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M AY E V E N T S May 4, 7:00 pm Lagniappe - Meet & Greet Garden Center May 5-7 GSCCC Convention Fort Worth, TX May 18, 7:00 pm Monthly Meeting@ Goodwood Library May 20, 8:00 am Afton Villa Gardens Field Trip Meet at McDonald's on Drusilla Lane

Louisiana Photographic Society meets on the third Thursday of each month at the Goodwood Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70806 Guests are always welcome. Membership dues are $25/year. Each additional family member $5/year PO Box 83834 Baton Rouge, LA 70884

Copyright Š Louisiana Photographic Society, 2017. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material or images/photographs without express and written permission from author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to the photographer and Louisiana Photographic Society with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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ay is historically celebrated as the month of the worker. Workers are those folks down in every organization’s “boiler room” doing the work necessary to implement the organization’s mission. The work is often mentally challenging or worse, tiresome. But no matter the work performed, it goes without saying that good work is its own reward; in truth, work is a virtue. LPS has workers that, with cheerful spirit and firm resolve, perform the work necessary to insure that LPS implements its mission. In a small way, I think that a call out to our LPS workers is a way for the club to say “thank you” for your efforts. To that end: Cathy Smart, our Secretary, not only does she do the mundane, i.e. recording and distributing minutes and keeping our corporate records in good order, she is also the friendly “cop” that watches over all of us and keeps us on the straight and narrow. Janet Gelpi, our Treasurer, keeps the books and the Corporate Roll of members. This is a job that requires attention to detail and constant vigilance to insure that the record reflects today’s reality. Theresa Mullins is our past president and is charged with planning and putting on our LPS “lagniappe” series. It takes planning and imagination to find speakers and subjects that will be of high interest to the club. Gene Bachman is a man of many talents and unbridled enthusiasm. Gene directs and produces our Digital Projection Contest (soon to be run by Gene’s, “baby,” i.e. Visual Pursuit software) and is our club’s GSCCC digital competition representative. He also hosts judging of prints for GSCCC club competition. Bridget Mayo is our education coordinator. She plans and puts on educational classes. Education of photographers is a core mission of LPS. So Bridget is where “the rubber hits the road.” What we do here has to be of value and interest. George Carpenter is our Equipment Coordinator. His job is to husband LPS’ equipment. That includes the all important and expensive projector and computers, screens, and miles of wire! George has to know where the equipment is at all times and coordinate equipment use so that the “equipment end” of a class, etc. is not a problem. Amand Budyach/Cris Garcia are our Exhibit Coordinators and team up to plan, schedule, hang and take down LPS members’ photography at exhibits shown at various libraries and galleries. Exhibits have to go flawlessly as they are one of the public faces of LPS. Focus May 2017

Bernie Gillete/Tom Bush team up to fill our Field Coordinator’s duties. I believe that Bernie knows more about photography than the combined knowledge of all LPS members! He and Tom use this knowledge to plan several challenging field trips each year. Go on a field trip and listen to old Bernie. You will learn. Tammy Heil heads up LPS’ mentoring program. This program is a bit different than most in that it can and does mentor highly experienced photographers as well as beginners. Tammy makes the mentor match fit the situation. Again this effort goes to our core mission which is education of photographers. Jerry Arnold coordinates our monthly competition. He plans and implements the positioning of prints, handing out of score cards, counting the votes and tabulating the votes to announce the winners. He has to be exact in his efforts as a miscount of scores could lead to a “pouty lipped” competitor and maybe a “fat lip for Jerry! Our Newsletter Editor is Renee Pierce. I could write a long article about what Renee means to the club. But going to keep it short here. Renee, year in and year out, creates and brings to fruition “Focus,” the monthly newsletter of LPS. Renee works tirelessly on performing her job. The result is a fantastic publication, second to none. And that includes what the “pros” put out. Pam Kaster is our program coordinator and is responsible for the program that LPS has each month at its general membership meetings. Tough job this is, as she has to identify a subject and then find an expert on same. Amazingly, Pam is months ahead in scheduling the LPS programs. Linda Medine is a past president and is our PSA coordinator. Linda knows photography and is excellently positioned to give our club a great chance to finish high in the results of club PSA competitions. Linda also schedules several critiques of member images by highly credentialed PSA folks. Jackie Summers is our publicity coordinator. She is the one who gets the LPS name in the local paper and magazines. She photographs the photographers. Renee Pierce and Gail Dixon team up to design and publish the LPS website. Since the website is the “publication of record” for LPS, this team must insure the integrity of the information published. In short, this effort is a day in and day out effort. I have saved this guy for last, Darrel LeBlanc. Darrel is our Vice President. This guy is a working machine that will perform any job when asked or when he sees it needs to be done. I am fortunate to have Darrel as a confidant and friend. So is LPS likewise fortunate. There you have it, the crew, the mice in the tread wheel if you will. They are 100% LPS through and through. On behalf of LPS thanks to all of you for a job, not only well done, but done enthusiastically.

