Black and White Tips

I have been asked several individuals how I take my Black and White photos. Well here is a tip on how I use the live view in the camera to give me a pre-visualization of the Black and White. This is for a Canon but other manufactures do the same thing but it may be called by a different name.

Set the Quality to Raw and Small JPG

Set Color Space to Adobe RGB

Set Picture Style to Monochrome

When you take a photo you will see a B/W representation on the LCD screen in Live View

June Program is on Lightroom! Come learn the basics from Tom and Steve!

Our June meeting is, Monday, June 6th, 2016 at 7pm. at the Hatley Building, which is part of the Health Technology Campus, on 750 Laffoon Street in Madisonville, Ky. Second Floor, last classroom on the right.

Steve and TomProgram: Members Tom Glass and Steve King will present a program on the ins and outs of how to use Lightroom. If you’ve ever had questions or needed help on how to use this program then you’ll want to make sure you make this meeting and bring your questions!

During this month’s meeting we’ll judge the June photo contest with the theme of “Rustic.”

Photo Contest Rules

In order to participate in our monthly photo contest you must be a paid member. Each member may submit no more than two jpgs for each month’s contest. Each photo should be labeled (named) such as 05.2016 Contest-Wildlife-your name.jpg ie: 05.2016 Jim Pearson.jpg

You may bring your entry to the meeting or you may email it to

The photo you enter must be shot during the month of the contest and you do not have to be present to win.

First place winner receives a $25 cash prize!

Our Monthly Photowalk: June 18th @ 5pm – The W.C. Handy Blues and BBQ Festival, Henderson, Ky

Meet our May2nd, 2016 speakers!

Jason_KateDuring our May 2nd, 2016 meeting photographers Kate and Jason Higdon from Owensboro, Ky will present a program titled “Taking the Mystery out of Print Competition.”

Kate and Jason Higdon, both Master Photographers, started Captured Moments Photography Studio in Owensboro, KY in the fall of 2004, and have watched it grow to become the largest studio in their tri-state area. Their 4600 square foot studio photographs children, families and high school seniors. The Higdons combine classic portraiture with modern styles and trends to create a timeless yet relevant product for their clients.

Kate and Jason have received numerous awards including,
• 2016 Grand Imaging Award, Second Place Children and Top Ten General Portrait
• 2016 Imaging Excellence Award
• 2016 IPC Diamond Photographer of the Year (PO)
• 2016 IPC Gold Photographer of the Year (MA)
• 2016 IPC Gold Photographer of the Year (PO)
• 2016 PPN Photographer of the Year
• 2015 PPA National Award recipients
• 2015 Grand Imaging Award (3rd Place in Portrait Open)
o The most prestigious award given from PPA
• 2014 IPC Diamond Photographer of the Year
• 2015 PPA National Award recipient
• 2013 to 2016 Photo Pro Network Photographer of the Year
o Children Portrait Specialist
o Open Portrait Specialist
o Fuji Masterpiece
o Best of Show
o Best Children Portrait
o Best Open Portrait
• 2013 IPC Gold and Platinum Photographer of the Year,
• 2012 IPC Silver and Gold Photographer of the Year,
• Kodak Gallery Awards, several years
• Fuji Masterpiece Awards, several years

They both have images published in several PPA International Loan Collection books and Professional Photographers of America Magazine. Jason and Kate are both members of Professional Photographers of America. Jason is also a member of NAPP and they serve on the Board of Directors for PhotoPro Network, where Kate is the current President. Kate attended PPA’s Judging Workshop in July of 2013 and is available for PPA judging opportunities. The Higdons have presented at several professional level events from local to regional.

Along with being involved in the photography community, Jason and Kate are community leaders. They believe strongly in the correlation between being an active citizen and having a lasting, successful business. Their studio was named the 2010 Small Business of the year from their local Chamber of Commerce which has over 1,000 members. They also have been named the Platinum People’s Choice for photography 6 years in a row in their area.

West Kentucky Photography Club’s April 2016 Photo Contest with a theme of “Wildlife”

Our May 2nd Contest theme is “Close-up” Get out and shoot some photos!

