Category Archives: Monthly Programs

April 11, 2019 Monthly Meeting

On Thursday, April 11, the Flatirons Photo Club is excited to present photographer Tom Bol

Where: Mike’s Camera, 2500 Pearl Street in Boulder. Use the southeast entrance, about 50 feet left of Mike’s main entrance. Take the elevator to the second floor. Free and the public is invited.

When: The Flatirons Photo Club begins gathering at 6:30PM for social and our program begins at 7PM. After the program, we will view and discuss photos submitted by our members. The April Special Topic for member submissions is ‘Food.’

Tom’s portfolio covers adventure, portraits, travel and nature. Tom will talk about creativity, lighting and useful techniques he’s learned through during his 25 year professional career. Tom says, “I’ve tried to design this presentation so every photographer will enjoy it and maybe get some inspiration.”

Tom has been leading a very impressive list of photo workshops for 25 years. He writes articles for several magazines, including Digital Photography, Photoshop User and Lightroom Magazine. He regularly shoots assignments for Nikon.

March 14, 2019 Monthly Meeting

On Thursday, March 14, the Flatirons Photo Club is excited to present Colorado nature and nightscape photographer, Mike Berenson.

Where: Mike’s Camera, 2500 Pearl Street in Boulder. Second floor, just left of Mike’s main entrance. Free and the public is invited.

When: The Flatirons Photo Club begins gathering at 6:30PM for social and our program begins at 7PM.  After the program, we will view and discuss photos submitted by our members. The March Special Topic for member submissions is ‘Motion.’

Questions, email:

Mike enjoys bringing his unique visions of the night sky come to life and helps others to do the same.  He will show us some of his incredible images and what it takes to capture them.  Using the night sky as a source of inspiration, Mike pushes beyond a camera’s limits to create works of art that make people think.  Together with training partner Darren White, Mike makes Milky Way Dreams come to life with workshop events in Arches, Canyonlands, and Yellowstone National Parks and on Mount Evans in Colorado.  Check out their website at and see what the excitement is all about.

Mike would also like to offer members of the Flatirons Photo Club a 10% discount on any workshop event payments for a month following our talk (so it will expire on 4/14).  This discount is available by entering “BOULDER19” on our checkout page.

February 14, 2019 Monthly Meeting

Important! The next meeting of the Flatirons Photo Club will be at Mike’s Camera!

On Tuesday, February 14, 2019, at 7 p.m., Glenn Randall will present Take a Walk on the Wide Side, a lecture on how to compose, shoot, and stitch together single and multi-row panoramas.

The Special Topic for the member competition is Black & White. See for image submission details. Members are asked to submit images by Sunday evening, February 10.

It’s a wide, wide world out there. Certain subjects just cry out to be photographed in a panoramic format. Many of Glenn’s favorite images from his Sunrise from the Summit project, in which he photographed sunrise (or sunset) from the summit of all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks, proved to be panoramas. Something about that ultra-wide angle of view, sometimes as much as a full 360 degrees, captured the exhilarating, humbling, and awe-inspiring experience of being a tiny speck on top of the world.

The easiest way to shoot a panorama is to take a single frame and crop it to whatever aspect ratio works best for the subject. There’s no law that says that an image composed within a 3:2 frame must be shown with that same aspect ratio. Cropping has two disadvantages, however. The first is that you are limited in angle of view horizontally to the angle of view of your widest lens. The second disadvantage concerns print size. Panoramas look good printed big, but the biggest print you can make is limited by the resolution of a single frame.

The solution is to shoot a series of images, rotating the camera between shots so each frame overlaps the next, then stitch all the frames together in software. With this approach, it’s possible to create enormous panoramas—as much as 360 degrees wide—with great quality. Learning to shoot and stitch panoramas from multiple frames will open up a new world of photographic possibilities. No longer will you be limited to seeing the world through the rectangular frame defined by your viewfinder, with its rigid 2:3 aspect ratio. That view, as pleasing as it may be, is only the starting point in your search for the most evocative possible composition. Take a walk on the wide side, and you’ll never again be content to see the world in just one way.

Artist Biography

Since 1979, Glenn Randall has combined his love of wilderness with a passion for photography. His intimate knowledge of atmospheric optics, weather, and the landscapes he photographs allows him to find the intersections of magical light and stunning subject matter that produce exceptional images. His work has been published in Audubon, Avalanche, Barnes & Noble, Brown Trout, Sierra Club, Nature Conservancy, and Runner’s World calendars and in Audubon, GEO, Outside, SKI, Los Angeles Times Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, New York Times Magazine, and many others. Glenn is a contributing editor at Outdoor Photographer. Prints of his fine-art landscape photographs can be found online at and in Art Mart, on the Pearl St. Mall in Boulder, Colorado. His photographs have also been used by many book publishers and corporate clients. At age 61, he has accumulated over 1,800 photo credits, including 83 covers, and sold over 10,000 prints. He was the sole photographer for three books of landscape photographs, Rocky Mountain National Park Impressions, Colorado Wild & Beautiful, and Sunrise from the Summit: First Light on Colorado’s Fourteeners. Rocky Nook published his how-to books, The Art, Science, and Craft of Great Landscape Photography and Dusk to Dawn: A Guide to Landscape Photography at Night.

