The Treasure Valley Camera Club Calendar lists upcoming presentations, classes and events. All help you become a better photographer!
Regular Wednesday Meeting - 7:00 - 9:00 Meridian Friends Church
Wednesday Workshop - 7:00 - 9:00 Meridian Friends Church
Saturday Field Trip - time and location specified below
Wednesday, January 17 - Member Photo Challenge - Holiday Themed Photos
Wednesday, January 31 - Field Trip - Shoot the Super Moon at Julius Kleiner Park: 1900 North Records Avenue, Meridian, ID 83642. We will meet at 6:00 pm to get setup.
Wednesday, February 7 - Prepping your photos for printing and media choices - Craig Collette of Roots Family History
Wednesday, February 21 - Waterscape photography - Dave Fujii
Wednesday, February 28 - Camera Function Workshop. Are you struggling with your camera functions? Well bring your camera and get help from a panel of camera brand specific people.
Saturday, March 3 - Photo Walk in Downtown Boise - Allen Baxter. This is an opportunity do some shooting in a photo rich environment and to put into practice some of the things that you may have learned in our recent workshop. We will meet at 10:00 am meet at the District Coffee House - 219 N 10th St, Boise, ID 83702. The duration is based on your level of interest and the weather. Contact the leader if you have question: Allen Baxter
Wednesday, March 7 - Aero photography - Jim Raeder. Member Jim Raeder is a pilot and a photographer. He has shared some impressive images with us during past club meetings and will be discussing his photography and techniques that he has developed in order to capture his exceptional images.
Wednesday, March 14 - Flash Workshop. This will be a hands on workshop for learning more about flash photography. Bring your camera and flash and we will have some fun.
Saturday, March 17 - Black Magic Canyon. This unusual canyon north of Shoshone was carved over thousands of years by the Big Wood River, leaving twisting, almost supernatural lava rock sculptures behind. It offers some unique rock formations. It is located about 18 miles north of Shoshone on Idaho Highway 75. We will carpool from the Costco Parking lot on Cole Road. Departure time is 9:30 am. Allen Baxter
Wednesday, March 21- Wild Horse Field Trip - Bill Betts. Due to the nature of this trip we can only accommodate a small number of people therefore sign-up and confirmation of your participation is required. Contract the leader : Bill Betts
Wednesday, March 21 - Camera Sensor Technology. "Everything you wanted to know, but were afraid to ask about camera sensors" - Bill Betts
Friday, March 23 - Wild Horse Field Trip - Bill Betts. Due to the nature of this trip we can only accommodate a small number of people therefore sign-up and confirmation of your participation is required. Contract the leader : Bill Betts
Saturday, March 24 - On Location Flash Photo Shoot. 1:00 pm Reid Merrill Park, Eagle. This will be an extension of our classroom workshop on flash photography. We will meet at Reid Merrill Park in Eagle and use the park as a setting for shooting environmental portraits. This will be focused on how to use flash to enhance your environmental portraits and put into practice what we learned in the classroom: Allen Baxter
Saturday, March 24 - Wild Horse Field Trip - Bill Betts. Due to the nature of this trip we can only accommodate a small number of people therefore sign-up and confirmation of your participation is required. Contract the leader : Bill Betts
Wednesday, March 28 - File Management and Lightroom 101 Workshop. This session will focus on how to manage your digital files and using Lightroom. Please send me an email using my name/hyperlink to sign up for this class: Allen Baxter
Wednesday, April 4 - Quarterly Critique/Display - Anything Goes - Routine Monthly - Texture
Wednesday, April 18 - Horse and Portraiture Photography - Tamera Gooch
Tamara Gooch is a Nampa based portrait and equine photographer of national renown. She will be speaking about equine photography. Checkout her web page for a preview: TamaraGooch She is also offering a local workshop on May 5th in Eagle: tamaragooch.pdf
Wednesday, May 2 - 1st Presentation: Filters - Dan Mottaz; 2nd Presentation: Calibrating Autofocus for a specific lens - Bill Betts
Wednesday, May 16 - “The Art and Science of Color" - Scott McGurrin.
Wednesday, May 30 - Annual Picnic: 6:00 - 9:00 pm, Reid Merrill Park, 500 E Shore Dr, Eagle, ID 83616. Main Pavilion
- Club will provide:
- Drinks: soft drinks and water.
- Paper products
- Main Dish - pulled pork BBQ
- Members with Last Name: A-L = bring a side dish to share.
- Members with Last Name: M-Z = bring a dessert to share.
- Please respond send an email to indicate if you will attend the picnic
The Quarterly Critique/Display theme is Cityscape/Geometric/Architecture and our Routine Monthly theme is Monochrome. So if you have any images you would like to display in these categories please bring them; otherwise, bring other images.
