Photography Section

The CMC Photo Section is committed to helping people improve their outdoor photography skills and provide photographic opportunities through meetings, classes, social events, and photo hikes and events.  The section’s instruction focuses primarily on how to capture better nature photographs.  This is not to say that gear and software instruction is not provided, but that we are focused on how to achieve photographic results.  The section includes individuals of all skill levels from beginners to professionals.

We are hosting our first 2016 photography class Saturday, May 7, followed by a field day Saturday, May 14. The class is entitled Creative Outdoor Photography and is appropriate for all levels of photographic experience.

During this class, we will focus on hands-on experience with camera settings, technique, and some photo editing. This class will be followed by a field day on May 14 to a nearby location that will offer many photographic opportunities. We will teach participants how to deal with a variety of situations that one could encounter in the wilderness and in not so wild places. Next to camera technique, we will focus on the more creative parts of getting pleasing images such as composition, color, light and dark, and much more.

Whether you use a phone, a point-and-shoot or a DSLR, you can benefit from this class and you will likely significantly increase the quality and memorability of the images you get on your outdoor adventures. Click here to register for the class. For additional information, please contact Jao van de Lagemaat (course director) at, or to Dan Orcutt (photography section chair) at

The monthly meetings typically consist of three portions.  The first segment is provide presentations by both amateur and pro photographers about a wide variety of photographic subjects.  Discussion and questions are encouraged to facilitate the exchange of ideas.  This is followed by a the display and discussion of assigned and independent images from the section membership.  Most months a theme for the images is assigned for displayed images; frequently the theme relates to a recent presentation or hike.  The third portion is social interaction to ask questions, catch up with friends, and potentially coordinate activities with other members. Last year’s presentation topics included working in a high dynamic range, independently extending your photographic skills, composition, unlocking your photographic potential, wildlife photography, wildflower photography, finding the light, capturing unique and creative images, beginning to learn photography, and landscape photography.  Five of these presentations were provided by professional photographers.

Hikes and events are scheduled year round and are conducted at a casual pace to include planned and unplanned stops to spend time taking photographs.  These outings are listed in the CMC calendar along with Photo Section weekend classes.  Last year we had many day hikes and multi-day trips to Canyonlands and Crested Butte.  Weekend classes included a professional photographer demonstrating how to refine your images to meet your goals using post-processing, a LightRoom class, and two outdoor photography classes.

Come and meet us at 7:00 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the American Mountaineering Center (710 10th St, Golden) and bring your experience and ideas to the mix.

Section dues are $20 / year in addition to CMC membership. You will receive a monthly newsletter listing our many activities. Additional information can be obtained from the section chair Dan Orcutt.

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