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The Learning Special Interest Group

THE LEARNING SIG will present something interesting about photography on the 3rd Tuesday at 9:00AM in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Orchard Creek Lodge.  

Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.” – George Eastman

“In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.” – Aaron Rose

“I find the light and work it, work it, work it.” – Janice Dickinson

“What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time.” – John Berger

“Wherever there is light, one can photograph.” – Alfred Stieglitz

“A picture must possess a real power to generate light and for a long time now I’ve been conscious of expressing myself through light or rather in light.” – Henri Matisse

The mini workshops are posted  HERE  

               SPECIAL Virtual Learning SIG: Hosted by Truman Holtzclaw                                                    LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY   
                                                                                Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 9:00 AM
Dear Lincoln Hills Photo Club Members,


       I have volunteered to host our next Learning Sig workshop on “Landscape Photography” this month.  I would like some help in making this presentation more successful.  Please send me 2 or 3 of your favorite landscape images.  Below is a list of some aspects that I plan on discussing and showing examples.  If you can send images that represent or support one of those aspects, that would be very helpful.  I feel that if we have many of the member’s images, instead of all Truman’s images, it will make for a more enjoyable meeting.

                                        See you on March 3rd!  

You may view Truman's presentation [HERE].

Truman Holtzclaw 300px.jpg 2015-11-2-22:

The following are links to some great presentations by our speaker, Truman Holtzclaw

With each presentation, there are lots of useful suggestions.

Be sure to attend these - Third Tuesday of each month.

9:00 AM in Orchard Creek's Multipurpose Room.

See you there!

Announcement of the Learning Initiative

January 10, 2018

The Board has approved incorporating a Learning Initiative into Club activities. Learning will be enhanced in current SIGs, General Membership Meetings, field trips and Flash Mobs.

A Learning Initiative Steering Committee has been established to guide the Initiative and identify learning opportunities. Steering Group members will propose program agendas, help find subject experts, assist in coordinating ‘learning’ field trips, etc. The Steering Group presents its recommendations to the Board.

Rather than targeting an equipment group, i.e., point and shoot cameras, the Learning Initiative will be structured by topic and technique which should benefit each equipment group at least some of the time. Topic examples may include street photography, vacation photography and night photography; while technique examples include composition, ISO, shutter speed, selective focus, etc.

First Workshop: Lighting

January 16, 2018

Whether it sets the mood, creates depth, or highlights a subject, light is at the heart of every photo. The Photography Club's Education Committee presented its first in an ongoing series of learning opportunities.


Elements demonstrated:

Exposure - how bright a scene is and how it effects our image.

Quality - how focused or diffuse light is.

Color - the color of the light in an image.

Direction - where is the light coming from?

Highlight - the brightest part of the image

Shadow - the darkest part of the image.

Contrast - the difference between the bright part of an image and the dark part of an image 


You are encouraged to send some "Light" examples of Sunsets, Sunrises, Front-Side-Back-Top-Bottom lighting, Night lighting, Diffuse Lighting, etc. to Truman for discussion during the Workshop. The workshop is open to all Photography Club members.

Workshop Topic Two - Composition

February 20, 2018

Few topics in photography are as important as composition. It has the power to convey exactly what you want to say with a photograph as it guides a viewer’s eye seamlessly across the frame.

During this workshop, many of the elements of good composition were explored.

Horizontal “Landscape” vs Vertical “Portrait”

No Bull’s Eye: “Don’t place subject in the center.” (Rules are meant to be broken?)

Simplicity wins:  “No clutter, please keep it simple!”

Fill your frame: “Use all of your sensor, empty space loses!”

Horizons:  “No tilting & no in the middle.” (Rules are meant to be broken?)

No cutting off of subject:  “Hands, trees, towers, flowers, etc.”

Use odd numbers:  “More pleasing, gives an anchor.  ‘Threes’ are the champions”

Use counters points: “The one different subject stands out.”

Use curves and lines: “Soothing, gives depth and direction”

No distracting backgrounds!  “Eliminate subject competition, let your subject shine!”

Use patterns & Symmetry  “Gives rhythms, balance & comfort.”


Participants were asked to send up to 3 photographs that they believe represents good composition to Truman. These will be used to illustrate the elements of composition.

Workshop Topic Three - Shadows

March 20, 2018

Shadows give us:

Give us:


3-D Depth





Provide: Patterns

Shadows in Clouds

Shadows can make excellent Backgrounds

Shadows can be shot cleverly

Workshop Topic Four - Silhouettes

March 20, 2018

Silhouettes (Drama, Mystery, Emotion, Mood)










Workshop Topic Five - Simplicity

March 20, 2018


Simple to understand

Easy to read

Clean borders/edges

Correct depth of field

Correct composition

One main subject

Simple background

No hot spots

Workshop Topic Six - Lines

April 17, 2018

Lines are fun! So many kinds, click on the link for some amazing examples....

Straight Lines

Converging Lines

Circular Lines

Curved Lines

Directional Lines

Patterned Lines

Spiral Lines

MiXeD lines

Workshop Topic Seven - Backgrounds

April 17, 2018


Keep it simple

Story telling


No hot spots


Clean borders

Subject wins!

Workshop Topic Eight - Mirror Images

April 17, 2018

Mirror Images:



Full Screen

Fun Play Time

Workshop Topic Nine - Atmospheric Conditions "Weather"

May 15, 2018

Atmospheric Conditions:

Wind, Rain, Snow, Hail




"The Good, Bad and Ugly"

Workshop Topic Ten - Camera Position and Movement

May 15, 2018

Camera Position:

Up, Down







Workshop Topic Eleven - Framing Images

May 15, 2018

Framing Images:

Adds interest

Adds depth (3D)

Eliminates clutter

Enables creativity

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