Plano Photography Club

Club Meetings Are Held on the Third Thursday of Each Month (except December)
Training Session(s) at 6:00 PM and Program at 7:00 PM
West Plano Presbyterian Church - 2709 Custer Road, Plano, Texas

The aim of the Plano Photography Club is the enjoyment, mastery, and furtherance of photography through cooperation, effort, and good fellowship. Serving Plano and surrounding areas, we welcome photographers of all skill levels.

Review this slide presentation to learn more about the club.

Then join us at our next monthly meeting and get to know the friendly folks in the Plano Photography Club.



Dates to Remember

  • March  1-3:  North Texas Irish Festival
  • March 12:  Training Tuesday - Eclipse 2024: A Once In A Lifetime Event
  • March 19:  Training Tuesday - Using PhotoPills / TPE for Location Mapping
  • March 21:  Some Basics (before the club meeting)
  • March 21:  Club meeting with program speaker Graham Hobart
  • March 21:  Submission deadline for the March club contest
  • March 25-27:  Texas Hill Country Field Trip
  • April  8:  Total Solar Eclipse
  • October 21-24:  Blue Ridge Parkway Field Trip 

  •  Club Photo Galleries

    Tabletop Workshop 2024

    On Saturday, February 24, members and guests of the Plano Photography Club gathered at the West Plano Presbyterian Church for the club's annual Tabletop Workshop.

    If you attended and photographed the event, we invite you to send UP TO SEVEN (7) IMAGES IN JPEG FORMAT to

    Submitted photos will be displayed in the gallery seen at right.

    Please include YOUR NAME and the TOPIC in the file name(s) (e.g., KickieChudikova_Tabletop_1.jpg).   

    The maximum dimension (long edge) for submitted images is 4096 pixels; the maximum individual file size is 10MB.   


    The submission deadline for this activity is SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 2024.


     Get 25% Off The TK9 Plugin Through February

    TK9 Plugin

    You can now get a 25% discount on Tony Kuyper's popular TK9 Photoshop plugin and training videos.

    The TK9 plugin is a panel for Photoshop that allows users to make pixel-value masks, such as luminosity masks, and run Photoshop.

    TK9 is a standard-setting tool that helps users enhance their creativity and control in Photoshop. It is modular, so users can configure it in a way that works best for their workspace.

    To take advantage of the discount, use Promo Code DK15 at checkout. The offer expires on February 29, 2024.

    Thanks to Dave Kelly, host of the YouTube channel "The Joy of Editing With Dave Kelly" for sharing this discount code.


     Eclipse News and Information

    Download Club-Produced Solar Eclipse Presentations

    In addition to the resources available for your review on the club's Total Solar Eclipse information page, two club members have produced detailed slide decks about the upcoming eclipse that are now available for download.

    At the February club meeting, Jason Ware presented "Get Ready For Totality 2024," in which he covered where to observe it, which lenses and filters to use, and what techniques will increase your chances of getting the best photos. Exposure recommendations and post-processing after the event were also discussed, along with how to enjoy the experience.

    Later in the same month, at the Tabletop Workshop, Activities Chair Cliff McKenzie gave a lecture on "Total Solar Eclipse 2024 - A Once In A Lifetime Event." This presentation deals with all aspects of "The Great Texas Solar Eclipse," from who, when, and where to view this phenomenon to best safety practices to how to photograph it.

    Click on either or both of the buttons below to download the desired presentation.



    Free Adorama Webinar On How to Photograph The Total Solar Eclipse

    We want to make club members aware of another upcoming free webinar in advance of the total solar eclipse.

    How to Photograph the Total Solar Eclipse

    Expert astrophotographer and photojournalist Stan Honda will be in the Adorama Event Space on YouTube on February 28 to teach you everything you need to know about how to capture breathtaking images of the upcoming April 8 total solar eclipse.

    Stan will be covering which safety procedures you need to have in place, which gear is best to use, how to plan your shoot properly, what camera settings and techniques will work best, and much more.

    "I’ve seen three total solar eclipses and they are truly awesome. It's an incredible sensation you will remember for the rest of your life, and some people travel over all the world to witness it. There a definitely a lot of things going on when you're shooting like the reactions from people around you, the temperature possibly dropping dramatically, animal noises changing, and more, so you'll definitely want to plan ahead as much as possible."

