Click! 2021 Photography Conference Winter Seminars-on Zoom
$25 Members/$30 Non-Members for individual seminars; Charles Needle is $50/$60
$125 Members/$135 Non-Members for Entire Series of 4
January 23 – Focus on Sharpness with Michael Milicia at 10AM -11:30AM on Zoom -You must sign up for this-FREE – FULL
Capturing fine detail is often a critical element of a successful image. This Zoom-based online presentation will explore a variety of tools and techniques which help to maximize image sharpness. We will take a look at some of the features and tuning options of today’s autofocus (AF) systems and how to best take advantage of them. Other topics will include live view AF, mirrorless AF, back button focus, tripods and heads, long lens technique, handholding, and microfocus adjustment. Special attention will be paid to understanding the difference between DSLR and Mirrorless AF systems and their relative advantages and disadvantages.
This free program is sponsored by Hunt’s Photo & Video. Pre-registration is required. FULL
About Mike Milicia
Mike began his professional photography career in 2005 after working 27 years as a Software Engineer. In 2011, he started offering classes and workshops and became affiliated with Shoot The Light Instructional Photographic Workshops, which is owned and operated by Canon Explorer of Light Charles Glatzer. Mike’s images have earned high honors in the North American Nature Photography Association’s Annual Showcase Competition and in the Audubon Magazine Photography Awards. His work has been published in National Geographic, Audubon, Outdoor Photographer, Nature’s Best, and National Wildlife magazines, and is available for licensing through Birdimagency and Minden Pictures. He has also recently authored three articles for the National Audubon Society’s web site and served as the Technical Editor for Marie Read’s “Mastering Bird Photography” book. Mike has two main passions : bird photography and teaching. His technical background makes him especially adept at communicating complex subjects in a well organized, step by step manner that proves to be very effective for photography students at all levels.
February 6 – Creating the Photo-Montage with Fran Forman at 10AM-11:30AM on Zoom – $25/$30
Just as a photograph can record fragments of reality, it can also be created out of fragments. This is what a photo montage does. It juxtaposes and melds seemingly disparate objects into a cohesive whole, fragments from many sources, to present a different reality, in the way a dream might present fragments from different times and places.
Blurring the line between photography and painting, a composited photo can invite the viewer to enter into a world of magic or mystery, of whimsy or the unconscious. It permits us to create extraordinary images out of ordinary things.
During this webinar, Fran will take us through a few of her photo-montage images, deconstructing each and demonstrating how she built a new narrative from disparate pieces. Questions and discussion are welcome!
About Fran Forman
Fran’s work is included in major museums and private collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (Washington, DC), and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Fran’s latest book, A Rest Between Two Notes, published by Unicorn in 2020, has already garnered several awards. Escape Artist: The Art of Fran Forman was selected as one of the Best PhotoBooks of 2014 by Elizabeth Avedon. Monographs of Fran’s solo exhibitions were published by Pucker Gallery in 2020, 2018, 2016, and 2014. Fran is also featured in many other publications. She is an Affiliated Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University, a recipient of several grants and Artist Residencies, and teaches advanced photo-collage internationally. Additionally, she is often asked to juror and curate photo exhibitions. Fran studied art and sociology at Brandeis University, received an MSW in psychiatric social work, and then an MFA from Boston University. She resides in the New England area http:///.franforman.com
February 20 – Creative Close-up Photography: Finding Art in Your Everyday Life and Supportive Image Evaluations with Charles Needle on Zoom
February 20 10:00am-2:00pm EST
Join Charles Needle for a special two-part program. The day starts with Creative Close-up Photography: Finding Art in Your Everyday Life from 10-11:30am. We’ll then have an hour break and resume at 12:30 with Supportive Image Evaluations, during which Charles will review images submitted by you and offer helpful comments. See full details below.
Part 1, 10-11:30AM EST. Creative Close-up Photography: Finding Art in Your Everyday Life
This could be the perfect session during a pandemic in winter. Learn how to create unusual and striking close-up images in your own backyard and/or indoor home “studio.” Charles will guide you through all the necessary steps to take your macro photography to the next level. This webinar will cover more advanced topics, such as “shooting through” using a telephoto lens, close-up lenses/diopters, artistic macro with Lensbaby and Kaleidoscopic lenses and wide-angle macro. In addition, Charles will discuss specific methods for photographing water droplets, reflections on iridescent glass, mylar, and everyday household objects. The session will also include instruction on how to use your smartphone to make amazing close-ups right on your own kitchen table or in your backyard.
