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January Club Events

Monday, January 14
Place: Performing Arts Center of Laguna Woods, Dining Room 2 at 6:30 pm
Showcase: "Turkey," presented by Pat Burr

Join us for our first showcase of 2019, a trip to Turkey, presented by Pat Burr.

This event is for Laguna Woods Village residents and guests only. All are welcome, but a $3.00 donation for non-members will be collected at the door.

Monday and Tuesday, January 28 and 29
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.

Monday, January 28
Digital Projected Image Critique: Special Subject – Reflections
Performing Arts Center of Laguna Woods, Dining Room 2 at 6:30 pm

Join us on Monday, January 28 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: Reflections. 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, January 23.

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.

February Events

Tuesday, February 5
Class: "Phone and Tablet Photography." taught by Peter Battin and Joel Goldstein
Clubhouse 4, Large Classroom, 1:30 to 3:30

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 and to share them with others.

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, February 11
Place: Performing Arts Center of Laguna Woods, Dining Room 2 at 6:30 pm
Showcase: "An African Safari," presented by Jim and Linda Lenthall

Jim and Linda have gone on an African safari 10 times and this program is a collection of digital images and video from their most recent trip to South Africa and Namibia. This African safari was billed as a “Big Cat” experience. It did have lots of big cats (Lion, Leopard and Cheetah) but also lots of little cats that aren’t really cats (Meercats). There were also many dogs (the rare African Wild Dogs). We photographed a Hyena den and watched the antics of the very young hyena. After visiting two private camps in South Africa we traveled to Namibia where we spent several days in a Cheetah rehabilitation center with over 30 “wild Cheetah” and several that were willing to let us photograph them running at their top speed. It was a real treat.

Jim will present a high definition slide show, and Linda will show a short high definition program featuring the meercats.

This event is for Laguna Woods Village residents and guests only. All are welcome, but a $3.00 donation for non-members will be collected at the door.

Saturday, February 23
Place: Clubhouse 4 Classroom, 10:00 am
Print Critique

Categories for this critique are Color Pictorial, Monochrome and Special Subject (Smart Phone Photography). You may enter up to four (4) photos per category. All entries must be delivered to the Photo Lab no later than noon on Wednesday February 20. Matted photos must have a completed entry card filled out for each category and be placed in a trash bag along with photos by category. Complete entry rules are located on the bulletin board in the Mat Room of the Photo Lab and on the Critiques page of this website.

Monday, February 25
Place: Performing Arts Center of Laguna Woods, Dining Room 2 at 6:30 pm
Showcase: "Underwater and Topside Photography," presented by Brooke Peterson

Our February 25, 2019 Showcase will feature Brook Peterson, a renown underwater photographer whose work has been published in many publications, including Scuba Diver Magazine, California Diver, Oceanographic Magazine, and Underwater Photography.  She publishes a blog on underwater photography techniques, conducts workshops around the world, and produces tutorials for on-line resource guides.  Her passion for underwater photography and aspiration for new discovery has taken her to many diverse locations on the planet.  Be prepared to see some beautiful images of fascinating marine wildlife in oceans around the world, and hear stories of her unique underwater photo shoots. 

Brook will also share some images and stories attributable to her father, John Parkinson, a nationally published landscape photographer and recipient of numerous awards.  He has photographed landscapes in the southwestern United States for more than 50 years, and several of his large prints hang in the corridors of the United States Congress.

Please join us at the February 25 Showcase to see and hear about the work of Brook Peterson (“Underwater”) and John Parkinson (“Topside”). 

This event is for Laguna Woods Village residents and guests only. All are welcome, but a $3.00 donation for non-members will be collected at the door.

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.

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.