By Sylvia Bacon for The Island Connection
The objective of the Kiawah Photography Club is to foster the use and appreciation of photography as a science, art and hobby by providing a forum for mutual enjoyment and the development of photographic skills. Workshops, programs and small group sessions, offered on all skill levels, are geared to help improve photography skills in a noncompetitive environment. Outreach programs involving Johns Island schools and other organizations have further enhanced the enjoyment of photography for residents of the island community.
The Photography Club has lined up another full year with a wide variety of workshops and programs. Workshops include instructional sessions on topics such as getting acquainted with your camera; composing your shots and editing with digital software; using your mobile phone’s camera; and sharing pictures with family and friends with slide shows, book making and social media. Monthly small group sessions provide an open forum for members to discuss topics introduced at workshops and monthly meetings. The monthly challenge is a musical slideshow presentation of members’ pictures, based on an assigned theme. This is very popular with members, as are organized photo shoots both on and off Kiawah Island.
Monthly programs feature one or two nationally known photographers such as Alan Ross, Ralph Lee Hopkins, Joyce Tenneson, Tony Sweet, Denise Ippolito, Les and Janet Saucier, Kevin Adams, Clay Bolt and Richard Bernabe.
Bernabe was here again in October, and Ippolito will be returning in March. Each visiting professional conducts a two-day event. The first day is a presentation followed by a photo shoot, with gentle critiques the following morning. These are always a lot of fun as well as a valuable learning experience.
The Kiawah Island Photography Club was created by a handful of people 14 years ago. It didn’t take long for membership to increase to its current level between 80 and 100. Some members do not live on Kiawah full-time but are still able to participate.
No meetings are held during the summer months, although members get together independently for informal photo shoots and community outreach programs on and off the Island. Kiawah property owners are eligible to join; dues are $50 a year and meetings are held at the Sandcastle on most Monday mornings. Those interested are invited to attend a meeting beforehand to see what the club is like. The upcoming schedule for this year can be found at kiawahphotoclub.org, along with a wealth of general photography information. Feel free to contact Sylvia Bacon for additional information at firstname.lastname@example.org.