2017 Schedule

January 19  Kenny Mc Keithan “Wide Open Spaces, Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Better Landscape Photography” 
6:30 pm Lake House-Live Oak Hall
Program Description & Kenny’s Bio 

February 16  Peter Finger  Travel Image Photography  “Get out of your comfort zone”
6:30 pm Lake House-Live Oak Hall
Program Description & Peter’s Bio

March 16  Kevin Foltz  “The Environmental Travel Portrait”
6:30 pm Lake House-Live Oak Hall
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April 20  Chris Smith  “Wildlife Around the World”
6:30 pm Lake House-Live Oak Hall                                                                
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May 18  Marty’s “Photo Scavenger Hunt”
4:45 pm Lake House-Live Oak Hall (Note earlier time)
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June 15 Bill Nelson  “Cell Phone Photography- Improving Your Phone-Based Images”
6:30 pm Lake House- Live Oak Hall
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September 21 Jody Mack “Photographing Children”
6:30 pm Lake House- Live Oak Hall
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October 19 Kate Silva “Get Creative With Photographic Textures”
6:30 pm Lake House- Live Oak Hall
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November 16 “Folly Beach Photo Theme Assignment”
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December 21st Holiday Christmas Party- 6:00 pm
Bill & Linda Nelson’s home 3758 Beach Court

  January 29, 2017 at 6:30 pm
Lake House – Live Oak Hall
“Wide Open Spaces, Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Better Landscape Photography”  Guest Lecturer, Kenny McKeithan
Open to all Seabrook Island residents and guests

One of the Seabrook Island Photo Club’s (SIPC) favorite local photographer and guest lecturer is Kenny Mc Keithan and he’s back to kick-off our 2017 season!

Kenny’s presentation on “Wide Open Spaces, Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Better Landscape Photography” targets beginner to intermediate level photographers. Kenny will cover equipment, composition, intimate landscapes, night photography, HDR, panoramic photography and post processing.  There’s something for everyone in Kenny’s lecture.

This January meeting is open to all Seabrook Island residents without charge. The Club will be collecting 2017 dues of $30 for its regular members and new members. If you enjoy this presentation and would like to become a member of the club, membership forms will be available at the meeting.

Kenny_PicAlthough completely self-taught, Kenny has 25 years’ experience in photography and photo finishing and possesses a wealth of knowledge that he is eager to share. His interest in photography goes back to his pre-teen years when his parents bought him his first box camera. He spent many of his early years in the business working for local photo retailers but has since moved on to a position that enables him to share his technical expertise. Kenny McKeithan Photography teaches hands on photography workshops in the field with day trips locally and 4 and 5-day outings to North Carolina, West Virginia, Tennessee and Florida.

He is an award winning nature photographer whose portfolio contains “a little bit of everything” Among Kenny’s favorites are aviation, fashion, glamour, and portraiture, but he has always been drawn to the outdoors. Kenny’s images have appeared in Charleston Magazine, Art Mag, Camera in the Wild, Where Magazine, and on greeting cards and calendars.

Kenny is a regional co-coordinator for the Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association and an instructor with The Charleston Center for Photography.
Currently living in Summerville, Kenny is a native to the Low country, born and raised (as they say) on James Island a suburb of Charleston, SC

Kenny McKeithan Photography

February 16, 2017 at 6:30 pm
Lake House- Live Oak Hall
Travel Image Photography “Get out of your comfort zone”
Guest Lecturer, Peter Finger
Free to members, $10.00 for guests

This program will focus on travel photography and how the create the most exciting images from your travels. It’s easy to create nice images when your standing in front of the Eiffel Tower or standing on top of the highest mountains in Austria. What this program will show, with plenty of examples, is how to create those images that will force you to really look, to really see and it will take you on a journey of not only finding creative images but how to create these images during your travels. The good news is that you can apply these lessons to the lighthouse down the road or the streets of downtown Charleston.

Peter grew up in the shadows of the Catskill Mountains in Ujeff_fingerpstate New York. He started painting in his teens and was influenced by the artists of the  Hudson River School who painted the wild landscapes of New England in the early 19th Century. Finger would trace the steps of these romantic painters and create his own interpretation of the scenes.

While studying fine art and art education in college, Peter would continue his Catskill Mountain journeys , now armed with a camera. Photography soon played a critical role in his development as an artist. His Super-realistic paintings were based on his photographs and were quickly sought after by collectors, corporations and galleries. Upon graduation he quickly landed an art teaching job.

