Club News Archive

This page serves as an archive of all Club News that has appeared on the front page of the Plano Photography Club website since February 2020.


October 2021

I Heart Photography Conference

The I Heart Photography Conference and Expo Returns to Grapevine This Weekend

The Texas Professional Photographer Association's I Heart Photography Conference and Expo is returning to the Grapevine Convention Center from October 15-17, 2021.

The conference features three days of programming for professional photographers and photographic enthusiasts. Programs are offered to foster photographic creativity and inspiration as well as improving photographic skills and camera technique. There will be presentations at the conference center as well as several exciting photo excursions.

Program topics include everything from creating stylized portraits to advanced Photoshop Compositing techniques. The programs also include senior portrait photography, fine art children’s portraits as well as landscape photography, and much more.

The event is supported by industry vendors who will be exhibiting at the I Heart Photography Expo. Vendors already committed to attending include Arlington Camera, X-rite, Panasonic, Sony, Canon, Sekonic, US Camera Pro, the Texas School of Professional Photography, and many more. The trade show is included in your I Heart Photography registration and non-attendees can get special trade show-only passes from the event website.

Registration is now open, and a $50 discount on the registration fee is available through Thursday, October 14 (or until 200 pre-registrations have been reached).

 

Adobe MAX 2021

Adobe MAX Virtual and Free Again This Year; Registration Now Open

Just like last year, the Adobe MAX 2021 Creativity Conference (October 26-28, 2021) is going to be virtual and free to all attendees. Registration for the event is now open.

Join Adobe for three full days of inspiring speakers and ideas, all the latest tools and updates (including those exciting new masking features coming to Lightroom, Lightroom Classic, and Adobe Camera Raw), tips and tricks to take your work to the next level, and everything you need to gain inspiration and fuel your creative fire.

By joining the MAX mailing list you'll get all the latest conference news and information sent directly to your inbox.

If you are a current Adobe customer or are thinking of becoming one, you won't want to miss this event, so mark your calendar now.

You can register for Adobe MAX 2021 and review the list of scheduled speakers on the Adobe MAX 2021 website.

 

September 2021

Clive and Pam Fernando

PPC Member And Spouse Featured In Plano Neighborhood Magazine

Club member Clive Fernando and his wife Pam are featured on the cover and as part of the monthly Resident Feature in the October 2021 edition of Willow Bend Neighbors magazine, a free 16-page publication delivered to Plano residents who live roughly in the area bounded by Spring Creek Parkway, Plano Parkway, Preston Road, and the Dallas North Tollway.

The article provides an excellent biography of the couple and provides a lot of detail about the volunteer and charitable work they have been performing for years in our community. As the magazine's lead editorial states, they do this largely out of gratitude for the opportunities they have been given after having moved to the United States.

Of course, the piece also showcases a number of Clive's excellent photographs, several of which he has previously shared as part of both the Plano Photography Club and the Heard Museum Nature Photography Club.

The magazine's publishers graciously agreed to provide us with an electronic copy of the October issue so that all members of the PPC can read it, and we encourage you to do so.

At the same time, we'd like to offer Clive and Pam congratulations and a hearty thank you for all that you do in Plano, both for the city and county at large and as part of the local photo clubs.

 

Raptor Photo Day Is Happening On October 9

When: October 19, 2021 from 7:30 AM to 10:00 AM CT
Where: Blackland Prairie Raptor Center, 1625 Brockdale Park Road, Lucas, TX 75002 (map, Lucas TX 75002
Cost: $25 pre-register and $30 at the door.

NOTE: Pre-registration closes the Friday at noon before the event. After that time you will need to show up and pay the $30 donation.

Raptor Photo Day at the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center is a great opportunity to experience taking photographs of their education ambassadors in a natural setting.

They set up perching throughout the park and let photographers take pictures of the birds with different backgrounds and lighting. For all ages and photography experience.

 

Photographer Needed

We have received a request for a photographer for a quinceañera party and we are passing this information along to our members.

Here are the particulars regarding this event:

  • Location: event1310 (1013 E 15th St, Plano, TX 75074)
  • Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021
  • Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM CT
  • Responsibilities: Group photos and casual shots of party (~100 guests)

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Angelina Kenefick via email and let her know that you are a member of the Plano Photography Club.

 

PPC Member Photo Is A Finalist In Comedy Wildlife Photography Competition

PPC member and club officer Larry Petterborg is participating in the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, which are sponsored by an organization whose mission is to "widen understanding and engagement with global conservation - for the preservation of biodiversity and the health and enrichment of everyone on Earth."

One of Larry's images in the competition is a finalist for The Affinity Photo People's Choice Award.

You are invited to vote for Larry's photo (seen at right) or any of 41 other funny wildlife pictures, and by doing so you make yourself eligible to win a new Apple iPad, courtesy of Affinity Photo.

Additional details, terms and conditions, and voting instructions are available on the Awards website.

 

Info On State Fair Media Credentials and Photographer Passes

As you no doubt know, the State Fair of Texas is returning to Fair Park in Dallas this year after being canceled in 2020. The Fair will run from September 24 - October 17, 2021.

If you are planning to attend, we want to make you aware of two different types of passes that you can request right now from the State Fair Public Relations Office:

  • Media Credentials - permit you to enter the fairgrounds at no charge as a media member; the website does not address the question of whether professional photographic equipment is allowed.
  • Temporary Photographer Passes - permit you to enter the fairgrounds with professional photography equipment, including tripods and/or monopods; drones are strictly prohibited for all attendees. NOTE: Temporary Photographer Passes DO NOT include admission to the State Fair of Texas.

These passes are issued on a first-come, first-served basis and not all requests are guaranteed to be fulfilled, so click on the links above to act quickly if you are interested.

As a reminder, please review the State Fair of Texas COVID-19 protocols for the latest health and safety information before visiting the fairgrounds.

 

Friends of Hagerman Photo Club Nature Photography Contest Now Open

Each September, the Friends of Hagerman Photo Club - which shares several members with our own club - sponsors a nature-themed photo contest. For a small fee per photo, photographers may enter as many photos as they wish into the competition.

Competition categories include Landscapes, Flora and Macro, Artistic, and Wildlife in both Beginner and Intermediate/Advanced divisions.

All photographers are invited to participate in the contest, regardless of age or skill level. Entries will be accepted from September 1 through September 30, 2021.

For contest rules, entry process details, and other related information, please visit the Friends of Hagerman Photo Club website.

 

August 2021

PPC Members Recognized at the August 2021 GSCCC Competition

The following Plano Photography Club member(s) received awards in the Gulf States Camera Club Council August 2021 photo competition:

Monochrome Images
  • 1st: Nebraska Storm - Anita Oakley
Nature Images
  • 2nd Honorable Mention: Honey Sucker - Clive Fernando

For a full list of winners, please visit the GSCCC competition results page. Congratulations to those listed above.

 

Real Estate Photographers Needed

Showcase Photographers is looking for photographers who want to take on some part-time work in real estate photography.

Club Membership Chair Greg Jones brought this opportunity to the club's attention during our August 2021 club meeting.

He explains that this is the process for working with the company:

  • Showcase Photography handles the scheduling with the real estate agents
  • Jobs will just show up in your calendar
  • You use your own camera equipment
  • You can set your own work days/hours

If you are interested, contact them via email and let them know that you are a member of the Plano Photography Club.

 

Plano Balloon Festival Cancelled For 2021

For the second year in a row, the annual H-E-B Central Market Plano Balloon Festival has been canceled due to concerns related to COVID-19, according to a statement from Jo Via, executive director of the festival.

"The Plano Balloon Festival, Inc. has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 H-E-B Central Market Plano Balloon Festival that was scheduled for September 17 – 19. With the continued increase in COVID cases, specifically the Delta Variant, the Festival board and staff has considered the health and safety of our Festival pilots, attendees, volunteers, sponsors, and vendors our top priority. In making this difficult decision we are mindful of the extremely large number of families that attend the event, the majority of which have children under 12 years of age.

"Providing a safe environment for everyone that visits the event is crucial, especially for our youngest attendees. Safety has been at the forefront of our Festival from the very beginning and that will not change. This was not an easy decision, but the right one to make. We deeply appreciate the support of our partners, sponsors, and the community; and look forward to the best festival ever in 2022."

 

Tabletop Workshop Postponed

Out of an abundance of caution, the club is postponing the Tabletop Workshop originally planned for this Saturday, August 21, 2021, at the Parr Library in Plano.

We will reschedule the event for a future date when we feel confident that we can hold it in a safe and healthy environment.

Thanks to all of those members who had planned to present at the workshop; we appreciate your efforts.

 

Adobe MAX Free For Everyone Again This Year; Registration Now Open

As was the case in 2020, the Adobe MAX 2021 Creativity Conference (October 26-28, 2021) is going to be all-digital and free to all attendees. Registration for the event is now open.

According to Adobe, there will be dozens of hours of "inspiration and learning," which will include live content demos, speakers, sneak peeks, celebrity appearances, and musical performances. The online event will feature more than 270 speakers. Both the main keynote and the breakout sessions will be available for all registrants. The headlining speakers include writer, director, editor and producer Chloe Zhao; YouTube personality, filmmaker, and vlogger Casey Neistat; and actor Tilda Swinton. Dozens of other artists across all disciplines will have keynotes and breakout sessions as well.

Those who register will be entered into a sweepstakes to win a free MAX t-shirt and can begin crafting a schedule for virtual events they want to attend. Registering also provides access to instructor files and presentation downloads and an opportunity to engage with Adobe product experts.

You can register for Adobe MAX 2021 and look through the list of speakers on the Adobe MAX 2021 website.

 

Larry Petterborg and Bud Mallar Photo Outings

We want to make you aware of a new photography opportunity. Two of our members are inviting you to meet up with them on a regular basis at some of our local destinations to capture some photos.

Details are below.

Do you need a reason to get out of the house and take pictures? Come join us (our email and websites are below).

We go out and shoot just about every week and end up having lunch somewhere afterward. Being part of a group is a great way to motivate yourself to get out and use your camera.

Along with just having fun shooting, it could be a good opportunity to get answers to questions you may have, to try alternative ways to take a picture, share your skills/experience, and/or engage in some suggestions on taking "better" images.

If you are interested, please sign up with Bud (budmallar@gmail.com) to receive a weekly email of future outings and the details (dates, times, fees, reservation information, COVID precautions, last-minute changes, etc.) of that week's event.

-- Larry Petterborg (Flickr) and Bud Mallar (Flickr)

 

PPC Members Recognized at July 2021 GSCCC Competition

The following Plano Photography Club member(s) received aqards in the Gulf States Camera Club Council July 2021 photo competition:

Photojournalism
  • 1st: Making Her Move - Mary Ruehle
  • 2nd: Strike While The Iron Is Hot! - Janice Goetz
Nature Images
  • 1st: Eagle Food Fight - Ron Hasty

For a full list of winners, please visit the GSCCC competition results page. Congratulations to those listed above.

