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Photographic Art Society is a
Florida non profit corporation

Meetings are held at:
Auto Nation 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 N: 5:57am
Twi: 6:27am
Sunrise: 6:52am
Sunset: 8:20pm
Twi: 8:45pm
Twi N: 9:16pm
Moonrise: 2:31am
Moonset: 4:24pm
Day length: 13h 28m

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

October Meeting is
September 30th: Create a Postcard
November 7th: Textures
December 5th:
Best 2013 & Project Presentations

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Photography Newsletter August 2013

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”
 Henry David Thoreau

August Meeting is the 1st

This Months Theme is


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

Summit Executive Building


Featured Artist:

Alex R. Spassoff "Live! In Concert"

It was a great reception with wonderful music provided by Denise Moore and Billy Marcus. Our juror, Randy Van Duinen, had a hard time selecting the winners but was able to make some great choices.

"Music" Show Winners Are
Best In Show: Gloria Matyszyk
First Place: Chris Sheppard
Second Place: Paula Van Dalen
Third Place: Fred Borgianini
Honorable Mentions:
Sonia Smith
Kari Sheppard
Dick Caldwell

Judges Choice for Featured Artist:

Ira Sullivan by Alex Spassoff

People Choice Award Featured Artist:
Smokin Keys

People Choice Award for show
Peter Lousberg: Timeless

Members in the show include:

Alex Spassoff, Chris Sheppard, Cindy Gieschen,
Cheryl Anne Day-Swallow,
Chris Sheppard, Dick Caldwell,
Dotty Bellefleur, Ernie Graetz, Fred Borgianini,
Gloria Matyszyk, Jane Egbert, Jim Swallow,
JoAnn Lousberg, Joseph Martin, Kari Sheppard,
Paula VanDalen, Peter Lousberg,
Sonia Smith and Sandy Thomas

Music was provided by

Billy Marcus, piano and Denise Moore, vocals
provided by
The Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association

Quarterly Education Nights
Coming in 2013

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

Field Trips for 2013

January 19thBrooksville Raid
February 9thState Fair
March 16th — Renaissance Festival
March 30th — Photography Day
April 13th — Lowery Park Zoo
May 11th — Lettuce Lake Park
June 15thBok Tower
July 13thFlorida Aquarium
October — World Wide Photo Walk

ICOT Show Themes

February Show
" Angles"

See the Highlights

June Show
" Music"

October 2013 Show

Frame Day September 6th
Hang Show September 9th
Reception September 26th

Photographic Inspirations

World Photography Day 2013

Pictures of the Day

500 PX Editors Choice Photos

National Geographic Images of The Day

Photoshop Tips and Ideas

OnOne Perfect Inspiration Series

Photoshop CS 6 Super Guide

Dodging and Burning in Photoshop

Masking Impossible Images in Photoshop

The Droste Effect

Pixel Bender for PS CS5

Adobe Elements Plug with 120 features

The Complete Digital Photography Process

Selective Sharpening with Layer Masks in Elements

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

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

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 Zone System for Digital Photography

The Creative Process

6 Keys to Great Image Quality

Photographic Art Society

June 24th Through September 30th
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

Alex Spassoff

Bay Area Photographic Exhibits

Tampa Museum of Art

Faded Elegance: Photographs of Havana by Michael Eastman

May 11 - September 15, 2013

Faded Elegance: Photographs of Havana by Michael Eastman consists of twenty-nine, 6 x 7 1/2 ft. photographs taken by the artist between 1999 and 2010. Eastman explores Havana’s changing cultural landscape in his images of the city’s architecture and lush interiors, ravaged by the effects of time. His large-scale photographs evoke the nostalgia and wealth of a bygone era, while shedding light on the harsh economic realities faced in present day Cuba.

Florida Museum of Photographic Art

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

June 20, 2013 – September 8, 2013

Edward S. Curtis Photogravures
from the Collection of Deli Sacilotto

Ethnographer and photographer Edward S. Curtis is best known for his ambition to chronicle the lives of Native Americans at the turn of the twentieth century. Curtis was born in Wisconsin, in 1868, and raised in Minnesota and Washington State, where he developed a deep appreciation for the American landscape. During his twenties, Curtis established a successful portrait studio in Seattle, which established his reputation. Fusing his interest in nature with a passion for exploration, Curtis’s expeditions ultimately led to numerous interactions with Native American tribes. In documenting various tribes across the country, Curtis gained national recognition, which helped him procure funding from J.P. Morgan.

Museum of Fine Arts

Pleasure Grounds and Restoring Spaces Photographs of our National Parks
June 1 through October 6, 2013

At once a seemingly untouched virgin land and a territory of limitless opportunity for development, the American landscape has always fueled the imagination of artists. As rapid industrialization began to threaten some of America’s most striking wilderness areas, President Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919) and naturalist John Muir (1838–1914) led the urgent call to protect the land on a national scale. Photography was not only an aid to the cause of conservation but also a way to popularize the newly formed tourist sites, aligning nature with American values.

Comprised primarily of photographs depicting National and State Parks, this exhibition explores the relationships between photographers and the American landscape. The earliest date from the 1860s, including albumen prints by Carleton Watkins and William H. Jackson, and one of the most recent is a colossal view of the Florida Everglades by Clyde Butcher.

The Ringling Museum of Art

Witness to War: WWII Photographs from the Collections of Veterans

June 21, 2013 - October 27, 2013


Witness to War is an exhibition of photographs from The Ringling Museum’s permanent collection and the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience at Florida State University.  It honors U.S. veterans through a gripping visual account of WWII via the lenses of soldier-photographers who documented their first-hand experiences at war.  Comprised of snapshots, candid portraits, and pictures documenting action on the front lines, the photographs from these personal collections gifted by veterans offer us a unique historical perspective of WWII from individual servicemen, a perspective not always in step with officially sanctioned press photographs from the era, or the more iconic World War II photographs that have come to symbolize the War in the public’s consciousness. 

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

Ernie Graetz August 1st
Cindy Gieschen August 9th
Debbie Stubbs August 18th
Peter Lousberg August 19th
Nils Sheppard August 20th
Jim and Cheryl Anne's Anniv 8/23
Dave and Karen Exterkamp 8/24
Carol and Irwin Glazer 8/29

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

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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

Best Photo Lab in the Bay Area

The best professional lab in the bay area

Check out their Web Site

Photography Day Tampa Bay

Event Facebook Page

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

Rick Sammon's Digital Blog Lewis

Kemper's Blog

Jim Caldwell's Fotobug Podcast
Additional Site for Fotobug


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 August 1st 6:15p.m. 
Bring only your  best images  
for the new year