West Kentucky Photography Club’s March 2016 Photo Contest with a theme of “Water”

West Kentucky Photography Club’s February 2016 Photo Contest with a theme of “Love”

Pennyrile Spring Photography Weekend

prile photo wknd april october 2016

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April 15-17 and October 14-16, 2016

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park’s Photography Weekends consists of a contest with point & shoot, intermediate, and masters divisions, evening programs, critique, & award ceremony. Nature Photography is the main emphasis of the weekend.

Pre-registered participants will be emailed their rules packet. Contestants may begin taking photographs for the contest at 5:30 A.M. on Friday. They must submit their contest photographs by 5:00 P.M. on Saturday.

Photographs must be taken within Pennyrile State Forest, Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, Tradewater Wild-life Management Area, or Jones-Keeney Wildlife Management Area.

Click here for registration form to mail in.

Click here to register online.

Mentor Series Class on Basic Photography Starting

Ray Quijano is starting a Mentor Series Class on basic Photography. This series will be 5 classes on basic photography with your camera.

Classes will meet every Tuesday and the first five paid club members that sign up will take part, with the first meeting on Tuesday February

January 2015 First Place by Rennan Quijano

January 2015 – First Place by Rennan Quijano

16th from 5:30 – 6:30pm for five weeks.

Requirements: bring your camera. Read the instruction manual before coming to class and bring it with you. Also bring a favorite photo you shot.
To sign up send an email to:
With your Name, Address, City and phone number.
If you’re not a member and want to become one visit:
Participants will be taken in the order of arrival of emails.
If more than 5 sign-up then a Thursday class will be added, but a requirement of 5 people are a must for a class to be held.
Jim Pearson, President
West Kentucky Photography Club

February 1, 2016 Meeting to feature Rad Drew

Our next meeting is, Monday, February 1st, 2016 at 7pm. in Byrnes Auditorium of the Hatley Building, which is part of the Health Technology Campus, on 750 Laffoon Street in Madisonville, Ky.

We won’t have a business meeting this month or judge the monthly contest as we want to give our guest speaker plenty of time for his program and Q&A. Dues for 2016 are being collected and we will have a table setup if you want to do so before the program or during a break! You may also mail them to West Kentucky Photography Club, PO Box 13, Madisonville, Ky, 42431. $20 Individual and $30 Family. Military receive a $10 discount on either membership. This applies to folks that attend our meetings here in Madisonville, not members of our Facebook Group (it costs nothing to be a part of).

Rad A. Drew © Sally Meyer Wolf

Rad A. Drew © Sally Meyer Wolf

This month’s program will be by photographer, explorer and teacher Rad Drew from Indianapolis, Indiana.

In his presentation, Rad will demonstrate the powerful capabilities of the iPhone for creating extraordinary images and fine art. He will share his workflow, note his favorite apps, show “before and after” examples, and demonstrate how he uses his iPhone to create award winning images.

He’ll also remind us how what we already know about photography transfers to shooting with your iPhone. Just because it’s a phone, doesn’t mean you don’t treat it like a camera. In addition, he’ll discuss how he shoots with traditional DSLRs and Mirror-less cameras, and transfers those images to the iPhone for processing.

This is going to be a program that you’ll want to be sure and attend. It is open to the community free of charge, sponsored by our club, so help get the word out by sharing our event to other photography groups in the area and your friends! Let’s have a great turnout!

You can see some of Rad’s work, workshops and other information at his website:

Here’s his Bio from his website: Although I shot all through high school and college, and worked intermittently as a photojournalist after earning a BA in Journalism from Indiana University, Bloomington, my approach to photography changed dramatically with the acquisition of my first iPhone in 2010. To say that the iPhone has transformed how I see and how I think about photography would be an understatement! Today, as a result of carrying an iPhone with me all the time, I find that I am constantly evaluating light, shapes, colors and lines in everything around me, and because the phone is always with me, I take more opportunities to shoot what I see, sometimes with wonderful results. Bottom line? It’s so blasted FUN!

The February 2016 Contest Theme is: “Love” This will be judged during our March meeting. The March 2016 Contest Theme is: “Water”

Each dues paying member is allowed to submit no more than two JPG’s for the contest and photos MUST be shot the month prior to the judging for each contest! Bring your entries to our March 7th meeting and maybe you’ll win our first place $25 cash prize!

January 2016 Photo Contest Winners with a theme of “Celebration”

During our regularly scheduled meeting on January 4th members of the West Kentucky Photography Club selected winners of their monthly photo contest, which had a theme of “Celebration.”