At the July meeting of the Philly SMUG, held at Calumet Photographic, 39 members were in attendance to receive some great tips from Sarah Stolfa on successful ways to exhibit their work. As is usually the case, it was a very enthusiastic group that gathered for this lecture.
Sarah Stolfa, a musician and photographer, is the founder and director of The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC). The PPAC is a nonprofit organization that offers a wide range of services for anyone interested in photography and the arts. Sarah’s photographs have appeared in numerous publications such as The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine. In addition, she has received many awards for her photography throughout her career.
- Use a high quality printer or printing service
- When framing the photo, it is always important to use a custom frame
- Exhibit the work in 16″ x 20″ or larger sizes
- Have the final work ready for installation at the gallery
Other aspects talked about during the presentation were research and networking. Sarah noted that in order to be successful, “You have to do your homework and research what type of images galleries show.” She pointed out that we need to tailor our efforts to those galleries that are a good fit for our photography. It’s also a plus to try and network face to face and to know who we are talking to. Above all else, be nice to everyone, because you never know what door may open at any given meeting.
Joe is a freelance photographer based in Wilmington, DE. He is currently shooting with an Olympus E-30 & E-520, and he is also transitioning to the Olympus mirrorless system.
The Philly Smug held its meeting at Calumet Photo, where 27 members attended. Our guest speaker, John Bodensiek, owner of PhotoFusionUSA, provides hands-on, in-depth photography workshops on anything related to photography and post-processing. At our meeting, he provided an introduction to Lightroom 3 and CS5.
During the presentation, John shared his workflow and stressed the importance of developing our own workflow for quality and consistency. He shared some of the many options that Lightroom users have, like using two monitors and various ways to catalog and tag photos for improved organization.
Scribe: Nancy McPeak
The SmugMug User Groups (SMUGs) are putting out a call for speakers for our 2012 monthly speakers series.
A SMUG is a place where you can learn, teach and meet up with other photographers who share your passion. It’s also how we can tell you what’s happening in our world and discover what’s happening in yours. SMUGs are a great way to connect with other photographers and add a few weapons to your creative arsenal. There are over 90 SMUGs worldwide. Rain or shine, it’s always a great idea to come to your SMUG’s monthly meetings. This way, you have a great collection of photos in every season!
We are looking for presenters that can speak about various photography related topics. Examples: Business topics, software, lighting, fusion, camera usage, portraits, photojournalism, sports, nature/landscape, commercial, boudoir, sports and weddings.
All types of photographers are welcome to present.
If you are interested in speaking, please send a short bio and course description and let us know why you would be great for our groups. We really want people with something interesting to say so let us know why this is you. These presentations are not sales-oriented so while you are more then welcome to mention products and workshops at the end, the bulk of the presentation should be on the chosen topic.
This is a great opportunity for anyone to get in front of a large, active group of photographers.
You will also receive a free SmugMug Pro account as a special thanks from SmugMug (for as long as you are a speaker).
To submit your presentation or if you have questions, please email Rocky Bowles at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once we receive your email, we will send out a manual that explains all of the details for speaking at SMUGs.
All submissions will be kept on file and we’ll contact you if we choose your presentation.
SmugMug cannot thank you enough for your participation in becoming a speaker. It is the people like you that give SMUGs such a great reputation!
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