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Presenters 2023-24


October 10  Tuesday via ZOOM and Live in Library

Mike Matthews

Mike began his passion for photography over forty years ago when his parents gave him his first Canon camera. Being an avid outdoorsman, Mike utilizes his outdoor skills to get close to wildlife and captures it with stunning photographs that brings his audience along as if they were there. Mike's hope is that you will enjoy his passion for photography, capturing nature in its truest form through inspirational images, giving God all the credit for the opportunity to fulfill his dream. His presentation will be Birds and Butterflies


October 24  Tuesday via ZOOM and Live in Library

Lisa Cuchara, PhD, OM SYSTEM Ambassador

is very passionate about photography and enjoys both being behind the lens and in the digital darkroom. She loves to photograph nature but finds many subjects equally intriguing. Lisa and her husband Tom are known for their expertise in Photography and in Photoshop, and for their inspirational and informative photography workshops. They also lead tours in the USA and abroad for Wildside Nature Tours. Lisa has created numerous award-winning photographic images and enjoys sharing her vision, passion, and her knowledge! Her photographs have appeared in Adirondack Life, Wild Bird, Birder’s World, in calendars, on the cover of a fictional paperback novel, in galleries and exhibitions, and been accepted into the PPA loan collection. Lisa & Tom have published two books with Amherst Media “Create Fine Art Photographs from Historic Places and Rusty Things” and “The Frog Whisperer”. They love to Teach, Mentor, Motivate, and Inspire and hope that their passion and creativity will inspire you to capture beautiful photons and manipulate pixels with impact. Check out Lisa and Tom and their photography classes, photo tours and workshops at

November 14 Tuesday via Zoom and Live in Elsie Quirk Library

Joe Edelman is an award-winning photographer, author, and photo educator.

His educational mission: "To help photographers to develop a solid understanding of the HOWS and WHYS behind creating great photographs."

Joe is honored to hold the title of Photographic Craftsman, a designation given to those who have met the standards of excellence set by the Professional Photographers of America in recognition of service to the photographic profession as an orator, author, and mentor.

He takes great pride in sharing his experience as the host of the weekly The LAST FRAME Live a 60-minute photography Livestream that appears on YouTube. His channel boasts 300 + videos viewed over 11.8 million times by more than 180,000 subscribers in 114 countries.

Joe has also earned a reputation as a lively and popular presenter at photography conferences and is frequently featured on major photography news websites and podcasts.

From his start as a newspaper photojournalist while still in high school to his work today photographing all types of people, his photographs have been published internationally in magazines like Maxim, Cosmopolitan, Get Fit, and Shape, to name but a few. He has been called upon to complete assignments for the New York Times and The Los Angeles Times and has serviced commercial advertising clients from all over the United States.

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His presentation is Practical Composition.

December 12  Tuesday via ZOOM and Live in Elsie Quirk Library

Padma Inguva

 Padma Inguva’s passion for photography goes beyond her incredible love for photographing flowers. It extends and encompasses the architectural world and all its wonders which include photographing places of worship, especially interiors.  As a photographer and a student of Civil Engineering , she has managed to incorporate the two disciplines into an art form. Her appreciation of Neoclassical Architecture has led her to capture some of the magnificent religious structures in USA.

Her journey into photography led her to Vertorama.

Photographing the interiors of these massive structures such as cathedrals, museums and churches  present photographic problems not readily solved by current and popular photographic techniques. After considerable trials and errors and mentoring from world class Klaus Hermann, Padma Inguva refined several techniques to showcase the interiors of churches,cathedrals and other places of worship by capturing the entirety of the altar and ceiling in one image that normally could not be captured in one frame.
By embracing the technique of Vertoramas Padma has been able to capture the beauty and magnificence of these incredible structures.

In simple terms, it’s a combination of the already known techniques of Panoramas and HDR photography. In even simpler terms, by stitching together vertical frames and incorporating HDR photography Padma has managed to present a realistic and complimentary view of an incredibly large structure in a single image.Padma will also discuss the workflow that she uses to process these images. The topics include HDR (High-Dynamic Range Imaging, Vertorama stitching as well as tone mapping).












