October 15, 2018 meeting notes

Eight members of the Dubuque Camera Club attended the regular club meeting on Monday, October 15, 2018.

Tech tips. We discussed a variety of techniques for managing images using Adobe Lightroom, such as keywording, how to import and export, where the files go, useful Youtube videos, how to edit Lightroom images in Photoshop, and more. We plan to share more Tips and Tricks suggestions during upcoming club meetings, starting with the next meeting on November 5th.

Seeing Red, the club’s exhibit at the Dubuque Museum of Art, has been extended until December 2, 2018. Museum staff have shared that they’ve received a lot of positive feedback from visitors. If you are a participating photographer, you can pick up your Seeing Red photo(s) after the exhibit ends during the club’s Holiday Party. If you haven’t seen the exhibit yet, it is located on the main floor. Visit the DuMA website for hours and details about current exhibits.

Bird Photography. The terrific presentation on bird photography that was given at Blufftops & Visions by club members Ron Tigges, Ken Kiss, and Kevin McTeague will happen again in January. They will be presenting on Thursday, January 10, 2019 during a meeting of the Dubuque Audubon Society. The program starts at 6:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Presentations at upcoming club meetings. With so many talented club members,  as well as other skilled photographers in the area, we have decided to host more photography presentations at regular club meetings.

On Monday, November 19, Andreas Exner will discuss Storytelling in Wildlife Photography. He will present a slideshow of his original photos and give tips for how you can be successful with wildlife photography. The meeting will be open to all tri-state photography enthusiasts.

Andreas Exner will give a presentation on Storytelling in Wildlife Photography at the Dubuque Camera Club meeting on Monday, November 19, 2018.

Blufftops & Visions photos are online. We are very happy that the convention last month was a success. Whew! Many people have contributed photographs of the weekend’s events. You can view Blufftops & Visions photo galleries here.

Other photography events.  Inspire Cafe, located in Dubuque’s Historic Millwork District, will be hosting acclaimed photographer Mark Hirsch on Thursday, November 8th at 7:00 p.m. Visit the cafe’s Facebook page for details.

The Camera Company in Madison offers DSLR classes and hosts monthly photography events. See the education section of their website for upcoming events. Sign up for their email newsletter to stay informed.

Adobe Stock is making a push for photographer contributions to its stock website. If you contribute at least 300 photos (they must be approved by Adobe), you can earn a free Creative Cloud subscription. More details here.


  • Silos and Smokestacks, 2018 Capture the Heart of America. This annual contest is perfect for your rural photos of agricultural scenes that include farm machinery, cropland, livestock, or farm kids. Deadline: October 31, 2018. More details here.
  • Keep Iowa Beautiful. Past winners portray Iowa landscapes (both urban and rural). Deadline: December 14, 2018. More details here.
Holiday Party. The Dubuque Camera Club will hold its annual Holiday Party on Monday, December 3, 2018 @ 6:00 p.m. It will be a potluck and is open to club members and their family members or loved ones only. We will plan the details during next month’s meetings. Club members, you will be asked to bring a dish, so be sure to watch for an upcoming email with more details about the Holiday Party. 


♦ Monday, November 5, 2018. Regular club meeting. N4C submissions due.
♦ Monday, November 19, 2018. Photography Presentation by Andreas Exner on Storytelling in Wildlife Photography. Free and open to the public.
♦ Monday, December 3, 2018. Holiday party and potluck for club members and their family/loved ones. No other meeting in December.

♥ Monday, January 7, 2019. Regular club meeting. N4C submissions due.
♫ Saturday, January 19, 2019. Dubuque Bald Eagle Watch. Our club will participate with an informational table in the vendor area.
♥ Monday, January 21, 2019. Club meeting. Flash photography workshop. If you would like to participate, bring your gear.

♦ Monday, February 4, 2019. Regular club meeting. N4C submissions due.
♦ Monday, February 18, 2019. Our club will judge the Digital Black and White category of the N4C competition.

♥ Monday, March 4, 2019. Regular club meeting. N4C submissions due.
♥ Monday, March 18, 2019. Photography presentation or workshop to be announced.

Dubuque Camera Club meeting on October 15, 2018.

Sept. 17, 2018 meeting notes

The Dubuque Camera Club meeting on September 17, 2018 was attended by nine people.  Our club judged the Digital Pictorial category in the N4C competition. 92 photos were judged.

Volunteering as judges were Jennifer Tigges, Ken Kiss, and John Leicht.

You can view the winners of the pictorial category in the September 2018 competition on the N4C website.

Upcoming events:

  • Seeing Red reception at the Dubuque Museum of Art on Friday, Sept. 21, starting at 5:00 p.m.
  • Fall Into Art. Friday evening, October 5, 2018.
  • Club meeting on Monday, October 1, 2018 @ 6:30 p.m. N4C submissions are due.
  • Club meeting on Monday, October 15, 2018 @ 6:30 p.m.