 

July 2021

Beavers Bend Fall Weekend

Friday November 19, 2021 through Sunday November 21, 2021

After two years away, the Plano Photography Club will return to Oklahoma's Beavers Bend State Park (northeast of Broken Bow) for a fall shooting trip.

The park (about three hours away from Plano by car) is located in the mountainous region of southeast Oklahoma along the shores of Broken Bow Lake and the Mountain Fork River. Guests traveling down the winding roads through the forests of pine and hardwood trees will find adventure, beautiful scenery, and plenty of activities inside this state park.

Towering timbers, crystal clear waters, and rugged terrain make this state park an outdoor lover's paradise. A constant-flow stream fed from the cold water of Broken Bow Lake forms a fishing stream with small waterfalls and rapids, offering great photo opportunities both morning and evening. Trails can take you up wooded hills for grand vistas. Broken Bow Lake and Hochatown State Park offer views of the hills for sunrise and sunset shots.

Keep watching the website for more information on this trip, coming soon.

 

Big Boy 4014 Route 2021

Detailed Schedule Released for Big Boy No. 4014's Return to Texas

In 2019, Union Pacific's historic steam locomotives – Big Boy No. 4014 and the Living Legend No. 844 – toured the Union Pacific system to commemorate the transcontinental railroad's 150th anniversary.

Now, one of the steam beauties is coming back. Early next month, Big Boy No. 4014 will depart Cheyenne, Wyoming for travel through Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming.

Along the way, the Big Boy will be on display in the following cities during the tour:

  • Saturday, August 14: Fort Worth, Texas
  • Tuesday, August 17: Houston, Texas
  • Saturday, August 21: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Sunday, August 29: St. Louis, Missouri
  • Monday, September 6: Denver, Colorado

Now the Union Pacific Steam Club has released the full details of for the Big Boy 2021 Tour route.

The chart at right shows the train's schedule for Friday, August 13 - Sunday, August 15, when the train will be closest to the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.

Information about whistle and overnight stops for the entire route can be found on the official Union Pacific Steam Schedule. Some of the times listed are still subject to change, so be sure to review the schedule as the date gets closer.

Following the Denver stop on Labor Day weekend, the Big Boy and its crew will return to Cheyenne.

 

White Rock Lake Day

Water | Sailboats | Nature | Photography

Join other members of the Plano Photography and Dallas Camera clubs for an indoor/outdoor social and photo-activity meetup at Dallas' beautiful White Rock Lake.

This will be another terrific opportunity for new club members to meet their clubmates in person.

Date: Saturday, July 17, 2021
Time: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM CT (come and go at your leisure)
Location: Corinthian Sailing Club on White Rock Lake
441 E. Lawther Drive
Dallas, Texas 75218 (link to map)

Additional details - including the access code required to enter the Corinthian Sailing Club dock/clubhouse - are available on our Club Activities page.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Club President Alan Daniel.

CSC Clubhouse - Aerial View   CSC Clubhouse - Lake View

Corinthian Sailing Club Clubhouse (Aerial and Lake Views)

 

Free Lisa Langell Webinar on July 27

Lisa Langell
Lisa Langell

Plano Photography Club members have been invited to attend a virtual seminar from award-winning photographer Lisa Langell entitled The New Nature Photography: Trends And Ideas For The Future Of Nature Photography.

This virtual event will take place on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, from 7:00 PM CT to 8:30 PM CT. Attendance is free, but you must REGISTER IN ADVANCE.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Nature photographers put their photography on their website, in coffee shops, in galleries, art exhibits, art shows, or online, but often struggle to sell it. People love a beautiful image of nature but aren't compelled to buy it for their homes. Nature photographers crave creating something different but often aren't sure how to execute new looks. There are interior design concepts that are unfamiliar to many Nature photographers when we set out to make photographs. Photographers venture out seeking the right light, action, moment, and composition, but often do not think first about the differing criteria for creating work appropriate for the various design elements of home or office interiors versus the classic criteria for magazines and calendars.

This live, interactive, and fun webinar will help you better understand how to differentiate photography markets and shoot for them to create modern nature photography that is desirable to consumers looking to adorn their interiors.

Some of the things that you will learn in this program are:

  • How to identify the differences between "classic nature photography" and the new nature photography for today's artistic decorative trends.
  • Spot the right photographic compositions for modern decorative art.
  • Identify and apply photographic techniques that elevate your work from traditional to art worthy for today's interior trends.
  • Incorporate mixed media and "found objects" into your creations.
  • Apply simple but impactful post-processing techniques.
  • Discover images in your archives that, with a few tweaks, can be translated into the new nature photography.

Raptor Pair   Murmuration x 8   Trio of Bears

Samples of Lisa's Nature Photography

ABOUT THE PRESENTER

Lisa Langell is a full-time working photographer in Arizona whose photography has included the cover of Outdoor Photography as well as the pages of Arizona Highways, Ranger Rick, and various art galleries. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the North American Nature Photography Association. In her earlier work life, she was a master floral designer, a licensed psychologist, a university faculty member, an international consultant in K-12 education, the Chief Business Development Officer of an education technology company, a researcher, a writer, and an artist. She is one who has enjoyed meeting each challenge.

You may read more about her, see her photography, list of webinars, workshops, and events at her website: www.langellphotography.com

 


June 2021

Dallas Red White and Boom (2018)
Dallas Red White and Boom (2018)

Tips for Photographing and Post-Processing Fireworks

Capturing Fireworks Images

Post-Processing Fireworks Photos

 

PPC Members Recognized at June 2021 GSCCC Competition

The following Plano Photography Club member(s) received an award in the Gulf States Camera Club Council June 2021 photo competition:

  • Photojournalism
    • 1st: Vigilant - Fred Manchester
  • Monochrome
    • 3rd: Dad - Robert Shafer
  • Nature Images
    • 1st HM: Early Morning Landing - Alan Daniel
  • For a full list of winners, please visit the GSCCC competition results page. Congratulations to those listed above.

     

    PPC Website Receives Recognition In PSA Website Contest

    For the second consecutive year, the Plano Photography Club website has received an award in the annual Photographic Society of America (PSA) Website Contest. In the 2021 competition, the club was recognized with an Honorable Mention in the Large Clubs category (74 members or more).

    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.

    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.

    As an Honorable Mention recipient, 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 contributed content for the site.

     

    PPC Website Server Migration Coming Friday Evening

    The Plano Photography Club website - which is hosted by Visual Pursuits - is being moved to a new server on Friday evening, June 25, starting at 10:00PM Pacific Daylight Time (12:00 AM June 26 Central Daylight Time).

    After the migration is completed, visitors to the site should see greatly improved performance.

    The entire process is expected to take about four (4) hours to complete. This switch should be totally invisible to all club members if things work as expected.

    If for any reason problems occur with the server migration and you are unable to access the site come Saturday morning, please know that all parties will be doing everything they can to get the site back online as quickly as possible.

     

    Club Meeting Announcements

    The following announcements were made at the June 2021 PPC monthly meeting:

    • James Stover and Dennis Fritsche were recognized as recipients of the Distinguished Service Award for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 club years, respectively. Congratulations to both deserving honorees.
    • The topic for the July 2021 DIY Excursion will be WATER, in all its forms. There may be an opportunity for club members to get together in an organized activity to capture pictures on this topic. More details to follow.
    • If you are interested in receiving an anonymous photo critique from two club Master Level photographers - which would include feedback on composition, exposure, and post-processing - send your picture(s) (JPEG only) to critique@planophotographyclub.com.

     

    Big Boy No. 4014 Returns to Texas This Summer

    Big Boy 4014 Route 2021

    Union Pacific's historic steam locomotives – Big Boy No. 4014 and the Living Legend No. 844 – toured the Union Pacific system throughout 2019 to commemorate the transcontinental railroad's 150th anniversary.

    The Union Pacific Steam Club has released the first news about the Big Boy 2021 Tour route. Big Boy No. 4014 will depart Cheyenne, Wyoming on Thursday, August 5 for travel through Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming.

    Union Pacific is still working out the details of overnight and whistle-stops along the way, but they did state that the Big Boy will be on display at the following locations:

    • Saturday, August 14: Fort Worth, Texas
    • Tuesday, August 17: Houston, Texas
    • Saturday, August 21: New Orleans, Louisiana
    • Sunday, August 29: St. Louis, Missouri
    • Monday, September 6: Denver, Colorado

    Following the Denver stop on Labor Day weekend, the Big Boy and its crew will return to Cheyenne.

     

    Plano Photography Club Picnic Details

    Many of our club members have not seen each other face-to-face (with OR without a mask) in more than a year and we're doing something to change that. Plan to join us on the evening of June 16 for an outdoor get-together where you can reconnect with old friends and also make some new ones.

    Oak Point Park and Pavilion

    This is also a great opportunity for new club members who have not yet been able to meet their clubmates to make those first personal connections.

    Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2021
    Location: Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve Pavilion
    5901 Los Rios Boulevard
    Plano, Texas 75074 (link to map)
    Schedule: 6:30  Social Hour - Meet and greet with new and old members
    7:15  Special Presentation (15 minutes)

    Awards from the End of the Year Program will be available
    Prints from past competitions will also be available
    Hang around and socialize as long as you want
    What to Bring: Food and beverages (non-alcoholic) plus any utensils you need
    There are plenty of picnic tables with benches available; no need for chairs unless you want
    Don't forget your camera - there are many photographic opportunities

     

    June 2021 DIY Excursion - Downtown Dallas Architecture

    This month's DIY Photo Excursion (June 1-30) is to Downtown Dallas for photos of Dallas' mix of modern and historical architecture.

    Whether it's Deep Ellum, Victory Park, or the Central Business District, you'll find that there are plenty of locations in and near the heart of Dallas for you to get great pictures.

    And if you're participating in our monthly contests, you might be able to capture some candidate shots for the upcoming Neon Lights (July) and Nighttime Water Reflections (September) competitions during your excursion.

    After you return home, please send your best pictures (maximum of five, <10MB, <=4096 pixels on the long side) to clubphotos@planophotographyclub.com for inclusion in a gallery to be posted on the club website.

    Enjoy getting outdoors but please stay safe and cool.

     

    Another Free Tim Grey Virtual Photo Conference Coming on June 12

    On Saturday, June 12, 2021, Tim Grey will present another free all-day (9:00 AM - 4:30 PM CT) virtual photo conference featuring a variety of live online presentations on photography, Photoshop, Lightroom Classic, and more!.

