaching these courses at the Minneapolis Photo Center's new adult education program. Steve is an Adobe Certified Instructor in Photoshop.
  • August 18, 2008 - Creative use of small flash guns!, presented by Ben Zvan

    Ben Zvan will present demonstrations and exercises inspired by David Hobby ( intended to entice the viewer into experimenting with more creative use of flashes. Lighting can be used to add drama, or just better definition to a photograph.

    Ben Zvan is a photographer who grew up in the Twin Cities holding a camera. In the past, he has concentrated on nature and natural history photography. Recently, he has moved into portraiture and photojournalism. His work has been called simple, profound and iconic.
    More examples of Ben's images can be found here:
  • July 21, 2008 - Training session on a variety of photoshop adjustments, presented by Sean Foreman

    Back with us by popular demand Sean Foreman will be giving tutorials on urban acid action, sample hdr processing, and the use of standard photoshop adjustments. Adjustments to be covered include cropping, curves, contrast, shadows/highlights, a variety of blurring, smart sharpen and use of the transparent eraser.

    Sean Foreman is a Twin Cities amateur photographer. Recently he has been featured in Metro magazine and won the Punch Pizza photo contest. He specializes in candid portraits and hdr images. You can find Sean as 3rd Foundation on flickr at
  • June 16, 2008 - Let’s take the cameras out for some exercise!, presented by Jeff Morgan

    We creative folk will be going out for a “Shoot” and will meet on the northeast end of Stone Arch Bridge at 7:00pm with cameras and tripods at the ready! We will be looking for cityscape/waterscape images. It will be a late evening for some as the sun does not set until 9:00pm and some of the best images will be between 9:15 and 10:015pm but you can stay or leave when you like. We will start here on the bridge Stone Arch Bridge
    We will then walk down to the new park out by the weir looking at 3rd Ave Bridge 3rd Ave @ Sunset and 3rd Ave Dark
    You can also shoot the Lock and Dam from this location Lock and Dam
    Then we will walk back down below the bridge in the lower falls park: Lower Park or Below Stone Arch or @ 15mm
    Does that look like fun to you? Then please join us. Also some of us will meet early for a brown bag picnic in the park on the northeast end of Stone Arch Bridge by the picnic tables at 6:00pm. Bring your own brown bag of goodies or a Subway. Do come and have a creative night out with friends. Visitors are very welcome to this shoot.
  • May 19, 2008 - The essay as an art form, presented by Max Haynes

    Max Haynes is an aviation photographer and Internet publisher. Max will speak on: the essay as an art form, the air-to-air open cockpit experience, Internet publishing and maintaining a fan base for your work through email alerts. Max has been involved in photography since the mid seventies, starting out as a newspaper photographer, then progressing to really great vacation slide shows and then, with the advent of decent digital cameras and the Internet, back into taking photographs for clients. He features a new photo essay on his site - Max Air-2-Air every two weeks.

    More of his work for travel destinations can bee seen on these client sites - Spider Lake Lodge - Grand Marais State Bank
  • April 21, 2008 - Magic Flute Fine Art Photography, presented by Stephen Haynes

    I will demonstrate via several photographs techniques I use in processing images in Photoshop. In the process I will share several techniques that I have developed that I believe are unique, inasmuch as I have never read of their use in any Photoshop documentation. The presentation will be interspersed with better images from my collection, mostly of nudes, but occasional work from travel photographs where the photo is notable in some manner or involves an interesting story.

    Stephen Haynes is a fine art photographer living in Minneapolis, MN. He comes relatively late to full-time devotion to the photographic arts, but has compensated by the intensity of his work. While a principal subject currently is the fine art nude, he has also done notable work in landscapes, travel scenes, portraiture and the performing arts. Mr. Haynes fine art prints are owned by over 190 collectors worldwide. His fine art nudes may be seen at Fine Art Nudes
  • March 17, 2008 - Studio tour and how I approach a product shot, presented by Chris Sheehan

    I shoot mainly for local ad agencies, as well as Target. My specialties are product and retouching. I shoot with a Phase One back on a Fuji 68, and also a Canon EOS 1Ds MARK II. I use Capture One software.
    In the past couple of years, my personal work has revolved around travel, walking city streets at night. People have been popping into some of the shots lately, but only as ghostly figures.

