September 2012 Newsletter

September 10th - 6:30-9:00 pm
South Montgomery County Community Center
2235 Lake Robbins Road

Our Meeting This Month
Ted Washington - Architectural Photography

TED WASHINGTON is a veteran photographer specializing in Real Estate, Event, Publications/Web, Stock and Performance photography. Ted was the staff photographer for The Woodlands Development Company for 23 years and is currently still providing photographic services to the Development Company as a Consultant.

A Woodlands resident for over 30 years, Ted founded Ted Washington Visual Communications in 2005. TWVC continues to provide photographic services to such Clients as The Woodlands Visitors and Convention Bureau, The Woodlands Township, General Growth Properties, Market Street, Cardinal Healthcare, Toyota and Woodforest Development.

In 2009, Ted was named a Home Town Hero.

Upcoming Speakers

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

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

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!


Fine Art Portraiture with Todd Marshall-Closson

Date: Saturday, September 29th
Time: 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: South Regional Library (large room by the front door)
Cost: $40

Join us for a great workshop on fine art portraiture with Todd Marshall-Closson.
You'll learn all about proper lighting and get some hands on experience with a live model to practice what you've learned.

Workshop participants will accomplish the following:

  • Recognize by name the 5 basic portrait lighting patterns: Rim, Split, Rembrandt, Loop, Butterfly.
  • Receive practical experience setting up basic lighting patterns, using natural or studio lighting.
  • Understand what is meant by ‘lighting ratio’ and how to measure and choose the proper ratio for a given purpose.
  • Understand what is meant by ‘corrective lighting’. i.e. using a specific lighting pattern to model the subject in a way that minimizes unattractive features and accentuates attractive ones.
  • Understand the basics of controlling or converting various light sources into specular, point source, soft, shadowless or other forms to increase their usefulness.
  • Understand how to assess, correct or eliminate various light sources of different Kelvin temperatures in order to avoid color crossovers and achieve acceptable results.
  • Gain better control of camera operation by understanding the physical relationship between the shutter, the flash duration, the ambient light, the ISO setting and the aperture.
  • Know what is meant by these words that describe flash operation: automatic, manual, synchro-sun, fill, key, slave, strobe-effect, light painting, diffused, flat, bounce, recycle, color temperature, and other terms.
  • This workshop uses a live model to get practical hands-on experience.

Workshop participants are assumed to have basic knowledge of the Manual functions of their cameras. Cameras must have a PC cord port to utilize the studio strobes, but most of the hands on practice will be with constant lighting.

There is a 5 person minimum for this workshop and 15 person maximum so sign up and pay at our next meeting! Lunch will be provided.

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, September 7th to participate in our monthly mini-contest! Please size images to 1024 pixels on the longest side!

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 Outdoor Photographer. is the digital location for Outdoor Photographer magazine. Check out tips from the pros on photographic techniques and gear, as well as how-to instruction on shooting, printing, software and more! Follow their blog for beautiful photos every day!

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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