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Photographic Art Society is a
Florida non profit corporation

Meetings are held at:
Autoway Ford

on US 19 (34th St.) and
24th Ave N.
Please Park on 24th Entrance is on side of building, Look for sign
Contact Jim Swallow for additional details.

Bay Area
Sunrise & Sunset times   

Twi A: 5:59am
Twi: 6:54am
Sunrise: 7:18am
Sunset: 7:49pm
Twi: 8:13pm
Twi A: 9:09pm
Moonrise: 3:15am
Moonset: 2:35pm
Day length: 12h 32m

Monthly Themes for 2013
Click on the theme to see the months images

January 3rd: Camera Phone Photos
February 7th:
Water and Light
March 7th: Urban Decay
April 4th: Using a Model
May 2nd: Backyard Art
June 13th: Boating
July 11th: Vanishing Florida
August 1st: Patriotism
September 5th: Critters
October3rd: Create a Postcard
November 7th: Textures
December 5th:
Best 2013 & Project Presentations

Quarterly Education Nights
Coming in 2013

May 30th Ernie Graetz on Lightning Photography

August 22nd: Time Lapse
with Kari Sheppard

November 14th:TBA

We are still looking for a few more. If your are interested in teaching a class call Jim

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Photography Newsletter April 2013

Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God. (Leo Buscaglia)

April Meeting is the 4th

This Months Theme is

"Using A Model"
Person or object

Join us at 6:30 p.m.

Send your image to me by Wednesday night or you may bring them to the meeting.
Please bring only 2 images.
Size is 10x14 at 100 ppi

Society Field Trip

Lowery Park Zoo Field Trip
April 13th — Lowery Park Zoo

Contact Jim if you are planning on attending the Field trip.

Surf Board Art Competition
Assembly Day

April 11th Thursday Mod Pod day 6166 9th Avenue North St. Pete (11 am - 8:00 pm) come when you can we will start adding our photos on the surf board. call to let Cheryl know you can come have fun. No experience necessary. 727-596-782

Photography Day Tampa Bay
Thank You All

Thank you all for coming to Photography Day this year. The event was a success thanks to the awesome speakers,sponsors and helpers.

Thanks to our Speakers:

Scott Krebs, Joseph Gamble, Carmen Schettino,
Lee Burgess, Chuck Vosburgh, Pepito Valdes and
Joyce Tenneson

Our Sponsors:
Lakeshore Camera Exchange, The Camera Cure
Reedy Photo, The Packinghouse Gallery
The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts

Door Prizes Provided By:

Larson Enterprises, FPP, Reedy Photo,
Lakeshore Camera, The Camera Cure,
Nik, OnOne, Topaz Software Companies

Our Helpers:

Sandy Thomas, Prudy Olson, Sandra Rivett,
Gloria Matyszyk, Sonia M. Smith, Dotty Bellefleur, Sherry Williamson, Charmaine Martinez, Jane Egbert,
Cheryl Anne Day, Dick Caldwell, Glenn Nielson,
Dave Reed, Alex Spassoff, Chris Sheppard,
Bobby Staggs, Bill Ward, Philip Bellefleur,
Manny Bonewitz, Joe Martin, Jim Pennington,
Roy Colbert and Glen Desthers

Photos Needed

Please Post your images to our Facebook page. If you have any photographs of the Models please send them to

Photography Day Tampa Bay

Lost and Found:   One earring was found

Event Facebook Page

Larson Enterprises has given us a discount code for participants of the event code tampa201315

Field Trips for 2013

January 19thBrooksville Raid
February 9thState Fair
February 23rd
After Frame Day
Civil War Reenactors at
Fort DeSoto Park
March 16th — Renaissance Festival
March 30th — Photography Day
April 13th — Lowery Park Zoo
May 11th
June 15thBok Tower
July 13thFlorida Aquarium
October — World Wide Photo Walk

ICOT Show Themes

February Show
" Angles"

See the Highlights

June Show
" Musical Instruments"

Frame Day June 22nd
Hang Show June 24th

October 2013 Show
" TBD"

Frame Day October 5th
Hang Show October 7th


Photographic Inspirations

Pictures of the Day

For the Birders in the Group
Bird of Paradise Project

National Geographic Program on The Birds of Paradise
at the Straz Center
April 23rd 7 p.m.

