November Meeting - Harold Ross

November 13th


The November speaker will be Harold Ross, a master "sculptor of light." Check out his website and put November 13 on your calendar.

Join photographer Harold Ross for an information-packed presentation on Sculpting with Light, a technique that he has been perfecting for almost 30 years. Harold will show you how his vision and his method of light painting can transform the ordinary subject into something extraordinary. His lighting technique reveals remarkable detail, shape and dimension in his subjects. This lighting cannot normally be “seen," as it involves a building up of light over time and over multiple captures. The photographing of one image can take minutes or even hours to record.

May Meeting - Nikhil Bahl, Techniques For Creating Dynamic Images

Nikhil Bahl will be the speaker at the May 8 meeting, presenting Techniques For Creating Dynamic Images. While a great light display can lead to attractive images a good photographer does not rely on great light to create compelling images. From capturing energy and motion to the serene and surreal, Nikhil will talk about techniques and ideas that you can use to create dynamic images. Nikhil will also give you insights into how and when these techniques are best applied.


Nikhil Bahl is a full time professional photographer, author, educator and and environmentalist residing in the Washington D.C. area. Drawing continuous inspiration from nature, Nikhil adopts novel approaches and seeks meaningful interpretations: to create photographs that transcend the commonplace, reflect deeper insights, and convey an enchantment of the subject’s beauty.

An offshoot of Nikhil's fine art photography and love of nature is his documentation of wildlife behaviors and habitats. As a volunteer with the National Park Service and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, his goal is to portray environmental stories with an artistic appeal, so his photographs educate and motivate about the imperative of conservation.

Each year Nikhil leads numerous photography tours and instructional workshops in the United States and abroad. His teaching encourages participants to advance beyond ordinary photos and develop their own style and vision. Nikhil is a popular speaker at photography clubs, expos and industry events. He authored the acclaimed ebook, Creative Interpretations and writes articles on the creative and technical aspects of photography. His work can be viewed at

March Meeting: A Critique by Patricia Stockman

The March 13 meeting will be a critique of member photos by local fine art photographer and instructor Patricia Stockman.

In the past, members have brought photos to the meeting, and we never were sure how many we would get. One meeting we had less than 20; last year we had more than 50.

This year, we are changing things up a bit. Each member may submit up to three photos for Patricia to review in advance of the meeting. The images should be sent as digital files to me, and I will place them on a website in a secure folder. Patricia will have access to the folder so that she can review the images, prepare some remarks, and be ready with comments for the meeting.

Critiques are not a competition. They are a learning experience. Patricia may suggest ways to improve the composition. She will study the exposure and focus. She may suggest a new crop or turning the image to black and white. You may want to submit images that you are just not sure about. Sometimes you feel that "something is there," but are not sure how to make your intention for taking the photo clear. Others may submit work that is new to them: compositing images, black and white, infrared, portraits of people, etc. Still others may be considering entering their images in a photo competition and want feedback on how to make them the best they can be.

During the meeting, all images will be displayed one by one on the projector, as Patricia comments on them for all to hear. Even if you do not submit any images yourself, you can learn a lot by her comments on work she sees from others. However, I hope you do...

Please send me up to three images before March 10, no larger than 5 mb each. If you want to prep the images at 2000 pixels on the long edge, 72dpi, and sRGB colorspace, jpg format, that's great. If you have no idea what all that means, just send me three images no larger than 5 mb each, and I will take care of the rest. There will be no need to bring the digital images to the meeting, too.

If you would prefer to bring prints to the meeting instead of submitting digital files, please email me with that information. Patricia can do a review of prints at the end of the meeting, with lights on, for all to see.

Send your digital images as attachments to I will take care of adding them to a secure location for Patricia

About Patricia

Local photographer and instructor Patricia Stockman will offer a critique of member images at the March 13 meeting at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Center. Members should have received an email instructing them how and where to send their digital images for review. Check the forum for a review of the information.

Patricia has been a photographer for over 20 years, and currently resides in Frederick, MD. Formal education as a traditional photographer has taken her through B&W film processing and printing; while her work experience has taken her through color film processing & printing, photojournalism, and studio portraiture work. Most recently, Patricia’s teaching career has widened her view of subject matter and digital techniques in her own art.

For the past 12 years, Patricia has been teaching high school Digital Photography and Computer Graphics classes with Frederick County Public Schools. She is also adjunct faculty at Mount St. Mary’s University, teaching Digital Photography.

Involved with the arts community, Patricia is now a member and Vice-President of TAG/The Artists Gallery. She served on the Board for Artomatic@Frederick for all three events, and strives to involve her students in the arts community. Additionally, Patricia shows her photographic works throughout the region and into NYC. Recently, Patricia was honored with receiving “Best in Show” at the 2018 Cumberland Valley Photographers Juried Exhibition, as well as other awards.

