Digital Dimensions & Beyond


Monthly Meetings

Monthly meetings are the 3rd Thursday of every month. We meet at the Asbury United Methodist Church in Prairie Village, KS unless otherwise stated.


Asbury United Methodist Church

5400 W 75th St

Prairie Village, KS 66208

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You may arrive as early as 6 pm for social time and chatting with other members. The speakers or main program begins at 6:30 pm and runs until approximately 8:30 pm. There will be a few minutes after the meeting ends to finish catching up or ask questions, but we must be out of the meeting room by 9 pm. Bring along images to share with everyone as well as old copies of your favorite photography magazines to pass along to others.


A usual meeting runs about two hours in length. The first hour consists of a guest speaker with the second hour containing announcements and a member slideshow.


We also have a Swap and Shop table in the meeting sign up area.  If you've got some photo equipment or books that are looking for a new home, bring it to the meeting.


Upcoming Meetings

All Meeting topics are tentative and subject to change.  Please be sure to check this web site for the most current information.

July 20, 2020 7:00


** This will be another on-line meeting. See the club newsletter for details about how to join. **


Frozen Moments – The Exciting World of High-speed Flash Photography

With the advent of digital photography, it has become increasingly difficult to show people something new and different. High-speed flash allows photographers to stand out from the crowd. Photographing subjects and situations such as Hummingbirds in flight, frogs frozen mid-leap, a honeybee hovering above a flower, we are able to see and show others moments in nature that we otherwise miss. Participants will learn how to use off the shelf electronic flash for true high-speed photography for these subjects and so much more. Attendees will also learn how to add a high-speed trigger system and even an electro-magnetic shutter to create a whole new world of exciting imagery!

Past Meetings

May 6, 2020 2:00pm-3:30pm


Because of physical distancing restrictions currently in place, our April meeting will be a "virtual meeting". We've arranged on on-line seminar with Matt Kloskowski who will do a presentation on Lightroom & Photoshop.

You should have received an email with information about signing up for the live webcast. Please email us at if you didn't receive the email.

March 19, 2020



Due to concerns about the coronavirus situation we have decided to cancel this month's meeting. Please check this website for future updates.

February 20, 2020


Mary Wessel presentation on Abstract Photography


Mary Wessel received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has taught photography at the Kansas City Art Institute, the UMKC and the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. She is currently an Adjunct Professor of Photography at Johnson County Community College.


Interested in process as well as image, her work explores photography as a tool for visual invention and transformation. By connecting photography to painting and drawing, Ms. Wessel’s work raises questions about the nature of the medium.


Ms. Wessel’s work has been widely exhibited. Her large-scale color photograms from the series Worldscapes were featured in a solo exhibition at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. That work was also reviewed in Art in America. Her work can be found in several public collections including American Century Funds, Sprint, the NelsonAtkins Museum of Art and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.

January 16, 2020


Member Field Trip Images

Show us your work. Choose from your favorite photos taken during outings with the Digital Dimensions and Beyond photo club.

Come willing to talk a little about your images if you like.



No Meeting

Lenexa Show on Dec 13th and Crown Center Christmas Shoot on December 1st.

November 21, 2019


Mike Jensen - Exploring Africa

Mike Jensen is a master level professional photographer who has been taking photos almost all of his life, starting at age 8 with his mother’s Brownie camera. Since then, Mike has amassed an amazing collection of award-winning landscape & wildlife images as well as provided a truly broad range of photography services.

Mike has written numerous articles for magazines, newspapers, blogs & websites. Most recently, in October of 2019 Mike was named as one of the Seven Best Fine Art Photographers in Kansas City by Peerspace.

Along the way many people have taken the time to mentor and teach Mike, so he endeavors to give back by sharing his skills through teaching. Since 2009 Mike has taught Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom at the collegiate level as well as by community lectures, presentations, workshops and classes. Mike teaches a free year-long mentorship series called The Portfolio Project. It is designed to create a more purposeful photographer. Mike and his wife Cindy have recently relocated to Southwest Florida but continue to maintain a presence in Kansas City.