Great Landscape Photos

Photoshop Tips and Ideas

OnOne Perfect Inspiration Series

Creating Lighting Gobo's in Photoshop

Photoshop CS6 Super-guide ( 70+ pages)

Adobe Elements Plug with 120 features

OnOne Perfect Effects 4 plug in for free

Looking for a project to do this year?
just do a Google search for creative photo projects and you will get thousands of ideas.

Members in the News

Member Gloria Matyszyk was in the paper in March and is part of a coffee table IPad book called ArtBook Tampa Bay

Give the Gift of Education
this year.

Gift certificates are available for Jim's classes. Classes in Basic photography, Lightroom, Photoshop, Adobe Elements, Asset Management and
Getting organized digitally.

Educational Opportunities

Photo Day Tampa Bay Instructor leading a few workshops

If you want to learn and travel join Carmen on one of his trips. There is still room for a couple of people for April 16-20 trip, to photograph
Callaway Gardens and Jekyll Island in Georgia.

For the summer trip we are going to Glacier National Park, Montana in July. I make all the plans, all you have to do is come and shoot. In the evening we get together and I will critique the images of that day. Great Deal.

Anyone interested call Carmen for more information at 941-356-9229 or Carmen's email address

Photography Trip To Germany and Photokina
Lakeshore Camera with Tom Bailey will be hosting a trip to Germany in 2014. Email Tom if you are interested.

Membership Info

Membership is $40.00 a year. See link above for additional info. $45.00 using Paypal

You can join and pay using PayPal

Photography Tips
Adorama TV updated regularly

The Photographers Guide to Copyright

Photo Techniques Newsletter

Visualizing on Monochrome

Better Flower Photographs

7 Tips for Photographing at the Zoo

Tips for Sharper Images

92 Landscape Tips and Techniques

Photographic Art Society

February 25th Through June 24th
The show is at the Summit Executive Building at 58th And Ulmerton in Clearwater. See the Current Exhibit page for details
Our featured Artist for the show is

Dick Miller

Bay Area Photographic Exhibits

Herb Snitzer A Life in Photography
The Elliott Gallery at Eckerd College

"A Life in Photography"
March 18 - April 5
Cobb Gallery 

Closing Reception Friday April 5, 6 - 8pm
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday 10:30 - 4:30

Florida Museum of Photographic Art

Check out the FMoPA's website for a full list of seminars and workshops available at the museum.

Collecting Photographic Art Lecture
by William K. Zewadski, Esq.
& Robert "Pancho" Sanchez
Friday, May 17, 2013 - 7pm

Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows

Exhibition Dates:  Thursday, April 4, 2013 – Sunday, June 16, 2013

Opening Reception:  Thursday, April 4, 2013   6:00pm - 8:00pm

A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.

Piecing together Vivian Maier’s life can easily evoke Churchill’s famous quote about the vast land of Tsars and commissars that lay to the east.  She was a person who fit the stereotypical European sensibilities of an independent liberated woman, accent and all, yet born in New York City. Someone who was intensely guarded and private, Vivian could be counted on to feistily preach her own very liberal worldview to anyone who cared to listen, or didn’t.  Decidedly unmaterialistic, Maier would come to amass a group of storage lockers stuffed to the brim with found items, art books, newspaper clippings, home films, as well as political tchotchkes and knick-knacks.  The story of this nanny who has now wowed the world with her photography, and who incidentally recorded some of the most interesting marvels and peculiarities of Urban America in the second half of the twentieth century, is seemingly beyond belief.