    About The Presenter

    Stan Honda is a New York-based photographer who worked as a photojournalist for 30 years. Most recently, he has worked for Agence France-Presse (AFP) covering topics including news events, politics, economics, sports, and human-interest stories. His images from the 9/11 attacks were featured prominently around the world, and three of his photos are in the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York.

    Stan is also well-known for his night sky landscapes, combining his longtime interests in astronomy and photography. He has worked as an artist-in-residence at seven national parks producing photographs that underscore the importance of preserving our view of the night sky. Stan’s astronomy-related photos have also been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, National Geographic, Sky & Telescope, and Yahoo News. His photos have been selected nine times as NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day.

    Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2024
    Time: 4:00 PM CT



    Experience April's Total Solar Eclipse From Your Smartphone


    A total solar eclipse will be visible across the U.S. on April 8, 2024, and the free Totality app developed by Big Kid Science is the perfect tool to accompany your eclipse viewing experience.


    The app's interactive map feature shows you where in the world upcoming solar eclipses will be visible and uses your phone's GPS to tell you what those eclipses would look like from your current location.

    If you're not in the path of totality for an upcoming total solar eclipse, including the one happening in April, Totality will also show you the nearest locations from which you can witness totality. The app also contains a wealth of scientific information about eclipses and can even use Google Maps to provide accurate navigation to the path of totality.

    "I saw a need for an easy-to-use app to help both kids and adults know exactly when and where they could watch an upcoming eclipse and that would provide accurate information about safe viewing and eclipse science," Jeffrey Bennett, Totality app creator and founder of Big Kid Science, told

    Bennett also wanted the app to be free so cost would not be a barrier to anyone. He created the app to help as many people as possible experience totality as well as learn the underlying science behind eclipses. The app was sponsored by the American Astronomical Society.

    "I teamed up with Xavier Jubier, who graciously agreed to provide the eclipse prediction code that he wrote for his interactive website, and the two of us worked with the brilliant software engineers at Germinate LLC to turn this vision into reality," Bennett continued.

    The Learn section provides ample solar eclipse resources such as information on how, when, and why solar eclipses occur as well as classroom activities meant to inspire the next generation of budding eclipse chasers.

    Download Totality on iOS and Android platforms in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese.


     GSCCC Competition News

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    The following Plano Photography Club member(s) received recognition in the February 2024 Gulf States Camera Club Council photo competition:

    Color Projected

  • 1st Place: My Mother's Scissors - Nancy Mack
  • Nature Projected

  • 2nd Place: Flight of the Spoonbill - Alan Daniel
  • To see the winning images and a full list of award recipients, please visit the GSCCC competition results page. Congratulations to those listed above.


     Club Meeting - Thursday, March 21, 2024

    Training - 6:00 PM CT (Library)
    Some Basics with Larry Petterborg and Dennis Fritsche (Library)

    Graham Hobart
    Graham Hobart
    Program - 7:00 PM CT (Main Meeting Room)
    Graham Hobart: Visualization

    Bio: Graham Hobart offers a unique approach to photography. Growing up during a civil war in Africa as well as having lived on three continents may explain why his work is anything but ordinary. At age ten he was carving stone at the feet of native Zimbabwean artists. While still in high school he began casting bronze sculptures and painting in oils. This was followed by a period during which he began to explore as much of the African subcontinent as he could, sometimes by canoe or bicycle simply because roads did not exist.

    "It was during these travels that I realized that I just had to have a camera to record all those incredible experiences," Hobart says when asked about the transition to becoming a professional photographer in 1985. So, from the simple desire to share his stories with others he bought his first camera and the next great adventure began.

    After so many years the thrill of the pursuit for the perfect image hasn't left Hobart.

    Having grown up in British Colonial Africa, Graham Hobart witnessed first-hand animal populations disappearing as their pristine habitat shrank to smaller and smaller areas in the name of human progress.

    Harnessing the unique qualities of infrared photography, Hobart has created images reminiscent of old Victorian lithographs by artists like Thomas Baines (Africa) and Thomas Moran (the American West) during the late nineteenth century.

    Hobart's images evoke a haunting nostalgia for this bygone era and will transport you back in time to when animals roamed freely while challenging all of us to allow the overly stressed wild areas space to heal as we learn to reestablish our coexistence with the natural world.

    Hobart believes that you can never fully experience Life without first getting close to Nature and then learning to tread lightly where you walk and listen carefully to all the plants and creatures around you.

