Presentations to Camera Clubs

Greetings! I appreciate your consideration for presentation to your camera club / photography society / photography guild, photography Meetup Group,  or other organization where we work together to improve our photography, artistry, and creativity. My goal with my presentations / image reviews or workshops is to assist artists to Develop their skills, Explore their capabilities, and to Create meaningful work.

There are 4 ways that I work with camera clubs / photography societies or Meetup Groups. It is a matter of picking what works best for your group, your schedule and the interest of the members.  

1. Presentations

2. Image Critiques / Image Reviews

3. Club Contest / Exhibitions / Juried Shows

4. Custom Micro Workshops

You can reach me nic@stoverphoto.com or via phone at 805-550-0192 to discuss any specifics or if you have any questions.  

A personal hello

Camera Club Testimonial

"On behalf of myself, the Board of the Channel City Camera Club and the 30+ attendees on the call last night, a HUGE thank you for a very unique and inspiring presentation. There was so many concepts that you illustrated beautifully through your own photography and the ‘handouts’. We’ve never had anything quite like this and i could tell from the questions that you really got people thinking! I also think the photo critique was perfect. I liked the way you found something in each image to either demonstrate a concept or a tool in Lightroom. Very clever.  Again, many thanks for your time, your well organized presentation and your personal passion for the creative process!"


Deb Gibson Program Director Channel City Camera Club




Working with Camera Clubs

At the core of most of the work I do with various photography clubs is one major thing.  Presentations to their members.  It is through my eyes, my experiences, and that of my camera where we all have much to share and to learn.  I have a wide variety of topics that can be talked about.  Most of my presentations last between 30 minutes and 1 hour.  

My presentations are focused around 6 different areas within nature and landscape   photography different presentation options.  

1. Foundations of Composition & Image Design

2. Technique, Vision, and Processing of Landscape Scenes,  

3. Evaluating & Working with light in landscape photography.

4. Ed Abbey Country (A photographic tour of the Desert Southwest)

5. Adventures in California Nature Photography

6. The Psychology of Photography

7. The Power to Create (Added on 3-1-21)

Camera Club Testimonial

"You were a big hit with our club and we'd like to work on finding a date for another session with you. This would agin include both a session with you on a topic followed by a review of member images. That went over well before."

 -- Dave Horton Emerald Photographic Society



Foundations of Composition & Image Design

Composition of our images and how that expresses what we encounter in the field is an endless art within landscape photography.   Composition is very important and yet in my reviews and working with various clients I can see that it can be overlooked.

The most impactful and compelling images are the those that have the proper balance of Technique, Vision, and Processing. All of these skills need to be developed and continually refined through our own artistic and creative process.

For this session we will explore and discuss some of the following foundational concepts of composition and image design:

1. What are some of the challenges we experience in our images.

2. Look at what makes a compelling image.

3. Explore how we define composition.

4. Review some examples from my own work where my technique, vision, or processing was not aligned and thus the viewer was left confused.

5. Look at how the eye and brain moves through images and how it will leave if confused or unstimulated.

6. Discuss the 19 “rules” for landscape photography with image examples and ways to recognize them in the field.

These things we will review will help you to evaluate what images we might want to select for our portfolios, see some simple ways to correct minor distractions in post and give you greater confidence to express yourself in new ways.

What are the elements in our images?

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Foundations of Composition & Image Design

Camera Club Testimonial

"Nic’s presentation was full of solid information, that he presented in an easy to understand manner. He was very organized and our club members enjoyed our ZOOM meeting with him. We look forward to more of his presentations and recommend him highly."

John Wood / President Camera Guild of Sun City



Technique, Vision, and Processing of Landscape Scenes.  

There are 5 types of scenes that are most commonly encountered by nature and landscape photographers.  This presentation focuses on the techniques used to capture these images, what the vision was for the scene, and processing these images taking into account the variables that make each scene a little different than another.  

We will review best practices for these 5 distinct types of scenes.  

1. Exploring Arid Lands (Desert Photography)

2. Discovering the Wispy & Magical (Seascapes Photography)

3. Empowered by Grandeur (Grand Landscapes Photography)

4. The beauty of the small (Intimate Landscapes / Small Scenes photography)

5. Things that go Click in the Night (Night Photography)

For each of these different scenes we will review some best practices of in field capture, talk about processing methods, review special considerations for scene specific captures, review the challenges in fainter light and higher detail scenes, and so much more!

