Club Calendar

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September 2018

Monday, September 10, 7pm · First meeting of the 2018-2019 season – welcome!  We'll start with an introduction to the Portland Camera Club and our activities. The club's Executive Board will be introduced.  Also, the Summer Print Challenge: Photographer's Choice  One print per person. Try to bring your print in by 6:45pm. All prints will be displayed and voted on by anyone present before the meeting and during the break. After the break, the winner will be announced, and we will have an informal critique session on the winner and other prints as time allows. Moderator is Mike Cullivan. The maker of the highest scoring print wins a free membership in the Portland Camera Club for the 2018-2019 season!

Monday, September 17, 7pm · Discussion Night: Introduce Yourself to the Club through a Projected Image.  Members and newcomers, you are invited to show one of your images as a way of introducing yourself and your work. This will be a welcoming and supportive discussion. Moderator is Eric Piskura. Please submit one image as a JPG by emailing the image file to pccupload@gmail.com (this is the club's submissions in-box). Every entry will receive a confirmation email within 48 hours. Images should be sized at maximum width: 1400px, max. height: 1050px. Deadline for images is 10:00 AM on Monday, Sept 17th.

Monday, September 24, 7pm · Guest Speaker: Ron Rosenstock  Professional photographer and workshop leader Ron Rosentock is this year's Maine Photography Show juror; the "special theme" this year is infrared photography. Visit Ron's website www.ronrosenstock.com.

October 2018

Monday, October 1, 7pm · Judging Seminar  An image-judging seminar with small group discussions. Presenter TBA.

Monday, October 8, 7pm · Projected Image Critque  How could this image be improved? Send in an image you would consider putting into competition and we'll discuss it in a supportive and helpful atmosphere. Please submit one image as a JPG by emailing the image file to pccupload@gmail.com (this is the club's submissions in-box). Every entry will receive a confirmation email within 48 hours. Images should be sized at maximum width: 1400px, max. height: 1050px. Deadline for images is 10:00 AM on Monday, Oct. 8th.

Monday, October 15, 7pm · Skill Building Night  How to prepare projected and print images for presentation & competition. Presenters: Mike Leonard and Bill Shumaker.

Monday, October 22, 7pm · Guest Speaker: C. David Tobie  David Tobie's presentation will be on color management. Visit David's website.

Monday, October 29, 7pm · Guest Speaker: JoAnn McDonald  JoAnn McDonald's presentation will be on astrophotography. Visit JoAnn's gallery on Flickr.

November 2018

Monday, November 5, 7pm · Projected Image Competition  Two images per member. Please observe the new maximum pixel size: 1920px wide by 1080px tall. Submission deadline: midnight Wednesday, October 31. Click here for image submission info.

Note: tonight is the last night to bring in prints for next week's Print Competition.

Friday, November 9, 5:30-7:00 · Bridges of Friendship Exhibit Opening  An exhibit celebrating the 30-year anniversary of two sister cities, Greater Portland, Maine, and Archangel, Russia, titled "Bridges of Friendship" opens at the Stonewall Gallery, 118 East Elm Street, Yarmouth. Visit the Bridges of Friendship web page.

Monday, November 12, 7pm · Print Competition  Two prints per member. Deadline for entries is November 5.

Monday, November 19, 7pm · Skill Building Night  PCC member Enigmah Archer Hirsch's presentation will be about infrared photography.

Monday, November 26, 7pm · Guest Speaker: Juan Pons  Professional photographer and teacher Juan Pons' presentation will be about wildlife photography. Visit Juan's website www.juanpons.org

December 2018

Monday, December 3, 7pm · Projected Image Competition  Two images per member. Dimensions must be 1920px maximum width, 1080px maximum height. Submission deadline: midnight Wednesday, November 28. Click here for image submission info.

Monday, December 10, 7pm · Plug-In Demonstrations  Learn how you can use third-party add-ons to enhance and adapt your images. Mike Leonard will begin with an introduction to common plug-ins for Photoshop and Lightroom. We will then break into small groups to hear members' presentations on NIK Color Efex, NIK Silver (B&W) Efex, Topaz Studio and its associated plug-ins and adjustments, Adobe Paper Texture Pro, and Imagenomic Portraiture.

Monday, December 17, 7pm · Holiday Party & Member Slide Shows Reprise 

Monday, December 24, · Holiday Break, No Meeting 

Monday, December 31, · Holiday Break, No Meeting 

January 2019

Monday, January 7, 7pm · Mobile Phone Photography, Session 1  "Phone to Frame" is club member Samm Marquis' first presentation on mobile phone photography, followed by a discussion of favorite mobile phone photo apps. (See Jan 21 for Session 2.)

Note: tonight is the last night to bring in prints for next week's Print Competition.

Monday, January 14, 7pm · Print Competition  Two prints per member. Deadline for entries is January 7.

Monday, January 21, 7pm · Mobile Phone Photography, Session 2  Samm Marquis' Monday night skill-building night continues! Tonight Samm will present editing options on a few different phone editing apps. Along with showcasing phone images members have worked on using their phone apps. Please submit one image as a JPG by emailing the image file to pccupload@gmail.com (this is the club's submissions in-box). Every entry will receive a confirmation email within 48 hours. Deadline for images is midnight on Sunday, January 20th.

Monday, January 28, 7pm · Guest Speaker: Heather Perry  Maine professional photographer Heather Perry's presentation will include images from one of her projects, Southgate Faces: Faces and Voices from an American Shipyard (with Hopper McDonough). Visit Heather's website www.heatherperryphoto.com.

