Programs for Club Year
September 2020- May 2021

September 16, 2020 – Russ Burden (

The Serenity of the Serengeti
Russ Burden will give a two part presentation titled, “The Serenity of the Serengeti.”   The first part is an instructional Keynote slide show that shows the techniques Russ uses to capture his wildlife and scenic images while he is in Tanzania. Some of the concepts he will share are lens choice, flash, other photo gear, the quality of light, and how background choice impacts the quality of the photo. A few other topics include exhausting all possibilities, how to capture peak action, how to create bold silhouettes, timing, and more. Russ will show examples of photos that illustrate all of the above concepts.
Part 2 is a 20 minute offering of Russ’s safari photos set to music.

Salon judge:  Russ Burden

October 21, 2020 – Greg Benz

Trends in Post-Processing Images

Greg will discuss what’s new, software (including his Lumenzia add in for Photoshop), understanding how much work to do to the images (not too much and not too little), and how to retain a natural look at comply with the requirements of the Photographic Society of America (PSA) rules that MNPC follows for salon images.

Salon judge: Mariann Cyr

November 18, 2020Wildlife and Landscape of Hokkaido by Martin Bailey

Martin Bailey is a nature and wildlife photographer based in Tokyo. He’s a pioneering Podcaster and blogger, Capture One Ambassador and X-Rite Coloratti member. Fueled by his passion for nature and travel, and a tireless desire to share his knowledge and artistic vision, Martin is a popular international tour & workshop leader, helping photographers from around the world to experience and capture the wonders of this awesome planet we call home. 

Salon judge:  Steve Simmer

December 16, 2020Layne Kennedy: Developing your Own Style

Layne’s presentation will be  focused on “Developing Your Own Style” and encompassing lots of things about photography based on Layne’s experience.

Educated in fine art photography, Layne Kennedy is known for editorial photography that conveys a strong sense of place. Layne is a frequent speaker at events and workshops and has been teaching photography for more than 25 years.  His images are featured in magazines worldwide on subjects as varied as Pink Dolphins in the Amazon River to traveling with Polar Inuit hunters by dogsled. His work appears in Smithsonian, LIFE, Audubon, Sports Illustrated, Nature Conservancy, National Geographic Traveler, National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Outdoor Explorer and other publications and websites.  Layne’s recent books include, Paddle North-Canoeing The Boundary Waters/Quetico Wilderness and A Hard Water World-Ice Fishing And Why We Do It, both by the prestigious Minnesota Historical Society Press. His previous book, Jewels on the Water-Lake Superior’s Apostle Islands, was published in part to secure protected status of this National Lakeshore. Along with assignment work, Layne conducts international photo tours exploring cultural and environmental locations including Kenya, Cuba, Portugal, Costa Rica, Iceland, Greenland, Croatia and Ireland.

Salon judge: John Pennoyer

January 20, 2021 – Irene Hinke-Sacilotto  – “Passion for Wildlife Photography, the Stories Behind the Images”

Salon judge: TBD

February 17, 2021 – TBD

Salon judge: TBD

March 17, 2021 – John Pennoyer – Landscape Photography

Salon judge:  TBD

April 21, 2021  

Salon judge:   TBD

May 19, 2021 –  Year End Awards Program

Judge: TBD