Roundtable with Luka Belle

July 29, 2014 Posted by

Space is limited on this event.

This is a free event for outdoor Members and Studio members.

General Membership: $10.00

If you would like to upgrade your membership information can be found at the link below

http://twincitiesphotographygroup.com/164409-2/

ROUNDTABLE  WITH LUKA BELLE

Back by popular demand, we are ready to have another TCPG roundtable!

Roundtables are a great way to learn and share knowledge.  In roundtables, we invite everyone to come together and share what they are currently passionate about (a new technique/artist/etc.) and what frustrates them (how did they do this/why doesn’t this work).  What makes them different from workshops is that they are an interactive knowledge sharing discussion where everyone participates.  Come ready to share your knowledge.

The strength in learning is always in collaborations.  Everyone has something to share, whether you are a beginner or advanced.

We invite you to think about your best aha moments of the year so far, and your I-will-never-do-that-again moments.  If you have recently discovered something awesome, come and show us.  Found a new piece of gear, feel free to bring it in so everyone can ooo and ahhh.

This months roundtable is hosted by Luka, who knows a bit about stuff, and would be happy to answer some questions and question some answers.

This is a social hour so please bring a treat to share.

Since space is limited please do not RSVP unless you are sure you can come .

Beginner DSLR for Nature Photography – Don Tredinnick

July 24, 2014 Posted by

Digital SLR Basics for Outdoor Photography

Cost:

General Membership : $49.00

Outdoor Photographers: $39.00

Studio Members:  $39.00

 

Landscapes, city-scapes, wildlife, flowers, waterfalls, abandoned buildings, and a host of other subjects are all available to the outdoor photographer.

Today’s DSLRs provide an amazing array of capabilities. But, DSLRs can be pretty intimidating. There are all those buttons and modes. Then there is that manual, where to start?

In order to get the results that we want, we need to know some of the basics, and how to apply those basics to outdoor photography. While the camera can provide a lot of rewarding photos, there is a lot to learn. This class is intended to take some of the mystery out of your gear and help you to get more out of it.

We will begin in the classroom covering the following topics:
• Camera modes
• White Balance Settings
• Exposure Management
• Depth of Field
• Metering Techniques
• Focus Modes and Techniques
• Lens Types
• Live Mode

After the classroom portion we will head out into the field to practice some of the techniques taught in the class. This will help reinforce the lessons from the class. The instructors will be on hand to provide guidance and to answer questions.

Bring your camera, manual, memory card, and a charged

 

AweSnap! Bumble Bee Survey with Gordon Dietzman

July 4, 2014 Posted by

Learn about nature photography while volunteering for a Minnesota Bumble Bee Survey! We will capture, identify, and photograph bumble bees with the help of a U of M Bee Squad expert Elaine Evans and nature photographer Gordon Dietzman. We’ll share our photos with scientists through Project Noah and Bumble Bee Watch (rights retained by photographer). This will be a great opportunity to brush up on your macro photography skills while contributing to science. Free, but you must RSVP at http://bit.ly/1odVmbX – RSVP on MeetUp.com only is not sufficient. Max 20 participants. Meet in front of Black Bear Crossing/Como Pavilion. Thanks to REI and the Legacy Amendment for funding. Contact Faith Krogstad (651-632-2455) with questions.

AweSnap! Mammal Survey I

July 4, 2014 Posted by

What mammals are living in the newly developed Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary? Help us conduct a mammal survey and learn about nature photography at the same time. We will capture, identify, and photograph mammals with the help of a U of M mammal researcher Carmen Martin and recreational photographer Debbie Koenigs. We’ll share our photos with scientists through the online platform Project Noah, which will also create an online field guide for the park (photographer’s rights retained). This will be a great opportunity to learn about mammals and get help with basic photography skills. Free, but you must RSVP via http://bit.ly/1jO0AZr. RSVPs on Meetup.com are not sufficient. Max 20 participants. Meet at the trailhead at the NE corner of Maryland Ave E. and Jackson Street. Thanks to REI and the Legacy Amendment for funding. Contact Faith Krogstad (651-632-2455) with questions.

