We Did It!

by raster on May 2, 2009

Wow, PhotoCamp was great… we’re all still processing the event, but we’ll be sure to follow up and let people know the details…

IMG_7155x Smoke Break
Photo by vintagepix. Some Rights Reserved.

For now, checkout the PhotoCampMilwaukee pool on Flickr


Thanks to one of Bucketworks resident WikiBots, you can be at PhotoCamp virtually!

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The Sun Rises on PhotoCampMilwaukee

by derek on May 2, 2009

DYSART_20090502_9861PhotoCampMilwaukee is here!  There were seven souls who brave the cold wind and brutal hour to catch the sunrise from a top Kilbourn Reservoir Park.

PhotoCamp officially opens at 9am at Bucketworks.  See you there!

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5AM Photo Walk

by raster on May 1, 2009

Wow, in less than 24 hours, the early risers will meet at Bucketworks for the 5AM Photo Walk…

So far Derek, Rachel, Erik, and Rich all say they will be there, ready to go!

There’s talk of heading to Kilbourn Reservoir Park in Riverwest in time for sunrise over the city, which according to Navy is:

Begin civil twilight       5:13 a.m.
Sunrise                    5:44 a.m.

If you’ve never been to this park, it is the highest point in the city and has an amazing view of downtown. The weather is looking good, and luck has it there will be some low lying clouds to provide some great color.

If you plan on joining them, I’d suggest you get to Bucketworks parking lot around 5AM and look for the bleary-eyed people holding cameras (and coffee)…


Presentations (on SlideShare)

by raster on April 30, 2009

Are you preparing a presentation for PhotoCamp?

If you are, you may want to share it on SlideShare. There’s even a special page there for PhotoCampMilwaukee:

The cool thing is, you can upload your file in different formats (PowerPoint, Keynote, OpenOffice, PDF) and it will convert it into a presentation you can embed into your blog, or elsewhere, as well as create a transcript of the text.

Hey look, here’s one we did for PhotoCampMilwaukee!

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Donate your old shirts

by raster on April 30, 2009

I know we already mentioned that Teecycle is a sponsor of PhotoCamp, but since it’s for a good cause, we thought we would go one step further.

Teecycle take your old shirts, and sells them, and then donates $1 of each sale to aid in the restoration of urban river trails and waterways in the Milwaukee area. When you donate a shirt to Teecycle it also says you care about the environment by keeping a perfectly usable item out of the landfill.

So here’s the deal… Tim from Teecycle will be at Photocamp, and he would love it if you bring any of the old shirts you no longer want along with you to donate to the cause. So go through your closet, find some old shirts, and bring them to PhotoCamp… Tim, Teecycle, and the environment will all thank you. :)


Session Ideas? We got ‘em!

by raster on April 30, 2009

When we first put out the call for session topics, people started tossing out some good ideas, and some crazy ideas!

Here’s a list of those good and crazy ideas… If you’re not sure what you want to talk about at PhotoCamp, browse this list and find a topic that interests you… or, feel free to add your own ideas in the comments…

  • Strobist stuff
  • Photowalks
  • Photo Sharing (online, offline, etc.)
  • Ownership (copyright, All rights reserved, Creative Commons, public domain…)
  • Photographer’s Rights
  • Point and Shoot (doing the best with non-SLR gear)
  • So you want to be a Professional Photographer?
  • Cheap (Photography) Tricks
  • HDR Photography
  • Show Your Best!
  • Image manipulation software (especially FOSS like GIMP or free like IrfanView) and image manipulation webware (picnik.com, fotoflexer.com, snapmania.com’s Tourist Remover, reshade.com/online-image-resizer, and even rsizr.com’s seam carving)
  • Teach me how to navigate my new DSLR
  • Beginner Photoshop
  • Darkroom/Film Workshop
  • Night time photography (both strobist and nonstrobist)
  • Photo management software–differences between Lightroom and Capture and anything else out there
  • Photojournalism (I want photojournalists to talk about what they do…)
  • Pinhole Photography
  • Raw Converter software comparison
  • Workflow examples (asset management, import, processing, export and printing)
  • Studio Portraits
  • LOLCats
  • Intimate Photography
  • Basics of Matting and Framing (Interesting/Different hanging methods, Low cost solutions, High cost solutions)
  • (CHDK) Canon Hacker’s Development Kit
  • Kids! (Let’s have kids there, let them take photos, etc…)
  • Physics/Light

Remember, there is no guarantee that a session with a specific topic will happen, unless you help to make it happen. If there’s something on this list you really want to learn, make sure you speak up… and if you’re dying to tell people what you know about one of these topics… you’ll make someone very happy by sharing your knowledge with them.

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The Tags

by raster on April 28, 2009

Do you tag your photos?

If you use Flickr, you’re probably familiar with tagging – a way to add keywords to your photos – but tags are also used by sites like delicious.com, Vimeo, SlideShare, and many others…

So we have a few suggested tags for you to use when you publish your photos, videos, slides, or whatever you create at PhotoCampMilwaukee.

  • photocampmke – nice and short tag for photocamp
  • photocampmilwaukee – a bit longer, but if you really prefer the whole word, feel free to use it (use the short one and the long one if you want to be safe.)
  • photocamp – a generic tag, includes any photocamp that happens anywhere
  • upcoming:event=1518729 – event specific tag, used by Upcoming and Flickr
  • bucketworks – if it’s a photo at Bucketworks, they loved tagged photos and often show them in slide shows
  • milwaukee – just showing some hometown pride
  • wisconsin – some of us happen to love the Midwest

You’re free to use any tags you wish, but the photocampmke/photocampmilwaukee/photocamp tags will definitely help people find your photos from the event easier.

If you want to go crazy, many people also tag thinks like canon, nikon, 18-55mm, 50mm, etc… but hey, it’s up to you!

Any other suggestions for tagging things?

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Sponsor: Microsoft

by raster on April 28, 2009


We’d like to thank Microsoft for becoming a sponsor of PhotoCampMilwaukee.

Microsoft’s mission and values are to help people and businesses throughout the world realize their full potential. Microsoft takes on big challenges, and prides themselves on seeing them through.

Check them out at microsoft.com


The Times

by raster on April 27, 2009

So when will people be at PhotoCamp? Well, when you registered, we asked you… and here’s the results so far…

9AM – 12PM 105
12PM – 3PM 135
3PM – 6PM 100
6PM – 9PM 52

12PM – 3PM seems to be when most people will be in attendance, this is good, as we’ll have time for some quality networking, as well as sessions and shoots.

Although if you don’t plan on being there at 10AM I’d urge you to think about it, and make it if you can… The opening is really a crucial part of the whole event, and where you’ll get to find out who does what and see the sparks that will ignite the fire of connectivity.

Well that sounds weird… but trust me, you should try to be there at 10AM if you can… :)

(Note: We’ll update this post as more people register…)