Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Let Debra know if you have any questions, by email or cell phone 314 599 2778.
Life is a fulltime job, but if you can free up some of your time to volunteer at the Guild for this fundraiser, you'll have a good time, and so will the patrons. Hopefully, you can volunteer even if for one hour. some positions already have names (see attached), but even if you can add an hour to help there, it will be appreciated. There are lots of different opportunities for volunteering, too:
Collectors Choice X
May 14 10:00am - noon (Saturday)
May 15 10:00am - noon (Sunday)
June 12, Selection Party
June 12 12:45-3:30
May 20, Opening Party
7-8pm (also selling tickets to CCX)
8-9pm (also selling tickets to CCX)
This committee is dedicated to greeting guests, directing them to sign-in tables, making guests feel welcome and special.
June 12, Selection Party
April 15-17, 2011
Gateway Center, Collinsville, IL
Lots of folks in costumes and character.
Could be fun. If you are planning on heading over that way, drop a comment here, and tell others when you'll be going. Turn the time into a photo session with others. You'll have more fun shooting in a group or just being on the lookout for another Guild member.
Common courtesy is to ask before blasting a flash in someone's face. Consult your copyright lawyer for whether this event is in public or private requiring a release for publication or not.
Check out our Calendar (right column, upper links, "Pages"). I'll add events in the local area that might be of interest to photographers. Let me know what events you are planning on attending, and I'll add them for others to consider.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Sample the Light - Model Shoot
Doors open 7pm, close 9pm
Artists Guild Members will have first chance to book their reservations @ $20 per photographer.
Total number of photographers will be limited to five photographers per model. We will switch models and photographers around to the various lighting stations where you will be given the opportunity to connect your camera into the strobes/flashes and give the models directions. Assistance will be provided.
If photographer slots remain available, non-members to the Artists Guild will be able to make their reservations @ $40 per photographer. Yes, this is higher than past Artists Guild photoshoots. We encourage you to join the Guild, not only for the reduce costs of attending the shoots, but also to be part of the Artist Community here in Saint Louis. You will have the opportunity to photograph four (4) different models, under different lighting, and with different looks, too. Build your portfolio and learn something about different lighting you don't currently use.
Each photographer will be responsible for providing two (2) images of each model at each lighting station at a minimum size of 800x800 pixels of high quality JPEG. Image copies will be provided to the model, MUA, and hair stylists. A release will be signed before the shoot begins agreeing to provide this within 45 days after the shoot.
Artists Guild Members - you can RSVP by emailing Eric Bloemker or leaving a comment and your name on this post.
Curt Parker, Scott Frazee, Eric Bloemker - your committee for organizing this photoshoot.
- Curt Parker (member)
- Scott Frazee (member)
- Eric Bloemker (member)
- Claude Zimbelmann (member)
- Shel Sherman (member)
- Edwin Matzner (member)
- Paul Kulessa (member)
- Jim Trotter (member)
- Randy Allen (member)
- Jerry Cox
- Jerold Anna (member)
- Bernard Mallala
- Andrew D'Angelo
Slots extremely limited!
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
- Event + David Hobby's "Lighting in Layers" DVD (new for 2011): $239.95
- Event + Joe McNally's "The Language of Light" DVD (new for 2011): $239.95
- Event + David Hobby DVD + Joe McNally DVD: $349.95.
We were given a description of the upcoming SLAG Collector's Choice fundraiser. The Guild encourages its members to donate artwork valued at more than $250 to this event. See the SLAG website for more details. The Guild also needs lots of volunteers to make this event a success. More information will be posted here in the near future, or contact the Guild directly to let them know your interest in helping out.
Jim Trotter explained the ins and outs of photo copy artwork. Take a picture of a picture, right? Sounds simple enough, but to do that with the highest resolution and without glare? Not so easy.
- Mount your lens perpendicular to the center of the artwork on a very sturdy stand. Makes the artwork in the sweet spot of the lens and minimizes and parallax view.