Of her own work, Patricia writes, “I combine my traditional background with the technology of Photoshop to create images grounded in the fundamentals of art with a contemporary, surreal twist. I place a strong emphasis on the use of texture, color and the interaction of various subjects in one scene. Elements, such as the division of space, suspended pathways, and the repetition of symbolic objects are recurring themes in my work that suggest the past, present and future within a narrative construct.”

February Meeting Moved to February 27th

The February Meeting has been moved to February 27th

Don't forget that our February meeting will be on the THIRD Wednesday of the month, February 20, and it will be at 7 pm at Frederick Community College. Member Gundars Osvalds will be presenting the story behind the images he captured as a 16-year-old aspiring photojournalist in the now gone Vinegar Hill neighborhood of Charlottesville, VA. These historic photos are some of the only images of people at work and at play in the African American community. His photos will be on exhibit at FCC during the month of February.

The presentation will be in the theater at the Visual Arts Performing Center, the same building where we have our summer exhibit. ASL interpretation will be provided. Because this event is free and open to the public, we could use some volunteers to help with staffing the refreshment table, to sell exhibit catalogs, and to give some technology assistance. Please let Cam know if you are willing to help.

Here is a link to a PDF flyer about the meeting/event. Please share this with other people and organizations you know would be interested in both the history and the photography that Gundars will share.

Vinegar Hill

January Meeting - Interior and Exterior Architectural Photography

After seeing this presentation, you will never look at a photo of an interior office space built of steel, concrete, and glass in the same way again. Your brain will be spinning with the effort it took to manage glare, reflections, space, shadows, and lighting.

We will be shown samples from a variety of the Chris's assignments over many decades of working as an architectural photographer. This will include a discussion of various approaches and techniques related to architectural photography and how to deal with creative challenges including composition and lighting.

Chris has been a commercial photographer for over 30 years with a special concentration in architectural photography. His work includes a particular emphasis on composition, location lighting, and accurate rendering of color. He also brings to each assignment an extensive knowledge of post-production editing techniques to enhance the captured image.

Chris’s expertise both with camera techniques and digital editing allows him to combine the client's desires, the subject matter, and his creativity to produce the finished photograph. His work had been the recipient of numerous industry awards in the field of architecture.

October Meeting - Peter Foiles, Lofoton Islands, Norway

Member Peter Foiles will speak about his recent photo trip to Norway.

The Lofoton Islands: Next item for your photography bucket list.

The Lofoton islands are an archipelago off the coast of Norway north of the Arctic Circle. One of the oldest and largest cod fisheries in the world, it has also in recent years become a favorite for photographers. From quaint fishing villages and mountainous landscapes to one of the best spots to view the Northern Lights, there is much to photograph. I will be showing the results of my February trip to Lofoton and give some background on the area as well as some tips on how to photograph the Northern Lights.

September Meeting - Jan Exler, My Photo Passion & Odyssey

Jan Exler will be the featured presenter at the September 12 meeting. His talk, “My Photo Passion & Odyssey” will feature 100 of his all-time favorite and award-winning photos. He’ll also speak about "Competitive Freelance Photography," online sites, and contests where he posts his photographs, as well as his favorite venues to capture award-winning images in the Baltimore and Delmarva areas.

Jan is a competitive, freelance photographer who was a high school educator for 35 years in Baltimore City. He has served on the Maryland State Board of Acupuncture for the past eight years.

Jan picked up a camera for the first time in 2012 to document his Wounded Warrior son's recovery in the Richmond VA hospital. His photography has been published in National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Maryland Public TV's “Capture Outdoor Maryland's” coffee table book, GURU Shots International, Chesapeake Bay Foundation's 2019 calendar and the Baltimore Sun papers.

Thanks to social media, his photography has been “followed,” “liked,” and commented on by folks in 132 different countries around the world!

Jan Exler's current galleries include: and

July Meeting Photowalk Assignment

Photo walks are popular, and small towns offer many familiar things to photograph, such as window displays and patterns in brick sidewalks, but also some things that are unique to each town: a monument, a fountain, a cannon, and more.

At the July meeting, Cam Miller will share some highlights from her 18 months of photo walking, followed by photos from members.

Between now and the July meeting, your assignment is to take a walk in your town -- or a town you are visiting -- or one that is near you -- and do a photo walk: Hagerstown, Gettysburg, Frederick, New Market, Sharpsburg, Martinsburg, Gaithersburg, Sykesville -- you get the idea.

Take a walk, photograph details (ivy on the side of a building, reflections, wall murals, oddities, texture, fountains, people sitting outside, fire stations, benches, doors, fences, flowers, etc.) and edit them down to five or six photos that you will show at the meeting. Don't tell us where you walked -- include things that might be unique to that town, but that don't name the town. Let us guess where you were! This is a great opportunity to experiment with black and white, street photography, macro shots, and more. Many of us will walk in the same towns, and it will be fun to see how different photographers find different things to photograph in the same locations.

