The Wassenberg Camera Club’s next meeting will be held Thursday, Feb.
13, at 7 p.m. at the Wassenberg Art Center at 214 S. Washington Street.
“Night Photography” will be the competition theme. For a $1 entry fee,
members may submit three 4-inch x 6-inch prints or jpg slides. Pictures
must include the competition name, slide title and owner’s name. Please
email slide files no larger than 1-megabyte each to:
firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Tuesday, Feb. 11. Winners must be
present to receive awards.
The program that evening will be on
Special Effects. Three techniques will be discussed. Ghost Photography
(how to make images transparent), Bokeh (how to produce a soft, blurred
background), and Starbursts (how to show rays of light).
Wassenberg Camera Club meetings are open to the public and anyone,
regardless of skill level who has an interest in photography is
encouraged to attend.
Night Photography might be defined in two different ways. One could
say it is that time when the sun is below the horizon, or it’s the time
between dusk and dawn. Either way, the sun’s rays might be visible on
high peaks, buildings or clouds, but the sun itself would not be seen.
sorts of shooting opportunities arise during this time. City streets
and buildings may become more vibrant, rising and setting suns often
paint rich colors on the clouds and bodies of water, storms may produce
dramatic lightning flashes, outdoor concerts and sporting events can
afford lighting not available at other times, moon and star pictures
can’t be taken at any other time, and fair and amusement park rides can
provide interesting light patterns. With a little thought, there’s many
other opportunities you can add.
The purpose, or subject of your
picture, will determine whether you will shoot early to gain the light
and color to decrease the difference between the lights and their
background, or late to emphasize that contrast. In either case, the
tripod will be needed to assure a sharp image. Activating the image
stabilization and noise reduction and/or using the self-timer or cable
release will also improve the sharpness.
Many cameras have a low
light or nighttime setting. Activating it will help with exposure. Auto
focus is not accurate in low light, so use your manual settings. Take a
flashlight with you for changing camera settings in the dark and an
extra set of batteries for the camera. Misunderstandings can happen
after dark, so you may want to inform law enforcement and/or property
owners of your presence and intent before setting up to shoot. It should
be an interesting evening. See you at 7 p.m. on the 13th.
have any questions regarding our camera club, classes or programs or
would like to sign up please call the Wassenberg Art Center at (419)
238-6837, email: email@example.com or register for classes
online at: wassenbergartcenter.org.
Hours during exhibits are:
Tuesday through Sunday 1–5 p.m. The Wassenberg Art Center is located at
214 South Washington Street in Van Wert.