February 2019

Monday, February 4, 7pm · Projected Image Competition  Two images per member. Dimensions must be 1920px maximum width, 1080px maximum height. Please name your file your-name-A or B-Title of Image.  Add C- to the beginning of the file (one file only) if you are requesting a critique, for example C-Art-Wolfe-A-Backyard-SquirrelSubmission deadline: midnight Wednesday, January 30. Click here for image submission info.

Monday, February 11, 7pm · Small Group Skill Building Night  We will be featuring three simultaneous presentations, with opportunity to move among them. Bring your camera for still-life shooting with Meredith Kennedy; Knapp Hudson will present on focus stacking, and Mike Leonard will discuss the fine points of Adobe Camera Raw.

Monday, February 18, 7pm · Skill Building Night  Creating Slide Shows: in preparation for Member Slide Shows on March 18, Mike Leonard will present on the creation of slide shows in the Windows program PicturesToExe.  For Mac or Lightroom fans, Knapp Hudson will demonstrate creating creating slide shows in Lightroom.

Monday, February 25, 7pm · Skill Building Night  Shooting and lighting with club member Eric Piskura. The Program includes a discussion of gear and camera settings for flash photography (camera settings for both DSLR and ML, TTL vs manual flash, triggers, etc.). Eric will demonstrate tethered capture and discuss the benefits such as LCD histogram vs Raw histogram, applying presets and adjustments, etc. He will also demonstrate simple lighting setups for portraits using a single light (loop, butterfly, clamshell, Rembrandt, split, broad vs short lighting). If time allows, Eric will get members involved in the shooting and will take any/all questions. 

March 2019

Monday, March 4, 7pm · Projected Image Competition  Two images per member. Dimensions must be 1920px maximum width, 1080px maximum height. Please name your file your-name-A or B-Title of Image.  Add C- to the beginning of the file (one file only) if you are requesting a critique, for example C-Art-Wolfe-A-Backyard-SquirrelSubmission deadline: midnight Wednesday, February 27. Click here for image submission info.

Note: tonight is the last night to bring in prints for next week's Print Competition.

Monday, March 11, 7pm · Print Competition  Two prints per member. Deadline for entries is March 4.

Monday, March 18, 7pm · Member Slide Shows  Always a popular, entertaining night of short slide shows by PCC members.

Monday, March 25, 7pm · Guest Speaker: Michael Blanchette  Professional photographer Michael Blanchette returns! Visit Michael's website www.michaelblanchette.com

April 2019

Monday, April 1, 7pm · Speaker: John Bald  Club member John Bald will talk about his experiences shooting images of baby bunnies to illustrate a book written by his wife, children's book author Cynthia Lord.  Borrowing Bunnies: A Surprising True Tale of Fostering Rabbits will be published by Farrar Straus Giroux on February 12, 2019.  John shot 3,000 images of the bunnies, from birth to maturity, and his presentation will cover the challenges he faced photographing fast moving rabbits, post processing the images, and working with an agent, editor and art director. Visit the Borrowing Bunnies web page and John's website.

Monday, April 8, 7pm · Projected Image Competition  Note: this is the final projected image competition of the 2018-19 season. Two images per member. Dimensions must be 1920px maximum width, 1080px maximum height. Please name your file your-name-A or B-Title of Image.  Add C- to the beginning of the file (one file only) if you are requesting a critique, for example C-Art-Wolfe-A-Backyard-SquirrelSubmission deadline: midnight Wednesday, April 3. Click here for image submission info.

Monday, April 15, 7pm · Composite Imagery, with Bill Shumaker and Susan Partridge  An evening of very different images! We'll begin with a review of the development and variety of composites, then Bill and Susan will present a selection of their own images and discuss inspiration and intention, methodology and work flow.

Monday, April 22, 7pm · One Shot Competition  For all the details, visit the One Shot page.

Saturday, April 27, 9am-4pm · Day Long Photography Seminar with Eddie Soloway  A day long workshop – for details click here.

Sunday, April 28, 9am-4pm · A Day of Shooting  A small-group event with the April 27 workshop leader, Eddie Soloway. For details click here.

Monday, April 29, 7pm · Guest Speaker: Brenton Hamilton  Visit www.brentonhamilton.com.

Note: tonight is the last night to bring in prints for next week's Print Competition.

May 2019

Monday, May 6, 7pm · Annual Club Meeting & Print Competition  Tonight is the Portland Camera Club's annual business meeting, including the election of Club President and Executive Board members for next year. Members will also vote on proposed amendments to Article V in the PCC By-laws (explained here). Also, tonight is the final print competition of the 2018-19 season. Two prints per member. Deadline for entries is April 29.

Monday, May 13, 6pm · Annual Club Banquet with Guest Speaker Alexandra de Steiguer  It's an evening of food, fun, giveaways and a great guest speaker (visit www.alexdesteiguer.com)
6pm–7pm: Social Hour (cash bar)
7pm–8pm: Dinner
8pm–9pm: Guest Speaker and PCC Awards
Location: The Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Ave, Portland (Google Maps)

The night will include a table of giveaway items, a print competition with a prize for attendees' choice for best in show, and centerpiece giveaways. Also, year-end competition awards will be presented to members who achieved the highest total scores for the year's projected image and print competitions.

All club members and their guests are welcome. Tickets are $30.00 per person. You can pay at a camera club meeting or pay for them online at the club's online payment page. Don't wait – tickets sold out last year!

Summer 2019

The Portland Camera Club doesn't hold meetings in June, July or August. See you in September!