August 2, 2011

Meeting site: BCA studio in Old Town Hall

Sixteen members of the group attended the meeting and were welcomed at 7 pm. by Marv Goldschmitt who chaired the meeting.

Marv clarified a technical tip he presented at the last meeting dealing with the use of  the camera’s internal meter to set long-shutter (beyond 30 sec.), low-light exposures.  The reference is courtesy of Craig Tanner, Radiant Vista.  This tip will be available in the files section of the BCA Photography Yahoo Group in the near future (if you’re not a member of this Yahoo Group, contact Bob Bass ( for an invitation that will allow you to join.

Marv reviewed the guidelines and timelines for submitting images to Jean Hammond for the September show.  Members who have submitted preliminary images may submit up to four images to by 8/16 to be considered for selection.  Reviews of the images (and notification of the accepted artists) will take place on August 19.  No more than two images per person will be selected.  Important points to remember:

  • Indicate what frame size you plan to use (outside dimensions)
  • Indicate image dimensions

For images selected for the show:

  • Frames must be ready to hang; must have wires in place
  • Submit title of image, name of artist, and price if for sale.  The library committee will take care of putting this information on labels;
  • All sales must be handled privately between buyer and artist
  • Drop off at the library will be September 12 afternoon and evening or the morning of the 13th after 9:30
  • Include a couple of sentences about the work or your philosophy
  • Reception will be October 2nd, 5-6 p.m.

Michael Milicia will be teaching a class for Shoot the Light entitled “Fundamentals of Digital Nature Photography” on August 13th or 14th  in Billerica.  Contact Mike at for more information.

Carlton Soohoo volunteered use of his studio at 200 the Great Road for the October 4th meeting.  The agenda will include image sharing/critique and a presentation by Carlton on his work with panoramic photography.

The remainder of the evening was spent sharing images that members are considering submitting for the September show, “From Dusk to Dawn”.  Michael Baker had collected images from those who wanted to share them and set up his new MacBook (thank you Michael for getting it in time for the meeting!) in Lightroom to try out suggested adjustments made by the group members.  Mark Levinson reminded us of the approach to image critique that he laid out in the May meeting (see a pdf of Mark’s slides in the files section of the BCA Photography Yahoo Group site).  This set the stage for discussion in terms of what feedback the photographer wanted from the group, an analysis of the visual centers of interest and strength, and suggestions for improving the images with post processing.  An estimated 20-25 images were reviewed.

Following the review of images, the group consensus was that the exercise was helpful and should become a regular component of future meetings.

Next meeting, September 6, 7 p.m. at the BCA space in the Old Town Hall.  Agenda will include presentation on producing sharp images and continued image sharing/critique.

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