Saturday, January 9, 2010
Camera Club Update And Info
Last night was the first meeting of the year for my camera club.
I couldn't show up hungry so Gayla and I had Mexican food and a Margarita.
We also had a margarita after the meeting.
Okay, I know you're all anxious to hear about how exciting it was so I will get on with the update.
We had a special guest speaker last night.
Someone who drew a huge crowd.
There were over 225 people who showed up at this meeting.
This person has photographed in over 100 countries.
He has personally instructed several celebrities.
He has published 34 books.
One of his books won the coveted Golden Light Award.
Another of his books won the Ben Franklin Award.
He writes for PC Photo and has been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame.
Before I tell you who he is, I first want to say that this was an excellent program.
This person is a phenomenal speaker who captivated the entire audience,
and held our attention by making us laugh and connecting with us and inspiring us with a slideshow
of his amazing photos that he has snapped from around the world.
He encouraged us.
We learned about HDR photography and the presentation he gave was so informative.
I can tell you that I am drooling over the amazing pictures that are now imbedded in my mind.
It's good to know that most of his shots are set up.
Good shots like this don't just happen.
Most of the amazing photos we see in magazines don't just happen.
They are staged and produced like a movie.
The one thing he said, that I will always remember is this:
Don't Take Pictures, Make Pictures.
The information that we came away with is too good not to share.
What I'm about to share with you is as good as finding gold.
The guest speaker was Rick Sammon.
He gave us some wonderful links to follow so that we can be inspired and so that we can learn.
First, I highly recommend going to Rick's Website.
It is packed with lots of information and inspiration.
Rick also has more than a dozen lessons/tips on his YouTube channel.
If you go to his website you should see links for this.
You can also get photography and photoshop lessons on http://www.kelbytraining.com/
You can get several free photoshop lessons on http://www.layersmagazine.com/
So, not only were we enlightened with great images, we were also given an opportunity to continue learning.
I hope you all will check out all the great info. It really is amazing stuff.