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Lagniappe May 4, 2017 Meet - N - Greet

Baton Rouge Garden Center, 7950 Independence Blvd 7:00 - 9:00 pm Bring your camera, manual, laptop and questions to ask and help others. We often hear that there is not enough time at the meetings to really get to know them members. This is your chance to meet others and get help with those nagging questions.

June 1, 2017 How Can I Improve My Images? Baton Rouge Garden Center 7950 Independence Blvd 7:00 - 9:00 pm Jon Fishback, APSA, FP, ARPS, Director of PSA Education Services, will send a written critique on how to improve your image. On September 1 the images will be shown and the critiques will be read. All will be anonymous Jon has been a serious photographer for nearly 60 years. He has a full fellowship in photography from the Professional Photographers of Washington, achieved while owning and operating a full service studio for nearly 30 years. His work is collected by the Seattle Art Museum and the Detroit Art institute. He holds the distinction of Associate Fellow from the Royal Photographic Society. Jon is the director of educations services for the Photographic Society of America. He was instrumental in creating the curriculum of all the online courses for the Society and also teaches 4 online courses, one of which is the Image Analysis course. Send Three (3) images sized to 1024 pixels X 768 pixels to Linda Medine - email address: Call 225 229 3475 if you have any questions. Resize your image to a maximum of either 1024 pixels WIDE and/or 768 pixels HIGH. Width or height may be LESS but not more than these maximums. Be aware that images with a vertical orientation must still not exceed 768 pixels high, thus your horizontal will be much less than 1024 pixels wide. Save them as JPEG format.

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Speaker Info The speakers for our May 18 meeting are Jennifer Tormo from 225 Magazine and Buddy Boe from the Louisiana Office of Tourism. Jennifer will give us tips on the types of photographs 225 Magazine feels reflect their mission to cover the arts and culture that make Baton Rouge such a unique and special place to live. Buddy will explain the Office of Tourism's Bayou Krewe initiative for photographers to share our passion for the food, history, culture and great outdoors of Louisiana. Both 225 Magazine and the Office of Tourism encourage photographers to submit images to them about Louisiana.

#OnlyLouisiana AMBASSADOR PROGRAM #OnlyLouisiana AMBASSADOR PROGRAM Initiative to Showcase Louisiana to the world through crowd sourced social media. Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser announced the official launch of the #OnlyLouisiana Ambassador Program – or more affectionately, the Bayou Krewe. Now seeking ambassadors! We’re looking for people who are passionate about Louisiana and are active on social media to help us show the world why they should come visit Sportsman’s Paradise. Do you love Louisiana? Become a member of our Bayou Krewe and share your passion for our food, history, culture and great outdoors. Come and see it, taste it, experience it; snap your view of Louisiana and spread the joie de vivre with the hashtag #OnlyLouisiana. Sign up below to get official program details and take part in monthly challenges for a chance to win #OnlyLouisiana prizes To learn more about the #OnlyLouisiana Ambassador Program, or to sign up, go to www.LouisianaTravel. com/Ambassador. Be sure to follow @LouisianaTravel on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the links below to be a part of the launch and help spread the word about the Bayou Krewe and #OnlyLouisiana. Twitter: Facebook: Instagram: This is a great opportunity to share your work, LPS and our beautiful state. Focus May 2017

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Gulf States Camera Club Convention 2017 Place: DFW Marriott Hotel & Golf Club at Champions Circle. 3300 Championship Parkway Fort Worth, TX 76177 (817)961-0800 Time: May 4th, 2017 thru May 7th, 2017 Rates: $99.00 a night Guest Speakers lined up so far are Tyler Stableford – Canon Explorer of Light Russell Graves – Western Art Earl Nottingham – TX Parks and Wildlife Mike Mezuel – Severe Weather Photographer Sean Fitzgerald – Environmental, Travel, and Architectual Photographer David Woo – Dallas Morning News Photographer

