Somerset County Photography Club: Promote appreciation and enjoyment of photography. Meetings at the Bound Brook Memorial Library, 7:00 p.m., second and fourth Tuesdays. http://somersetcountyphotoclub.org

SCPC Bios - Speakers and Judges

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The New Jersey Federation of Camera Clubs (NJFCC, njfcc.org) maintains “Judges and Speakers” lists that we pick many of our speakers and judges from.  Some of our own members speak or judge at other clubs and are on the Federation lists.

Club Members as Presenters:

Ed Barry, began teaching photography courses locally in 1976, workshops in 1989, and is a past president of SCPC (1982-1985).  Presentations: “Introduction to Nature and Much More” on Jan 23, 2000; Feb 11, 2002 (J); Feb 10, 2004 (J); “Camera Handling & Operation:” Part I on Sept 25, 2007, and Part II on Nov 27, 2007;  “Composing in Camera vs PhotoShop” Part I on Sept 25, 2007 and Part II on Nov 27, 2007; (flyer) on Oct 28, 2008; and his last presentation entitled “Using Color as Both the Primary and Supporting Themes in Photography!” on Apr 27, 2010.

Arik Gorban has been judging competitions and giving presentations throughout NJ for clubs with the New Jersey Federation of Camera Clubs, is very active in photopoints.com and his website is www.agphotoworks.com.  Arik is a past president of SCPC.  Arik's presentations include: Dec 10, 2002 (J); “Enjoying (and Surviving) Digital Photography” on Sep 27, 2004; “Portugal in Spring” on Dec 14, 2004;“Visualizing Your Photography” on Feb 27, 2007; “The Digital Advantage” on Oct 23, 2007; “PhotoArt in the Digital Age, Ideas, Tools, Techniques” [doc], ideas and techniques by which digital imaging can be used creatively to enhance your photographs. Software such as Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements can be used to make minor adjustments that greatly enhance your images or to create digital art that requires extensive work. Arik will focus on the ideas and concepts, but also show some examples of the process, step by step. The program is ideal for photographers who are considering switching to digital as well as for those who have already done so, presented on Nov 25, 2008;  “Bad Weather Photography” on Sept 22, 2009;  “Digital Photography – Tools of the Trade” on Nov 23, 2010; “Enjoying Street Photography”[.doc] on Sept 27, 2011;  “Painting with Light” [Doc] on Nov 27, 2012 – followed up on Feb 12, 2013 by judging Painting with Light, and Open;  “Judging Photos (Notes)” [pdf] on Oct 22, 2013;  “Flower Photography” [pdf] on Mar 24, 2015; “Flash Photography” on Sept 8, 2015; Before and After on Sept 13, 2016. Black and White Photography – Creative Seeing and Handling on Sept 12, 2017”;.

Claire Gentile, Claire has been a photographer for over 25 years and studied Photoshop for 8 years.  She has been a Getty Image contributor for 5 years and many of her images have been published in travel and architecture magazines as well as marketing ads.  Claire sold many images and canvases as well as donated prints to charity organizations.  Presented “Blue-Hour Photography” on Nov 11, 2015. Presentation includes basics and how-to’s pertaining to planning, preparation, exposure, camera settings and using neutral density filters during long exposures. Blue-hour is a period of time after sunset, and also before sunrise noted for blue skylight.  Oct 24, 2017(J); Jan 9, 2018 “Architectural and Spiral Staircases”.

George Hall. “Know your Lenses” (date unknown); Nov 13, 2007 (J);

Harry James, on May 22, 2012, presented “Landscape in Art and Photograhy” -- Land expresses itself in rocks, waterfalls, forests, clouds, heights, vistas, reflections, sunsets… and the list goes on. Why do we go out into wild land, to visit and spend time in it? And what do we hope for when we make images of the natural landscape? — This presentation will examine images of the natural landscape from the 1800’s to the present. We will view images of the North American landscape made by painters and photographers in many styles including utopian, dystopian, pictorialist, realist, abstract, surreal, expressionist and impressionist. The images and ideas will invigorate your own landscape photography.

On April 26th, 2011, Harry presented “A Study of the Styles of Famous People-Photographers”.   Description: To inspire our people photography we will look at the photographs of people taken by five famous photographers.  The study will include portraits, candids and street photography.  Though some of the work is photojournalism, the selected photos will focus more on people and less on events.  The photographers surveyed: Walker Evans, in a style he called documentary, took his most famous photos of poor people in the rural South during the Depression.  Henri Cartier-Bresson did street photography and also portraits in France and the USA.  He said he was looking for the moment of inner silence in his subjects who he called his “willing victims.” From 1936 to 1975 Charles “Teenie” Harris photographed life in the black neighborhoods of Pittsburgh for the Pittsburgh Courier.  Arnold Newman was noted for his portraits of artists and politicians in the “environmental” style, where the surroundings of the subject add to the composition and the understanding of the subject.  And finally, William Klein, who is famous for his street photography in a style he called pseudo-ethnography, produced photobooks on his wanderings through Rome, Tokyo, Paris, Moscow and New York.

In 2009 Harry gave his first club presentation on one of his favorite techniques “High Dynamic Range Imaging” on Nov 24, 2009.   The HDR process is an answer of sorts to the frequent problem of capturing high range scenes with low range camera sensors.  The presentation gave an overview the HDR process, showing many examples of the process and the results.

Phil Witt, is also a member of CamNats and is it's president.  See Phil's photos at on Flickr, SmugMug and at the CamNats Gallery“.  Presentations at SCPC:  Photo Composition Workshop”, October 25, 2011, basic principles of composition--rule of thirds, watching the edges of the images, capturing the moment, choice of focal length, and so on. Participants will learn what equipment can be used to achieve different effects. By the end of the workshop participants will understand lenses, camera bodies (mostly digital single-lens reflex cameras), megapixels, shutter speeds, f/stops, focal lengths, apertures, exposure histograms, and depth of field - and how all of these can be used to take good nature photographs. Beyond equipment, the workshop will begin to cover the principles of composition and digital editing. Although the focus will be on nature photography, many of the same principles and equipment needs apply to other kinds of photography as well.  “Introduction to Digital Editing” on September 25, 2012.  “Bird Photography” on Sept 24, 2014.  “Landscapes” workshop on Oct 27, 2015 will focus on techniques used to photograph landscapes. In addition to reviewing equipment selection and use, the topics of time of day, weather, composition and light will be covered. Participants will be introduced to the use of filters to control dynamic range and exposure time--such as neutral density and graduated neutral density filters.  Nov 28, 2017 (J).

Phil Witt and Dave DesRochers run a series of Digital Photography Workshops at the NJ Audubon center in Bernardsville.
Phil and Becky Witt often give nature travel presentations at Somerset Naturalists Mar 2016.

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