January 9 Tuesday via  ZOOM and Live in Elsie Quirk Library


Tomas W. Mitchell was born in the amazing state of Utah, USA. At an early age he developed a love of the outdoors, towering mountains and vast forests. Tomas also began studying flora and fauna of the Rocky Mountains and has a deep respect for all life. He started his exploration of photography in 1984 when his father let him borrow a Kodak rangefinder 35mm camera. In 1986 he purchased his first SLR, an old Yashica FR. Tomas returned to California in 1987 and took his first job in the industry working at Carmel Camera Center in Carmel, California. He then moved into photofinishing where he began learning color, and black and white film developing and printing. All the while Tomas was honing his skill as a photographer.

In 1988 he began photographing in portrait studios and soon had his own business in the Monterey, California area working for modeling agencies along with shooting freelance, doing weddings, and portraits.

In 1997 Tomas stopped doing portrait and wedding photography to concentrate more on his passion for landscape, nature and wildlife. He often jokes that animals and landscapes don’t pay you to take their picture, but he has been able to grow his photography business into a successful venture and his art now decorates homes all over the USA, Canada and Europe.

Tomas has entered his photographs in many contests and competitions over the years. He has won awards in the Epson International Panoramic Awards, Chromatic International Color Photography Contest, Neutral Density Photography Awards, and the IPA Photography Awards.

Tomas has a passion for nature, wildlife and travel photography and loves finding the odd or interesting in everyday objects and life.


February 13  Tuesday via ZOOM and Live in Elsie Quirk Library

Charles Needle

Charles Needle is an award-winning, Colorado-based fine art photographer, author, speaker and workshop leader with a unique eye for design and artistic interpretation. His popular “Art of Nature” creative macro workshops have attracted students nationwide. In 2018 and 2021, Charles earned honorable mentions in the Macro and Visual FX categories of
the prestigious Annual International Mobile Photography Awards Contest. He was also a semi-finalist in the 2014 Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards photo contest. In 2011, Charles was selected as a finalist, among 15,000 entries worldwide, in the International Garden Photographer of the Year photography contest, sponsored by The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (London, England). This exhibition traveled throughout the UnitedKingdom. A popular conference and camera club speaker for more than two decades, Charles has authored three cutting-edge instructional books: Tiny Worlds: Creative Macro Photography Skills (Amherst Media, January 2015), Impressionistic Photography: A Field Guide to Using Your Camera as a Paintbrush (March 2014), and Creative Macro Photography: Professional Tips & Techniques
An accomplished speaker, photography juror and teacher with international workshops in Monet's Garden (Giverny, France for 20 years in a row, with exclusive private access), Keukenhof
Gardens (Holland) and The Butchart Gardens (Canada), Charles is a FujiFilm USA Talent Team member and North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) Showcase Award winner for 15 years.
Charles’ photographs have selected for publication in Nature’s Best, Outdoor Photographer magazine, Nature Photographer magazine, Inner Reflections Engagement Calendar, The Chicago
Tribune, SELF Magazine and are in private and public collections nationwide and abroad.
To learn more about Charles' work, including his workshop and private lesson offerings, visit

March 12th Tuesday via ZOOM and Live in Elsie Quirk Library

Claudia Daniels

Travel Photography Made Easy
Claudia will be presenting from Italy where she is running a photo tour, presenting for us her Travel Photography Made Easy presentation.     



April 9  Tuesday via ZOOM and Live in Elsie Quirk Library

Mike James

Mike James is one of Australia's most dynamic and sought-after speakers and trainers in the field of mobile photography. His passion comes from being on a mission to help you become more photography literate, as you learn and love photography on the incredibly capable camera in your phone. Mike is a prolific content creator and has published a book on photography composition with over 100 techniques and tools.

Topics include: 
- hidden features on your smartphone camera 

- smartphone photography capture techniques 

- photographic intention, storytelling, and composition 

- photo editing app options


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