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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
14
Fri
Milky Way Photography at Joshua Tree National Park @ Joshua Tree National Park
May 14 – May 16 all-day

Join your fellow Darkroomers for a quick trip to Joshua Tree National Park to photograph the Milky Way, May 14-16, 2021. (Optional 1 0r 2 nights)

We will meet to caravan in front of the Visitor Center before preceding to the West entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. Time to be determined.

There are rooms available at the Super8 Wyndham at Joshua Tree Yucca Valley for $85.00 per night. Camping is also an option. Lots of restaurants and grocery stores. Covid-19 orders are still in place with restaurants offering take out and outdoor dining.  Bring your mask.

If you are interested in attending please email Melanie at plummermelanie@ymail.com.

Our plan for the evenings will be developing thru PhotoPills to determine the direction of the Milky Way. I will be scouting sights when I arrive early Friday. There are pit toilets at the Boy Scout Trail and Cap Rock Parking lots. We will start at one of these 2 sights. Possible move to another area early morning. Be prepared for nighttime temps in JTree to be in the 50’s so a warm coat and cap is a must. Also a headlamp with red light.

Why Joshua Tree and why Next week….? Larry McDaniel at George’s Camera suggested the May is the perfect time for photographing the Milky Way arch at Joshua Tree.  It is lower in the sky this time of year.  The evening weather is better than the frigid night weather at Laguna Mountain and Lake Henshaw next weekend.

May
19
Wed
Darkroomers Monthly Critique Night @ Zoom
May 19 @ 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 May is Michelle Pennings.

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.

About Michelle:

Michelle is an International Award-Winning Fine Art Photographer located in San Diego, CA. She is the Director of West Coast School of Photography and has served as secretary of Professional Photographers of California. Michelle has earned her CPP (Certified Professional Photographer) and is currently working to earn her Masters in Photography from PPA. Michelle specializes in themed portrait sessions for children. When she isn’t busy creating new sets and painting backdrops she can be found photographing underwater.

Michelle’s recent distinctions:

  • 2020 PPA Bronze Medalist Photographer of the Year
  • 2020 PPC High School Photographer of the Year
  • 2020 PPSDC Pet Photographer of the Year
  • 2019 Western District 2nd Place Senior Portrait
  • 2018 PPSDC Photographer of the Year
  • Associate of WPPI
  • Associate of The Portrait Masters

www.designsbychelle.com

https://www.facebook.com/designsbychellephotography/

IG @designsbychellephotography

IG @familyphotosandiego

Jun
2
Wed
My Journey as a Landscape Astrophotographer with Stephen Bay @ Zoom
Jun 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Darkroomers members will be sent Zoom log in info via email. If you’d like to attend as a guest, please contact us so we can add you to the guest list.


Although I’ve been a photographer for many years, I’ve only recently started photographing the night sky and trying to capture the Milky Way and other celestial bodies. In this talk, I’ll go over my journey as a landscape astrophotographer. Starting from the very beginning where I fumbled around in the dark and couldn’t operate my camera properly to the point where I am doing shoots that require hours of planning and fieldwork. I’ll go over how I choose my subjects and why I strive to remain local even when sky conditions are not the best.

Presenter Bio

Stephen Bay is a landscape photographer living in San Diego. His focus has been on photographing our beautiful city with its amazing coastlines, cityscapes, and inland mountain & desert regions. His carefully planned and executed photos have attracted the attention of local media and he has won several awards from the San Diego County Fair. Previously, he focused on travel stock and published a photo book of Los Angeles with Twin Lights Publishers. He is regularly involved with photography education through workshops & presentations, and he is an admin for the Light Chasers community.
Originally Stephen was from Canada and came to the U.S. for graduate school in Computer Science. He then met his wife and permanently settled in California. After leaving a career as a data scientist, he now pursues photography full-time.
Jun
16
Wed
Darkroomers Monthly Critique Night @ Zoom
Jun 16 @ 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 June is Larry Vogel.

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.

About Larry

Larry Vogel describes himself as an artist who uses the medium of photography as well as sculpture, painting and ceramics. He has been an exhibiting artist for over thirty years. His work is included in numerous private and corporate collections. Vogel is currently represented by the Susan Spiritus Gallery, Newport Beach, CA.

Vogel teaches his popular online webinars throughout the year. Workshop, webinar and private one-on-one sessions are detailed on his website, www.lavogel.com.

