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June Club Events

Monday, June 10
Place: Performing Arts Center of Laguna Woods, Dining Room 2 at 6:30 pm
Showcase: "Digital Slideshow Competition"

Please join us for a series of entertaining short slide shows prepared by Camera Club members. You will have the opportunity of voting for your three favorite shows. Winners will be announced at the conclusion of the evening.

Refreshments are served from 6:30 to 7:00, with the program beginning at 7:00 pm.

Laguna Woods Village members and guests are welcome. Non-members will be charged $3.00 at the door.

Monday, June 24
Place: Performing Arts Center of Laguna Woods, Dining Room 2 at 6:30 pm
Showcase: "Africa, " presented by Sonia Marsh and Jim Holden

Why is it that well-known photographers and story tellers are all drawn to Africa to practice their art? Sonia and Jim will explain why, with their presentation on Africa's unique natural resources. Nowhere on earth is there such a variety of landscape, mountains, oceans, native tribes, and wildlife. Indeed, Africa is a photographer's playground and paradise. Sonia and Jim will share their insights gleaned from leading photographic safaris to many parts of Africa. Come and see why photographic safaris are so different and so rewarding.

Sonia Marsh's life has always been about adventure and taking risks. She was born in Denmark and spent the first 25-years of her life in Africa, France, England, Scotland and Belgium. In 2015, she started a new adventure by serving in the Peace Corps, teaching orphans in Lesotho, Southern Africa.

In 2018 Sonia moved to Laguna Woods and launched her “We Travel With A Purpose” club. She is now a tour leader and hopes to take you on one of her African theme-focused Safaris for baby-boomers with a sense of adventure and a thirst to learn. You can follow her updates on www.WeTravelWithAPurpose.com and on FaceBook: @GutsyWriter: and @WeTravelWithAPurpose. Twitter: @GutsyLiving. You can e-mail her at the following address: Sonia@WeTravelWithAPurpose.com.

Jim Holden was born in Zambia, and has lived and worked in several parts of  Africa for over 30 years. He is now based in Newport Beach and speaks to audiences on numerous topics, including the wildlife human conflict, and all the efforts that are taking place to stop rhino and elephant poaching in Africa today. He can also talk about the “Romantic Authentic Safari” just like the movie Out of Africa, and through his story-telling skills, and photos, his audience will feel immersed in Africa with all their senses.

Refreshments are served from 6:30 to 7:00, with the program beginning at 7:00 pm.

Laguna Woods Village members and guests are welcome. Non-members will be charged $3.00 at the door.

July Club Events

Monday, July22
Digital Projected Image Critique: Special Subject – Patterns
Performing Arts Center of Laguna Woods, Dining Room 2 at 6:30 pm

Join us on Monday, July 22 in Dining Room 2 of the Performing Arts Center of Laguna Woods to view projected images submitted by members and critiqued by a professional judge. Categories are Pictorial, Monochrome, and Special Subject: Patterns. For details, see the Digital Competition Rules (PDF) and the Special Subjects explanation: 2019 Special Subjects for Digital Critiques (PDF). Send your correctly sized digital images as attachments in a single email message to lhccdigital@gmail.com. images sent to any other email address may be excluded from the critique. Entries are due by 5:00 pm, Wednesday, July 17.

This event is for for Laguna Woods Village residents and their guests. A $3.00 donation will be collected at the door for non-members who attend this event.

Camera Club Member Presentations on Channel 6

Did you know that our own Channel 6 has a time-slot set aside each week for the Camera Club to show off the work of its members?  For several months now, we have had the 11:30am time-slot each Wednesday morning for half an hour, allowing our members to show several short shows, or one or two long shows. These shows have been posted on YouTube and enjoy a nice following.  And now, those members living outside of the Village will be able to see the show too!

So, everyone, spend an enjoyable half hour traveling round the world, or enjoying our own Village and its’ environs.  Pat Wilkinson is the liaison between the club members and Paul Ortiz at Channel 6.  She would appreciate hearing from anyone who would like to offer their work for this fun program or, if you have any questions etc. The more you publicize this program, the more our residents will be able to enjoy our shows.  Please get in touch at: pjwcrafts@comline.com.