    The following topics will be covered:

    • Keynote: Better Photography Through Travel
    • Streamlined Organization in Lightroom Classic
    • Smartphone Apps for Photographers
    • Mastering Layer Masks in Photoshop
    • Mirrorless Cameras
    • Depth of Field Demystified
    • "Ask Tim Grey" Live! Q&A

    If you are not familiar with Tim, he is a popular educator in digital photography, with strong presentation and writing skills. Tim has authored 18 books on subjects related to photography, has been publishing the daily "Ask Tim Grey" email newsletter for over 19 years, produces a variety of video training courses, and much more.

    If you are interested in attending, the program schedule and other details can be found on the conference registration page.

     


    May 2021

    Total Lunar Eclipse on May 26

    If you're an early riser and the weather cooperates, you'll have a chance to see (and photograph) a total lunar eclipse in DFW on the morning of May 26, 2021.

    The eclipse takes place just a few hours after the Moon reaches perigee - the closest point to Earth on its orbit - making it a Super Flower Blood Moon.

    When The Eclipse Happens
    Event Time in Dallas (CT) Visible in Dallas
    Penumbral Eclipse begins May 26 at 3:47:39 am Yes
    Partial Eclipse begins May 26 at 4:44:58 am Yes
    Full Eclipse begins May 26 at 6:11:26 am Yes
    Maximum Eclipse May 26 at 6:18:42 am Yes
    Full Eclipse ends May 26 at 6:25:54 am Maybe, touching horizon
    Partial Eclipse ends May 26 at 7:52:23 am No, below the horizon
    Penumbral Eclipse ends May 26 at 8:49:44 am No, below the horizon

    Resources

     

    May 2021 DIY Excursion

    Dallas Zoo

    This month's DIY Photo Excursion (May 1-31) is to the Dallas Zoo, located at 650 South R.L. Thornton Freeway in Dallas (map). The Zoo is currently open every day from 9 AM to 5 PM CT.

    All guests - including Dallas Zoo Members - are required to reserve tickets online prior to visiting in order to limit person-to-person transactions.

    Adult ticket prices range from $19 ($15 for seniors) on weekdays to $21 ($16 for seniors) on weekends. The first Tuesday of the month (May 4) is Tiger Tuesday when the admission price for all adults is lowered to $8 (buy tickets). Parking is $10.

    As of May 1, 2021, the Dallas Zoo has moved from "masks required" to "masks strongly recommended" in most outdoor areas. Masks are still required indoors and during animal experiences. Learn more about the Zoo's health and safety protocols for COVID-19 here.

    After you return home from the Zoo, please send your best pictures (maximum of five) to clubphotos@planophotographyclub.com for inclusion in a gallery to be posted on the club website.

    Enjoy getting outdoors and your trip to the Dallas Zoo, but please stay safe and keep healthy.

    Resources: General Information | Explore the Zoo | Map of the Zoo

     

    PPC Recognized at GSCCC EOY Competition

    The following Plano Photography Club member(s) received an award in the Gulf States Camera Club Council 2020-2021 EOY photo competition:

  • Color Images
    • 1st: Caravan in Sunset - Ron Lin
  • Nature Images
    • 1st HM: The Eagle Has Landed - Jan De Meulder
  • In the club-level competition, the PPC finished in 5th Place in the Color Images category and in 1st Place in the Nature Images category for the 2020-2021 competition year.

    For a full list of winners, please visit the GSCCC competition results page. Congratulations to those listed above.

     


    April 2021

    Nominations Open for Distinguished Service Award

    The Distinguished Service Award may be presented annually to a Plano Photography Club member whose contributions of time, talents, and service have made a significant impact on the club and its membership.

    Any member of the Plano Photography Club may submit a nomination for the Distinguished Service Award, as follows:

  • Option 1

    Download the PPC Distinguished Service Award Nomination Form.

    Fill it out on your computer and send it via email (Word or PDF) to the Club President.

  • Option 2

    Send an email message to the Club President which contains the following information:

    • Name of nominee
    • Description of why you are nominating this person for the Distinguished Service Award
  • Nominations are open now through 11:59PM April 25, 2021.

     

    Club Officers Announced for 2021-2022

    Club officer assignments for the 2021-2022 club year were announced at the April 2021 club meeting and approved by the meeting attendees:

    Position    Officer/Volunteer
    President    Alan Daniel
    VP Activities    Suzanne Beasley
    VP Programs    Mary Ruehle
    Treasurer    Mike Losurdo
    Training Chair    Dennis Fritsche
    Contest Chair    Brian Clark
    Membership Chair    Greg Jones
    Webmaster    David Swinney
    Newsletter    James Stover
    Social Media    Heidi Phillips
    PSA Representative    Larry Petterborg
    GSCCC Representative    Sam Lucas
    Historian    Cindy Vaillancourt

     


    March 2021

    April 2021 DIY Excursion

    UPDATE (April 29, 2021): From the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails and Festival website:

    Come now! We are at the end of the Ennis Bluebonnet Trail Season. Some areas are already going to seed and some are still looking good. The South Trail is currently the BEST driving trail.

    UPDATE (April 22, 2021): From the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails and Festival website:

    Come soon! Some of the trails have already reached their peak. But you will still find bluebonnets in some areas.

    UPDATE (April 15, 2021): For those who do not have access to Facebook content, the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails and Festival website posts periodic updates on the status of bluebonnets in the Ennis area. HINT: They're peaking NOW.

    UPDATE (April 8, 2021): From the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival Facebook page:

    Beautiful bluebonnets along the North Trail in Ennis! Make sure to stop by the Ennis Welcome Center at 201 NW Main to get a trail map and shop and dine in historic downtown before enjoying the scenic, 40 miles of mapped bluebonnet trails.

    UPDATE (April 1, 2021): From the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival Facebook page:

    Bluebonnet Status 4/1/21: The bluebonnets are coming up strong in areas around Ennis. The roadside blooms are beautiful. But we suggest you wait for these blue beauties to peak.

    Typically bluebonnets peak in the 2nd-3rd week in April in the Ennis area. For more information and answers to your frequently asked questions, visit www.bluebonnettrail.org.


    It's springtime in Texas - and if you've lived here for any time at all, you know that means bluebonnets.

    This month's DIY Photo Excursion is to the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails from April 1-30.

    Each April, Ennis showcases over 40 miles of mapped driving bluebonnet trails sponsored by the Ennis Garden Club. These are the oldest such trails known in the state, and tens of thousands of visitors make the short trek to Ennis annually to view this wonderful wildflower show.

    The Ennis Garden Club drives the trails each week in April to check the bloom status. They then report to the Ennis Welcome Center so that visitors can be well informed where the best flowers are on the trails at the time of their visit.

    In Ennis, the bluebonnets typically peak around the 3rd week of April. This can vary year to year due to weather conditions and terrain, so please check the Bluebonnet Trails website or call 972-878-4748 before your visit.

    You can also follow Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival and Visit Ennis, Texas on Facebook for bloom status updates.

    If you are unfamiliar with the locations of the individual bluebonnet trails, the Ultimate Guide to Visiting the Ennis Bluebonnet Trail includes maps and recommendations.

    After you get home from Ennis, please send your best pictures (maximum of five) to clubphotos@planophotographyclub.com for inclusion in a gallery to be posted on the club website.

    Enjoy getting outdoors and your trip to Ennis, but please stay safe and keep healthy.

     

    PPC Recognized at March GSCCC Competition

    The following Plano Photography Club member(s) received an award in the March 2021 Gulf States Camera Club Council photo competition:

  • Nature Images
    • 2nd: A Good Catch - Ron Lin
  • The Plano Photography Club also finished in 3rd Place in the Nature Images category for the 2020-2021 competition year.

    For a full list of March winners, please visit the GSCCC competition results page. Congratulations to those listed above.

     

    Free Zoom Lecture: Shooting Like Ansel Adams

    The following information was sent our way by Dallas Camera Club member John Fowler, an alumnus of Manhattanville College in Harrison, NY.

    On Thursday, April 8, 2021, join Manhattanville College Professor of Art History Gillian Hannum, Ph.D., and Professor of Communication and Media Studies Jim Frank, MFA, for a special lecture, "Shooting Like Ansel Adams," that will examine the world-famous photographer’s work from historical, aesthetic, and technical perspectives.

    This event begins at 6:00 PM CDT and is free and open to the public.

    Register to receive your Zoom link: https://bit.ly/3rsu4WB

     

    PPC Members Invited to Presentation by Canon Explorer of Light Darrell Gulin on April 10

    The Heard Nature Photographers club has invited Plano Photography Club members to attend their monthly meeting on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 2PM CT (meeting instructions to follow at a later time).

    Their program will include a presentation by Canon Explorer of Light Darrell Gulin, who will be speaking on the topic of "Cowboys and Cowgirls."

    Darrell has been photographing for over 35 years, marketing his work for the last 33 years, and has been a full-time Nature/Travel Photographer for the last 26 years. He markets his work through Stock Agencies, Editorial Markets, Photography Workshop/Tours, Seminars and Speaking Engagements.

    His photographs have been published in Outdoor Photographer, Newsweek, National Geographic, Audubon, National Wildlife, Birder's World, Sunset, Nature's Best, and many more.

    He is an accomplished speaker/teacher and also was featured on five Canon Photo Safari television programs where he taught actors/actresses to photograph in the field. He leads the Gulin / Ken & Lydia Strange workshops and travels around the world capturing special moments photographically.

     

    Milky Way   Beach Reflection   Horse Galloping in Snow   Moth and Flower

    Examples of Darrell Gulin's Work

     


    February 2021

    PPC Members Invited To Free Tim Grey Virtual Photo Conference THIS SUNDAY

    On Sunday, February 21st, Tim Grey will present the GreyLearning Virtual Photo Conference, a free all-day (9:00 AM - 4:30 PM CT) live online event with a variety of presentations on photography, Lightroom Classic, Photoshop, and more.

    In case you're not familiar with Tim, he is a popular educator in digital photography, with strong presentation and writing skills. Tim has authored 18 books on subjects related to photography, has been publishing the daily "Ask Tim Grey" email newsletter for over 19 years, produces a variety of video training courses, and much more.

    This free event is being shared with camera club members around the country. If you are interested in participating, the schedule and other details can be found on the conference registration page.

     

    February Monthly Meeting Rescheduled

    In consideration of the current issues with electrical accessibility and internet connectivity, we have moved this Thursday’s scheduled monthly meeting out one week.

    Please join us for our rescheduled February club meeting on Thursday, February 25th at 7:00 PM.

    This month's program will be “Models, Celebrities and Others” by Evans Caglage. He will discuss what he looks for in his portrait and editorial fashion images, including lighting decisions as well as choosing locations.