    Let's plan on this: 1) Studio tour. 2) Commercial gear - tech talk. 3) Show how I approach a product shot.

    This tutorial will be held on location in Shelter Studio. 2112 Broadway St. NE, Suite 150, Minneapolis, MN 55413
    Directions here;
  • February 18, 2008 - The Business of Fine Art Photography, presented by Christopher Grey

    There's nothing better than a royalty check.

    Join photographer, author and instructor Christopher Grey for an in-depth conversation about fine art markets, galleries and promotion. Since winning top honors at the Albert Lea Art Festival and the LaCrosse Film Festival at the tender age of 18, Chris' work has been widely published and exhibited in national and international venues. Chris will discuss his markets and others, and provide insight as to how you might break into this fascinating part of our industry and get paid for shooting what you love.
  • January 21, 2008 - The “Interclub” Competition, presented by Jeff Morgan

    Submitting Images to the TCACCC Interclub competition

    Have you ever wondered what makes a good competition image? And, just how does one go about submitting an image? Well, we can answer those questions – bring a selection of your best images to the Club meeting and get some answers. Representatives from TCACCC will be on hand to guide you with what to enter, great advice, and entry forms for this year’s Interclub contest. This isn’t just a competition, but also a tutorial to help you.

    Winning images sell themselves, so come with your images, have fun, see everyone’s best work, and help put the “win” in your club. Bring some prints or digital images, a CD-ROM or memory key and have your images reviewed. Digital projection will be available. Take your images to a new level – and support your club by entering.

    With a let's win attitude you and your Club can show the Twin Cities which Camera Club ROCKS!!
  • December 17, 2007 - Christmas Social and Program "International Battle", presented by Selsdon Camera Club, UK versus Hoylake Photographic Society, UK versus Minnesota Nature Photography Club versus Minneapolis Photographic Society!

    This is your chance to see the great images and listen to the judging that was conducted last October in Croydon, London, UK. Find out which club won the International Battle!

    Also the Christmas Social, please bring a sweet food treat to share.

    A Print Exchange will be held for those who are interested, pick your best image, print, mount and matt ready for dropping in a 14” x 11” frame. Wrap the print in Christmas paper and bring it along for a fun gift exchange.
  • November 19, 2007 - Available Light Portraiture, presented by Shelley Paulson

    When photographing people outside the studio, being able to find beautiful available light to work with is a critical skill. Through sharing about her own journey with light and example photographs, Shelley will show you how to find different types of light for portraits and how to expose for each type properly.

    Shelley Paulson is a Minnesota-based digital photographer specializing in equine, portrait, wedding and architectural photography. She is known for her creative use of light and natural style that conveys real life and true beauty.

    Shelley also shares weekly photography tips and photos from recent sessions on her blog: Shelley Paulson's blog
  • October 15, 2007 - A 101 tutorial on HDR (High Dynamic Range), presented by Jeff Morgan

    A high dynamic range image is an image that has a greater dynamic range than can be shown on a standard display device or captured with a single exposure using a standard camera. The "dynamic range" of a scene is the contrast ratio between its brightest and darkest parts. The interior of a church with light streaming in through its stained-glass windows is a high dynamic range image.

    In this tutorial you will learn how to capture HDR images on your digital camera. You will find out how to process these images in Photoshop and PhotoMatix to create stunning prints. Many examples will be shown and appropriate subjects for HDR techniques will be discussed. Come and find out how you can make stunning HDR images yourself. See some of Jeff's HDR images here PSA HDR

    Jeff Morgan is a professional photographer who conducts training workshops, coaches individuals in digital photography, and provides photographic services to corporate clients. His company, Elm Studio, is based in Afton, Minnesota.
  • September 17, 2007 - Doug Beasley Tutorial, presented by Doug Beasley

    Doug Beasley will share work from current and past photography projects including, “Figure and Landscape in the Badlands”, “The Road Less Traveled” and several projects funded by grants and commissions, including’ Sacred Sites of the Lakota’ in South Dakota, Indigenous Mayan worship in Guatemala, Shamanism in Peru and ‘Sacred Places’ around the world. Doug’s work has been exhibited internationally and is widely published in magazines such as The Sun, B&W, PDN and PhotoVision. His first book: “Japan; A Nisei’s First Encounter,” published in 1999, offers insight into his journey to his mother’s homeland.