- Use about 1.5X your normal lens. If full frame DSLR, that means about a 75-80mm lens. This minimizes the barrel effect of some lenses.
- Shoot at the lowest ISO setting you can.
- Jim recommends shooting a series of shots varying the f/stop from wide open to closed down. Then reviewing those images to determine what works best for providing that lens and camera the best possible image. Jim suggested a $5 bill or a postage stamp to have fine engraved lines to test the resolving power of the lens. his test is to take the image of a 3x4 foot frame, and place that bill or stamp in the corners and in the middle, the check the lens and its resolving powers.
- Jim's setup is with two lights. One to each side. Both overlapping the artwork at approximately 45 degrees positioned about twice the diagonal from the artwork.
- The gobos, or screens, or just black cloth with a hole for the lens is to minimize reflections.
Mac MacKay demonstrated his sound trigger. A low cost device to active the flash (or shutter) based on a loud, sharp sound. Mac captured some amazing images of a rifle round blasting through an egg and other other items. Makes a huge mess. Also, makes the chef next door duck for cover. But results in some fantastic images, too. check out the simple and inexpensive manufacturer of the device: http://www.hiviz.com/ Some assembly required, unless you pay more.
By voice vote, the new Photography Section ByLaws were approved with a minor edit to move a sentence to another section.
Lastly, Eric (me) talked about the next meeting. First of all, the meeting will not be the Third Monday. It will be held the Third Tuesday - April 19th. The reason is The FlashBus will be in town on Monday, and several folks have voice interest in attending that program. If you ever use electronic flash, these are the guys to explain how to get the most from your flash.
Secondly, the next meeting will be a model photoshoot. Curt, Scott, and Eric are making the arrangements. The plan is to have four different lighting set-ups: studio strobes, continuous lighting (CFLs), electronic flashes, and single light source. We plan to limit the number of photographers to a reasonable ratio to the models: 4-5 per model, max. RSVP will be required, no exceptions. Email invitations will be send to SLAG members first, then opened to non-members. When the slots for photographers are filled, that's it.
These diagrams are not to scale, nor do they depict the actual lighting arrangements to be used. They are for illustrative purposes only. Each photographer will be allowed to move the lights around to make the effect desired. Others will be there to assist as needed/requested.
Lastly, I did not see the moon tonight, so the naked howling was called off.
Please leave your comments, ideas, wisdom...
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Third Mondays Photography Section
March 21, 2011
7 pm until 9 pm
Saint Louis Artists Guild Building
Don't let the weekend's Supermoon keep you inside. Plan on joining us at the Saint Louis Artists Guild for the Third Mondays Photography Section meeting.
- Jim Trotter will talk on photographing artwork. What does it take to get the same exposure across the flat piece and not have glare?
- Learn to howl naked* at the super moon. (*naked beneath your clothes) Time allowing.
- We'll have Round Two or is it Three to the Section's ByLaws. Read the attached and present your views at the meeting before a vote. (or post your comments to our blog)
- April is Model Photoshoot. Special date? New rules? Help decide how we'll handle this for 2011.
- We may have a special presentation on using a sound trigger to capture an image.
- Bring your own recent work to show and discuss. Either to brag or to get a critique or an idea.
Photography Section By-Laws
The purpose of the Photography section is to recognize photography as a fine art; to be an advocate of and assist emerging photographers; to be a force in bringing photographic art to all segments of the community; and to be a resource and network for photographers of all ages and interests to improve their photographic skills. The section will work toward helping members have opportunities to exhibit their work and to raise public awareness of photography as a form of artistic expression.
General membership in the Photography Section of the St. Louis Artistsâ€™ Guild shall be open to members of the Guild in good standing (dues paid) with an interest in creating Photographically based art.
Honorary Membership. International photographers, not living in the St. Louis area, may be recognized for meritorious achievement and significant patronage to the field of photography.
III. Officers and Directors
The Board shall consist of a Chairperson, Secretary/Treasurer, Web/Blogmaster, and Exhibition Chairperson. All officers must be a member of the Photography section. The section elects its own officers. In the event chairperson is not available, the treasurer shall fulfill the responsibilities.
