THIS WEDNESDAY: Please join us at the PPC club picnic on June 16 at Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve (details ...)

Plano Photography Club

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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, of course) and get to know the friendly folks of the Plano Photography Club.

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  • The June 2021 issue of The FLASH! is now available (more)
  • Details are now available for the June 16 club picnic at Oak Point Park (more)
  • We've selected the destination for the June DIY Excursion - and it's not too far away (more)
  • Recorded materials from the June 1 Training Tuesday Lightroom class are now available (more)
  • The recording and PDF from the May 27 Training Thursday session are now available (more)
  • Dates to Remember

  • June 15 - DCC Training Tuesday: Lightroom - From Camera to Print
  • June 16 - PPC Picnic at Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve
  • June 17 - Monthly club meeting with guest speaker Jerry Schlesinger
  • June 17 - Submission deadline for June Competition: OPEN (Electronic Image)
  • June 19 - Submission deadline for Topic of the Week - URBAN
  • June 24 - PPC Training Thursday: Photography Fundamentals
  • June 30 - Last day for June DIY Excursion (Downtown Dallas Architecture)

    Photo Activities and Galleries

    2021 Topic of the Week Photo Activity - Week 23


    Monday, June 6, 2021 to Saturday, June 12, 2021 (11:59 PM CT)

    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., JohnSmith_Yellow.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 galleries.

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

    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, June 14.


    June DIY Photo Excursion


    To participate, first visit downtown Dallas between now and June 30, 2021.


    If you submit more than five photos, only the first five 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 the LOCATION of the excursion in the file name (e.g., John_Smith_DowntownDallas.jpg).

    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 galleries.

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


    President's Message - Almost Summer

    Alan Daniel

    As some of you may be aware, West Plano Presbyterian Church where we meet experienced significant water damage to the educational portion of the building during the February freeze. They hope to begin reconstruction this month with completion targeted for this fall. We will be ready to return there when they are ready for us.

    Summer is just around the corner and that means more time and sunshine for outdoor activities. Whether it be a long vacation to an exotic locale or a day visit to a local park, there are photographic opportunities everywhere. It's an ideal time to charge up those camera batteries and get outside to take pictures.

    Speaking of being outside, I think a picnic is a perfect event for our first in-person gathering since early 2020. It’s been that long since many of us have seen each other face-to-face. It will be fun to catch up and trade stories. The gathering also gives us a chance to welcome our newer members who have not been able to attend in-person meetings.

    The club picnic is scheduled for Wednesday, June 16th at 6:30 PM at the Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve Pavilion. Look for details in this edition of the newsletter and on the website.

    Finally, thanks to everyone who made our May awards program a fun evening, and congratulations to all the winners. Awards and ribbons will be available at the picnic, along with prints from last year's contests.

    I look forward to visiting with all of you on June 16th.

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

    Next Club Meeting - June 17, 2021 at 7:00 PM CT (via Zoom)

    Jerry Schlesinger: Cruisin' With Your Camera

    Jerry Schlesinger
    Jerry Schlesinger

    Program Description: Jerry and his wife Ilene really enjoy cruising. Since 1999, they have taken 39 cruises encompassing 470 nights at sea aboard six different cruise lines.

    In this program, Jerry will share with us why they like cruising, the photography challenges that you encounter while on cruises, and helpful tips to make cruising with your camera more fun and enjoyable.

    Bio: Jerry Schlesinger was born in Brooklyn, New York. His interest in photography developed while flipping through the pages of his parents' Life magazines.

    With degrees in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, he worked for Western Electric/AT&T Microelectronics in Allentown, PA and Orlando, FL for 30 years. After a short (one weekend) retirement, he began a second professional career with Texas Instruments (TI) in Dallas. His entire career was in the area of photolithography, a process central to the manufacture of semiconductor devices.

    The most expensive “camera” he used in that area cost $10,000,000. He was a specialist in the metrology related to photolithography and was the TI representative on Sematech's Metrology Advisory Committee. Jerry retired from TI after 14 years.

    Jerry is a member of the Plano Photography Club and currently serves as the Contest Committee Chair. He and Ilene live in Denton and enjoy traveling the world together by ship or car. Their children live in Charlottesville, VA and Portland, OR.


    Grand Cayman   Vanuatu   Queen Mary 2   New York City at Sunset   Queen Victoria Shipboard

    Samples of Jerry's Photography


    June 2021 Contest


    The theme for the June 2021 Plano Photography Club photo contest is OPEN (Electronic Image).

    You may submit one image to the contest.

    Entries must be uploaded to the PPC Competition Site before 11:59 PM CT on June 17, 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. 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

    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 for inclusion in a gallery to be posted on the club website.

    Enjoy getting outdoors but please stay safe and cool.


    The Plano Photography Club is a proud member club of the following:

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

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