    Douglas Beasley’s personal vision explores the spiritual aspects of people and place and is concerned with how the sacred is recognized and expressed in everyday life. He hopes that his photographs act as prayer-like offerings and are meant as a departure point for the viewer’s own visual or spiritual journey.

    As founder and director of Vision Quest Photo Workshops, Doug also provides photography workshops that emphasize personal expression and creative vision. In addition, he shoots various fine art based commercial assignments throughout the country and internationally.
  • August 6, 2007 - The International Battle, presented by Selsdon Camera Club, UK versus Hoylake Photographic Society, UK versus Minnesota Nature Photography Club versus Minneapolis Photographic Society!
    Selsdon is really an area of South Croydon, a suburb of Greater London. Hoylake is just on the other side of the Mersey River across from Liverpool--think Beatles!
    Rules of Engagement
    1. Each club will submit 15 images. There will be 60 images total and they will be projected in random order.
    2. Each club member may submit only one image.
    3. The images will all be judged in one evening by a totally independent judge.
    4. There will be one judge in the U.S. and one judge in the U.K.
    5. A sound recording of the judges’ comments will be provided with the program to all clubs.
    6. One club will be named the winner and has bragging rights for a year.
    The Battlefield
    The international judging in the U.S. will take place tonight, in the normal MPS meeting room. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. We will get to hear the U.S. judge evaluate and score 60 images. This will give us the opportunity to see some great European images, so it should be fun and educational.
    The U.K. clubs are sponsoring a meeting in September when a European judge will score the same set of 60 images. That judging will be recorded and sent to MPS to listen to at a club meeting sometime in autumn.
  • July 16, 2007 - The International Battle – Image selection night, presented by YOU — and we need your help to win!
    The History
    About two months ago Selsdon Camera Club in the U.K. asked if we would like to accept an international challenge;
    We were then informed that there was another UK camera club in the fray--Hoylake Photographic Society:
    To keep things even, we invited the Minnesota Nature Club to also join in a four-way battle with the 2 U.K. clubs and us.
    Selsdon is really an area of South Croydon, a suburb of Greater London. Hoylake is just on the other side of the Mersey River across from Liverpool--think Beatles! We need well-armed troops and everyone’s best images to win!
    Rules of Engagement
    1. Each club will submit 15 images. There will be 60 images total and they will be projected in random order.
    2. Each club member may submit only one image.
    3. The images will all be judged in one evening by a totally independent judge.
    4. There will be one judge in the U.S. and one judge in the U.K.
    5. A sound recording of the judges’ comments will be provided with the program to all clubs.
    6. One club will be named the winner and has bragging rights for a year.
    Tonight’s meeting is preparing for Battle
    Where we really need your help is with the images to use in the battle. These are digitally projected images. There are no restrictions on age. Your image can be the best image you have ever captured, and it does not matter what it has won before. Please send me 4 or 5 of your best .jpg images that the maximum dimensions are 1024 pixels horizontal or 786 pixels vertical to;
    jeff (a t) elmstudio (d 0 t) com (I will reply to confirm delivery of them)
    and at tonight’s meeting we’ll put them all together to select the very best. This will be an evening of fun choosing and selecting which 15 images we will use to represent our club. This will enable us to get our images to Europe by the deadline of July 31.
  • June 18, 2007 - Composition, presented by Calvin deRuyter
    Calvin will be reviewing a selection of photographs and teaching us all about composition.
    The images that Calvin will be using are yours! It should be a fun, educational evening.
  • May 21, 2007 - Epson Printers, Scanners and Digital Wallets, presented by Dick Callen of Epson
    This is an evening not to miss, come and learn all about Epson products and see the latest models. Bring all your questions as Dick really knows his stuff!
  • April 16, 2007 - Image Adjustment using Photoshop and Painter, presented by Sean Foreman
    Sean Foreman is a Metro area based photographer. He will spend some time walking through how to adjust photographs in Photoshop and Painter for producing creative images.

