|August 18, 2016||John Willhoff|
|I’ve been a photographer since I was a kid, and airplanes were always an central interest for me. I grew up watching them and my first purchase after college was a good camera and lens to shoot the airplanes at the local airport. 28 years later they still hold a fascination for me, even though as an Aeronautical Engineer I work with, and am surrounded by, airplanes everyday.Airshows are a wonderful opportunity for photographers to experience the challenge and rewards of aviation photography. I am honored and delighted to be able to speak with the Chattanooga Photographic Society about the many aspects of airshow photography.|
|July 21, 2016||Genna Sellers “Architectural Photography”|
||Genna Sellers is a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) who has been honored with numerous awards including Tennessee Professional Photographer of the Year, Tennessee Top 10 Photographer of the Year, and many best of show and judges choice awards. Her images have been included in the International Photographic Competition’s (IPC) prestigious Loan Collection multiple times.
Genna received her formal photography education at the Colorado Institute of Art in Denver and continued her education by obtaining her photography certificate from the University of Tennessee. Genna Sellers works in all areas of commercial photography. She has the training and experience to know what it takes to give commercial clients what they want and what they need.
During the evening Genna will discuss the techniques and lighting that comprise a successful architectural image. She will also explore the equipment and gear needed and how to use it to create the best photos. Topics that will be covered include: Camera Technology, Shooting Techniques, and Image Processing. All are welcome; bring along a friend.
|June 2016||Steve Zigler “Night Photography”|
|I grew up in the Midwest and I have lived in Knoxville for more than 20 years. This is my home. I got my first camera as a gift from my uncle when I was a kid. It changed me forever. I still have that camera. As a Ph.D. chemist, I thrive on the combination of art and science that creates a photographic image. I travel extensively, especially focusing on the amazing landscapes in east Tennessee, the western US, and even some remote locations in other areas of the world.
Although I love all genres of photography, my personal pursuits include landscape, nature, infrared, and night photography. Of course I thrive on learning about photography and creating new images, but I also love to share my experiences and my photographic learnings with others. I am just starting to do this through teaching and workshops. It is rewarding to help others avoid some of the mistakes and pitfalls I have encountered (and still deal with on a regular basis!).
This is a great time to be involved in photography. That is especially true when it comes to night photography. Although night photography was certainly available to the dedicated film photographer, the digital revolution has dramatically increased the quality of nighttime images, and simultaneously made these images accessible to a larger number of photographers. Most photographers today have the tools and the potential to create stunning nighttime images. In turn, the true beneficiary is the viewing public, who now routinely enjoy images that were virtually possible a decade ago.
Of course, in the dawn of the 21st Century, a big problem with night photography is the shrinking availability of dark skies. Even the best in modern camera technology is worthless for night photography if the sky is not dark enough to reveal the planets, stars, and other marvels of the Milky Way. It might seem odd to think about it, but the dark sky is a truly ever-dwindling resource as light pollution slowly spreads across the globe.
During my presentation, I hope to shorten your learning curve if you are just starting to tackle night photography. If you’re further along the learning curve, then I’m looking forward to sharing techniques and creative ideas with you. Most importantly, I hope to convey the beauty of this genre and to inspire an appreciation of the precious resource we call the night sky!
|The presentation for the May PSC meeting will be on the Scenic City International Photo Exhibition (SCIPE) winning images. Several PSC members have images that were accepted to this exhibition, and one received an Honorable Mention in it. The topics this year were: Color Open and Color Creative (altered reality). There were 1,364 images submitted from 37 countries in this year’s SCIPE. Pat Gordy and Myra Reneau co-chaired SCIPE 2016, and they will be present to answer any questions you might have about this PSC sponsored and Photographic Society of America recognized event.
|April 2016||Colby Mclemore “On Portrait Photography”|
|The speaker for our April club meeting will be Colby McLemore. His subject will be portrait photography. I have asked him to speak on this subject because I think it is one of the basic skills that all photographers are expected to have.
In our annual club competition each year, the category “OPEN” means the photographer can submit whatever image he or she likes best. I have noticed that very few of the images submitted are portraits. In the years that I have been a member of the club, I do not recall the subject of any quarterly club competition being “portraits”. I find this curious, because many of the most iconic images in photography, ones that we all know and admire, are portraits. Every photographer knows and has a mental image of Steve McCurry’s “Afghan Girl”, Dorothea Lang’s “Migrant Mother”, Yousuf Karsh’s “Winston Churchill”. All of us are familiar with the work of famous portrait photographers such as Annie Liebovitz, Diane Arbus and Richard Avedon. In addition to his iconic landscape images, Ansel Adams was also known as a great portrait photographer.