Link to member shows

Laurent Martres Guide to Photographing Zion National Park

One of the Club's professional presenters, Laurent Martres, has just put together a wonderful smart phone guide to photographing Zion National Park. It is filled with tips and amazing images, to make your trip more enjoyable. Click this link for more information and to purchase it:

Guide to Photographing Zion National Park

Erin Manning's Recommended Smart Phone Apps for Photographers

Here is a PDF from travel photographer Erin Manning that lists smart phone apps for photography, video, and travelling.

Date
Class: "Interactive Photo Restoration," taught by Peter Battin
Fred Granger Learning Center, 9:30 to 11:30 am

Bring an image to restore or a scan of it to the FGLC and we will work on the restoration together. Also bring a flash drive to save your work. Photographs can be printed in the Photo Lab at prevailing prices before you leave at the end of class.

This class is for for Laguna Woods Village residents and their guests. A $10.00 fee will be collected for non-members who attend this event.

Date
Class/Workshop: "Interactive Photo Restoration," presented by Peter Battin
Clubhouse 4, Large Classroom, 1:30 to 3:30

Prerequisite is a basic knowledge of Photoshop/Elements.  Bring a photo to scan or a jpg of a photo on a thumb drive.  Students will restore their image one at a time using the instructor's computer in the Fred Granger Learning Center.  The rest of the attendees will observe the process and possibly offer suggestions to make the restoration faster, easier, or better. 

All are welcome. Camera Club members are free, nonmembers must pay $5.00 for each class.

To register, email cameraclublh@gmail.com with the Subject line: “Photo Restoration.” Include your name, address, telephone number, and whether you are already a Camera Club member. We will confirm your acceptance by email reply, or if the registrations exceed 45 you will be placed on a waiting list and notified.

Date Class: "Photoshop Elements, Part 3," taught by Art Ramirez Morning class, 9:30 to 11:30; Afternoon class, 1:30 to 3:30, both in the Fred Granger Learning Center, Clubhouse 4

In this intermediate level class, Art Ramirez will cover layers, masks, advanced burning and dodging, as well as advanced selection tools. The cost for this class is $40 for members and $50 for nonmembers. You can sign up for a class by emailing lhcameraclub@gmail.com Place the date of the class in the subject line and your contact information (include address & phone number) in the body of the email. Please also let us know if you are a Camera Club Member and whether you prefer a morning or afternoon class.

Date
Class: "Baker's Half Dozen." taught by David Dearing
Clubhouse 4, Large Classroom, 1:30 to 3:30

Our first class of the year, Bakers Half Dozen, will be held on January 28 and 29 (Monday and Tuesday) at 1:30-3:30.  Taught by David Deering in the large classroom, this is an introduction to photography for those who have gotten a new camera over the holidays or someone who’s New Year’s resolution is to learn how to use that camera they got a while back.  This is the best way to learn, hands-on, about your camera.

Tip # 1 Know your camera, including point and shoot or DSLR
Tip # 2 The importance of lighting
Tip # 3 Composing the shot
Tip # 4 The importance of camera settings
Tip # 5 Keeping your photos
Tip # 6 Sharing your photos
Tip # 7 Post production: Improving your photos using software

Please bring your camera and your manual and join us for this unique hands-on
photography experience. Be sure to charge your camera battery prior to the class.

Everyone welcome. Members may attend for free; the Non-member fee is $5.00. If you choose to become a member at the beginning of this class your completed application and $20.00 payment will include the fee for this class. Fees collected at the door. The first 45 students to register will be accepted.

To register, email cameraclublh@gmail.com with the Subject line: “Bakers Half- Dozen Tips”. Include your name, address, telephone number, and whether you are already a Camera Club member. We will confirm your acceptance by email reply, or if the registrations exceed 45 you will be placed on a waiting list and notified.

Date
Photography Workshop: "FastStone Image Viewer," presented by Peter Battin
Clubhouse 4 Photography Classroom, 1:30 to 3:30 pm

Photoshop and Lightroom are powerful and expensive industry standard photo editing programs that most professional photographers prefer. But both have steep learning curves and often offer more power and options than the amateur photographer really needs. Many of the simpler tasks most photographers really use can be found in many photo editing programs that can be downloaded for free online.

In our next Photography Workshop we invite all members to come and get acquainted with FastStone, a free photo editing program for PCs that does batch and individual editing, renaming, retouching, color adjustments, create slide shows which include transitions, 150 transitional and drop-shadow effects and music, histogram, custom photo arranging, side by side viewing, and many more. Additional features include a screen capture tool that allows you to easily capture anything on the screen, photo resizing, an image converter that allows users to convert, rename, resize, crop, add text and watermarks to images quickly and easily. FastStone also allows you to record screen activities and sound into video files.

