February 3 – The Seeing Lens Project

Lebanon Valley College will present their innovative program known as “The Seeing Lens” at the Lancaster Camera Club February meeting on February 3, 2020 at 7pm.

The program is a ten-week therapeutic program that fuses therapy and art together to assist Veterans in recovery and focuses on mindfulness. Each week focuses on a different aspect of recovery and ties it to photography. For example the recovery topic of clarity and attention is tied to the lecture on aperture and depth of field. Each Veteran is issued a camera and a textbook for duration of the program.

The presentation will be held in the Mellinger Mennonite Church fellowship hall at 1916 Lincoln Highway East. Please enter under the car port at the rear of the church.

For more information about The Seeing Lens, see the web site at the following address https://www.lebanon.va.gov/features/Therapeutic_photography_program_helps_Veterans.asp

2018 Bus Trip to PhotoPlus

Lancaster Camera Club (LCC) is again organizing a bus trip to the PhotoPlus Expo in New York City (NYC) on Friday, October 26, 2018.

Even though we are traveling to and from NYC as a group, you will be free to do whatever you want to do for the entire day! The bus will leave Lancaster Shopping Center, AC Moore/Oregon Pike side at 6:30 AM and take you to the PhotoPlus Expo at the Jacob Javits Convention Center (655 W. 34th St.). For the return trip to Lancaster there will be two pickup points: behind the Winter Garden Theater (7th Avenue & 51st St.) at 6:15 p.m. and at the Javits Center at 6:30 p.m.

The cost of the bus trip for Lancaster Camera Club members is $45 per person and $50 per person for nonmembers.

Click here for more information and to sign up. 2018 Bus Trip

The Art of Photographic Lighting by Eib Eibelshaeuser – Rocky Nook, O’Reilly

This book is really more a reference encyclopedia than a textbook.

The author is clearly very knowledgeable about light theory, the history of light, and the different types of lights that are available. I suspect much of the basic information provided on the different construction of various light bulbs will neither be of interest nor much use to most photographers.

However, there are several valuable chapters such as “Light and Shade” and “Controlling Light” that are well worth reading. In addition the sections on hard and soft light, direct and indirect light are very useful.

I feel this is an excellent supplementary text for anyone learning photographic lighting. For schools teaching photography, I’d recommend they include this book in their libraries.

Photoshop Elements 10 – the missing manual, Barbara Brundage, O’Reilly Publishers

Highly recommended I have been teaching Photoshop Elements since version 7 and have used Ms. Brundage’s series of books for version 7, 8, and 9. This book is an A to Z manual on Photoshop Elements. One feature I particularly like is that the author lists a number of websites for additional material such as plug-ins. Also, she will reference a book not published by O’Reilly, an action for which both the author and publisher deserve credit.

As the author states in her introduction, this is a how and when book. The book instructs one how to use various techniques and tools, as well as when not to use them. In addition to the book content, one can go to the O’Reilly website to download additional material that is pertinent so that one can better complete various exercises in the book.

The bottom line; if you use Photoshop Elements 10, buy this book.

Charles Heisterkamp, III, M.D.

Photographer

THE SUNNY 16 RULE

A PRESCRIPTION FOR BETTER PHOTOGRAPHS

 In photography, the Sunny 16 rule (also known as the Sunny f/16 rule) is a method of estimating correct daylight exposures without a light meter. Apart from the obvious advantage of independence from a light meter, the Sunny 16 rule can also aid in achieving correct exposure of difficult subjects. As the rule is based on incident light, rather than reflected light as with most camera light meters, very bright or very dark subjects are compensated for. The rule serves as a mnemonic for the camera settings obtained on a sunny day using the exposure value (EV) system.

The basic rule is, “On a sunny day set aperture to f/16 and shutter speed to the [reciprocal of the] ISO film speed [or ISO setting] for a subject in direct sunlight.” For example:

On a sunny day and with ISO 100 film / setting in the camera, one sets the aperture to f/16 and the shutter speed to 1/100 or 1/125 second (on some cameras 1/125 second is the available setting nearest to 1/100 second).

On a sunny day with ISO 200 film / setting and aperture at f/16, set shutter speed to 1/200 or 1/250.