In 2020 Mike and Cindy will return to Tanzania with a Safari tour & workshop. There are several slots still open.


Monthly Tip

Mike Farley-Crane Photography in Nebraska

Diane Jarvi-Matting and Framing

October 17, 2019


Sito Colon from Overland Photo Supply

Common questions&answers from working in a camera store

Sito is a talented local photographer who also works and teaches classes at Overland Photo Supply. You may also know Sito from his former job helping customers & teaching at Crick Camera.

September 19, 2019


Anne Smith - Train Photography


Fellow DD&B club member Anne Smith will give a fun as well as educational presentation on railroad photography that she hopes will also surprise many. She will show many railroad photos, not only from around our area, but trips that she & her son have taken for the specific purpose of photographing a certain aspect of the railroad, such as signals, crossings, trains in the landscape, etc.


She also will discuss the various laws and safety concerns associated with photographing trains. This is of extreme importance because of the increasing instances of injuries and deaths each year associated with uninformed citizens and photographers alike using active railroad tracks as a background for photography.


Monthly Tip

Larry Thomas w/ a presentation on framing & matting

August 15th, 2019


Dave Allen -Underwater Photography


Though DD&B club members Dave & Lisa Allen’s photographic pursuits have since broadened considerably, capturing images of marine life in the underwater realm was their initial inspiration for photography.


Dave started diving in 1975 and began taking pictures underwater in 1981. In 1997 he became a certified SCUBA instructor and then specialized in teaching underwater photography back in the era of film cameras.


Lisa started diving in 1993 and began pursuing underwater photography in 1997. Together they have traveled to many locations around the world in pursuit of exotic marine life and underwater photography.


Dave and Lisa’s program will inform of a few fundamentals that are unique to using a camera underwater, and will then shift the focus to some of the exotic marine life they have encountered in their underwater photographic pursuits.


Monthly Tip

John Caulfield with wisdom from Tim at Electric Services on Wet Sensor Cleaning, etc.

July 18th, 2019


Craig McCord

Post Processing Milky Way and Night Photography Images


Over the years Craig has worked with 35mm, 645 and 6x7 medium format, as well as 4x5 large format cameras, honing skills and developing his photographic style along the way. Now, with the tremendous advances in technology and the digital dark room, he works exclusively with digital SLR capture.


Craig enjoys great personal satisfaction from photographic pursuits and is always looking to grow both technically and artistically. However, what he finds equally rewarding is teaching others the rt and craft of photography. Based in the Midwest, he conducts landscape photography workshops in south central Missouri and the Flint Hills of Kansas .

June 20th, 2019



Loose Park - Shooting and Dinner

May 16th, 2019


Reed Hoffman - Image Discussion & Critique


Reed Hoffmann has been kind enough to select some member images (from submissions directly for critique & from anonymized slideshow submissions from the last 4 months) to discuss positive traits, things that stand out to him & some areas that could be improved on. He’ll also provide some simple techniques, in both shooting & editing, that we can use to improve our images.


Reed has won many national awards for his photography and been named a Nikon “Legend Behind the Lens”, a Microsoft Icon of Imaging and Lexar Pro Elite photographer.


You can see his work and galleries of past workshops he¹s taught (many for Popular Photography¹s Mentor Series) at

April 25th, 2019


H&H Color Lab (in Raytown)

March 21, 2019


Melissa McGee - Pet Portrait Photography


Melissa is an accomplished local Portrait, Pet & Senior photographer. You can see more of her pet photography work here.


Monthly Tip

John Caulfield will talk about his recent PPA Print competition experience

February 21st, 2019


Curtis Olinger & Bruce Hogle-Old Car City & Gibbs Garden

January 17th, 2019


Aaron Smith-Solargraphic Timelapse Photography


Aaron Smith is an accomplished contemporary artist and returning Kansas City native. His kinetic photographs (frequently classified as 'light art'), and still photographs have been exhibited in museums and select exhibition spaces throughout the United States, and have been featured in multiple publications. Aaron earned his MFA from Maine College of Art and is currently a professor of visual art and photography at Johnson County Community College and a Board Member at the Arts Asylum.