FastStone is free and supports all major photo & graphic formats. This is a great opportunity to learn more about this free and versatile program that will make editing your work much easier and faster.

This class is free for Camera Club members and $10 for non-members. To register, send email to cameraclublh@gmail.com with the subject "Faststone, " and note whether or not you are a club member. We will confirm your acceptance by email, or if the registrations exceed 45, you will be placed on a waiting list and notified.

Class: "Introduction to Macro Photography," presented by Jim Graver
Clubhouse 4, Photo Classroom, 1:30 to 3:30 pm

Ever wonder just how some of those amazing close-up photographs are taken?  How can I do the same? What equipment do I need and how much will it cost. If so, you may want to attend the introductory class of “The World of Macro Photography.”

Macro photography can be an absorbing activity enabling you to reach into ‘near space’ and record an image that is not easily visible to the naked eye. There is nothing more satisfying than to make a huge print of an insect, mineral specimen or any small object and captured with the technique of macro photography.  Macro Photography can be as simple or as complex as you wish to make it, even with a budget, $200-special digital camera you can capture images of the tiny world before you, subjects as small as a matchbox, a match-head or even tinier. The higher-priced compact digital camera can do it even better, some offering macro shooting with a powerful zoom lens, so you can stand back a bit.

Some topics that we will be discussing will be “What is Macro Photography, You will learn some easy tips on capturing these macro images for beginners, what equipment can be used, focusing, distortion, viewing, depth of field, lighting and light loss, camera settings, backgrounds, using flash, and post-processing enhancements.

The class fee is $5.00 for Camera Club members, $10.00 for non-members.  If you would like to become a member, the membership fee is $20.00 and the class will be $5.00. Try to arrive by 1:00 p.m. to be sure of getting a seat! The first 45 students to register, will be accepted and we will confirm you acceptance by email reply. If registrations exceed 45, you will be placed on a waiting list and notified.

To register, email cameraclublh@gmail.com with the Subject line: “Macro.” Include your name, address, telephone number, and whether you are already a Camera Club member. Also include whether or not you are a Laguna Woods Village resident. We will confirm your acceptance by email reply, or if the registrations exceed 45 you will be placed on a waiting list and notified.

Date
Workshop: "Sports Photography," taught by Peter Battin, Mike Bray, and others
Clubhouse 4 Photography Classroom, 1:30 to 3:30 pm

Learn the secrets behind taking pictures of the athletes in your family. ISO, shutter speed, aperture and equipment explained. There will be a "meet up" at Huntington Beach on Friday May 18th at 9 am to take photographs. Then the class will be resumed back at the Photo Lab in CH 4 at 2 pm for a show and sharing of your day's work.

You can sign up for a class by emailing lhcameraclub@gmail.com. Place the date of the class in the subject line and include your contact information (address & phone number) in the body of the email. Please also let us know if you are a Camera Club Member.

This class is for for Laguna Woods Village residents and their guests. A $10.00 fee will be collected for non-members who attend this event.

Tuesday, February 20
Class: Photoshop Elements (Class 1 of 4), Presented by Art Ramirez
Clubhouse 4, Fred Granger Learning Center, 9:30 to 11:30 am or 1:30 to 3:30 pm

Learn how to get the most from using Photoshop Elements for your digital photo editing. This is a 4-session class designed for those who have taken Art's previous beginning class. If you are new to Elements, do not sign up for this class.

Fee: $40.00 for members and $50 for non-members.

To register, send an email to cameraclublh@gmail.com with the subject line “Photoshop 2.” Include your name, whether or not you are a Camera Club member, and whether you prefer the morning or afternoon class. Confirmation will be sent by email.

Monday and Tuesday, January 9 and 10
Class: "A Baker's Half-Dozen Tips to Improve Your Photography Experience," presented by David Dearing
Clubhouse 4 Photography Classroom, 1:30 to 3:30 pm

Tip # 1 Know your camera, including point and shoot or DSLR
Tip # 2 The importance of lighting
Tip # 3 Composing the shot
Tip # 4 The importance of camera settings
Tip # 5 Keeping your photos
Tip # 6 Sharing your photos
Tip # 7 Post production: Improving your photos using software

Please bring your camera and your manual and join us for this unique hands-on
photography experience. Be sure to charge your camera battery prior to the class.

