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The Photographers Guild Newsletter

Photo by Dennis Landis
Sunrise- Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. January 2016.
Taken with a Fuji zoom at 18mm.
Next Meeting: Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 @ 6:00 p.m.  (Visitors are welcome.)  
Educational Topic for March: Marketing your Photographs Presented by Steve Oyer. Steve will share his experience in displaying and selling photographs.

Monthly Meeting Format:

6:00 pm - 6:15 Minutes Approval - Treasurer Report
6:15 pm - 6:45 Photo of the Month - Voting/Critique
6:45 pm - 7:15 Photo Challenge/Critique (limit 2 photos per person)
7:15 pm - 7:30 Open Photo Critique/ Q & A (Bring any photo, old or new)
7:30 pm - 8:00 Education session


LOCATION FOR ALL WORKSHOPS: The Photographers Guild, 212 W Washington St, Goshen, IN, west side of building, green door, 2nd floor.

The Perfect Exposure: The Exposure Triangle

When: Saturday, March 18th, 2017 -
9:00 am - Noon

Fee: $30 non-members, $10 Guild members

Instructor: Danny Graber

A perfect exposure can best be attained if one masters the knowledge of the three camera settings that control the correct exposure – the shutter speed, the aperture (or f-stop), and the ISO setting.

The Perfect Exposure:

You will learn, in practical terms:

  1. Which of the three settings is most important in differing situations.
  2. What happens when you change one setting and how it affects the other two.
  3. How to shoot on “auto exposure” and still control the ISO?
  4. What the ISO actually does and why it is important.
  5. How the f-stop controls the artistic nature of your photograph.
  6. How and when the shutter speed can make or break a photo – capturing action or freezing it, avoiding blurry images.
  7. Where to meter your light source.
  8. Where to focus your camera.

There will be handouts of the topics discussed. We will also do outside (weather permitting), hands-on work.

Bring your camera, camera manual, and lenses.

You must preregister. Payment (cash or check, payable to The Photographers Guild) can be made on day of workshop.

Free mid-morning snacks; bring your own beverage. Next door Anna’s Breads (formerly Rachael’s) is not a good place to get coffee/beverages because of the extremely long Saturday waiting lines.

Saturday, April 8, 9am to Noon.

How to create a panorama in Photoshop.  

We will be talking about and demonstrating how to use Photoshop to make seamless panoramas.
Fee: $10 non-members, Free for Guild members
Instructor: Branden Beachy
You must preregister. Payment (cash or check, payable to The Photographers Guild) can be made on day of workshop.

Saturday, May 6, 9am to Noon.

Spring sports photography.  

We will be meeting at the Guild to talk about camera settings, what to look for, and then attending a high school baseball game to practice the techniques. We will return to the Guild to look at the results.
Fee: $10 non-members, Free for Guild members
Instructor: Branden Beachy
You must preregister. Payment (cash or check, payable to The Photographers Guild) can be made on day of workshop.

Saturday, June 10, 9am to Noon.  

Photoshop tips and tricks.  

We will be demonstrating dozens of tips and tricks to make using Photoshop easier and more useful.
Fee: $10 non-members, Free for Guild members
Instructor: Branden Beachy
You must preregister. Payment (cash or check, payable to The Photographers Guild) can be made on day of workshop.

Saturday, July 15, 9am to Noon.  

Understanding and using Layers effectively in Photoshop.

Layers are one of the most important features of Photoshop, but many people use only a fraction of their capabilities.  We will be explaining exactly what layers are, and what you can do with them.
Fee: $10 non-members, Free for Guild members
Instructor: Branden Beachy
You must preregister. Payment (cash or check, payable to The Photographers Guild) can be made on day of workshop.


Starting on March 20, every first and third Mondays of the month, from 6 to 8 pm,  any Guild member wanting assistance using any of the equipment can stop by for help.  Any non-member wanting a tour, or general Guild information can also stop by during these times.


Photograph by Steve Oyer
Winner of the January Photo of the Month Contest

The photo was taken about 7:50AM, on November 15, the morning after the Super Moon. I was driving on Dierdorff Road east of Goshen and I noticed the moon going down in the west. I had been trying to get a good photo of Juniper Place on the Greencroft campus for a few weeks and decided the setting moon might make a nice backdrop. I stopped along the road and started shooting photos when the geese began to take off from the pond behind Juniper Place, so I waited for a nice cluster of geese over the moon and got a couple shots that I really liked.

My camera was a Canon EOS 6D with a 24-105 F/4 lens. The photo was taken at F/8, 1/100 sec., 100 ISO and a focal length of 92mm.