Similar to our previous session like this we will have two separate sessions: 1) offer members the opportunity to have images of their selection critiqued by a panel and 2) general image display
Critique – bring up to 5 images of your selection to have critiqued by a panel.
Display – bring up to 15 images for display.
Please separate your images into separate folders on your memory stick: Critique and Display so that when we load them onto the laptop we can separate them.
Please resize your images per he below:
• 1920 pixels long edge (the short edge dimension is unimportant)
• JPG at 100% quality
• sRGB color space
• 72 ppi (this doesn't really matter, but Lightroom and some other software requires a number, so use this)
- Resizing images to the above parameters will automatically keep the file size well within range for quick viewing. If you are not sure how to do this we will do it for you.
June 20th Meeting - Photo Walk.
The church is not available this week and we will have a photo walk to practice our photography.
Meeting Place: parking lot of Frontier Tire, 614 N Main St, Meridian, ID 83642. (this business is closed and has ample parking)
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Theme: photo walk anything goes.
July 18th Meeting - Western Idaho Fair Photo Contest - Pre Judging .
If you are contemplating entering the Western Idaho Fair Photography Contest then our Wednesday, July 18th meeting will be of particular interest. It is not too early to start getting prepared. We will be critiquing your potential entries to help you get prepared. Bring either prints or digital images to be critiqued. Bring several images if you are not sure which one to submit. Our goal of this session is to help you get the best possible results in the photo contest.
Paul Pulley, the WIF Photography Superintendent will be on hand to help with the critique process. Club members have enjoyed considerable success in this contest so this meeting is a great opportunity to get some help with your preparation.
In past years the category of B&W has had very few images submitted at the fair so if you have some good B&W images consider submitting in the appropriate Monochrome classes.
Attached please find the 2018 WIF Photography Dept guidelines for this year’s contest.
August 1st Meeting - Luminosity Masks - Allen Baxter.
- We will also answer questions about submitting images for the Western Idaho Fair so if you are still looking for input on images bring your images and question.
Some advantages of luminosity masking:
- Using this technique allows you to overcome the difficult task of selecting specific areas for adjustment using the traditional selection tools.
- Since it is based on tone it is self feathering.
- Luminosity mask allow total artistic control of the light that was captured.
- Can be used on any type of image: Landscape, portrait, color, B&W.
August 22nd - 7:30 pm Photo Walk at the Western Idaho Fair
Rather than having our regular August 15th meeting we will have a photo walk at the Western Idaho Fair. You will be responsible for your own fair admission. Adult = $7.00, Senior $5.00. We will meet at 7:30 pm just inside the Main Gate (item 21 on the attached Fairgrounds Map). The midway with all the rides and lights is a great place to explore night photography.
Wednesday, August 29th Meeting - Member Image Slide Show.
Although it is not one of our routine meeting dates we will have a special meeting this Wednesday, August 29th 7:00 – 9:00 dedicated to displaying member images. So bring up to 10 images on a memory stick for display and discussion.
Our specs for the images for the slide show are as follows:
For best viewing results, your photo should be:
- 1920 pixels long edge (the short edge dimension is unimportant)
- JPG at 100% quality
- sRGB color space
- 72 ppi (this doesn't really matter, but Lightroom and some other software requires a number, so use this).
- Resizing images to the above parameters will automatically keep the file size well within range for quick viewing.
Wednesday, September 5th - Before and After - Frank Sorger
The purpose of this meeting is to review the before and after process of image capture and the possibilities with post processing.
Saturday, September 8th - Leslie Gulch - Allen Baxter
Leslie Gulch is a canyon in Malheur County, Oregon, United States. It is on the east side of Owyhee Lake, a reservoir on the Owyhee River. Its abundant and striking rock formations are made of tuff. The club shot the milkyway at this location earlier this year. Sample images
Depart Boise at 7:00 - return ? based on interest. To really explore this area some hiking is required.
This trip will be scheduled based on interest so please respond to indicate your interest: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, September 12th - Luminosity Masking/Painting - Allen Baxter
This is a follow-up to our meeting on this topic and will be a hands on workshop so bring your laptop. This workshop will be limited to 10 people and requires sign up. Please respond to email@example.com and let me know if you are interested.
Saturday, September 15th - 9:00 am - 12:00 noon Old Idaho Penitentiary - Allen Baxter
Normally the Pen does not allow tripods and or external flash to be used. I have reserved the facility from 9:00 – 12:00 just for us and they will allow us to use our tripods and flash. You will be responsible for your own entry fee of $6.00. The club will pay the special fee for the group event. Sample images
Wednesday, 9/19 Landscape Photography Workflow - Scott DeHart
Scott will talk about the workflow he uses to capture his spectacular landscape shots from planning, capture, and post processing.