Thanks to everyone who helped out!

A big thank you to everyone who made the 2018 Blufftops & Visions N4C Photography Convention a success! It took a lot of time, energy, and effort, but we did it!  Thanks to everyone: club members, volunteers, convention participants, hotel staff, models, and vendors. An especially big thank you to all of our wonderful presenters.

In the weeks leading up to the event, several club members worked hard behind the scenes. Over 100 people from a variety of N4C clubs registered for the convention. When the big weekend arrived, volunteers were on hand to ensure that our visitors enjoyed themselves. 

A crowd of over 65 people attended the photoshoot at the Historic Shot Tower on kickoff evening.  The Millwork and Models event on Friday morning was extremely popular too, and resulted in terrific photos!  The models AND the photographers enjoyed themselves!

Friday afternoon’s off-site field trips were informative, and so were the seminars at convention headquarters. Stephanie Johnson did a nice job of educating us on the use of Intentional Camera Movement to create artistic abstracts. [You can download her presentation here.] Armando Flores from Tamron shared his knowledge about macro photography. Several club members also shared their photography skills.

On Friday evening, the banquet room was full. Club member and soloist Chris Ross got us in the mood. People were friendly, the food was delicious, and we got to watch slideshows of all the N4C competition winners. What a treat to put faces on the competition photos that we see every month! The evening closed with a keynote presentation by Brandon Erdman.

On Saturday morning, convention attendees had more to enjoy! The vendor room was open, and the N4C print room held a lot of visual eye candy. Outdoor choices included a walkabout at the farmers’ market and a mural tour, led by club member Lori Burrows.

The seminar on post-processing technique from international keynote presenter Iván Ferrero was very well attended. We are grateful for Dubuque Camera Club member Jose Garcia for bringing Iván and his traveling companion Alberto to Dubuque.

In the afternoon, nearly 80 people opted for the river cruise on the American Lady, and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect. The N4C awards presentation and banquet on Saturday evening made it a full weekend.

Friday evening banquet at Blufftops & Visions

Remember, if you have photos to share that you took during Blufftops & Visions, you can send them by email to dubuquecameraclub@gmail.com. We’ll create a gallery and send you a link. If you post your images on social media, please use our hashtag: #blufftopsandvisions.

Click on this link to visit the Blufftops & Visions page on Facebook. Here is a link to the Dubuque Camera Club on Instagram.

Attention: Club members!

The N4C 2018/2019 season is starting up again! Our first regular club meeting of the season will be held on TUESDAY Sept. 4th at 6:30 p.m. at E.B. Lyons Interpretive Center in the Mines of Spain. We usually meet on Mondays. This meeting is on a Tuesday because of Labor Day. See you there!

IMPORTANT: We are anticipating a successful Blufftops and Visions convention!  Dubuque Camera Club members who are volunteering for the convention must attend a mandatory volunteer meeting on Saturday, Sept. 8th from 10 a.m. to noon. Please attend if at all possible. Details will go out by email.


July 25, 2018 News Release

July 25, 2018


Visit Dubuque this fall for the
Blufftops & Visions N4C Photography Convention!

DUBUQUE — Are you a skilled photographer? Would you enjoy meeting other photographers, attending photography presentations and seminars, or participating in creative photo shoots?

This fall, the Dubuque Camera Club will host the Blufftops & Visions N4C photography convention in Dubuque, Iowa, on September 13-14-15, 2018. 

Dubuque, the oldest city in Iowa, is located on the Mississippi River. Many photo opportunities are located in downtown Dubuque, within walking distance of convention headquarters at the Holiday Inn of Dubuque/Galena, 450 Main Street, Dubuque, IA, 52001.

Blufftops & Visions will kick off Thursday, September 13 on the Mississippi River Walk with a special evening photo shoot at the Historic Shot TowerOn Friday and Saturday, delicious banquets will end full days of workshops, presentations, and photo shoots.

Brandon Erdman, a talented landscape photographer and National Geographic award winner, will be guest speaker at the banquet on Friday.  Saturday’s keynote presentation will be given by Iván Ferrero, a cityscape and landscape photographer from Madrid, Spain.

Bring your camera along when you attend Blufftops & Visions, because Dubuque offers plenty of possibilities for photographers. The brick and limestone within the Historic Millwork District is great for portrait backdrops. The view from Eagle Point Park is panoramic. Landscape and nature photographers will find subjects. See barges and riverboats, as well as pelicans and eagles.

The Dubuque Camera Club, a volunteer group, has been around since 1899. The N4C is a non-profit organization that is made up of 40 regional camera clubs. Both N4C members and photography enthusiasts from the general public are invited to attend this weekend convention. Advance registration is required. Early bird deadline is August 10, 2018.

For more information about the Blufftops & Visions N4C photography convention, visit the Dubuque Camera Club website. You can also follow Blufftops & Visions on Facebook.


If you have questions or need more information, contact us.