Museum of Fine Arts

Photographing the City February 9, 2013 through May 26, 2013

This exhibition explores how nineteenth and twentieth-century photographers responded to cities and towns, presented and preserved their history, and influenced their perception by the public. Among the artists represented are Berenice Abbott, Walker Evans, Aaron Siskind, Weegee, and Garry Winogrand, as well as many unknown photographers from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

The Ringling Museum of Art


February 23, 2013 – May 19, 2013

Herb Ritts (American, 1952–2002) was a Los Angeles-based photographer who established an international reputation for his distinctive photographs of fashion models, nudes, and celebrities. From the late 1970s until his untimely death from AIDS in 2002, Ritts's ability to create photographs that successfully bridged the gap between art and commerce was not only a testament to the power of his imagination and technical skill but also marked the synergy between art, popular culture, and business that followed in the wake of the Pop Art movement of the 1960s and 1970s. This exhibition features a selection of Ritts's vintage prints and magazine covers.

File Specs. For Meetings

Digital Images for the group should be jpeg files  1400x1000 at 100ppi  files names should be initials, month,year, title example (jim_swallow_treeballet_0411.jpg). You may also bring prints that are matted image area should be at least 8x10
Bay Area Photo Club Meetings

Tampa Area Professional Photographers
Suncoast Camera Club

Tampa Bay Camera Club
Suncoast Medium and Large Format Photo Group
Sarasota Camera Club
Florida Center for Creative Photography

Go to the newly updated page on the site to see all the bay area clubs

Club Members Birthday and Anniversaries

Philip Bellefleur April 1st
James Seaton April 2nd
Tom Carnahan April 11th
Deborah Mast Anniv, April 16th
Amanda Fleming April 18th
Jill and Ernie Graetz Anniv 4/18
Roger Crawford April 22nd

Photo Contests

A List of other Photo Contests
If you know of any please forward to the newsletter

Florida Camera Club Council Member

Google Map of Camera Clubs in Florida

We are part of the Florida Camera Club Council. You may visit their web site Here

Our group is not affiliated with any other photography group in the bay area. We will help you promote your group on our site and in our e-mails if you wish. Please Contact Jim Swallow with your club information to be included 

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Software Discounts

OnOne Software Discount Code "PHSY"

OneOne Software Perfect Layers Public Beta now Available

Topaz Software Discount Page

PhotoMatix Software Discount Code"jimswallow

Photo Studio Rental

Complete photo studio for rent with lights, backgrounds and props and 30 year experience photographer to help you. This is a home studio with 11 foot ceilings and no signs advertising my studio or services so you can bring your clients without worry. Contact Jim Swallow for details about rates.
If you are looking to create some images for the holiday season and need a studio to create them. Give Jim a call about renting his studio space for as long as you like.

Lake Shore Camera Exchange

We have a local Photography Supply Store in the bay area and if you haven't been now is the time to go. All of the sales people are friendly and helpful and they have lots of equipment. It is time to support your local photography supply house before they are all gone. Internet is not everything. There is much to be said about touching, feeling equipment and supporting your local business man. They will be present at our Photography Club Day because they believe in you and it is time to believe in them.

Support your Local Photography Retailer Today
Web Site
Photo Classes at Lakeshore Camera Exchange

The Camera Cure

A Saint Petersburg repair facility for camera repairs, sensor Cleaning and more check them out here

Web Site

Reedy Photo Lab

The best professional lab in the bay area

Check out their Web Site

Society Member Clyde Nabe has started a blog on his site
You can find it here

Photography Podcast's and Blog's
Using I-Tunes go to the podcast directory and type in Photoshop or Photography and you will find hundreds. or go to the web sites listed below and use the podcast link. There are Too many that I like to mention on this page
Check I-Tunes under Photoshop for a ton of free Training
The Photographers Resource Center
"All Eyes" Bay Area Photography Blog

Rick Sammon's Digital Blog Lewis

Kemper's Blog
If you do not wish to continue on our mailing list of photographers in the bay area  please contact  
Jim Swallow at jim@photographicartsociety.org

The Society was designed to

 Inspire, Challenge and Educate You in The Art of Photography. 

Next Meeting is Thursday May2nd 4th 6:15p.m. 
Bring only your  best images  
for the new year