Meeting 6:30-8:00pm February 8

South Montgomery County Community Center
2235 Lake Robbins Road, The Woodlands 77380
Speaker - Sue Wheatley -Using Design to Create Striking Photographs

February 2010 Newsletter

Note from the President
I want to thank all of you again for the great participation and input that we had at the January meeting! We got a lot of good ideas and are working on several of them at this time. Keep shooting those great photos for the Spring Contest on March 22 and make sure you join us on February 8 for the presentation by member Sue Wheatley on using design principles to create striking photos!
This looks to be a fun and exciting year with lots of wonderful activities and learning opportunities.
Don Rueter

Packing it In - What to Bring and What to Leave Behind

By Doug Wilson

For those of us who love photography, we usually enjoy to travel as well. Some famous photographer somewhere once said, "To make more interesting photographs, one must stand in front of more interesting things." That said, what do we bring with us? How much gear do I need?How do I lug this gear around?"

Like most things, these answers are very subjective and depend greatly on your interest level and goals for the trip or adventure.If you were to visit your Sister for a birthday party, maybe the pocket camera will do. If you're off to Alaska for two weeks, maybe you want your main SLR body, backup body, Speedlights, tripod, and every lens you own.

Over the years I have learned that bringing the "kitchen sink" doesn't always mean you will take better pictures.It usually means you will lug around lots of gear, risk damage or theft of said gear, and find in the end you made due with a fraction of the gear you brought.

I have come to terms with my travel photography and have my travel kit pretty well sorted for my tastes. In a LowePro Slingshot 300 AW, I pack (1) DLSR, (1) pocket camera, (1) Flash, (1) wide-angle zoom lens, (1) medium focal length zoom lens, LensPen, Cleaning cloth, Flash Sync cord, Circular Polarizer Filter, Memory cards and a card reader for backup.

Sure there is other equipment I would love to take along, like a tripod, a zoom telephoto lens, multiple flashes, light stands and some umbrellas, but these all take up space and have to be packed and lugged around. There are some work-arounds to missing gear. For example, crank up your ISO when you are in low light and are without a tripod. Rest your camera on something already nearby like a bench or fencepost.Limited gear will make you focus on your subject and composition more and less on gear selection.
When traveling and space it tight, evaluate your needs, refine your gear selection and only bring items you will use frequently. Make a packing list to keep track of what gear you actually used. After 3 or so trips, you should have a sorted travel kit, everything you need and nothing you don't.

EMS Project

By Will Kennard

The Woodlands Photo Club has recently concluded a very successful photojournalism venture with the Montgomery County Hospital District - EMS. The club was highly praised at MCHD annual awards dinner held in December. Members are now in the process of riding with The Woodlands Fire Department and soon the Conroe Fire Department in similar programs. These programs should last for another 3 to 4 months. We hope to have a countywide showing of photographs at the conclusion of the current projects. If you have not considered joining in these projects, please do so. It is easy and if interested, contact Will Kennard


Spring Photo Contest
Judging and critiques of entries in the Fall Photo Contest will take place March 22nd from 6:30-8:00pm at the South Branch of the Montgomery County Library. Note that this gathering will replace the normal photography club meeting in March. For those wishing to enter the contest submissions will be taken March 20th, 9:30-11:30 am at the library.

Please read contest rules - HERE - a link to the entry form is available from the contest rules.

Contest categories are:

Black - White - Architecture
Nature - Landscape
Technique - Motion Blur
People - In Motion
Look A Likes
Open - (Only category for Digitally Altered Photos)

NikoniansWorkshops Coming to Houston
Nikonians Academy Workshops are coming to Houston In May. With topics on the D80, D90, D300, D700 and D3 camera lines and the Nikon iTTL Creative Lighting System there is something to enjoy for most nikon shooters. These are generally popular workshops so register early. For more information and to register please visit nikonianacademy

Field Trips

Forbidden Gardens
February 27
Meet at Gardens - 23500 Franz Road, Katy, TX 77493

Our February WPC activity will be held at Forbidden Gardens in Katy, TX. We will be allowed special access 1 hour before the doors open to the general public. The date will be February 27th and we will meet at the F.G. parking lot at 8:45am. They will allow us to enter at 9am, the general public enters at 10am and we are allowed to stay until 3pm.

We are allowed tripods, flashes and access to all the exhibits. The cost for individuals and a group less than 20 is $10 per person, while groups 20+ would be $5 per person. Guided Tours are scheduled at 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM. Self guided tours are allowed during regular business hours. Their theater features a 20-minute informational video that repeats throughout the day.

For additional information see below.

To sign up or for further information on field trips please contact: Doug Wilson
Photography 101: Using your camera in MANUAL mode

Have you ever had questions about what the ISO is, or how the aperture works with the shutter speed? Do you want to know how to achieve that lovely soft focus background for your flower images? Now you can get the answers.

Saturday, February 13th, Pam Moore will be leading a workshop on using your camera in manual mode. Bring your camera, your questions and your camera manual. We will be sharing information and learning some of the tricks of how the camera works when you are in control.
Join us on Saturday the 13th at 10 AM at the community center. We'll have lunch catered and afterwards we'll gather outside to practice our new skills. Cost $10 per person, covers lunch cost. Please pay the treasurer in advance.

ProShow Gold
March 13, 2010
South Branch of the Montgomery County Library

Learn how to create amazing slide shows and multi-media presentations. This workshop will step through the creation of at least two slide show/video presentations - one to show the simplest version with an emphasis on ease of use along with a more complex show to demonstrate more advanced capabilities of the software. These slide/video shows can be output in dozens of ways, including DVD's, upload to You Tube, etc. Presented by Janice Braud at the South Branch Montgomery Library large meeting room.

To sign up or for further information on workshops please contact: David Meine

Welcome New Members
Max Bachrach, Judy White House and Ken House, Amanda Melones, Kevin Cogley, Allison Kim,
Edward D. Porter, Linda Williams, Nancy O. Jeter, Tom Skeen, Ansel Arnold


Digital or Print Photos (8x10) Please submit you pictures to Mike Guidry. The photos need to be resized to 1024x768 and submitted Friday prior to the meeting. There is a limit of 2 photos per person.
Members Slide Show

Have you been someplace interesting or just gotten some great shots? Each month a portion of the meeting will be devoted to seeing and talking about the creative experiences of our membership. Please share your shots with members by participating in members slide show. Submit your photos (limit 5) to Mike Guidry by the Friday prior to the monthly meetings.

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.

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