Mountain State Photographer’s Conference 3.0

LEARN IT HERE!!! This is Year Three! MSPC 3.0! Register Here!

OFFICIAL! Our Conference date is Saturday, August 19, 2017. Once again, our location will be the Cedar Lakes Conference Center, in Ripley, WV. We are excited about this year’s event, and expect our largest response to date!

The Mountain State Photographers’ Conference is about learning new and different methods of photography, and ways for you to improve as a photographer. This event is designed for the non-professional enthusiast…but we know that means novices who are trying to learn the basics; advanced photographers looking for new challenges; and those in-between who are trying to step up their skill level.

Our Conference weekend will begin with our “Conference Eve” event, and we are pleased to have Canon USA sponsor our featured speaker, Eddie Tapp! Eddie is a Canon “Explorer of Light,” and will be with us on Friday evening, August 18, 2017.

Eddie Tapp brings over 50 years of photographic experience and quality assurance for his clients. His range of experience includes commercial photography, personal and business portraits, head shots, portfolio images, corporate, advertising, aerial, drone, video, post production, editing and more!

Our Conference Eve event is an additional activity, and is available to all who register for our Photographers’ Conference. This is a free event, and is also open to the public, especially students. You can learn more about Eddie and his work at his website,



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The Charleston Camera Club is very pleased to welcome Steve Shaluta as our Featured Speaker for our 2017 Conference! Originally from Grafton, Steve changed careers in 1985 from being a locomotive engineer to become a professional photographer. He became a tourism photographer with the WV Dept. of Commerce, and for 30 years, photographed the scenic beauty, wildlife, tourist attractions, outdoor recreation and businesses in West Virginia. Steve Shaluta retired in 2015, and now pursues wildfire and bird photography almost exclusively. To learn more about Steve and to see his images, visit





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In addition to our two major speakers, we will also bring several photographers from in and around the Mountain State to bring their talent and experience to you in our Conference classrooms. Please watch for our full list of classes on this website.

You will be able to select the classes YOU want! You can select the Instructors from who YOU want to learn! Once again, we have managed to keep the registration fee as affordable as possible. Unchanged from last year, our regular full price of this full-day Conference will be $70. However, we will offer an EARLY REGISTRATION FEE of only $48! Once online registration opens, the discounted rate will be in effect through Monday, July 17, 2017, at 11:59pm. At that time, the regular full price will begin. We will also announce lodging rates at Cedar Lakes Conference Center when registration begins.

So, make your plans, mark your calendars, and join us this summer for our Conference 3.0!

Register HERE!

Lodging for the event is available via the Cedar Lakes Conference Center. Call them to make your reservation: 304-372-7860. We would recommend at least one night: Friday  August 18, 2017.

Here’s a preview of the classes and instructors for this year’s conference:


Jesse Thornton — Photographing the Milky Way:

West Virginia has some unique night sky photography opportunities, as well as challenges. Students will learn how to find the Milky Way, how to scout a location, prepare for weather, and also determine the proper photo gear, camera settings and more.


Martin Unrue — Intro to Infrared Photography:

Infrared photography can give the photographer a way to present scenes in a way one never imagined. Infrared photos capture light beyond what the un-aided human can see. Capturing a common scene in infrared can give it an out of this world or surreal feeling. This class will present the theories, techniques, uses, equipment, and processing used in producing infrared images.


Laura Moul — 12 Elements for Successful Competitions:

Twelve elements have been defined as necessary for the success of an art piece or image. Any image or photograph will reveal some measure of all twelve elements, while a visually superior example will reveal obvious consideration of each one.


Amanda Haddox — NIK Software-Advanced Editing for the Beginner:

Do you want easy to use advanced editing tools without the learning curve of Photoshop or having to spend all day in front of the computer? If the answer is yes, get introduced to Google’s FREE NIK Software Collection! Learn how to use the set of 55 filters to enhance detail, correct exposure problems, and add creative effects with Nik Color Efex. Convert color photos into stunning black and white images in one click with Silver Efex.  Produce natural looking single image HDR’s with HDR Efex Pro.  Quickly adjust the brightness, contrast, saturation, shadows, warmth and detail, selectively in parts of your image with Viveza. And noise removal could not be easier with Dfine.


Anne Johnson — Lightning-Harnessing the Passion & Power:

This class not only addresses the basics of how to photograph lightning, but places special emphasis on the challenges of photographing lightning during the daytime, and creating an aesthetic composition.


Mark Romano — Documenting the Times of our Lives:

It seems so easy to do, yet the majority of us just snap away with our cameras and don’t think about printing them. We like to save them on our computer and use photoshop and lightroom. But how many of us print them out and write down who is in the pictures and what was happening? Mark will discuss how to save the images for future generations to enjoy. From the computer, drives, jump drives, disks to the prints and glassines to put them in. How to organize and store them.


David Johnston — Panoramas as a Compositional Tool:

This presentation will focus on the use of multi-image, stitched panoramas as a tool to expand options for composition of a final image, especially with respect to framing and perspective relationships. The presentation will touch on the basics of doing panoramas but is not intended to teach how to do them. Similarly, the presentation will highlight some of the traditional considerations in composition, but is not a class on composition.


Pam DeCamp — Reflecting on Mirrorless-The Pros & Cons:

Traveling lighter and more compact is a challenge.  Mirrorless cameras have less weight and you can pack more accessories.  How about image quality? Do the photographs you take with mirrorless cameras pop like their weighty DSLR mirrored counterparts?  If you are trying to decide what your next camera should be, or if you are curious about the “smaller, lighter” bodies and lenses, this program is for you.


Steve Jessee — What Equipment Do You Really Need?

Join International Award Winning Photographer Steve Jessee as he takes you through his camera bags to show you what equipment you might need to get the job done. You will learn that you do not have to spend $$$$ to achieve the image you need. Bring your equipment to use in class. Weather permitting, we will also be outdoors.