IV. Duties of Officers
A. The Chairperson shall preside at all meetings, shall attend the openings of the photography section exhibits, and shall promote the goodwill of the Photographers to the greater community and attend the St. Louis Board of Governors meetings.
B. The Secretary/Treasurer shall record the proceedings and actions of all meetings, and submit same to the Webmaster for distribution as well as submit written reports each month to the Board of Governors via the section Chairman, and shall maintain an accounting of the finances of the section including providing a projected budget for the approval by the section officers. He shall provide any financial reporting required by the Board of Governors and include as appropriate in the monthly report to the Board.
D. The Exhibition Chairperson shall be responsible for securing, jurying as required and hanging exhibits and shall attend all meetings of the Special Exhibits Committee of the Guild.
V. Election of Officers
A Nominating committee, consisting of the chairperson and two other members, shall select a slate of officers, who will serve for two years, for the coming year. The slate will be presented at the annual April business meeting for approval. Any member present may offer other nominations for offices.
VI. Committees and Duties
A. Membership Chairperson: shall welcome all visitors to monthly meetings, recruit new members.
B. Program Chairperson: shall secure program presenters for monthly meetings and all other speakers for special engagements at the Guild and shall secure jurors for exhibitions.
C. Promotional Chairperson: shall promote activities to the St. Louis community and provide listed programs and identification labels for all exhibitions.
D. Education Chairperson: shall promote education within the Guild and the St. Louis community.
Addition chair people may be added on an as needed basis.
Regular meetings of the Photography Section shall be held each month. The yearly term begins the 1st of June and end the last day of May.
Proposed amendments to the bylaws must be submitted to the officers at least 30 days before a vote can be taken.
VII Parliamentary Procedure
The current edition of â€œRoberts Rules of Order will be a guide for meetings.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
- Past Present
- Etchings by Stan Gellman
- Going Solar
- Hybrid Works by Dan Welden
- Prints by students from John Burroughs school
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
This is for Artists Guild members only - memberships are $55 (+$10 donation for utilities) per year.
Gina Alvarez, Gallery and Education Director, reminds us this exhibit will be shown in the Young Artists Showcase; therefore age appropriate works only.
- Themes: Eggsperimental & My Best
- David Coblitz will jury the exhibition.
- Up to 3 entries per member.
- Taken within the past two years.
- Not previous shown in the Saint Louis Artists Guild galleries
- If for sale, Guild receives 35% commission
- March 13th: Electronic Submissions with proposed dimensions (including frame)
- March 16th: Notification of selections
- March 30th: Selected entries delivered to Guild (noon-4pm)
- April 8th: Opening Reception 6-9pm
- May 6th: Exhibition closes
Any questions? Please forward them to David Coblitz.
Friday, April 1st, 2011– Please join us for The Third Annual Trivia Night at the St. Louis Artist Guild and silent auction benefiting The St. Louis Artists' Guild. The Guild is 125 years young and the oldest art organization of its kind West of the Mississippi! This event will be held at the Guild's beautifully restored mansion, #2 Oak Knoll Park, Clayton MO 63105. It is at the corner of Clayton Rd. and Big Bend Blvd. in Clayton, Mo. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. when guests are invited to view two floors of galleries that celebrate the works of local and regional artists. Be sure to stop by the Gift Shop filled with a variety of jewelry, gift items and prints for purchase. Trivia questions begin at 7:00 p.m. hosted by the colorful and talented radio personality, JOHNNY RABBITT. Tickets are $20.00 per person/ $160 for a table of 8. There will be a mulligans, a silent auction and other games. Light snacks and beverages will be provided, but players are encouraged to bring their own food and beverages. There is limited space available so don't wait!
If anyone is interested in being a ring leader for a potential Photography Section trivia table, please announce so in the comments to this post so that others can let you know how many you'll have at the table. Just click the "# comments" below. (if you post anonymously, it would help to type out your name, too)
Saint Louis Artists Guild Trivia Night Information page