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Welcome to the Photographic Society of Chattanooga


PSC Guest Speaker


June 16, 2016 Steve Zigler  "Night Photography”


I grew up in the Midwest and I have lived in Knoxville for more than 20 years. This is my home. I got my first camera as a gift from my uncle when I was a kid. It changed me forever. I still have that camera. As a Ph.D. chemist, I thrive on the combination of art and science that creates a photographic image. I travel extensively, especially focusing on the amazing landscapes in east Tennessee, the western US, and even some remote locations in other areas of the world.

Although I love all genres of photography, my personal pursuits include landscape, nature, infrared, and night photography. Of course I thrive on learning about photography and creating new images, but I also love to share my experiences and my photographic learnings with others. I am just starting to do this through teaching and workshops. It is rewarding to help others avoid some of the mistakes and pitfalls I have encountered (and still deal with on a regular basis!).


This is a great time to be involved in photography. That is especially true when it comes to night photography. Although night photography was certainly available to the dedicated film photographer, the digital revolution has dramatically increased the quality of nighttime images, and simultaneously made these images accessible to a larger number of photographers. Most photographers today have the tools and the potential to create stunning nighttime images. In turn, the true beneficiary is the viewing public, who now routinely enjoy images that were virtually possible a decade ago.


Of course, in the dawn of the 21st Century, a big problem with night photography is the shrinking availability of dark skies. Even the best in modern camera technology is worthless for night photography if the sky is not dark enough to reveal the planets, stars, and other marvels of the Milky Way. It might seem odd to think about it, but the dark sky is a truly ever-dwindling resource as light pollution slowly spreads across the globe.


During my presentation, I hope to shorten your learning curve if you are just starting to tackle night photography. If you're further along the learning curve, then I'm looking forward to sharing techniques and creative ideas with you. Most importantly, I hope to convey the beauty of this genre and to inspire an appreciation of the precious resource we call the night sky!

For more information click HERE

Location: MAP

St John United Methodist Church, 3921 Murray Hills Dr,
Chattanooga, TN 37416
Boot Camp starts at 6:00 PM

Program starts at 7:00 PM



October 15, 2016 Canon Explorer of Light Presents, Adam Jones

Through the Lens of Adam Jones
Sponsored by Canon and the Photographic Society of Chattanooga


October 15, 2016 – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Adam is an internationally recognized photographer exploring the world through his nature, travel, and wildlife images. A BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year winner, his award-winning photography is widely published in magazines, posters, calendars, books, and in national advertising campaigns for clients such as Canon, Ford, Eddie Bauer, Miller Beer and Honda.


During his program, Adam will cover all the bases, Landscapes, macro, wildlife, flash indoors and out, HDR, focus stacking and workflow.


Students register for free by sending an email to Bill Mueller at shooter@gate.net
Registration fee $25.00

To register/pay click on the Pay Now button below


Dec. 3-4, 2016 Mike Moats


We're pleased to announce that Mike Moats is bringing his extremely popular Macro Boot Camp to Chattanooga. Mike is an award winning, frequently published, professional Macro Photographer located in Michigan. Mike is a member of the Fuji Pro Talent Team and a Tamron Image Master. He's been presenting his Macro Workshops since 2006.


Details on the Macro Boot Camp in Chattanooga and a link where you can register.

Macro Boot Camp

Fairfield Inn & Suites
1453 N Mack Smith Rd
East Ridge, TN

December 3rd, 4th, 2016
Cost $199
You can register at www.macrostoreonline.com
The "MACRO BOOT CAMPS" are two days of in depth learning, fun, and entertainment. You will need a camera, macro lens, tripod, as you will be shooting in the classroom. It is for the beginner to the intermediate photographer wanting to learn more about the macro world in nature.
Times for the Macro Boot Camps,
Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday 9:00am – 2:00pm
Covered in the Macro Boot Camp:
The Best, Cameras / Lenses / Tripods / Heads / Accessories.
Controlling light with diffusers and reflectors, and LED lights / working with natural lighting
Camera functions for Macro
How to control depth of field with f/stops / macro and ISO / focus stacking with Helicon Focus
Learn how to compose properly / finding character in nature / elements of design / textures
contrast / lines / light / visual weight / learning to work camera angles for blurred backgrounds / Two Subject Compositions / What not to do when composing.
Finding Subjects
Learn when, where, and how when looking for subjects throughout the four seasons.
How to shoot macro indoors.
Post Processing
Learn how to process images with Photoshop.
Enhancing images using Nik Software's Color Efex Pro / Viveza 2 and Topaz.
Image Critiques
Learn what images sell best and wins in photo contests.
Understanding what people think when viewing your images.
Macro on the internet.
Bring your camera, lens, and tripod. We'll have tons of cool stuff to shoot.


To see the upcoming PSC field trips, click HERE.  If you have suggestions of places to go, tell Bruce Tatum, Field Trip Committee Chair.