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Afton Villa Gardens St. Francisville, Louisiana 8:00 am, May 20, 2017

The gardens of Afton Villa are among the most famous and picturesque in the state and the best part they are nearby. The site contains over 20 acres of formal gardens and pleasure grounds including the famous ruins gardens, a formal parterre garden, a daffodil valley, a historic family cemetery and much more. For the keen photographic eye, photos opportunities are everywhere. The gates open at 9:00 am and close at 4:30 pm . We will meet at 8:00 am at the McDonalds on Drusilla. For sure, all photo toys are in good order, batteries charges and clean cards. Tripods and cable releases are encouraged. Dress accordingly, comfortable shoes and water is a good idea. If you can pass for being 12 years of age or younger, you get in free, if not you’ll need $5.00

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2017 Monthly Competition Themes May


Plantation Homes & Rural Churches

June July August September October November

Projection Print Projection Print Projection Print

Open Pets Night Photography Open Photojournalism Doors & Windows

Looking for volunteers!!

May 19,20,21 Southeastern Louisiana University Hammond, La. Competitions: Track and Field; Bocce; Power-lifting; Volleyball A wonderful opportunity for our Club and for you individually to improve your action and candid shooting! All skill level shooters encouraged! Come for an hour or stay for the weekend -any amount of time appreciated! Pick the event(s) you prefer! If interested, please contact Bridget Mayo -

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Picture Perfect By Theresa Mullins Low


s we explore our photographic opportunities this month let’s not forget Memorial Day, the day we are to remember those who have given their lives in military service to their nation.This month there should be a celebration of Memorial Day in your proximity. Last year I had the pleasure of photographing the Baton Rouge Concert band in downtown Baton Rouge. In photography there are many rules to learn to get a great photo. One is to learn the rules but then break the rules. We ask ourselves “How do I properly expose for my photograph?” A difficult opportunity is when our scene consists of a great contrast in light or shades of color. A photographer does not want to blow out the whites so that he does not loose detail nor want extreme darks to enter too much noise into the image. When using the "P" mode or program mode the camera is determining the exposure. The problem with this is there may be areas in your photo that has extremely light areas which have completely blown out. Your camera has no

idea that you want to be creative. When your camera has the capability to change your ISO, aperture and shutter speeds, and exposure compensation learn about these options for a near perfect exposure or creative image. This is the basics of photography. Generally, you want to look at a scene and decide what parts of the photo you want to be well ex-posed and the sharpest. Focus on that part and take the photo. One of the shown photographs were taken at night time with the night sky and the lights. This situation is difficult for the camera to get a correct exposure with such extreme contrast. When you look at the screen on your camera, after having taken the photo, if the photo is too dark or too light then retake the shot making certain that the part of the photo that interest you most is exposed correctly. A well exposed pho-tograph should have detail. Many cameras have histograms. This is an extremely valuable tool on a camera. If the histogram touches the left then you have a photo that is probably too dark and noise has entered. If the histogram touches the right then you have an image that is probably too light with blown out highlights. Neither situation is perfect but given a choice I would rather have a histogram with pixels that touch on the left than a histogram that touches the right because blown out highlights oftentimes can not be recovered in an editing program. Remember to learn the rules and then break them. Read your camera’s manual. Learn something new about your camera. Now go practice taking photos and have fun.

Our next Louisiana Photographic Society meeting is being held May 18, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Goodwood Library in the 1st floor, large conference room, Baton Rouge, LA and is held every third Thursday of each month. LPS meeting usually consist of a photographer guest speaker and a competi-tion for members. Visit our website at Focus May 2017

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Robin Stevens Choo Choo Charlie Color - Projected A - 1st Place

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Robin Stevens Misty Morning Color - Projected A - 2nd Place

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Kathy Reeves Fighting Humming Birds Color - Projected A -3rd Place

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Renee Pierce Moonlight Paddle Color - Projected A - 1st HM

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Bruce Roberts Afton Villa Color - Projected A - 2nd HM

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Moinul Mahdi Sometimes a Cigar is just a Cigar!! Monochrome - Projected A - 1stvPlace

