Image by member Richard Spener

Missouri Nature & Environmental Photographers

Next Meeting:

Tuesday, August 15, 2017; 6:30 - 8:30 pm


Jeff Hirsch


How to Talk About Photos


Powder Valley Nature Center

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What's In Your Backyard? or Photographer's Choice

Jeff Hirsch will present at the August meeting on How to Talk About Photos. A picture really is worth a thousand words! Every photograph that is taken involves a series of technical and aesthetic choices that each photographer must make. One of the best ways to advance our skills as photographers is to learn a visual vocabulary that can be used to discuss, in plain English, the various choices that go into making a photograph. These choices include technical aspects of photography like aperture, shutter speed, ISO, lens choice, use of filters, and more. But they also include aesthetic choices like composition, tone and contrast, color, framing, perspective, point of view, balance, emotion, and mood, among other things. This presentation is designed to teach participants the basics of visual literacy and give them a vocabulary to describe photographs, leading to better-crafted and more articulate images. This is one way we can take our work from good to great.


Jeff Hirsch is a photographer and photo-educator with over 25 years of experience in the field of digital imaging and graphic design. An Adobe Certified Expert in Lightroom and Photoshop, he teaches photography and photo workflow to individuals and groups. Jeff is a frequent presenter at local and regional camera clubs where he speaks on a wide variety of photographic subjects including street and travel photography, B&W conversions, HDR shooting and processing, color management, digital photo workflow, and more. Visit Jeff’s website at for more information and his gallery at


Red-bellied Woodpecker by member Butch Lama

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