Wednesday, 10/3 Lens Baby – Kathleen Reed
Kathleen has shown many of her exquisitely artistic shots that she used the lens baby lens to capture. She will talk about this equipment. For more information about this unique equipment: https://lensbaby.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI9IKWn9Sa3QIVD5t-Ch0mkw5UEAAYASAAEgKjkPD_BwE
Saturday, 10/6 World Center for Birds of Prey Fall Flights 2:00 pm:
Please arrive early especially if you have questions about camera settings. This event is open to the public and is popular and can get crowded so Please arrive NO LATER THAN 2:30 for seating, but be aware that we may sell out before that time, especially on Saturdays.
Admission: $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 youth 4-16, free to members and children 3 and younger.
An annual membership is $25.00 and provides unlimited access and is good for 12 months from date of purchase so consider getting an annual membership if you think you will go more than once. The money goes to a great program. More information can be found at: http://www.peregrinefund.org/fall-flights
Wednesday, 10/10 6:30 pm - Photo Walk - Downtown Boise - Allen Baxter
This will be an informal photo walk where we will take advantage of the night lights and try and capture some interesting night scenes. We will meet at Flying M Coffee House: 500 W Idaho St #100, Boise, ID 83702
Wednesday, 10/17 Member Photo Critique.
Are you interested in improving your photography? Well having your images critiqued is an important step in your photographic growth process. We will have a structured paneled critique for this session. Images to be critiqued will have to be submitted at least one week prior to the meeting.
Submit your photos no later than Monday, October 8th:
Email your images to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Use the following spec:
- 1920 pixels long edge (the short edge dimension is unimportant)
- JPG at 100% quality
- sRGB color space
- 1 image should be one that you really like
- 1 image should be one that you are struggling with
- Other 3 images can be anything
Wednesday, November 7th 7:00 pm:
- Regular Meeting - Topic: Exposure - everything you wanted to know about getting the perfect exposure for your images. This will be part lecture and hands-on workshop so please bring your camera/lens. We will discuss the topic and then practice.
- Nomination of Officers for 2019 - annually we nominate officers and then we vote on the next business meeting.
Wednesday, November 14th 7:00 pm: Photo Walk downtown Boise
Photo Walk downtown Boise - weather permitting we will meet out in front of the Jump Building located at: 851 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702. There are several parking facilities close to the Jump bldg. The Jump building and surrounding area provide a great environment for night photography. Bring your tripod. We will put into practice some of the things that we learned in the previous Wednesday's meeting on Exposure.
Wednesday, November 21st 7:00 pm: Post Processing Question/Answer
Since this meeting is just before the Thanksgiving Holiday and many may be traveling this session will be an informal session dedicated to post processing questions and answers. Bring your laptop.
Wednesday, December 5th 7:00 pm:
- Regular Meeting - Topic: Camera Functions - we will explore some of the basic camera functions that can be found on most cameras today. This will be a hands on session so bring your camera and user manual.
- Election of Officers for 2019 - we will elect the officers for 2019. The current ballot for officers is:
- Current Ballot of Officers:
- President - Allen Baxter
- Vice President - Kathleen Reed
- Treasurer - Sharon Dowell
- Secretary - Anni Jack
- Events Coordinator - Bill Betts
Wednesday, December 12th 7:00 pm: Christmas Light Photo Walk
Christmas Lights Photo Walk - weather permitting and availability of lights we will explore the Christmas lights along Indian Creek in Caldwell. Parking is available at the Caldwell Train Depot located at: 701 Main St, Caldwell, ID 83605. Link to Map
Thursday, December 13th 6:00 - 9:00 pm:
Christmas Party & Equipment Swap (paid members only) - we will hold the party at Meridian Friends Church in the Fellowship Hall which is in the main building. The theme for the Xmas party is "giving back to the membership." The club will be catering the dinner so attendees are only asked to bring a desert to share. We also will be selling raffle tickets for some great prizes in the form of smaller items and gift cards. So bring the equipment you no longer use to sell and some cash and you may get lucky. In the past we have had some great equipment bought/sold.
We will have some great prizes for the raffle. Tickets will be sold for $1.00 each. Proceeds from the sale of the tickets will go to either bring in outside speakers or subsidize a photo trip for a lucky member. We will have a combination of "stocking stuffer items" and gift cards valued at: 1 - $200, 1 - $150, 1 - $75, 3 - $50, 3 - $25 as part of the raffle. The more tickets that you buy the better your chance at getting one of the big prizes. If you are not currently a member and would like to join the club this would be a great time to join so that you can participate in our Christmas Party & Equipment Swap. Family membership is only $25.00. We will also start to accept/collect dues for 2019 for members that want to pay. Since we are catering the meal we need to know if you plan to attend and how many. Please RSVP no later than Friday December 7th
Wednesday, December 19th 7:00 pm: Depth of Field - Allen Baxter
Our discussion will be about "depth of field, what it is, how to adjust it, and how to creatively use it to improve your images.