Come by and join the friendly folks of the Plano Photography Club. Spend an evening with people who share your passion for photography. You are welcome to just visit to see what the club is all about, or to become a member to participate in club activities and contests.

The Plano Photography Club meets at West Plano Presbyterian Church, 2709 Custer Road, Plano, Texas on the third Thursday of each month (except December).

Club Meeting, July 20

6:00 pm: Training - Study Groups

New study groups started in May. If you missed the introduction of the groups available for this cycle, the presentation has been uploaded to the members-only training page: PPC Pre-Meeting Training Roll-out. Access to this page requires the username and password as presented at club meetings, and which may also be obtained from the webmaster.

7:15 pm: Main Program - Carol Barlow: Visiting Antarctica

Carol Barlow

Traveling is life to me; a year without travel makes me restless and even despondent. My father instilled this yearning in me through yearly road trips across the US. By the time I was 17 I had been to 49 states and over 30 national parks. After our marriage, Bruce and I returned to many of these places and began to add international travel. I set my goal to visit all the continents thinking Antarctica was a remote dream. As it turns out, Australia is the continent I lack.

Another interest my father passed on was photography, and I received my first camera when I was eight. My snapshots didn’t measure up to the beauty I beheld, so in 2001 I joined the Plano Photography Club for the purpose of taking better photos of my travels. I am learning you have to “make” photos, not “take” them, and how to compensate for the less-than-ideal conditions of my style of travel. While making many friends in the club, I have been honored to serve as Publicity Chair, Training Chair, and President. Knowing that many in the club enjoy travel, my hope is that I can share some helpful tips for travel photography and the joy of the discovery of the “Last Continent.”

© Carol Barlow

Monthly Contest

The July contest is open for submissions. The theme for the July contest is “Perspective.” Entries must be uploaded to the PPC Competition Site before midnight July 20. For help in understanding the contest theme, please download this PDF document: Description of Competition Subjects. Each club member may submit one image.

Image Sizing

The maximum width for images submitted to the contest web site is 1920 pixels. The limit on the height of the image is 1080 pixels.

Recent Changes

Changes to contests for the 2017-2018 contest year:

  • The annual themes of “Photojournalism” for January and “People Photography” for November have been dropped. New themes for the November 2017 and January 2018 contests have been announced by the PPC board.
  • There will be ten monthly contests that contribute to the end-of-year competition: May through November and January through March. All ten contests will count toward the end-of-year award; we are no longer dropping each member’s lowest score.
  • The April contest will be replaced by a special contest with two or more categories, which will include Photojournalism and Portrait photography. There will be prizes (such as trophies or ribbons) for the special categories but they will not contribute to end-of-year scoring.
  • Dropping April from end-of-year scoring will allow us to hold the end-of-year awards ceremony during our normal May meeting time, rather than having it as an extra meeting on a Saturday in June.
  • In the competition web site, each of the digital contests for the 2017-2018 year has been opened for entries, and will stay open until the contest deadline. This change will allow club members who are going to be traveling to submit their entries before they go out of town. Print contests will open about two months ahead of the date of the contest.

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