Combining Art & Technique in High-End Retouching by Rick Allen

July 4, 2014 Posted by

UPDATE:   Diane told me several people have asked questions about the class.  So I thought a few comments might be helpful.  

HOW DOES RETOUCHING FIT INTO MY PHOTOGRAPHY?  Some believe the ideal photo comes straight out of the camera, or that anything involving photoshop is somehow untrue.  Ask any professional: they will tell you that realization of ones vision requires a variety of tools – cameras, lenses, lighting, AND post-production.  Even point-and-shoot cameras post-produce your images by adjusting saturation, levels, curves, sharpness, and more.  The only difference is that the public is generally unaware the camera makes these decisions for you.  My approach is to take control of ones vision, complete your image consistent in a way that expresses your own intention.

WHAT PREREQUISITES ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS CLASS:  Beginners and experts alike will walk away with tools and a sense of direction as to what is possible with your photography.  That said, some idea of what image adjustment programs  can do (not necessarily how to use the tools) will be helpful.

AM I READY FOR THIS CLASS:  To be really honest with you:   no one is ever ready for a class that may change how you see your photography.  That’s right, I said photography.  Retouching is not distinct from your capture.  The ultimate purpose of retouching is to complete that part of pre-production that cannot be accomplished within the camera alone.  There are MANY WAYS in which people use photoshop from creating artwork that never started with a camera to abstractions one might not even know was a photograph.  My style is photo-realism.  When I complete an image for a celebrity or professional photographer, my objective is that no one know the image ever saw photoshop.  Trust me, that is far more difficult than the photoshop faux pas on the web.

IS IT WORTH THE MONEY:   A month ago, I gave this lecture in Spain: class fee $5000.  Three weeks ago, I sat in on a class on high-end retouching: class fee $2000.  I have been asked to give this lecture in Canada: class fee $500.  Diane and I – and for that matter all the instructors at TCPG – set class fees to maximize the value for TCPG – because it is our objective to create a community of creative and capable photographers.  It is my sincere hope that you will walk away thinking this class was worth many times the class fee.

Our resident high-end retoucher, Rick Allen, has taught a series of classes over the years on the art of retouching.  “Philosophy of Advanced Retouching” and “Vision of Advanced Retouching” taught the WHY and HOW of Rick’s techniques.  Rick dissected the WHATs of his process with two classes: “Zones in Retouching” (seeing elements of an image) and “One-Light Portraiture” (seeing directionality and wrap of light).

Rick is now completing the HOWs of retouching with a comprehensive, 6-hour, 2-part workshop on “Combining Art and Technique in High End Retouching.”  We will discuss hardware and software requirements, how to speed your work with User Preferences and Keyboard Shortcuts, and then get into Photoshop with  in-depth discussions, such as the all-important brush tool and suggestions for workflow.  Rick will finish the morning with a discussion of Design Tools and Intentions.  In the afternoon, we will discuss what we’ve learned by reviewing several images and and end with an extended “start to finish” session where Rick will touch a portrait of a model he photographed just a few weeks ago in Barcelona. 

Whether you are a photographer who simply wants to learn how to more efficiently retouch, or if you get jobs where you need to deliver the highest possible quality image, this class is for you.  Rick’s schedule often conflicts with teaching as often as we would like, so don’t miss this opportunity.  The workshop is open to Members and Non-Members alike. 

MORNING SESSION 8:30am – 11:30am
- Define the various types of retouching
- Hardware and Software requirements
- User Preferences and Keyboard Shortcuts for Photoshop and associated tool
- The All-Important  Photoshop Brush – Options and Suggestions for Use
- Workflow Suggestions
- Design Tools and Philosophy of Use in Retouching

30 minute “bring your own” LUNCH break 

AFTERNOON SESSION 12:00pm – 3:00pm
- Review of Un-retouched images: Intention and Approaches
- Retouching a Portrait Image – From Start to Finish 

FEES AND CLASS SIZE
    You may sign up for the morning or afternoon sessions individually, or get a discount for attending both.  Note: the afternoon session will build on ideas discussed in the morning session.