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Rick Lecompte Star Seed Monochrome - Projected A - 2nd Place

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Rick Lecompte It’s an old story Monochrome - Projected A - 3rd Place

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Mindy Guidry Atchafalaya Basin Tour Monochrome - Projected A - 1st HM

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George Carpenter Cabin in the Fog Color - Projected B - 1st Place

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Mike Cooper Pass’s Pier Color - ProjectedB - 2nd Place

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George Carpenter Tennessee Cabin Color - Projected B - 3rd Place

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John Hanley Hawaiian Morning Color - Projected B - 1st HM

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Robert Vernon Hello Dere Color - Projected B - 2nd HM

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Tammy Heil A Shrimper's Life Color - Projected B - 3rd HM

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Darrel LeBlanc Soulful Jazz Monochrome - Projected B - 1st Place

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Lind Michel Bridges Over Muddy Water Monochrome - Projected B - 2nd Place

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Tammy Heil Peacock Dance Monochrome - Projected B - 3rd Place

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Amanda Budyach A Thoughtful Rest Monochrome - Projected B - 1st HM

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GSCCC - Enter to Win


ow! We have some really great winning images this month. In fact, we have really great winning images every month. Now that we are using Visual Pursuits as our vehicle for the digital contests, it is even easier to submit images to GSCCC. This is another way we are making improvements to help you get your images to the next level and get the most out of our investment in Visual Pursuits. Just like you entered images for the monthly competition, you will go to our page, and login. For an image to be entered into a contest it must first be in your library. If you have already uploaded the image to your library to enter it into the club competition you can skip this step. If you want to submit other images you will need to first add them to your library. Select Submit Images to a Competition from the Competitions Tab

You will see there are four (4) competitions to choose from. Select the category you want to enter then follow the prompts at the bottom of the page to make your submissions. In months we have digital competitions for the club there will be additional choices so be sure to select carefully. Pay careful attention to the text provided to ensure you have good results.

There is not a limit to the number of entries you may submit but as to not overload the competition coordinator, please limit your submissions to 3 or 4. This will allow the competition coordinator to have a good pool of images to select from for final submission to GSCCC. Don't be afraid your image is not good enough. Be brave and put it out there. As Ed McMahon would say, you can't win if you don't enter! We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity and Good Luck! Focus May 2017

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Call for Member Profiles

Mentor Program



o you enjoy getting to know other club members? Do you come to meetings and find there a lot of people you don’t know? Well, there is a solution to that. Fill out a member profile and we will run it in the newsletter. You will get to know a little about your fellow members and they will get to know you. We now have close to 200 members and limited time to get to know them all. This is a way to do a brief introduction. You may even find someone who has interests similar to yours and they will become a photog partner. It is easy to do. Just go the link provided and answer a few questions, attach a photo of yourself and up to 3 additional images and hit send. It is that easy. Here is the link to submit your profile. Thanks in advance for your participation and support.

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re you new to photography or just want to get out of auto mode? If so, we have a program for you and it’s called the Mentor Program. Mentoring is a practice where someone shares their knowledge and experience in photography and helps further your skills and knowledge. It can also help you gain confidence in your abilities. Are you interested in improving your photography? Do you feel unsure about how to use your camera? Our program consists of volunteer photographers within the LPS who can assist you with your questions pertaining to depth of field, shutter speed, ISO, etc. and can be very helpful for someone that needs a little extra help. If you are interested in being a mentor or if you would like a mentor, please send the following information to Name, e-mail address, cell number, type of camera you use, and type of photography you are interested in (example: wildlife, flowers, portrait, landscape, etc.) and if you want to be a mentor or be mentored.

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Spring! By: Bernard Gillette


lowers are a popular and much loved photo subject. Flowers make striking beautiful and interesting subjects that are exceptionally straight forward and fun to capture. There are plenty of unique opportunities from the close up macro to a scenic image of the whole garden of flowers. Whether you just beginning or you happen to be as skilled as Earl Arboneaux, let’s share some thoughts. Be Prepared. It works for the Boy Scouts and it applies here. Flower photography isn’t as challenging as wildlife or babies, but there are still challenges. Because flowers live in the environment and as such one never knows what the conditions will be. Wind is an issue, it causes blurry images, raindrops can add a nice effect, but rain can be a disaster while attempting to capture flowers, Focus May 2017

not to mention putting your camera toys at risk. Best to check the weather forecast before starting out.

of interest. More often than not, you’ll want to focus on the center of the flower.

