Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Photo Club

WOW! I attended my first meeting at the Photo Club yesterday and was so impressed with the group!! The meeting contained a wealth of information about transferring photos from your camera to your computer, how to create file folders and organize your photos, renaming photos, and most importantly--how to back up and save your photos. My mind was buzzing with new ideas on how to organize my picture albums when I got home. Thank you to Jim Cornell for such an informative and interesting presentation!!

The meeting started with a "show and tell" display of photos from the club members. Each week they are given a topic and members go out to photograph subjects after which they then upload their favorite photo to the club website. These photos are shown at the beginning of each meeting, the group votes on their favorites, and the winners are printed and put on display in the Activities Center. Some of the photos are critiqued and suggestions are made as to making the photo even better. I learned so much new stuff!!!! I wish I could have joined this group sooner!!



Member photos shown & critiqued by Jerry Smith


Be sure to check out the photos in the Activities Center every week.  I don't know who got that hummingbird shot, but it is definitely a winner!

There won't be a meeting this coming Monday (Feb 1) as the members are taking a field trip to Saguaro National Park near Tucson. The theme for photos is desert landscape so they'll be in the perfect area for some spectacular photos. I can't wait to see their finished projects!

The final session of the meeting was instruction on PhotoShop Elements software. This program allows the photographer to crop, resize, and touch up their photos. Wish I could have stayed for that part of the presentation...but I had to go to work and couldn't stay.

Another project the group is working on is taking photos for the huge pickleball tournament coming up. The club has been asked to take photos of the tournament participants, etc so volunteers signed up to assist.

What an exciting club!  Come join the group at their next meeting on February 8 at 10:30 in the SanTan room.  It will be awesome to see their photos from the national park.

P.S.  Thank you to Ray Valentine for the three photos on this post.

  • The photo club exists to help members have more fun taking and sharing photographs. We welcome all skill levels – absolute beginner to accomplished photographer.   
  • We try to cover a wide range of topics such as how to use your camera, photo composition, use of the computer to fix and organize your photos, and different ways to show your photos.   
  • We select a weekly topic to photograph. At the Monday meeting we form random groups to go together at a mutually agreeable time to shoot the weekly topic.   
  • After you review your photos from the weekly shoot, and if you choose, you can post your two best pictures to the club's Yahoo Group –PCphotoworks. (We will teach you how to do this and if you don't have access to a computer, we will do it for you.) Each week members choose favorite photos from the weeks shoot and some are posted in the Activities Office.   
  • We have a Photo Scavenger Hunt for the season with a list of ten photo topics; you may enter one photo per topic. The deadline for the hunt will be in early March. An independent panel of judges (not from the club) selects two winners from each category; the photo with the most judges' selections is Best in Show. There is a prize for each category and for Best in Show, and the winning photos are posted in the Activities Office.   
  • Dues for the club are $10 for the season ($15 per couple), or, if you are in the park for a short time, $2 per meeting. Dues cover the cost of prints to post in the Activities Office and copy/stationery costs.
  • Meetings are Mondays in the SanTan Room starting at 10:30 AM and run from 1 1/2 to 3 hours depending on which parts you choose to attend.   
  • Tentative plans are to have a three part meeting. Part 1 – Showing and discussion of photos from the weeks photo shoot. Part 2 – Presentation on a photo topic of general interest to all photographers. Part 3 – Specific training to meet needs and interests as requested by club members:  Photoshop Elements every week; others such as camera use, doing aslide show, organizing photo files as requested.


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