I’ve asked myself since I admire portrait photography so much, why don’t I ever shoot portraits? I have a number of excuses for this. People often don’t want you to take their photograph. When I point my camera at friends, their most common reaction is to put their hands in front of their faces or hide behind some plant or piece of furniture. I even had one person (someone I consider a friend) tell me using blunt and direct language that if I took his picture the next photograph taken by my camera would be an image of the inside of my large intestine.
Of course, there are some times when you are practically forced to take portraits of people. I’m thinking about those family gatherings at holidays, birthdays, etc. You take a photograph of grandma, you show it to her and by the look she gives you know that you’ve just been cut out of her will.
I believe the reason for these reactions is that most people have been the victims of bad portrait photography for their entire lives. Every new photograph taken of them reinforces a negative self image. If you take a good photograph of a person, however, everything changes. A good portrait does not require a beautiful person as its subject. To me, a great portrait is one that captures something of the essence of the subject. It is something more than just a reflection of light off of skin.
In an effort to help us improve our portrait photography skills, we are very fortunate to have Colby McLemore as our speaker. Colby is a professional photographer from Knoxville, Tennessee, His images have won numerous awards at regional, state and national levels. In addition to his skill behind the camera, Colby has a great passion for teaching photography to others. He has taught courses in photography at the University of Tennessee and also conducts workshops on a variety of different photographic subjects. He has been a popular speaker at camera clubs throughout the southeast. His appearances at our camera club meetings in the past have always been informative and entertaining. Colby is recognized as an expert in many areas of photography, but is especially known for his skill as a portrait photographer.
|March 2016||Tom Vadnais “How To Photograph Water”|
|Water – the stuff is everywhere, oceans, lakes, rivers, streams, ponds and puddles! It’s even occasionally in my basement, but that’s a story for another time. Over 70% of the planet’s surface is covered by water, and now we are told the ocean levels are rising.
|February 2016||Mike Daniel|
|Mike Daniel is someone already known to many members of the Chattanooga Photographic Society. Mike owned and operated Superior Camera. He sold us our cameras (Nikon), cleaned our sensors, and gave valuable critique and advice on a wide range of photographic subjects. After 39 years, Mike and his wife, Nancy, closed Superior Camera in 2015, and began a well-deserved retirement. Nancy is an excellent artist. Over the years, I have enjoyed both Mike’s photographs and Nancy’s paintings of landscape and nature.
Mike’s time in the United States Air Force turned a lifetime interest in photography into a profession. The Air Force offered him opportunities to grow as a photographer. The base where he was stationed gave him access to a completely furnished darkroom at the outrageous price of 35¢ an hour. The birth of his daughter provided a subject for developing his photographic skills. Mike won first place in a world-wide U.S. Air Force competition and that created an insatiable appetite for creating images that has never ceased.
|January 2016||Steve Gustafson|
|Steven has been teaching photography in the Continuing Ed Department of Chattanooga State for the last six years and also teaches various photography classes at Etowah Arts Guild in Etowah, Tennessee. He has taught numerous classes with Mike Daniel at Superior Camera and teaches Photoshop and Lightroom at Art Warehouse. In the last couple years, he has teamed up with Brooke Logue photography, Tonya Poitevint Photography, Pete Collins from KelbyOne, and in national children’s photography workshops. This year, he wrote his first nationally publicized article in Photoshop User Magazine and continues to write blog posts for Lightroom Killer Tips @ KelbyOne.
Steven realized, early on, that he was not a gifted photographer nor was he naturally artistic. He began to read every photography periodical or “how to” photography book that he could get his hands on and found them to be rich in technique but lacking in understanding “why”. This desire to know “why” lead him away from photography books and to the study of aesthetics. Working with his dear friend Pete Collins, Steven and Pete set out to create a curriculum that helps people understand how to communicate meaning with their photographs rather than just taking “pretty pictures.” The concept is based on the premise that meaning is what people truly desire from a photographic image and everyone can learn to communicate that meaning more effectively. In the same way that studying English grammar improves verbal communication, effective composition improves visual communication.
|January 2015||Paul Hassell – ALIVE Photo Presentation|
Photography awakens us to the experience of being ALIVE. See ALIVE.photography. Paul Hassell has embarked on a fascinating collaborative project interviewing dozens of the most talented outdoor photographers in the industry. His conversations center around why these pros do what they do. Picture this presentation as 25 of the greatest names (Dewitt Jones, Rob Sheppard, Clyde Butcher, and Joe and Mary Ann McDonald to name a few) packing the auditorium to inspire you and fan the flame of your creativity in this wild art of photography.