Technique, Vision, and Processing for Specific Scenes

Camera Club Testimonial

"Awesome program! I’m already getting responses from members wanting another presentation from you! And thanks for being so flexible on the large number from the other clubs. In the past, we’ve had maybe a half dozen attend one of our sponsored presentations - not 40! Lol! You really speak very well and your images are gorgeous. Lots of good info too."

Laura Star

Paumanok Camera Club


Evaluating & Working with Light in Photography

This presentation focuses on "Not too Heavy, Not too Light. Just right. Evaluating and working with light in Photography."

The word “photography” literally means “drawing with light” from the Greek words phos, (genitive: phōtós) meaning “light”, and graphê meaning “drawing or writing”.

There are so many ways to think about the different types of light within our photography and what we can do with what we get in the field but also when we get back in front of our computer to process our images we “harvested” in the field. In this presentation I talk about how the most important thing in photography is you and how you look through the light harvester (IE the camera) and the choices and decisions you make on how to collect the light that is falling in front of you onto your subjects of choice.

I doesn’t have mastery of light nor the power to control it but I will talk about what I CAN control is how I reacts to the light I am  is given, not the light I  want, but the light I am given.

I considers the science and study of light to be one of our most important pursuits in photography.

This presentation will increase your understanding of how to work with light. Some of the topics covered in this presentation include but are not limited to.

1. How to think about light.

2. How we view light vs how our camera (light harvester) views light.

3. How do we actually see light from the warms and cools to the brights and darks.

4. What is the true value of light in our images?

5. How do photographers describe and talk about light?

6. What are the 4 ways in which light interacts with our scenes?

7. How can you most effectively use light in your images.

8. Ways you can break out of your normal mode of working with light.

As part of this session you will get a follow up with a reference sheet of 15 ways to describe light, and a recording of the presentation. You wont want to miss it! 

Working with Light


Camera Club Testimonial

"Nic did an absolutely fabulous presentation for our club. Our members found his “Evaluating and Working with Light” to be both informative and stimulating. The high quality images which he offered as examples well supported the points which he emphasized in his presentation. And there’s yet one more aspect of his presentation that I should mention – his friendly, unassuming attitude. Though he’s far more skilled at landscape photography than I am, never once did I feel that he was “speaking down” at me. This certainly helped to make for a comfortable, enjoyable presentation."

Bill Birnbaum,

President Sisters Area Photography Club

Sisters, Oregon



Adventures in California Nature Photography

Join me as I lead attendees on a journey through California’s Central Coast and beyond, including some of our state’s most iconic national parks, coastal wonders, desert landscapes, and more.

Watch to see some of my favorite locales to photograph — many just a short drive away, along with a few tips to polish up your own photography skills the next time you’re exploring the outdoors. You’ll be sure to discover new places you’ll want to explore — and some secret gems!

Some of the places we will discover include:

       • Off the beaten path (literally) locations in the High Sierras. 

       • Exploration of the odd and obscure in places like the Ancient Bristlecone Pines or the Trona Pinnacles.

       • The beauty and rarity of the wildflowers along Shell Creek by Paso.

       •  The places you have driven by a hundred times like Mojave Dunes.

       • Locations you have seen from a distance but not up close like Channel Islands.

       • Central Coast special spots like Montana DeOro, Pirates Cove, and Oceano Dunes.

      • Less frequented National Parks like Lassen and Pinnacles.

      • And so much more!

Nic will also talk about how to plan your images using tools like PhotoPills and how he discovers these places along with 3 simple ways to immediately take better images. 

Explore some of these less seen places


Ed Abbey Country (Exploring the Desert Southwest)

Edward Paul Abbey was an American author and essayist noted for his advocacy of environmental issues and criticism of public land policies. He spent most of his life in the Desert Southwest of the US. An author by nature his descriptions of the beauty of the desert(s) have drawn thousands of people to experience the desert themselves.

I have traveled there camera in hand to some of the most iconic and lesser known places. Join us for a web presentation where I will take us to Ed Abbey country as we visit well known places and spaces like Zion and Bryce but also venture off the beaten path and into lesser known and seldom seen places like White Pocket, The Wave, and the farther reaches of Grand Escalante. The presentation includes well over 25 destinations along with tips and tricks to make your experience as memorable as possible! Join us!

Ed Abbey Country

Further Exploration of the Desert Southwest

Camera Club Testimonial

"Thank you so much for your presentation on night photography to CCPS last night!  You are a wealth of information.  Always a pleasure to have you as a presenter!  You are so very through, well prepared and professional. "

Ralph George

Central Coast Photography Society


Psychology of Photography

The psychology of photography goes beyond making pretty pictures and starts to examine the deeper questions beyond the creation of our images.

