Plano Photography Club

All In-Person Club Meetings and Activities Are Canceled Until Further Notice
Virtual Club Meetings Are Held On Third Thursdays (except December) at 7:00 PM
Virtual Training Sessions Are Held On 2nd and 4th Thursdays

Join us at our next (virtual) meeting and get to know the friendly folks of the Plano Photography Club.

Want to attend one of our monthly meetings as a guest? Please let us know via email.

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  • NEW! Our recent Flash and Visual Design training classes are now available on-demand (more)
  • Come out for the PPC Photo Walk on October 3 (more)
  • PPC member Jan De Meulder recognized in September GSCCC competition (more)
  • Miss Tom Fox's presentation at the September club meeting? No problem. (more)
  • Check out the winning images from the August 2020 club competition (more)
  • Canon's Flying Things and Close-up Things preso is available on-demand (more)
  • Review the updated rules/procedures for the October 2020 Print contest (more)
  • Raptor Photo Day Is FINALLY Happening (more)
  • Adobe MAX 2020: free for everyone and registration is now open (more)
  • Dates to Remember

  • October 3 - PPC Photo Walk at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano
  • October 3 - Weekly project submission deadline - THINGS THAT BEGIN WITH THE LETTER P
  • October 6 - DCC Training Tuesday (Small Object Lighting and Visual Design 5)
  • October 8 - PPC Training Thursday (Photoshop Luminosity Masks and Visual Design 4)
  • October 8 - Submission deadline for ABSTRACT editing project
  • October 10 - Raptor Photo Day at Blackland Prairie Raptor Center
  • October 15 - October monthly club meeting with guest Brianna Burnett
  • October 20 - DCC Training Tuesday (Ask Me Anything and Visual Design 6)

  • Photo Activities and Galleries

    Topic of the Week Photo Activity - Week 25

    Period: Monday, September 21, 2020 to Saturday, September 26, 2020 (11:59 PM CDT)

    To participate, send a MAXIMUM OF TWO (2) IMAGES from your CAMERA OR CELLPHONE on this topic to If you submit more than two photos, only the first two received will be included.

    Submitted images will be displayed in the scrolling gallery seen at right. Please note that no one will be able to download copies of submitted photos.

    Please include YOUR NAME and this week's TOPIC in the file name (e.g., John_Smith_Topic.jpg).

    Maximum dimensions for submitted images are 4096x2160 pixels; the maximum file size is 10MB. Pictures that exceed these limits will not be eligible for the galleries.

    View our photo activity archives in either full-screen gallery or slideshow (with music) mode.

    Visit the Plano Photography Club Facebook Page to Like your favorite Topic of the Week photos.

    NOTE: This activity is now closed. Members will receive the next weekly activity via email on Monday September 28, 2020.

    Photo Edit Activity - Project 10

    Project: ABSTRACT
    Period: Friday September 25, 2020 to Thursday, October 8, 2020 (11:59 PM CDT)

    Every other Friday we make one or more straight out of camera photo(s) in RAW/DNG format available for download.

    Your task is to modify the picture(s) - in any way that you see fit - with any editing tool(s) that you choose.

    Be creative. Make the image reflect your artistic vision.

    When you are finished editing the photo(s),

    • please rename the files to include both your NAME and the PROJECT NAME (e.g., John_Smith_Project_1.jpg).
    • send it/them back to us (in .JPG format, maximum height/width of 4096px and maximum size of 10MB) at
    • in that email, please include information about which editing tool(s) you used

    We will add received photos to a gallery on the front page of the website. Submitted pictures that DO NOT meet size requirements will not be eligible for the gallery.

    Download the image(s) today to get started. We're looking forward to seeing your work.

    NOTE: You can view the gallery at right in full-screen mode by visiting our Photo Galleries page.