    Here are some before & after samples of adjustments he will walk through:

    Here are some sample digital paintings he will recreate:

    Sean is very active on flickr. To see more of his work go here:

    Sean has also recently self-published a book on lulu:
  • March 19, 2007 - The State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, and Other Wild Rides in Contemporary Photography, presented by George Slade
    Minnesota Center for Photography Artistic Director George Slade, who has juried the Photography section of the Fine Arts Exhibition twice since the early 1990s, will offer his thoughts about the show and about other opportunities for photographers in current photography. The setting for the talk will be MCP's gallery in Northeast Minneapolis, which since 2004 has been a major center for lectures, exhibitions, education programs, and other artist services for the upper Midwest. For information about MCP, please see our web site, 165 - 13th Avenue NE Minneapolis, MN 55413 612-824-5500

    George Slade is an historian of photography and a native Minnesotan. He became the artistic director of the Minnesota Center for Photography (MCP) in 2003. He has also directed the MCP/McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowships for Photographers Program since 1998. Slade has served as a panelist and portfolio reviewer for the Ohio Arts Council, Minnesota State Arts Board, Minnesota State Fair, Fotofest Meeting Place (Houston), Society for Photographic Education, Critical Mass and Photolucida (Portland, OR).
  • February 19, 2007 - Matting and Framing, presented by Mark Lawton
    I am co-owner of Studio Art & Frame, a Plymouth based art gallery and custom framing shop. My background in architecture and design fit the needs of an art and framing operation well. While I had some exposure to framing, in college, my professional experience started when we opened Studio almost 15 years ago.

    During the tutorial, we'll look at what should happen to a photo once it leaves the drawer and is put on display. Discussion will include materials and techniques that will help you add a positive visual impact to your photos whether you "do-it-yourself" or use the services of a frame shop. We will also look at using creative design techniques that take your photos away from the "usual".

    Also Cleaning your Digital Sensor, presented by Jeff Morgan of

    And we will look at “Triptychs” for the upcoming salon on April 2nd.
  • January 22, 2007 - The “Interclub” Competition, presented by A team of experts from the TCACCC

    Submitting Images to Interclub
    Have you ever wondered what makes a good competition image? And, just how does one go about submitting an image? Well, we can answer those questions – bring a selection of your best images to the Club meeting and get some answers. A representative from TCACCC will be on hand to guide you with some of last year’s winners, great advice, and entry forms for this year’s Interclub contest. This isn’t just a competition, but also a tutorial to help you.

    Winning images sell themselves, so come with your images, have fun, see everyone’s best work, and help put the “win” in your club. Bring some prints, slides, a CD-ROM or memory key and have your images reviewed. Digital and slide projection will be available for those with projected images.

    Take your images to a new level – and support your club by entering. With a let's win attitude you and your Club can show the Twin Cities which Camera Club ROCKS!!
  • December 18, 2006 - Christmas Social and Program “Spiritual”, presented by Siddiqi Ray
    Who am I really? What is my purpose in life? Am I where I’m supposed to be? Life, if you ask the right questions (and actually listen for the answers!), can be an incredible journey. So believes photojournalist Siddiqi Ray and she should know: Her journey has led her to a career of photographing some pretty incredible people; the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, and a unit of elite Navy SEALS, among them. Once I decided to follow my true passion, once I decided to ignore my own perceived limitations, my career started taking on a life of its own, she says. I came to learn that life is a journey of faith and that the best way to find your true path is to listen to your inner voice, humble yourself, follow your passion, say yes to opportunities and just, simply, put one foot in front of the other.

    For our upcoming Salon entitled Spiritual on February 7th Siddiqi will help us with ideas of combining the spiritual theme into our art.

    Also the Christmas Social, please bring a sweet food treat to share.

    A print exchange will be held for those who are interested, pick your best image, print, mount and matt ready for dropping in a 14” x 11” frame. Wrap the print in Christmas paper and bring it along for a fun gift exchange.
  • November 20, 2006 - Weather Guide, presented by James J. Heintzman, Executive Editor of
    How does he select those pictures, anyway? A glimpse behind the production scenes from the editor of the Minnesota Weather guide Environment™ Calendar, Jim Heintzman. Jim will also talk about his interest in his own photography.

