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Laguna Woods



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July Club Events

Monday, July 9
Showcase: "Tide Pool Photography," presented by Dale Kobetich
Performing Arts Center of Laguna Woods, Dining Room 2 at 6:30 pm for snacks and socializing, presentation at 7:00 pm

Dale Kobetich constructs his own waterproof housings which permit him to take amazing photographs showing both underwater and above water combined images. These housings are what he calls his underwater studio as they permit him to adjust lighting and perspective in the water as he works. The results are some of the most spectacular tidepool and ocean photos imaginable. He will show his new, groundbreaking device for the first time at this meeting and show images taken in the water and above the water, using drones.  Prepare to be amazed and enraptured by his work.  This is one you don’t want to miss.

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.

Tuesday, July 10
Workshop: "Pet Photography," presented by Pat Wilkinson, Peter Battin, and Izzy (the best doggone model that you could photograph)
Clubhouse 4 Photolab, 1:30

Pet photography provides you with probably your most willing subjects. Learn tips and techniques to portray them the way that they deserve to be portrayed. Be sure to bring your camera!

The class is free for members and $10 for nonmembers.

You can sign up for a class by emailing lhcameraclub@gmail.com Place"Pet Photography" 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.

This class is for Laguna Woods Residents and guests only.

Monday, July 23
Digital Projected Image Critique
Performing Arts Center of Laguna Woods, Dining Room 2 at 6:30 pm

Join us on Monday, July 23 in Dining Room 2 of the Performing Arts Center of Laguna Woods for a critique of digital images submitted by club members. The evening's judge, Laura Hoffman, will comment on images entered in three categories: Pictorial, Monochrome, and Special Subject: Architecture. Come and view the many outstanding images submitted by our talented members.

Members who wish to submit their work for this critique should do so by 5:00 pm on July 17. Send inages to LHCC Digital Critique. Here are the current rules for image naming, image size, and file size.

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.

Tuesday, July 24
Workshop: "Mat Cutting"
Photo Lab Mat Room, 1:30 pm

Bring a print and a frame, and we will show you how to mat the print .We will even show you how to make a double mat.

There is no cost for the class, but you must pay to purchase a mat.

You can sign up for a class by emailing lhcameraclub@gmail.com. Place "Mat Cutting" 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.

This class is for Laguna Woods Residents and guests only.

August Club Events

Monday, August 13
Showcase: "Remote Corners," presented by Jami Tarsis
Performing Arts Center of Laguna Woods, Dining Room 2 at 6:30 pm for snacks and socializing, presentation at 7:00 pm

Photographer Jami Tarris will join us on Wednesday, August 13 at 7:00 pm and take us on an exciting journey around the world. While on this journey, she will talk to us about her life as a professional nature photographer and take us behind the scenes. Her topics will include wildlife, landscapes, conservation and aerial photography.

Jami’s imagery will transport us to remote areas covering several continents. She will share some of her and her husband’s secrets about their wildlife and landscape photography. She will tell us how to capture action and anticipate mammal behavior. She will share intimate details on how to survive in the bush as a nature photographer and the challenges that she and her husband face being isolated and alone for months at a time. Photographs illustrating the quality of light will confirm the importance of “waiting it out,” Jami will tell us what equipment she uses and how to capture surprising images that are dangerous to photograph. Her real life encounters with wildlife will help us understand what it is to be a true professional nature photographer. Do you want to know how the pros get their shots? Join us for an entertaining and educational evening that will hopefully inspire you to get back to nature. 

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.

Monday, August 27
Showcase: "Architecture," Featuring images submitted by Camera Club Members
Performing Arts Center of Laguna Woods, Dining Room 2 at 6:30 pm for snacks and socializing, presentation at 7:00 pm

Join us on August 27 for a program of images submitted by members on the subject of architecture. Members are requested to submit their best and most unusual images in the following five categories:

Category A1: US Classical Architecture (older than 50 years)
Category A2:  US Modern Architecture (less than 50 years old)
Category A3:  Architectural and Structural Elements and Details
Category A4:  Religious Architecture
Category A5:  World Architecture (Any age; excludes religious, elements and details)

Please submit your images for viewing Monday, August 27th to lhccdigital@gmail.com no later than August 20th. Subject: Aug 27th Members' showcase.  It is preferable that images be submitted in the format for Camera Club critiques. Digital Critique Rules.

Guidelines for This Event

1) Submittals by Camera Club members only; no limitation on number of submittals from each member.
2) First goal is to obtain submittals by many Camera Club members.
3) Second goal is best photography.
4) Third goal is  subject matter diversity.
5) Fourth goal is subject matter uniqueness.
6) It is expected that everyone submitting will have at least one image shown.
7) Submitter agrees to grant Camera Club a non-exclusive royalty-free license to use submitted images for any sole Camera Club purpose except in print format. However, submitted images may be used for Camera Club print publicity.
8) Send image submittals to lhccdigital@gmail.com with subject " Aug 27th Members' Showcase 2018." Indicate which of the five categories applies.  The digital slide show will become the exclusive property of the Camera Club. Submittal deadline will be August 20, 2018. Submittals may be rejected for any reason without recourse. Submitters warrant that their submittals are their exclusive property and they own all copyrights in the image.
9) Any resolution is acceptable, but criteria for Camera Club Digital Competition is strongly preferred. (Tif and jpg only, B & W ok; no altered reality.)
10) A comprehensive list of all submitters will be shown at the end of the show, but individual entries will not be acknowledged except with prior permission.
11) Images will not be evaluated and no awards will be made. This is not a competition.
12) In all other respects the program will be a regular Camera Club Showcase event, with applicable rules.
13) If you have questions send email to Tom Getz: tandcgetz@gmail with subject of Camera club event.

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 2018 Special Subjects for Digital Critiques

Here is a list of upcoming special subjects for our 2017 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.