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March 2012 Newsletter

March 12th - 6:30-9:00 pm
South Montgomery County Community Center
2235 Lake Robbins Road

Our Meeting This Month
Movie Night ~ The Genius of Photography


Reminder:

It's the beginning of another year and that means we all must pay our dues! Membership prices are the same as before.

To participate in the club field trips and workshops you must be a member. Join or renew your membership - $25 Single, Family $35, Student $15

Please note we have a new policy regarding dues! Membership dues paid after the Fall Contest will now include membership for the following year!

Registration Form can be found on the club's website - Here

Mailing Address:

The Woodlands Photography Club
PO Box 9183
Spring, TX 77387

President Needed for 2012

Since the position of President has not yet been filled, our Vice-President Leigh Whittington will take over running the meetings. Our Treasurer, Lenora Stein, will handle most of the behind-the-scenes organizing and any other duties will be taken care of by the board.

It's not too late to volunteer though! We have a great board that will make the job easy!

Field Trips

Brazos Bend State Park

Date: Saturday, March 24
Time: 8:00AM
Cost: $7 admission fee

Jim and BeaAnn Kelly will be leading us on a wildlife photography adventure to Brazos Bend State Park. Over 300 species of birds have been sighted at Brazos Bend, along with 21 species of reptiles and amphibians (watch out for the Alligators); 17 species of mammals; 39 species of dragonfly; and 500 species of plants. This is a great place to get macro, landscape, and wildlife photographs.

If coming from The Woodlands, plan for a couple hour drive time and be sure to pack lunch, drinks, bug spray, and sunscreen. Tripods are allowed in the park. Meet everyone at the 40 Acre Lake parking lot at 8 AM.

More information on Brazos Bend State Park can be found at the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

If you would like to attend or have any questions, contact our Field Trip coordinator, Dennis.

Workshops

Photo 101 Workshop

Date: Saturday, March 31st
Location: Community Center - Craft Room
Time: 9-2 PM
Cost: $20


The wonderful Pam Moore will be instructing our Photo 101 workshop. During this workshop, we will be discovering how the camera works to get those magnificent images we all aspire to capture.

We will look at how the aperture, shutter speed and ISO work together to control the light entering the lens.

If you are awed by images in magazine that have the sharp subject and fuzzy background, you will learn the secret to achieving that effect. We will explore back lighting, selective focusing, depth of field, stopping motion, and color temperatures.

Bring your camera and manual. This will be a totally hands on workshop. Bring your questions. Be prepared to practice what you learn as we venture outside and capture the world around us. Be prepared to be amazed at what your camera can do when you know what buttons to push. Be prepared for your next adventure into the world of photography.

Sandwiches, chips and water will be provided for lunch. This is a great opportunity for hands on learning about how to better use your camera! There is a maximum of 20 people for this workshop so sign up and pay at our next meeting to reserve your spot!

Please Note: This class is located in one of the smaller rooms at the Community Center, not our monthly meeting room.

Portable Lighting for Still Photography

Date: Saturday, April 14th
Location: Community Center - Craft Room
Time: 9:00 - 1:30
Cost: $20

Adding, removing and controlling light is critical to quality photography. In this workshop, we will learn how to add light to subjects using affordable and very portable lighting. This will include hot shoe flashes, LED mini floods and tungsten floods. This is a hands on class for strong beginners and intermediate photographers.

Equipment needed:
DSL camera with a hot shoe and ability to manually set exposure and white balance.
Bring if you own it:
Hot shoe flash, hand held light meter, f-2.8 zoom lens and pocket wizard radio controllers.

Knowledge needed: basic understanding of f-stops, manual exposure settings and how to set them on your camera and basic understanding of white balance and how to set your camera. If you are a little weak or rusty on these signing up for “Photo 101” work shop would be very helpful.

Please Note: This class is located in one of the smaller rooms at the Community Center, not our monthly meeting room. Lunch is included with this workshop.

Intro to CS5

Date: Saturday, May 19th
Location:Community Center - Craft Room
Time: 9:00 - 1:30
Cost: TBD

Ever wanted to learn how to use the basic funtions of Photoshop CS5? Or curious about the program but overwhelmed by all the features? Join us as David Meine goes through the commonly used features of this powerful software. Bring a laptop with Photoshop on it for some hands on learning. A free trial version can be downloaded from Adobe (wait until closer to the date of the workshop as the trial expires after 30 days).

