FYI- Exhibits, Call for Entries, Seminars & Workshops


December 7, 2017:  You are invited to attend the Small Wonders Exhibit at the Maryland Federation of Art on December 7 from 6pm-8pm at Circle Gallery.  The Exhibit will be on display from December 1-23, 11am-5pm, 18 State Circle, Annapolis, MD.  Click on the link for more information and to view Chris Jewett’s juried artwork.


Call for Entries:

“There’s No Place Like Home” is an upcoming online exhibit sponsored by Maryland Federation of Art. The selected artworks will be available for viewing on MFA’s Curve Gallery from February 15-March 31. Submission deadline is January 9.



December 7, 2017: Hunter Harris will be giving a presentation entitled “The Bay From Above” at the Oxford Community Center from 5:30pm-7:00pm.



January 6, 2018:  Friends of Blackwater Photography Workshop with Jim Clark

The photography workshop, led by Jim Clark, will consist of two sessions- a morning classroom instructional session covering field techniques (limited to 45 registrants) and an afternoon session shooting in the field along Wildlife Drive, BNWR (limited to 12 registrants).  Since the afternoon session is limited to 12 registrants, Jim will have the opportunity to work with each photographer providing guidance with techniques and skills.  Lunch is included for all registrants.


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FYI- Seminars, Workshops, Classes & Photo Ops


November 30- Jay Fleming will be giving a presentation on “Working the Water”, Photography on the Bay and Future Projects.  Jay will have his book “Working the Water” available for purchasing and signing.  Oxford Community Center.  5:30pm-7:30pm. Open to the public.


December 2-David Blecman will be discussing Lightroom and Photoshop during the 3rd session of his 4 session mini-series workshop. Talbot County Senior Center. 10:00am-12:00pm. $25 registration fee at the door.


Sahm Doherty-Sefton will be teaching two courses at the Academy Art Museum during the months of February and March.   Part 1: Tame Your Camera – Fundamentals of Photography with Sahm Doherty-Sefton will be held from February 8 – February 22. 6pm-8pm.  Part 2: Beyond Digital – The Art of Seeing Creatively with Sahm Doherty-Sefton will be held from March 15 – March 29. 6pm-8pm.  For more information, go to

Photo Ops

There are several upcoming local holiday festivities which may provide interesting nighttime “street photography” opportunities.

December 1- Easton’s Moonlight Madness runs from 5pm-9pm.

December 2- St. Michaels Midnight Madness runs until midnight.

December 2- Cambridge’s Crab Basket Tree, constructed of 200 crab baskets, will be lit at 5pm then the 69th annual parade kicks off with bands, floats, classic cars, horses & more.












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FYI- Nik and Topaz Studio Software

Hi everyone,

DxO has acquired the Nik Collection of software from Google and will continue, at least temporarily, to make it available for free.  The download link can be found at  The Nik tools have been developed as plug-ins so do some research to make sure you have a processing program (e.g., LR, PS, etc.) which is compatible with Nik before you download.

I mentioned in an earlier post that Topaz Studio is also offering free software.  It’s not the full suite of products but it may be worth your while to download the free version and check it out.


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Photo Shoot Opportunity

Hi everyone,

FinisherPix, the company involved in photographing the Ironman events, may still be in need of photographers to photograph the 10K over the Bay Bridge this Sunday.  I don’t know all of the details but if you’re interested, please contact Eddie Silvers directly ASAP at  It is my understanding that you will not have to process the images, just hand over the card (which the company will provide) at the end of the race.  You will be compensated for your time.

Thanks for passing along the info Meg!

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TCC-David Blecman Mini-Series Workshop

TCC Saturday Mini-series Workshop with David Blecman

David will be leading a four session mini-series workshop over a course of four Saturdays, two hours per session. The workshop topics encompass fundamentals critical to successful capturing and processing of your digital images. Regardless of skill level, the workshop will provide something for everything, whether it’s new information, filling in the blanks, or a reminder of solid photographic practices and post-processing workflow.  The topics for each of the four sessions are listed below.

Dates: The sessions will be held on 10/28/17, 11/11/17, 12/2/17 and 12/16/17.

Time:  All sessions will be held from 10am-12pm.

Workshop fees:  The fee for all four sessions is $75.  If you are interested in attending specific sessions, the fee for each session is $25.  Please make your check payable to Tidewater Camera Club and send to:

Tidewater Camera Club, P.O. Box 2882, Easton, MD 21601

RSVP: If you plan on attending, please send an email to and include “mini-series workshop” in the subject line.

Location:  The four sessions will be held at Brookletts Place- Talbot County Senior Center, 400 Brookletts Avenue, Easton, MD 21601. The best access is from South Aurora Street. Parking is in the rear with access from Higgins St.  Note the one-way entrance and exit signs at the lot.  Overflow parking is available at the empty lot located diagonally from the front of the building.

Saturday Mini-series Workshop Topics

Session One, October 28th:

  • Learn Your Camera
  • The obvious and the not-so-obvious.
  • The Exposure Triangle; These are the three major elements in the process of creating an image.
  • Understand Depth of Field and Aperture
  • Understand Shutter Speed
  • Understand ISO and Sensor Sensitivity
  • Understand Your Camera’s Metering System and What Your Camera “Sees”
  • Learn Evaluative Matrix Metering, Spot Metering, and Center-Weighted Metering, and when and how to utilize them.

