Darkroomers Quarterly Competition
Sep 30 @ 8:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Darkroomers Quarterly Competition @ San Diego | California | United States

Our third quarter theme is Door Knobs. Members must submit images no later than 8pm (submission instructions are sent to members via email). Online judging instructions will be emailed to members and winners will be announced at the next meeting.

Interested in joining Darkroomers? Get more info on our Membership Page.

Lightning and Storm Chasing with Susan Coppock @ Zoom
Oct 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Lightning and Storm Chasing with Susan Coppock @ Zoom

Join us for a fascinating presentation about storm chasing with photographer and teacher Susan Coppock!

Darkroomers members will be sent Zoom login info via email. If you’d like to attend as a guest, please contact us so we can add you to the guest list.

About Susan

I have been photographing for 40+ years and I am still thrilled every time I capture something special in nature. I live, breathe, work, dream, and teach photography.  This is my 18th year of teaching photography at San Dieguito High School in Encinitas. Along with my love of teaching kids, I have a passion for night photography and storm chasing. I love sharing this passion with my students and realize how lucky I am to get to teach what I love. My work has won numerous awards including Best of Show & has been shown in magazines, museums, galleries, and personal collections. 

I am first and foremost a storm chaser and nature photographer.  Most of my work is night photography of the Milky Way, star trails, moon shots (including the 2017 Solar Eclipse), and thunderstorms, including cloud formations and lightning. I try to share with others the awe and spirit I feel when surrounded by the power of nature, her fury, and the incredible beauty in the storms she produces, where each image is like no other.  Sharing my work with others who may not be as fortunate to witness these natural phenomena makes me especially happy. 

@susancoppockphoto (Instagram)

HDR Workflow and Techniques for the Pro @ Balboa Park
Oct 10 @ 10:00 am – Oct 11 @ 1:00 pm
HDR Workflow and Techniques for the Pro @ Balboa Park | San Diego | California | United States

Click the REGISTER button above to secure your spot in this workshop.

HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography is one of the more recent buzz words among photographers because it creates a color environment that has the ability to capture 32 bits of color and tonal information. Even though our cameras will not capture this extended range of information in a single exposure we have the ability to do so through software such as Photoshop, Lightroom and Photomatix. The question is, once we have captured that extended tonal and color information then what next?

Stephen Burns will share what he feels is some of the most important features in creating an HDR (High Dynamic Range) image in preparation for completing a single shot or Panoramic vision. The most important aspect of capturing an extended range image is the ability to capture B&W tonal information to produce the most expressive tone map of your work. In my opinion, digital photographers are so addicted to color that they have forgotten how critical it is to understand B&W especially as to how it applies to tone mapped images. In this webinar we will create everything from a B&W perspective and use color as the icing on the cake so to speak.

Day 1

We will meet in Balboa Park at 10am PT where you will be shown how to identify set up a scene that is optimal for high dynamic range capture.

Day 2

This will be a virtual class starting at 10am PT showing how to process your imagery from the day before using software like Photoshop, Lightroom, Photomatix or Aurora HDR to use tone mapping techniques only as the basis to producing something more expressive.

Darkroomers Monthly Critique Night @ Zoom
Oct 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Darkroomers Monthly Critique Night @ Zoom | San Diego | California | United States

Join us for our Monthly Critique Night via Zoom!

Our judge for October is Lin Craft.

Members will be emailed with Zoom meeting information. If you’d like to attend as a guest, please contact us to be added to the guest list.

Image critiques are available for members only. If you’d like more information about joining Darkroomers, please check out our membership page and email us if you have any questions.

About Our Judge

Lin Craft, FPSA, FSCACC, is a retired marine biologist residing in Fallbrook, CA.  She strives to communicate the extraordinary beauty of the natural world through her wildlife and landscape photography, both underwater and on land. Lin loves to share her images and experiences through her live narrated presentations. She has won numerous awards for her photography (including the San Diego County Fair) and her images have appeared in books, brochures, and calendars. Lin is a multi-starred exhibitor in the Color, Nature, and Photo Travel Divisions of PSA (The Photographic Society of America). She regularly judges for local camera clubs, for PSA sanctioned international photography exhibitions, and last year for the San Diego County Fair. She travels extensively to pursue her passion for wildlife and landscape photography, often in remote and inhospitable environments, including diving under the ice in Antarctica. 

Lin served as President of the Fallbrook Camera Club for 25 years and is currently the Digital Competition Chair. She is a past president and Fellow of the Southern California Association of Camera Clubs (SCACC). As a 30-year member of PSA, she has held numerous positions and is the immediate past Chairman of the Nature Division. Lin has received several prestigious awards and honors for her service to PSA, including being elected Fellow of the Photographic Society of America (FPSA).

Old Town Temecula Photo Walk @ Temecula City Hall
Oct 26 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Join Darkroomer, Sandi Marasco, for a photo walk in Old Town Temecula! We might even include a scavenger hunt to liven things up.