We’re Moving!

Starting February 14, the Flatirons Photo Club will be holding its monthly meetings at Mike’s Camera, 2500 Pearl Street, Boulder CO 80302.

Enter doors at the southeast corner of building, 50 feet to the left of the main, public entrance. Take elevator to the second floor. The Flatirons Photo Club meets in the room on the immediate left.

IMPORTANT: Start to arrive at 6:30PM for social. Monthly program begins at 7PM.
Mike’s will lock its doors at 7PM, so be sure to arrive on time!

January 10 Monthly Meeting

This meeting will be a Members’ Night, one of two for the year. This meeting will feature a presentation by Vandy Vandervort on her work and how she does it.
Afterwards, members can show any two images to talk about and have an open dialogue. There is NO COMPETITION There is NO SPECIAL TOPIC.

FPC Members, please submit up to 2 digital images by Monday night, via email to See submission guidelines at

Annual Holiday Meeting 2018

Flatirons Photo Club in Boulder invites you to its Annual Holiday Meeting & Members’ Competition, on Thursday, December 13, 2018 from 7 to 9 PM at Har Hashem Synagogue, 3950 Baseline Road in Boulder.

The Flatirons Photo Club is having its Annual Competition. FPC members will show their best work in a variety of categories. Meet fellow photographers, while enjoying some food and drink.

Club members: See for details on competition entries.

November 8, 2018 Monthly Meeting

The next meeting will be on Thursday, November 8 at 7PM at the Har Hashem Synagogue, 3950 W Baseline Road, Boulder. The competition Special Topic is Macro=Micro=Closeup. See for submission details.  The speaker will be Cheryl Opperman.

What makes some photographs stand out more than others? Are photographers merely capturing what they see or are they creating images through an unique perception of the environment around them? Join award-winning photographer Cheryl Opperman as she takes us on a journey that explores how creative vision can change our photographic approach and perspective in the digital age.

Cheryl Opperman is a nationally acclaimed nature photographer who has traveled to every continent in the world capturing spectacular images of nature, wildlife, and indigenous cultures. Widely published, her photographs have appeared in print, on the web, on television, and in solo and group exhibits, resulting in a list of clients or credits which include The American Humane Association, Overseas Adventure Travel, The Denver Post, the National Geographic Society, and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Cheryl’s esthetic compositions, artistic use of light, and exquisite detail have been honored with several prestigious awards from organizations including The Earth Day Network, Nature’s Best Photography, the International Photography Awards, and the National Wildlife Federation. She was also featured as a leading female nature photographer by Outdoor Photographer Magazine and has appeared in on-camera interviews by 9News Denver, the Luminous Landscape, and Smithsonian Earth. Using the power of photography to inspire interest in the environment and other cultures, she also lectures and leads photo workshops. Cheryl is a 1992 honors graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial/Scientific photography.

October 11, 2018 Monthly Meeting

This meeting will be different for FPC members: it’s “Show & Tell”!

Bring something (lens, camera accessory, tripod, print, some object) that you’d like to talk about and should be of interest/informative to fellow members.
OR Submit a photo with the same intent of saying something informative or educational for audience to:

Visitors welcome! Membership to the Flatirons Photo Club is $20./year

The October speaker will be Cole Thompson. 

Cole says “I believe that I can make a compelling case that any image or genre of photography looks great in black and white. But my presentation is really about finding your Vision, following your Passion, forgetting about what others are doing and creating images that you love. The presentation is 1 hour and 15 minutes long and as is my tradition, three prints will be given away at the end of the presentation.”

September 13, 2018 Monthly Meeting


This will be a Whatever Night, so submit ONE PHOTO TWO PHOTOS by Monday PM – September 10. Topics: Can be any topic, any subject you’d like to show and talk about or ask for friendly critique. Use your first name as a file name and photos will be shown in reverse order, i.e., the z’s goes first. We seem to get a lot of conversations, so it’s limited to one photo two photos each. Make it special!

Visit Guidelines for submission specs for your one photos.

June 14, 2018 Monthly Meeting

The guest speaker at the upcoming meeting of the Flatirons Photo Club will be Joshua Hardin. The meeting will be on Thursday, June 14 at 7PM at the Har Hashem Synagogue, 3950 W Baseline Road, Boulder.

Joshua Hardin is the Photo Editor of Colorado Life Magazine, a publication which has showcased the state’s nature, outdoor adventure, history and colorful characters since 2012. He also photo edits for Utah Life Magazine which premiered this March. Josh will be giving tips about what it takes to have editorial work published in regional magazines such as Colorado Life, covering everything from covers to portrait to recipe photography. A native of Loveland, Josh grew up practicing photography while hiking throughout the Rocky Mountains. He published a retrospective book of his favorite landscape and wildlife photos from across the state called Classic Colorado, has worked as staff photographer for Regis University in Denver and as a photography instructor for the Digital Workshop Center in Fort Collins. Additionally, his work has appeared in The Denver Post, Wild West Magazine, Outdoor Photographer Magazine, Colorado Press Association and The Center for Fine Art Photography.

The competition Special Topic is ‘Highkey & lowkey paired images’ (each pair counts as one monthly submission). See for submission details.