Monthly Presentations

All Monthly Presentations are on Wednesday evenings at Happy Days from 7-9 pm unless otherwise noted.

Date Speaker Topic
January 18, 2017
Ian Adams
Landscape and Nature Photography With Your iPhone
The best camera is the one you have with you. An estimated 1 trillion photos were taken in 2015 and 75% of them were made using smartphone cameras. Ian Adams has taught more than a dozen smartphone photography workshops since 2013, including a 14 week program at OSU’s Agricultural Technical Institute. In that program, most students complete the entire course, including a self-published book, using only images from their smartphones. Ian will share tips on capturing, editing and sharing your best smartphone photographs.
February 15, 2017 Members' Show Members of the Cuyahoga Valley Photo Society are invited to bring up to three images of recent work to the February meeting to shares. An optional critique of the images will be offered by professional photographers. Please visit the Photo Society gallery web page to view the requirement for the images submitted for review and critique.
March 15, 2017 Jim McCormac
A Romp through Ohio’s Flora and Fauna
Join us for an Ohio pictorial adventure with naturalist Jim McCormac. Jim will help us wander through Ohio’s varied habitats with visits to flora and fauna great and small. We will look at well-known plants and animals, and obscure species that few have heard of or encountered. Jim works for the Ohio Division of Wildlife, specializing in wildlife diversity issues and he will discuss the importance of protecting all the cogs of the ecological wheel, and Ohio’s efforts to preserve many unique natural environments.
April 12, 2017
2nd Wednesday
Alan Doe
Portraits in Nature
As a photographer, sooner or later you will be expected to take portraits. Fortunately, a nature photographer’s sensitivity to light and environment easily can be adapted to outdoor portraiture. Alan Doe, a studio and location photographer, will present illustrations of a variety of practical and creative portrait scenarios. From head shots and groups to fashion and fine art, he will share the techniques used to create portraits in a natural setting. Posing, lens choice, camera setting, light modifiers and post-processing will be discussed.
May 17, 2017
Glenn Petranek
Urban Exploring: Photographing the Abandoned
Join Glenn Petranek as he talks about his experiences exploring and photographing abandoned places in Cleveland and beyond. Glenn will showcase images from past explorations and discuss guidelines and precautions for exploring safely. He also will discuss the photographic techniques he uses to make images, including HDR processes and light painting in completely dark conditions.
June 21, 2017 Members' Spotlight CVPS members Sue Ramdin and Mary Ann Kucera will present selections from their respective portfolios. Join us for an entertaining evening of inspiration from your friends and fellow CVPS members.
July 19, 2017 Jim Roetzel
Flash for Nature Photography: Leverage Another Light Source
Join us for an evening with Jim Roetzel as he shares some recent projects and an indepth discussion on the use of flash in nature photography.

Many images can benefit from a touch of flash, but often nature photographers shy away from its use. Fill flash is a valuable tool for improving the quality of your images and can save time in post-production. Jim will discuss a variety of subjects to strengthen your confidence using flash, including: fill-flash basics, TTL basics, manual flash, off-camera flash and modifying your flash. He will also demonstrate a variety of fill-flash techniques for nature photographers to use in the field, particularly for bird and close-up work.
August 16, 2017 Members' Show Members of the Cuyahoga Valley Photo Society are invited to bring up to three images of recent work to the August meeting to shares. An optional critique of the images will be offered by professional photographers. Please visit the Photo Society gallery web page to view the requirement for the images submitted for review and critique. 
September 20, 2017
Debbie DiCarlo
Autumn: Photographing Nature’s Colorful Grand Finale
When we say goodbye to the “greens” of summer, we say welcome to the most colorful season of the year – autumn. As the days grow shorter and the weather cooler, our senses and sensors are rewarded with brilliant colors and intimate nature scenes that offer us multitudes of photographic opportunities. With the Cuyahoga Valley National Park as her playground, award-winning photographer Debbie DiCarlo has captured many of autumn’s colorful grand finales and will share her photos and stories about this wonderful season.  
October 18, 2017 Chris Coffey
Long-Term Photography Projects
As photographers we live our lives capturing fractions of seconds with the hope that light, subject matter and our vision come together in the “supreme instant” to create a wonderful image that shows what we wanted to express. With hard work and some luck you could even end up with enough “instants” to make a portfolio or book.

But what if you changed your approach to a subject and committed to it as a project versus a single image? Join photographic artist Chris Coffey as he shares images and stories of his photographic projects - two of which he’s pursued over the last 15 years. Chris will discuss how working on long-term projects often results in iconic single images. He will also discuss his workflow for research and image making when working in projects and how the editing process affects the “voice” of the project.  
November 15, 2017
6:30 p.m.
Annual Photo Contest Awards Join other CVPS members for an enjoyable evening reviewing all the entries for the 2017 annual photo contest. Judging results will be announced, including the Tim Thomas “Best of Show” award. All contest entries will be exhibited on the Cuyahoga Valley Photo Society website. See Photo Contest page for details.
December 13, 2017
2nd Wednesday
Holiday Party Enjoy a festive evening of food and socializing with fellow CVPS members as we celebrate the holiday season and another year of great images.  Hines Hill Conference Center.