Everyone welcome. Member fee $5.00, Non-member fee $10.00. If you choose to
become a member at the beginning of this class your completed application and $20.00
payment will include the fee for this class. Fees collected at the door. The first 45
students to register will be accepted.

To register, email cameraclublh@gmail.com with the Subject line: “Bakers Half- Dozen Tips”. Include your name, address, telephone number, and whether you are already a Camera Club member. We will confirm your acceptance by email reply, or if the registrations exceed 45 you will be placed on a waiting list and notified.

Tuesday, January 23
Photography Workshop: "Photography for Phones and Tablets," presented by Peter Battin
Clubhouse 4 Photography Classroom, 1:30 to 3:30 pm

The goal of this class is to help you apply certain concepts, tools, and rules to transform your snapshots into works of art using your phone or tablet. Come learn how to enhance your phone or tablet photographs.

All are welcome. Camera Club members are free, nonmembers must pay $5.00.

To register, email cameraclublh@gmail.com with the Subject line: “Phones and Tablets.” Include your name, address, telephone number, and whether you are already a Camera Club member. We will confirm your acceptance by email reply, or if the registrations exceed 45 you will be placed on a waiting list and notified.

Monday, September 12
Class: "Creating Photo Collages & 3-D Images"
Clubhouse 4, Fred Granger Learning Center, 9:30 to 11:30 am

Learn how to create collages in Elements that can be used for a variety of ways in grouping photos of grandchildren, pets, vacations, flowers and other photos for framed photos, greeting cards, posters and gifts to mention a few.

You will also learn about making 3-D photos that you will be able to produce 3-D prints, digital images for viewing on the computer or a television screen.  What a great way to show your photos. 

Class fee: Members - $7.00 including materials fee, non-members $12.00. The first 45 people to register will be accepted. 

To register, send an email to cameraclublh@gmail.com with the subject line “Retouching”.  Please make your reservation by September 9th.  Confirmation will be by email.

Tuesday, September 13, "Preserving Memories—Restoring Old Photos," presented by Faro Mojahedi
Clubhouse 4, Photography Classroom, 1:30 to 3:30 pm

Photographs are memories. Many of those memories have become faded or damage over the years. There are companies that will restore our photographic memories to near perfect condition, or we can do it ourselves using Digital Photography and editing software programs.

Digital photography has provided us with capabilities to convert those photos to digital images. Once the photos are converted to digital form there are software tools for restoring and enhancing the quality of the original photos.

Using the latest version of Photoshop and a Wacom tablet, Faro Mojahedi will introduce us to the software techniques available for restoring, retouching and enhancing your photos. Faro will discuss determining what repairs are needed and the software tools available to restore the photos. Subjects presented will be fixing a tear, brightening colors, adding contrast, eliminating spots and cracks, renewing faded photos, removing dust marks, scratches, stains and minor damage and or adding color to a black & white photograph. If have a laptop with recent Photoshop Elements software and are familiar with retouching tools, you may bring your fully charged laptop and follow along with Faro; extensions cords are prohibited.

Everyone is welcome. Member fee is $5.00. Non-member fee $10.00 or $20.00 for Membership which includes the class fee. The fee will be collected at the door. The first 45 students to register will be accepted.

To register, send an email to cameraclublh@gmail.com with the subject line "Retouching." Include your name and whether you are not a Camera Club member or a resident of Laguna Woods. We will confirm your acceptance by email reply. If registrations exceed 45, you will be placed on a waiting list and notified. Please make your reservation by September 9th.

Tuesday,February 20
Class: Photoshop Elements (Class 1 of 4), Presented by Art Ramirez
Clubhouse 4, Fred Granger Learning Center, 9:30 to 11:30 am or 1:30 to 3:30 pm


Learn how to get the most from using Elements for your digital photo editing.  This is a 4-session class designed for those who have taken Art's previous beginning class. If you are new to Elements, do not

Member Fee: $70.00 and the first 10 members to register will be accepted.  If registrations exceed 10, you will be placed on a waiting list.  Laptops are welcome or computers are available. 

To register, send an email to cameraclublh@gmail.com with the subject line “Beginning Elements.” Confirmation will be by email.