    We will also share the latest news on what’s happening at PPC.

    The meeting will close with the results of our January 2021 contest.

     

    PPC Members Invited to Presentation by Canon Explorer of Light Darrell Gulin on April 10

    The Heard Nature Photographers club has invited Plano Photography Club members to attend their monthly meeting on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 2PM CT (meeting instructions to follow at a later time).

    Their program will include a presentation by Canon Explorer of Light Darrell Gulin, who will be speaking on the topic of "Cowboys and Cowgirls."

    Darrell has been photographing for over 35 years, marketing his work for the last 33 years, and has been a full-time Nature/Travel Photographer for the last 26 years. He markets his work through Stock Agencies, Editorial Markets, Photography Workshop/Tours, Seminars and Speaking Engagements.

    His photographs have been published in Outdoor Photographer, Newsweek, National Geographic, Audubon, National Wildlife, Birder's World, Sunset, Nature's Best, and many more.

    He is an accomplished speaker/teacher and also was featured on five Canon Photo Safari television programs where he taught actors/actresses to photograph in the field. He leads the Gulin / Ken & Lydia Strange workshops and travels around the world capturing special moments photographically.

     

    Milky Way   Beach Reflection   Horse Galloping in Snow   Moth and Flower

    Examples of Darrell Gulin's Work

     

    Adobe Ships Photoshop 22.2 and Photoshop on the iPad 2.1

    Excerpted from CGChannel.com:

    Adobe has released Photoshop 22.2, the latest update to its image-editing and digital painting software, adding new options to invite others to edit cloud documents, and to sync presets to the cloud.

    The release also adds new control options for vector shapes to the Shape Properties panel.

    The tablet edition of the software gets a smaller update, with Photoshop on the iPad 2.1 just adding the option to invite other users to edit cloud documents.

    Photoshop 22.2 and Photoshop on the iPad 2.1 are primarily workflow updates, with both apps getting the option to invite other people to edit documents saved to the cloud.

    Anyone invited to edit gets an email notification with a link to the document.

    Users of the desktop edition of the software also get the option to sync presets like brushes and swatches to their Creative Cloud account, for use on other machines.

    For additional information on the latest updates to Adobe Photoshop, please visit the Adobe website.

     

    PPC Members Invited To New Free Webinar From Lisa Langell

    REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT

    Plano Photography Club members have been invited to attend a virtual seminar from award-winning photographer Lisa Langell entitled AN ARTISTIC PHOTOGRAPHER LIES IN ALL OF US.

    This virtual event will take place on Tuesday, February 23, 2020, from 7:30 PM CT to 9:00 PM CT. Attendance is free, but you must register in advance.

    Lisa Langell
    Lisa Langell

    PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    Many people believe that they are “not artistic.” Like so many skills in life, it is a learned skill.

    Through this program you will learn to be more artistic and creative with your photography. All too many “prevent” the creative process from happening. One of the biggest mental blocks is simply believing “I am not a creative person.” Most often this is from individuals who are in scientific and technical fields. This program is designed to break down creative barriers in a really fun and logical way.

    You will learn how to apply the creative process and develop patterns that will bring more joy, innovation, success, creativity, and happiness to your photography!

    Things you will learn from this program:

  • How even those who feel they “are not artistic” can actually become artistic and creative
  • Understand “imaginative skill” and how it develops
  • About Lisa's “Mash up” formula for producing creativity
  • How you can debunk your own myths about artistic and creative ability
  • How to exercise your creativity through real-world examples and activities we will complete during the session
  • Inspirations to take with you
  • Lisa Langell is a full-time working photographer in Arizona whose photography has included the cover of Outdoor Photography as well as the pages of Arizona Highways, Ranger Rick, and various art galleries. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the North American Nature Photography Association. In her earlier work life, she was a master floral designer, a licensed psychologist, a university faculty member, an international consultant in K-12 education, the Chief Business Development Officer of an education technology company, a researcher, a writer, and an artist. She is one who has enjoyed meeting each challenge.

     

    Annual Heard Photography Contest Now Open

    The annual Heard Nature Photography Contest is accepting submissions through February 24, 2021.

    The fee for each submitted image is $10 and proceeds from the contest benefit the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary.

    The contest is hosted by the museum's affiliated photography club but you don’t have to be a member of the museum or the photography club to participate.

    To learn more about the contest, including the requirements for submitted photos, please visit the contest website.

     

     


    January 2021

    Mark Your Calendars For These Celestial Events in 2021

    As we continue to work through the pandemic and deal with its required safety protocols, there are still opportunities for photographers to exercise their creative muscles with a spate of upcoming astronomical events.

    This article (excerpted and linked below) from The Washington Post and meteorologist Matthew Cappucci summarizes the major celestial events happening this year. Not all of them will be visible from Dallas-Ft. Worth, and they are marked below.

    The calendar has flipped to 2021, and the coronavirus pandemic continues to dominate daily life. Social gatherings are in many cases on hold, and leisurely pastimes have been replaced or altered. Fortunately, the night sky has your back, with several mesmerizing spectacles set to unfold during the upcoming year. Here are some of the top astronomical events of 2021.
    • Venus and Jupiter conjunction: February 11
    • Quadruple conjunction: March 9-10
    • Four supermoons: March 28, April 27, May 24 (brightest of the four), June 24
    • Total lunar eclipse: May 26
    • Annular solar eclipse: June 10
    • Venus and Mars conjunction: July 12
    • Perseid meteor shower: August 11-12
    • Partial lunar eclipse: November 19
    • Total solar eclipse: December 4 (visible only from Antarctica)
    • Geminid meteor shower: December 13-14

    The full article (which is open to access for all) provides additional information about each of these astronomical happenings.

     

    PPC Recognized at GSCCC January Competition

    The following Plano Photography Club member(s) received an award in the January 2021 Gulf States Camera Club Council photo competition:

  • Nature Images
    • 1st: Sunrise in the Rockies - Dennis Fritsche
  • For a full list of January winners, please visit the GSCCC competition results page. Congratulations to all those listed above.

     

    Arlington Museum of Art Is Hosting Two Street Photography Exhibitions

    Hugh Adams - who is scheduled to present a training class on street photography in March - has brought to our attention that the Arlington Museum of Art is hosting an exhibit of famed street photographer Vivian Maier’s discovered photography through February 21, 2021.

    From the museum website:

    Dating from the 1950s to the 1980s, Vivian Maier: The Color Work captures the street life of Chicago and New York, and includes a number of the artist’s enigmatic self-portraits. Maier’s color work was made during the last 30 years of her life when she began to work with a 35-millimeter camera during which time she produced roughly 40,000 Ektachrome color slides. This exhibition is the largest and most highly curated collection of Maier’s full-color photographs to date.

    The museum is also hosting the current Texas Photographic Society street photography exhibition through the same date:

    Street Encounters celebrates the art of street photography in the spirit of Vivian Maier, who captured the world around her like an unknown witness. [It is] a juried exhibition featuring the works of 50 photographers. The exhibit features works in both black and white and color.

    Tickets for museum admission may be purchased in advance, and visitors must adhere to the museum's published COVID policies.

     

    Attend Free Live Edit Session Hosted By Mike Mezeul

    Mike Mezeul has invited Plano Photography Club members to attend his next "Live Edit Session” at no cost on Monday, January 11, 2021 at 7:00 PM CST to see a sample of the benefits of joining his Patreon page.

    Mike is an accomplished photographer who has been both a speaker and contest judge for the PPC. If you need an introduction to his work, check out his website at mikemezphotography.com.

    Topics and techniques to be covered in the free “Edit Session" include:

    • Double Processing RAW Images via Smart Objects
    • Layer Masking
    • Dodging & Burning
    • Light Bleeding
    • Orton Effect

    Topic: Live Edit Session - Full Edit Oregon Coast Sunrise
    Date: Monday, January 11, 2021
    Time: 7:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

    Join Zoom Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89085624531

     

    Guidelines For Photographers To Live By

    Happy New Year, PPC members!

    The article excerpted below was written by John McIntire on Digital Photography School (click through on the link at the bottom to read the full text).

    It's a thoughtful post that we might all review as we prepare for a new year of photography in 2021. Thanks to Jerry Schlesinger for sending it our way.

    It doesn’t matter if you’re brand new to photography or a seasoned pro with decades of experience; at some point or another, you’re going to develop some habits and behaviors that are counterproductive.

    Without getting these habits in check, they can have a negative effect on your photography, whether on your portfolio in general, your love for the medium, or your workflow. Sometimes these behaviors can even be destructive to other people in ways you didn’t realize.

    In this article, I’ll share 14 guidelines for photographers – designed to deal with some of these counterproductive behaviors and habits that I’ve come across.

    Now, none of these are rules, and I am not presenting them as such. If you feel that a guideline doesn’t apply to you, I am not saying or implying that you are wrong for feeling that way. These are merely my thoughts based on my experiences.

    So without further ado, here are 14 guidelines for photographers to live by.

     


    December 2020

    See September Guest Tom Fox's Best Photos of 2020

    The Dallas Morning News has published its annual Photos of the Year collection for 2020 (NOTE: this content is not behind a paywall and is available for all to see).

    Unsurprisingly, there are quite a few pictures included that were taken by our September 2020 program guest Tom Fox.

    And if you missed it, Tom's presentation to the Plano Photography Club is still available for on-demand viewing.

     

    iOS 14.3 Brings More Photographic Capabilities to Top of the Line iPhones

    JD Luttmer's Members Choice Winner

    Apple has released its iOS 14.3 update which - among other improvements - adds the ability to shoot Apple’s new ProRAW format using the native Cameras app on its new iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max smartphones.

    Apple ProRAW is a new format that gives you all the standard RAW data with the photos, while also retaining the information generated by the phone's processing algorithms. Specifically, the DNG-based file will enable extra creative control in regards to white balance, exposure, tone-mapping and more.

    You can learn more about ProRAW from the following resources:

    Articles Videos

    UPDATE: On Friday, December 18, 2020, Instagram developer Tim Johnson announced via Twitter that "the social network is rolling out support for sharing Apple ProRAW photographs on the platform."

     

    JD Luttmer's Members Choice Winner
    JD Luttmer's 2020 Members Choice Award Winner

    PPC Members Honored By Heard Nature Photographers Club

    Each December the Heard Nature Photographers club dedicates its final meeting of the year to a celebration of the talents and accomplishments of its members.

    Everyone in the club is encouraged to submit images for a Members Choice slide show. From the pool of images entered in the show, club members then vote on one image to best represent the club for the following year. That image is designated as the Members Choice Award winner.

