Plano Photography Club
All In-Person Club Meetings and Activities Are Canceled Until Further Notice
Virtual Club Meetings Are Held On Third Thursdays (except December) at 7:00 PM
Virtual Ask Me Anything Sessions Are Held On 2nd And 4th Thursdays
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- NEW! Donate your old cameras or photography gear to a worthwhile cause (more)
- Coming in August - a virtual presentation on close-up photography (more)
- PPC website receives second-place award in annual PSA website contest (more)
- Dennis Fritsche's June 25 Ask Me Anything session is now available for on-demand viewing (more)
- Two PPC members have been recognized for their outstanding volunteer work (more)
- Check out the winning images from the May 2020 club competition (more)
- The June 2020 club meeting - including John Lehman's program on photographing people - is now available for on-demand viewing (more)
- July 9 - Training Thursday: Ask Me Anything with Dennis Fritsche
- July 9 - Training Thursday: Photoshop Layers with Jerry Schlesinger
- July 9 - Submission deadline for Street Photography editing project
- July 11 - Submission deadline for Topic of the Week: Fourth of July
- July 16 - Monthly meeting (via Zoom) featuring Jeremy Woodhouse
- July 16 - Submission deadline for July club contest: Transportation
- July 23 - Training Thursday: Ask Me Anything with Dennis Fritsche
- July 23 - Training Thursday: Photoshop Layers with Jerry Schlesinger
- August 13 - Fujifilm presentation on Macro Photography (via Zoom)
Photo Activities and Galleries
Topic of the Week Photo Activity - Week 14
Topic: FOURTH OF JULY
Period: Sunday, July 5, 2020 to Saturday, July 11, 2020 (11:59 PM CDT)
Send ONE (1) image this week to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you submit more than one photo, only the first one received will be included.
Submitted images will be displayed in the scrolling gallery seen at right. Please note that no one will be able to download copies of submitted photos.
Please include your name and this week's topic in the file name (e.g., John_Smith_Topic.jpg).
NOTE: Maximum dimensions for submitted images are 4096x2160 pixels; maximum file size is 10MB; pictures that exceed these limits will not be eligible for the galleries.
Stay safe and have fun!
Photo Edit Activity - Project 4
Period: Friday June 26, 2020 to Thursday, July 9, 2020 (11:59 PM CDT)
Every other Friday we make one or more straight out of camera photo(s) in RAW/DNG format available for download.
Your task is to modify the picture(s) - in any way that you see fit - with any editing tool that you choose.
Be creative. Make the image reflect your artistic vision.
When you are finished editing, send the result(s) to us (in .JPG format, maximum of 4096x2160 and 10MB) at email@example.com along with information about which editing tool(s) you used. We will add it to a gallery on the front page of the website.
Download the image(s) today to get started. We're looking forward to seeing your work.
NOTE: You can view the gallery at right in full-screen mode by visiting our Photo Galleries page.
Next Club Meeting - Thursday July 16, 2020 (via Zoom)
7:00 PM - Program by Jeremy Woodhouse: Life on the Road - Wild, Land, City, Life
As the owner of Pixelchrome, Inc., Jeremy has enjoyed a roller coaster ride pursuing the American Dream.
Since his early days as a graphic designer, his dream was to become a stock photographer. Riding the wave of the internet revolution in the mid-1990s, he got involved with Getty Images and went on to build a successful business traveling the world and taking stock pictures. By 2005, he started setting up frequent international trips to Italy and to Mexico. He went on to lead trips to Guatemala and Costa Rica.
Since 2011 Jeremy has completed more than 100 international Photo Tours to such destinations as Colombia, the Balkans, Burma, the Stans, India, Sri Lanka, Iceland, Cuba, Iran, Yemen, the Baltic States, Morocco, Sicily, South Africa, Sardinia, Romania, Vietnam, Nepal, Spain, Portugal … the list goes on.
Jeremy used to describe himself as a nature and outdoor photographer, but over the years he has re-branded himself several times. He has traveled widely, photographing many of the world’s most important city skylines. In 2006 he became part-owner of a lifestyle stock photography company (Blend Images), and now he is indulging his new passion of photographing people in developing nations. At least once or twice a year he plans a nature photo tour which might find his group photographing wildlife in the wintery wilds of Japan, leopards in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, or the world’s tallest dunes in Namibia.
Jeremy’s photos have appeared in print all over the world. He has received numerous international awards in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, winning the Wild Places Category in 2000, and he was overall winner of the 2002 Nature’s Best International Photography Awards. His images have been included in exhibitions at the Smithsonian in Washington DC, the Dallas Museum of Natural History, and the Natural History Museum in London.
Jeremy's images have also been selected in the final judging stage for the prestigious, UK-based Travel Photographer of the Year Award (TPOTY) every year since 2011. In 2016 he was the Winner of the TPOTY Best Single Image in a Mankind Portfolio, and his image was Highly Commended in the One Shot "SHAPED BY LIGHT."
