"Making a Case for Black and White Photography"
presented by Mike Baker. June 8, 2022 6:30-8pm
Topic: Making the Case for Black & White in Photography
We live in a world of color- it dominates much of the what we see on the internet, social media, publications etc. However, what is the impact on a scene or subject when presented in absence of color?
Mike Baker will share his perspective on Black and White (B&W) photography including tips on pre-visualization; that is, learning to form an image in your mind's eye on how a scene will translates to B&W before clicking the shutter. This will help the photographer to hone in on subjects and compositional elements that translate well into black and white. Additionally, Mike will provide examples of subjects that lend itself well to Black and White.
In the end, you'll discover that you'll start to look at the world differently. You'll become more aware of light - its quality and its direction. You'll become a better photographer for it.
Mike Baker is an award-winning and published fine art photographer based in the Chicagoland area. Two of his greatest passions in life are travel and photography. Traveling on family vacations as a youngster helped to develop Mike's desire to see places outside of his home state of Maryland. Further travel through previous military and current work assignments further broadened his view of the world via experiencing other cultures. Mike has been very fortunate to have traveled throughout North America, Europe and Asia (China), including his most recent adventures to Cuba. Both travel and photography has made Mike better appreciate his own home and culture as well as the people and lands he's visited. Artist Statement Photography is an art of observation. It offers a creative outlet that allows Mike to capture interesting subjects in an ordinary place, transforming it into something extraordinary. Over the course of his photographic journey, Mike has developed that inner eye, that 3rd Eye that provides perception beyond ordinary sight. His work is most notable in the area of architecture, city-scape, and long exposure monochrome photography. Mike takes time to study his subjects, searching for patterns, shapes, light and shadow, and develops the image from this standpoint. Offering a surreal quality, Mike's images offer visions that often remain observed with suggested interpretations open to one's imagination.
"Putting the RIGHT words with your photography."
Presented by Lisa Langell. September 14, 2022 6:30-8PM
Learn how simple writing techniques enhance your photography -- and vice versa:
First, you will learn how adding words with your photography doesn't have to be overwhelming and daunting. We will start with a fun activity to show you how titles influence your experience with an image, followed by tips for adding powerful titles to your work.
Next, we take it a step further… introducing you to the art of developing your own quotes! We'll start at the beginning to give you a good foundation in how to develop inspirational messages that go along with your photographs and how they can be used and shared. Worried about writer's block? Don't worry! I have some innovative tips and a fun way to get you thinking and writing easily. The best part? These activities also inspire your photography!
Last, we will cover how to get ideas and inspiration for writing your first short story! This exercise is REALLY fun and inspiring and can be done anytime, anywhere!
You will learn:
- How a title influences the perception and emotion evoked from your image
- Tips for titling your images
- Methods for creating inspirational quotes to accompany your work
- How writing a short story can influence your photography - and vice versa
- Easy story-starter tips for creating infinite options for the plot, theme, and imagery that will accompany your story
This webinar is designed to be fun, educational and interactive. You can chat with me throughout the webinar! This isn't your boring, old "sit and get" webinar --- this is engaging, fun and designed to meet YOUR needs!
Click HERE to access Lisa's website
Presented by Chris Foster. October 12, 2022 6:30-8PM
Macro photographer Christopher Foster presents skillfully composed portraits of the tiniest creatures and abstract imagery of the most delicate aspects found in nature. His photography will introduce you to the intricate mechanics that make up insects and arachnids, and the sublime patterns and surfaces of the fauna on which they can be found.
He resides in the Mid-Atlantic area, surrounded by a variety of unique natural habitats. In addition to his art photography, he has produced award-winning materials for various media outlets for over 25 years. Foster continuously explores his environment with an eye for the endless supply of intriguing formations ready to be captured by his macro lens. His day job is photo editor for a successful Delaware newspaper.
Click HERE to access Chris's twitter page.
"Painting with Light; a Transformative Process" presented by Harold Ross.
November 9, 2022 from 6:30 to 8 PM
Presentation title: Painting with Light; a Transformative Process
Join noted photographer Harold Ross for a presentation of his Painting with Light process, a
technique that he has been perfecting for 30 years. (Yes, that's right! Harold used his light
painting process on transparency film, before Photoshop existed!) He will show you how his
photographic methods using the technique of light painting can transform the ordinary into the
Harold is drawn to photograph things that have history; old machines, tools and various still life
subjects. His goal is to elevate and monumentalize these subjects, which are often taken for
granted. His transformational approach to photography can, in a way, breathe new life into his
In his landscape work, Harold is interested in the interplay between the real and the unreal.
An unmistakably real scene, illuminated in a way that can't happen in nature, creates a
quandary in the mind of the viewer. In a more subtle way, this same interplay exists in Harold's
still life work.
Harold will share his work, and he will explain the lighting tools he uses (simple and few), the
advantages of light painting, and the Six Principles of Light that he feels are essential to
He'll also touch on the amazing power of enhancing dimension and depth through specialized
(yet simple) masking techniques in Photoshop. These masking methods, which Harold teaches
in his workshops, are akin to painting and drawing, and are not taught as photographic
techniques anywhere else.
Harold will be using his images to convey the transformative nature of his image-making
process, which allows one to transform an ordinary subject into something remarkable!
This will be an information-packed program. Be prepared to be inspired!
See Harold's work at: www.haroldrossfineart.com
See Harold's blog, with lots of technical information on Light Painting at:
Harold's Instagram: @haroldross_sculptingwithlight
To see Harold's work, please visit www.haroldrossfineart.com
"Why Black and White". Presented by Cole Thompson.
December 7, 2002 from 6:30-8 PM
In about one hour Cole Thompson will make the case that black and white is the perfect medium for any subject…except for one. Cole will show work from his various portfolios including:
The Ghosts of Auschwitz-Birkenau
Moai, Sitting for Portrait
The Lone Man
Interspersed between the images Cole will share his photographic philosophies, such as:
Never listen to others
Coles Rule of Thirds
Equipment is overrated
Vision is the most important tool in my toolbox
And many others!
At the end of his presentation Cole will answer questions and give away a print of The Angel Gabriel.
To access Cole's website click HERE.
"Abstract Architecture Photography- Creativity in Composition"
Presented by Angie McMonigal. January 11, 2023 6:30-8 PM
I'm a fine art and commercial architecture photographer based in Chicago striving to bring a detailed, thoughtful perspective to my work, whether for clients or through the workshops I lead. Having grown up surrounded by nature yet fascinated by the big city I've called home for more than two decades; I bring the meditative calm of my upbringing to a terrain that's always transforming. Drawing from my education in the micro sciences (molecular biology, microbiology, virology) my focus is more frequently on bold architectural details rather than sweeping cityscapes, creating images that celebrate those unexpectedly iconic elements hiding in plain sight.
I work with art consultants, designers, architectural firms, and private collectors to provide compelling photographs for their collections. I've also collaborated with national and global brands, including Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Stir, and Icebreaker, creating distinctive images to complement their brands. I am available for commissioned, one-of-a-kind projects for both individual and corporate collectors. My goal is to create images that draw out the organic interplay between design, structure, environment, and society.
Publication credits include Shots Magazine, National Geographic, WSJ, among others. Exhibitions by galleries in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Barcelona and other destinations, including my Urban Quilt series with the Catherine Edelman Gallery's Chicago Project.
To access Angie's website click HERE.