    On December 12, 2020, Plano Photography Club member JD Luttmer was selected as the Heard Nature Photographers 2020 Members Choice Award winner for his photograph captured in New Zealand (seen at right).

    The following PPC members also received recognition in the competition as 2020 Members Choice Award Finalists: Anita Oakley, Debbie Nielsen, Alan Daniel, JD Luttmer, Linda Grigsby, and Janice Goetz.

    To see the photos submitted by these finalists, please visit the Heard Nature Photographers website. Congratulations to all those listed above.

     

    Updates to Lightroom and Photoshop

    Adobe has issued minor updates to all the products covered under its Creative Cloud Photography Plan, as follows:

    • Photoshop v 22.1
      • This update contains feature enhancements, security enhancements, and bug fixes. Notable updates include: HEIC support on Windows (FINALLY!!!), the ability to cancel cloud document download, and updated video components.
      • Photoshop Camera Raw 13.1: Update to the Camera RAW plug-in that ships with Photoshop; adds RAW support for new camera models.
    • Lightroom v 4.1
      • This update (full details here) includes bug fixes and support for new cameras and lenses. Additionally, Lightroom now works natively on computers with either Windows ARM or Apple Silicon hardware.
    • Lightroom Classic v 10.1
      • This update (full details here) includes bug fixes and support for new released cameras.
    • Camera Raw v 13.1
      • Photoshop Camera Raw 13.1: Update to the Camera RAW plug-in that ships with Photoshop; adds RAW support for new camera models.

    You can update your copies of these products by opening your Creative Cloud desktop and clicking the Update All link on the Updates tab.

     

    Looking For Gift Ideas?

    If you are having trouble coming up with new and creative gift ideas for the photographer(s) in your life - even if that photographer is you - we have a great starting point for you.

    Visit our Gift Ideas For Photographers page at bit.ly/ppcgifts where you will find a set of curated links to all sorts of suggestions in many different price categories.

    Happy shopping!

     

    Holiday Party Summary

    Approximately 40 people were in attendance for the club's first and (hopefully last) virtual holiday event on Saturday evening December 5, 2020.

    Nearly 30 club members shared their favorite personal images taken in 2020 (you can see the musical slideshow here) while 21 members produced thematic video slideshows to celebrate the year (all of the individual videos can be seen here). We're very grateful to all who participated.

    To end the meeting, Siu Wong was selected as the recipient of an autographed copy of Bob Lilly: Reflections - the former Dallas Cowboys great's 1984 book in which he recalls his years with the Cowboys and shares photographs of workouts, trips, coaches, and fellow players.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

     


    November 2020

    Nikon Online Classes Free Through Rest of Year

    From now through December 31st, all Nikon School Online classes can be streamed for free. All you have to do is sign up for an account with your name and email address.

    The classes ordinarily cost between $15 and $50 each and feature in-depth lessons on a variety of subjects by well-known experts.

    In addition to the 10 original classes, Nikon has just released a new course titled "Better Holiday Photos with Nikon Ambassadors."

    “Taught by Nikon’s top creators, the new course will provide unique tips and creative techniques for getting in the spirit and capturing one-of-a-kind holiday cards to share with family and friends,” Nikon says.

    Nikon previously made these classes free for a month back in April as countries began imposing lockdowns to curb the spread of COVID-19.

    Head on over to Nikon School Online if you’d like to get started with some free photography learning.

     

    PPC Recognized at GSCCC November Competition

    The following Plano Photography Club member(s) received an award in the November 2020 Gulf States Camera Club Council photo competition:

  • Color Images
    • HM: Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge - Brian Clark
  • For a full list of November winners, please visit the GSCCC competition results page. Congratulations to those listed above.

     

    We're Going To A Party Party

    Although we won't be able to celebrate in person this year, the annual Plano Photography Club Holiday Party is still happening.

    As part of the event on Saturday, December 5, 2020, we want to showcase your best work in two different ways:

    • Member-Created Slideshows - Create a video of images taken this year (the choice of topic is up to you) and upload it so that we can show it at the party.

      The video - which can be in any video format - must be a maximum of three (3) minutes in length.

      Executables (.EXE files) will NOT be accepted.

    • Member Favorites Slideshow - Send your FAVORITE image of 2020 to us at clubphotos@planophotographyclub.com.

      James Stover will do his regular great thing and create a slideshow of all submitted images with backing music.

    The deadline for all video and photo submissions is 11:59 PM December 1.

     

    Real Estate Photographers Needed

    Showcase Photography is looking for photographers who want to take on some part-time work in real estate photography.

    Club Membership Chair Greg Jones brought this opportunity to the club's attention during our November 2020 club meeting. He explains that this is the process for working with the company:

    • Showcase Photography handles the scheduling with the real estate agents
    • Jobs will just show up in your calendar
    • You can set your own work days/hours

    If you are interested, contact them via email and let them know that you are a member of the Plano Photography Club.

     

    2020 Training Concludes; More To Come in 2021

    With the November 12 completion of Larry Petterborg's Visual Design class, PPC training for calendar 2020 has come to an end.

    We want to express our gratitude to everyone involved in this year's pivot to online learning. Because of their efforts, the club was able to continue providing high-quality training opportunities to our members.

    Special thanks are due to PPC Training Chair Dennis Fritsche for his work in assembling the training programs along with recording and archiving them.

    In case you've forgotten or lost track, here's a summary of what was produced this year:

    • Ask Me Anything - seven sessions hosted by Dennis Fritsche
    • Visual Design - six-part course taught by Larry Petterborg
    • Photoshop Layers for Beginners - two sessions from Jerry Schlesinger
    • Flash Basics (On-Camera and Off-Camera) - two sessions with John Lehman
    • Photoshop Blending Modes - Craig Rowen
    • Beginners Guide to Instagram - Heidi Phillips
    • Plano Photography Club Orientation - Carol Barlow
    • Flying Things and Close-Up Things - guest speaker Bob Malish (Canon)
    • Close-Up Photography - guest speaker Matt Weinritt (Fujifilm)

    All of these were recorded and are available for on-demand viewing by PPC members. We invite you to catch up on (or rewatch) any sessions of interest and look forward to bringing more great training to the club in the new year.

    If you have a topic you want to learn more about (or teach) in 2021, please contact Dennis Fritsche to let him know.

     

    PPC Members Receive PSA Councils Challenge Awards

    Alan Daniel - Touch Down Time  Cathy Lin - Ejina Sheep
    2020 PSA Councils Challenge Award Winners From PPC

    The following Plano Photography Club member(s) received awards in the 2020 PSA Councils Challenge photo competition.

  • Nature Open
    • Honorable Mention: Touch Down Time - Alan Daniel
  • Color Open
    • Honorable Mention: Ejina Sheep - Cathy Lin
  • These images were selected by the Gulf States Camera Club Council from Plano Photography Club entries over the past year. GSCCC then submitted them to the annual PSA Council's Competition along with other PSA member councils across the nation.

    Congratulations to all those listed above.

     


    October 2020

    PPC Recognized at GSCCC October Competition

    The following Plano Photography Club member(s) received an award in the October 2020 Gulf States Camera Club Council photo competition:

  • Color Images
    • 1st: An Evening At The Bridge - Sanjay Kaul
  • For a full list of October winners, please visit the GSCCC competition results page. Congratulations to all those listed above.

     

    Lightroom Classic Updated; Now Includes Color Grading Tool

    What's New In Lightroom Classic
    Click to learn more ...

    At its MAX conference, Adobe announced the release of version 10.0 of Lightroom Classic, its popular photo management and editing tool.

    Here's a summary of the enhancements with links to additional information about each one:

    Lightroom Classic 10.0 is available now through the Creative Cloud app on your computer.

     

    Photoshop Updates Include Neural Filters and Sky Replacement

    What's New In Photoshop
    Click to learn more ...

    At its MAX conference, Adobe announced the immediate availability of Photoshop 2021 for the desktop, which includes a number of AI-powered features like Neural Filters, Sky Replacement, Refine Hair selection, and more.

    Here's a summary of the updates with links to additional information about each one:

    Adobe Photoshop 2021 is available now through the Creative Cloud app on your computer.

     

    Canon Explorer of Light Adam Jones Presentation Scheduled For October 27

    On Tuesday, October 27 at 7:30 PM (via Zoom), Adam Jones - a prestigious Canon Explorer of Light - will present Through the Lens of Adam Jones to area photography clubs and interested parties.

    Adam Jones
    Adam Jones

    Adam’s programs usually include topics such as real-looking HDR, focus stacking for unlimited depth of field, macro techniques, telephoto wildlife techniques, using full and fill flash, workflow, high ISO noise reduction, setting up your camera to operate the way you want, and composition and lighting. He always invites attendees to participate with questions and audience participation impacts the discussion direction.

    This internationally recognized photographer explores the world through his nature, travel, and wildlife images. Jones’s award-winning photography is widely published in magazines, posters, calendars, books, and in national advertising campaigns for clients such as Canon, Ford, Eddie Bauer, Miller Beer and Honda.

    Adam is recognized worldwide as an outstanding stock photographer with his images represented by Getty Images, Photo Researchers, and Danita Delimont Stock Photography. His work has sold for editorial and commercial uses in over 30 countries. Adam’s publication credits also include: National Geographic Books, Time, Life Magazine, National Wildlife Federation, Audubon, Sierra Club, Disney and hundreds of textbooks. In 1995 the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Contest selected Adam’s image from over 19, 000 entries, as the winner in the “In Praise of Plants” category. Adam is the sole photographer on eight coffee-table books.

    In early 2006, Adam was selected to be one of Canon USA’s elite group of acclaimed photographers, “The Explorers of Light”. Canon describes the Explorer of Light program as such: The Explorers of Light program is a group of 60 of the World’s best photographers united in their love and passion for photographic excellence. They share a common desire to contribute back to the industry with a willingness to share their vision and passion with others. Adam is a popular and respected workshop instructor and lecturer. Adam teaches photography workshops around the world helping students reach their full potential in the exciting world of digital photography. Adam is noted for his enthusiastic down to earth approach and his ability to communicate effectively with all skill levels.

    Registration is required.

     


    September 2020

    Congratulations to PPC Members Who Won Awards at the State Fair of Texas Photo Contest

    SFOT Creative Arts Photo Winners On Display
    SFOT Creative Arts Photo Winners On Display (via YouTube)

    The following Plano Photography Club member(s) received awards in the recent 2020 State Fair of Texas Creative Arts (Photography) competition:

  • Color - K121. Western Wear
    • 2nd: Debbie Conard
  • Color - K125. Other Than In Texas (Animals/Birds/Reptiles)
    • 2nd: Larry Petterborg
  • Black and White - K130. Child/Children
    • 3rd: Debbie Conard
  • Black and White - K138. Other Than In Texas
    • Honorable Mention: Larry Petterborg
  • For a full list of 2020 Creative Arts (Photography) winners, please visit the State Fair of Texas results page. Congratulations to all those listed above.