Session Two, November 11th:

  • Understand Exposure Compensation
  • Learn the Importance of an Incident Meter
  • Understand the Relevance and Importance of Gray in Photography
  • Understand Color Temperature and White Balance
  • RAW vs JPG
  • Why You Will Be Shooting In RAW From Now On
  • Getting Your Images Tack Sharp
  • Focusing Techniques
  • Manual Focus vs Auto Focus
  • Live View Focusing (if applicable to your camera)
  • Why You Must Have, and Use, a Good Tripod
  • Back Button Focusing. You’ll Never Switch Back

Session Three, December 2nd:

  • Learning Lightroom and Photoshop Basics, Plus Topaz Studio

Session Four, December 16th:

  • Critiquing Your Homework Assignments


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FYI- Tutorials, Software, & Meet-Ups

Hi everyone,

CreativeLive is currently offering free live broadcast tutorials during “Photo Week”, October 9-13.

David Blecman has provided two links, one for the monitor calibration target he uses to adjust monitor brightness and the other is a link for the free download of Topaz Studio.  Thank you David!


There are a number of meet-ups this week through various photography groups:

-The Annapolis Photography Workshop Group- **Learn Topaz Studio** Make Your Captures Amazing!  Thursday, Oct. 12, 7pm.  $49 per person.

-Annapolis Photo School- Bird and Nature Photography Field Trip!  Sunday, Oct. 15, 8:30am-3:30pm. $69 per person.

-Photoworks Maryland- Bay Bridge Sunset by Boat with Neutral Density Filters.  Sunday, Oct. 15, 4pm-7:30pm.  $250 per person.



Posted in Photo Opportunities / Get Togethers, Post-Processing

September 25 Competition Meeting

Hi everyone,

The September 25 Competition Meeting will be held at the Talbot County Community Center in the Chesapeake Room from 7pm-9pm with a 10 minute break starting ~8:00pm.   While food and drink are off limits in the Wye Oak Room, you can BYO (or enough to share) snacks and drinks into the Chesapeake Room.

We will start off the meeting with announcements and welcoming of new members by Rose Poling.  The slideshow will be managed by Jack Upchurch and image titles, scores, and identification of members who have placed in the competition will be read by Kevan Full.  The judge for this month’s competition, Steve Dembo, will be attending the meeting and will provide commentary.  Take this opportunity to request feedback if you need clarification or want tips on improving your images.  Steve welcomes discussion- become part of the conversation! Time permitting, Jack will introduce the newly developed “Triple Play” program with a power point presentation on Sizing, Naming, and Submitting Digital Images.

An additional goal for the second half of the competition meeting is to focus on specific areas of interest, be it the creative or the technical component of photography.  If you have specific photography-related questions, send an email to  Members who are interested in helping field the questions, please send an email to  All questions and responses will be posted on the blog with the tag Members Helping Members.

Thanks- Janet

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FYI- Travel Photography Workshop

Hi everyone,

Club member, Roger Maki, will be leading a travel photography workshop on Saturday, October 21, from 10 am – 4 pm at the Dorchester Center for the Arts in Cambridge. The workshop is free for DCA members and $20 for non-members. People who are interested can get workshop information from the DCA website. From the following web page (, click on the link for the fall catalog PDF and then go to page 10.

Thanks- Janet

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Candleberry Gallery Exhibit – October 2017

Hi everyone,

The Tidewater Camera Club will be exhibiting at the Candleberry Gallery in St. Michaels from October 13 through October 31.  The theme is “Life on the Eastern Shore” and will be judged by Jay Fleming.  Jay will address the group during the reception, scheduled from 4-6pm on October 28.  Preregistration is required. Once preregistered, you will receive the standard TCC registration form which must be returned by October 2.  Details for this exhibit can be found at TCC – Candleberry Gallery Announcement Oct. Hope to see you there!

Thanks- Janet

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FYI- Red Branch Theatre Co. Exhibit Opportunity

Hi everyone,

Adeline Sutter, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for Red Branch Theatre Co., has provided members of the Tidewater Camera Club the opportunity to display their work at the theatre located in Columbia MD. The website is There are three dates available in which the artwork (8-12 pieces) can be displayed: 9/29, 10/6 and 10/13. There is no theme but it has been asked that our members curate based on the pieces to be displayed.  If you wish to exhibit at this venue, either alone or as a group, please contact Adeline directly.  It’s a great opportunity to display your work beyond our traditional eastern shore venues.  A discount code to the production will be available to participating photographers.  Below is the information provided by Adeline.

To the Members of the Tidewater Camera Club,

My name is Adeline Sutter and I am the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for Red Branch Theatre Co. (RBTC), Howard County’s newest professional theatre company. I am reaching out to you and your club members with an opportunity to display your art to a captive audience.

At the end of this month, we will open our 2017 season’s third main-stage production: Bridges of Madison County. A modern classic, Bridges tells the story of a housewife and photographer who form a bond that lasts their whole lives. In conjunction with this beautiful musical, we would like to offer the members of Tidewater Camera Club a chance to display their photography in our lobby.

The production runs September 22 – October 14, with ample dates to display various artists’ work. Should your members decide to participate in a display, we can work to coordinate the best date(s) for their schedule. In addition to prints, we can also offer a digital display opportunity, should your club like to build a slideshow highlighting the groups’ collective art.

The RBTC would also like to extend a warm invitation to you and your members to attend the production as patrons. We offer excellent group ticket rates, and a private reception area at no additional charge! Please contact the Red Branch Ticket Office at 410-220-6517.

When your members decide to participate in the display, simple put them in contact with me: or 443-831-1684. Together we will schedule a gallery date and discuss the logistics of their display. If you or any of your fellow photogs have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to reach out!


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