March 18th- our next meeting

Is the first day of Spring actually March 20? Yahoo!! Can’t wait for the temp to be in the 60’s.

Video lesson # 3 (facial retouching) and #4 (converting to B&W) are finally on the site, check them out and let me know how you like them. I hope they are helpful.

Our last meeting was a small one and we discussed Black and White. I think it would be good to continue on this theme for those who were not able to come.

Print Show- bring B&W

Photography Exercise- bring your cameras and tripods. I will set up a black background  (last time we did white) with some lights AND EVERYONE SHOULD BRING ONE ITEM THAT CAN BE PHOTOGRAPHED. Something that will contrast with the background which will make for a good B&W.

Field Trip; we will take a vote on when and where. Come with some ideas for a  April trip.

I look forward to seeing all you!!


January 21st meeting details

Hello Everyone,

just 3 days till our next meeting so I want to check in.
We did not choose a topic for the print show, so please bring in at least one (or more) of your favorite images that show off your skills. 
Here is a list of a few  things to consider when choosing your show images:
* dynamic composition
* a point of interest
* color harmony
* interesting camera angle
* creative lighting
* evokes emotion
* correct exposure
* Black and White
The Photoshop lesson will include techniques for minor portrait retouching, removing blemishes, soften wrinkles,  and whiten teeth.
Topic for discussion will be on using the flash.  Bring your camera and external flash if you have one.
Ok that’s it for now, see you all this Wednesday at 6:00.
Keep on Klicking!!!

Next Meeting on December 17

Hello Everyone,

It’s getting a little closer to the time of our next meeting so I wanted to let you in on what is planned.
The date is Wednesday December 17th 6:00 to 8:30 at the Senior center, I hope all of you can come!!

Print Show: the theme for this months showing of prints is “Leading Lines”. Please make sure to bring at least one photo to share with everyone as participating is a very important part of being a member. The image can be from something you did recently or in the past. This is a great way to get a big pat on the back for a job well done or to gain ideas on how to make improvements. If you do not have an image with leading lines, than please just bring something to show.

Info Corner: My goal is to keep everyone engaged in sharing, learning, and problem solving. Let’s have a discussion on problems you still are having with getting the great results you desire. This could be about exposure, lighting, flash, focus, or even if you are having trouble “seeing” a good composition. Please don’t hesitate to speak up as someone else in the group may be having the same issue. Let’s help each other!!

Photoshop Lesson #2: Some of our discussions during class time was about Dynamic Range and how difficult it is sometimes to take an exposure that will include detail in both the highlight and shadow areas. Remember I said exposing for the highlight area was best but would make the shadows somewhat dark, and how this could be adjusted in Photoshop. Well now I want to show you a few techniques that will greatly solve that problem and totally amaze you.
Our lesson will cover how to lighten those shadow areas in the whole image or selectively.
I will work on 3 different photos and I have attached the files in a email sent to you for you to download on your computer so you can work on them at the same time.

The recorded video of lesson #1 is done and my web guy will get it on the Klickers site very soon.

Ok, that’s it for now. Remember these meeting are for you, so please come and bring any ideas you have for future topics to be discussed.

Keep on klicking!!!

Information about our November 19th meeting

Hello Everyone,

Klickers is off to a great start with a growing group of members. The next meeting on the 19th is our first official meeting and I’m really looking forward to it. The time will always be 6:00 to 8:30 pm in the Meeting Room at the Longmeadow Senior Center. A week before the meeting I will be posting information about what I have planned.

Here are the meeting activities:

Print Showing and Critique: This is the time to show off your best work. Everyone is welcome to bring one print to share and get some feedback on. I would suggest bringing one matted 8×10 print to exhibit. Maybe go to Michael’s Arts and Crafts to get a plain white mat and any place like CVS or Walgreens can make a print for you.

Photoshop Lesson: Every meeting will include a live 30-40 minute Photoshop lesson and then the lesson will be made into a video which will be available to members only on the website for you to watch at your convenience. I will be using Photoshop CS5, if you have any version of Photoshop, you are welcome to bring your laptop. If you do not currently have Photoshop, it will probably benefit you to do so as there are so many ways to improve your images and creative applications you will learn in the future.

This first lesson will be to get you familiar with the dashboard: menu bar, options bar, tool box, layers and history window. I will discuss the importance of using layers for making adjustments.

Photography Challenge: Please bring your camera gear as I will be setting up something for you to photograph. The theme of this exercise is “White on White”, it should allow you to create some interesting images.

That’s it for now, hope to see you ALL there.

November 2 Field Trip

Our next field trip is scheduled for Sunday November 2 starting at 2:00. The location is at Stanley Park, 400 Western Ave in  Westfield, Ma. There are many options for great landscapes with buildings, water, water wheel, ducks/swans, bridges, fences and much more. I think this makes an ideal setting for everyone to explore and capture some great images as long as the weather permits.


RSVP is required, please send me an email to confirm if you would like to attend.  Plan on meeting at the park by 1:45. Directions: from the rotary in the  center of Westfield,  take a right onto Court Street, continue for about 1 mile. Court Street turns into Western Avenue – continue for about 1/2 mile. The Main Entrance to Stanley Park is on the LEFT. Go past the main entrance to the next left into the parking area by the ball fields. Meet at the farthest end of the parking lot.

Make sure to bring all camera gear, charged battery and tripod.

I hope the weather cooperates!!



Field Trip to Old Sturbridge Village Sunday Oct 19

There is still time to come along on this trip. Please email me directly if you would like to come,

You do not need to be a Klickers member for this one. Please join in this trip to photograph at Old Sturbridge Village, a living museum located in Sturbridge, Ma, which re-creates life in rural New England during the 1790s through 1830s. You will have the opportunity to photograph more than 40 original buildings, including homes, meetinghouses, a district school, country store, bank, working farm, three water-powered mills, and trade shops – all situated on more than 200 scenic acres. It’s truly beautiful!!
#1- we will leave the Springfield area at 8:30 am to arrive when the village opens at 9:30. You can go in your own car or offer your vehicle for carpooling.
#2- we will meet at a commuter parking area at 434 Center St, Ludlow, Ma,
off Mass Pike west exit 7
#3- the entry fee for the village is $24. (pay on your own).
Once you RSVP i will send you additional information