    John Pennoyer (, Mariann Cyr and others will show and discuss their images that have been printed in the Weather Guide and other ones that show weather. This is help and discussion for our upcoming Salon entitled Weather to be held on January 8th 2007

    For over twenty-six years, Midwesterners from around the world have depended on the Minnesota Weatherguide Environment Calendars for accurate and timely meteorological information. The Weatherguide is a wonderful gift - especially for those interested in the natural world. Purchase your calendar today!
  • October 16, 2006 - Anatomy of a Photograph, presented by Steve Niedorf
    Steve Niedorf a Minneapolis based photographer specializing in corporate photography and portraiture will be presenting a program about various aspects his work. He will discuss the complexities of international travel, location lighting, workflow, and even a few Photoshop tricks and techniques.

    Steve enjoys the improvisation required for shooting on location and the attention to detail needed for studio work. His approach to production long ago when he became an Eagle Scout: “Be Prepared”.

    He has been honored to receive 11 Communication Arts ~ Photography Excellence Awards as well as many regional awards. Steve’s stock agency is Getty Images and he has hundreds of images on-line with the image Bank brand.
  • September 25, 2006 - Iceland, Arctic and Antarctica, presented by Ron Winch
    Iceland: Born of fire, sculptured by ice An icy west wind sweeps across the glaciers and ice caps of East Greenland and races out to sea, crossing the Denmark Strait before slamming into the 800-foot cliffs of Latrabjab, the western most tip of Iceland. Below, the silver-haired whitecaps frolic on a turbulent sea, crashing into the basalt cliffs and rebounding with a frenzied clapotis effect.

    Fat-bodied Atlantic puffins and razorbills, riding the wind, jet in from the sea through an azure blue sky, make a sharp 180 and hang on the wind like a kite before powering down to the rugged pinnacles and grassy cliff tops. The forty-mile wind is nothing new for these birds as they spend nine months on the open sea in much more trying conditions.

    Iceland has some of the best seabird photography to be had anywhere, and the interior landscape is of another world! Temperate glaciers cover 11% of the island nation, and volcanoes abound. It's an extremely friendly English-speaking country and easy to get around in—and a direct flight from Minneapolis to Keflavik. See and hear more at the September meeting.

    Polar Odyssey: Visions of the Arctic and Antarctic

    The harsh beauty of the polar regions has long fascinated explorers and armchair adventurers alike. The forbidding terrain and exotic life forms appeal to our sense of wonder, and while we may think of them as similar, the Arctic and Antarctic are as unalike as Kansas and Kenya. "Polar Odyssey" takes us on an exciting visual journey to the top and bottom of the world, and reveals some of the fantastic differences between these polar opposites.

    The North Pole sits in the middle of an ocean surrounded by land, while the South Pole is at 9300 feet above sea level on a continent surrounded by oceans. The Arctic has hundreds of species of flowers and thousands of insects; the Antarctic has only two species of flowering plants and almost no flying insects. Boreal forests extend north of the Arctic Circle; the Antarctic has no trees and its dry valleys are the most lifeless regions on earth. Humans have inhabited the Arctic for thousands of years, while in the Antarctic every human is a visitor.

    Explore the myriad of differences and the few similarities of these polar regions, and learn how they are defined. If you are looking for a great photo trip or even an armchair adventure, it's hard to beat the polar regions of the world. Learn more at the September meeting!

