Wednesday, March 27, 2019

April Meeting To Feature Kevin Thomas Presenting "Using Layers in Photoshop"

Retzer Nature Center
Camera Club
April Newsletter

April Meeting Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019, 7:00 PM

Program – Using Layers in Photoshop – Kevin Thomas

We have seen some of the imaginative and intriguing images that Kevin has created.  Now see how he does it.  Kevin will show us how he uses the layers feature of Photoshop to make his images.  Kevin is asking that you provide some images that he can use for demonstration.  The images can be anything you would like to see edited or combined into a creative image.  Images should be 300dpi and at least 2500 pixels on the long side.  Send your images to Kevin ( soon as possible so he has some time to work them into his program.  

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: Jim Kurovsky, Ramona Lenger, Kathy Lillegren, Pete Lillegren, John Marrari

Please email your images to Tom Wright ( ) by Tuesday, April 2nd . When submitting your images, please change the file name to include your name as the first information in the file name. This will help to streamline the process of viewing member images. We look forward to seeing your images.

2019 Club Programs:

Our 2019 programs and meeting dates are listed below.  Our program chairman, Randy Scherkenbach, is looking for your ideas for programs for 2019.  If you have a topic you would like to see presented, please let Randy know now.  Please forward your ideas to Randy ( ).

2019 Program Schedule:         

·         May 1, 2019 – Martin Moore – Product Photography
·         June 5, 2019
·         July 3, 2019 – No meeting
·         August 7, 2019
·         September 4, 2019
·         October 2, 2019
·         November 6, 2019
·         December 4, 2019erezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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.  Our Outings Co-chairs, Elizabeth Whitcomb and Caryl Sedushak, are working on a schedule that will include some of our traditional outings plus a few new ones. They are always looking for your ideas of some places you would find interesting for a club outing.  If you have any ideas of places you would like to have us shoot, please send your ideas to our Outings Chairperson, Elizabeth Whitcomb (  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. 

2019 Field Trips:  

Chicago Botanic Gardens – Date TBD.  We are planning a trip to the Chicago Botanic Gardens to photograph the crocus, tulips and poppies when they are in their best spring bloom.  Caryl is watching their progress and will send out an email when the time is right.  Watch for her email and join us for a beautiful photo op!

Facebook: Our camera club now has a Facebook page!  If you are on Facebook, simply put Retzer Nature Center Camera Club in the search box and you will find us.  Click on the Join button and Elizabeth or Randy will approve you.  This is a Closed Group and open only to club members.  This means that anything posted here can only be seen by members of the group.  You can feel free to share your work here without fear that someone outside the club will have access to it.  Anything posted here is private, so feel free to ask questions – don’t be embarrassed or shy about it.  The monthly Newsletter, meeting topics and outings will also be posted here.  Check it out!

Annual Dues:  Dues for the 2019 club year are $15.00 for an individual and $25.00 for a couple.  Our dues help to pay for guest speaker honorariums and club expenses.  Our Treasurer, Jim Edlhuber, will be collecting 2019 dues at the meeting.  This is the final call for dues for 2019!

            Future Events of Interest:

Out of Chicago Spring Photography Conference – April 27-28, 2019:  This 2-day conference explores all genres of photography with over 20 professional photographers.  Presentations and hands-on interactive sessions cover topics including landscape, travel, portraiture, architecture photography and more.  For more information go to . 

Tea and Tintype Photograph – April 28, 2019:  Old World Wisconsin presents an opportunity to learn about an intriguing form of 19th century photography – the tintype.  It will include a demonstration of the “wet plate” process used in the popular form on photography in that period.  For more information go to the Old World Wisconsin web site .

Mastering the Creative Photograph - May 11, 2019:  The Morton Arboretum, located in Lisle IL, is hosting photographer Ian Plant for a day-long workshop. Topics covered will include The Creative Photograph, Extreme Perspective Photography and Creative Use of Flash for Outdoor Photography.  For more information, check their web site: .  The information can be found on the events calendar for May 11th.

Raptors in Focus Photoshoot – May 11, 2019:  The Schlitz Audubon Center is providing an opportunity to photograph raptors including eagles, hawks, falcons and owls up close in natural settings.  For more information visit their web site: . 

SWMCCC Summer Weekend of Photography – July 26-28, 2019:  This annual weekend workshop is hosted by the Southwestern Michigan Council of Camera Clubs in Holland MI.  Keynote speakers and numerous workshops during the weekend provide a wide range of learning experiences.
If you are aware of any events of general interest, please let us know so we can share them with the club.

Photo Contests and Exhibits:

WACCO Spring 2019 Competition:  Information on the WACCO Spring 2019 Competition is now available.  The competition judging will be held on Saturday, May 4th.  The deadline for submitting images is April 13th.  Members may submit prints and/or projected images in a variety of Open and Nature categories.  For more information and entry instructions, see the WACCO website: .  This is an easy competition to enter and members are encouraged to see how their images compare to other Wisconsin photographers. 

Pewaukee Clean Water Festival:  Open to all amateur photographers. Pictures must highlight the beauty, enjoyment and importance of the natural lakes, rivers, streams ponds and waterways of Lake Country.  Deadline for entry is June 10, 2019.  For more information visit the Pewaukee Area Arts Council web site: .

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:

Mike Crivellos Cameras is celebrating their 50th anniversary with a series of photography classes throughout the year.  Check out their class offerings at: 

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:

Tom Wright
             Vice President 
Jim Hobbick
Jim Edlhuber
             Program Chair 
Randy Scherkenbach 
             Outings Chair 
Elizabeth Whitcomb, Caryl Sedushak

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