February Photo of the Month

Congratulations to Don Hershberger and Joe Tinervia for winning this month’s contest  

“All but two will fit in the closet” by Don Hershberger.  What started out as a fairly straightforward photo of the model furniture against a plain background progressed to become a pieced together simulation of a wall in a house as the background with electrical outlet and a picture hung on it.


“Wu in the Wild” by Joe Tinervia. This image was captured during the Guild’s outing in St. Joseph Michigan along the shore. You can see the Wen is walking along the edge of the metal seawall. The hills in the background are actually ice formations with sand blown over them to give them that unique texture of an alien planet. I wanted to get him in silhouette with some lens flare so I ran over to get into position as he was walking along. I am happy with the resulting image.

I shot this on a Canon 6d with my 70-200mm f/2.8 lens at 73mm, f/3.2, 1/1000sec ISO 100, +2 Exposure compensation set due to the strong back-lighting. I cropped, raised the contrast and clarity, adjusted overall exposure down a bit and lightened up the shadows and Wen’s face in Lightroom.

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Next Photographers Guild Meeting – Rescheduled

Photograph by Larry Baumgardt

Because our February meeting was cancelled (due to flooded roads) this past Wednesday, it has been rescheduled for Wednesday February 28, at 6:00.

  • Educational Topic for February: The challenge topic for March is “multiple exposure/compositing to create an image”. We will have a demonstration of how to do this on your camera (some models will not have this feature) or how to composite photographs in Photoshop.
  • Branden Beachy will discuss and demonstrate a new hot-ziggity selection tool in Photoshop and also    demonstrate how to take an salvageable photo and make it salvageable.
  • Discussion of Upcoming/ongoing events
  • Photo of the Month Contest – Voting/Critique
  • Challenge-photo and open-photograph critique
  • Adjourn promptly at 8pm


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Zine Workshop – February 24th, 2018

WHEN: February 24th, 2018 – Zine Workshop from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Taught by Mike Goodwin

COST: Free

Preregistration required….

WHAT’S A ZINE?  Not sure about the difference between a magazine and a zine? Here’s a quick definition: a zine is an independently published booklet, often by a single person. They used to be created by physically cutting and gluing text and images together onto a master flat for photocopying, but now it’s more common to produce the master by typing and formatting pages on a computer.

What you will learn:

  1. What is a zine
  2. History of zines
  3. Go over examples of zines from basic to more complex
  4. Other options for publishing your own work.
  5. Over view of zine making tools including photoshop
  6. Zine templates and tools
  7. Open discussion and hands on.

What to bring:

  1. Your laptop
  2. 15-20 images you might want to make into a zine
  3. If you can’t bring your PC you can print your images out in draft Quality to start the formatting process.  I will cover both approaches.

I will provide some templates and supplies to produce a basic zine.  We will have time to start a zine or developed an idea for one.

The workshop will be a relaxed discussion and hands on morning. I hope to give you tools and ideas on publishing you work, without breaking the bank.


Photo Challenge Topic for January 2018

Photo by Kay Rhodes (taken with Samsung S7 Phone)

January’s challenge subject is iPhoneography* / point and shoot, simple Camera. 

The goal of this challenge is to encourage you not to limit your self by your gear.   There are many artists using simple cameras to produce some amazing work.

We have included links to three artists that Mike Goodwin follows.  Each has a unique style using very basic cameras.


One of the joys Mike gets from using a “Toy” camera is the fact that it frees you from the complex menus and dials.  It gives him a chance to only think about composition and light.  Knowing the basics of photography will help you better guess what the out come will be.   There is always a little bit of unknown using a “Toy” camera, but that’s part of the experience.

*For any one who does not know iPhoneography means taking and editing an image with a phone.   One of the best apps for this is Snapseed.   There are many other apps that give less traditional images from your pictures like Prisma.

If anyone would like to try shooting with a Holga, a Brownie Hawkeye, or pinhole contact Mike Goodwin.

The holidays are coming and everybody has a phone, use it to practice and see what you can do.