Jeremy’s Photo Tours website is pixelchromephototours.com and his image archive is at www.pixelchrome.com/-/galleries.
Examples of Jeremy's Recent Work
For additional information on this and other future PPC programs - including Zoom meeting instructions - please click the Programs link in the menu.
July 2020 Contest
The July 2020 contest topic is Transportation (Electronic).
Each club member may submit one photo to the competition. Remember that images that have placed in any earlier PPC contest are ineligible.
The maximum dimensions for images submitted to the contest website are 4096 x 2160 pixels.
Your submission must be uploaded to the PPC Competition Site before midnight CT Thursday, July 16, 2020.
For more detail on the July 2020 contest requirements please visit Competitions | Competition Topics.
Winning Images From the May 2020 Competition
May 2020 Competition Winners Announced
Winners of the May 2020 Plano Photography Club photo competition were announced on Thursday, June 18 (judge's commentary here), at the conclusion of the June 2020 club meeting.
Award recipients for the latest contest - whose work is seen in the slideshow at right - are as follows:
- 1st: Bottoms Up - Alan R Lusk
- 2nd: Weirwood Tree - Gary Berger
- 3rd: Mexican Jay Big Bend - Jessica Brock
- HM: Car Ride - Shannon Hutchison
- HM: Chipping Away - Jodi Smith
- 1st: Along the Arno River - Siu Wong
- 2nd: Neglected Beauty - Clive Fernando
- 3rd: Autumn Sunburst - Roger Behgam
- HM: Sunrise - Texas State Capitol - Sam Lucas
- HM: A Little Cheese With That Wine - Richard Kidner
- 1st: Wood Duck - Alan Daniel
- 2nd: Painting the Wrong Subject - Mark Bernthal
- 3rd: A Remote Train Station - Ron Lin
- HM: Comin To Ya - Michael Farnham
- 1st: Text From The Arcade Men's Room - Jose Artiles (also Best in Show)
- 2nd: Tulip. Alone. - Nancy Mack
- 3rd: Saint Isaac's Cathedral - Nock Wong
- HM: Pyrotechnic Plume - Danette Volkmer
- HM: Don't-talk-to-me - John Lehman
Congratulations to all those listed above and thanks to everyone who participated in the contest. See you next month.
Latest Club News
Do You Have Camera Gear That You No Longer Use?
Girls Who Click is a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower teen girls to enter the male-dominated field of nature photography and use their work to further conservation efforts around the world. They run free photography workshops throughout the year, led by professional female photographers who donate their time to help.
They are looking for digital cameras and other photography gear to support their free online workshops and new online resources.
If you have a camera or camera gear at home that you're no longer using, please consider donating it to Girls Who Click.
Donating your gear is easy and tax-deductible. You can donate your used gear at https://girlswhoclick.org/home/get-involved/cameradonation/.
NOTE: Girls Who Click is supported by the Plano Photography Club as well as other local photo clubs.
Virtual Presentation On Close-Up Photography Coming In August
Join us on Thursday August 13, 2020 at 7 PM for a virtual presentation about close-up photography from Fujifilm representative Matt Weintritt. In this base-level conversation Matt will lead you through the various ways to achieve detailed images of your subjects.
He will discuss the various tools and methods available for close-up picture taking and will get you ready to look at your surroundings from a new perspective.
Matthew Weintritt is a FUJIFILM Product Technical Specialist and a passionate member of the photography community. With more than 15 years of multi-disciplinary experience, Matt has traveled throughout North America sharing his knowledge and technical expertise in classrooms and through hands-on workshops.
Connection instructions for the August 13 Zoom presentation are available here.
Examples of Fujifilm Close-up Images
PPC Places In PSA Website Contest
The Plano Photography Club has received a second-place award (Large Clubs category - 74 members or more) in the 2020 Photographic Society of America (PSA) Website Contest.
The annual contest provides an opportunity for PSA Clubs and Councils to receive feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of their sites from a panel of knowledgeable judges.
Award recognition was given to those sites the judges rated most successful based on the following criteria: first impressions, design, content, site effectiveness, and professionalism.
As a second-place finisher in the competition, later this year our club will receive an engraved award and a commemorative logo to be added to the website.
Congratulations to our webmaster team - David Swinney, Parvin Stiles and Jerry Schlesinger - for this acknowledgment of their efforts and thanks to all club members who have contributed content.
If you're interested, you can discover who beat us out for first place and review the contest judges' individual contest scoresheets.
PPC Members Recognized For Volunteer Work
Congratulations to John and Lois Lehman, two of our master photographer members, for their recognition as the Farmers Branch Historical Park's Volunteers of the Year for 2019!
From an announcement released by the park on June 22:
Take a moment to congratulate John and Lois Lehman on being named the Historical Park's Volunteers of the Year for 2019!
Long time friends of the park, the Lehmans' photography captures the beauty of the park and all of the fun of our events.
Thank you for all of the hard work and countless hours you both dedicate to the Historical Park!
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West Plano Presbyterian Church
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