    Ron Winch grew up in northeast Iowa hunting, fishing, trapping and dreaming of making a living with a typewriter. After some success with both writing and photography, Ron gravitated toward photography. He spent 30 wonderful years behind the camera for 3M and upon retirement made the decision to give back, in the form of words and photos, to worthy conservation and environmental organizations. He has ongoing projects for The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota, Warner Nature Center, National Eagle Center, Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area, Izaak Walton League, Minnesota Audubon Society and others.
  • August 21, 2006 - North Shore Workshops Highlights, presented by Darrell Tangen
    Darrell Tangen has been involved with photography since he was ten years old. Taking photos with his Kodak Browne 127 camera and sending them off to a mail order developer. In high school he was in high school photojournalism club, a part-time sports photographer, and yearbook staff photographer for northern rural Minnesota school. Then after two years of technical college education in photography, he moved to the twin Cities and taught photography for a manufacturing company that built equipment for photolabs and studios. Ten years of traveling and teaching in the corporate world was traded for a teaching job at Dakota County Technical College where he has been teaching the photo imaging program for nearly 20 years now. Darrell's photographs have been published Lake Superior magazine and couple other international and local publications. He also sells his nature and landscape prints at upper Midwest art shows and private company galleries. He is a member of the MN Valley Photography Club and the Burnsville Area Society for the Arts. For the last 6 years he has taught in-the-field North Shore Photography Workshops through the college and through his business, Backroad Images.
        He will present some of the highlights of his north shore adventures where participants in workshops learn about metering difficult environments, shooting wildflower macro photography, landscape and sunrise, lighthouses and waterfalls. Darrell will share some of the guidelines he teaches to help improve your nature photography through slide and image shows. And you get an overview of what to photograph on the North Shore of MN mile marker by mile marker.
        More info on Darrell's images at
  • July 17, 2006 - Photoshop for Photographers, presented by Jeff Morgan
    This can be a question and answer session including practical demonstrations of the answers. It is for those of you who would like to know more techniques using Photoshop to optimize images for printing. If questions do not totally divert us we will first examine the RAW converter in CS2 Bridge and then go on to look at layers, layer masks and non-destructive editing. I will have some images with me to demonstrate on but if we have time I may be able to enhance one of yours if you have a specific problem/question and bring the image with you. 2 hours of Photoshop fun and games...hope to see you there.
  • June 19, 2006 - Jewels on the Water, presented by Layne Kennedy
    Minneapolis based editorial magazine photographer will present images from assignments in Iceland, Greenland, Lewis & Clark Trail (Upper Missouri River), the Amazon River and others. He will also show images from a recent book from closer to home; Jewels on the Water--Lake Superior's Apostle Islands.

    Layne's work appears in hundreds of magazine worldwide and contributes regularly to Smithsonian, Newsweek, Forbes, National Geographic Traveler, National Geographic Adventure, Sports Illustrated, ect. to name a few. He has photographed books for National Geographic, Voyageur Press, Friends of the Apostles, and MBI Publishing. His most recent book; MINNESOTA--NOW & THEN hits the bookshelves this fall. His editorial images are represented by CORBIS and his adventure related imagery by Windigo Images and Dembinsky & Associates in Michigan.

    He founded the Superior/Gunflint Photography Workshops that offer several adventure related photography workshops. One dogsledding out of Paul Schurke's WINTERGREEN DOGSLED LODGE in Ely, Minnesota and a Lake Superior kayaking session in the Apostle Islands with Trek & Trail in Bayfield, Wisconsin. He also runs non-adventure related two sessions out of the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota.

    He will have a handful of his new Jewels on the Water books on hand for anyone who would like to purchase one.

  • May 15, 2006 - By Air, presented by Steven Bergerson
    Steve is a Minneapolis photographer who has photographed buildings and building products for a quarter of a century. His career has taken him through and pile of 4x5 Polaroids, a brief flirtation with QuickTime VR, and now into an all digital workflow, and through this, he’s learned to fly. Since 1988, he has been doing aerial photography.

    He will be sharing photos of his work, including interiors and exterior of buildings, industrial settings, and his photos from the air. Each photo has a story behind it, so come and hear the stories of his experiences from the last quarter century. And bring questions.
  • April 17, 2006 - Pinhole Photography, presented by Jeff Korte
    Jeff recently had an exhibition "Images of a Vanishing Presence" at the Icebox Gallery in Minneapolis. This is the Artist Statement from the show: "The Water and Vapor photographs record the convergence of land, water, and sky found along the cobbled beaches and sharpened points of Lake Superior. It is part of an ongoing interest in photographing the vanishing presence of natural and cultural remnants in the landscape. I am using large format pinhole cameras for this work. The aesthetic they record to film complements my interpretation of the elusive spirit of place. During the long exposure that is necessary and desired, these lens-less cameras reveal, in softened detail, ephemeral events that enchant the landscape and suggest one's fading memories of place." Jeff will talk about pinhole camera photography and show photographs from the Water Vapor series.

