January 2 0 0 2
N E W S L E T T E R
The Woodlands Photography Club
Monthly News of Special Interest to Photographers
...IN THIS ISSUE...
* Some notes from the Pres.
* Calendar of Coming Events
* Due are Due, bring $15 to the January Meeting
* Review of December Club Activity
* Member Bulletin Board
* About Our Club
NOTE: Dues are due for the coming year, only $15/member.
Where else can you have so much fun and camaraderie for
only $1.25/month !!!
============== Motor Drive ==================
---- Notes from the President ----
During the next year I plan to write a small column each month
to help keep the members informed of new events and maybe
even a few tips and techniques as well. I also invite other
members to use this newsletter to voice their thoughts on
photography or to pose questions to the membership.
Digital photography is truly coming of age. For the last several
years, sales of digital cameras have outstripped 35mm SLR's.
One of the best trends I have noticed, in consumer digital
cameras, has been the addition of manual controls. A few
years ago it was very difficult to find a digital camera with any
manual controls. Now, most of the better cameras have some
sort of exposure and focus control. BTW, I have noticed that
many of the cameras have almost no range in the aperture, they
depend upon the very wide range of the shutter to make up the
difference. This may be something to consider if you are
looking for a new digital.
Was Santa good to you this year? Are you the proud owner of
a new digital? If so, you may want to consider a new software
package put out by Adobe. Adobe is the producer of
Photoshop, the leading image processing program and the
program used by most professionals. The problem with
Photoshop is the cost, it runs about $600. Adobe's new
product is called Photoshop Elements. The new program is
less than $100 and has most of the capabilities of Photoshop
(as far as photographer's are concerned). Better yet, it has
some new features not yet in Photoshop that makes
photographic work even easier. Elements has an automatic
white balance, and recipes that guide you through the steps to
edit an image. Although Elements does not support as many
color modes as Photoshop, it can read and convert the files to
RGB. Elements also supports ICC color calibration and
Photoshop plug-ins. Many times I have found this program to
be my favorite over Photoshop because it loads much quicker
and has some nice features not found in the full Photoshop.
It's a great way to get the Photoshop experience, without
paying the Photoshop price.
! HELP !
There are many small tasks to do when operating a club such as ours.
This means we are always on the lookout for volunteers to make the
club just that much more fun and interesting. If you have any ideas for
activities, please let a board member know. Rather than putting all the
responsibility of the activities on one person, we would like to find
several people who would each take on a small job or plan an activity.
So please consider helping, and we promise not to overload you.
See you at the next meeting,
===== CALENDAR OF EVENTS =====================
J A N U A R Y 2 0 0 2
January 15 - TUESDAY Again!
REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING
January's meeting will be a little different. The plan is to have an
open discussion and Q&A session on the club and photography in
general. Bring your toughest questions to see if you can stump
the local experts. If you have been having a tough time with a
particular area of photography, bring in a slide or print and we will
try to help you out. Bring in that new camera and operators
manual you've been trying to decode, somebody may have worked
with that camera and has all the answers. If you have a question
or topic, feel free to email it to me and I'll bring it up at the meeting.
Don't forget to bring your dues for the year of 2002.
Cash, or a check for $15 made out to Janice Braud would be
If you plan to go to the
February 2nd, be sure to bring your check for $90 to the meeting.
Woodlands Library -
F E B R U A R Y 2 0 0 2
February 2 or 3 -
2nd Monday (February 11th) - Regular Club Meeting
===== REVIEW OF December ACTIVITY =================
The Fall (Winter?) contest was quite a success. We had over 70
Entries. In fact, there were enough B&W entries to convince the
Judge to set a second category for B&W.
The winners were as follows:
Honorable Mention - Cathy Evans
First Place B&W - Barbara Edmondson
Second Place B&W - Phillip Grayson
Third Place B&W - Melissa Vining
For a photo of the group, go see:
Congratulations to all!
===== MEMBER BULLETIN BOARD ======================
GOT SOMETHING OF INTEREST TO SHARE WITH MEMBERS?
ANYTHING TO SELL? GOT A WISH LIST? GREAT JOKE?
Email your brief notice by the 25th of each month to be included in
the next issue of our club newsletter - [email protected]
Members of our club get a 10% discount off all regular retail pricing
on photo processing/prints at Eckerd Express Photo Lab locations.
Pick up your Eckerd's Key Chain at our monthly meeting and use it
to start saving money.
On February 2 or 3, 2002, Nikon will hold an 8-hour seminar on
lenses, meters, flash, composition, lighting, close-ups, and more.
Club members get a discount. See the programs at our next monthly
meeting. Sign up through our club for a special discount.
===== ABOUT OUR CLUB ===========================
The Woodlands Photography Club meets on the second Monday
of each month from to
South Branch Library (just west of The Woodlands Pavilion),
immediately to the left as you enter the front doors. Visitors and the
curious are always welcome, the odd and weird sometimes, depending
on the weather! Anyone interested in photography of any type,
no matter what your level of experience (professional, amateur, or
wannabe), is welcome to join our club. Membership is only $1.25/month
embarrassingly miniscule, we should really charge a whole lot more),
which is $15 paid annually. That's the for-real bargain of the year, folks.
CLUB BOARD CONTACTS
President - George Carlson [email protected]
VP/Programs - Cathy Evans grayb1rd @hotmail.com
Treasurer/Secretary - Janice Braud [email protected]
Activity Chairman - We are looking for volunteers
Newsletter - Pam Stallones [email protected]