Tuesday, September 20 to Tuesday, November 1
Class: Advanced Photoshop Elements (7 weeks)
Clubhouse 4, Fred Granger Learning Center, 1:30 to 3:30 pm

Learn more about the various editing tools and features like removing haze, panoramas, slide shows, filters, special effects, creating titles and much more.  This is a 7-session class designed for those who have been using Elements and who would like to learn more of the features that Elements has and how to use them.

Member Fee: $70.00 and the first 10 members to register will be accepted.  If registrations exceed 10, you will be placed on a waiting list.  Laptops are welcome or computers are available. 

To register, send an email to cameraclublh@gmail.com with the subject line “Advanced Elements.” Confirmation will be by email.

Wednesday, September 21 to Wednesday, November 2
Class: Understanding Digital Photography (7 weeks)
Clubhouse 4, Fred Granger Learning Center, 9:30 to 11:30 am

Would you like to learn more about how to navigate through the different camera modes and take be able to take more exciting and interesting photographs with your Point & Shoot or DSLR cameras? Some topics will cover menu functions, resolution, memory cards, flash photography, and many more so that you will be more comfortable and effective using your camera and share the magic.

Member Fee: $70.00 and the first 10 members to register will be accepted.  If registrations exceed 10, you will be placed on a waiting list.  Laptops are welcome or computers are available. 

To register, send an email to cameraclublh@gmail.com with the subject line “Digital Camera.” Confirmation will be by email.

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2018 Slide Show Competition Results

Fifteen entries were received for year's slide show competiton. Congratulations to the entrants for their originality and creativity. Here are the winners for 2018:

First Place

Jim Graver: "The World of Macro Photography"

Second Place

Pat Wilkinson: "Cats Rule the World"

Third Place

Ken Furuta: "Tennis in the Desert"

Larry Cunningham Wins Award for Bristlecone Pine Night Photo

Larry Cunningham has won First Place in the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce photo contest and will be the featured photographer in their Welcome Booklet. He was also awarded a cash prize. To see Larry's winning photo of a bristlecone pine and the milky way as well as related images, go to his Facebook site.

List of 2019 Special Subjects for Digital Critiques

Here is a list of upcoming special subjects for our 2019 digital critiques:

Past Digital Critique Results

If you missed the past Digital Critiques, you can view the PowerPoint presentations of all the entered images that is stored in our Winning Images Archive. Each time that the club has a critique, we make a PDF copy of the PowerPoint presentation captioned with the name of the image and the photographer. It might take awhile for the presentation to load on your computer, because the file is very large.The Winning Images Archive also has copies of the scoresheets from each critique.

Digital Lab Resources Available for Members

Camera Club members have new and updated resources available for use. For details, see the Resources page.

Volunteer Opportunities

Digital Critique Team Needs Backup Members

One of the major functions of your Camera Club is to hold professional evaluations of your digital photos at least 5 times a year.  This activity requires that a team of members are trained to perform the following tasks:

The Digital Critique is one of the few Camera Club activities that almost everyone likes to participate in, and we feel the need for an additional team of substitutes who can step in as needed. Training will be made available.

Would you like to be part of this process and work behind the scenes so that the club can continue to make these evenings as productive and interesting as possible?

Please send an email message to the Education Committee at lhcameraclub@comline.com if you would like to join in this activity or want further information.

Digital Lab Substitutes

Your Camera Club Digital Photo Lab at Clubhouse 4 has opportunities available and we would like to add your name to the list of Substitutes who fill in when Supervisors have appointments, vacations or are feeling under the weather.

This is a great opportunity for you to use your Digital Photo Lab computers to edit your photos, create photo prints on one of the high quality printers, scan your slides and negatives to digital images or scan and repair treasured photos to create digital images.

Please contact the Third Vice President at lhcc@lhcameraclub.com

Education Committee

This volunteer committee reviews and approves training curriculum, evaluates training presenters and schedules training classes and workshops. The committee operates under the guidance of and is appointed by the Camera Club of Laguna Woods Fourth Vice President. If you have experience in developing or presenting training classes, have already developed training classes that you would like to offer to club members or have developed a workshop of approximately one and one half to two hours that you would like to present at a workshop, please email lhcameraclub@comline.com, Subject: Education Committee. Please also let us know if you would serve as a training assistant.