Our next meeting will be on Tuesday December 12th at 6:30pm via zoom.


Internationally known photographer Mark Hemmings will be giving a presentation on the ethical use of artificial intelligence in photography.  Recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI) vastly expand the ability of photographers to modify their photos.  For example, one can take a photo of a person in their bedroom and replace the bedroom background with a street scene from Paris pulled off the internet, or conjure up photographs of people and places one has never seen by giving an AI program key words. 

Like any new technology, AI is a tool that can be used for both good or bad purposes and thus requires ethical choices.  Hemmings will help photographers make those choices, as well as offer use-cases and example tutorials to improve the efficiency of their photography workflow. The presentation, which is hosted by the Mount Desert Island Photo Club, is open to the public and those interested in attending online should send an email to contact@mdiphotoclub.org to get the Zoom link.

Hemmings has been a pioneer of new camera technology, authoring iPhone Photography for Dummies and Android Smartphone Photography for Dummies.  A professional photographer since 1998, Hemmings works as a travel, street, commercial, architectural and advertising photographer. Every year he leads photographers of all skill levels on international photo workshops. You can explore his photos on his website https://markhemmings.com/.


This month we are going to reprise our November speaker, Jim Nickelson, who spoke to us on finding abstract photos from nature.  This was:  Nature photography can not only capture the beauty and intrigue of a particular landscape but can also lend itself to the creation of artistic abstract images. You can find his examples on his web page:  https://www.jimnickelson.com/illuminations

Our assignment does not limit us just to abstract photos in nature.  You are welcome to present up to 3 photos at the meeting of any abstract.