                                    Members Non-Members
Morning only                  $45    $60
Afternoon only              $45    $60
Full Day (am & pm)      $80    $110

If < 12 people sign up by Sunday midnight, August 3, the workshop will be cancelled. If the class fills up, call Diane and she will put your name on a waiting list.  The automatic enrollment is limited to a maximum of 22 (including the hosts) to assure that students will be able to ask questions.

AweSnap! Mammal Survey II with Gordon Dietzman

July 4, 2014 Posted by

What mammals are living in the newly developed Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary? Help us conduct a mammal survey and learn about nature photography at the same time. We will capture, identify, and photograph mammals with the help of a U of M mammal researcher Carmen Martin and nature photographer Gordon Dietzman. We’ll share our photos with scientists through the online platform Project Noah, which will also create an online field guide for the park (photographer’s rights retained). This will be a great opportunity to brush up on your photography skills while contributing to science. Free, but you must RSVP via http://bit.ly/1kjtNeA. RSVPs on Meetup.com are not sufficient. Max 20 participants. Meet at the trailhead at the NE corner of Maryland Ave E. and Jackson Street. Thanks to REI and the Legacy Amendment for funding. Contact Faith Krogstad (651-632-2455) with questions.

Workshop Weekend in Bayfield Wisconsin

June 27, 2014 Posted by Blips

South Shore Spring Workshop

September 26 – 28, 2014

The town of Bayfield Wisconsin is the perfect location for fall photography. The area provides great views of the lake, buildings with a lot of character, spectacular fall colors, and many apple orchards.

This will be a full weekend of shooting and learning as Don shares some of his favorite places to photograph, providing tips and assistance along the way. Don and Peter make it a priority to spend time in the field with each participant in order to ensure that they are getting the most out of the experience. 

Our Agenda
Friday Evening

We will begin with introductions and a review of the agenda. This will be followed by an optional lecture where Don will share some tips for shooting on Saturday. Since we will be getting up early on Saturday, we will adjorn early to allow everyone to get plenty of sleep.

Saturday

Saturday starts bright and early with a sunrise shoot. We will return to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, we are off to photograph fall colors. We will start in town and work our down towards Washburn. There are so many great places to photograph we will be busy all morning. We will then head back to Bayfield to grab the ferry over to Madeline Island where we will have lunch. 

After lunch, we will explore the island. Don will lead the group to some awesome locations. We will stay out shooting until dinner time. 

After dinner, we will capture the sunset before catching the ferry back to Bayfield.

Sunday

Sunday begins with an optional sunrise shoot. We will then head back to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast we will spend time working on images. Don and Peter will provide some editing assistance as needed. After checkout, we will head to one of Bayfield’s orchards to get some great harvest time shots. After lunch, we will follow Highway 13 spending some time in Cornucopia before heading home.

Details

The workshop will be based out of Bayfield Wisconsin. There are a number of hotel choices avaialble in the area. The workshop is limited to 16 participants. 

Price of the workshop is $195. Early registration (before August 1st) is $175. 
Lodging, transportation, and meals are not included in the price. 

Meetup: TCPG SCAVENGER HUNT

June 21, 2014 Posted by Blips

This event is free for OutDoor Members and Studio Members. 

 There will be a $10.00 fee for General Membership to help cover the cost of prizes and food at the award ceremony. 

Cost:  General Membership:  $10.00

            Outdoor Membership :  Free 

            Studio Members          : Free 

Yes it back. 

Time to harass the masses  again!

For those of you who haven’t done the TCPG  scavenger hunt it is a mixture of Trivia, Mafia hit and Scavenger hunt all rolled into one. 

Working in  teams we  set loose in  St Paul and Minneapolis for 4 hours  to hunt down a list of items. 

Some of the things on the list may be group activities (don’t want you guys splitting up now do we ?) We need proof you are together. 

