October 17, 2016 – “Photoshop is critical in expressing my vision for a photograph,” states Barbara Bitner, graphic designer, photographer, artist and speaker at the October 24th meeting of the Nevada County Camera Club. “I hope to convey how the use of technology, such as Photoshop or other post processing software, can help enhance an image; enable it to convey what you are trying to say and what you want the audience to feel,” continues Bitner. At the meeting, she will showcase many of her photos (digital works of art) and illustrate how Photoshop enabled her to enhance the mood, the feelings and the messages of her work. “With a degree in Environmental Studies, my heart has always belonged to nature. As I hike, ski, paddle and peddle through nature’s landscapes, what my inner eye and my outer eye see often differs. My work is an attempt to reconcile those two visions.”

Bitner has spent the past twenty years creating designs, building programs, teaching Photoshop and other computer software, and collaborating with a range of organizations and businesses. For the past ten, she has been combining photography, Photoshop and her art background with her love of nature and the out-of-doors. She created the Oxbow Summer Art Camp, an internationally recognized fine art camp for teens as well as cofounded three highly successful programs designed to integrate traditional artist tools with technology: Cybercamp, a summer youth program; Art-Tech Maui, a national conference; and USC on Maui, a program providing USC film and animation classes to Hawaiian residents.


Bitner is installing her work at the Art Works Gallery in Grass Valley as well as offering several Photoshop and design classes through Sierra College, Placer School for Adults and the Connected Communities Academy located in the Green Screen Institute in Nevada City. Bitner grew up in New York and New Jersey and graduated with a BS degree in International Environmental Studies and Fine Arts from Rutgers University. She has lived in Nevada County for the past eight years.

During the second half of the meeting, camera club members will showcase their photos for a critique. Categories for submitted photos include: Black and White; Color; Nature-Landscapes; Nature – Wildlife; Travel; Technical; Photojournalism; Creative Interpretation; People; and the monthly feature, “Patterns”. And as a reminder, the camera club meeting starts at 6:15 p.m.

Meeting: Monday, October 24, from 6:15 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Unity in the Gold Country Spiritual Center, 180 Cambridge Court, Grass Valley

Membership: The public is welcome and there is no cost for first time guests. The club aims to help members refine their photography abilities.

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