In addition to his busy workshop schedule, Larry is founder and director of the Digital Photo Exchange – DPX. Monthly meetings centered around a critique format are held online, twice a month. More information can be found at: https://www.lavogel.com/DPX.html

Vogel is a well sought-after juror and presenter for many art and photo events, which include the San Diego Fair, Orange County Fair, San Clemente Art Association and many photo groups throughout Southern California. Be sure to check his website for his schedule of events and workshops. 

www.lavogel.com/workshops

Jun
26
Sat
Exploring Photographic Techniques: Energize Your Creativity with Vicki Wert @ Zoom
Jun 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Exploring Photographic Techniques: Energize Your Creativity with Vicki Wert @ Zoom

Vicki Wert is a Cleveland-based photographer with an eclectic background.  She is a lifelong classically-trained musician and also a retired Certified Public Accountant.  She is also passionate about the art of photography in spite of earning her living in other fields.  She has been involved in photography for more than 30 years, and after joining the Cleveland Photographic Society (CPS) 11 years ago, she became very serious in her pursuit of that art.  She has won numerous awards at CPS and has been honored to take part in many exhibitions in the Cleveland area.  She is also a Photoshop instructor at CPS and serves on the board of directors.  While enjoying most types of subject matter, Vicki particularly pursues landscape, wildlife, floral, and macro photography.

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.

 

Jul
7
Wed
Photoshop Techniques, Real-Life Examples with Larry Vogel @ Zoom
Jul 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Darkroomers members will be sent Zoom log-in info via email. If you’d like to attend as a guest, please contact us so we can add you to the guest list.


Photoshop Techniques, Real-Life Examples with Larry Vogel

Larry Vogel Presents: Photoshop Techniques, Real-Life Examples – Problems & Solutions

Larry has been holding monthly critique sessions for over thirty years. During these sessions, he has helped hundreds of photographers improve the quality of their photographs through group critiques and offering image processing solutions through Photoshop. 

Vogel has gathered thousands of “real-life” images from past critique participants. He will draw from this collection of photos as he leads the group through a series of before and after Real Life Examples, showing image problems and Photoshop solutions. This is guaranteed to satisfy both sides of the technical and aesthetic photographer.

Contact information:

Jul
11
Sun
Zen in art of photography with Bernard Mendoza
Jul 11 @ 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Zen in art of photography with Bernard Mendoza

This event is a Darkroomers member-only event and signup is required (maximum 8 attendees).

Zen in art of photography – The creative process.

One of the major things I missed whilst giving my workshops online was the conversation.  It really is hard, certainly for me, to have a good conversation with a group through the internet.  So, I’m excited to get back to live workshops particularly as my workshops are really just conversations.  I am a great believer that we learn best by participating and sharing with like-minded people.  Good conversation is a perfect method and hopefully, it will give you an entirely new way of looking at yourself and your work as a visual storyteller.

Some of the subjects we’ll talk through are, why do we make photographs and what is the difference between taking and making a photograph – what makes an artist – the artist as a storyteller and being literate as a visual storyteller – choosing our subject and our relationship with it – how important is intuition and what does it tell us about ourselves, what are we thinking about when we make a photograph.  Like any good conversation, it will take on a life of its own and will cover many more subjects that will inspire and excite you to make photographs.

My role in this is just as a guide taking you through a journey because there are certain things no one can teach you.  Hopefully, though, new doors will open giving you the opportunity to explore.

Attendees need to bring:

  • Camera
  • 3-4 prints (size not important)
  • Snack/lunch

Signup

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

Darkroomers members will be sent Zoom log-in info via email. If you’d like to attend as a guest, please contact us so we can add you to the guest list.

Join us for our Monthly Critique Night!

Our guest judge for July is Diane Peck.

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.

About Diane

I hail from Rochester New York – the home of Eastman Kodak! And, yes, I worked for Kodak and am a current retiree.  And, my family was a Kodak family – grandfather, aunts, uncles, and my Dad.  I took up photography at a young age, motivated by the fact that I was more comfortable behind the camera than in front of it!  I took numerous photography classes while employed by Kodak and that was in the days of the darkrooms!

Eventually, I relocated from Rochester to California but still kept photographing.  Initially, I joined 2 “camera clubs”, and then I joined the Photographic Society of America (PSA).  After joining PSA, I took their “Image Evaluation” course.  I have competed internationally; having received awards, honorable mentions, and a judge’s choice award.

I have judged competitions for the PSA Council of Camera Clubs (Southern California Association of Camera Clubs – (SCACC), Southern California Council of Camera Clubs (S4C), and have judged for several years for the Fallbrook Camera Club.  Lastly, for the last few years, I have volunteered to judge the Student Showcase at the San Diego Fair.  In 2017, I was accepted as a judge in the International Exhibit of Photography at the San Diego Fair.

I love photography – it is the best hobby I could have found and I consider myself lucky to be able to continue my passion into the future.