     

    Come Out for the PPC Photo Walk on October 3

    Traditionally, the Plano Photography Club gathers as a group for the annual Kelby Worldwide Photowalk, which is not happening in its traditional form in 2020 due to COVID-19.

    The club IS going to host its own photo walk this year, but we are not planning to assemble in person. Rather, we invite you to come out at your own pace and time to take some amazing photos which you can then share with the club.

    Here are the particulars:

    Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020
    Time: Anytime the park is open (5:00 AM - 11:00 PM CT)
    Where: Arbor Hills Nature Preserve, 6701 W. Parker Road, Plano

    About the Venue: Located on the western border of Plano, Arbor Hills Nature Preserve is a 200-acre park featuring vast areas of natural beauty for walking, jogging, hiking, orienteering, and other outdoor activity. The preserve has a natural biofilter for cleaning surface run-off from the parking lot before it re-enters the groundwater tables. The observation tower gives a spectacular view of the city.

    Learn more about the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve and review the Plano Parks and Recreation COVID-19 FAQ.  

    After the walk, pick your best 5-7 images and send them to us at clubphotos@planophotographyclub.com.

    We'll post them all in a special gallery on the club website.

     

    PPC Recognized at GSCCC September Competition

    The following Plano Photography Club member(s) received an award in the September 2020 Gulf States Camera Club Council photo competition:

  • Nature Images
    • 2nd: The Eagle Has Landed - Jan De Meulder
  • For a full list of September winners, please visit the GSCCC competition results page. Congratulations to all those listed above.

     

    Raptor Photo Day Is Happening On October 10

    When: October 10, 2020 from 7:30 AM to 11 AM CT
    Where: 1625 Brockdale Park Road, Lucas, TX 75002 (map, Lucas TX 75002
    Cost: $20 pre-register and $25 at the door.

    Raptor Photo Day at the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center is a great opportunity to experience taking photographs of their education ambassadors in a natural setting.

    They set up perching throughout the park and let photographers take pictures of the birds with different backgrounds and lighting. For all ages and photography experience.

     

    October 2020 Prints Competition Will Proceed As Planned

    At its most recent Executive Committee meeting, the club confirmed that the October 2020 contest is indeed going to be Prints, as scheduled.

    Logistical planning for safely getting the prints to the club and to the competition judge is well underway. There will probably be two Saturday morning drop-offs at the West Plano Presbyterian Church. Additionally, multiple members have volunteered to receive photos at other times TBD.

    All of this should be finalized by the next general club meeting on September 17 and the details will be shared with club members at that time.

    In addition to the existing submission rules for prints, two additional ones related to packaging and hardware have been added.

    They are:

    • Prints may not be enclosed in any kind of packaging, including but not limited to plastic sleeves, bubble wrap, etc.
    • Prints may not have any kind of hardware - such as that used for hanging - on the back. A plain backing sheet is allowed and recommended.

    If you have any questions about the October 2020 Prints competition, please contact Contest Chair Jerry Schlesinger.

     

    Adobe MAX Free For Everyone and Registration Now Open

    Registration for the all-digital Adobe MAX 2020 event (October 20-221, 2020) is now open and free for all.

    Back in May, Adobe announced both of its annual conferences, 99U and Adobe MAX, would be going all-digital amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Now, Adobe has opened up registration for its Adobe MAX 2020 conference, making it free for all who want to join the virtual version of ‘The Creativity Conference.’

    According to Adobe, there will be 56 hours of "inspiration and learning," which will include live content demos, speakers, sneak peeks, celebrity appearances, and musical performances. The online event will feature more than 250 speakers. Both the main keynote and the breakout sessions will be available for all registrants. The headlining speakers include photographer Annie Leibovitz; recording artist, producer and director Tyler, the Creator; writer, director and producer Ava DuVernay; and actor and director Keanu Reeves. Dozens of other artists across all disciplines will have keynotes and breakout sessions as well.

    Those who register will be entered into a sweepstakes to win a free MAX t-shirt and can begin crafting a schedule for virtual events they want to attend. Registering also provides access to instructor files and presentation downloads and an opportunity to engage with Adobe product experts.

    You can register for Adobe MAX 2020 and look through the list of speakers on the Adobe MAX 2020 website.

     

    Canon To Present Virtual Session on Honing Skills During Quarantine

    ZOOM MEETING INSTRUCTIONS

    This Wednesday, September 16, 2020, at 7:00 PM CT, Canon's Bob Malish will lead a one-hour virtual teams training session: Flying Things - Honing Your Creative Skills In The Time of COVID-19. He will also identify close-by subjects to consider while waiting out the quarantine - practice for when it counts to make those contest winners.

    Bob is a Senior Professional Products Specialist for Canon’s Imaging Technology and Communications Group. With over 36 years experience at Canon in different areas of the photographic industry, Malish continues to monitor and educate others in the explosion of all things digital, from input to output, in their storytelling and communication needs. He began his career in photography as a photojournalist in Austin, Texas after graduating from the University of Texas, but now travels extensively with Canon working major media events, shows, and teaching workshops.

    A Q & A will follow the training.

    You do not need to register for this event.

     

    October 2020 Prints Competition Will Proceed As Planned

    At its most recent Executive Committee meeting, the club confirmed that the October 2020 contest is indeed going to be Prints, as scheduled.

    Logistical planning for safely getting the prints to the club and to the competition judge is well underway. There will probably be two Saturday morning drop-offs at the West Plano Presbyterian Church. Additionally, multiple members have volunteered to receive photos at other times TBD.

    All of this should be finalized by the next general club meeting on September 17 and the details will be shared with club members at that time.

    In addition to the existing submission rules for prints, two additional ones related to packaging and hardware have been added.

    They are:

    • Prints may not be enclosed in any kind of packaging, including but not limited to plastic sleeves, bubble wrap, etc.
    • Prints may not have any kind of hardware - such as that used for hanging - on the back. A plain backing sheet is allowed and recommended.

    If you have any questions about the October 2020 Prints competition, please contact Contest Chair Jerry Schlesinger.

     


    August 2020

    Amon Carter Museum Offers Virtual Talks on Cabinet Cards

    Join the Amon Carter Museum Thursday, September 3, from 6–7:30 PM on Zoom for three short talks in one and learn about the history of cabinet cards, which was America’s main format for photographic portraiture through the last three decades of the 19th century:

    • John Rohrbach, Senior Curator of Photographs at the Carter and curator of Acting Out: Cabinet Cards and the Making of Modern Photography, will share how cabinet cards contributed to the public’s embrace of photographs as informal markers of everyday life.
    • Dr. Erin Pauwels, Assistant Professor of Art History at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art and Architecture, will discuss New York City photographer Napoleon Sarony and his patented posing apparatus that led to unique and personal expression in the medium.
    • Dr. Britt Salvesen, Curator and Department Head of the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department and Prints & Drawings Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, will discuss the business side of small-town studios and how these photographers were able not only to make a living but to stand out in their community.

    Following their talks, all three speakers will participate in a Q&A.

    Register now for this FREE event; you will be provided with the Zoom link upon registration.

     

    GSCCC August Competition Recognizes Photos From PPC Members

    The following Plano Photography Club members received awards in the August 2020 Gulf States Camera Club Council photo competition:

    • Color Images
      • 1st: Caravan in Sunset - Ron Lin
    • Monochrome Images
      • 1st: High Line Park, New York - Ron Lin
      • 2nd HM: New Texan - Lois Lehman
    • Nature Projected
      • 2nd: Owl in Flight - Nock Wong

    In addition, Jan de Meulder's photo The Eagle Has Landed was designated as 1st Alternate in the Nature Projected competition.

    For a full list of August winners, please visit the GSCCC competition results page. Congratulations to all those listed above.

     

    Adobe MAX Free For Everyone and Registration Now Open

    Registration for the all-digital Adobe MAX 2020 event (October 19-21, 2020 ) is now open and free for all.

    Back in May, Adobe announced both of its annual conferences, 99U and Adobe MAX, would be going all-digital amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Now, Adobe has opened up registration for its Adobe MAX 2020 conference, making it free for all who want to join the virtual version of ‘The Creativity Conference.’

    According to Adobe, there will be 56 hours of "inspiration and learning," which will include live content demos, speakers, sneak peeks, celebrity appearances, and musical performances. The online event will feature more than 250 speakers. Both the main keynote and the breakout sessions will be available for all registrants. The headlining speakers include photographer Annie Leibovitz; recording artist, producer and director Tyler, the Creator; writer, director and producer Ava DuVernay; and actor and director Keanu Reeves. Dozens of other artists across all disciplines will have keynotes and breakout sessions as well.

    Those who register will be entered into a sweepstakes to win a free MAX t-shirt and can begin crafting a schedule for virtual events they want to attend. Registering also provides access to instructor files and presentation downloads and an opportunity to engage with Adobe product experts.

    You can register for Adobe MAX 2020 and look through the list of speakers on the Adobe MAX 2020 website.

     

    Training Tuesday Now Open To PPC Members

    This Tuesday, August 18, the following Dallas Camera Club training sessions are also being offered to the Plano Photography Club. From now on, members from either club as well as Robson Ranch Photography Club may attend training classes of either club.

    Refine Your Image (details) by Alan Whiteside will be offered at 6:30 PM CT.

    Visual Design Basics Part 2 by Larry Petterborg (details) will be offered at 7:30 PM CT.

    Click here to access the Zoom meeting codes for these sessions (note that each one has a different code).

     

    PPC Members Invited To Free Webinar on Contrast

    REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT

    The Robson Ranch Photography Club has invited members of the Plano Photography Club to sit in on a free PSA-sponsored virtual seminar entitled THE VISUAL POWER OF CONTRAST.

    This webinar - presented by award-winning photographer Lisa Langell - will take place on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM CT.

    The description of the webinar is as follows:

    Why contrast is so critically important -- HOW and WHERE you use it makes all the difference!

    • Did you know you can actually control your audience to follow a path in your images in a certain order and sequence?
    • Are you aware that carefully placed contrast plays a critically important role in whether your images are experienced in a pleasing way, or with strain?
    • Have you mastered the secret of making an image come to life and “pop?”
    • Need ideas to improve the "resting place" for your viewer’s eye as they navigate your image?

    These critical components of powerful images can all be significantly enhanced by the proper use of contrast. There are special techniques that can be accomplished in-the-field as well as during post-processing that will amaze you.

    We will explore before-and-after examples and teach you how you can do so with your own images simply and effectively. Get ready for a game-changer!