1. How are we drawn to patterns, shapes, lines, and what do they mean to our subconscious?

2. What is the relationship of these elements to our emotional response to scenes in the field?

3. What are the different schools of psychology and how the brain forms thoughts and how you can work with that.

4. What models of creativity can we look to follow and understand where we are in the creative process?

5. How does our formation of limited beliefs and our belief system dictate who we are as photographers?

6. Are there definable stages of our growth that we experience as photographers?

7. What are the types of biases and how do they influence our artistic and creative journey?

Psychology of Photography

How do we connect emotionally with our images?

Camera Club Testimonial

"Nic gave this unique and inspiring presentation to our Camera Club last week. Such a unique way to look at what inspires you to lift your camera for a certain image. He illustrated each concept/idea with his own beautiful images and the “psychology” behind it. At the end he did a member photo critique that was excellent. Again, showing how each image had a concept illustrated and then he used different tools in Lightroom to enhance or emphasize the work. The members loved it! Nic is very polished and prepared for this online platform and answered all questions fully. We will have him again for another of his many workshops!"

Deb Gibson

Channel City Camera Club


The Power to Create

“The Power to Create, giving ourselves the permission, we need to embrace the creative process” Together we work to understand the creative process, how we can access more within our process.

For this presentation we will explore

1. How creativity is not something that is limitless, how it is not a singular event, and that it repeatable and endless.

2. Ways to shift from thinking of yourself as (just) a photographer to that of an artist and/or creative storyteller.

3. Exploration of how we form limiting beliefs that disable our work and block us from being the creatives we want to be.

4. Discovering where you get inspiration and how you can more easily return to those states. 5. Defining how I see my own creative process and how you might view yours.

6. How we need to understand the technical aspects of our craft and then move away from it, ASAP.

7. Introducing the Whole Brain Photographer and our brain states and how we can be creating using both sides of our brain.

8. Making the time for ourselves and establishing the environment we need to create.

9. Understanding the creating is messy and getting comfortable in these states of unrest and how you can find your routines of repair.

10. How you can work consciously an unconsciously to cultivate the ideal mindset for your own creative path.

This presentation will help you to look at your work and your creative process in completely different ways than ever before. You will see how you need to give yourself permission to go deeper into your creative self to explore a wider range of what you and your work represent.

Camera Club Testimonial

"Excellent presentation … genuinely a rare merging to see your expertise, your desire to truly teach and your open hearted vulnerability in response to fielding questions to participants."

Lawrence M. 

SBC Camera Club



Club Contests / Exhibitions / Juried Shows

This can be one of the most rewarding things we do as we look to learn from our work through objective outside view. My philosophy on contests is it is less important to judge our work compared to others and more important to look at our work and what we are trying to get across. We are all on different pages of this creative journey and should be treated as such. Typically for larger contests where there are many entrants and a whittling down process to final selections I can do a limited number of image feedbacks to participants outside of the even with the camera club.

Here you will find a sample write-up from a recent contest and my impressions of the submissions along with what I selected and why.

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Image Critiques / Image Reviews

Some people love to have their work reviewed while others hate it and then there are those in between.  There is always something the group can teach or learn.  Images can be submitted and anonymously for any that are shy or new to the process.  

The critiques are typically after some type of a presentation or for images that are submitted along a certain theme (Light, seascapes, night, etc)  The reviews are designed to be instructional and constructive and focused around how the image could benefit from Technique, Vision, and/or Processing. My preference is to be hands on with the image in Lightroom so I can show how subtle changes could have dramatic impacts. These image reviews can be as short as 15 minutes showing a few key tools / concepts or can be an entire session going through more images or going into greater depths, more technical tools and thoughts.  

For a link to a sample image review you can find that here.  

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Micro Workshops

Micro workshops are also requested from time to time. In ideal situations we would do these face to face but some of the topics work just as well broken into two 3 hour sessions. In these sessions we go into detail on planning, settings, locations, technical details for the first session. The second session is all about processing.

I will review images submitted by participants and we will go through how to approach the processing of those images.

I am open to other topics of interest but as of today the three in the most demand are  Composition, Seascapes and Night Photography.  We will use various tools from Lightroom and Photoshop as part of these classes, review the use of Apps like PhotoPills to assist in planning and execution and so much more.  Contact me to discuss specifics.


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You can reach me nic@stoverphoto.com or via phone at 805-550-0192 to discuss any specifics or if you have any questions.  

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