The next APLCC meeting is scheduled for Thursday April 27 between 7-9pm in the Lebovic room of the Aurora Public Library.
Since we didn't finish the hands-on part of the exposure triangle at the last meeting this is what we'll be focusing on in April. So please bring your cameras and any props that you would like to photograph. I will be providing props as well, but if there's something specific that you'd like to photograph please bring it along. I'll set up stations around the room where people can go and experiment.
PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE MONTH
As well as the hands-on exposure triangle session I will do a brief presentation on a photographer. I have a really interesting photographer in mind. I think most people will find this photographer amusing, disturbing, and provocative. I know I certainly did! I'll keep who it is a surprise so that you'll get the full impact.
The next scheduled meeting of the APL Camera Club is March 30th, 2017 between 7-9pm in the Lebovic Room of the Aurora Public Library.
The following topics are on the agenda:
Photographer of the Month -- Christopher Anderson
Monthly Challenge -- Jumpology or Essence
Exposure Triangle -- A hands-on workshop
How to transform GIMP to Photoshop
There are two options for the Monthly Challenge -- Jumpology based on Philippe Halsman's photographs or Essence.
For the "Jumpology" option go out and photograph someone mid-jump. The goal here is to capture the action as well as the personality of the jumper. As Philippe Halsman said "when you ask a person to jump, his attention is mostly directed toward the act of jumping and the mask falls so that the real person appears."
The "Essence" option is wide-open. Go out and take a picture of something in an interesting way, a way that captures the "soul" of the thing. The image can be of anything that you want -- an object, a person, an animal -- it doesn't matter. The thing that you're striving for is capturing the essence of the thing, as you see it.
Please upload your images ASAP. As of today, only two people have uploaded something.
EXPOSURE TRIANGLE WORKSHOP
The Exposure Triangle workshop will be broken up into two parts:
1. I will do a quick lesson on the "Exposure Triangle".
A quick reminder that the next APL Camera Club meeting will be held on March 30th between 7-9pm in the Lebovic Room of the Aurora Public Library.
MARCH 30TH MONTHLY CHALLENGE
The Monthly Challenge for March 30th is based on the photography of Philippe Halsman, last month's photographer of the month. As a portrait photographer one of the things that was important to Halsman was to capture the "real" person, to strip away the mask that people often put on in an effort to psychologically protect themselves from the world. The ultimate goal in a portrait, Halsman argued, is to capture the essence of a person, to show the person as he/she really is. Halsman developed a technique he named Jumpology where he had people jump and he would then capture their image mid-air. He argued that the concentration involved in jumping forced people to strip away the mask and reveal their "true self".
So the Monthly Challenge for the upcoming meeting is one or both of the following: Jumpology (that's right, get someone to jump and capture their image mid-air) and Essence (You can photograph an object or a person (minus the jump) where the goal is to capture the essence of the object or person)
Here are a couple of YouTube videos that may help:
Another quick reminder that the next APL Camera Club meeting will be held on February 23 between 7-9pm in the Lebovic Room of the Aurora Public Library.
CHANGE TO THE MONTHLY CHALLENGE
I've given it some thought and I've decided to amend one of the options for the Monthly Challenge from "Broken" to "Old". This means that you now have the option of uploading a photo that shows something old, which would also cover old and broken. So I haven't completely taken away the option to show something broken but I've added the possibility of "Old" to the equation. So to recap, this means that you can upload an image that shows something old, or something old and broken, or just something broken. Hopefully this is relatively clear.
In any event, please upload your images ASAP as there are only seven days left before the meeting.
I'll be sending a full itinerary a couple of days before the meeting.
Just a quick reminder that the next APL Camera Club meeting will be held on February 23rd between 7-9pm in the Lebovic Room of the Aurora Public Library.
Just a couple of things for you guys to consider before the meeting:
ONE BOOK ONE AURORA PROJECT
At the last meeting I mentioned the possibility of exploring the topic of aging (one of the themes in Natural Order, the OBOA book choice for this year) through a series of portraits of people who are in the later stages of life. As mentioned at the meeting, access to people who would be willing to pose for their portraits would be made available to us. I think it's possible to do something quite creative with this. The end goal will be to exhibit the images at the library and possibly other places. I need at 4-5 people willing to participate in the project for it to work. I would appreciate it if you would send me a personal email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to participate. I would also appreciate it very much if you'd send me a response in the next week or so as I have to get back to the organizers of One Book One Aurora on whether we're going to undertake this challenge.
There are two options for this month's challenge: Broken and Manipulate the Image.
Just a quick reminder that the next APL Camera Club meeting will be held on Thursday January 26 between 7-9pm in the Lebovic Room of the Aurora Public Library.
Don't forget to submit an image to the Monthly Challenge gallery before the meeting on the 26th. The challenge for this meeting is "Calm Simplicity" which, as I mentioned in a previous newsletter, is a fairly broad topic so there are lots of options in terms of the kind of images that you can submit. Basically, though, the idea is to convey a sense of calmness and keep the number of elements in your images to a minimum. In other words, keep things simple and don’t clutter your images with too much stuff. Looking forward to seeing your pictures.
Lastly I'd like to thank all the people who showed up to the meeting on the 5th of January. I would like to send a special Shout Out to Rick Armstrong for bringing his cappuccino machine and goodies. It was really appreciated.
Looking forward to seeing you all on the 26th of January.
I hope that you've all had a wonderful holiday season and a great beginning to 2017.
This is just a quick reminder that there will be an APL Camera Club meeting on January 5th, 2017, between 7-9pm in the Lebovic Room of the Aurora Public Library. This is to make up for the meeting that we lost in December due to the holidays.
Since this is still a very busy time for people and since we'll be having a second meeting on January 26, I'm going to make this meeting more of a leisurely get-together than a formal meeting. It'll give us a chance to connect in a less formal way. Each person can bring their own coffee but I will bring cookies and stuff for us to snack on.
Please send me a quick email to let me know if you plan to attend on January 5th.