Monthly Tip

Carole Kropscot on framing and matting

December 7, 2018


Lenexa Show Reception

November 15, 2018


Club Member Presentations

October 18, 2018


Sean Cates - DSLR/Mirrorless Video


Sean Cates has been involved in video, music, and voiceover work for the past 19+ years. He has done it both professionally and personally. He enjoys using his skills to help the less fortunate and has worked both in serving the poor and disenfranchised n Mexico and the homeless in Kansas City.

September 20, 2018


Mike Jensen - Becoming a Better Photographer: Going from Image Taker to Image Maker


Join Master Photographer and workshop teacher/mentor Mike Jensen for an evening of frank discussion about how you approach your photography. Mike is a long time educator of Photography, Lightroom & Photoshop (and a decade-long Adobe/On One Beta tester) and will offer his years of insight and best practices to help you “UP YOUR GAME” and take yourself and your images to the next level.

August 16, 2018

Club Meeting in Loose Park!


At the Picnic Shelter-Here's a map of the park and here is a Google Map.

The club will provide freshly grilled hot dogs, buns, condiments, plates, and utensils. Each person brings their own drinks and a side dish to share.

In addition to your own choice of photos taken at the park, there will be club members helping with portraits and birds.

Bring your camera equipment, side dish, and your drink. Insect repellant is optional.



July 19, 2018

Tips and Tricks Night


We are asking members to come prepared to share their favorite tip or trick.

- 5 minute maximum

- No powerpoint presentation required-just talk!


Monthly Tip

Rent Glass will give a short presentation

June 21, 2018

Jim Mathis


"Why Photography" (& possibly some photo restoration)

We will have a discussion on why people love photography, the types of photographers, and what motivates people to put a camera to their eye and make pictures.


Raffle for Spot at the KC Fountains Night Shoot/Workshop from club member Mike Jensen!


May 17, 2018


What's in the your bag?


Michelle: Cell Phone

Mary Ann: Landscape

Joe: Wedding / Portrait

Bill: Birds / Animal

David: Underwater

Mike: Travel


April 19, 2018

Glenn Abelson


Creative Photography


Monthly Tip

Mary Ann Teschan: In-Camera Double Exposures

March 15, 2018

Bill Blackledge


Bird Photography & "How he got the shot!"


Bill Blackledge has traveled the World pursuing his passion of exploring and photographing remote and wild places both above and below the oceans. From the remote jungles and coral atolls of Borneo and Papua New Guinea to the Amazon and the Galapagos Islands of South America, he has lived a life that most photographers can only dream. Throughout his travels he is most proud of his images that have helped promote Eco friendly tourism as an alternative means to support local economies where subsistence living has often resulted in habitat destruction that threatens rare and endangered endemic species.

As a former professional sports photographer he also spent years as a side-lines photographer in the National Football League and also shot the US Women's National Soccer Team.

Recent awards include 1st Place in the Missouri River Bird Observatory annual fund-raising for conservation photography competition and multiple honors in the 2017 Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge photography competition including Alternate Best of Show, First Place for Landscapes, and Second Place for People In Nature.

A Missouri resident, he is a state Master Naturalist, a member of the Burroughs Audubon Chapter, and a board member of the Northland Photography Club.


February 15, 2018

Editing Challenge


Committee will send out three images, Nature, People and Other. Club members will submit their corrected images to be shown at the meeting.

January 18, 2018

KC Star Sports Photographer John Sleezer


We’re very excited to have long time local resident and Kansas City Star Sports photographer, John Sleezer with us to discuss his photography.


December 1, 2017

Lenexa Exhibit


Club Photo exhibit at the new Lenexa City Hall building (details were sent by email to members)


** There will be no regular meeting at the church for December. **

November 16, 2017

Craig McCord (Website)


Craig will discuss equipment and techniques for long exposure photography.