For a small teaser, see THIS VIDEO on NANPA’s blog.
Paul Hassell isn’t strictly a photographer. Paul is in the light business.
An entrepreneur since the age of fifteen, a lover of solitude, and a loyal friend, Paul defies convention at every turn. You’ll walk away from talking photography with him, and you’ll have the sense that Paul is doing what he was created to do. This at-home-ness in himself and his craft becomes a kind of permission for others to find their vocations and live them.
Paul found what makes him tick and organized his life around that calling. He designed his own major at The University of TN: Freelance Photography and Writing for the Natural Environment. That’s a mouthful. He’s a member of NANPA, SANP, and the NSA, but the credentials matter less to him than sharing the profound experience. He points the way to a bigger truth and deeper reality.
|February 2015||Billy Weeks|
|Billy Weeks has worked as a journalist for over 30 years. His career started with the Chattanooga Times in 1984 as a staff photographer. In 1995, he became the Photo Team Leader, and in 1999 he was named Director of Photography/Graphics at The Chattanooga Times Free Press and in 2010 he became an independent documentary photographer.
As a photojournalist, Weeks has covered assignments that range from the World Series to small villages in Central America and Asia. His photographs of poverty in Honduras were selected as an award of Excellence for editorial photography in the Communication Arts Photography Annual. Additionally, he has won the Gordon Parks International Photography award twice and was a finalist ten times. He was awarded the Freedom of Information award from the Associated Press and many other awards for journalism. CNN and Photography District News featured his photographs on baseball in the Dominican Republic and Central America. His work has been exhibited at the New America Foundation in New York City, Hunter Museum of American Art, Art of Photography Show, Slow Exposures and several universities.
Weeks has also been an adjunct instructor in photojournalism the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Southern Adventists University. He has been a visiting speaker at many Universities and a presenter at several workshops for photojournalism. He believes that not only should journalists cover their assignment, but should also give something back to their profession. Today he lives in Ringgold, Georgia with his wife, two daughters, and two dogs.
|Larry Perry is (1) an author of 28 books on a wide variety of subjects the most recent, Photoshop CC 101 just released, not to mention more than 400 magazine articles; (2) a former newspaper columnist whose column was carried in 90 newspapers around the country; (3) an adjunct professor at UT and UCLA and a frequent guest speaker at other colleges and universities around the country; (4) a businessman with business interests in the US as well as the Far East; (5) an expert of international telecommunications and who has testified before Congress on several occasions; (6) a former Higher Education Commissioner for the State of Tennessee; (7) A world travelerwho has visited some 117 countries around the world; (8) a Licensed professional Engineer in several states; (9) a licensed attorney; and in his spare time, (10) a prize wining nature and wildlife photographer whose images have been seen in some 11 magazines with 3 cover shots; (11) A popular speaker at clubs and conventions around the country; and (12) he publishes the very popular Larry Notes each week on photography. He is a certified Photoshop instructor and a popular photo tour leader|
|April 2015||Don McGowan|
|Don McGowan, a native Georgian, moved to Sevier County, Tennessee in 1993 to live in the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains. When his work was judged to be the “Best of the Weekend” at a nature photography workshop conducted by the Great American Photography Weekend in Gatlinburg in the spring of 1994, Don knew that his path laid in a career in photography, and, primarily, in nature images. He now lives on the non-crowded side of the Smokies at the head of Beaverdam Valley in Buncombe County, North Carolina.