    Program Description: Good photographic images are more than pretty pictures. Every good photographer must have a firm command over the look and messaging of his/her images. Once a degree of maturity has been achieved a sort of “reverse engineering” is essential to go back to repeat that success again and again so that a recognizable style or brand can be established.

    A key component of this journey is knowing what you want to say as an artist and learning how to see the finished print while still looking through the viewfinder ... long before the image is captured.

    Since Graham Hobart’s last lecture titled "Finding your Visual Voice,” he has been exhibited by several museums and institutions in Africa, Europe, and the USA. In his next lecture titled “VISUALIZATION,” Hobart will break down how he arrived at his iconic illustrative style and how he was able to reinforce his messaging with a branded look that is undeniably his own. This lecture will challenge you to find your look and learn ways to build that brand into a body of work that is more dependent on belief and command than on luck.



    Samples of Graham's Photography


     Club Contest Information - March 2024

    The theme for the next Plano Photography Club photo contest is OPEN (Electronic).

    Accompanying electronic entries must be uploaded to the PPC Competition Site before 11:59 PM CT on Thursday, March 21, 2024.

    You may submit one image to this contest. SUBMIT CONTEST IMAGE

    NOTE: You must be a Plano Photography Club member to submit a contest image.


     Club Contest Results

    Winning Images from the January 2024 Club Contest
    Topic: Open (Electronic)
    (Click any image to see it full-screen)

    Award recipients in the January Plano Photography Club contest were announced at the monthly club meeting on Thursday, February 15, 2024.

    Detailed results are listed below; honored photographs are seen on the right. Congratulations to the awardees and thanks to all competitors.


    • 1st: "Tiger's" Roar - Audrey Burns (2nd Place Overall)
    • 2nd: Caddo Lake - Jin Li
    • 3rd: When you wish upon a star - Jonathan Biser
    • HM: Flying High - Janet Yu


    • 1st: Radiant Split Leap - Eddie Yu (Best of Show)
    • 2nd: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? - Jodi Smith
    • 3rd: New Season - Debbie Conrad
    • HM: Jessie - Rand Nix
    • HM: Tin Can Surrealism - Fred Manchester


    • 1st: City of Bridges - Clive Fernando
    • 2nd: Mission San Xavier, Tucson, AZ - David Hutchison
    • 3rd: Gotham Jungle - Greg Rains
    • HM: Swampy Eyes Watching - Mary Kell Ruehle
    • HM: morning mist - Parvin Stiles


    • 1st: Vermeer's Onions - Nancy Mack (3rd Place overall)
    • 2nd: Good Morning Africa! - Larry Petterborg (Honorable Mention overall)
    • 3rd: Magic Moment - Anita Oakley
    • HM: Morning Glow at Caddo Lake - Lois Lehman
    • HM: Sunrise on Caddo Lake - Marie Hansen

    Full-Screen Slideshow | Gallery | Judge's Commentary

    Standings: All Classes | Entry | Intermediate | Advanced | Master


     March President's Message

    Total Solar Eclipse
    Jen Castle

    A big thank you to all the club members who helped make our 2024 Tabletop Workshop a blast! Nearly 60 people joined the fun, and the photos on our website do a great job of capturing the excitement. We're so lucky to have such a dedicated and talented group of people in the Plano Photography Club.

    The clock is ticking toward April 8, when the Dallas area will experience its only total solar eclipse in our lifetimes. We've assembled a comprehensive guide to help you learn about the eclipse and safely photograph it. Our guide includes text and video resources, with both external links and presentations by our own Jason Ware and Cliff McKenzie. Here's how to get ready:

    Join us on March 21 for our monthly club meeting featuring guest speaker Graham Hobart, a Master Photographer whose work has been exhibited by prestigious institutions worldwide. Here's what you need to know about Graham:

    • Born in Africa, lived in London, and now resides in Texas
    • Renowned for his iconic illustrative style and powerful brand identity
    • His lecture, "VISUALIZATION," will delve into his creative process and guide you to find your unique visual voice

    Don't miss this inspiring presentation and the chance to learn from a master!

    "Photography is the beauty of life captured." — Tara Chisolm

    The Plano Photography Club is a proud member club of these organizations:

  • Photographic Society of America
  • Gulf States Camera Club Council
  • Photographic Society of America Gulf States Camera Club Council PSA Website Contest 2020 2nd Place PSA Website Contest 2021 Honorable Mention  PSA Website Contest 2023 Honorable Mention

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