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Photoclub meeting – February 19th

Join us on Monday, February 19th at 5:00pm – 6:30pm at OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Clemson University), Cheezem Education Center on the Square at Patrick Square for our monthly meeting. Jack Fanning is our presenter. We look forward to seeing a presentation on his RV trip that he and his wife, Anna, took last summer.

PSA – 1st round Competition

If you are a club member and wish to participate in the 1st round of the new PSA Competition, the deadline is this Friday (October 20, 2017). Email up to 2  resized photos (Horizontal images will be no more than 1024 pixels wide or 768 pixels tall. Vertical images will be no more than 768 pixels tall. ) to Otto Kohler ( no later than Oct 20th.

Click here for guidelines for PSA’s competitions.

8th Annual Member Show Exhibit is Open

The 8th Annual Member Show Exhibit is open for the public to view Monday thru Thursdays 8 am – 4:00 pm at the Charles K. Cheezem Education Center, Thomas Green Blvd, on the square in Patrick Square, Clemson, SC.

We held our Member Show’s opening reception last night (Oct 16th – our regular scheduled meeting time). We had a great turnout. Thank you everyone for bringing food and refreshments. We also thank those members who came on Friday afternoon to help hang the show!

To view the 8th Annual Member Exhibit online, click here.

Club meeting – July 17, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

This is a reminder of our Photoclub Meeting on Monday, July 17 @ 5:00 pm at OLLI (Cheezem Education Center on the Square – Patrick Square).

Assignment: Our assignment is “Stars and Stripes”. Please upload 2 photos to our Assignments folder:

Presenter:  Larry Bennett, a fine art photographer, will present, “From My View” Tales from the Trails and other adventures along the way. He is a board member at the Blue Ridge Arts Center in Seneca and recently directed the First International Photographic Juried Art Show for the Center. He is a member of the “Art Gallery” on Pendleton Square, and a recent winner in the Anderson Arts Center Juried Art Show.

Larry Bennett is from Michigan and became interested in photography while shooting for his high school year book. He studied the “Zone System” for black and white photography with Howard Bond. Larry states understanding the “Zone System” allowed him to explore his creative processes. He has traveled extensively throughout the west and North America.  Larry has Exhibited in many juried art exhibitions all over the United States.

He provides private instruction and photographic tours. He does environmental portraits. He provides digital copy work and fine printing. Larry is married to Susanne Bennett and they live in Salem.

CJ Elfont to speak on Mirrorless Cameras – April 17th @ 5pm

CJ Elfont will speak to the Photoclub on Mirrorless Cameras. We will have a number of them to try after the presentation. Please bring your own camera (whatever you have) and a tripod. Plan on taking a photo with your camera, removing the memory card and placing it into one of the mirrorless cameras and taking the same photo and comparing the quality of the exact two photos once you get home.

Our assignment is Musicians. Please upload up to 2 photos to our Member Gallery. You must be a dues paying member to do so.

See you on Monday!

March 17th Meeting

The Clemson Photo Club invited Chuck Peterson to present: Photographing Amphibians/Reptiles & iNATURALIST – an application to explore and connect with Nature. Chuck is a biological sciences professor at Idaho State University and an Affiliate Curator of Herpetology for the Idaho Museum of Natural History. During a current sabbatical he is working on a citizen science project utilizing the iNaturalist mobile application to document the occurrence of amphibians and reptiles in Idaho. Much of his work has centered on reptile populations on Idaho’s Snake River Plain and on amphibian populations in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. He is an avid nature photographer and seeks to use his photography to conserve and restore amphibian and reptile species and their habitats. iNaturalist is available for all to connect with Nature and explore and share your observations from the natural world. It is worth looking at the site. You have the option to explore the site.

Congratulations to Del Kimbler, Russ Carlson, and Barbara Whitney with accepted works into the Blue Ridge Arts Center Juried Photo Exhibition. Show is up until April 28, Gallery is open Wednesday – Friday, 1:00 – 4:30 and Saturdays 10;00 -1:00. Russ Carlson’s work ”Abandoned Train Station” was featured in one-half page of the Daily Journal/Tribune on Thursday, March 16, 2017.