Photograph by Danny Graber
Winner of the February Photo of the Month Conest

On a dark, heavily overcast, and dreary day, I stumbled through Iowa fields of decaying cornstalks. I had a crazed determination, which had enveloped my mind at the time of breakfast, of maybe capturing an Eagle.  So I had to do it. The temperatures were unpleasantly low and I was leaning into even colder, howling and gusty winds. My camera, slung around my neck, was bobbing violently and gleefully in the gusts, taking full flight and then slamming back into my body. I have black and blue bruises that are still healing and will confirm the veracity of all this. My hands were cold and I knew camera shake could be an issue.

All of the Eagles I spotted at a distance always took flight whenever I was within a half-of-a-cornfield of their perch – except this one. It had sympathy, I guess, and remained in place until I was close enough to capture a shot. By the time I got to this one I knew it was my last chance of the day. It was evening, getting even darker and I was weary. So, I bless this Eagle with kindness.

Camera info: Shutter 1/1000, F/5.6, ISO 1600 (it was dark outside), Nikon D800 with a 300mm prime lens and a 1.4 teleconverter for a 420mm equivalent.

Photo Challenge Themes for 2017

JANUARY - Holiday Fun
FEBRUARY - Sick of Snow
MARCH - Creative Letters
APRIL - Signs of Spring
MAY - Wet
JUNE - Technology
JULY - Cars
OCTOBER - Fields
DECEMBER - (no meeting)

It is up to the photographer to come up with their own interpretation of each theme. The Photographs can be taken anytime in 2017.

What is the Photo Challenge all about? Find out more... Visitors may also bring a photo, preferably on a thumb drive to share during the discussion.

Mark your calendar for the
2017 Millrace Photography Contest & Exhibit
November 3rd and 4th, 2017

Information coming soon.....
View all of the 2016 entries......
Our members are creative, talented, passionate about photography, and willing to help fellow photographers learn about the art. Read about all of the members...  

This month we are featuring one of our newest members, Michael Goodwin.

Photo by Mike Goodwin "Souls of the Forest"


I fell in love with photography in my dad’s home darkroom, in the early 1970’s. Watching an image magically appear in the tray was all it took.  I love all forms of photography, but black and white is by far my favorite.  My dad taught me darkroom, and started me shooting with a TLR Point n Shoot.

I took photography in high school, and bought my first SLR camera after graduation.  I still have and love that Pentax K1000.  I have won awards in the Elkhart County Parks and 4H Fair with that camera.  I was the first person ever to win the grand champion award with a black and white photo.

I have always processed my own black and white film, but gave up darkroom work when my son was little.  This allowed me more time with him and my wife.

I got into digital photography when my son was in middle school.  I started shooting all his events and sharing with the other parents.

I consider myself a hybrid photograph, shooting B&W film then scanning the images into Photoshop for processing.  I then send the digital file to a lab that makes digital silver prints.   My go to film camera is a Nikon F3 with a variety of lens.  For Digital I shoot the Sony A6000, the nice thing here is that all my Nikon film lens work on this camera.   I have nearly 100 vintage cameras ranging from 110 film to 5×7 large format.  Other fun cameras I use medium/large format pinhole,  Brownie Hawkeye, Polaroid SX-70, and the Holga.

“I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them.” Diane Arbus

"Vacant" by Mike Goodwin

Guild Membership

Membership in the Photographers Guild is a great way to expand your photographic horizons, as well as meet regularly with other like-minded people.  

Our membership ranges from seasoned photographers with lots of experience to share, to amateurs who just want to know how to take better pictures.  Anybody over 18 years of age is eligible to become a member.  

A Membership in the Guild Can Save You Money – visiting us is free

The Guild has all the resources needed for you to make a print, starting from Photoshop processing to framing it in style and to hanging it above your living room sofa. 
At your disposal is:
  1. A portrait studio with lighting.
  2. A computer with the current version of Photoshop, Lightroom, and Photoshop Elements.
  3. A state-of-the-art photograph printer that uses archival ink and paper. 
  4. A complete matting and framing room.
  5. Wholesale pricing on matboards, frames, etc.
You can join the Guild for $150 for the first year. Following years are $300. 

Come and visit us. Find out who we are. 

Meetings are the 3rd Wednesday of each month, 6pm.

Our Mission:

The mission of the Photographers Guild is to enjoy the photographic arts through sharing quality equipment, to teach our collective knowledge and skills to the community, and to serve as a resource for encouraging photography as a life-long skill for people of all ages.  

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  All images and content in this newsletter are protected by United States copyright law and may not be downloaded or copied by any means, whether mechanical or electronic, for any purpose, whether private, commercial, educational, or non-profit, without prior written permission from the respective photographer and/or author.  For information on permissions for use, contact The Photographers Guild at  Copyright 2016 The Photographers Guild, Inc.
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