Next Meeting - Monday, April 23, 2018 - 6:15PM
The Importance of the Personal Project:
Explorations with Pinhole Cameras & Beyond

with Seán Duggan

Fine art photographer, author and photo educator Seán Duggan will present a program focused on the importance of the personal photo project, and especially long-term projects, as a tool for artistic growth. He will share images from his own long term project (10 years and counting!) “Artifacts of an Uncertain Origin”, a series of still life arrangements in the landscape made with a wooden pinhole camera, as well as recent explorations created with iPhones, that include straight photography as well as still and video composites.

Equally at home with both low-tech and hi-tech, Seán creates both straight photography of the world as he experiences it, as well as elaborate multiple image composites and staged photos. His creative approach makes use of traditional analog as well as digital processes, often melding the two together. His visual tool kit includes a wide range of imaging tools, including a pinhole camera that is a simple wooden box, plastic toy cameras, medium format film, contact printing with large format paper and film negatives, full-frame digital SLRs, iPhones, and advanced digital darkroom techniques.

Through his writing and teaching, he has been helping photographers master digital photography and digital darkroom techniques since 1996. He leads workshops, seminars, and photo classes at venues across the country, including at ASiF Studios in Grass Valley (see He also has many online courses on Photoshop, digital photography, and mobile photography on LinkedIn Learning/, including the popular series Mobile Photography Weekly. He is the co-author of Photoshop Masking & Compositing, Real World Digital Photography, and The Creative Digital Darkroom and he writes a regular column for Lightroom Magazine. He offers personalized consulting and training in the corridor between Sacramento and Grass Valley/Nevada City, as well as in the San Francisco Bay Area. He also provides online consutling to clients across the country. His web site can be seen at

Meetings are held at Unity in the Gold Country Church, 180 Cambridge Ct, Grass Valley, CA. Visitors are welcome