March Newsletter 2015 March 9th, 2015 OUR SPEAKER THIS MONTH TOM BAILEY PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY Biography Tom's journey in photography started in t


March Newsletter 2015

March 9th, 2015




Tom's journey in photography started in the late 50's in the 9th grade. That's where he learned how to develop b&w negatives and print images with an enlarger.

After graduating from U of H in the 1970's he became employed at Aldine school district as an 8th grade American History teacher. One of my students begged me to watch him ride a bull at the then famous 'Circle 8' rodeo arena on Aldine-Mail Route. I saw a rodeo photographer at that venue, and purchased his business in 1975.

After quitting education, we became rodeo photographers. That lasted a year or two. After working about 24 hours a day at the YRA Rodeo finals in Hallettsville, Texas, we grossed about $600 for the whole week. We attended a wedding seminar hosted by the late Bill Stockwell. Shortly after that we photograph a wedding. It lasted 4 hours and we grossed $1200.00! We decided then and there we should focus on weddings.

We worked out of our home for 5 years, then moved our studio to an apartment complex near Greenspoint Mall and worked there for 10 years studio until 1990.
In 1990 we purchased an acre of land that had a house on it. The house became our studio for the next 24 years. We sold the land and house in 2014.

After selling the studio location, we continue to work out of our home in the Spring-Klein area.


Photo critique by professional photographer Lara Kelly
You may submit 3-5 photos

Time and Location

Our monthly meetings are held at the South Montgomery County library, 2101 Lake Robbins.

6:45 - 7:00pm - Social time, grab a snack, vote for Mini Contest and ask a question in the question corner.
7:00 - 8:15pm - Meeting

TWPC 2015 Board Members

President – Allison Pitre
Vice President – Valerie Holstead
Treasurer – Amy Butler
Field Trips – Jerry Hunter/ James Fallon
Workshops – James Fallon/Jerry Hunter
Newsletter – Jerry Hunter /Ellen Taylor
Slide Show Organizer - Richard Houghton/Ellen Taylor
Webmaster - Christine Martin
Historian – Judy Volper
Guest Speaker Coordinator - Ellen Taylor

Field Trip

March 2015 FIELD TRIP

Date: March 21 2015
Address: 1 Westcott Street, Houston Texas 77007
Admission: Garden – only admissions, 5.00 for ages 10 and up. (Self -guided Garden tour) Free for children 9 and younger. Garden and house tour Adults $15, seniors $10, child 12 and under free.
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Parking: 1 Westcott Street, Houston, Texas 77007 and 6003 Memorial Drive, Houston Texas 77007.
We are to meet in the parking lot on 1 Westcott, Street adjacent to the Museum at 10:00am. We will then walk across the small bridge to the gazebo and purchase our tickets.
Any questions by be directed to Jerry at [email protected]
Beautiful garden includes beautiful azaleas, and other flowers. The gardens includes themes from goddess Diana and two muses (Clio and Euterpe) from Greek Mythology and other outside collections.

Amateur photography and videotaping is allowed outdoors only.
No lighting equipment, tripods or monopods are allowed on the grounds.
Flash photography is prohibited in the house. Camera use in the house is restricted to cell phones and small “point and shoot” cameras that can easily fit in a visitor’s pocket. Large cameras, camera bags, and related equipment must be checked prior to entering the house in a locker.


Lisa Griffis is organizing a Kenya Wildlife Safari Trip for 2016!

She has secured a private trip for 2016. The trip is offered by Go Ahead tours and departs on Sept 16th 2016 for 9 land days. The cost is $5269.00 which INCLUDES AIRFARE from Houston, MEALS and HOTELS. This cost includes a $250.00 discount if we fill the date with 15 people. (Otherwise it increases to $5519.00 per person.) Please go to the link to look at what is included in the trip. To ensure that we have a photography-based tour we need to commit by April 2015, although a down payment of $450.00 is the only requirement in April.

Lisa has traveled with "Go Ahead Tours" several times and highly recommends them. Note that the cost above includes meals, lodging AND your flight from Houston! What a wonderful opportunity to travel with a group of friends to one of the prime wildlife photo locations in the world! Be sure to sign up now! First Come, First Served.


