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Volume 4
July Newsletter
2009
Meeting - July 13th - 6:30-8:00 pm
The Woodlands Community Center
2525 Lake Robbins Road

July Speaker
Kenny Haner was born in Queens, New York. Before becoming a full-time photographer, he worked in the computer industry for Hewlett Packard and Lockheed Martin at the Johnson Space Center.
Kenny's unique blend of style was developed from a broad range of photographic experiences. He began studying photography in 1989 at Sam Rayburn High School and continued at San Jacinto College. Kenny has been the staff photographer for ENVY Publications for 4 years and specializes in artistically lit food and beverage photography for use in advertisements, packaging, and editorial publication. His approach is clean and elegant based on styling, texture, and presentation.

Historic Buffalo Bayou
Pontoon Boat Tour, Saturday, June 20, 2009
by Susan Long
Yes, it was hot. The pontoon boat created a welcome breeze as we toured Buffalo Bayou. Our 90 minute tour guide was Houston historian, Louis Aulbach and what a treat it was for his insight and continuous narrative. We got to see the bayou to the west and east of downtown. We learned that the Univ. Houston downtown campus was originally a brewery back in 1893. We sailed past the old ship docks and old historic buildings on the industrial east end. As we photographed the ducks and turtles, he spoke about the many recreational opportunities on the bayou. We witnessed the effects that storms and hurricanes have on the waterway too….. logs and branches lodged way up in the rafters under many bridges. Cleanup efforts are continuous on the waterway. We had magnificent views of the beautiful bridges, the Houston skyline and got to see the many greenspaces set aside for city events.

If you missed this tour, you might want to check it out on your own. There are many tours to choose from --- http://www.buffalobayou.org/boattours.html

Ask the Membership
Posing questions and scenario's to our membership to discover and share knowledge to entire club.

Scenario: You’re going on vacation and luggage space is limited. Besides your camera body, you can only bring 3 other pieces of camera equipment / accessories. What would you bring?

Popular responses will be shared via newsletter and website anonymously so don't be shy and send your response to this month's question to Lenora Stein

Shooting Fireworks
excerpt from article by Darren Rowse - The Digital Photography School
1. Use a Tripod
Using a tripod is especially important in photographing fireworks simply because you’ll be using longer shutter speeds which will not only capture the movement of the fireworks but any movement of the camera itself.
2. Use a Remote Release
One way to ensure your camera is completely still during fireworks shots is to invest in a remote release device.
3. Framing Your Shot
One of the most difficult parts of photographing fireworks is working out where to aim your camera. The challenge you’ll face in doing this is that you generally need to aim your camera before the fireworks that you’ll be photographing goes off - anticipation is key. Here are a few points on getting your framing right.
• Scope out the location early.
• Watch your Horizons
• Vertical or Horizontal?
• Remember your framing
4. Focal Length
One of the hardest parts of photographing fireworks is having your camera trained on the right part of the sky at the right time. This is especially difficult if you’re shooting with a longer focal length and are trying to take more tightly cropped shots. Keep in mind, however, that cropping of your wider angle fireworks shots can always be done later to get a similar impact in your photography.
5. Aperture
The light that the fireworks emit is quite bright. Apertures in the mid to small range tend to work reasonably well, somewhere between f/8 to f/16.
6. Shutter Speed
Fireworks move and as a result the best photographs of them capture this movement meaning you need a nice long exposure, generally a few seconds.
7. ISO
Shooting at a low ISO is preferable to ensure the cleanest shots possible.
8. Switch off your Flash
Shooting with a flash will have no impact upon your shots except to trick your camera into thinking it needs a short exposure time. Switch your flash off.
9. Shoot in Manual Mode
Auto focusing in low light can be very difficult for many cameras and you’ll end up missing a lot of shots. Once your focusing is set you’ll find you don’t really need to change it during the fireworks display - especially if you’re using a small aperture which increases depth of field.
10. Experiment and Track Results
Throughout the fireworks display periodically check your results. Also experiment with taking shots that include a wider perspective, silhouettes and people around you watching the display. Having your camera pointed at the sky can get you some wonderful shots but sometimes if you look for different perspectives you can get a few shots that are a little less cliche and just as spectacular.

For further details and examples, please go to http://digital-photography- school.com/how-to-photograph-fireworks.

Field Trips
Photoshoot at Private Automobile Museum
July 18 - 9:00-12:00pm
A nice mix of autos from the teens to the 80's with a strong focus on the 50's. Muscle cars, exotic cars, convertibles, customs, slow cars and fast cars. You will also spot several RARE autos too. For members only.

Please contact Caryn Rock to sign up. Event Information will be emailed to those who sign up on where to meet to caravan to the location.

Workshops
Please remember that space is limited in workshops so please sign up in advance to secure your seat. To sign up for any of the workshops please contact Autumn Teesdale.

July 11 - 1:00-4:00pm-
How to 20, 30, 40 and 50D Canon camera and flash

Basic introduction on Auto, Manual, Flash and Fill Flash.
Presented by David Meine - 418 Brenda Lane, Conroe, TX 77385.

August 1 - 1:00-4:00pm - **NOTE NEW DAY** Shooting amateur sports.
Covers Little League, High School Sports (indoor and outdoor).
Presented by David Meine - 418 Brenda Lane, Conroe, TX 77385.

August 15, 1:00-5:00pm - Mixed Media II.
Discover the many ways that photographic images can be colored, textured and altered using the various mediums available
South Branch Montgomery Library large meeting room. Fee $10

Please note that scheduled events may change as opportunities present themselves. Keep yourself up to date by checking the website.

First Responders Project
Information and Guidelines are available here for those participating in the First Responder's Project. It is not to late to still sign up for this rewarding opportunity to honor those who so bravely serve our community. Please contact Will Kenard for more information.

Fall Photo Contest
Our fall photo contest will be in October. We are giving you the categories early so you can get out there and start shooting. The times and place will be given at a later date.

1. Open - this is the only category that can be digitally altered
2. Black and White (Abstract)
3. Nature - Wildlife
4. Technique - Shadows
5. People
6. The Color Red
New Members
Christine Martin - Pat & Sylvia Tucker - Connie Wagner

Mini-Contest
"Things That Fly"
Digital or Print Photos (8x10) Please submit you pictures to Jim Kelly. The photos need to be resized to 1024x768 and submitted Friday prior to the meeting. There is a limit of 2 photos per person.

All members are welcome to attend board meetings which are held from 7:00-8:00pm the last Wednesday of each month at Cafe Express in The Woodlands. For a complete listing and contact information of current board members please visit our website.