While still teaching he worked as a photojournalist, workshop leader and artist. Fast forward after years of teaching and several years at Apple Computer, he opened his own fine art photography business. Along with his corporate photography, he still makes time to create digital fine art prints and one of a kind embellished giclee prints.

 The Fine Art of Peter Finger

March 16, 2017 at 6:30 pm
Lake House – Live Oak Hall
“The Environmental Travel Portrait”
Guest Lecturer, Kevin Foltz

This program will attempt to better your portrait making when traveling and or in uncomfortable cultural situations. Using images that he has made as a professional travel and destination photographer, Kevin will engage the group in a discussion of what makes a better portrait with people that you briefly encounter, but want to make a sincere image of. The program will discuss how to be better prepared with your camera and the psychology involved with making photographs that will enhance your visual storytelling. The discussion will be followed with a question and answer session answering any questions that you may have concerning the need of model releases to the type of gifts that might be carried to exchange for the making of photographs.

Kevin is a wanderer. Raised in the Carolinas, Kevin has been working as a photographer formore than thirty years. Having had commercial photography studios in Nashville, Lima, Peru and Miami, he has made photographs for clients ranging from Kroger, Hydra Sports Boats and  Gibson Guitars in Nashville to Toyota and Coca Cola in Peru.lakevin

Returning to Miami after living and working in Lima, Kevin won two consecutive three-year artist residencies at ArtCenter South Florida in Miami Beach. Kevin also was awarded the annual South Florida Consortium Artist Grant. Whilst living in Miami, he changed his career direction from being a commercial studio photographer to become a full-time destination photographer specializing in resort and culinary photos. Kevin also continues working as a visual artist in various mediums.

And after thirty years of wandering with camera in hand Kevin has returned to the lowcountry to live closer to his family and return to the oyster roast, grits and okra lifestyle that he has always loved. Kevin was recently accepted and will soon have a studio space in the new Redux Art Center on upper King Street to be inaugurated later this year.   

April 20, 2017 at 6:30pm
Lake House – Live Oak Hall
“Photographing Wildlife Around the world”
Guest Lecturer, Chris Smith
Free to members, $10.00 for guests

Chris Smith of Chris & Cami Photography will be presenting an engaging program entitled “Photographing Wildlife Around the World”. Join us for a wonderful, entertaining, and engaging evening full of inspirational images and creative photography tips.

Born and raised in the Congo, Chris became interested in photography in high school and continued his interest obtaining a college degree in Professional Photography. He has been photographing professionally for over 20 years. He and his wife, Cami, are a successful and highly regarded photography team in Charleston. RKPhoto_ChrisSmithHeadshots-2014-010-R2

They have photographed politicians (George H. W. Bush), Olympic legends (Kerri Walsh and Karch Kiraly), Superstars (Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams). Their client list includes companies like Google, T-Mobile, ESPN, Comcast, Sports Illustrated, Boeing, Toyota and Holiday Inn. They have been the Official Photographers of the Volvo Car Open (Family Circle Cup) for over a decade. Their work has been featured everywhere from local publications like Charleston Magazine to international ones as Family Circle Magazine.
Chris & Cami enjoy traveling and photographing Wildlife Around the World including leopards in Tanzania to wolves in Canada, deadly vipers in Costa Rica to toucans in Panama. Chris has always been fascinated by the amazing creatures we share our planet with and has agreed to share the many photographic skills and tricks of the trade he has learned over the years.  Chris & Cami Photography

June 15 at 6:30pm
Lake House – Live Oak Hall
“Cell Phone Photography- Improving Your Phone-Based Images”
Guest Lecturer, William Nelson

Review of cell phone camera technology and techniques you can use to improve your phone sourced pictures.  How to take advantage of the modern phone’s amazing convenience and camera capabilities with some simple techniques and standard photographic artistry. 

Our speaker, Bill Nelson moved to Seabrook Island 13 years ago with his wife Linda.  Bill and Linda grew up in sunny California and have lived from Honolulu to London and Connecticut to Arizona.  Bill worked in the computer industry for IBM for 44 years before retiring at the end of 2008. 