The Reciprocal Rule
Perhaps the most used “Rule of thumb” in photography. It is used to determine the slowest shutter speed you safely use while hand holding your camera and still prevent camera shake. It states that when hand holding your camera, the shutter speed should not be slower than the reciprocal of the effective focal length of the lens you are using. So, if you have a 55mm lens, then the reciprocal of that would be 1/55, which means that the slowest shutter speed you should use would be 1/55 seconds.
200mm lens: Shutter speed > = 1/200 sec
100mm lens: Shutter speed > = 1/100 sec
70mm lens: Shutter speed: > 1/70 sec
Examples of Shutter Speeds
Stop race cars or pro athletes: 1/2000 – 1/4000 sec
Stop a bird in flight: 1/1000 – 1/2000 sec
Stop action at a gymnastic meet: 1/800 – 1/1500 sec
Still life or Portraits: 1/125 – 1/250 sec
Landscapes: 1/20 – 1/100 sec
Waterfall on a cloudy day-velvet smooth water: 1/20 – 1/20 sec
City Lights at night: 8 – 30 sec
Low light indoors with no flash and no movement: 5 – 20 sec


Work shops are in the planning stages

Monthly Mini Contest & Slide Show

Please don't be intimidated or afraid to share your photos taken within the last two years for the slide show and mini contest photos. There is a $20 cash prize for the mini - contest.

March - Green
April - Showers
May -- Flowers
June - Silhouettes
July - Reptiles/Amphibians
August - Four
September - Doors/Windows/Arches
October - Annual Photo Contest/ No Mini Contest
November - Harvest
December - Holiday
The winner is selected via secret ballot by the majority vote from the members in attendance at the meeting.

Slide Show:

You can submit up to five photos. You can share all kinds of images you have in your digital library.

How to submit:

Please send Mini Contest photos to [email protected], maximum of two photos.
Size/Type of file: 1024 long size, 72dpi, jpeg format at 8 bit.

Slide: You may submit images with a long edge not to exceed 2000 pixels and the submissions may be made by drop box if a person wants to do so. The longer edge allows for more detailed images and panoramic photos are more possible with a larger file.
The attached websites explains how to resize photos in Lightroom and use the drop box.
Sizing Photos:
Using Drop Box:
Otherwise the photos should be via email to [email protected]

Size/Type of file: 1024 long side, 72dpi, jpeg format at 8 bit

How to name your file: Your name (first or last), whether it’s for the mini or slide show, and then number.

Example for mini - contest: Ellen Taylor mini 1, Ellen Taylor mini 2

Example for slide show: Richard Houghton slide1, Richard Houghton slide 2, Richard Houghton slide 3.

Deadline: Midnight Friday, March 6, 2015

Looking forward to seeing your photos!

Fall Photo Contest

The categories for the fall photo contest are as follows:
1.Black & White: Geometric Shapes
2.People: Three or More
3.Nature: Animals - Non domestic Animals (no pets, zoo animals)
4.Technique: Macro
5.Wild Card: photos from 2015 Workshops and Field Trips
6.New Members: (joined in 2014 or 2015): Leading Lines
7.Open: (Digital Alterations Permitted)

Thank you from TWPC

Thank you to all members who assisted in setting up the room before and after meetings.


TWPC member Byra Vion is downsizing and has lots of photography items for sale. Backgrounds, stands, albums, cameras, etc. Please call Byra at (281) 363-0055.

TWPC member David Meine has a 70-200mm f2.8 Canon zoom lens for sale. It has never been dropped and never got wet. Not IS model. The lens is in good shape and is sharp. You are welcome to try or test the lens. Asking $900.00. Please contact David Meine at [email protected] or call (713) 705-3126.

TWPC Membership

To participate in the club field trips, mini contest, workshops and have access to our Facebook page, you must be a member. Join or renew your membership - Individual $25, Family $35, Student $15, see Treasurer Amy Butler, or mail payment to our P.O Box. New members please complete 2015 application form.

Membership dues paid after the Fall Contest includes membership for the following year!

The Membership Form can be found on our club's website

Mailing Address:
The Woodlands Photography Club
PO Box 9183
Spring, TX 77387

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