June 2015 Newsletter

Rescheduled for the month of June





I am more of a photojournalist, and I specialize in that style of photography in both my weddings, engagements and lifestyle sessions. My overall approach is trying to be that “fly on the wall” photographer that catches you living in the moment and enjoying the ambiance. There is nothing that I’m not willing to try.

Throughout the day, I’m a full time middle school mathematics teacher! I love my job, and I love teaching a subject that most people don’t enjoy. This helps me with my photography because most people don’t like taking photos either, and this provides me a working set of experiences to pull from when I’m getting the best out of my clients for their images. I have my Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from the University of North Florida and my Masters in Educational Leadership from Grand Canyon University.


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, visit 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 Ellen Taylor
Webmaster - Christine Martin
Historian – Judy Volper
Guest Speaker Coordinator - Ellen Taylor

Field Trip


Venue: New African Forest Gorilla Exhibit
Date: June 13, 2015
Time: 9:00am
Address: 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, Texas 77030
Admission: Adults, $16, Seniors, 65+ $9.50, Children 2-11, $12
Parking: Lot at 7100 William C. Harvin - Entrance 35. Parking is $6 per car. Shuttle is free and runs continuously from 10am 8pm to the zoo (early birds park in the lots outside the zoo to enter at 9am).

Join us as we go to the Houston Zoo to photograph the Gorillas of the African Forest Exhibit, other animals and birds. The seven Gorillas who call Houston home are known as Western lowland Gorillas.

The Gorilla natural habitant features a waterfall, a flowing stream, natural and artificial logs, and a boardwalk for visitors to get a closer look at the Gorillas.

Any question my be referred to Jerry at [email protected]

Forever Faithful Ministry Horse Ranch

Date: July 25, 2015
Time: 7:00am
Address: 13955 Lake Pleasant Rd, Montgomery 77356
Admission: No fee

Forever Faithful is a working ranch and we have been given free rein to walk about freely and photograph the daily activities that are involved in living on a ranch. There are even a few old tractors and a tack barn and stables to photograph. There is a 15 person limit so sign up early.


Sunsets and Nighttime photography with Kathy Adams Clark

Date - June 24
Time - 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Place - Community Center, Room #109 (behind the front desk).
Cost - $15 - Space is limited to the first 20 paying members.
Equipment: Camera and tripod
Description: Kathy will teach the class and then determine what time we will go outside and photograph the sunset and do nighttime photography. If you are interested in this workshop please contact James Fallon at [email protected] This class is limited to the first 20 paying participants and is quickly filling up. If you can't make the meeting to pay for the class, please mail your payment to:
PO Box 9183
Spring, TX 77387

Hummingbird Photography Workshop with Carlos Hernandez

Date - Saturday, September 12
Place - Kleb Woods
Details coming soon. If you are interested please email Jim Fallon at [email protected].

NIK Software

We are considering an intermediate level workshop on the Google NIK Software for those members interested in learning more on how to use each of the features. If interested, members should contact James Fallon at [email protected]. Provided there is enough interest, date, time and cost will be forthcoming.


The Science of Photography
by Andy Howard

Digital photography any more advanced than “point-n-shoot and take the data card to the drugstore for printing” requires knowledge of your camera, computer, and post-processing software. One important computer task is doing “backups”. Since your digital “negatives” are the sole starting blocks for viewing, processing, posting, or printing, making copies/backups is especially important.

There are many backup options available for both PC and Mac users. The best option (for either brand) is the one that you will use and is easy to implement; even better if it is automatic and low/no cost! Mac machines come loaded with “Time Machine” and PCs have “Backup and Restore”. Backups with these programs are easy to implement and can be automated.

With my PC, I also “mirror” my computer “data” files (photos, documents, etc). Microsoft products are SyncToy (free download from MS) and Robocopy (already in the Windows load). These programs will copy files from your hard drive to external drive or network-connected drives, periodically (as you determine) adding new files and deleting ones you have deleted on the source. SyncToy is a similar free program for Macs.

To be additionally secure, you should store at least one backup copy “off-site” (such as a bank safe deposit box or “cloud computing” site) from the computer you are backing up. External hard drives are relatively inexpensive (compared to losing your data), making rotating hard drives to the “off” site a viable alternative.

Go out and capture photos but be expeditious about getting them out of the camera and into a backup!

Monthly Mini Contest & Slide Show

Please submit 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.

June - Silhouettes
July - Reptiles/Amphibians
August - Four
September - Doors/Windows/Arches
October - Annual Photo Contest/ No Mini Contest
November - Harvest
December - Holiday

You can submit up to two photos. 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/Slide Photos 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: Ellen Taylor Slide show 1, Ellen Slide show 2

Deadline: Midnight Friday, June 5, 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)

In order to participate in the contest, dues for 2015 must be paid by June 30, 2015

Thank you from TWPC

Thank you to all members who assist set up before and after meetings and those who bring snacks!.

We wish to extend condolences to Ellen Taylor on the recent loss of her brother.

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 Membership Application Form.

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

The annual Membership Application Form can be found on our club's website http://www.woodlandsphoto.org/membership

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

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The club has a Facebook page for paid members - Search The Woodlands Photography Club.

This is a place to easily share what you are shooting and what is happening between meetings.

Visit TWPC's Club's Website(http://woodlandsphoto.org)