Get Close. Often it is said that if your images are lacking, you’re not close enough. While an attractive arrangement can be intriguing. A different perspective can be achieved by isolating your flower, by zooming in completely and blurring the background often result in unique and rewarding photographs.

Shooting through another flower. With a wide aperture the results are a soft blurred foreground. Casting the entire image into a beautiful wash of color. To create this effect select a petal or leaf that’s positioned in the foreground of your subject and position your camera about an inch or so from the foreground object. The closer often is better. Look for small creatures to include in your images, they make great macro subjects. Caterpillars, bees, butterflies and spiders add a special interest, while adding a sense of life and action to an otherwise still image.

Using a wide aperture is a great way to draw the subject into focus, while gently blurring the background, I believe the word is “Bokeh”. If you’re fortunate to have backlighting this effect usually results in beautiful one of a kind image. It is especially important to make sure your focal point is clear, thereby identifying the main point Louisiana Photographic Society

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the entire flower to create a compelling image. Small details, bits and pieces of a flower often produces a great alternate image. Zooming in and isolating portions of the flower results in unique and mysterious abstract images.

more specialized lens. As always, and I hate to mention it, tripods are encouraged when photographing flowers, allowing for sharper images and longer exposures, go figure!

Lighting. Get it right, it’s always about the light. Lighting can make or break your flower photography. Harsh overhead lighting can cause the colors to appear washed out. Should you encounter these conditions, look for a way to diffuse the light. You can create some shade, or use a diffuser. I use a Last-O-Lite portable diffuser, it softens the harsh light, more like an overcast day. The results produce an even light, making the colors appear more vibrant and even. Golden hour is another desirable time, for flower images. Backlighting during this time is especially beautiful; this causes flowers to glow.

Keep the big picture in mind. You’ll most likely want to focus on one flower, sometimes though it can be nice to include a little bit of the context in your photos. Are you surrounded by other flowers, are you in a wooded area. Get close, move back, get low, get high, change positions and angles, be like a boxer, bob and weave about your subject.

Think of backgrounds. Like most photography topics, backgrounds are an important feature in any photograph. This includes flowers. Some photographers bring their own backgrounds, a piece of colorful card, perhaps a black fabric are a couple examples of simplified backgrounds. Have fun experimenting with different colors. On a clear day, angling the camera up to capture the blue sky can make for a beautiful simplified background.

Take your time experiment. Don’t be afraid to fail. You don’t have to travel great distances for flower photos. Look about, there are many locations that feature attractive gardens. Buy a bouquet from the store, and have a great time photographing the details, try using window light with a tripod. Flowers stay put, they don’t need make-up or hair adjustments. They don’t complain if you change the pose or do they become distracted just as you press the shutter button. Experiment, try new things, become unique and have a good time doing so! Go For It !!!

Lens selection. If you’re like me, you have your favorite lens. The flower shutter bug is no different. In reality there is no one right lens, in most cases, it is purely preference. Some prefer to use a telephoto lenses since these lenses are a great way to separate the flower from the background. Others prefer the prime lens, 50 – 85mm are both ideal options. For macro images nothing beats a true macro lens for capturing miniscule details. Selecting a lens is important, you can create marvelous flower images with just about any lens, especially those which you are familiar with. If you get serious about flower photography, you may want to consider investing in a Focus May 2017

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Member Profile Dan Swetman Where are you located? Baton Rouge How long have you been a club member? March 2017 How did you become interested in photography? Through painting and sculpture background that led to studying artists of early 20th century Paris. What are your goals as far as photography are concerned or what do you hope to get out of being a club member? Learn from each phase of my life's journey, as I observe and record, seeking harmony in my life and understanding of mankind, of which I am part; yet, to focus not on myself, but God's creation. What type of photography are you interested in? Documentary with fine art emphasis. Available light and innovative opportunities that bend the rules of technical correctness in order to release the viewer's imagination and awaken their soul.