He has worked in a commercial photo studio in Knoxville, Tennessee, and continues to collaborate with Noel Studios on projects. He has also worked as a photojournalist for The Mountain Press in Sevierville, Tennessee. From 1998 -2002 Don served as the staff photographer for Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, creating images for slide and audio-visual programs, as well as for newsletters, annual reports, brochures, print ads, and media campaigns. Currently Don owns and operates EarthSong Photography, specializing in on-location, natural light commercial imaging; fine art nature prints and note cards; nature stock photography; environmental photojournalism; and photo tours/coaching in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and on the Blue Ridge Parkway. In 2003 he formed the “EarthSong Photography Workshops” company which offers in-depth nature photography weeklong programs in beautiful locations across the country. His clients have included National Geographic Trails Illustrated, the Sevierville (TN) Chamber of Commerce, the Pigeon Forge (TN) Department of Tourism Office of Special Events, the Gatlinburg (TN) Department of Tourism, the Great Smoky Mountains Association, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Haywood County (NC) Chamber of Commerce, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. His images have appeared on product packaging and in a variety of print media. He has been published in Outdoor Photographer, Georgia Journal, Blue Ridge Country, National Parks Conservation Association, Smoky Mountain Living, Views, Preservation, and Smokies Life magazines; and he has been/is a guest instructor in nature photography at the John C. Campbell Folk School, the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and the CraftSummer Program of Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. He is also a guest presenter at Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and at the Grandfather Mountain Nature Photography Weekend in Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina. Don’s fine art prints and nature note cards are sold in several galleries in the Southern Appalachians. He is a member of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) and the Carolinas’ Nature Photographer’s Association (CNPA).
Although he is primarily self-taught, Don has also studied with John Shaw, Pat O’Hara, Bryan Peterson, and Bill Fortney.
Quote: “My purpose as a photographer is to share, through my images, the great beauty of the natural world and in the dialog that stems from that sharing to encourage the conservation of that beauty. I believe beauty can be found at any time, in any place, with the only required effort being the momentary reflex to look closely and see.”
|Matt is a Philosophy & Religion Major from UTC who has worked as a Youth Director at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church since 2001. In 2011 he began a real estate & commercial photography business. In his spare time he pursues the stars through his camera, reaching for the unknown in the universe. Most recently, his short film, “Galactic: A Year in the Life of an Astrophotographer” premiered at the Chattanooga Film Festival.
“Too many things are instant and understood. Everyone needs lifelong purpose and some mystery! Looking into the heavens certainly provides both.”
– Basic understanding and description of different types of Astrophotography (AP)
– Using what you have to capture the heavens
– Different camera systems for different types of Astrophotography
-Other Astrophotography Equipment
– Procedures and Challenges
|June 2015||Nye Simmons|
|Nye is a writer – photographer living in Knoxville, Tennessee in the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains. Published in regional and national publications, his ongoing emphasis is classic landscape photography for fine art and book reproduction.
His most recent work is a large format coffee table book Blue Ridge Parkway Celebration. Previous titles include , Blue Ridge Parkway, An Extraordinary Journey Among the World’s Oldest Mountains (with Jerry Greer), Best of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Tennessee Wonder and Light, the Smoky Mountains Photographer’s Guide (with Bill Campbell), Great Smoky Mountains Wonder and Light (with Jerry Greer and Bill Lea). He was a contributing writer – photographer for the Ultimate Guide to Digital Nature Photography.
|July 2015||Kevin Adams|
|A naturalist, writer, teacher, and photographer, Kevin Adams has had a lifelong love affair with nature and the outdoors and he enjoys sharing his passion with others. A photographer for nearly 30 years, Kevin is the author of nine books. In addition to photography, he enjoys hiking, kayaking, and gazing up at the night sky. He also writes magazine articles and his photographs appear regularly in books, magazines, calendars, and advertisements across the country. He is the man behind the popular Digital After Dark® blog and the free Night Photography News eNewsletter. Often called the “MacGyver of Photography,” Kevin has designed several unique products for night photographers, including the GelGrip™, for holding gel filters, and the LensMuff™, which he invented to keep dew from forming on the lens during long exposures. He lives in the mountains of North Carolina with his lovely wife, Patricia, their mischievous cats, Lucy and Titan, eight chickens named after women on Star Trek, and a groundhog that lives under the house and eats Patricia’s flowers. (Did we mention that Kevin is a Star Trek fan?)
