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Essential Elements of Editing in Photojournalism by Randall Benton,

Staff Photographer, Sacramento Bee on July 27, 2015

July 8, 2015……Randall Benton, award winning staff photographer from the Sacramento Bee, will be the featured speaker at the Nevada County Camera Club meeting on Monday evening, July 27, 2015.  His topic will be the critical role of editing.  “As a photojournalist, I am telling a story visually.  An effective editing process is essential to telling that story well.  And it is a two part process: selecting the right photo that best represents the story and then using the editing tools within stringent press guidelines to maximize the photo’s impact,”stated Benton. 

Benton has been a photographer for over 40 years, a professional photographer for over 26 years, and a staff photographer with the Sacramento Bee newspaper for 18 years.  Recently he was named the “2014 Clip Photographer of the Year”, a competitive award for his body of work in many categories throughout the year and presented by the San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association.  He has received additional awards from the National Press Photographers Association;  Pictures of the Year International; and the prestigious World Press Photo.  

Benton has photographed a wide variety of subjects and diverse cross-section of life in Northern California.  “I have photographed the NBA, NFL, PGA, WBC; Stephen Hawking, Barack Obama, Elton John, and the Pope; surgeons, teachers, cops, and murderers.  I have shot from helicopters, inside tiger cages, in underwater caves and in burning buildings”, stated Benton on his website: www.randallbenton.com

He lives in El Dorado with his wife and together they have travelled the world.

During the second half of the meeting, Camera Club members will showcase their photos as judges critique their submissions to help improve their photography.   Categories for submitted photos include: Black and White; Color; Nature-Landscapes; Nature - Wildlife; Travel; Technical; Photojournalism; and the monthly feature, “Dry”.

Meeting:  July 27, from 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Membership: The public is welcome and there is no cost for first time guests.  Currently, the club has over 100 members and aims to help members refine their photographic skills.

Location: Unity in the Gold Country Spiritual Center, 180 Cambridge Court, Grass Valley


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Vice President Fred Crowder
Treasurer Laura Greenman
Secretary Ingrid Lockhart
Membership Mark Triolo
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