Bring 5-7 edited photos to the meeting on a flash drive. Save them as JPGS with a resolution of 72. If you are unsure how to save at this resolution, just save them as they are and bring them to the meeting. We'll take care of making any needed conversions.

So grab your camera, get out there, and take a walk in a town. We look forward to figuring out where you were!

June Meeting - Wayne Wolfersberger

Photography in Our National Parks

There are 419 National Park Sites across our land. How can we enjoy a wonderful photographical experiences in them taking advantage of their natural features, wildlife, historical features and so much more? We will explore some local sites and many far away including the world’s first national park, Yellowstone. Safety for the site, its wildlife and visitors will be included as well as what sets them apart from the rest of our 87% public lands.

May Meeting - Photography in Law Enforcement, by Allen Hafner

Documentation of crime scenes and evidence is vital to an investigation and the subsequent court proceedings. The ultimate goal is to take the crime scene to the courtroom in order for a jury to better understand what occurred. This is done with detailed notes and sketches, supplemented with photos. This presentation will provide a brief history of law enforcement use of photography, from early film cameras to modern digital equipment. Along the way we’ll discuss how to document evidence with various techniques such as lens selection, painting with light, aerial photos, 3D mapping, and infrared. Al will also explain why post processing is generally not permitted and the exceptions when it can be used.

Al is a retired Howard County Police Officer, currently working as a civilian Forensic Specialist for HCPD. He is both a Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst and a Certified Latent Print Examiner. A hobbyist photographer since his teens, Al took those early skills into investigative work. He often used his own gear to shoot better quality photos of accidents and crime scenes. This led to specialized training at the FBI Laboratory and the former Kodak Law Enforcement Program.

During his 45 years in law enforcement Al has worked with many different cameras and film formats. This included dark room work to provide the best possible images for presentation in court testimony. With the technological changes to digital equipment, Al has been able to apply old school film techniques to the digital world. As a hobbyist, Al has won awards in various local contests and was also a finalist in the Smithsonian’s Air & Space photo contest. His professional work is usually not seen outside the courtroom, but some images have been published in a variety of training manuals.

April Meeting - Cam Miller Digital Photo Painting

Digital Photo Painting

Even if you can't draw or paint, you can create a digital painting from one of your own photos using iPad apps and software plugins. At the April 11 meeting, Cam Miller will show us how to take a photo and give it the look of a watercolor or an oil painting without wetting a brush. She will also show us how to take the "painted" photo one step farther by using layers and masks in Photoshop to bring back important detail that may have been lost in the painting process. The meeting is at 7 pm at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Center in downtown Frederick.

March 14th Meeting Critique - Marc Weinberg

Start thinking about what photos you want to have reviewed at our March meeting. Photographer Marc Weinberg will be doing a critique of member work. Some people like to bring work that reflects a new technique they have tried (studio lighting, black & white, or infrared, for example). Others bring photos they want to learn how to improve. Some will be showing work for the first time, and want to know what an independent reviewer thinks of it. The choice is yours. If you are considering submitting some work to our juried summer show, this critique is a good opportunity to show some pieces you might enter for the show.

Marc will discuss each photo so that the entire group will learn from his comments and suggestions.

For this critique, prepare five photos for review. Depending on the number of photos we receive, we may limit each person to the first three, and if there is time, move on to the remaining images.

Images must be submitted in jpg format with a minimum of 1200 and a maximum of 2400 pixels in the longest dimension. It is recommended that the files be in the sRGB color space. Please number your photos in order of preference with LastName#1, i.e. Smith#1.jpg, Smith#2.jpg, etc. Save them in a folder with your name on a flash drive to be given to John at the beginning of the meeting.

Here is more information about Marc:

Marc Weinberg started taking photos with a Brownie box camera when he was 8 years old in 1956. In February 2008, he thankfully retired from his career as a government lawyer. Since then, he has been able to dedicate himself to his long held passion for photography. Marc jumped on the digital bandwagon in 1998. While photographic tools have changed, photography hasn’t. It’s still what's behind the viewfinder that counts most -- the photographer’s unique eye and vision and knowledge of camera operations and light. Marc teaches digital photography at Frederick Community College and Shepherd University, and he has led workshops at the Griffin Arts Center, and the Rehoboth Arts League, in Rehoboth Beach, DE. He is a resident artist at the Griffin and has a studio there. In addition to his fine art work, he provides photography services in Frederick, MD. And, he has been a regular contributing photographer for area magazines. In addition to TAG, his work has been showcased in several galleries in Frederick, MD, including the Griffin Arts Center, Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, The Frederick Arts Council, McGuire Fine Arts & Framing, Lafayette Gallery, Frederick Community College, and the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce. His work also has shown in Carlisle, PA, at The Garden Gallery, Haverstick Gallery & Studios, and the Carlisle Arts Learning Center. His work is in private collections and on permanent display at PNC's headquarters building in Baltimore.