We’ll be meeting at the fountain in front of City Hall (41000 Main Street, Temecula) at 9am sharp!

City Hall has a parking garage with free parking. Street parking may also be available.

This event is for Darkroomers only – however, members can bring guests. Just be sure to include your +1, +2, etc. with your RSVP. RSVP instructions will be sent to members via email.

We hope to see you there!

Seeing for Black and White with Andrew Hertel @ Zoom
Nov 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Seeing for Black and White with Andrew Hertel @ Zoom

Join us for “Seeing for Black and White” presented by Darkroomer, Andrew Hertel. He’ll share how he goes about visualizing scenes for black and white images.

Darkroomers members will be sent Zoom meeting instructions via email. If you’d like to attend as a guest, please contact us so we can add you to the guest list.

Learn more about Andrew and his work at www.andrewhertel.com

Darkroomers Monthly Critique Night
Nov 18 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Darkroomers Monthly Critique Night @ San Diego | California | United States

Our judge for November is Photoshop expert, Larry Vogel.

Members will be sent meeting information via Zoom. If you’d like to attend as a guest, please email us.

To become a member and submit your images for critique. Visit our membership page.

Sunrise Long Exposures in La Jolla @ Hospitals Reef
Nov 19 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am
Sunrise Long Exposures in La Jolla @ Hospitals Reef | San Diego | California | United States

Join Darkroomer, Andrew Hertel, for an early morning photo shoot in La Jolla. We’ll be focusing on long exposures around the potholes and Hospitals Reef in La Jolla.

Don’t forget to bring your tripod and cable release. ND and polarizing filters may also be helpful after the sun comes up.

Sunrise is at 6:28am and the tide will be on its way in.

Darkroomers on Location – Sedona
Nov 29 – Dec 3 all-day
Darkroomers on Location - Sedona @ Sedona | Arizona | United States

Darkroomers will be heading to the magical red rocks of Sedona, Arizona!

This trip is open to Darkroomers and their immediate families, only. Please see our Membership Page to learn more about becoming a Darkroomers member.

50 Shades of Grey with Bernard Mendoza @ Zoom
Dec 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
50 Shades of Grey with Bernard Mendoza @ Zoom

Join us for “50 Shades of Grey”, a presentation by reportage/documentary and portrait photography, Bernard Mendoza. He’ll be sharing how he got his start in photography, examples of his projects and touch on some of the subjects he covers in his workshops such as understanding the creative process.

Darkroomers members will be sent Zoom meeting instructions via email. If you’d like to attend as a guest, please contact us so we can add you to the guest list.

About Bernard Mendoza

Bernard Mendoza is a reportage/documentary and portrait photographer who started his career in the late 1960s. His work has been collected and exhibited in museums and galleries around the world including, amongst others, The National Portrait Gallery in London, The National Portrait Gallery in Scotland, The Smithsonian Institute, The Royal Photographic Society UK, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Denver Art Museum, Art Center of Indianapolis, Vanderbilt Hall New York, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. 

His work has been published in a variety of prestigious books including the University of Michigan Quarterly Review, the M.I.L.K. trilogy of books on Family, Love and Friendship, Art Directors Index to Photographers and  Denver Confluence of the Arts.

Over the past 30 years, Mendoza has spent a considerable amount of time lecturing and giving workshops on photography and the creative process at universities and art centers around the country.  

Mendoza has received numerous awards including a Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship and is a two-time recipient of a John Kobal Foundation award for portraiture. He also received a grant from Steven Spielberg’s Righteous Person’s Foundation to complete an essay on orthodox Jewish communities in America and a Fellowship from Colorado Council on the Arts to produce a photo essay on health care in America.

During the 1990s, as Artist in Residence at the University of Denver, he developed and ran a highly regarded program for troubled teens, using photography as a tool for youngsters to see their world.  At the same time, he was invited to be a grants panelist for Neighborhood Cultures of Denver, responsible for bringing the arts to low income areas through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the NEH. 

Much of Mendoza’s work deals with social issues, such as his highly acclaimed Portrait of a City Hospital, a photographic essay on health care that is now part of the permanent art collection for the City of Denver, and anthropological subjects such as From Generation to Generation a documentary a photography essay on orthodox Jewish communities in America that is now in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.  Vaya en Paz (Go in Peace) the story of a community reclaiming its neighborhood from gangs and drug dealers in East Los Angeles.  The Projects are Dead, Long Live the Projects an essay that documented the demolition of the old gang ridden projects.

Occasionally his dry English humor comes out in his work and is represented by some lighter essays including – Mutt ‘n Man – photographs made of dogs and their owners.  Benches – the juxtaposition of people sitting on bus benches and the adverts displayed.  El Prado – dance club hostesses at a little night club in East Los Angeles.