February 2013 Newsletter

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

Our Meeting This Month

Todd M. Closson - Introduction to the Critical Eye

Todd Closson, our WPC President will be introducing The Critical Eye, a free group dedicated to a few simple concepts:

  1. Learning the art of Photographic Critque
  2. Promoting greater critical thinking and understanding of photography
  3. Developing important photographic skills beyond just capturing images.

The group is designed to meet monthly for approximately 2-3 hours.
Members will meet and utilize the Feldman Method of Art Critique.
Members will also (in the long run) learn what it takes to take an image from Pre-visualization, through capture beyond post work and finally to completed/resolved image hanging on a wall. Images are displayed semi-anonymously and the entire group will be lead through critque and discussion. Tips and Tricks are always offered. Subject matter is NOT critiqued, however technique, composure,and intent is the emphasis of the group critique.

Members may participate as much as they want. Cheat sheets will be provided.

2013 Board Member Positions

The following position is still open. Duties of the board consist of attending monthly club meetings and board meetings (the last Wednesday of each month) as well as the specific duties outlined below.

  1. The Workshop Coordinator is responsible for researching, planning & coordinating club workshops.

If you are interested in this position, please talk to or email [Todd]
Thank You,
2013 WPC Board


2013 Fall Contest

The categories for the fall photo contest are as follows:

  1. Black & White: Urban Landscape

  2. People: Up close

  3. Nature: Spring

  4. Technique: Panning

  5. Wild card: Photos from 2013 workshops and field trips

  6. New members: The Color Blue

All members may submit two photos per category with the exception of the New Member category which is only open to members who joined during 2012 and 2013. All pictures must be mounted, matted and framed (maximum frame outside total dimesion 17x21 inches), 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.
Minor adjustments such as contrast/brightness, removing dust and scratches, burning/dodging,and cropping are allowed. all other images alterations must be entered in the "Open category" or any category where a special technique is required.


Upcoming Speakers

May - Andy Biggs - African Safari Photographer

Field Trips

**Japanese Garden
Date: February 23rd
Time: 3:30pm
Location: 6000 Fanin St Houston Tx (Herman Park)
Cost: No admission fee

We will meet at the entrance to the Japanese Garden. After photographing the garden , we will walk to the Sam Houston Monument towards the fountain in the middle of the street. From there we can walk to the Methodist Church in front of the Museum of Fine Arts. We can also try to take tram photos and practice panning.

If you have any suggestions for field trips, please contact [Dennis]


**Photo Workshop 101
Date: March 16th
Time: 10am - 4pm
Cost: $20.00
Place: Montgomery County Library, 2101 Lake Robbins Dr

Do you want better pictures right away, but daunted by the amount of information and just don't know where to start? This class is for you.
These classes are for those of us with a great passion for photography but are just learning, shoot predominantly on Automatic and want to learn more. This course is designed for entry level photographers and also serves as a good review for the more advanced photographer. Film and Digital photographers are welcomed! This class assumes that the participant has a camera, a basic familiarity with their manual and a passion for photography! You will learn:
a. Beginning Photography: Automatic
aa. Getting started
b. How to hold the camera & learn how to physically change your view.
c. Seeing Photographs & and using both eyes when shooting
d. Introduction to technique
i. Learn how to focus properly
ii. Learn your camera settings**
e. Get practical experiences
i. Photographing people
ii. Photographing Places
f. Get introduced to the advance settings

Your class will start with a morning class at 10am - 12pm. Then we will have a 2 - hour break for a shooting lunch and then the next 2 hour class, 2pm - 4pm. A minimum of 5 and a maximum of 15 participants are required for this class.

If you have any suggestions for workshops, please contact Todd

Mini Contest

Submit your images (up to 2) to Joe by Friday, February 8th to participate in our monthly mini-contest! Please size images to 1024 pixels on the longest side!

February - Shallow Depth of Field
March - Valentine's
April - Texas
May - Weather
June - New Life
July - Architecture
August - Patriotic
September - Dog Days of Summer
October - Fall Contest - No mini-contest
November - Macro
December - Holiday Lights

Remember there is a $20 cash prize for the winner of the mini contest! So get those pictures sent in!


To participate in the club field trips, mini contest and workshops you must be a member. Join or renew your membership - Individual $25, 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 4) to Joe by the Friday prior to the monthly meetings.


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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