Sunday, November 21, 2010

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Charles Burkett to Participate in Booksigning

I will be participating in a book signing this Saturday (12/5) along with 34 other photographers whose work has been included in David Busch's Digital Photography Bucket List: 100 Great Digital Photos You Must Take Before You Die. The book features the work of members of the Cleveland Photographic Society.

The schedule is below. We will attempt to set a Guinness record for the “Most Contributors... to a Single Book, Each Signing Copies of That Book in One Location” at the Barnes & Noble Fairlawn store at noon. This is my first book signing. Stop by if you can. If you can't make the signing, you can see the book here on Amazon:

  • 10 - 11:30 am - Borders Strongsville - 17200 Royalton Road (Route 82 - Just west of I-71)
  • Noon - 1:30 pm - Barnes & Noble Fairlawn - 4015 Medina Road (Route 18 - just east of I-77)
  • 3 - 4:30 pm Barnes and Noble Eton Collection - 28801 Chagrin Boulevard, Woodmere (just east of I-271)

Friday, October 16, 2009

Photography Weekend at Cleveland Metroparks

John Isaac
Photo & Bio Courtesy of: Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers

The Cleveland Metroparks is organizing a Nature Photography weekend this weekend. The highlight of the event will be several presentations by world renowned photographer John Isaac.

John Isaac’s photography is known around the world as he has captured some of history’s most remarkable moments. Born in Madras, India, Isaac came to the United States as a young man in 1968 and began work at the United Nations. Over his career he has traveled to more than 100 countries as a photojournalist, capturing the struggles and triumphs of our changing world.

Isaac’s numerous awards include winner of Photokina International Photo Contest, Best Photograph of the Year from Graphis Magazine, Professional Photographer of the Year from Photo Imaging Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMDA) and Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Photographic Council. Isaac has authored many books, including a series called Children in Crisis. He co-authored Endangered Peoples for Sierra Club and Coorg, Land of the Kodavas with his wife Jeannette.

On Saturday and Sunday, October 17 & 18, 2009

North Chagrin Nature Center
North Chagrin Reservation • Mayfield Village
North Chagrin Nature Center is located off Buttermilk Falls Parkway, south of the Sunset Lane entrance of North Chagrin Reservation, off SOM Center Road/Route 91 in Mayfield Village. Map


Schedule of Events:

Saturday, October 17
8 – 11 a.m. Photography Field Trips – Registration Required
Joe Brilla, Dodd Camera – Landscape & Nature Photography
Casey Batule, Cleveland Metroparks – Park photography
12:30 p.m. Karen Beck, Cleveland Metroparks Photography Club – Composition for Amateurs
2 p.m. Erik Sipols, Dodd Camera – Wildlife Photography
3:30 p.m. John Isaac, Olympus Visionary photographer – The Art of Seeing: An Eye for Nature Photography

Sunday, October 18
8 – 11 a.m. Photography Field Trips – Registration Required
Joe Brilla, Dodd Camera – Landscape & Nature Photography
Dave Dvorak, Cleveland Metroparks – Landscape
12:30 p.m. John Isaac, Olympus Visionary photographer – The Art of Seeing: An Eye for Nature Photography
2 p.m. Mark Leonard, Dodd Camera – Digital Image Photo Shop
3:30 p.m. Bruce Mack, Cleveland Metroparks Photography Club – Macro Nature Photography

For More Information:
Visit the Cleveland Metroparks website or call 440-473-3370. Sponsored by Dodd Camera and Olympus.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Charles Burkett's Photo Featured in David Busch's Digital Photography Bucket List

One of my photos was included in David Busch's Digital Photography Bucket List: 100 Great Digital Photos You Must Take Before You Die. The book provides examples of memorable photographs taken by members of the Cleveland Photographic Society.

This book is unique in providing not only the photographs but details of how they were taken and modified. A biography on each photographer is listed in the back of the book.

"David D. Busch is a best-selling author of books on digital photography and imaging technology, and the originator of popular series like "David Busch's Pro Secrets" and "David Busch's Quick Snap Guides." He has written eight hugely successful guidebooks for Nikon digital SLR models, and the most comprehensive manuals for dSLRs from Canon, Sony, and other vendors." He has sold over a million books

You can buy the book on now, or in bookstores once the books have shipped. (Amazon is selling them for $10 off the list price of 29.99 and if you spend over $25, the shipping is free.)

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Creating Art with Smoke

Here is a great posting from the folks at the Digital Photography School on creating photographs of smoke. They highlight the work of Stoffel De Roover, a photographer who has created some amazing images with smoke. The DPS article links to images on Stoffel’s site,, as well as providing some insights into how to create photos like his. You can learn more about this photographer by visiting his blog:

Here are instructions from Photocritic.orgon how to photograph smoke.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Photoshop Phun with Joe Polevoi

The next meeting of the Digital Photography Special Interest Group will be April 16th. Joe Polevoi will speak on the topic of Photoshop Phun: Using Your Imagination to Take a Fresh Look at Your World. Joe's objective for this presentation is to offer images not seen before to possibly inspire folks to play visual games with the magic tools of Photoshop. Through visualization and the creative use of Photoshop you can create much more than just photos. In addition to Photoshop, Joe uses a custom kaleidoscope attachment (one of a kind four mirrored ) on his cameras for "unlimited visual impressions." Combined with computer graphics, the effects are quite unique. Prepare to be inspired with ideas for your own creative projects.

Joe's career consisted of creating graphics and photography mostly normal visual statements. He worked as an art director before calling it quits in 1986. He is currently having a ball combining photos with Photoshop (and other filters) plus a little imagination.

Thursday, April 16, 2009
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Maple Heights Branch of the Cuyahoga County Library
5225 Library Lane
Maple Heights, Ohio 44137-1291
Off Libby Road between Broadway & Lee

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Comparison of 15 Online Photo Editors

Haven't had time to explore the latest crop of online photo editors? Would you like to do photo editing on workstations that don't have your favorite software installed (like at work or the library)?

Check out this article for a comparison of photo editing sites like Photoshop, Picnik and Fotoflexer. There is even a site that allows you to edit photos taken in RAW format (Snipshot is the site. RAW editing is available in their paid pro service.)

Visit CNET for more information.

Friday, March 6, 2009

How to Fix Pictures Taken From the Window Seat of An Airplane

Here are some useful techniques in Photoshop or Elements for fixing picture taken from an airplane.

McKinley Wiley to Exhibit at Notre Dame College, 3/12/09

Photographer McKinley Wiley will do an opening reception for his exhibit Black & White: What Is Your Perspective at theClara Fritzsche Library of Notre Dame college.

So what is your perspective? McKinley Wiley (a.k.a. RockeT) asks his audience to gain a perspective of an artist's life in Cleveland. These diverse portraits were designed to invigorate pure thoughts, feelings, and dialogue. Remember that there are no boundaries in black and white.

Photographers in Cleveland will recognize McKinley as one of the staff at Dodds Camera and Video Downtown.

Thursday, March 12, 2009
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Notre Dame College - The Clara Fritzsche Library
4545 College Road (Near Green & Cedar)

South Euclid, OH

McKinley Wiley, a.k.a RockeT