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Mar
3
Wed
Seat-of-the-Pants Portrait Lighting by Rick Phillips @ Zoom
Mar 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Seat-of-the-Pants Portrait Lighting by Rick Phillips @ Zoom

Join us for a presentation from Darkroomers own Rick Phillips on Portrait Lighting.

This presentation will take place via Zoom. Members will be emailed with the meeting link. If you’d like to attend as a guest, please email info@darkroomers.com and we’ll add you to the guest list.

About Rick:

Born in Texas but growing-up in the Whittier area of Los Angeles… Rick spent a lot of time driving his 1949 Chevy up to the San Gabriel Mountains for the snow and down to Huntington Beach for the surf. Even though he never had a formal photography class, when he was in high school, he always could be found with a camera taking photos for the school newspaper or yearbook. And, he did some feature photos for several community newspapers. After his Freshman year, he spent the summer working two jobs to buy himself a 4”x5” Speed Graphic camera and a 50-60 pound strobe!

Colleges used to sponsor Journalism/photo contests for LA area high schools and he won trophies for feature and sports photos. He even won the then unheard-of sum of $10.00 in a national photo contest sponsored by the American Optometric Association!

Based on compositional skills, not technical, his teachers wanted him to enroll in LA Trade Tech’s photography program, but his mother wouldn’t hear of it… HER SON was going to be the first in the family to attend a real college! So, after graduation, he attended real San Diego State and he took no photos for four years. Marriage and the Navy followed graduation.

He was given a Mamiya Sekor 35mm as a graduation present and his interests in photography was marginally rekindled as he sold photos to the other students of them flying. After returning to SD from Pensacola, he took a few photos, but most of his time was spent working for SDG&E and raising a son and daughter. (He’s a fire captain in Solana Beach and she’s a director for an international financial firm.)

When he retired, he returned to the Mamiya Sekor but, soon, discovered digital photography. He bought a Sony Mavica and wasted a year or two with it… then, he started getting serious and bought a Nkon D70. Fortunately, there were DSLR Meet Ups and other camera clubs to teach him enough technical skills to get by.

On several cruises with his wife, he took “post card photos”, but nothing serious. Also, he photographed the various archaeological and paleontologic sites at which volunteered. The addition of a telephoto lens, eventually, added bird and nature photos to his repertoire. Finally, he discovered his true passion when Ken Cohen taught him the basics of studio portraiture.

Since then, he has worked a few commercial gigs (Turn Key Properties, Wells Fargo Bank, a clothing firm, senior portraits, etc), but, mostly, he’s pissed-off everyone he knows by repeatedly asking them to sit for portraits!

Mar
17
Wed
Darkroomers Monthly Critique Night @ Zoom
Mar 17 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Darkroomers Monthly Critique Night @ Zoom | San Diego | California | United States

Join us for our Monthly Critique Night via Zoom!

Our judge for March is Drema Swader.

Members will be emailed with Zoom meeting information. If you’d like to attend as a guest, please contact us to be added to the guest list.

Image critiques are available for members only. If you’d like more information about joining Darkroomers, please check out our membership page and email us if you have any questions.

Mar
31
Wed
Quarterly Competition Submission Deadline: REGAL
Mar 31 @ 8:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Quarterly Competition Submission Deadline: REGAL @ San Diego | California | United States

Our first quarter theme for 2021 is REGAL

Members can submit up to two (2) monochrome and two (2) color photographs, no later than 8pm (PT) on the competition date. Submission instructions will be sent to members via email.

All submissions will be posted online within 3 days after entries close for members to vote. Winners will be announced at the second meeting of the following month.

Scoring

Members shall earn one (1) point for each print entered into the competition. Additional points shall be awarded to each division winning image as follows:

Three (3) points for each First Place winning image.

Two (2) points for each Second Place winning image.

One (1) point for each Third Place winning image.

Awards

At the end of each year, the member(s) with the highest number of points in the Monochrome division shall be awarded the Harris Wallace Perpetual Trophy. The member(s) with the highest number of points in the Color division shall be awarded the Pitt Warner Perpetual Trophy.

 

Apr
7
Wed
DUNEWORK by Bob Canepa @ Zoom
Apr 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
DUNEWORK by Bob Canepa @ Zoom

Join us for DUNEWORK, a presentation by Bob Canepa on how he captures his beautiful black and white photos of sand dunes.

This presentation will take place via Zoom. Members will be emailed with the meeting link. If you’d like to attend as a guest, please email info@darkroomers.com and we’ll add you to the guest list.

About Bob Canepa:

In 2004, while teaching mathematics to junior high students in Atascadero, a small group of them said, “Hey, Mr. Canepa, why don’t you take a picture of us with our friends?” I replied that I did not own a camera, and they promptly problem solved the situation and said, “GET ONE!” So, with a smile, I began a journey into photography. 

