August 2019 Meeting: Underwater Portraits with Erika Thornes

You are invited to the August 2019 meeting of the Sierra Club San Diego Chapter Photo Section at the Serra Mesa/Kearny Mesa Library Community Room. Please continue reading if you’re interested, and find the complete details with date and time at the bottom of this article.

This month, portrait and event photographer Erika Thornes will present Underwater Portrait Photography and How to Get Great Results with Minimal Gear.

About Erika’s Presentation

Erika will be talking about underwater portrait photography on a budget. She will cover techniques on how to get great lighting and good color, as well as how to get sharp images in the underwater environment. The learning curve for underwater photography is steep, and this introduction will give you a greater understanding of all that is involved, and how to combat some of the common problems that can be a struggle when learning this genre of photography.

About Erika

Erika ThornesErika Thornes is an instructor on LinkedIn Learning (formerly Beyond teaching, the primary focus of her business is event photography. Underwater portrait photography is a creative outlet for her that provides a unique and very rewarding challenge.


Here are a few examples of Erika’s stunning underwater portrait art. You can find more of her work on her website at

Intermission and MemberShare – Immediately Following

After the main presentation, we will have a brief intermission and our members only free drawing – every section member present at the meeting will receive a free ticket for the drawing, with a chance to win prices and giveaways from our supporters.

MemberShare will occur after the intermission. Here’s a quick reminder of the guidelines and procedure:

  • Send up to five photos via Dropbox file request.
  • Please send only JPEG files, sRGB color space
  • Minimum resolution: 1920 pixels wide or 1080 pixels high (whichever comes first)
  • Prepare to speak no more than 10-20 seconds on each photo
  • We’re a photo club – please share only your original photographs with us (no CGI, digital art, etc.)
  • Deadline for MemberShare submissions: Friday, August 9th, 6pm
  • Nameplates: feel free to include a portrait format (vertical) headshot with your photos!

To submit your images, simply click this button:


If you need help or if there’s anything unclear about this procedure, the Dropbox help article on file requests contains everything you need to know.

NOTE: Your photos are only shown during MemberShare and will be deleted afterwards. We do not keep copies. There is no need to watermark your photos. If you feel that you must add a logo or other overlay, please keep it small and unobtrusive.

Also, please do not wait until the very last minute to submit the photos you want to share. We need time to prepare the image presentation. When the MemberShare is especially popular, we may have to reduce the amount of images from each member. If that happens we will announce it before MemberShare begins, and hope for your understanding.

Meeting Location, Date & Time

  • Serra Mesa Kearny Mesa Library, Community Room
  • Address: 9005 Aero Drive, San Diego, CA 92123
  • Date: Saturday, August 10th, 2019
  • Time: 1 PM setup & get together, 2 PM main presentation.

Mandatory disclaimer: This program is neither sponsored nor endorsed by the San Diego Public Library. The Library is not responsible for the information presented in this program.

If you like to become a member of Sierra Club San Diego Chapter’s Photo Section or renew your membership, you can easily do in our online store (powered by Square). We also have membership forms at the meetings if you want to sign up or renew in person.

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