He started his almost lifelong hobby in photography at the age of 7 using his first paper route earnings to buy a 35mm camera and light meter.  His first instinct is to approach photography from the technical point of view focusing on all of the camera settings.  However, modern technology has worn down his resistance to photographic automation, particularly with the newer cell phone camera capabilities. 


September 21, 2017 at 6:30 pm  
Lake House- Live Oak Hall
“Photographing Children”- Jody Mack
Guest Lecturer, Jody Mack
Free to members, $10.00 for guests

Jody’s presentation will assist you in capturing better quality portraits and candid moments of your kids or grandkids with a DSLR camera or iPhone. She will discuss camera settings, lighting and composition.

Like many parents, Jody’s children have become her favorite subjects (some may have called it an obsession). As she grew in knowledge and experience with digital photography, she learned ways of making the most of available light and using a photojournalistic approach to portraiture.

Jody has a Ph.D. in molecular biology and after almost 14 years in academia with photography on the back-burner, she decided to follow her heart and pursue photography as a career.  BioJodyMackShe has been a full-time photographer for 4 years, specializing in lifestyle newborn, child and family portraiture in Charleston and Mount Pleasant

Published works: Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine and West Elm Blog: Front + Main.

Volunteer: TEDx Charleston, Help Portrait and Tent City Project.

Commercial clients/sponsorship: Charleston Coffee Exchange, Ballet Academy of Charleston, Dance Moves of Charleston, Charleston Ballet Theatre and  Listen to Your Mother Show – Charleston.

Affiliations: Instructor at The Charleston Center for Photography, Member of Clickin Moms & Professional Photographers of America    go to top of page

October 19, 2017 at 6:30 pm  

Lake House- Live Oak Hall
“Get Creative with Photographic Textures”
Guest Lecturer, Kate Silva
Free to members, $10.00 for guests

Get ready to throw your creativity into hyper drive! Working with photographic textures has become all the “rage” in the photo editing world. Kate will walk you through the process of choosing the images you’ll want to try textures on, where to find textures on-line, how to make them yourselves, and finally, how to process the images. She will be demonstrating these techniques in Photoshop CC, Topaz Texture Effects, and the new program by MacPhun called Luminar! You can even use textures in Lightroom! It’s sure to be a fun and informative presentation. Links to Topaz and Macphun can be found on the bottom of any page of Kate’s website www.katesilviaphotography.com

Kate Silvia is a professional landscape photographer based in Charleston, South Carolina. Her intense passion for the natural world is matched only by the desire to share that passion with her students. Kate is a natural teacher and is often requested to speak at camera clubs and photo organizations in the Southeastern U.S.

Her images and articles can be seen in numerous publications including Landscape Photographer, Nature Photographers Network, Aquarium Fish, Nature Photographer, Camera Ianthe Wild, and NANPA’s Expressions.

She maintains an educational blog with tips for aspiring photographers as well as a YouTube Channel with photo editing tutorials. She is the author of the E-Book, “Composition for the Landscape Photographer” and has downloadable video workshops for NIK Software. She leads field and classroom workshops throughout the year and is also available for individual tutoring in the Charleston are. Soon to be added, educational webinars you can watch from home! go to top of page

November 16, 2017 at 3:30 pm   
Folly Beach Photo Theme Assignment & Dinner 

We will meet at the Folly Beach Pier at 3:30 pm.  Everyone attending will have approximately 2+ hours before sunset to take photographs and we’ll then meet at Rita’s for dinner at 6 pm.  For those not able to attend on the 16th, you can take photographs at Folly Beach at your leisure through Sunday, November 19th.  Anyone joining us on the 16th can also use the weekend to go back and take additional photos at a different time of the day.

Here are the different themes you can use when taking your photos:

  1. From a Dog’s Perspective
  2.  The color Red (red must be the predominate color in your photo)
  3.  Patterns of Two or More
  4.  Incorporate the use of Textures into your photographs – either naturally or in post-processing.  This will give you an opportunity to use some of Kate’s suggestions 🙂
  5.  Shadows

You can incorporate the use of all 5 themes or stick with just one…it’s up to you.

Send up to 5 photos in JPG format to my email by December 1st.  I will then put them in a slideshow and they will be shown at our annual Christmas Party which will be held December 21st.

Spouses/SO’s are encouraged to join us for the dinner.  The more the merrier!

If you are planning to attend the dinner, please send me a quick reply email so I can make reservations if necessary.