    Whether you are controlling for contrast in your exposures themselves, and/or in post-processing, this fun, informative and interactive session will help you learn the tricks and techniques necessary to make your images go from drab to fab!

    Lisa Langell is a full-time, award-winning photographer whose work has appeared in numerous prestigious publications including the cover of Outdoor Photographer magazine, plus numerous images in Arizona Highways, Ranger Rick, art galleries and more. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the North American Nature Photography Association. She is also a proud ambassador for Tamron, FotoPro, and H&Y filters.

     

    Consider Contributing To The WPPC Photo Of The Day

    The West Plano Presbyterian Church (WPPC) has been a terrific host location for our club for a long time.

    Though currently unable to have in-person meetings there, we have been given an opportunity to give back to the church in a small but meaningful way.

    WPPC publishes a Photo of the Day on its website, and they're running low on photos. They have reached out to us and asked whether PPC members can help them out by contributing to that feature.

    The rules for photos submitted for the WPPC Photo of the Day are as follows:

    1. Stay with WPPC's Theme: Heaven and earth are full of God's glory!
    2. No personal pictures, including adults, children, or pets
    3. JPG files only; maximum resolution of 4096x2160

    Please take a look at the full Photo of the Day archive to see what types of photos would be appropriate.

    If you wish to contribute, send them your photo(s) and then keep your eyes on the WPPC website to see if you get on the front page! If your photo is chosen, you AND the PPC will get credit for photos posted.

     

    State Fair of Texas Arts & Crafts Competitions Are Happening

    Even though the State Fair of Texas has been canceled for this year, there are some State Fair-related events still taking place. One of them is the fair's annual Arts & Crafts competition.

    Photography is one of approximtely twenty (20) categories in which you can submit one or more entries (cost is $6 per entry item; there are 30+ color/black and white categories).

    For information on how to register for the competition, visit the State Fair of Texas Creative Arts & Crafts page.

    Deadline to enter is Tuesday, September 1, 2020.

     

    Virtual PPC Orientation Session on August 27

    ZOOM REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS

    If you are a new Plano Photography Club member or considering joining the club, you'll want to carve out some time on Thursday, August 27 for our first virtual orientation session.

    Carol Barlow, who has been a club member for 20 years, will host the orientation via Zoom from 6:30 PM - 7:25 PM CDT.

    Here are some of the topics that will be covered:

    • History of the PPC
    • Programs and Presenters
    • Activities and Events
    • Training
    • Current members who can give you insight into the club
    • How to enter the monthly contests and the progression through the competition levels
    • Q&A

    Click on the registration button above to provide your name and email address to the host, who will send you a link to the meeting.

     


    July 2020

    Virtual PPC Orientation Session on August 27

    If you are a new Plano Photography Club member or considering joining the club, you'll want to carve out some time on Thursday, August 27 for our first virtual orientation session.

    Carol Barlow will host the orientation via Zoom from 6:30 PM CT to 7:25 PM CT.

    More details - including a link to the Zoom meeting - will follow in the weeks ahead.

     

    A Moment in PPC Time Photo Project Next Saturday July 25

    To provide you a bit of planning time, we are giving you a heads-up on our Moment in PPC Time photo project coming next weekend.

    It will be a (much) smaller-scale version of the famous 2010 A Moment in Time worldwide project.

    We are asking Plano Photography Club members to take a picture at exactly the same time - 8:00 PM CDT on Saturday, July 25, 2020 - and send A SINGLE JPG IMAGE to us at clubphotos@planophotographyclub.com for inclusion in a photo gallery on the website.

    There are no restrictions on location or subject - just capture the image wherever you happen to be on that date at that time.

    Rules for inclusion in the website gallery are as follows:

    • include your name and the phrase "PPC Moment in Time" in the file name (e.g., "JohnSmith-PPC_Moment_In_Time.jpg")
    • maximum dimensions for submitted images are 4096x2160 pixels
    • maximum file size is 10MB
    • images must be received by 11:59 PM CDT Saturday, August 1, 2020

    NOTE: This special project will replace the Topic of the Week project for the week beginning Monday, July 27, 2020.

    Both an announcement email and a reminder email will be sent to all members this week.

     

    PPC Members Invited To Participate In "Community Book Project"

    At the conclusion of his July 2020 program presentation to the Plano Photography Club, photographer and author Jeremy Woodhouse announced that he has launched a new "community book project" and invited PPC members to become a part of it.

    Allow Jeremy to explain in his own words:

    Have you ever entered an online photography competition? It is an expensive undertaking and the chances of actually winning an award or prize are quite slim… and where do all those entry fees go? Half the time you never even hear about the results of the competition. At the end of the day, what do you get out of this experience, perhaps a "shout out" on social media… nothing more… big deal!

    As we head into the fifth month of this pandemic, I am looking for creative solutions to stay busy and to provide photographic stimulation for my photo family. It is with this in mind that I am launching a new project—yes, you guessed it, another book.

    This time the book is going to be all about you. If you have never had work appear in print before, now you are going to be published. For a modest fee, you will send me a minimum of 2 files (and up to 4) of your best images ever, and I mean your best, knock-your-socks-off photographs. After the upload deadline (July 31, 2020), these images will be curated into a book called How I Created This.

    Complete details on the book project - including photo submission requirements and process as well as cost - are available on Jeremy's website.

    Again, the submission deadline is July 31, 2020, so don't delay if you are interested in participating.

     

    PPC in Plano Magazine

    PPC Showcased In Plano Magazine

    Plano Magazine, a bi-monthly print and digital publication that shares information with Plano residents about new restaurants, locally owned businesses, artists, live music, fun events and more this month turned its focus on the Plano Photography Club.

    A two-page spread in the July/August 2020 issue provides background on the club's history, includes an interview with Club President Alan Daniel about the club's pivot in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and showcases award-winning photography from several of our members, including Don Champlin, John Lehman, Nancy Mack, Russell McGuire, Julie Minges, and Earl Snoga.

    Check out the article online and share it with all your friends.

    Let everyone know how much fun it is to be a member of the Plano Photography Club.

     

    Girls Who Click

    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.

    Snail   Flower   Bee   Leaf

    Examples of Fujifilm Close-up Images


    June 2020

    PPC Website 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.

     

    We Have A Winner!

    On June 16, 2020, the Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation announced the winners of their 2020 historic photo contest: Picturing Plano’s Past.

    Congratulations to our own Alan Daniel for winning in the category of Historic Homes with his photograph of the Carpenter House on East 16th Street in Plano. This home, built in 1898, is a beautiful reminder of how the Victorian style remains as classic today as it was over a hundred years ago.

     

    Online Store Now Offers Protective Masks

    The Plano Photography Club's online store now offers three styles of protective face masks that can be customized with the PPC logo.

    Available colors include white, gray, light blue, navy blue, and royal.

     

    Ceili Cover - May/June 2020

    PPC Club Member Photos From North Texas Irish Festival Showcased

    This year's North Texas Irish Festival in early March was one of the last large public events held in Dallas before the pandemic-related lockdown.

    The most recent issue of Ceili - a publication of the Southwest Celtic Music Association - documents the event, largely through the eyes of photographers from the Plano Photography Club.

    Congratulations to Alan Daniel, Jan De Meulder, Michael Farnham, Greg Jones, Dennis Kraft, Larry Petterborg, Randy Ratzlaff, Mitch Stiles, Parvin Stiles, Keith Tyler, Nock Wong, and Siu Wong for being showcased in this publication.

     

    Special Nikon Landscape Photography Presentation on June 17

    Nikon Professional Services Market Representative Tony Krup will speak virtually on the topic of Landscape Photography to the members of the Dallas Camera Club, Plano Photography Club, and Heard Nature Photographers Club on June 17 at 7:00 PM CT.

    Tony, who is based in Dallas, has been with Nikon since 2008, working with National Accounts, Photo Specialty, and he supports Nikon Professional Services members in the South Central region. He is an avid outdoor photographer who is best known for his macro and landscape photography and loves to travel and test out new Nikon gear.

    We believe we will use Nikon's webinar facilities for the meeting; connection instructions will be provided at a later time.

     

    DxO Releases New Version of Nik Collection

    From the June 3, 2020 DxO press release:

    DxO has announced the immediate release of the Nik Collection 3 by DxO, a major upgrade to the famous plugin suite for Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom Classic, and DxO PhotoLab. The Nik Collection 3 By DxO has become even more powerful and versatile with each new version. It features a newly designed Nik Selective Tool, the suite’s plugin launcher for Adobe Photoshop, and new quick edit tools.

    Nik Collection 3 By DxO also offers a new non-destructive workflow, a unique feature that is perfect for Adobe Lightroom Classic users, as well as an eighth geometric correction plugin, Perspective Efex. Finally, the Message Centre lets Nik Collection users stay informed about new upcoming features and access new online resources.

    Read the full press release or learn more about the features of Nik Collection 3, which is on sale at a 30% discount through June 2020.

     

    Top 100 Dallas Architectural Sights

    On May 24, 2020, the Dallas Morning News published an article identifying 100 places which make Dallas architecture special.

    When you're ready for your next urban Dallas photo outing - and some of these locations can be shot safely from your car - this is a great list to work from.

    Visit our Top 100 Dallas Architectural Sites page for the article, an interactive map of all the locations and a spreadsheet which organizes these sights by area of town.


    May 2020

    Picturing Plano's Past Photo Contest Deadline Extended

    The deadline for the Picturing Plano's Past Photo Contest (sponsored by the Plano Conservancy) has been extended until 5:00 PM CT May 29, 2020.

    One winning photographer's work will be selected for each of these three categories: Historic Home, Historic Building, and Historic Cemetery.

    Prizes consist of copies of the paperback books Hidden History of Plano and Haunted Plano, Texas.

    The following rules apply to submitted photos:

    • They must relate to Plano history and must include a caption (50 words or less) describing where the photo was taken and its connection to Plano’s past.
    • They should be minimally edited for color or exposure only; no photo manipulations.
    • They should be current (i.e., taken within the last two years).

    To enter the contest, send your photo as an attachment (.JPG format; maximum of 4MB) to info@planoconservancy.org.

    Please submit one photo per email to ensure that the files do not exceed email size limits.

    Multiple entries are accepted. However, there is a limit of one prize per individual entering the contest.

    Entries unrelated to Plano or submitted without captions will not be considered.


    Addison's Salute to Heroes Flight Path Map

    Addison's Salute To Heroes Flyover Friday May 22

    The Town of Addison and Cavanaugh Flight Museum have joined forces for an "Addison's Salute to Heroes" flyover that will take to the skies at 11:00 AM CT on Friday, May 22.

    The event will kick off Memorial Day weekend and serve to recognize first responders, essential workers, and veterans.

