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Photography Club is held via Zoom on the second to last Saturday of each month at 1pm. The month's theme will be announced on the 1st of the month.

Due to COVID-19 all in-library programming is temporarily suspended. Photo Club will now be held online in the interim.

Join us for Photography Club! Whether you shoot with a DSLR, film camera, or a smartphone, learn about what makes a good photograph, how to get the most out of your camera, and where all the best locations are. No previous experience required!

Photo Club in Action!

Photos Club Members Have Taken

Virtual Photo Club

While we can’t physically be together, we can still share the love of photography! 

Virtual Photo Club works like this: 

On the first of the month the photo challenge theme will be posted.

You will have until the second to last Friday of the month to take new photos for the challenge and submit them.

During the month we’ll post links and videos with tips and inspiration to cheer you on here on our website as well as on our social media. 

On the second to last Saturday of the month, we’ll have a meeting via Zoom where we can video chat together and talk about our photos, what we liked about them, what we wish we could have done, and suggestions for improvement.

After that, photos will be collected and displayed on our website and social media! 

NOTE: Submitting your photos for photo club participation does not take away your copyright of your photos. You still own them, but by uploading your photos you give the Upper Skagit Library the right to share them publicly, online and off. 

Photo by Chazlyn Lovely
Photo by Chazlyn Lovely
Photo by Chazlyn Lovely
Photo by Chazlyn Lovely

This Month's Theme: Change Your Perspective

There are three core skills that make or break a photo: lighting, focus, and composition.
 
Composition is how you frame the subject of your photo. Did you use the rule of thirds? Is your subject far away or close? Horizontal or vertical? Did you give your subject “head space” or did you fill the frame with it so much that a piece is no longer visible?
 
This month we’re focusing on how to make your composition exciting. What if you looked at your subject in an unusual way? Make something big look small! Make something small look big! Focus on a detail that not everyone else would focus on! How do you look at something you see every day, and show it from a new perspective? That’s the goal.
 
For inspiration, tips, and tricks, checkout our resources below!
 

Rules:

  • Stick to the topic! Your photo won’t be included in the fun if we say focus on composition and you play with long exposures instead.
  • Photos can be in color or black and white. 
  • You may edit your photos after taking them, BUT please don’t add elements that weren’t already in the photo. For example, if the bird wasn’t already in the photo, don’t Photoshop one in!
  • Photos must be taken in the month of September 2020.
  • One photo entry per person.
  • If your photo has a human in it, please get that human’s consent to be in the photo and to have that photo be a part of photo club activities with a possibility of being shared on our website, social media, newsletter, etc. 

How to Submit Photos: 

  1. Email photos to chazlyn@upperskagitlibrary.org with “Photo Club Entry” in the headline. 
  2. Upload your photo to Facebook/Twitter/Instagram and use the hashtag #USLPhotoClub. Make sure that either your account or your post is public wherever applicable otherwise we can’t see it! 

NOTE: Submitting your photos for photo club participation does not take away your copyright of your photos. You still own them, but by uploading your photos you give the Upper Skagit Library the right to share them publicly, with attribution to you, online and off. 

Previous Monthly Themes:

  • Summer Reading
  • Rule of Thirds

Resources:

Photo 101

Lighting

Framing

Black & White Photography/Monochrome

Long-Exposure

Cool Tricks