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, May 18

6:00 pm: Training - Study Groups

New study groups will be starting 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 - Jim Christensen: Compositing: Expand Your Creative Space

Want to create images with more impact? Jim will demonstrate the power of compositing to completely change the mood of an image, and open-up your creative space to images that mix your imagination with your digital captures. He’ll show examples and explain how to create them using Photoshop and filters from Topaz Labs. This talk will encourage you to imagine and create images with more impact.

Program Flyer
Jim Christensen

Jim Christensen is a photographer, teacher, and speaker from the New York City area; a member and past president of the Westchester Photographic Society; founder of the annual Croton-on-Hudson Fall Arts Festival; and was the Artist in Residence at Acadia National Park in the spring of 2015. His work has been featured in galleries and other venues in NY and CT, and spans landscapes, night-scapes, wildlife, people (in the studio and on the sidewalks on NY), flowers, and abstracts. In addition he designs and builds one-of-a-kind mixed-media frames, and has a deep technical background in digital imaging theory and software as a result of his career as a research scientist at IBM were he created firmware and image processing software for one of the world’s best (and first) digital colorimetric cameras (in the 1980’s and 1990’s). You can see some of his work on Facebook (where he’s the Jim Christensen in Westchester NY), and on his website: jimchristensenphotography.com.

Monthly Contest

The June contest is open for submissions. Entries must be uploaded to the PPC Competition Site before midnight June 15. Each club member may submit one image.

Contest Theme

Submitted images may cover any subject or theme of the photographer’s choice.

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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