Plano Photography Club

Virtual Club Meetings Held On 3rd Thursday of Each Month (except December)
Virtual Training Sessions Held On 2nd and 4th Thursdays of Each Month (except December)
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Serving Plano, Dallas, and the surrounding suburbs, the Plano Photography Club was established in 1984 for anyone interested in photography.

Want to attend one of our monthly meetings as a guest? Please let us know via email.
Then join us (virtually, for now) and get to know the friendly folks of the Plano Photography Club.

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  • The October 2021 issue of The FLASH! is now available for download (more)
  • The October 5 LR: From Camera to Print session recording is now available (more)
  • The September DIY Excursion activity has been extended through October (more)
  • Register now for Adobe MAX 2021 - it's virtual and free again this year (more)
  • The recording of the September 23 Ask Me Anything session is now available (more)
  • Going to Beavers Bend in November? NOW is a good time to reserve your room(s) (more)
  • Dates to Remember

  • October 19 - DCC Training Tuesday: Lightroom - From Camera to Print (final session)
  • October 21 - Monthly club meeting with guest speaker Shelley Paulson
  • October 23 - October print competition submission deadline: OPEN
  • October 23 - Topic of the Week submission deadline - WINDOW(S)
  • October 26-28 - Adobe MAX 2021 Creativity Conference (FREE/VIRTUAL)
  • October 28 - PPC Training Thursday: Image Review (Anita Oakley)
  • October 30 - Topic of the Week submission deadline - RESTAURANT
  • November 18 - Monthly club meeting with guest speaker Nikola Olic
  • November 19-21 - Beavers Bend Fall Weekend (RESERVE YOUR LODGING NOW)

  • Photo Activities and Galleries

    2021 Topic of the Week Photo Activity - Week 42


    Monday, October 18, 2021, to Saturday, October 23, 2021 (11:59 PM CT)

    To participate, send ONE OR TWO IMAGES IN JPEG FORMAT 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(s) (e.g., BillGates_Window_1.jpg).

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

    Pictures that exceed these limits will not be eligible for the gallery.

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

    Full-Screen Views: Gallery | Slideshow | All Galleries and Slideshows

    If you're planning ahead, next week's topic will be RESTAURANT.

    DIY Excursions - September and October 2021


    With the weather (slowly) cooling down, we have several suggested DIY Excursions for you for this extended two-month period:

    To participate, first attend one or more of these events between now and October 31, 2021.


    Please include YOUR NAME and ARTS, PUMPKINS, or BIGTEX (respectively) in the file name (e.g., John_Smith_BigTex_1.jpg).

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

    Pictures that exceed these limits will not be eligible for the gallery.

    Depending upon how many photos we receive, each event may get its own gallery on the website.

    Have fun, capture some great images, but be mindful of each event's COVID health and safety regulations (available on their websites).

    President's Message - Here Comes The Color

    Alan Daniel

    As I write this month’s message, it's 94 degrees outside. The calendar says that autumn officially arrived September 22, but I am confused. I guess we will just have to wait a little longer before we break out that Kodachrome 64 for those fall colors.

    I do have faith that cooler weather is coming. While out for a walk at Arbor Hills in Plano a week ago, I observed that some of the trees were already starting to change.

    While we are waiting for those autumn hues to arrive, there are many venues around the area where we can sharpen our photographic skills, from the State Fair to the Dallas Arboretum to airshows to local festivals in surrounding towns.

    Don’t forget we also have Halloween coming soon with all those creative costumes on display by the trick-or-treaters.

    If you are not able to travel to a destination with lots of hardwood trees and their vibrant leaves this fall, you can still find autumn color in your own backyard or local park.

    Take advantage of this magical season. Get out there and create your own special image of those wonderful colors that nature provides.

    - Alan Daniel (from the October 2021 issue of The FLASH!)

    Next Club Meeting - Thursday, October 21, 2021, at 7:00 PM CT (via Zoom)

    Behind the Lens with Equine Photographer Shelley Paulson

    Shelley Paulson
    Shelley Paulson

    Program Description: After a short introduction to the nuances of photographing horses, Shelley will share some of her favorite images and the stories behind them. From capturing a cowboy during a lightning storm to a tender moment between a horse and its owner to a high quality still photo pulled from a video clip, each example will give you insight into her vision and technical approach.

    Bio: Shelley Paulson is an award-winning equine commercial, editorial, and stock photographer based in Minnesota. She has combined her deep love of horses with her passion for creating heartfelt, meaningful images to create a thriving full-time career.

    Her work is known for its captivating light, emotional impact, creative composition, and rich color. It has been published worldwide and can be seen in various equestrian publications and in advertising for major equine brands such as Horse Illustrated, Western Horseman, Nutrena, and Farnam.

    Her professional beliefs are expressed on her website as follows:

    • I believe in creating photographs for brands and publications that want more than just pretty pictures. They want images that captivate their audiences with depth, emotional impact, and meaning.
    • I believe in the power of photography to tell a story. Whether that is the story of a brand or product or an editorial story in a magazine, quality, heartfelt photographs can move our hearts or compel us to action. This is a business for me, but my passion for the craft of photography and my love for horses mean I will never be neutral about the work I do. Because of this, my clients always get my best work, done with the greatest of care.
    • I believe in providing professional, yet personalized service to all my clients which means I am committed to honesty, efficient communication, being on time, delivering what I promised (or more!), being flexible, and doing all things in a spirit of cooperation, generosity, and kindness.



    Examples of Shelley's Work


    October 2021 Contest


    The theme for the October 2021 Plano Photography Club photo contest is OPEN (Print).

    You may submit one print to the contest.

    Prints must be dropped off by 4:00 PM CT on Saturday, October 23, 2021, and electronic entries must be uploaded to the PPC Competition Site before 11:59 PM CT on October 21, 2021.

    The maximum dimensions for electronic images submitted to the contest website are 4096 x 2160 pixels.

    Please review the PPC Competition Rules and Process document if you have questions about how the club competitions work.

    The October 2021 Print Contest Procedures document summarizes the rules for print contests and includes instructions on where to drop off your print for this month's competition. If you need additional information, please contact the Contest Chair.

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

    Latest Club News

    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.


    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.

    You are responsible for obtaining your own lodging; here are some suggestions on where to stay:

    For additional information about this field trip, please see our Field Trips page.


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

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

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