The members of our Powell SMUG started the day at the farmer’s market in downtown Billings, which was a much bigger deal than I had initially anticipated. There was music, flowers, food vendors, and produce abound. This wasn’t just a typical SMUG meeting of discussing photography or listening to a speaker. We explored our local farmer’s market, and we visited an art museum afterwords, which was a nice way to get to know other members and take some fun photos.
After lunch, we met at the Yellowstone Art Museum. Our SMUG leader, Craig Satterlee, had driven several photography students from Northwest College in Powell to Billings to see Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs. About seven of us from our Smug group were in attendance as well. Due to the sensitive nature of the exhibit, I thought it best not to take photos in the gallery.
The Philadephia SMUG held a mini studio-lighting workshop at the Calumet Photographic Store of Philadelphia, PA, to help prepare for their “Help-Portrait Day” to be held in December. Help-Portrait is a day where photographers from all over the world take photos of people in need and give the pictures to others so they are informed of the poverty. If you would like to get involved, you can go here to learn more.
22 members learned from portrait and sports photographer, David Kappler (www.kapplerphoto.com), as he shared his knowledge on studio lighting with the group. We learned about:
- The different light sources we can create in a photo
- The proper way to achieve softer light
- The different types of lighting patterns
We were also shown that you don’t need to have the most expensive equipment to achieve good light- you just need to know how to make the most of what you’ve got. He shared tons of information with us on how he captures the light in a very entertaining way. After his overview on studio lighting, we were able to divide ourselves up amongst three lighting set ups and take turns practicing our craft
The reviews of the evening were very positive and everyone seemed to take home at least a few new things from the workshop. We look forward to planning more meetings with talented guest speakers who can help us learn more about the different elements of photography and help improve our craft