Upcoming Club Programs

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July 18, 2024 - Ben Jacobi: Photo Adventure: 20 Miles in Palo Duro Canyon Backcountry - Searching Secret Slot Canyons

Ben Jacobi
Ben Jacobi

Bio: Ben Jacobi is a nature photographer and storm chaser from North Texas. Ben first became interested in severe weather growing up in Iowa Park, Texas—right in the heart of Tornado Alley. On his own, he has studied meteorology to enhance his knowledge of how thunderstorms evolve and behave. Each year, he drives hundreds of miles across the southern plains, pursing dramatic supercells.

When he’s not out storm chasing, you can find him on the trail. Ben frequently visits the Texas and Oklahoma state parks throughout the year. Occasionally, he will make an out-of-state journey. Hiking, camping, backpacking, wildlife viewing, and, of course, nature photography are all interests of Ben.

Jacobi is a self-taught photographer who learned his craft through reading books, magazines, internet articles, and experimentation. His work has appeared in galleries around Texas, including Amarillo, Wichita Falls, Vernon, Irving, Johnson City, Graham, and Breckenridge. He has had his work published in Nature's Best Photography Magazine, Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, and the Wichita Falls Literature and Art Review.

Since 2007, Ben has worked as a salesman at Metro Photo in Wichita Falls, TX, where he brings his enthusiasm and passion for photography every day. For twelve years (2011–2023), Ben served as co-president of the Red River Photography Club, teaching others how to grow in their own photography. Now, Ben is a partner with his wife, Ashlee, in their business, Jacobi-Creations, which aims to help grow the next generation of nature photographers and nature enthusiasts through photography inspiration and education and teaching eco-friendly principles to be better for the environment.

Program Description: Nature photographer Ben Jacobi shares his 20-mile hike through the rugged Palo Duro Canyon State Park backcountry, searching out secretive slot canyons and dramatic views to photographin the "Grand Canyon of Texas."



Samples of Ben's Photography

August 15, 2024 - Janet Cunningham: Enhance Your Creativity With Lensbaby

Jennifer Cunningham
Janet Cunningham

Bio: Janet’s photography journey started by documenting family events and children’s activities – this was before everyone carried around a smartphone!

She owned various film cameras and eventually several early point and shoot digital cameras. Her interest in photography as a hobby and artistic outlet started ten years ago when taking an intro to photography class. She started with a Canon G12, then a Canon 70D, now she shoots with a mirrorless Canon R6.

Janet has enjoyed the intensity and fun at Texas School of Professional Photography three times and participates in several online photography learning groups. She has been a member of the Trinity Arts Photo Club since 2013. Janet was Photographer of the Year for the club's Beginner group in 2014 and earned Photographer of the Year for their Advanced group in 2019, 2020 & 2021.

Janet can be found happily photographing flowers and butterflies in her back yard

Program Description: Lensbaby is a line of camera lenses for use in special effects photography. The various models offer different creative possibilities.

Janet will bring her collection of Lensbaby lenses and accessories to show club members.

Her PowerPoint presentation will include descriptions of all the Lensbaby lenses.

Janet will also share her own images shot with various lenses highlighting the artistic effects achieved with Lensbaby.



Samples of Janet's Photography

October 17, 2024 - Larry Golden: What Is The Best Camera To Use?

Larry Golden
Larry Golden

Bio: Larry is currently retired living in Forney. When he started planning for retirement, he decided to once again focus on photography. Larry owned his last SLR camera back in the last century.

When he started his research for a new camera, he was amazed at how photography had changed since his SLR days. Larry’s interest in photography started when he joined his high school yearbook staff and was handed a twin-lens Rolleiflex Camera. After college he was able to buy a Minolta SLR. Life got in the way and his camera was put on the shelf.

His first digital camera was a Sony Cyber-Sshot purchased when his first grandson was born. At retirement, his research led him to his first DSLR. It was a Canon 70D with a Tamron 150-600 lens. His interest was bird photography which over time expanded beyond birds to a more generalist focus. He currently takes photos for the weekly Forney Messenger as well as being a volunteer photographer for the state UIL ranked Forney High School Band.

Currently Larry is active in the Dallas Camera Club and the East Texas Camera Club in Tyler, TX. Larry currently is using the Olympus Mirrorless System along with his iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Program Description: The best camera to use is the one you have with you. In many cases that may be your cell phone camera. How do you make the most of your cell phone camera?



Samples of Larry's Photography

Future PPC Programs

Until formally announced, this program schedule is subject to change.

Date Speaker Program
July 18, 2024 Ben Jacobi Photo Adventure: 20 Miles in Palo Duro Canyon Backcountry
August 15, 2024 Janet Cunningham Enhance Your Creativity With Lensbaby
September 19, 2024 Jay Miller Aviation Photography
October 17, 2024 Larry Golden What Is The Best Camera To Use?

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