    August 2020 Competition Winners Announced

    Winning Images From the August 2020 Competition
    Topic: Open

    Winners of the August 2020 Plano Photography Club photo competition were announced on Thursday, September 17 at the conclusion of the September 2020 club meeting.

    Award recipients for the latest contest - whose work is seen in the slideshow at right - are as follows:

    • Entry
      • 1st: Fenced In Red Barn - Debbie Nielsen
      • 2nd: Social Distancing - David Witherspoon
      • 3rd: Ginger Spice Everything Nice - Mary Kell Ruehle
      • HM: Independence Day Parade 2020 - Jennifer Wu
      • HM: First Snow Dusting On The Grand Tetos - Jan De Muelder
    • Intermediate
      • 1st: Sunset Chardonnay - Heidi Phillips
      • 2nd: Misty Morning - Pradeep Sanjeev
      • 3rd: The Orchid - Dennis Kraft
      • HM: Boardwalk to Paradise - John Eden
      • HM: Tough, A-Team - Clive Fernando
    • Advanced
      • 1st: A Good Catch - Ron Lin
      • 2nd: Surfer Girl - Randy Ratzlaff
      • 3rd: One Listener - Richard Otto
      • HM: Hell Valley Hokkaido - Cathy Lin
    • Master
      • 1st: Coronavirus Empty Road - Ron Hasty (also Best in Show)
      • 2nd: Lotus Blossum - Larry Petterborg
      • 3rd: 2020: Life Shadows - Nancy Mack
      • HM: Reykjanesviti - Oldest Lighthouse in Iceland - Carol Barlow
      • HM: Riding the Range - James Walsh

    Full-Screen Slideshow | Judge's Commentary

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

    Congratulations to all those listed above and thanks to everyone who participated in the contest. See you next month.

    Next Club Meeting - Thursday, October 15, 2020 (via Zoom)

    Brianna Burnett: What In The World Is That A Picture Of?

    Brianna Burnett
    Brianna Burnett

    Photography and art have from the beginning have had a woven relationship of questions and love. What was art? What is photography and how in the world does it all go together?

    Where art meets photography is a small intersection of abstraction. For this program Brianna Burnett will dive into the questions of what makes an abstract image, how does a visually literate viewer see abstraction, how did history perceive abstraction in photography and finally she will ask - what in the world is that a picture of?

    Brianna Burnett is a fine art photographer living and working in the DFW Metroplex. Her photography is a collection of images that reference storytelling, mythology and narrative. Motivated by landscape, history and the culture of her surroundings, she integrates these concepts into photographs that are studies of historical and personal narrative.

    She completed her undergraduate work in photography at Austin College in Sherman, Texas and went on to earn an MFA in Photography and Sculpture from Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

    Brianna exhibits in solo and group exhibits across the United States and is currently a full-time faculty member at Collin College in McKinney, Texas.

    Her website is

    Dryplate Tintype 1   Dryplate Tintype 2   Dryplate Tintype 3

    Examples of Brianna's Work With Dryplate Tintypes

    October 2020 Contest


    The Plano Photography Club’s October contest is a PRINT competition with an OPEN theme.

    Each club member may submit one print to the competition. Remember that images that have placed in any earlier PPC contest are ineligible.

    Since we are not having in-person meetings, we have established special rules and procedures for handling submissions for this contest.

    Your electronic submission must be uploaded to the PPC Competition Site before midnight CT Thursday, October 15, 2020.

    Your print must be delivered by Saturday, October 17, 2020.

    For more detail on this month's contest requirements please visit Competitions | Competition Topics.

    Latest Club News

    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

    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.


    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.


    Club Information

  • Check out our interactive maps of Top 100 Dallas Architectural Sights and Favorite DFW Photo Spots.
  • Review our Guide to the PPC Website and Your Mobile Device to learn how to add a bookmark for the PPC webpage to your mobile device's home screen and to review website features you may find useful to reference while shooting in the field.
  • Monthly meetings are held the third Thursday of each month (except December) via Zoom
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