Part 2, 12:30-2PM EST. Supportive Image Evaluations
All participants are invited to submit up to two images. Charles will offer helpful comments regarding technique, composition and editing. Due to time constraints, Charles may not be able to comment on everyone’s pictures. Please upload your images to https://www.dropbox.com/request/XZSy5p3h7FlU4dMcv8ug.
About Charles Needle
Charles is an award-winning, Colorado-based fine art photographer, author, speaker and workshop leader with a unique eye for design and artistic interpretation. His popular “Art of Nature” creative macro workshops have attracted students nationwide. An accomplished speaker, photography juror and teacher with international workshops in Monet’s Garden (Giverny, France for 20 years in a row, with exclusive private access), Keukenhof Gardens (Holland) and The Butchart Gardens (Canada), Charles is a FujiFilm USA Talent Team member and North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) Showcase Award winner seven years in a row. Charles’ photographs have selected for publication in Nature’s Best, Outdoor Photographer magazine, Nature Photographer magazine, Inner Reflections Engagement Calendar, The Chicago Tribune, SELF Magazine and are in private and public collections nationwide and abroad. To learn more about Charles’ work, including his workshop and private lesson offerings, visit www.charlesneedlephoto.com.
March 6 – Approaches to Night Photography in Different Environments and Conditions with Lance Keimig at 10AM – 11:30AM on Zoom
When Lance Keimig started doing night photography back in the Paleozoic era, on a clear night under a full moon, he’d go out and photograph the landscape. If it was cloudy, or if there was anything less than a gibbous moon, the only viable option was to photograph in urban areas under artificial light. There was no Milky Way photography, no Astro-Landscape Photography––only full moons, star trails and city lights. We just called it Night Photography.
Thanks to technological advances over the past ten years, Night Photography is now a broad category that is divided into numerous sub-specialties that all require different skills, tools, and mindsets. In this presentation, Lance will introduce the primary types of night photography and the best way to approach each of them. You’ll learn the techniques to get the best results depending on the conditions, as well as the light painting tools and methodology that work best in different situations.
Along with the basic skills and camera settings, Lance will also show the importance of developing a field workflow for consistent results, and how to modify it for different environments.
About Lance Keimig
Lance Keimig is a Vermont based photographer who is best known for night photography made at the intersection of the natural and built environments. He is the author of two books, including Night Photography- Finding Your Way In The Dark which has been translated into 7 languages. Keimig is a partner in National Parks at Night, an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving our national parks through photographic education.
He has taught night photography for the past 23 years at the the Houston Center for Photography, Maine Media Workshops, the Rocky Mountain School of Photography, New England School of Photography, The Photographic Resource Center at Boston University, for Atlas Obscura, and leads independent workshops across the country, and international photo tours around the world.
March 20 – Visualization: Picturing the Unique Possibilities with Colleen Miniuk 10-11:30AM $25/30 on Zoom
Cherie Carter-Scott said, “Ordinary people believe only in the possible. Extraordinary people visualize not what is possible or probable, but rather what is impossible. And by visualizing the impossible, they begin to see it as possible.”
Join outdoor photographer and instructor Colleen Miniuk for this educational and insightful presentation on “Visualization: From Idea to Print.” She’ll show you how incorporating visualization techniques into your photographic process can help you record personally meaningful and more expressive photographs. Attendees will specifically learn:
- What visualization is (and is not)
- How visualization fits in the creative process and how it can become a useful habit
- How to develop and refine your vision throughout the image-making lifecycle—from recognizing an experience in the field to image capture to processing a photograph
All skill levels welcome. Bring your imagination. Leave inspired to create the impossible as possible.
About Colleen Miniuk
Colleen Minuk is a corporate-America-escapee turned full-time outdoor photographer, writer, publisher, instructor, and speaker from Chandler, Arizona. Her credits include National Geographic calendars, Arizona Highways, AAA Via, National Parks Traveler, On Landscape, and a broad variety of other publications. She has served three times as an Artist-in-Residence with Acadia National Park after which she authored the award-winning guidebook, Photographing Acadia National Park: The Essential Guide to When, Where, and How. She is also the author of Wild in Arizona: Photographing Arizona’s Wildflowers, A Guide to When, Where, & How (1st and 2nd editions) as well as the instructional eBook, Seeing the Light in Outdoor Photography (1st and 2nd editions). She writes an online photography advice column called “Dear Bubbles” and leads photography workshops, women’s photography retreats (called “Sheography™”), webinars, and online critique sessions for camera clubs, organizations, and private clients across the U.S. www.cms-photo.com