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September 2010 Newsletter

September 13th- 6:30-8:00 pm
South Montgomery County Community Center
2235 Lake Robbins Road
Speaker - Ted Washington - Architectural Photography

WPC Field Trip
Three Butterflies-Cockrell Butterfly Museum
Photo by Lisa Griffis

Serving as your club president for the past 8 plus months has been a rewarding and interesting experience and I hope you have enjoyed the great work of the entire Board in keeping the club active. If you have an interest in participating on the Board next year, please contact me or any of the Board members. We still need a few more volunteers to fill positions for the 2011 Board and would be happy to discuss those opportunities with you.

The club had another interesting and fun month in August despite the continuing hot summer sun. Doug Wilson’s Digital Photography 101 workshop was a big success with about 30 participants and a wonderful learning experience. The Waterway photo walk following the workshop was fun for the hardy group that endured the heat. Club members also had a great time meeting and sharing techniques to photograph the beautiful butterflies at the HMNS Cockrell Butterfly Exhibit.

Keep shooting! The Fall Photo Contest is just a month away!
Don Rueter

August Meeting Summary

Many thanks to Matthew White for his presentation at the August meeting on traveling with camera gear. He has obviously learned a lot about packing gear and successfully navigating airport security and airline policies to reach his many destinations with his gear in hand and undamaged. He was very good at passing on his tips and generated a lot of interest from the members.

Photography Tip - Photographing Moving Water

by Dot Mullinax

A well-done water shot results from a photographer understanding and using proper shutter speed. A good tripod is a must to get the slowest shutter speed possible. This is usually 1/15 second or slower such as 1/8, 1/2, 1/4, 1 second, 2 seconds, or even longer to blur the motion. If you want to freeze the motion you will want to use a fast shutter speed of 1/250 or faster. If you want to shoot running water without a tripod you should consider going to a much faster shutter speed to freeze the water or find some other way to support the camera such as a rock or something similar.

When working with slower shutter speeds, think about your ISO; the lower the ISO (100), the slower the shutter speed. The aperture, the smaller it is (large numbers equal small openings such as F22, and F16) the slower the shutter speed must be to make up for the diminished light coming through the aperture. Keep in mind the following when using small apertures: (1) A small aperture will create a great depth of field, which is usually what we want in landscape photography; (2) The very smallest apertures may diminish quality even though they are increasing our depth of field. A good rule of thumb is to choose a F stop that is one or two stops larger than your smallest aperture.

The easiest way to slow down your shutter speed besides lowering your ISO, is to shoot in low light, such as early in the day, late in the day or when it’s heavily overcast. These darker conditions require more light and therefore you can use a slower shutter speed for the correct exposure. If you are shooting in bright light and cannot wait until conditions darken, you can use a filter to force a slower speed. Below are three good choices:

Polarizing Filter
Usually eliminates two stops of light whether or not it’s polarizing the light. If metering without the filter the slowest shutter speed is 1/30 second and the F stop is F 16, the filter forces us to open up two stops and therefore puts us at 1/8 second at F 16.

A Neutral Gray Filter
Because gray is not a color, all this filter does is remove equal amounts of all colors of light, thus letting in more light.

Neutral Density Filter

The most common neutral density filter is a three stop. If I were at 1/30 of a second at F 16, then using the neutral density filter would force the lens to open up three stops to 1/4 second at F 16. Opening up three stops to compensate for this filter could result in any of a number of combinations. If the original exposure is 1/30 at F16 and you want to open up 3 stops, any of these four choices represent the same amount of light: 1/4 F16, 1/8 F11, 1/15 F8, 1/30 F5.6
Because we are trying to blur the water, I would choose 1/4 at F16. A neutral density filter can be used for other purposes, including decreasing depth of field

Fall Photo Contest Categories

Categories for the Fall Photography Contest were announced at the May club meeting. A new twist for the fall contest is one category set aside for NEW club members (joined club in 2009 & 2010). Download rules for the contest - Here

1. Black and White - People (no sepia or monotones)
2. Nature - Birds - (No captive animals allowed)
3. Technique - Macros
4. The Color Yellow
5. Pets - (New Members ONLY - joined for the first time in 2009 or 2010)
6. Open - only category that can be digitally altered

Field Trip Information

Downtown Aquarium
Date - September 26th
Time - 10:00am
Cost - $9.25

Join club members as we shoot creatures underwater without getting wet. http://www.aquariumrestaurants.com/downtownaquariumhouston/default.asp

Crighton Theater and Conroe Main Street Evening PhotoWalk
Date - October 3rd
Time - 5:30pm (subject to change)

We will meet across the street from the Famous Crighton Theater in Conroe, TX. We will have a PhotoWalk on Main street and end up at the Crighton Theater. We have permission to photograph both inside and out at our leisure. Go here for more info - http://www.crightontheatre.org/

Houston Glassblowing Studio
Date - November 13th
Time - 8:00am
Limited to 20 participants (based on signup)

During this field trip, we will receive a studio tour and see two live demonstrations of glass blowing. We will meet at the Studio about 8am and program should last until about 10:30am. Go here for more info - http://www.houstonstudioglass.com/about_us.html

To sign up for upcoming field trips contact Doug Wilson


Controlling Light
September 18
South Montgomery County Library
Cost - $10

An intermediate to advanced skill level workshop although any Club Photographers are welcome. We will cover light modifiers, reflectors, light meters, studio umbrella flash and soft box flash. Some work will be outside with sunlight some will be in a studio environment. Basic understanding of f-stops, shutter speed and their effect is important. All shooting will be manual set exposure. Our goal is to understand and improve photography techniques when photographing people in family groups, couples and   individuals.

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

Welcome New Members



Digital or Print Photos (8x10) Please submit you pictures to Barry Dolton. 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 Barry Dolton by the Friday prior to the monthly meetings.
All members are welcome to attend board meetings which are held from 6:30-8:00pm 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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