    Jeff Korte has been practicing photography since receiving communications and visual arts degrees from St. Cloud State University in 1983. Experimentation with alternative photographic processes is ongoing and includes the construction and use of many types of lens-less (pinhole) cameras. In 1991, Jeff was selected to participate in the Isle Royale Artist in Residence program and has returned to Lake Superior many times to photograph its sharpened points and cobbled beaches. Jeff's work has been published in Minnesota Monthly, Pinhole Journal, and featured in the 2005 "Year in Black and White" calendar in the New Yorker magazine. His work was recently featured in the December Black and White magazine. He is a past recipient of the Blacklock Nature Sanctuary Artist Fellowship and spent time this past fall with his cameras on Lake Superior's North Shore. He continues to conduct photography workshops and his work can be viewed in many public and private collections.

  • March 20, 2006 - Master Lighting Guide for Portrait Photographers, presented by Christopher Grey of
    I’ll explain how light works, its qualities, and how light ratios are utilized. Then I'll discuss, the styles of lighting and how they look when modified. After that, the fun starts. I’ll demonstrate a range of techniques and tricks that will spark you up and bring your personal lighting style to a whole new level.

    For over 30 years, I’ve dedicated my professional life to be the best generalist photographer I could be, and over the course of that time I’ve had the opportunity to photograph an amazing variety of people, products and services. My work has been, and continues to be, a rich, visual exploration of people and culture, of psychology and motivation, of line and form and love of life.

  • February 27, 2006 - Shooting for Stock, presented by Peter Beck
    Peter shoots stock exclusively for Corbis and does national consumer and trade magazine work, as well as some corporate communications, largely in the Midwest. Peter is very knowledgeable on the stock photography business, provides an excellent overview and is happy to answer questions. The images he will show are simply outstanding. Please look at the Bio/Credits section of Peter's web site for the extensive list of clients which include Ford, IBM, Microsoft, Apple, Cargill, etc.
  • January 23, 2006 - Digital Panoramic Photography, presented by Jeff Morgan
    We will examine ways to capture creative digital panoramic images and see examples of them, some taken by rotating the camera on a tripod, others with a special "nodal point" accessory. We will discuss and examine some of the special software and hardware tools to help you create stunning panoramic images. We will also discuss the special requirements of camera settings that will allow you to easily and seamlessly stitch the images. There will also be demonstrations of Photoshop and specialist programs for stitching panoramas.

    If you have "joiner" images of your own, then please bring them along to share with the group.

  • December 19, 2005 - Joiners, presented by Jeff Morgan
    Come and learn valuable techniques ready for the salon subject "Joiners" to be held on February 6th. Jeff Morgan will demonstrate various techniques to achieve artistic and dynamic joiner images using Photoshop and a manual technique using spray adhesive. In addition, various guests will also show some of their prints and explain how they achieved their artistic goal. Tired of straight photography, come with us and take a walk on the wild artistic side! You have "joiner" images of your own, then please bring them along to share with the group. See the example joiner image at Select "What's New" from the main menu and then select "Joiner".
  • November 21, 2005 - Landscape Photography, presented by John Gregor
    John Gregor will present and discuss landscape, large format photography, and digital fine-art printmaking. His recent work has been primarily utilizing 4x5 in and 6x12 cm formats. He will present work from recent in-progress book projects and general recent landscape work. John will discuss his work habits, and photographic processes. He will display fine-art prints and discuss his printmaking techniques. John Gregor owns and operates ColdSnap Photography a unique photographic studio that specializes in architecture, gardens, natural history, and photographic workshops. His work has been published in numerous national and regional magazines. For more information go to
  • October 17, 2005 - Digital Painterly Effects, presented by Steve Jantscher
    Come and learn valuable techniques ready for the salon "Painterly Effects" to be held on December 5th. Steve Jantscher will demonstrate various techniques to achieve artistic, "painterly" effects to digital images using Photoshop, Painter and Studio Artist programs. In addition, various guests will also show some of their prints and explain how they achieved their artistic goal. Tired of straight photography, come with us and take a walk on the wild artistic side! Also featuring a member "Bring and Buy" sale. You may bring any used photographic items you have laying around collecting dust. We will be holding a "bring, buy and swap fest" on the tables at the back of the room. Please bring any photographic or computer items you would like to sell.
  • September 19, 2005 - Infrared, presented by Gary Eckhardt and Jeff Morgan
    Presentation and discussion of digital camera options, shooting, Photoshop workflow and printing, hardware and Print/Projection examples
  • - Posing People by Shelley Paulson
    More details to follow.