Over the years Craig has worked with 35mm, 645 and 6x7 medium format, as well as 4x5 large format cameras, honing skills and developing his photographic style along the way. Now, with the tremendous advances in technology and the digital dark room, he work exclusively with digital SLR capture. Craig enjoys great personal satisfaction from photographic pursuits and is always looking to grow both technically and artistically. However, what he finds equally rewarding is teaching others the art and craft of photography. Based in the Midwest, he conducts landscape photography workshops in south central Missouri and the Flint Hills of Kansas .

**SATURDAY** October 21, 2017

Weston, MO

Please note we will not be having our regular meeting on Thursday and will be having a field trip to Weston, MO instead. Details to follow.

September 21, 2017

Mike Jensen

Lightroom Presentation

August 17, 2017

Blake Rudis

Blake Rudis is a self-published author and the host of f64 Academy (formerly While his focus has been strong in HDR photography for the past five years or so, he is most passionate about postprocessing images in Photoshop and mentoring others.

Blake takes great pride in his Fine Art background. From Acrylic and Oil Painting to Printmaking and Sculpture he has had his hands in just about every art form. This has been paramount in shaping his ideologies on Photography and Post Processing.

For Blake, it is not about the act of photography, but the artistic process as a whole.


Monthly Tip

Rusty Parkhurst-Shooting an eclipse

July 20, 2017 7pm-After dark

Shawnee Mission Park Shoot

Shelter 12 (Map)


Arrive at 7pm, dinner at 7:30pm, Night sky photography presentation by Mike Jensen followed by sunset and night sky photography.


Download Mike's notes on Night Photography here: Basics of Night Photographs


June 15, 2017

Patrick Nabors


Local photographer Patrick Nabors has been involved in breeding tropical frogs and lizards for many years, and has supplied dozens of zoos and institutions, as well as the general public, with these creatures. Several years ago he began exploring using a digital camera to capture images of these creatures, which led to photography becoming a serious hobby. About five years ago he began working with a couple of professional photographers, putting on macro photography workshops in which the photographers bring their clients to photograph a variety of tree frogs, dart frogs, lizards and snakes, posed in various pleasing presentations. Recently, Patrick has begun offering workshops for individuals or small groups. More information and samples of the sorts of shots possible can be found at his website, RainForest Jewels


Monthly Tip

Bill Mitchell-Olympus Camera

May 18, 2017

Bruce Matthews


Kansas City photographer, author and historian


Born and bred in his beloved Kansas City, Bruce Mathews is a professional photographer and author. He was chosen as a 2011 recipient of the prestigious Kansas City Spirit Award, given annually to individuals whose lives demonstrate the indomitable “esprit de corps” for which our city is known. He has published four books in collaboration with Kansas City Star Books.


Monthly Tip

Joe Sands-Flash Triggering

April 20, 2017

Michelle Schwartz


iPhone Photography

March 16, 2017

Reed Hoffman


Painting with Light

February 16, 2017

Mike McMullen


Black & White Photography


Monthly Tip

Jim Rendina-Using LED lights for macro photography

January 19, 2017

Club Member Photo Contest


Club members are invited to submit up to three images for judging by the meeting attendees. Prizes will be awarded based on voting.

We will also have our annual Swap&Shop prior to the meeting if you've got any equipment you'd like to sell or trade.


Sunday, December 11, 2016

Annual Club Christmas Shoot


Trollies at the Nelson/Country Club Plaza - 4 locations.


November 17, 2016

Chris Vleisides-Royals Sports Photographer



October 20, 2016

Bill Coulter-Wildlife Photography



September 15, 2016

Blake Rudis HDR Photo Critique


Send HDR images to the regular slideshow email, put "Blake Rudis" in the title. Blake will select images to critique.


August 18th

Reed Hoffman - Flash Photography


July 21st 7:15pm

Field Trip Meeting-Liberty Memorial


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Meeting & Field Trip at Unity Village in Lee's Summit.


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Map of Meeting Location

Map of Unity Village


May 19th, 2016

Club Member Tips & Tricks


Exclusive evening of photo tips! We are asking members to come prepared to share their favorite photography tip or trick.

- 5 minute maximum

- No powerpoint presentation required - just talk!


