St. Mary's County Camera Club

Maryland's St. Mary's County Camera Club had its first meeting on November 2nd, 1998. The club's purpose is to "...promote photography as a hobby, providing a forum for exchanging knowledge of the subject and inspiring amateur photographers toward improving their art."

Membership dues are $20 per individual. Membership is required for participation in competition and elections. Visitors are welcome at all meetings.

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June 3, 2015
"The Beauty and Challenge of Landscape Photography", by Alan Sislen

Alan will discuss why, after over 40 years doing photography, he has gravitated to and specializes in landscape photography. He will discuss the equipment he uses, but more importantly, what he looks for in a particular location to try to capture that elusive "great photograph." Pre-planning is always a major part of landscape photography, and Alan will discuss all the variables that should be considered, and then, how to deal with the unpredicted events that always occur. For a landscape photographer, more important than the scene that is being photographed, is the light on the scene being photographed. He will use many examples throughout his presentation to demonstrate this critical element, as well as other important topics like composition, aspect ratio, mood and emotion, all of which can help make what might be an ordinary photograph, extraordinary.

Alan's photography may be seen at his website

Alan Sislen, who lives in Bethesda, Maryland, has been an avid photographer for more than 50 years. Landscape photography in color, black and white and infrared is his passion and he has photographed in the United States, France, Iceland, Italy, Canada, England, Chile, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and New Zealand. Alan is an award winning photographer and a well-recognized photography educator and speaker.

Although his equipment might be “state-of-the-art,” Alan’s style and technique are traditional. He has studied with well-known British landscape photographer Charlie Waite, former National Geographic photographer Bruce Dale, digital expert Thom Hogan, black and white master John Sexton, photographic artist and Photoshop expert John Paul Caponigro, fine art photographer Charles Cramer and color management/printing expert Bill Atkinson, and Photoshop expert Eliot Cohen.

In 2005 he was juried into Multiple Exposures Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia, and was juried into the Torpedo Factory as a Resident Artist in 2006. Alan is a long-time member of North Bethesda Camera Club where he has served on the Board and been selected Advanced Color Print Photographer of the Year, Black and White Photographer of the Year and Advanced Electronic Photographer of the Year.

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