Nevada County Camera Club presents: Using Smoke to Create Landscapes and Portrait Images

Geisha Moonlight by Jerry Berry

January 12, 2017 – “Smoke is something that photographers have used for years. It can be sensuous or stark; subtle or dramatic.   I have started exploring the use of smoke, and with the help of Photoshop and Lightroom, have been creating a variety of images, reflective of Asian brush paintings,” stated Jerry Berry, award winning photographer.   At the Nevada County Camera Club meeting on Monday evening, January 23, Berry will describe how he captures photos of smoke and will demonstrate his process of creating very different images, evoking ethereal landscapes or portraits.

“Using simple techniques in post processing, I will show how layers and masks can dramatically enhance these photos.  Learning to use layer and masking techniques can open up tremendous potential for all photographers,” continued Berry.  His images of smoke are striking, filled with subtle movement, grace and sense of mystery   This is a meeting that photographers of all abilities will want to attend to appreciate Berry’s photographic mastery and creativity as well as his knowledge of post processing software.

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Largely self-taught, Berry’s photographs have won awards at the California State Fair and have been honored in competitions and galleries in the United States.  In 2012, he was invited to participate in the Second International Show of Photography in Iraq, produced by the Larsa Human Rights Organization.   More recently, he received Honorable Mention in the 2013 Photography contest held by the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe New, Mexico.   He is currently preparing his smoke images for an upcoming exhibit at the Viewpoint Gallery in Sacramento during June.

A photographer for 40 years, Berry lives in Meadow Vista.

During the second half of the meeting, camera club members will showcase their photos for critique.   Categories for submitted photos include: Black and White; Color; Nature-Landscapes; Nature – Wildlife; Travel; Technical; People; Creative Interpretation; Photojournalism; and the monthly topic, “Soft Curves”.

Meeting:  Monday, January 23, 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.  Currently, the club has over 100 members and aims to help them refine their photography skills.

For More Information:

Nevada County Camera Club: http://www.nccameraclub.com
Jerry Berry:  https://1x.com/member/jerryberry/