Sunday, September 24, 2017

Smart Phone Tips to Highlight October Meeting

Retzer Nature Center 
Camera Club 
October 2017 Newsletter 

October Meeting  Wednesday, October 4th, 2017, 7:00 PM

Program  Carl Simmerman – Smart Phone Photo Apps  

Most of us have a smart phone with us all the time.  They are great for taking pictures, but they can do a lot more to help us with our photography.  Carl Simmerman will show us some of the smart phone apps that can help us to plan and capture images as well as do some editing.  Carl will inspire you to think of your smart phone as a serious photography tool.

Member Image Sharing:

Members are encouraged to submit several (up to five) images to share with the club for gentle critique.  This is a great way to get suggestions for improving your images and developing your photographic skills. In order to give everyone a chance to share their images during the year, we will select several individuals who will be featured at each meeting.  Other individuals may also provide images which will be shared as time permits.  

The following members will be featured this month: Lisa Conley, Carl Courtois, Karen Geisel, Dale Graves, Mary Graves. 

Please email your images to Rick Vollbrecht ( by Tuesday, October 3rd. This will help to streamline the process of viewing member images. We look forward to seeing your images.

2017 Club Programs:

Our 2017 programs and meeting dates are listed below.  We are always looking for ideas for future programs.  If you have any ideas for speakers or program topics, pleas forward your ideas to Elizabeth Whitcomb (  We are always looking for program topics that are of interest to our members.
November 1, 2017  Portrait Photography
December 6, 2017  Annual Holiday Party
January 1, 2018 – PSA Wisconsin Showcase judging
February 7, 2018 – Wisconsin Print Circuit judging
March 7, 2018
April 4, 2018
May 2, 2018
June 6, 2018
July 4, 2018 – No Meeting
August 1, 2018
September 5, 2018
October 3, 2018
November 7, 2018
December 5, 2018

Photo Scavenger Hunt:

Our Photo Scavenger Hunt has become a popular annual event which we will be doing again this year.  Photo scavenger hunts are a fun and challenging way to get your imagination and creative juices flowing! 

We will be viewing our Photo Scavenger Hunt images at our December Holiday Party.  Start checking to make sure you have all the images and think about getting those you are still missing.  

The rules are simple:  
1. Capture one image of each topic. 
2. Be creative - think of a unique way to express the topic.   
3. Images should be taken in 2017. 
Your scavenger hunt images will be shown at our Holiday Party in December.  
The topics for our 2017 Scavenger Hunt are: 
1. Fun
2. Patina
3. Detail
4. Liquid
5. Dew
6. Fungi
7. Feather
8. Creature
9. Motion
10. Soft

Field Trips:

Photo field trips are a great way for us to share our common enjoyment of photography, learn some new techniques and share in camaraderie while getting to know our fellow club members. We have no additional field trips planned for this year.  If you have any ideas of places you would like to have us shoot, please send your ideas to our Outings Chairperson, Randy Scherkenbach.  Better yet, why not offer to coordinate a field trip.  It's not hard - find a place you would like to go, pick a date and we can announce it to the club.  Perhaps you have a favorite place for fall colors or winter scenery.  

Future Events of Interest:
If you are aware of any events of general interest, please let us know so we can share them with the club. 

The Chicago Area Photographic School – Saturday / Sunday November 18-19, 2017:  This two-day photography school features a variety of speakers covering subjects including landscape, macro, architecture, winter and bird photography, portrait lighting, camera features, Photoshop and Lightroom and many other subjects.  For more information, go to  

WACCO Presents a Photography Seminar by Roman Kurywczak - Saturday, March 3rd:
The seminar will be held at the Country Springs Hotel in Pewaukee from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  Roman will cover topics including night photography, wildlife portraits and action, macro photography and landscapes.  At $45.00 (including lunch), this is a bargain.  
There will also be a macro workshop on Sunday, March 4th, 10:00 AM – Noon.  The cost for the workshop is $30.00.

Photo Contests and Exhibits:

6th Annual WACCO Exhibit - October 14 – December 2, 2017:  Entry deadline – Wednesday, September 30, 2017. Participants may submit up to three (3) images, color or B&W.  Prints may be of any subject.  Prints must be matted and framed with a minimum finished size of 16 x 20.  More specific instructions have previously been sent to all members and are also attached to the email of this Newsletter.  

Wisconsin Print Circuit:  Entry deadline - Wednesday, November 1, 2017.  Members may submit one color and one monochrome print.  Prints are to be unmounted and no larger than 8 ½ x 12 and no smaller than    8 ½ x 8 ½.  More specific instructions have previously been sent to all members and are also attached to the email of this Newsletter.  Prints must be given to Elizabeth Whitcomb no later than our November 1st meeting.  Prints are judged by all WACCO member clubs during the early part of 2018 with the results reported in May.  This is an easy competition to enter.  We would like to see great participation by our club members.

WACCO Fall 2017 Competition - Saturday, November 4, 2017: Entry deadline – October 14, 2017.  Members may submit images in 10 divisions, including projected and prints, Nature and Open categories.  The special divisions are Natural Landscapes and Weather.  We have had many members enter this competition in the past and have been very successful in winning some honors.  This is a great competition to enter – it is easy to do and will give you a good idea of how your images will do in a competition.  We would like to see some more members enter, especially first-timers!  Then, set aside the day to watch the judging.  It will also give you a good idea how judges select the winning images.

If you are aware of any photo contests or exhibits, please forward the information to Rick Vollbrecht at

Photo Ops:
As a club, our members have a wide variety of subjects that we enjoy photographing.  This newsletter can serve as an excellent way to share various photo opportunities with club members.  If you know of interesting subjects or events that may interest other club members, please forward those to Rick Vollbrecht so they can be included in future newsletters.  If you are interested in having others join you, that information can also be included.  It is fun to shoot with a group. 

Photography Classes:

A variety of non-credit, reasonably priced classes on photography and Photoshop are available at Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) and UW Waukesha.  The new UW Waukesha catalog is now available.  Check their web sites for more information.  

UW Waukesha:

Art’s Cameras Plus has an extensive list of classes covering everything from camera basics to photographing in a variety of situations and use of Photoshop Elements.  Check out their web site: .  If you are aware of other photography classes or seminars, please forward the information to Rick Vollbrecht 

Websites of Interest:

Retzer Camera Club blog:
WACCO (Wisconsin Area Camera Clubs Organization): PSA (Photographic Association of America): PSA Wisconsin:
Friends of Retzer Nature Center:
Jim Edlhuber’s blog:  

Club Organization:  

Our club officers are: 

Rick Vollbrecht 
Vice President   
Tom Wright 
Jim Edlhuber 
Program Chair   
Elizabeth Whitcomb 
Outings Chair   
Randy Scherkenbach 

Members should feel free to contact the officers with any questions and suggestions they may have for the club.