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November 2010 Newsletter

November 8th- 6:30-8:00 pm
South Montgomery County Community Center
2235 Lake Robbins Road
Speakers-David Meine-Histograms and
Melinda Culpon-Lightroom


What a fantastic Fall Photo Contest!! A record number of entries and a variety of different winning photographers in the 6 categories. The photos were all very well done and everyone should be very proud of their entries. Congratulations to all the winners! Please remember to pick up your photos from the library no later than our meeting on Monday, November 8.

I'm looking forward to our meeting this month since it's another opportunity for a couple of our members to share their experience and insights with our members. One of the strengths of our club is members willing to teach and mentor other members. You see it during field trips, workshops and at all the side discussions going on before and after our meetings. It's a wonderful way to learn and expand our skills and everyone gains from the experience. Join us at this meeting to learn more about histograms and Lightroom.

Our 2011 Board is coming together and we will be submitting the slate of members at the November meeting for member approval. Your current Board is already working with the proposed new Board members to begin planning for next year to assure an orderly transition. We want to continue the club's success and growth and make sure you have lots of fun learning opportunities in 2011. If you have any ideas or suggestions for speakers, field trips or workshops, please send them to us at [email protected] .

Don Rueter, President

Fall Contest

The entries were high quality as usual and selecting the winning images was not an easy task.

Many thanks to Kathy Adams Clark and Mark Canada for taking time to judge our entries!

Thanks to all the members who chose to share their work in the contest. Each photograph is a statement by the artist - and more importantly - a statement about the artist.

2010 WPC Fall Contest Awards

Best of Show
"Yellow Reflection" by Bea Ann Kelly

Yellow Reflection
"Yellow Reflection" by Bea Ann Kelly

Member's Choice
"Puffin with Dinner" by Jim Kelly

Puffin with Dinner
"Puffin with Dinner" by Jim Kelly

Black & White
1st       "Emily" by Cindy Wickizer
2nd       "Jim" by Doug Wilson
3rd       "Ballerina" by Katie Corcoran
H. Men. "Tabina" by Cindy Abbott

Emily by Cidy Wickizer
Emily by Cindy Wickizer


1st      "Red Bellied Woodpecker" by Bea Ann Kelly
2nd      "Kori Bustard and Gazelle" by Ken House
3rd      "Night Heron" by Don Rueter
H. Men. "Duck" by Dorothy Salge

Red Bellied Woodpecker by Bea Ann Kelly
Red Bellied Woodpecker by Bea Ann Kelly


1st      "Spider Prey" by Jim Kelly
2nd      "Reflected" by Cindy Abbott
3rd      "Pollen" by Doug Wilson
H. Men. "Sunrise Dew Drop" by John Breitenstein

Spider Prey by Jim Kelly
Spider Prey by Jim Kelly

1st      "Keep Out" by Tom Skeen
2nd      "Twilight on the Serengeti" by Ken House
3rd      "Life Style" by Nicole Aldridge
H. Men. "Lake McDonald" by Christine Martin
H. Men. "Red Door" by Jan Ward
H. Men. "Peep" by Cindy Abbott

Keep Out by Tom Skeen
Keep Out by Tom Skeen


1st      "Char-Pei Puppies" by Judith Tooth
2nd      "Winston Takes Fight" by Ken House
3rd      "Puppy Love" by Nicole Aldridge

1st      "Yellow Reflection" by Bea Ann Kelly
2nd      "Purr-cy" by Sue Wheatley
3rd      "Paint" by Cindy Abbott
H. Men. "In the Eye of the Storm" by John Breitenstein

Purr-cy by Sue Wheatley
Purr-ccy by Sue Wheatly


Reminder Pick up Contest Entries by November 8 From Library


Memory Card Workflow
(Or - How Not to Lose Your Work)

by John Lawson

In the ‘good old days’ of film, it was much simpler: you got a job, you bought film, you took it out of the package, put it in your camera, ran it through once, and took it to the lab.  Film companies made it fool-proof as the 35mm film was retracted into the case and medium format had different color lead-in and trailer ends.  It was pretty hard to mess it up.

Not so with digital.  You have a memory card that looks just the same whether new, used, empty or full.  You are on a big shoot, and you have a pocket full of them.  Halfway through the shoot, you change cards, taking an empty one out of your pocket to replace the full one you are taking out of the camera, and putting back into your pocket.  Or a card starts running out of room, and you do not have any with you, so you decide to delete the bad images ‘on the fly.’  Or you stick a card into the camera at hand, only to realize it is not formatted for that camera, so you format it.  You are making these decisions under the pressure of getting the shoot done, and you will make a mistake and lose half the images. Try explaining that to a paying customer, particularly when there is no way to back up - like a wedding.

