March Newsletter 2013

March 11th 6:30 - 9:00pm

South Montgomery County Community Center

2235 Lake Robbins Drive

Our Speaker This Month

JJ Shepherd, The Five Photoshop Steps every photographer should know before printing

JJ Shepherd, Restoration Artist and Digital Imaging Artist

JJ has been working with Adobe Photoshop for over ten years and has done everything from retouching portraits and composite design for local photography studios to complete restoration of heavily damaged photos. He is an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) and also gives one-on-one instruction in the program. While pursuing his bachelor's degree, he restored images for the Visual Resource Center at Rice University. After graduation, he became the retouch artist at a high end studio south of Houston, and he currently works as the restoration artist and printer at a local fine art printing house. He has come up with five tips to help every photographer prepare their images for the printing process.

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

  7. Open Category

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

July - Andy Biggs - African Safari Photographer "schedule change"

Sept - Kathy Adams Clark - Behind the scenes on a book project

Field Trips

Mercer Aboretum & Botanic Garden

Date: March 23rd
Time: 2:30pm
Location: 22306 Aldine Westfield Rd, Humble Tx 77338
Cost: No admission fee

We will meet at the entrance to the garden and photograph until the garden closes at 5:00pm. If you are unsure of the photo guidelines in the garden you may pickup a brochure at the office.

If you have 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

Getting started

How to hold the camera and learn how to physically change your view.

Seeing Photographs and using both eyes when shooting

B. Introduction to technique

Learn how to focus properly

Learn your camera settings

C. Get practical experiences

Photographing people

Photographing Places

Get introduced to the advance settings

Your class will start with instruction from 10am - 12pm. We will spend the next 2 hours, 12pm - 2pm, eating lunch (provided) and practicing what we have learned. We will then return to the library for additional instruction from 2pm - 4pm. A minimum of 5 participants is required with a maximum of 15 for this class. Sign up and payment are due Monday March 11th.

If you have any suggestions for workshops, please contact Todd

The Critical Eye

Date: March 30th
Time: 4:00pm
Place: Montgomery County Community Center 2235 Lake Robbins Drive Room #102

Our first meeting of the Critical Eye is scheduled for Saturday March 30th, 4pm at the Woodlands Community Center. We will be focusing on the Feldman Critique. There is nothing you need to bring, unless you need to take notes.
When you send me an image at [email protected] it should have your file name as lastname_keywordofyourchoice_datepicture was taken as mmddyyyy.jpg (date can be approximate of course).-So here is an example,closson_portrait_02262013.jpg.
I will keep a spreadsheet of images that we've looked at, and the images will be renamed for the slide show.

A couple of things to keep in mind;
1. We are learning the methods of critique so this means we can spend two hours on one image and only 10 minutes on another. As long as we are learning we have no time constraints.
2. Subject is not critiqued. Context can be critiqued, or targeted audience. This an important skill to learn,as any photograph can be critiqued, even if we don't personally care for the subject matter.
3. Please only send me one image. This will be tough and future Critical Eye's will cover Hard Editing.

See you Saturday March 30.

Bird Photography with Tim Timmis

We will once again have the pleasure of having Tim Timmis join us for a bird photography lecture and workshop. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Tim, he has led photography workshops for local Houston area photo clubs and has been successful in several photography contests. He led bird photography workshops in Galveston's FeatherFest event in 2012 and recently placed 4th in Morris International Photo Contest in the Pleasing Blur category. He won the grand prize for the FeatherFest Photo Contest in 2008 and 2010 and the grand prize in the 2012 Migration Celebration Photo Contest in Brazoria County. Tim was also a finalist in the National Wildlife Refuge Association Photo Contest and will be leading more workshops for Galveston's FeatherFest this coming April. For additional information please contact [email protected]

Thursday April 4th

Time: 6:30 - 8:00pm
Location: South Montgomery County Library
Cost: $20.00

Tim will discuss the equipment he uses, camera settings, and wildlife photography techniques. Those attending the Thursday evening lecture will have priority on the Saturday field event.

Saturday April 6th

Time: 7:00am
Location: Brazos Bend State Park
Cost: $15.00 (Park fee not included)

We will be able to put all of our new knowledge to use as we meet Tim early in the morning at Brazos Bend State Park for that golden light to get some one-on one instruction in the field.

Sign up early as we limit attendees to 25 participants in the field.

Macro Workshop

Date: Saturday, June 22nd
Location: Community Center - Dining room
Time: 9:30am - 3:00pm (lunch included)
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, closeup 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 for this workshop so sign up quickly. For additional information please contact [email protected]

Ride Along (non club photo opportunity)

If you are interested in riding along with the Montgomery County Emergency Medical Technicians in their ambulances for a unique photo opportunity please contact Marlisa Briggs at [email protected] They will be requesting copies of your photos to use in their promotional materials and website.

Mini Contest

Submit your images (up to 2) to Tracey by Friday, March 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 Tracey 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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