Thanks go to OTTO KOHLER for leading the OLLI Lightroom/Photoshop Users Group. They met March 17th with seven members present. Visit the CPC Web site for all the information given. Contact Otto Kohler if you are interested in joining this group (

Anderson Arts Center Annual Juried Art Show- Submit Ready to Hang Entries due for submission March 30, April 1,2 and the show runs April 14- May 26, 2017. Web site:

Clemson Arts Center 12 x 12 Open Exhibition – May 4 – June 10, 2017 Web Site:

May 15 Critique:

Del Kimbler will do a critique of your Photo at our regularly scheduled May 15th meeting. We can go ahead and submit a photo to the Clemson Photo Club Website Download to the CPC web site: Galeries: Critiques


  • Thank you Dianne DeMont for being our PSA Representative for the past two years.
  • Thank you Carolyn Collmer for being our NEW PSA Representative. If you would like to help with judging, learn about the criteria, email Carolyn:
  • April 15, 2017 is the deadline to enter the PSA contest for the May 1st Submission. Email your submission to Otto Kohler ( The size requirements are on the CPC website. All submissions will be judged and six entries will be chosen to represent the Clemson Photo Club in the PSA-PID division Contest.

April 17, 2017 CPC Meeting
Speaker: CJ Elf0nt Speaking on Mirror-less / Micro four thirds Camera’s.

If you own a micro four thirds camera please bring it with a tripod if you would like. Some photographers are selling their heavy large and bulky DSLR’s and switching to this format camera.

Next Month Assignment: Musicians

Lightroom & Photoshop Users Group Mtg. Feb 17

-We discussed what the primary meeting content should be. Some instruction will be necessary to get the majority of the group to a level of proficiency using Lightroom. My preference for this is a mix of video instruction and one on one demonstration. The better online instructors (We know who they are) are more experienced and organized than most of our members. Their videos are better than anything we could produce and are entertaining. Users questions are best answered after a presentation or one on one and we will provide time for that.

-Watching some instructional videos on your own and editing a few hundred pictures will get most people 80 percent of what they need to get started in Lightroom, Photoshop may be a different story.

-At the next meeting there will be a short (not more than ½ hour) presentation on setting up the Lightroom Catalog and importing pictures, followed by experienced members working with those that want help.

-Weblinks to video instruction and free ebooks will also be provided.

– The Photoshop piece of the User group will need some help from experienced users to provide interest to both experienced and novice users. The groups may separate during the meetings or have a separate meeting. We will evolve, if no one steps up to coordinate Photoshop discussions we will drop the Photoshop piece. (Sorry, I have limits and have practice saying NO to unreasonable demands.)

-A discussion on how Adobe Photoshop Elements fits in with what we plan on doing was held. There are many similarities and shared capabilities between all three programs (and many other editing programs) but we simply can’t cover everything and don’t intend to try. That said, moving back and forth between Lightroom, Photoshop, ON1, Google Nik, and others probably be discussion topics as we go.

Otto’s responsibilities include:

  • Publish meeting notes to the Club website by a Blog entry and email.
  • Include any Weblinks discussed or used during the meetings.
  • Schedule meetings and coordinate with OLLI as space requirements change.
  • Present information on recent Lightroom changes and updates.
  • Maintain a Lightroom reference section on the Club webpage.

Here are links to the two videos shown during the meeting:

Ed Gregory: Quickstart Guide

Terry White 6 favorite Lightroom Features

One other video (for everybody) I mentioned on organizing:

Tim Grey Cleaning up your mess in Lightroom

The next meeting will be held on Friday March 17th at 1:00 pm in the OLLI auditorium unless otherwise notified.


Renowned guest speaker, Mark Buckler

Mark Buckler, renowned photographic instructor and wildlife biologist will be our guest speaker at Monday’s meeting (February 20th) @ 5:00 at OLLI (Cheezem Education Center on Patrick Square). Mark Buckler has been actively documenting nature for over 30 years. He was born on Cape Cod, MA and his passion for photography was ignited and honed in this area of natural our beauty. In 2005, Mark moved to the Outer Banks of NC, where he continues to reside and pursue his passion for nature, wildlife and landscape photography. Mark’s degree in wildlife biology from the University of Vermont and his extensive experience as a wildlife field biologist provides him with a deep understanding of nature and animal behavior. This knowledge enhances Mark’s ability to capture unique and interesting nature images and also put his workshop clients into the right spots to capture the most compelling images. Read more >

Our assignment for this month is:  Curves. Please upload 2 photos to our assignments folder in the Member Galleries ( ).

Call for Entries – Blue Ridge Arts Center National Photography Exhibition

The Blue Ridge Arts Center is calling for entries for their National Juried Photography Exhibition. The show opens March 17 and closes April 28, 2017. The Blue Ridge Arts Center’s Photography Exhibition is open to all photographers in the United States. This exhibit is held in the Blue Ridge Arts Center Gallery, located at 111 E. South Second Street in Seneca, South Carolina. Check out for information on submitting up to 3 works for consideration. Deadline is February 16th.