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Jim Swallow Photography
6166 9th Ave North
Saint Petersburg, FL 33710

Bay Area
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Photography Newsletter January 2010

The artist should open the eyes of the viewer to overlooked beauty that is sometimes right in front of us. (Kenn Backhaus)

Happy New Year

January meeting is coming up and the theme for is
" One Egg".

Join us Thursday the 7th at 6:30 p.m.

Our New Year is here and the theme for January is a single egg. I prefer a standard grocery store egg so we can see how everyone interprets the same subject but as always you may interpret the theme anyway you like. Think inside the box or out it is up to you. Be creative and try to do something different.

Send your images to me by Wednesday night or you may bring them to the meeting.Please bring only 2 images. Theme related or your best images from the past month

Remember to size your files to no larger than 1024x768 at 100ppi and they should have your name in the beginning example of your files could be Example (Jim_Swallow_shopping_carts_1_0409.jpg)

It helps tremendously by having all your images together at the end of the year by you using the same method each and every month. Thanks

2010 Themes

January -- One Egg, February -- Black and White,
March -- Old Stuff, April -- Doors,
May -- Rubber Ducky, June -- Relationships,
July -- Sunsets, August -- A World Up Close
September -- Old Men, October -- At The Edge
November -- People Having Fun,
December - Best of 2010

Photography Tips


Yearly Project for 2010

It is time for everyone to commit to a yearly project. At the January meeting we will discuss some of the possible topics and by February everyone should have a theme for the year. This is a great exercise and I encourage everyone to participate. You can look at the themes for the past two years and see what some of the members have done before or come up with your own unique idea. Please give this some serious thought and bring your topic to the January meeting. If everyone will commit to participate we will have an awesome year of creative photography.

Photoshop Tips

A page full of Elements Tips

D Town TV coming Jan 7th

Photoshop for Digital Photographers

Web sites to inspire your photography

Art of Photography Winners

2009 Your Best Shot on Flickr

Best Pictures of the Year in National Geographic

Members in the News

I need your help!
Please Send Images

I am giving a program at the Vinoy Hotel on January 30th for the Downtown Saint Petersburg Waterfront Parks Centennial Celebration and I need some of your images that represent the top 10 photography tips. I also need park images from all the waterfront Parks in Saint Petersburg. If you have any images that you can share please send them ASAP (make sure your name is on the photo) My top 10 tips include Changing your perspective, Clean backgrounds, Use fLash outdoors, Move in close, Good Composition, Watching the light and having fun in the parks,

I need images from all of you that will demonstrate these ideas, Thanks for your help. Jim

Photoshop & Photography Training

Start your New Year's Resolutions with a class in

Photoshop, Elements, Lightroom
and Digital photography.

private lesson in Photoshop, Lightroom and Digital Imaging Classes
please call Jim at 727-596-7822

Membership Info

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

"Free" Picture Your Parks Workshop

January 30th at the Vinoy Hotel

Photo Workshop for Families and Individuals Will Focus on Techniques, Tips and Taking Photos in the Waterfront Parks. There will be two 2 hour programs, One at 10 a.m. and the other at 1:30 p.m. Tell your friends and neighbors and come out for a workshop to help get you started on taking great photos of our Waterfront Parks. This program is geared to the novice photographer that want to learn how to take better photos.

Bay Area Photographic Exhibits


Florida Museum of Photographic Art

Andrea Modica: Flights of the Soul      Exhibition

Galleries A & B: Thursday, November 19, 2009 through Saturday, January 9, 2010

January 21 through Saturday, March 13, 2010

August Sander, Twentieth Century Man
    Jules Aarons: Views from the Street

Mark your calendars for Thursday, January 21. That's the date of the opening reception for FMoPA's first exhibitions of the New Year. "August Sander, the Twentieth-Century Man; Jules Aarons, Views from the Street" opens in Galleries A and B. In Gallery C, we are unveiling the Heritage Photography Contest, sponsored by Verizon.

Between 6:00 and 8:00 pm, enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres courtesy of The Tampa Club and music by the clarinet quartet Zephyr as you take in the exhibitions.

The Saint Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts

Legends in Photography: Major Works from the Museum’s Collection
September 12, 2009–January 31, 2010

This exhibition of more than sixty images gives insight into the depth and breadth of the MFA’s noted photography holdings. The photographs range from the early days of print photography, as in a 19th century salt print by Edouard Baldus, and classic western landscapes by William Henry Jackson and Carleton Watkins, to later 20th century color photographs by William Christenberry and Stephen Shore.



The Digital Technology Centre

New Location and New classes
check them out here

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts

The FMoPA is presenting many classes during the week day and weekends for photography enthusiasts of all ages. Check out there web site and list of classes here

File Specs. For Meetings

Digital Images for the group should be jpeg files  1024x768 at 100ppi  files names should be initials, month,year, title example (jim_swallow_treeballet_0409.jpg). You may also bring prints that are matted image area should be at least 8x10


Bay Area Photo Club Meetings

Suncoast Camera Club

Your Best Shot
Tampa Bay Camera Club
Brandon Camera Club
North Pinellas Meetup Group


Club Members Birthday and Anniversaries

Bob Wagner January 6th
Jill Graetz January 6th
F Crommelin Anniv Jan 6th
Frank Crommelin January 8th
Dan Ulrich January 14th
Joe Martin January 19th
Lousberg Anniv, January 20th
Carol Glazer January 22nd
Wally Brown January 24th
Jim Lucadam January 25th
Gabriel Impemba Jan. 30th
KC Neimark Jan.31st

Photo Contests


Weekly Photo Contest Web site

Picture Your Parks- Saint Petersburg Contest

Florida Literacy Coalition

Florida Camera Club Council Member
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 


The Rostik Group Digital Photography Training

lasses in all types of digital photography located in Tampa on Hillsborough Ave

Web Site

The Art Center has lots of great Classes coming soon
Check them out here
Master Series web page

North Tampa Photography

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 and supporting your local business man. They will be present this Saturday 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

Photography Podcasts 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.

Photoshop for Digital Photographers

No BS Photography 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 January 7th at 6:30 p.m. 
Bring your 1 best images