Please Note: This class is located in one of the smaller rooms at the Community Center, not our monthly meeting room.

Macro Workshop

Date: Saturday, August 18th
Location: Community Center
Time: 9:30-3:00 PM
Cost: $40

Join Kathy Adams Clark for a day long, hands on Macro Workshop. A variety of work stations will be set-up around the room. Some subjects will be supplied, but participants are encouraged to bring flowers, scarves, and small objects. All participants need to have a camera with adjustable f/stop and shutter speed along with a tripod. Additional equipment such as a flash, reflector, release/remote release, close-up diopter, and/or extension tubes make the workshop a lot more fun. Please bring camera manual, flash manual and extra batteries to the workshop.

Lunch will be provided. There is a maximum of 20 people at this workshop so sign up quickly!

Events

Azalea Trail

Date: March 9-11
Location: 2503 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX, 77089
Time: 11:00 - 5:00
Cost: $20

This year marks the River Oaks Garden Club's 77th annual Home and Garden Tour that serves to educate the public about architecture, flower arranging and horticulture possibilities in the area. Along the tour are the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens and Rienzi (both properties of the Museum of Fine Arts), as well as 4 private residences. Tripods are not allowed on this tour and there is no photography allowed inside the homes but there are ample photographic opportunities outside!

Check their website for more detailed information about the stops along the tour.

Wine and Art Festival

Date: Saturday, March 10
Location: Old Town Spring
Cost: $6 parking, $25 for wine tasting (not required)

Old Town Spring is hosting the 14th annual Springfest Wine and Art Festival, one of the largest wine exhibition and tasting events in Houston. Local wineries will be showcasing their top Texas wines and local artists will be showcasing their original artwork. There is no admission fee for this event, but parking is $6 and if you would like to partake in the wine tasting, tickets are $25, which includes a commemorative wine glass and 5 tastings with additional tastings at $1 each.

Check their website for more information!

Bayou City Art Festival

Date: March 23-24
Location: 6501 Memorial Park, Houston, TX 77001
Cost: $12

Check out the artwork of the top 300 of the nation's finest artists in various media, including clay, fiber/textiles, glass, jewelry, metals, photography (digital or film), wood, and many more. There will also be performances by local performing arts groups on the Houston Arts Alliance Spotlight Performance stage.

Check their website for some helpful information on parking, artists, and performances.

Conroe Cruisers Car Show

Date: March 31st, April 1st
Location: On the square in downtown Conroe
Time: 10:00 - 3:00 PM Saturday
10:00 - 2:00 PM Sunday
Cost: Free

Join the Conroe Cruisers for their 20th Annual Spring Classic Kickoff Car Show. There will be 1st and 2nd place prizes in 28 classes, including Best Paint, Best Engine, Best Interior, Best of Show Car, and Best of Show Truck.

This will be a good event to come and go as you please. The best time for photos will be between 10 and 2 while the judging is taking place. Everyone will have their cars in tip top shape!

Check out the Conroe Cruisers website for more information.

Past Event

St. Francis Wolf Sanctuary

Thanks to everyone who showed up at the Wolf Sanctuary! We had a great turn-out and I think everyone really enjoyed learning about wolves and seeing them up close and personal.

copyright Blake Corcoran

copyright David Meine

Mini Contest

Submit your images (up to 2) to Blake by Friday, March 9 to participate in our monthly mini-contest! Please size images to 1024 pixels on the longest side!

March - Rain
April - Cars
May - Flowers
June - Reflections
July - Architecture
August - In Your Backyard
September - Food
October - No mini-contest; Annual Fall Contest
November - Night photography

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 Blake by the Friday prior to the monthly meetings.

Check It Out!

Every month we'll be highlighting websites that we find to be great resources for photography education, inspiration, gear and more!

This month's feature is Cambridge in Colour. It has very in-depth tutorials on topics ranging from the basics on understanding cameras to more advanced topics such as how digital sensors work, and everything in between! And if you're not in the mood to learn, at least check out the amazing gallery of images that are sure to provide inspiration!

Like Us!

The club has a facebook group - The Woodlands Photography Club.This is a place to easily share what you are shooting and what is happening between meetings.

February Speaker Frank Farese, photo copyright Kimerli Oliver

Thank You Frank Farese!

At our February meeting, Frank gave an excellent presentation on bird photography! He covered everything from useful camera equipment to different bird's behavior characteristics.

Club's Website

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.

http://woodlandsphoto.org

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