As a wedding photographer, every customer is nervous, and every image is ‘one-time.’  The shooter has to concentrate on the theme and timing of the event, and there is no time for or recovery from any logistics mistakes.  So my memory card workflow is designed to keep that portion of the shoot completely automatic and error-proof.

Definitions (and Why)

Memory Cards - That funny little thing you stick into your digital camera to record the images, in other words, the reusable ‘film’ for today’s photographers. I only use 4Gb cards because there is a one-for-one relationship to the DVDs I create as the first backup after a shoot.  From experience, I can find no difference in camera performance by buying the ‘high performance’ cards that claim faster data transfer speeds.  Technically, I am sure they are faster, but I also shoot running horses at (up to) eight frames a second, and the camera never slows down. I have, and carry, a bunch of cards at all times.

Memory Card Case - That little case, in your pocket, or on your belt; contains the Memory Cards for the shoot.  Pockets have lint or other junk at the bottom of them, and you do not want that in your card.  I prefer the soft-sided cases that look much like a zippered coin purse, and holds 10 or 12 cards in little pockets.

Deleting Pictures - That common practice of looking at the camera display for half a second, and deciding to poke the ‘Delete’ button(s) on the back of the camera to eliminate the image from the Memory Card. 

Formatting the Memory Card - That necessary practice of putting the Memory Card into the camera, and poking the ‘Format’ button(s) on the back of the camera to eliminate all the pictures on the card and clean up any other ‘junk’ on the card.  It really does not eliminate the images, but for now, assume they are all gone.

Workflow (and Why)

  1. Before leaving for the shoot:
    1. Grab a handful of cards out of the box.  Make sure you count how many you are taking, so you can account for them after the shoot.
    2. Inspect them for cleanliness, or damage.  If any question, throw the card out.
    3. Format them in the camera you are taking on the shoot.  If any format error, throw the card out.
    4. Leaving the last one in the camera put the rest into your case.  I put them into the individual pockets of the case with the vendor’s label visible.  This is critical, because I am depending on that visual cue during the shoot.
  2. During the shoot:
    1. Click away.  Keep your eye on the camera’s counter for how many images are left.  Don’t run it down to the last picture, because it is inevitable that when the last picture is taken, it will be right in the middle of something important and you need to be ‘clicking’ and not handling logistics.  Some have reported that if your last picture is too big for the remaining space on the card, it will corrupt the card.  I have never experienced it, but I do not take the chance, either.  I generally plan to swap at 80% usage or between each stage of a wedding, regardless of usage.
    2. When it is time to change, turn off your camera, take the card from the camera and exchange it with one from your case, turn your camera back on.  When I open the case to get a new card, I look for any one that I can see the vendor’s label (Item 1.d. above).  When I put the used card into the case, I put it in so I cannot see the vendor’s label.  Another advantage to not filling up the card is if you make the mistake and put a used card back into the camera, you will immediately see that you have only a few shots left, and can repeat the swap at that time, or the next convenient time.
    3. Never delete an image during the shoot.  In the first place, you do not have the time; secondly, no one can see the image well enough in that little screen to make that decision.  You will ‘always’ make a mistake and delete that one-in-a-million image.
    4. Never format memory card during the shoot.  In the first place, you do not have the time, and most importantly you will, sooner or later, make the fatal mistake of formatting a card full of images.
  3. After the shoot:
    1. Empty your case, look in your pockets, camera case, etc, and find all the cards you took with you.  Reconcile the count from 1.a.
    2. For each card you used, create a directory on your PC, and copy the card into the directory.  Set the card aside, and immediately create a DVD of the directory.
    3. Once all the used cards are copied to your PC, and copied to DVD, I generally put all the used cards into an envelope, seal it and label it for the shoot.  I will generally leave the cards in the envelope until I have fully processed all images and have several more backups.


Final Thoughts

Cards are cheap, have lots available.  Consider them expendable.

Get your workflow right (for you), and have it work efficiently and with minimum effort during the shoot.  Never change your workflow during a shoot.

Never delete or format during the shoot.

Deleted images and formatted cards can have images recovered if you have not used the card since taking the action.  But it is time consuming and likely expensive, so best to never have to explore that option.

Field Trip Information

Houston Glassblowing Studio
Date - November 13th
Time - 8:00am
Limited to 20 participants (currently full - waiting list)

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

Welcome New Members

Chrissy Fagelman


From My Backyard

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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