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Monthly Happenings – May 2012

There’s loads of fun things going on this month as the summer art and shooting seasons get rolling. Here’s a few of the places you can join me for some photography and education or just to see some beautiful images.

Peoria Strobist Modeling Workshop

Melanie (2011)

Melanie (2011)

The Peoria Strobist group was founded about three years ago now as a sister group to the Peoria, Illinois group on Flickr. This was due to a rising interest in off-camera lighting techniques in the Peoria group. Over the past few years, interest has ebbed and flowed like the tide so my fellow administrators of both groups decided to chat about things to do to boost attendance.

While last year we spent most of our time hosting educational meetups and holding themed photo challenges within the group, this year we are taking a different tack. Along with the meetups, I am happy to announce that we are putting together a couple of workshops. These workshops are designed to be educational, but with a clearly defined goal and a higher level of models/teachers.

The first workshop will be held this weekend, Saturday May 12 and I’m proud to lead this event. The registration fee is $30.00 (all proceeds go to the models and stylist) and will feature five models, both male and female, with different themes including grunge/urban/outlaw, 1920’s glamour, sports/fitness, fashion, and more! If you’re interested in joining us, the details are over here on Flickr and you can shoot me an email to register.

PCC Retouching Class

Artsy (2012)

Artsy (2012)

Another group I am happy to be a part of is the Peoria Camera Club. Every year, I help with the marketing of their annual seminar and have been able to schmooze with David duChemin and Ben Willmore over the past couple of years. In addition to the annual seminar, their meetups, photowalks, and weekly meetings offer an outlet for local photographers.

Anyone who knows me knows I love to teach and I love editing/retouching portrait images so I’ve joined the two into a special retouching demonstration/presentation for the Peoria Camera Club meeting on Tuesday, May 22. Meetings start at 7:30 p.m. and are held at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Peoria. Anyone who is interested is welcome to join us for a solid hour or more of my favorite retouching techniques for portraits.

Whether it’s softening skin, removing blemishes, whitening teeth, slimming waistlines, or adding some pop or texture to a portrait image, I’ll cover it all. I’ll even share my secret “5 Retouches I Do On Every Image” so you don’t want to miss this!

Artists on the Boardwalk

The weather is warming up and the days are getting longer which can only mean one thing: the start of art fair and market season! I’m excited to share my images with all of you at even more venues this summer.

The kick-off event for me will be the Artists on the Boardwalk, held on May 25 at Junction City here in Peoria, Illinois. This event features the best local artists, amazing food, and a great atmosphere with live music floating through the air as you stroll along one of the only remaining boardwalk in central Illinois.

As for me, I’ve got a whole load of new images and new products to share so stop on out.

Mention this blog article and I’ll even give you 10% off any purchase in my booth!

Photoshop World

Mike Vujovich & Joe "Numnuts" McNally

Me & Joe "Numnuts" McNally

In case you missed the epic saga that was Washington, DC here on the blog, I recently headed to the nation’s capital to shoot for a couple of days and then attend Photoshop World. I was especially excited to not only visit DC for the first time in my life, but to have my good buddy and mentor, Dave Vernon, tag along for the wild ride.

What is Photoshop World, you ask? Well, the name says it all! Created and presented by the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, the brain child of the great Scott Kelby, this biannual conference is the première conference for photographers, editors, retouchers, graphic designers, and computer geeks. While the name of the conference is Photoshop, the classes and presentations offered ranged in everything from photography to lighting to retouching to portfolio building and more.

Every day lasted around 10 to 12 hours and was packed with loads of education and fun. I was able to take classes with some of the greatest people in our industry including Joe McNally (scratched that off my bucket list!), Dave Black (official photographer for the Olympics), Jay Maisel (not only engaging and funny, but his work will take your breath away with its simplicity), Joel Grimes, David Ziser, Moose Peterson, Scott Kelby, RC Concepcion, and Greg Heisler (this guy has shot almost every Time Man of the Year cover for years).

Needless to say, I came back with more inspiration and motivation than I’ve had in years. I’m hitting the ground running so stay tuned for more personal projects, concepts, ideas, shoots, images, and all around madness! Mwa ha ha ha… ha… ha…

Okay… serious time. While Dave chose to review Photoshop World, I’m going to take a slightly different approach and present you with some comedic relief, courtesy of two bumbling Illinois photographers in the nation’s capital. Enjoy!


Photoshop World Expo

Photoshop World Expo

What would a vacation be without some comical, “I wish we hadn’t done that” moments:

  1. Strap on Vuji’s suitcase breaks immediately after arrival in DC
  2. Vuji & Dave get lost on the way to the condo
  3. Dave forgets entire PSW registration packet at home
  4. Dave forgets polarizer, also at home
  5. After a brief phone call with the good folks at Arlington inquiring about shooting at sunrise, Dave informs me that… “we will be shot if we enter Arlington before 8 a.m.”
  6. Dave leaves camera cards at condo during first day
  7. Dave also runs out of batteries on first day
  8. Vuji forgets medication at home; fights narcolepsy off for five days
  9. Vuji & Dave miss shooting at sunrise on second day as was planned
  10. Vuji loses conference badge on train to PSW first day; ends up half hour late to opening ceremonies

Things I Learned About Washington, DC

  1. There is not a single working “up” escalator in the entire DC subway system.
  2. Watching Marine One make a landing really is all that and a bag of chips.
  3. Picnics along the Tidal Basin must be the DC equivalent of dinner and a movie.
  4. Tripods are the number one threat to national security, especially in downtown DC.
  5. Everyone, and I do mean everyone, is a photographer in the capital.
  6. Even the dorkiest of dorks looks sophisticated and suave in a business suit.
  7. If it sounds like someone is speaking in a foreign language, they are.
  8. The reflecting pool is not located next to the Washington Monument; the Washington Monument is two-tone.
  9. Cabs aren’t as expensive as you think; use them often and your legs/hips will thank you for it.
  10. In DC, you ain’t one of the cool kids unless you run and/or bike at all times every day.