What equipment is in your camera bag when you go out shooting? Fuji Xpro1 with prime digital/film equivalent lenses 35mm, 50mm, 85mm Anything else you want to tell us? Born in Salzburg, Austria, 1953 and have lived in Baton Rouge since 1958. Work in mediums of photography, sculpture, and pastel drawings since 1973. Various works are in local collections, have been published in local magazines, and juried in local art shows. Supplied commercial photographic images for local businesses, schools, and for BREC. Documentary projects include the restoration of the Main House at Magnolia Plantation, Port of Greater Baton Rouge – High Water, Baton Rouge General – Arts in Medicine program.

What photographers inspire you? Paul Himmel & Lillian Bassman, Andre Kertesz, Robert Douisneau, Willy Ronis Do you use programs for post processing and if so what are your favorites? Photoshop Elements 11

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Editor's note: I am starting a column this month in hopes that the membership will submit your favorite person to follow or website you find helpful for training. Please submit your suggestions to newsletter@laphotosociety. com

Most people he talks to aren’t making money, or at least not much, from photography or post-processing. They just really enjoy it and want to get better. And if they can sell a few prints, or shoot a few events to make some extra cash to support photography, then great.

have seen Matt Kloskowski (klos-cow-ski) around for a while but recently was attracted to his blog- thanks to Facebook. I decided to visit his website and have compiled some information about him and will give a brief overview of his offerings. I nor the club are indorsing his products. I encourage you to investigate and make a decision that is best for you. I do recommend his free offerings.

Matt has much of his traing information scattered in different palces on the internet but is now concentrating all of it on his website (where I got all of this information) at


Matt is a photography mentor/coach that specializes in Outdoor/Landscape/Nature photography and editing with Photoshop, Lightroom and ON1 apps. He is also a Sony Artisan of Imagery, and author of over 15 books on postprocessing (Lightroom & Photoshop) and photography. He was inducted to the Photoshop Hall of Fame in 2014, and one of only 33 others in the world. His Photoshop Compositing Secrets book was awarded Amazon Editors Top Books of 2011 in the Arts & Photography category. For years, being in the photography industry (but not necessarily being a full-time working pro), he tried to establish himself as a photographer but he knew people really came to him for education. He found that what he realed loved to do was to teach and educate. So he decided to own that role, and be very intentional about it. His goal is to bring you the best photo editing workflow, as well as to help people get better at capturing great outdoor/nature/landscape/people photos. In 2016, he and his wife founded Matt Kloskowski Photography and Training. Hopefully the name says it all His audience is primarily people that simply love photography, want easy-to-follow training on how to capture better photos, and how to make those photos look better with Lightroom and Photoshop and ON1 apps to add my “style”. Focus May 2017

He does teach workshops and speaks at events throughout the year and the schedule is available here.

Links to some of my favorites Lightroom Presets (free) A short video on using the Photoshop patch tool. A video series doing "photo makeovers", this one focusing on using lens flare and then turning it into a preset. Step-by-step editing session for a family photo shoot. Tips for getting smooth long exposure water without a filter. Free download of two Nik Recipes, sunrise\sunset and detail and Vignette.

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Now accepting images for the next round of competition We are allowed to submit 6 images per round. Please send 2 or 3 of your best so the team has a good pool of images to choose from and can send a variety. If you have any questions or need assistance in preparing images, contact the PSA Rep at

Entry Deadline LPS members in good standing may submit entries by the 5th of the month prior to each round; it is requested that members submit no more than 3 images per round.

Image Requirements Format: JPEG only Color Space: sRGB recommended Image Size: HORIZONTAL - MAX 1024 WIDE; VERTICAL - MAX 768 TALL File Name: Title of Image

Category Projected Image Division General Category (open to all digital images, including color, B&W, and manipulations)

Submit Entries Email to: Subject Line: PSA Competition Body of Email: Title of Image - Your Name Attach image


n addition to the interclub competitions you, as an individual member of PSA, can enter contests. Some are digital and some are print. Categories include Individual Creative, Individual Portrait, Photo Essay, Nature, Photojournalism, Photo Travel, and Pictorial Print. By visiting the links provided you will find all the guidelines and deadlines for submitting as well as galleries of previous winners. We as a club are limited to 6 images every other month but you as an individual member may submit on your own. I encourage you to consider joining PSA.

