Chapter Meeting - October 12th, 2013
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The Meeting

This October meeting will be held:

  • Where: Leisure World, Clubhouse 2 on Norbeck Road, Silver Spring, Maryland
  • When: on October 12th, 2013.
  • Time: between 12:00 noon to 5:00pm

Everyone is welcome to join us at this meeting with two exciting programs that My-Phuong (our Program Chair) has put together for our learning and enjoyment. At this meeting, you will also meet some of our PSA-MAC Board-of-Directors including veterans and new-commers for the 2013-2015 term. You will also find-out more about the upcoming activities such as workshops and fieldtrips that the new Board has in store for you as the benefit to the members during the next 2 years term.

Refreshments will be served...

Direction to Leisure World

Leisure World is located at 15000 Georgia Avenue, between Aspen Hill and Olney, just one mile south of the ICC-200 Maryland highway at the Olney and Silver Spring intersection on Georgia Avenue.

  • If you travel on ICC-200 from I-270 or I-95, take Georgia Avenue exit (State route 97), head South on Georgia Avenue about 1 mile, turn left at Norbeck Road; Turn right at the first light (Norbeck Boulevard) into Leisure World.
  • If you travel from the I-495 Beltway, take Georgia Avenue North exit (State route 97) approximately 7 miles; Go past the main entrance to Leisure World and turn right at the next light (Norbeck Road); Turn right at the first light (Norbeck Boulevard) into Leisure World.

Enter the gate and tell the security guard that you are attending the PSA Mid-Atlantic Photography Program at the Clubhouse Two. Proceed straight; At the stop sign, drive straight into the parking lot for Clubhouse 2 and park.

The Programs

There will be two programs presented at this October 2013 meeting. Both of the programs will be presented by two outstanding and well-known speakers in our area. Dave Mullen will present the "Book Making" and Don Johnson will present the "Making good photos at the zoo".

  • 1:00PM - 2:00PM Animal Zoo/Photography (Don Johnson)
  • 2:15PM - 4:00PM Book Making (Dave Mullen)

Here are the little introduction from the program's speakers

Making good photos at the zoo - by Don Johnson

About Don Johnson...

I love to take photos of animals, whether in the wild or at a zoo. However, taking photos of animals in the wild presents a host of problems for a photographer. Are the animals where you think they will likely be? What is the terrain like -- can you reach them? Are the animals difficult to approach -- do they scurry away when they see people? How much time do you have to photograph the animals? Are the animals likely available all day, or for just part of the day? While many of us have overcome these problems, it is oblivious that the list of problems relating to photographing animals in the wild is long. Don’t get me wrong, you can take great animal photos in the wild, but it takes work and preparation.

A zoo is an excellent place to photograph animals. Think about it. Unlike in the wild, the animals are always there -- you know when you go a zoo that the animals will actually be there, no matter the time of day or the season of the year. They are also used to people so they are not as skittish, and certainly can not run off when they see a photographer. In many cases the animals are also rather exotic. To produce an image of a lion in the wild, for example, you would have to travel to Africa -- a costly and time consuming endeavor. The local zoo can be much more affordable. And you can go back time after time after time to get the perfect image. And if a particular animal is not in a good position, or in poor lighting, you can simply move on to the next exhibit.

Don’t get me wrong. A zoo environment still presents problems for a photographer. The animals may be asleep or not very active. The backgrounds or foregrounds of enclosures can pose difficulties. Opening and closing times can reduce access when the lighting is best. Screens, cages, glass reflections and people hanging out near the exhibits can be a challenge when you are looking to produce naturalistic looking images. You also may be unable to use the images you produce for commercial purposes unless you check with the zoo first. But if you are looking to produce wonderful images of animals, please consider the zoo.

As with any animal photography, the creatures may not do what you want them to do -- the animals may be turned the wrong way, not very active, or simply won’t look in your direction. The lighting may be poor. But this is nothing new with animal photography. It goes with the territory.

Believe it or not, I have visited 52 different zoos across North America, and one in Europe. Some are excellent. Most are wonderful. And frankly, some are rather depressing. But all have provided me with an opportunity to get "up close and personal" with a variety of local and exotic animals for photographic purposes.

In my presentation, I will show examples of my zoo photography. I will provide tips describing how I took the images, including how to photograph through a fence or through glass. I will also discuss the equipment I use. I will, additionally, tell some interesting stories of my experiences at various zoos. You can learn a lot by going to a zoo -- both in terms of photography and in terms of animal behavior.

We have some excellent zoos in this area. You should consider going sometime in the relatively near future. You may surprise yourself and produce some outstanding images.

The Book Making - by Dave Mullen

About Dave Mullen...

Do you have boxes of old photographs moldering away in the basement? Digital images of your trip to Paris sitting on your hard drive? Does your significant other have a big anniversary coming soon? Solve these and other problems you don't even know you have by creating a Blurb coffee table book or a Magcloud magazine. In this fast paced session you'll get an overview of how to create (and even sell) books and magazines using images that you've already shot. You'll see examples of commemorative birthday books, school yearbooks, camera club newsletters, and personal portfolios, all published on demand.