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May 2012 Newsletter

May 14th - 6:30-9:00 pm
South Montgomery County Community Center
2235 Lake Robbins Road

Our Speaker This Month
Kathy Adams Clark ~ Night Photography

Join Kathy Adams Clark for an exploration of photography at night. Cameras don't need to be put away simply because the sun has gone down. Learn how to photograph sunsets, landscapes and cityscapes at twilight, the moon, the Milky Way, and constellations. This program will also cover layer blending to achieve star trails plus equipment needed to photograph at night.

copyright Kathy Adams Clark

copyright Kathy Adams Clark

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!

All members may submit two photos per category with the exception of the New Member category which is only open for members who joined during 2011 and 2012. 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

Minor adjustments such as contrast/brightness, removing dust and scratches, burning/dodging and cropping are allowed. All other image alterations must be entered in the “Open” category or any category where a special technique is required. For the 2012 contest, the technique category (Night Photography) is open to digital manipulations.

Field Trips

copyright Denis Chernov

Round Top, Texas

Date: Saturday, May 26th
Location: Round Top

Come explore the historic town of Round Top, Texas! We plan to leave at 10:00 Saturday morning to arrive for lunch at one of the local restaurants followed by some afternoon shooting of the many historic buildings in this quaint little town. Please contact Denis if you are interested or sign up at our May meeting.


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, May 11th to participate in our monthly mini-contest! Please size images to 1024 pixels on the longest side!

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

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.

Upcoming Member's Slideshow Meeting

Coming up in August or September, we'll be hosting a member's slideshow meeting! This is a great chance to show off your photos and see what everyone else has been up to. Pick 5-10 of your favorite photos to share with the club and email them to our webmaster, Blake Corcoran. Depending on how many photos are submitted, we might have to cut some out in order for everyone to have a chance to present. In order to help us know which photos to cut if necessary, please name your photos with the following guide: lastname_firstinitial_#. Where the # is, place the number of importance of your photo (1 being most important to share and 10 least). For example, if you have a specific photo that you must share, save it Doe_J_1.jpg. If you have any questions, please ask Blake Corcoran.

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 the Perfect Picture School of Photography. Ever wanted to take a class in photography but couldn't find one close to you? Or couldn't make the schedule work in your life? The Perfect Picture School of Photography brings classes to you online. Their courses included everything from Understanding Exposure to classes on Lightroom, Photoshop, and Aperture to making money with photography.

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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