August 2012 Newsletter

August 13th - 6:30-9:00 pm
South Montgomery County Community Center
2235 Lake Robbins Road

Our Meeting This Month
Member's Slideshow

This month we'll be having 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.

Upcoming Speakers

We have some great meetings lined up to finish out the rest of the year!

September - Ted Washington - Architectural Photography
October - Fall Contest
November - Matthew White - Travel Photography
December - Holiday Party

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

Art Car Museum

Date: Saturday, August 25th
Location: 140 Heights Blvd. Houston, TX 77007
Time: 1:00 PM
Cost: Free!

Meet fellow photography club members at the Art Car Museum in Houston to photograph the art cars on display. We'll plan to meet at 1:00 PM and leave when you've had enough. The museum closes at 6:00 PM.

"The aesthetic of the Art Car Museum draws from a fusion of the traditions of fine, folk and public art. The Museum features the most imaginative, elaborate and artfully constructed art cars, low riders and mobile contraptions as well as revolving exhibitions of art by local, national and international artists of all media. "

Find out more about the Museum and it's featured art at their website!

1940 Air Terminal Museum ~ Wings and Wheels

Date: Saturday, September 15th
Location: 8325 Travelair St. Houston, Texas 77061 (west side of Hobby Airport)
Time: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Cost: $7 admission fee

Wings and Wheels is the 1940 Air Terminal Museum's monthly open house event that features ground displays of airplanes and antique automobiles. The museum rolls out the vehicles and provides static aircraft tours, special programs in their Starliner Theater and museum tours. The admission fee does include admission to the actual museum as well. We'll meet at the Museum just before 11:00 AM. Explore the open house and museum at your own pace or even catch a movie in the Starliner Theater! For more information, visit their website!

"Wild & Crazy" Night Photography with Kathy Adams Clark

Date: Tuesday, October 23rd
Location: Meet in front of the Community Center
Time: 6:30
Cost: $20

Bring: Tripod, camera, flash, wide angle lens, extra batteries, flashlight, dark clothing. Put everything in a small bag and travel light. Crazy lights are a great way to learn simple layer processing. Instructions will be provided.

A tripod is required.

There is a 20 member maximum for this field trip.

Houston Zoo

Date: Saturday, November 17th
Location: 6200 Hermann Park Dr. Houston, TX 77030
Time: 10:00 AM
Cost: $13 admission fee

Meet fellow members at the main entrance of the zoo at 10:00 AM and photograph to your heart's content! Look at the schedule of Keeper Talks ahead of time to find out when you might get a closer look at the animals (there are even Android and iPhone apps that include a daily schedule, map, and information about the animals).

Sign up at any of our meetings or email Dennis to let us know you're coming!


Macro Workshop

Date: Saturday, August 18th
Location: Community Center - Dining Room
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!

Studio Portrait Photography

Date: TBA
Location: TBA
Time: TBA
Cost: TBA

This work shop is a hands- on studio portrait work shop. We will have the opportunity to learn how to do portraiture photography in a studio environment.

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

Mini Contest

Submit your images (up to 2) to Blake by Friday, August 10th to participate in our monthly mini-contest! Please size images to 1024 pixels on the longest side!

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.

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 Better Photo. offers online photography classes in topics ranging from Fundamentals to Light/Exposure to Photoshop and more! They even having courses related to learning specific cameras! The lessons come weekly via email and include a photographic assignment to upload and receive critiques from the professional instructor. If you're looking to take your photography to the next level, this is a great resource to check out!

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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