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August 2018 Program Meeting

August 10, 2018 @ 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Focus Program Meeting – Presentation by Colleen Miniuk-Sperry on “Composition: No More Rules!”

Anyone who has spent even a little time dabbling in photography has likely heard about the many “rules” of composition.  And the emphasis on such topic is for good reason, for how a photographer arranges the visual elements within the frame directly affects how viewers perceive his or her photograph.

But oftentimes photographers spend much time forcing their scenes to fit the rules (which yields technically “perfect” but perhaps boring photographs) rather than arranging the subject matter based on emotional responses and human perceptions. Edward Weston once quipped, “Consulting the rules of composition before taking a photograph is like consulting the laws of gravity before going for a walk.”

Join professional outdoor photographer Colleen Miniuk-Sperry for her insightful and educational presentation as she goes beyond reviewing the predominant composition rules and shares how we can leverage the reasoning behind human perception (not rules!) to help elicit specific responses from our viewers. Hear how people respond to subject matter placement, the use of different types of lines, incorporating various color combinations, and other visual language to help us arrange our scenes to communicate our unique messages more emotionally and effectively with our audiences.

About Colleen

Colleen Miniuk-Sperry fled the grey cubicle walls and left her unfulfilling software engineering job behind at Intel Corporation in 2007 to pursue a more meaningful life as a full-time outdoor photographer, writer, publisher, instructor, and speaker. Her credits include National Geographic calendars, Arizona Highways, AAA Highroads, AAA Via, National Parks Traveler, and a broad variety of other publications. She has served three times as an Artist-in-Residence with Acadia National Park.

She authored the award-winning guidebooks, Photographing Acadia National Park: The Essential Guide to When, Where, and How and Wild in Arizona: Photographing Arizona’s Wildflowers, A Guide to When, Where, & How (1st and 2nd editions). She also authored the instructional eBook, Seeing the Light in Outdoor Photography. She acted as the publisher and editor for Wild in Arizona: Photographing Arizona’s Wildlife, A Guide to When, Where, & How.

Colleen offers highly-acclaimed photography workshops and women’s photography retreats (called “Sheography™”) through her own company, CMS Photography, as well as Arizona Highways Photography Workshops, Arizona Wildlife Federation, The Nature Conservancy, and numerous private engagements in the past. Colleen is an active member, Secretary on the Board of Directors for Outdoor Writers Association of America, where she served as the interim Executive Director in 2017.


August 10, 2018
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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