Be focused (no pun intended) and tell us some sort of secret sauce. This will be a great opportunity for members to participate and learn from each other!


Monthly Tip

You're it baby.

April 21, 2016

Mark Bracewell


“What a grip does and everything else you want to know about the film industry that doesn’t happen in front of the camera!”


Mark has an extensive background behind the scenes as a grip & gaffer for several feature film productions that were shot locally as well as commercials and other film work.


Monthly Tip

Mike Farley - Back Button Focus

March 17, 2016

Craig McCord-Prairie Fire Photography


Over the years Craig has worked with 35mm, 645 and 6x7 medium format, as well as 4x5 large format cameras, honing skills and developing his photographic style along the way. Now, with the tremendous advances in technology and the digital dark room, he work exclusively with digital SLR capture. Craig enjoys great personal satisfaction from photographic pursuits and is always looking to grow both technically and artistically. However, what he finds equally rewarding is teaching others the art and craft of photography. Based in the Midwest, he conducts landscape photography workshops in south central Missouri and the Flint Hills of Kansas.


Monthly Tip

John Caulfield-What is the deal with apple boxes and why are there no apples?

February 18, 2016

April Watson-Nelson Art Museum Curator


Monthly Tip

Jim Rendina-Snow. +1 or -1?

January 21, 2016

Larry Thomas - Keys to Good Composition


Larry is a local artist as well as head of the photography department at Johnson County Community College & has juried many competitions. He will present on the many topics related to composition in taking better and more visually pleasing photographs. Knowing and understanding the traditional “rules” is vital - even if it’s only so you know the right time to break them.


Swap and Shop

We will set up 3-4 tables inside the meeting room and one table for “Free Stuff” in entryway registration area. So start digging through your camera treasures including studio equipment, training videos, cameras, lenses etc. Bring almost anything related to photography – don’t bring your old CB radios! Also don’t forget stuff for the “free tables” magazines, Nikon cameras etc.


December 2015

Holiday/Christmas Shoot

InterContinental Hotel on the Plaza


November 19, 2015

The return of wildlife photographer Nappadol Paothong


Noppadol Paothong is a staff photographer at the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). Before he joined the MDC, he had worked as a photo journalist at daily newspapers - the Joplin Globe (Joplin, Missouri) and Springfield News-Leader (Springfield, Missouri). His main role is to contribute to the MDC’s monthly magazine, Missouri Conservationist, and many other MDC’s publications. With a monthly circulation of over 500,000, the Missouri Conservationist is known as one of the largest state conservation magazines.

Noppadol's web site can be found here.


October 15, 2015

Planning and executing a successful photography trip

Presented by Reed Hoffman


Reed Hoffman’s photography career has spanned more than 30 years, beginning with jobs at newspapers in the Midwest, South and East. Now in Kansas City, he divides his time between shooting and teaching. His corporate clients have included USA Today, The New York Times, The Associated Press, NBC, Children’s Mercy Hospital, EPA, Reuters, Nikon, Lexar, Lowepro, Eco-Challenge and Mark Burnett Productions.


Monthly Tip

Dennis Chapman-Mirrorless Cameras

September 17, 2015

Home Grown Meeting!


John and Dennis-Discussing metering & camera modes

Mike Farley-Mechanics of shooting motorsports

Clay Miller-Shoot Like a Pro summary


August 20, 2015

Sports Photography

Presented by Matthew Hicks


Matthew Hicks began his career as a small town newspaper photographer. Covering news and local NCAA Division II college athletics Matthew quickly noticed the lack of coverage small college athletics was getting.

After a move to the Kansas City area in 2001 to work at the Olathe Daily News, Matthew began covering numerous athletics events in the KC area exclusively for small market schools.

In 2006 Matthew left the full-time employed world to work exclusively as a contract athletics photographer.

Today Matthew is Kansas City's leading small market athletics photographer. His clients include: The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), Ottawa University, The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA), The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), and the Kansas City T-Bones to name a few!


Monthly Tip

Mike Farley-How to Pack for a Trip