    The flyover will consist of a collection of the historic warplanes from Cavanaugh's extensive collection, including a B-25, P-40, and T-6 formation, as well as a rarely seen privately owned Beechcraft Starship (one of four in the world), 2 T-28 Trojans flown by the Trojan Phlyers Flight Demonstration Team and the T-37 Tweet owned by the Service Air Corps.

    The plane's path will visit over many of the hospitals in the Dallas area along with the DFW National Cemetery, as seen in the map at right (click the image for larger view) .


    Dallas Arboretum Reopens June 1

    From the Dallas Arboretum website:

    At 9:00 AM on Monday, June 1 the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden will eagerly reopen to the public and our members with timed tickets available for four-hour blocks throughout the day. We are excited to welcome you back to the garden and hope that you will enjoy the calm and beauty that nature provides. We are currently onboarding our staff, testing equipment and the timed ticketing system.
    ´╗┐Admission and parking will require timed tickets to be reserved online for everyone, including members. This process will help us with social distancing and the safety and security of our guests. Due to limits on the number of guests at one time, early arrivals will not be granted early admission. Similarly, late arrivals will still be required to exit the garden at the end of the four-hour block. If you do arrive early, we ask that you wait in the safety of your vehicle.
    At each ticket window we will distribute wristbands indicating which four-hour block you have reserved. Wristbands must be worn for the duration of your visit. Your parking location will be assigned at time of purchase. Maps are available at both Information Booths.
    Tickets will be available for online reservation beginning a week out from your desired visit date.
    Plus, don't miss Seward Johnson's "Celebrating the Familiar" exhibit, supported in part by the Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District, a collection of 20 life-size cast bronze figures, which will be displayed from June 22 to July 31. Johnson's sculptures of individuals performing familiar tasks in an ordinary life were meant to celebrate the great value in ordinary tasks. Creating the fine details of people's poses, gestures and expressions are the defining elements of his work.
    Read Our Know Before You Go FAQ

    May 2020 Issue of The FLASH! Is Out

    The May edition of the Plano Photography Club Newsletter The FLASH! is now available. It contains valuable information about the club, activities, contest results and informative articles.



    April 2020

    PSA Cancels 2020 Photo Festival

    On April 23, 2020, the Photographic Society of America (PSA) announced the cancellation of this year's Photo Festival:

    It is with thoughtful reluctance and much sadness that the PSA Executive Committee has made a decision to cancel the planned Photo Festival in Colorado Springs in September. This was a very difficult decision to make, knowing that the 2020 Photo Festival is highly valued and anticipated; but paramount to the decision was putting the health, safety, and peace of mind of our membership first. In the absence of a vaccine, our gathering, especially with many members in the high-risk category, would simply be accepting too much risk for all of us. Many other organizations, including the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP), have cancelled all their 2020 planned gatherings and events until more is learned about the virus and the pandemic.

    Several of you have already registered, we have not billed your credit cards and had planned not to do so before July 1st. The PSA registrations will be cancelled without any fees being incurred and we will take care of that for you. You will need to cancel your hotel reservation and that can be done through the confirmation email you received from the hotel at no charge. Hopefully, a vaccine and mitigation will enable a safe, healthy environment for our Festival in Rapid City, South Dakota in 2021. We look forward to seeing everyone there.

    Enter the "We Stay Home" Photo Competition

    Enter the "We Stay Home" Photo Competition being held by the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP). This free competition is open to all photographers.

    For each photographer who enters FIAP will contribute to a world organization specializing in the fight against COVID-19.

    Photos must be taken in the place where the photographer is confined after March 15, 2020. Maximum of 4 Color and/or B&W photos, longest side 1920 pixels, 300 dpi. Watermarks and signatures not acceptable. Awards not eligible for FIAP Distinctions.

    Complete rules and image upload are available at http://cfoto.hiho.it/fiap-WSAH.php.

    Share this information with all your photo friends. Closing date is May 31, 2020.


    Share Your Best Photos on the Club Instagram Feed

    We are now incorporating Instagram into our social media presence to show off some of our members' amazing photography.

    To get us started with content we are asking club members (who don't mind being published online) to please send us copies of your three favorite photographs. Three photographs allow for each member to have an entire Instagram row to themselves.

    Please use your fullname_title.jpg as the file name (e.g., JohnSmith_YellowstoneWaterfall.jpg) 1080Wide / 1350Tall

    If you would like your business hashtagged please reference your business name in the body of the email text along with any descriptions about your photographs: location, etc.


    Contests for the 2020-2021 Competition Year Are Now Open

    As of Sunday April 19, 2020, all contests for the 2020-2021 competition year - including the special interest contests - are open for submissions.

    Please be sure to select the correct contest when submitting a photo.


    April 2020 Issue of The FLASH! Is Out

    The April edition of the Plano Photography Club Newsletter The FLASH! is now available. It contains valuable information about the club, activities, contest results and informative articles.


    Jeremy Woodhouse Publishes Book Of Photo Tour Images

    Photographer Jeremy Woodhouse, who was to be the featured speaker at our canceled March 2020 club meeting, has taken advantage of the unplanned downtime to publish a new book.

    The 240-page, 8.5" x 11", perfect-bound photography book - entitled Photo Tour - Postcards From The Road - contains a collection of images captured during many of the photo tours that he has led over the last 15 years.

    The book is now available and you can order it from Jeremy's Pixelchrome Photography Tours website.

     

    Ask Me Anything Session Next Thursday

    Dennis Fritsche will be holding another online Ask Me Anything session Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 6:00 PM CT via Zoom.

    You can join the meeting from a computer (visit Zoom.us in advance of the session to install the necessary software) or your smartphone/tablet (visit the iOS App Store or Google Play Store to install the appropriate app for your platform).

    If using a phone or tablet device, you can use it for both a speaker and a microphone. If joining from a computer, you will need speakers to hear and a microphone to talk. Please mute your microphone during the meeting unless asking a question.

    Club members will find the information to connect to the session under Education | Training Classes | Ask Me Anything - Zoom Meeting ID.


    March 2020

    Current Membership Renewals

    Most memberships to the Plano Photography Club will expire on April 30, 2020. Since we will not be having an April meeting due to the COVID-19 situation, we highly recommend that current members renew their memberships via PayPal using our website.

    You can do this by logging in to your PPC account and clicking on My Account | Pay Annual Dues. Then follow the directions on that page to pay your dues.

    If that does not work for you, please contact the Membership Chairman for a physical address to mail a paper check.

     

    Message From Club President Cliff McKenzie

    Cliff McKenzie
    Cliff McKenzie

    (March 18, 2020) It was only a month ago we were watching the events half-a-world away unfold. Who would have ever thought the impact would have been so great here?

    We kept the Hill Country event alive but cancelled the formal gatherings believing “independently out in nature” would surface. We are now faced with the possibility food access may be limited, that the person cleaning your room may be an issue and if the government wants us to “stay in place,” access to fuel pumps could be limited.

    As I stated, a month ago this would seem to be ridiculous.

    All Plano Photography Club events are canceled until further notice. If it is possible to do a webinar or conference call, that is the only exception.

     

    Educational Resources Updates

    We have completed the migration of years worth of educational material provided by members and speakers to the new website. PPC members can now access this material under the Education | PPC Educational Resources menu.

    Of particular note are a presentation and related videos about printing your images called "Put It On Paper."

    Originally presented by Dennis Fritsche in 2016, he recently completed an update to it. You may find it helpful if you are planning to submit a print to the March 2020 contest.

    Additionally, we have added a page of external photography resources (Education | External Learning and Support Resources). On it you will find links to online training, YouTube channels, camera forums, cloud storage options, image hosting sites and more.

     

    New Club Activities Slideshows Released

    Slideshows of our two most recent club activities (with accompanying background music) are now available:

     

    Changes For March 2020 Club Contest

    Because of the cancellation of the March 2020 club meeting, we will not be able to collect your print for the March contest. As such this month's contest has been changed from a PRINT to an ELECTRONIC contest. It remains an Open contest.

    What does that mean for you?

    • If you have not submitted an image yet, go ahead and enter your image as you would for any electronic contest.
    • If you have already entered the electronic image for the March 2020 Print contest and wish to submit that same image for the March 2020 Electronic Contest, you do not have to do anything. Just remember that if you win or place with the electronic image you may not use that image for a future contest.
    • If you want to submit a different image and save your Print entry for a future Print contest, you will need to remove the current image from the competition website and enter a new one.

    The deadline for entries remains unchanged - Midnight CDT Thursday March 19, 2020. All images submitted by that time will be judged as electronic submissions.

    NOTE: The name on the competition website for the March contest is "2020-03 Open Revised Electronic." Even though the competition website will say the type is PRINT it will be judged as an Electronic Contest.

    Contact Alan Daniel if you have any questions.

     

    March 2020 Issue of The FLASH! Is Out

    The March edition of the Plano Photography Club Newsletter The FLASH! is now available. It contains valuable information about the club, activities, contest results and informative articles.


    February 2020

    Educational Resources Updates

    We have completed the migration of years worth of educational material provided by members and speakers to the new website. PPC members can now access this material under the Education | PPC Educational Resources menu.

    Of particular note is a presentation and related videos about printing your images called "Put It On Paper."

    Originally presented by Dennis Fritsche in 2016, he recently completed an update to it. You may find it helpful if you are planning to submit a print to the March 2020 contest.

    Additionally, we have added a page of external photography resources (Education | External Learning and Support Resources). On it you will find links to online training, YouTube channels, camera forums, cloud storage options, image hosting sites and more.

     

    January 2020 Competition Results

    Results of the January 2020 photo competition - shown at right - were announced at our February club meeting. You can also watch the contest slideshow to hear the judge's feedback on each picture.

    Congratulations to the photographers who captured the winning images and thanks to everyone who participated.

    Updated standings for the 2019-2020 competition year as well as scoresheets for each class are available under the Competitions | Competition Scores to Date menu.

     

    February Issue of The FLASH!

    The February 2020 issue of the Plano Photography Club newsletter is now available for download.

    Each month's edition of The FLASH! includes all the winning images from the prior month's club photo competition along with valuable information about upcoming events and program speakers, plus up-to-date contest standings and feature articles.

     

    Managing Your Account Settings

    Each member of the Plano Photography Club is responsible for management of their own membership account settings.

    Learn more about the options available and the club's recommendations for selected settings on the About My Account Settings page. Then access your PPC account settings via My Account | My Account Settings to make any necessary changes.

     

    Contest Rules and Process Document Revised

    The club's Competition Rules and Process document has been updated; the latest revision is dated February 6, 2020.

    If you currently participate in the monthly photography competitions or plan to do so, please check out the the most recent version.



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