February 21st Meeting- Robert Fawcett, Capturing The Night Sky & Milky Way

Capturing The Night Sky & Milky Way: A visual presentation of images captured in Maryland and other parts of the United States.

At the February 21 meeting, photographer Robert Fawcett will cover the “what, when, where and how” to capture the night sky and Milky Way Galaxy. Through the series of images presented, the following will be covered:

  • What? Everything related to camera equipment and what’s necessary or recommended for capturing the night sky (Nightscaping); Gear needed - camera and lens, tripod, and remote shutter; and Lighting - for advanced shooting various types of light sources for Low Level Lighting (LLL).

  • When? Planning, which is the most important part of nightscaping, using very basic apps, maps and other tools to get "that shot.” Where to find the Dark Sky and other factors that guarantee a successful night time outing.

  • Where? Finding and locating dark sky with various apps for Milky Way positioning.

  • How? Back to the camera again for the basics of shutter speed, aperture and ISO. How to see in the dark for proper focus and composition.

Throughout the discussion recommendations for post-processing will be touched on as well.

Robert’s work can be seen at his website:

January Meeting - June Jarkey - Stock Photography

Want to learn about stock photography, in particular, microstock photography? Want to learn the pros and cons of trying to make money in this market? Microstock companies evolved out of the internet/digital age and have grown into an industry where images, vectors, video, and now music are available to buyers. Come and learn about the process of editing, submitting, and selling photos at agencies that offer millions of images to potential buyers.

Information covered will be from the perspective of a landscape/nature photographer who has “dabbled” in microstock for the past 6 years. Learn more about this industry and decide if selling your photos via microstock is right for you.

December Holiday Party

In lieu of our December meeting, we will be having our annual holiday gathering. Please join us and bring your spouse or partner for the evening.

We invite you to add to the delicious buffet by bringing your favorite side dish or dessert to share. Please be mindful of food allergies and label your dish accordingly. We will be providing a main course along with non-alcoholic refreshments; however, you are invited to bring wine, beer or other alcoholic beverages if you'd prefer.

We will also be doing the photo swap again this year! If you are interested in participating, bring a wrapped matted photo suitable for framing. This always brings lots of fun and laughter and legal theft!

Again this year, we are having a special presentation brought to us by YOU! Our presentation this year will be a series set to music of your 5 Best Shots of the Year. If you are interested in participating in the show, go through your pictures from 2017 and pick your top 5. Send them to Peter Foiles: (1200 pixels on the long side is sufficient). Please include your name in a watermark on the photo so everyone knows who took the photo. The presentation will play during our holiday party as an homage to all our talented members! All entries MUST be sent to Peter by 12/6/17.

November Meeting - Personal Projects

Photographers choose to do personal projects for a variety of reasons. Some seek new inspiration; others want to explore a theme or step outside their comfort zones; yet others find personal projects to be a type of therapy, a way to deal with personal struggles or challenges. Whatever the motivation, a personal project may be just what you are looking for to spark your creativity or to give you new inspiration. At the November meeting, you will hear an overview of various types of personal projects, how to find or create them, and how to keep yourself motivated. A panel of several club members will share their personal projects with us and answer your questions.

October Meeting: Social Media For Photographers

John Casper will be presenting "Social Media For Photographers" at the October 11 club meeting. Here is a description of his talk

Whether you are new to photography or an experienced shooter, this month’s meeting will have something for you. The world is online, and as photographers and artists we are proud of our work and want to show it off. Aside from having a website, social media is the best way to get maximum exposure. We'll answer questions about which types/apps may best meet your needs as a photographer. Is it Facebook? Instagram or Twitter? Tumblr or SnapChat ? The list goes on. We will also demystify the process of posting an image you took with your camera to social media by demonstrating how to size it and upload it, including how to gain followers by using “keywords” and “tagging." Lastly, we will do a real time post so you can see the immediate results of posting to social media.

If there are specific questions you would like to see addressed in this discussion, feel free to post them here, and John will try to include them in his talk.

September Meeting - Tom Fretz

Have you been considering a photography trip, but aren't sure how to choose one to fit your needs? Tom Fretz has taken many such trips. At the September meeting, he will discuss why we take photo trips, and what to consider in making your decision. He'll include information about what to expect, and give an overview of some of his many trips. Tom will finish with a critique of two of his recent photo trips, discussing who lead the trips and why the leaders made a difference, along with a few photos of the tour. You can see Tom's work at his website: