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 We’ll create a gallery and send you a link. If you post your images on social media, please use our hashtag: #blufftopsandvisions.

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