Others  items  may be the answers to  a trivia question ,  like find the bar where Prince played .  Or I may give you an image and say find this in the cities. 

For you artistic types I might just give you a  concept to get your creative  juices flowing such as  show me an image that displays love or fear or best depicts this saying.  

“No man is an Island”

and of course  I always reserve the right to be  straight forward and say  bring me an image of a  sesame seed bagel with Strawberry Cream Cheese. 

All and all it is a fun day that will challenge your wit, your resourcefulness , your sense of humor and your patience.  

 Just to add to your crazy and to keep myself  amused while you are gone  I get to  heckle the teams all day long by texting smack to you. 

 If  you don’t update your status  when I text  how you are doing the Italian in me may come out and put a hit on your team giving other teams a chance to gain extra points for shooting you. You don’t want to go there. 

Rules are :

One shot per item on the list (and we do check)

no photoshopping !

You upload your images  at the end of the hunt.  If your team is late getting back you are disqualified. 

Pictures are judge on humor, originality and just plan old Luck.  Technical skills have very little to do with this event. 

Everything is judged on a point system. 

You are competing as a team and by yourself. 

The Team with the most points get their group picture done and hung on display in the studio along with receivng Awards/prizes.  

The individual who gains the most points   gets their picture taken and hung on display in the studio along with receiving Awards / Prizes.  

Each winner of each category will receive a prize .

My Disclaimer:  Prizes will be  Cheap but well  deserved. (hey I am working on a budget here) 

We will meet Sunday Oct 12   for  the  official Awards ceremony!

Feel free to bring Beer and Wine  I will provide Soda and Pizza. 

Meetup : A Taste of Rosefest Charity event.

June 20, 2014 Posted by Blips

This  is a great charity Event Loren just invited me to. 

The Rotary club is doing a fund raiser for the children of Roseville but everyone wins on this great deal. 

For $35.00 you will get to experience cuisine , wine and beer from about 25 different restaurants while enjoying live music. 

It’s a great deal!

I just brought tickets from my Son and his Girlfriend!

It is a great excuse  for a TCPG social.  Bring your camera if you like! 

Bring your family and enjoy an evening out in this  beautiful park. 

Bring a date and look like you are the master of creative dates!

Email Loren Swanson and buy your tickets today!

loren@swansonus.com

Tickets at the door are $10.00 more so get them from Loren. 

If you want to know what Restaurants are participating  and a little more about the event  check out their website 

http://tasteofrosefest.org/taste-of-rosefest/

Hope to see you there.

Diane

Exclusive Meetup – Light Painting with Dana Maltby (Twin Cities Brightest)

June 18, 2014 Posted by Blips

This is an Exclusive Event open to Outdoor Photographers and Studio Members only. 

if you would like more information on upgrading your membership  it can be found at   http://twincitiesphotographygroup.com/164409-2/.

HE IS BAAAACK!

Lets get ready to  Light paint people it’s been awhile. 

For those of you who don’t know Dana Maltby  he is by far one of the Best light painters in the Twin Cities also known as Twin Cities Brightest   Check out his work at 

http://lightpaintingphotography.com/light-painting-artist/featured-artist-2/dana-maltby/

Some other examples Dana and His friends have done

https://www.flickr.com/photos/adhda/13207433544/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/adhda/13117339715/

Besides being one of the most creative minds I know,  Dana is just all around  fun.   He is extremely generous  in spirit and with sharing knowledge. He has an amazing amount of energy that will inspire you  but most importantly he is willing to share all his light painting toys!!!!!!!

I swear it is like being at FAO Schwarz  every time he comes. 

I know this is a late night for a Sunday but Dana has a full schedule it was the best time we could do.  Don’t be a Debbie Downer some things are worth doing and this is certainly one of them. 

 I  guarantee  even  though  you have to skip some sleep for this one you will be going to work on Monday feeling like a kid again. 

It is that much fun so don’t miss it. 

Looking forward to seeing everyone

Diane