I find myself in awe of this art form each day. There is always something to photograph, always a different perspective, angle or a change in the lighting. There are those moments of learning where nothing tangible comes that day from my efforts, but in the future it becomes obvious that that day was just an opportunity to take another path headed to the same goal . . . that of becoming a better photographer and expanding my vision. This makes every day a joy, whatever the subject is, it is a challenge to capture the essence of the moment. It’s also play, like a child who loses him/herself in absolute focus and thought of that play. No wonder so many people have chosen to participate in improving their skills in photography. I owe so much to those 7th grade students for so many reasons, photography being one. 

I am passionate about dune photography and have been “playing” in the dunes for years. I find something new each time when I visit the Oceano Dunes in Oceano, California. (I return approximately once per week). Within 45 minutes from my home I can be up on top of the highest dune surveying the entire area and planning for images as the sun descends in the coming hours. It can be the tranquility that the dunes area provides, the segments of the dunes revealing intricate patterns, or simply the contours of areas, that draws me back, but it all provides an ever-changing environment filled with opportunities to explore and create images which allow me to share my vision of the wondrous landform.

Apr
21
Wed
Darkroomers Monthly Critique Night @ Zoom
Apr 21 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Darkroomers Monthly Critique Night @ Zoom | San Diego | California | United States

Join us for our Monthly Critique Night via Zoom!

Our judge for April is Paul Shilling.

Members will be emailed with Zoom meeting information. If you’d like to attend as a guest, please contact us to be added to the guest list.

Image critiques are available for members only. If you’d like more information about joining Darkroomers, please check out our membership page and email us if you have any questions.

May
5
Wed
Epic Photos in Record Time with Vanelli
May 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Epic Photos in Record Time with Vanelli

Registration required! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Join Florida-based portrait and sports photographer, longtime LinkedIn Learning Educator, and Skylum’s Director of Education, Vanelli, as he shares his creative process using the innovative technology in Luminar AI. He’ll introduce you to Skylum’s flagship RAW photo editor and show how it can speed up and enhance your photo editing workflow.

We know your time is precious, so in this informative session, you’ll get three things: (a) a complete demonstration of Luminar AI using a wide variety of photo types; (b) an understanding of how artificial intelligence can help you achieve creative results quickly without taking away any creativity or creative control; and (c) how your Adobe workflow can be expanded when Luminar AI is used as a plugin.

Luminar AI is an innovative photo editor from Skylum Software based on Artificial Intelligence that puts incredible power and ease-of-use into your hands. This award-winning software for Mac and Windows is packed full of fast and intuitive tools that let you easily make fantastic images. Use as a standalone or as a creative extension for Adobe Lightroom Classic CC and Adobe Photoshop CC.

Registration required! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

May
19
Wed
Darkroomers Monthly Critique Night @ Photographic Arts Building
May 19 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us for our Monthly Critique Night. Members bring in prints for critique. Those prints accepted by the Judge will hang for up to 2 months in our member gallery.

Judges Vary Monthly. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served!

To become a member and submit your images for critique. Visit our Membership page

Jun
12
Sat
Darkroomers Weekend Workshop Series @ Photographic Arts Building
Jun 12 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Join Darkroomers for their Weekend Workshop Series.

Topics vary monthly.

Jun
16
Wed
Darkroomers Monthly Critique Night @ Photographic Arts Building
Jun 16 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us for our Monthly Critique Night. Members bring in prints for critique. Those prints accepted by the Judge will hang for up to 2 months in our member gallery.

Judges Vary Monthly. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served!

To become a member and submit your images for critique. Visit our Membership page

Jun
30
Wed
Quarterly Competition Submission Deadline: Ant’s Eye View
Jun 30 @ 8:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Quarterly Competition Submission Deadline: Ant's Eye View @ San Diego | California | United States

Our second quarter theme for 2021 is Ant’s Eye View

Members can submit up to two (2) monochrome and two (2) color photographs, no later than 8pm (PT) on the competition date. Submission instructions will be sent to members via email.

All submissions will be posted online within 3 days after entries close for members to vote. Winners will be announced at the second meeting of the following month.

Scoring

Members shall earn one (1) point for each print entered into the competition. Additional points shall be awarded to each division winning image as follows:

Three (3) points for each First Place winning image.

Two (2) points for each Second Place winning image.

One (1) point for each Third Place winning image.

Awards

At the end of each year, the member(s) with the highest number of points in the Monochrome division shall be awarded the Harris Wallace Perpetual Trophy. The member(s) with the highest number of points in the Color division shall be awarded the Pitt Warner Perpetual Trophy.