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April 2012 Newsletter

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

Our Speaker This Month
Cesar Vargas ~ Better People Photos With Any Camera

President Needed for 2012

It's not too late to volunteer to fill the position of President for 2012! We have a great board that will make the job easy! Talk to any board member to find out more info!

Fall Contest Categories

It's time to start thinking about our Fall Photo Contest!

Each member may submit a maximum of fourteen photographs with only two photos per category. All pictures must be mounted, matted and framed (maximum frame outside total dimension 17 x 21), and wired to hang on a hook. First, Second, Third, and Honorable Mention will be awarded in each category. There will also be a “Best of Show” and “Members Choice” award. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact a board member. The categories are as follows:

  1. B & W - Music
  2. Nature - Texture
  3. Technique - Night Photography
  4. People - Emotions
  5. Wild Card - 2012 Workshops and Field Trips
  6. New Member - The Woodlands, TX
  7. Open

Please note the New Member category is limited to members who joined in 2011 or 2012. Software manipulation beyond the normal adjustments that could be done in a dark room (levels/curves adjustments, burning and dodging) are only permitted in the Technique and Open categories.

Field Trips

Check back later for upcoming field trips!


Beginner's 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.

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: $20

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!

Mini Contest

Submit your images (up to 2) to Blake by Friday, April 6th to participate in our monthly mini-contest! Please size images to 1024 pixels on the longest side!

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


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

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 Creative Live. Creative Live is a live, worldwide creative classroom. You can attend live seminars from the comfort of your own home. These live seminars are free to watch or can be purchased for download or later viewing. Upcoming classes include Lightroom 4 Fundamentals with Laura Shoe, Lighting Essentials Workshop with Don Giannatti, and Fundamentals of Digital Photography 2012 with John Greengo.

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.

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.

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