Award Winning Photographer Michael Milicia to Speak on Bird Photography at CT Valley Camera Club Meeting, April 1.
AREAWIDE: The guest speaker at the Monday, April 1 meeting of the Connecticut Valley Camera Club (CVCC) will be renowned professional photographer Michael Milicia, who will give a talk titled, “Bird Photography: Insights and Inspiration.” The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Lymes’ Senior Center, 26 Town Woods Rd., Old Lyme, Conn. All are welcome. There is no admission charge.
About the presentation: Mike will present a selection of his bird images along with commentary intended to inform, entertain, and inspire. Using example photos, he will demonstrate several key elements that help to transform a bird photo from a simple documentation shot to an artful and compelling image with emotional impact.
The presentation will also include some tips on camera settings, camera operation, and field techniques that will boost your productivity and increase the artistic and technical quality of your images. You will leave with a greater insight into the multitude of components that must all come together to create a successful bird photograph.
About the speaker: My love of the outdoors is rooted in my time growing up in the rolling hills of rural Western Pennsylvania. After earning a Computer Science degree at Carnegie-Mellon University, I embarked on a 27 year career as a Software Engineer which included stints at IBM, Digital Equipment Corporation, and Hewlett-Packard, as well as graduate studies at Syracuse University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 2005, I left the software industry to pursue a second career as a Nature Photographer specializing in birds and wildlife.
I strive to create images that include an artistic element and have an aesthetic appeal that transcends their role as natural history documentation. I am motivated by a love of nature, a fascination with wildlife, and the never-ending challenge of finding that perfect combination of good light, cooperative subject, attractive setting, and beautiful background that allows me to create an artistically pleasing image.
My passion for photography is rivaled only by my passion for teaching photography. During my years as a Software Engineer, I was continually faced with the need to analyze complex subjects and break them down in a well organized, step by step manner that made them easier to understand and communicate. I find that this approach also works quite well when teaching the technical aspects of photography. I enjoy teaching at all levels, whether it is helping beginners get acquainted with the world of digital photography or helping more experienced photographers take their images to the next level.
About the Connecticut Valley Camera Club (CVCC): The CVCC is dedicated to offering its membership the opportunity to become better photographers. The group offers a variety of presentations and interactive workshops to help members expand their technical and creative skills. Photographers of all levels of experience are welcomed. The club draws members from up and down the river, from Middletown to Old Saybrook; from East Hampton to Old Lyme; and along the shoreline from Guilford to Mystic. For more information, visit the club’s website at https://ctvalleycameraclub.smugmug.com/ . CVCC meeting dates, speakers/topics, and other notices are also published on the club’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/CTValleyCameraClubPage .
Program Director, CVCC