One of Kevin’s books, North Carolina Waterfalls, has helped him become known as “The Waterfall Guy.” In his presentation, Kevin will share with you his love and passion for waterfalls, demonstrating techniques he uses to photograph them in all seasons and lighting conditions. A master night photographer, Kevin will devote part of the program to photographing waterfalls at night, using a wide variety of lighting techniques. Waterfalls are such popular subjects that you may think you’ve seen it all with regard to photographing them, but Kevin will take you a journey you could never imagine. You will not see another waterfall the same after you see this program!
|August 2015||Bill Campbell|
|Expressing Your Photographic Creativity Without Software. In this day and age of ‘Photoshop’ enhanced images, wouldn’t it be nice to say, ‘No, I captured this image with my camera!’ Come and learn ways to use the creativity built into your own camera and also how to use filters, shutter speeds, external lighting, zoom lenses and multiple exposures to create fine art with your camera before it is ever imported into image management software!”
Capturing the natural world in images is a passion that has driven Bill Campbell to photograph since he was very young. Believing that images can inspire others to understand and respect the fragile nature of our world, his mission has been to weave together elements of the beauty of our planet to represent the splendor of our temporary home. Bill feels that the ability to see, capture and share this majesty of life is a gift and hopes to continue using this gift to open eyes and hearts to the beauty that surrounds us until his dying days.
As a nationally recognized and award winning nature photographer, Bill’s credits include magazines such as Outdoor Photographer, Birders World, Backpacker, PCPhoto and various others. Clients include the National Park Service, US Fish and Wildlife, Defenders of Wildlife and Nikon. His first book, The Smoky Mountain Photographer’s Guide, has been a best seller since 2004 and his second book, Cumberland Odyssey, was released in October 2010.
Bill is a Past President of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA), the largest association of nature photographers in the world. He is also a member of the American Society of Media Photographers and the Wilderness Medical Society. Besides being a nature photographer, he practiced Emergency Medicine for 15 years after 6 years as a family physician. He now concentrates his medical expertise in wilderness medicine as this combines his nature photography career along with this expertise in wilderness medicine. He is part of the Appalachian Mountain Rescue Team, the Blount County Rescue Squad Backcountry SAR team, and the Obed SAR volunteers. His photography and other workshop opportunities can be viewed at www.billcampbellphoto.com.
|The PSC Annual Picnic is held in place of its regular meeting in September. At this event, the results of the September Quarterly Contest are shown, the election of new PSC Board Members is held, and a good time of food and fellowship is had by all. The date, location (usually Harrison Bay State Park), and food details change from year to year, so be sure to check the homepage of this website for details by early September.|
|October 2015||PSC Open House|
|Come out and enjoy a night of photography, food, fun and door prizes.With Special Guest, Bill Fortney”How I gave up photographic prostitution for the joy of becoming a serious amateur shooter!”|
|November 2015||Bill Lea|
|Capturing intimate images of wildlife, scenery, wildflowers, and a variety of other natural subjects in “just the right light” has long been the trademark of Bill’s photography. He may best be known for his artistic documentation of deer and bear behavior, the various moods of the Great Smoky Mountains, the Florida Everglades, and southern ecosystems.
Photographing in the Smokies since 1975 has afforded this photographer limitless opportunities to observe and record the flora, fauna, and scenery of the region. Bill’s craft reflects his deep appreciation for nature, and he communicates his enthusiasm and expertise as a natural history photographer and writer to others through his books, workshops, feature articles, and civic presentations.
Bill has been teaching photo workshops at Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont since 1992. More than 7,000 of Bill’s photos have been published. His work has appeared in Audubon Calendars, BBC Wildlife, Defenders of Wildlife, numerous Great Smoky Mountains Association publications, National Geographic books, Nature Conservancy, National Wildlife, and many others. His three front covers in a row was a first in Field & Stream’s more than 100-year history. Bill authored a coffee-table book titled Great Smoky Mountains Wildlife Portfolio and co-authored Great Smokey Mountains Wonder & Light and The Ultimate Guide to Digital Nature Photography. Bill’s most recent book is The Everglades Where Wonders Only Whisper. His Cades Cove – Window to a Secret World is in its fourth printing.
When asked what he would most like to achieve through his photography, Bill replies, “I hope my images will promote a better understanding and appreciation for wildlife, the natural world, and most of all, our Creator.”
And finally, Bill says he would be amiss if he failed to mention how truly blessed he is to have such a wonderful and supportive wife – Klari. Her patience and understanding always endures. He is forever grateful.
|December 2015||“Christmas Banquet and Annual Contest.”|
|The PSC December meeting consists of its Annual Christmas Banquet and showing of the PSC Annual Photo Contest results. Attendees must sign up to attend this event, and details, which are subject to change each year, will be posted on the homepage of this website in November.|