Share your Fall Pictures

A reminder…this month show us pictures of anything evocative of Fall. Get us is the spirit to enjoy some cooler weather. Your pictures don’t have to be of Fall foliage, just something “cooler”. Remember our meeting is next Tuesday, the 17th.

September Meeting Roundup and Materials

For those not there, our September meeting was a great step back to normalcy for the club. While understandably it was moderately well attended, it was a lot of fun with a different agenda. A quick intro and “prayer” talking about the blessings we saw after the storm, especially in the form of neighbor helping neighbor led into Pam Walton’s talk about the project she led to save Connie and David Emerson’s old photo albums after the flood. Pam’s heart-touching presentation was a great illustration of neighbor helping neighbor, and for our club, an uplifting story of our members pitching in for one of our own. She concluded by giving the Emersons a hard drive with over 2500 files with their photos digitalized by the hard work of seven club members. Pam was a great force behind this hard work that lasted about seven days.

Our presenter gave a talk on street photography. She is a professional photographer, and did a nice job. Her material is posted on the Programs page and linked here.

Share and Learn was sparse with only about six people submitting..it is up on the galleries page now. It was a shorter than normal S&L session, but that was ok because Mike Muhle wrapped up the meeting with a technical dive into eclipse photography. Mike’s an engineer, and it showed, but his presentation was very informative and enjoyable because we could watch someone discover photography because it resonated so well with the technician inside him, rather than the artist (like his wife, Kathy).  Mike obviously loved the experience and brought us all along for that ride.  His experience reflects how we all find something in this subject that touches who we are.

September Share and Learn – Sunshine

This meeting followed hurricane Harvey and we didn’t get as many Share and Learn images as we normally get. The topic was selected before Harvey, but served as a reminder that life returns to normal and there is sunshine at the end of the tunnel.

Q&A Submitting your Images for Share and Learn 

Q: When should images be submitted?

A: Any time before 7pm on the Monday before the meeting…i.e.: the evening before the meeting.  Later than that and we’ll make every attempt to include them, but cannot guarantee they will get in 

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Q: who do I send them to?

A: president@kwphotoclub.com, except on months when the Vice President is substituting, then send them to vp@kwphotoclub.com

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Q: How can I be sure the club got the pictures I sent in?

A:  You should receive a short reply if we got them. If you don’t hear anything don’t be bashful….go ahead and ask if we got them. 

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Q: Do I have to follow the theme for the month?

A: life is too short for “have tos” while we certainly encourage everyone to follow the theme, if you have some really great images you want to show off, by all means do. 

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Q: Do the pictures submitted have to be taken in the current month?

A: While that would be ideal, we don’t require that at all.

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Q: how many pictures may I submit?

A: four or less

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Q: What file type mya I use.

A: always submit jpg file.

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Q: What are the requirements for pictures submitted?

A: We make every attempt to accept whatever you send in, however you’ll make our life a lot easier, and reduce confusion on our part if you’ll do the following:

  1) name your pictures: names like DCS8765.jpg, Don’t help us identify your pictures, and don’t help us sort them for the Share and Learn presentation.  Name your images with your first and last name, a number tndicating the order you want them in, and a very short description.  So a good name might look like:  “Joe Smith 3 – Yosemite falls.jpg”

  2) reduce their size. Full, high resolution pictures are large, and harder to email. Our projector shows images at 75dpi (dots per inch) so anything greater than that is a waste. Therefore we request that Images be 75-100 dpi, and 1000-1200 pixels on the long side. 

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Q:  During the meeting do I have to know the camera settings etc for my pictures?

A: no, but the members sometimes might ask some of that detail about the picture. What was your ISO setting? What was your exposure setting?  Since there is a “Learn” aspect to this session, do be prepared to answers some questions.   Don’t remember those particulars? If you use Lightroom, look in the image metadata located in the right side Panel in the Library module. 

August 15 Program: Post-Production Editing Techniques That Will Change Your Photography

Post processing plays a big role in today’s photographic society. Whether it’s used subtlety or for major composites, it’s definitely an important skill to know.

Pat Guard , owner of Pat and Ray’s Studio in Kingwood, will be available to answer questions and offer tips for preparing photos to share with the world. In this digital age, all photographers need to be knowledgeable with Photoshop and/or other post-production techniques. Pat sees Photoshop as a tool, just as the darkroom was a tool to manipulate images in her early career. She will discuss and demonstrate just a few techniques that help get the most out of your images.

Re-sizing and Naming Your Share and Learn Images

As time goes on it helps to remind everyone of our submission guidelines for share and learn images each month.  These guidelines exist for two reasons.  One is so that the images load faster when viewing them and are easier to send via email, and the second is to help make it easier to organize photos for the share and learn slideshow.

  1. Image size.  No matter what size image you send, when it projects electronically in the meeting, its going to project at 72dpi.  Therefore there is absolutely no reason to send in high resolution images suitable for printing (250-300 dpi).  Those images are just larger and harder to email.  So PLEASE resize your images to 75-100 dpi, and 1000-1400 pixels on the long side.  They will show up as good as they possibly can.  Here are instructions for resizing your pictures: In Lightroom, In Photoshop.
  2. Naming (File names) your pictures is IMPORTANT.  Please don’t send in images with their original file name, unless you want to see them up on the slideshow in some random order.  Your images file names should be in the format “Firstname Lastname – ## – Description.jpg”, so for example one of my images might be “Chuck Dugand – 01 – East End Park walkway.jpg”.  The reason to do this is that the slideshow software we use will sort the images by filename ensuring your images all come up together.  Putting a description on the image isn’t necessary, but helps.  If you fail to rename your images it forces me (or Kathy) to do that for you, which just adds work.

Membership

Membership in our club provides you with access to programs, outings and our monthly meetings, to say nothing of the opportunity to meet like-minded photographers of all skill levels from this area. We have professional and semi-professional photographers that freely share their tips and knowledge with you.

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OUR MEETINGS

Photo Club meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 3500 Woodland Hills Drive, Kingwood, TX 77339 on the third floor. While meetings are held at the church and we are very grateful for their support we are not affiliated with any church and membership is open to everyone.  Meeting dates, photo assignments, special events, photo opportunities, and other items of interest are published via email and are posted on our website. Annual dues are $15 individual membership or $20 family membership. Dues are based on the calendar year beginning in January. This annual fee is the best deal in Kingwood!

 MEMBERSHIP FORMS

Our membership form is attached below. Download it, print it, fill it out and come to the next meeting, or click here for our online form.We look forward to meeting you!

Membership Form