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June 2012 Newsletter

June 11th - 6:30-9:00 pm
South Montgomery County Community Center
2235 Lake Robbins Road

Our Speaker This Month
Todd Marshall-Closson ~ Photographic Critique: The Feldman Method

Todd Marshall-Closson is a graduate of the University of Alaska A.A.S. Digital Art program, and is currently pursuing his Bachelors of Arts degree. He has significant experience in the business world and owns a fine art portrait studio. Todd has numerous interests in other mediums such as drawing, painting and fiber structures. However his main interest lies in photography. Todd has had work in many venues in his hometown of Soldotna, Alaska and has also had work in the Alaska Positive 2006 statewide traveling exhibit. Todd has continued his passion of the fine art portrait and has just completed a three year photo essay on “Body Image”.

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.

For the complete list of rules please click here. The link to download the entry forms is available there as well.

Field Trips

Lonestar Flight Museum & Pleasure Pier

Date: Saturday, June 23rd
Location: 2002 Terminal Dr, Galveston , TX 77554
Time: 3:00 - 5:00 (plus however long you want to stay at the Pier)
Cost: $8 (admittance to museum)
$10 (admittance onto the pier)

The Lonestar Flight Museum is known nationally and internationally as one of the top flying museums in the United States. It houses over 40 historically significant aircraft and over 1500 artifacts that demonstrate the technological advances made in the past century. The museum's award-winning aircraft annually log over 40,000 cross-country air miles to participate in flying displays and airshows. For more information on the museum and to see what aircraft they have, visit their website.

Plan to leave The Woodlands around 1:00 PM to arrive at the museum around 3:00 PM. The museum closes at 5:00 PM at which point we can all head over to the newly open Pleasure Pier on the Seawall. We can photograph from along the seawall or if you prefer to get on the Pier itself, there is a $10 walk-on fee. You can view all the attractions to be found at the pier on their website!

For more information about this field trip, or to sign up if you will miss our June meeting, please email Dennis Chernov.


Intro to CS5

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

Please Note: We have had to re-schedule our Intro to CS5 class. The location, time, and cost are all the same but it has been postponed until July 14th. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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).

There is a 5 person minimum for this class.

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!

If you have any questions regarding our workshops or would like to sign up for one via email, please contact David Meine.

Mini Contest

We had a technical glitch at our last meeting and were unable to show our mini-contest at that time. So for the month of June, we'll have two mini-contests! If you had some flower pictures that you wanted to submit last month but missed the deadline, please go ahead and send them in to be included in June. We'll have one frame for each contest so make sure to vote for both categories!

Submit your images (up to 2) to Blake by Friday, June 8th 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 Scott Kelby heads up this website full of amazing courses all about photoshop, photography, and other related creative endeavors. Categories of courses include Photoshop, Lightroom, Graphic Design, the Business of Photography, Portraits and People, Wildlife and Outdoor, InDesign, Master Your Camera, and so much more! You'll train with top photographers including Scott Kelby, Joe McNally, Matt Klowkowski, Moose Peterson and many, many more!

The site has a 24 hour free trial to see if you like it and offers yearly and monthly subscriptions!

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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