Critique Night
Oct 2 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

These critique sessions really work. More than 15 members have used this service last year. Most of the time, a little tweak really can raise the impact of an image. It may be as simple as adjusting a crop or editing a title. It is super-helpful for new members or members who have just advanced to a higher classification.

As a reminder, here is how the process works:

– Please post a reply here (or email me) that you would be interested in getting up to 3 of your images reviewed. Also let me know what 10-minute time slot you would like between 4-6 pm

– I will respond relatively promptly and see if we can settle on a mutually convenient time

– No later than 2 days before the appointed evening, send me your images in the same format as you upload to competition

– Also include your phone number and the image titles

– On the appointed time slot, I will call the number you gave me and we can discuss your images

– If I am running more than 5 minutes late, I will text or email you


Entries Due: Categories are Creative, Journalism, Pictorial, Travel
Oct 5 @ 11:59 pm

Categories are: Creative, Journalism, Pictorial

Judge: Neal Menschel

Photo Competition with Chris Cassell
Oct 13 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Zoom portal opens at 6 pm and the meeting starts at 6:30

Pictorial, Journalism, Creative, Travel, and Non-Compete

Chris has been photographing since the late 70’s and, in those earlier years, had a home darkroom and experimented with medium-format and 4×5 as well as the
standard 35mm film-format. He has since gone all-digital. His photographic interests have focused on landscape, abstract compositions, Photoshop montages, and
photojournalism. He has a special fascination with the juxtaposition of human elements with those of nature. Chris is a past-president of the Light and Shadow Camera Club of San Jose, and is currently Judge Chair both for Light & Shadow and for the Los Gatos-Saratoga Camera Club. He’s been judging for camera clubs since 2011. In 2017 Chris became a photographer for Pro-Bono Photo ( ) through which he’s provided free photo services to social justice and environmental organizations in the Bay area since the first San Jose Women’s March. Professionally, Chris is a Ph.D. aerospace engineer (semi-retired) and aspiring asteroid miner.

Good composition is essential in a strong image, whether it’s an end in itself (pictorial, monochrome, creative) or a means to help convey a story the maker is telling (journalism, nature, travel). I will look for how well the elements in an image work together regardless of whether (or not) they follow the standard “rules” of composition. I have found that many images of value don’t grab your attention right away but, rather, grow on you after some time. This, of course, works against them in competition where many images must be viewed in a limited period. Despite time constraints, I will
attempt to be alert for these “quieter” images.

Herb Gaidus will give his Masters Presentation
Oct 27 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Herb will give his Masters Presentation.

A review of entries for the Portfolio Competition will follow.

Portfolio Review Program (after Herb’s presentation, same Zoom meeting)
Oct 27 @ 6:30 pm

Submissions are due by October 19th at 11:59pm.

On October 27th, the last part (15-30 min.) of this evening’s Program (after Herb) is for members who are entering the N4C Portfolio competition where their submission will be viewed. With feedback from this review, the Competition Chair (CC) will assist members with any changes needed to conform to N4C’s Portfolio Competition Rules.

Entries must be finalized by October 31st to insure all entries are uploaded by the CC to N4C by the deadline.