On a sunny day with ISO 400 film / setting and aperture at f/16, set shutter speed to 1/400 or 1/500.

As with other light readings, shutter speed can be changed as long as the f-number is altered to compensate, e.g. 1/250 second at f/11 gives equivalent exposure to 1/125 second at f/16.

An elaborated form of the Sunny 16 rule is to set shutter speed nearest to the reciprocal of the ISO film speed / setting and f-number according to this table:

Aperture 

Lighting Conditions 

Shadow Detail 

f/22 

Snow/Sand 

Dark with sharp edges 

/16 

Sunny 

Distinct 

f/11 

Slight Overcast 

Soft around edges 

f/8 

Overcast 

Barely visible 

f/5.6 

Heavy Overcast 

No shadows 

f/4 

Open Shade/Sunset 

No shadows 

Add One Stop 

Backlighting 

n/a 

from Wikipedia

 

CHARLES HEISTERKAMP, III, M.D.

 

 

A PRESCRIPTION FOR WHAT’S ON THE NET

LESS ORDINARY – http://www.lessordinary.org.uk/

“By taking the time to browse through the posts here, you’ll find plenty of beautiful photographs, thoughtful reflections and inspirational content, as I communicate my deep passion for specialness.”

Photography, Books, an unusual Blog. Worth a visit. You might be inspired.

Charles Heisterkamp, III, M.D. – Photographer

A Prescription for How and Why to Use Flickr

Harold Davis has written an excellent article of why one should use Flickr as a method to show, share, and publicize his/her photographs.  You can  find his article at the following web address.

http://photo.net/column/harolddavis/finding-an-audience-for-your-photography/using-flickr-for-marketing/

If you are unfamiliar with how to register for a Flickr account (it is FREE), read the earlier blog post on this site written by John Flinchbaugh who steps you through the process of signing up and what your many options are.

Charles Heusterkamp, III, M.D., Photographer

PHOTOGRAPHERS YOU SHOULD KNOW – BEN WILLMORE

A PRESCRIPTION FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS YOU SHOULD KNOW

Ben Willmore

There are many photographers whose work one should know. Among the many great contemporary photographers is Ben Willmore. Ben has three websites:Web Site – http://www.thebestofben.com/

Web Site – http://whereisben.com/

Web Site – http://www.digitalmastery.com/

Ben’s a master of design. Definitely visit the Best of Ben and look at his galleries. And, if you ever have the opportunity to attend one of his teaching sessions, his ability to teach is super. I know from personal experience. Whenever I see him, I always learn something new.

CHARLES HEISTERKAMP, III, M.D.

 

 

Documenting America from the Great Depression to World War II

A PRESCRIPTION FOR WATCHING THE WEB 

  

 

The Library of Congress

 

Documenting America from the Great Depression to World War II

http://rs6.loc.gov/fsowhome.html

“The images in the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information Collection are among the most famous documentary photographs ever produced. Created by a group of U.S. government photographers, the images show Americans in every part of the nation. In the early years, the project emphasized rural life and the negative impact of the Great Depression, farm mechanization, and the Dust Bowl. In later years, the photographers turned their attention to the mobilization effort for World War II. The core of the collection consists of about 164,000 black-and-white photographs. This release provides access to over 160,000 of these images; future additions will expand the black-and-white offering. The FSA-OWI photographers also produced about 1600 color photographs during the latter days of the project. ”

“The mission of the Library of Congress is to make its resources available and useful to Congress and the American people and to sustain and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations. The goal of the Library’s National Digital Library Program is to offer broad public access to a wide range of historical and cultural documents as a contribution to education and lifelong learning. ”

“The Library of Congress presents these documents as part of the record of the past. These primary historical documents reflect the attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of different times. The Library of Congress does not endorse the views expressed in these collections, which may contain materials offensive to some readers. ”

Visiting this site should be an inspiration as well as a lesson in documentary photography. Many great photographers of the 1930’s era worked for the United States Government. Photographers like Walker Evans and Ansel Adams are among those represented. And anyone with a knowledge of photographic history will recognize “Migrant Mother.” And, if you wish, download a high resolution file and print your own personal copy of this photograph or of many others.

 

CHARLES HEISTERKAMP, III, M.D., PHOTOGRAPHER