December 31, 2011

This blog is temporarily dormant

I’m not sure what I want to do with this blog, so it is temporarily dormant. Visit my main photo blog at where I post about once a week on my photography approach and philosophy.

January 5, 2011

Next Ventura County Camera Club Meeting – Wed Jan 12 @ 7pm

The next meeting of the Ventura County Camera Club is Wednesday January 12th starting at 7pm at the Poinsettia Pavilion in Ventura.

The assigned topic is Wind or Air. All images will receive a critique from Donna Granata, Brooks Institute faculty and Founder/Executive Director of Focus on the Masters.

Guests are welcome to attend, only members may submit images for critique. Membership is $40/year.

December 28, 2010

Sherron Sheppard’s Digital “Art” [on-line] Workshop – Starts Jan 9, 2011

If you don’t know Sherron Sheppard’s work, then you are in for a treat the first time you visit her Photographic Fine Art Gallery. Sherron Sheppard  transitioned into photography 13 years ago after many years as a traditional artist. As an artist, Sherron taught watercolor techniques for fifteen years and was a seasonal instructor for eight years teaching watercolor painting at Yosemite National Park.

I experienced her work through the Ventura County Camera Club where she has often provided workshops and critique. Each image she creates is a combination of photography and digital painting. When nature doesn’t give her the lighting or composition that she is after, she creates it herself. This on-line course introduces her techniques and ideas.

Sherron Sheppard’s Digital “Art” Workshop
“Photoshop Fundamentals and Composition and Design”

(Formerly “Photoshop Basic and More”)

A 5 week On-Line Workshop,
January 9th, 2011 through February 12, 2011
Cost: $169

For more workshop information and registration, go to:

December 26, 2010

Announcement: Photoshop Basics I class – by Darrel Priebe

A note from Darrel Priebe about his Photoshop Basics I class being offered in Westlake Village, California. You can contact Darrel at

Due to popular demand, I have opened up another section of the Photoshop Basics I class. The morning class has sold out, so I am offering an afternoon class on the same days, January 8th and 22nd, from 1pm to 4pm. The class meets for 3 hours on each day.

If you are interested, please let me know right away. Given the short notice, I am extending the offer of the 10% class discount for those registering and sending payment before December 31st so the cost of the class will be $89 if registering before Dec 31, and $99 if registering after.

Looking forward to seeing you there! As always, please call or email if you have any questions.

Darrel Priebe

Photoshop Basics I – This is a small-group Photoshop class for beginners designed for photographers who want to create images with greater impact and wow! This class provides a total of 6 hours of small-group Photoshop instruction. We will meet for 2 weekly sessions. Each session is 3 hours in length. Classes are limited to 6 students to ensure that every student receives individual attention and guided practice. Printed handouts are provided covering all class techniques.

We will be covering the same topics in the afternoon as the morning class:
Photoshop Basics I Class Content:
  • How to purchase Photoshop for the lowest cost
  • Setting up your Photoshop desktop
  • Straightening tilted horizons
  • Red-eye reduction
  • Understanding and using the Histogram effectively
  • Using a Levels Adjustment Layer for a full dynamic range
  • Using a Curves Adjustment Layer for contrast
  • Using a Vibrance-Saturation Adjustment Layer for color enhancement
  • Cropping for a stronger composition
  • Adding a key-line stroke to frame your digital image
  • Resizing and saving for the web and print
  • Questions and Answers

December 25, 2010

2011 WIDE OPEN – Call for Photographers & Digital Artists

2011 WIDE OPEN Conejo Valley Photography and Ditigal Art Press Release

Last week I received information about the 3rd Annual 2011 Conejo Valley WIDE OPEN Juried Show for Photographers & Digital Artists to be held during the month of June at the Thousand Oaks Community Gallery in Newbury Park, CA. There are three categories: 1) PHOTOGRAPHY (Monochrome), 2) PHOTOGRAPHY (Color) and 3) PHOTOGRAPHY DERIVED/DIGITALLY CREATED ART . Artwork is entered digitally for jury review before prints are required. Entries fees vary based on submission date with submissions before February 28 receiving the lowest fees. For more information download the press release and application.


I participated in last years show where they awarded one ribbon for Best of Show, 1st Place, 2nd Place, and 3rd Place across all the categories plus several honorable mentions in each category. Roy Dunn won best of show, the Allen’s (Roy and Rachel) also placed. Many members of the Thousand Oaks Photo Group and Ventura County Camera Club won Honorable Mentions. I took an Honorable Mention for my Pink Flamingo image.

Pink Flamingo
Pink Flamingo by Nancy Lehrer
Honorable Mention 2010 Conejo Valley WIDE OPEN Show for Photography and Digital Art
Best of Division – Color 2009 Ventura County Fair
1st Place Thousand Oaks Photo Group – July 2009
2nd Place Ventura County Camera Club End of Year Judging – 2009

December 22, 2010

1/24 Photo Workshop: How to Crop for Strong Compositions by Darrel Priebe

On Jan 24, 2011, Darrel Priebe will be presenting a workshop, “How to Crop for Stronger Compositions”, which is available at no extra charge to all members in good standing of the Thousand Oaks Photo Group and the Ventura County Camera Club. You must RSVP to

Jan 24, 2011 – “How to Crop for Stronger Compositions” – Darrel Priebe will show us how our images can be improved by the artistic use of cropping to enhance the image’s composition. Each participant is asked to bring 3-5 uncropped images on a flash drive (jpg images up to 2048 pixels in size) for use in the demonstration. As each image is cropped, participants will be encouraged to engage in a dialogue on the relative strengths and weaknesses of each image’s composition. Hopefully, everyone will understand a lot more at the end of the evening about how powerful a tool cropping is for creating a stronger and more dramatic image. This workshop is designed for beginning to intermediate photographers who wish to understand composition and how cropping affects the impact and wow factor of an image.

The first 40 participants will receive a free, hand-held cropping device!

Workshop held at the T.O. Library, Monday, Jan 24th, 6:30 – 8:30pm. RSVP to

Darrel Priebe is a longtime member of both clubs and a frequent merit winner. Through the years, his photos have won numerous awards at the Ventura County Fair. Visit Darrel’s photography at Dazzling Photography. Darrel is also offering beginning and intermediate Photoshop classes. You can contact him through his website.

December 21, 2010

Next Thousand Oaks Photo Group – Jan 3, 2011 @ 6pm

The next meeting of the the Thousand Oaks Photo Group is Monday night Jan 3, 2011. We meet at the Thousand Oaks Library at 6pm. The assigned Print Competition topic is Silhouette or Shadow (and no, I haven’t created my entry yet). I will be presenting a short lecture on the compositional technique Lead Lines in order to prepare the club for February’s Digital Composition Challenge.

December 21, 2010

Welcome to iNancy Local

I’ve struggled with how to disseminate information on photographers and photography events local to Ventura County. I really appreciate trying to live an artistic life and the local photography community has been very generous to me, so I’d like to give back. I also just like to share what I learn with others interested in the field. I’ve thought about including them in my regular iNancy iMages Blog, but I like that as a pure display of images with some set of stories. This blog I want to me more like a hybrid newpaper and announcement. I’ll be posting information about workshops being given by local Ventura County photographers, things I am involved with, new books I’m reading, movies I’m watching, and general news about the local Ventura and Thounsand Oaks photo clubs.

Let’s see how this goes. If you have anything you’d like to me to post, just pop me an email at nancy [at]

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