Here is a partial list of the member benefits you receive for only $45.00 a year: • • • • • • • • • •

Opportunity to submit articles for potential publication in the PSA Journal Access to My PSA free web site services (e.g., Image Evaluation, Mentors, Consultants, resource links, up-to-date product and book reviews) Free online Individualized Photography Course, Advanced Photography Course, and Image Analysis Course Free Study Groups: online for digital images and via mail for prints Free services (e.g., Species Identification Service, Photo Travel Planning Service, Digital Product Information) Publication of photos on the PSA web site (e.g., a photo in the New Member Gallery on joining, in the Show Your Stuff Gallery on renewing for year two, and in ROPA Galleries following receipt of a PSA Distinction) Creation of a personal photo gallery on the PSA web site for posting up to twenty (20) images and a biography Competitions for specific topics/themes (e.g., Creative, Portrait) or format (e.g., 3D, digital essays, story boards, B&W prints) Reduced fee for PSA Adventures (e.g., Humanitarian trip to Cuba, cruises) Discounts on photography-related products and services

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LPS communicates to members through website, e-mail, and monthly meetings. All members are encouraged to visit the LPS website at for the latest on club news and events. The monthly newsletter “FOCUS” is available on the website on the first day of each month. Please provide an e-mail address below to receive club updates. If you do not receive e-mail communications after 30 days, notify LPS at

Select one: [ ] Membership Renewal

[ ] New Member

If you are a New Member, how did you learn about LPS: [ ] Current Member [ ] LPS Website [ ] Newspaper/Magazine [ ] Social Network [ ] Other___________ Select one: [ ] Individual Membership $25.00/year [ ] Student $5.00/year–Must be a current student Name _______________________________________________________ Date ______________________ Address __________________________________________ City _________________ State ____ Zip______ Home Phone ( )_______________________ Cell Phone ( )_________________________ E-mail Address ___________________________________________________________________________ [ ] Additional Family Member $5.00/year–ONLY available with the Individual Membership, not Student Membership Name _______________________________________________________ Date ______________________ Mailing Address ____________________________________ City _________________ State ____ Zip______ Home Phone ( )________________________ Cell Phone ( )_____________________________ E-mail Address ____________________________________________________________________________ SPECIFY FOCUS OF PHOTOGRAPHY: SPECIFY AREA OF LEARNING INTEREST: SPECIFY AREA OF INTEREST IN CLUB PARTICIPATION: [ ] Competition (set up, tally votes, present ribbons) [ ] Education (plan/teach, set up workshops and seminars) [ ] Equipment (store, transport, set up for LPS functions) [ ] Exhibits (explore locations, set up/take down exhibits) [ ] Field Trips (plan and arrange to photograph at various sites) [ ] Gulf States Camera Club Council (GSCCC liaison, collect and submit entries for GSCCC competition) [ ] Library (display and maintain materials, check-in/out) [ ] Programs (plan speakers, make arrangements for speakers at monthly meetings) [ ] Projection (set up and operate equipment for digital projection competition) [ ] Publicity (publicize programs, meetings, events) [ ] Refreshments (plan and set up refreshments) YOUR PARTICIPATION IS GREATLY APPRECIATED! Focus May 2017

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LPS 2017 Leadership *note new email addresses

2017 Executive Board President Butch Speilman Vice President Darrel Leblanc Secretary Cathy Smart Treasurer Janet Gelpi Past President Theresa Mullins Low

2017 Coordinators Advocate Images Darrel Leblanc Digital Projection Contest Gene Bachman Education Bridget Mayo

Equipment George Carpenter

Programs Pam Kaster

Exhibits Amanda Budyach/Cris Garcia

PSA Competition Linda Medine

Field Trips Bernie Gillette/Tom Bush

Publicity Jackie Summers

GSCCC digital Gene Bachman, digital

Refreshments Vacant

GSCCC prints Vacant

Website Renee Pierce/Gail Dixon

Image Critiques Vacant Lagniappe Theresa Mullins Low Mentors Tammy Heil Monthly Competition Jerry Arnold Newsletter Editor Renee Pierce

Check out our Facebook Page The LPS website has a quick checklist for preparation of images for digital projection competitions. The checklist can be found on the Monthly Competition page of the website, or by using this link. LPS Members are encouraged to submit photographs and articles for inclusion in FOCUS, the Louisiana Photographic Society Newsletter. Items received up to 3 days before the end of the month will be included in the following month’s newsletter. Send your submissions to:

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