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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 N: 6:49am
Twi: 7:17am
Sunrise: 7:41am
Sunset: 6:46pm
Twi: 7:10pm
Twi N: 7:38pm
Moonrise: 8:52pm
Moonset: 10:03am
Day length: 11h 5m

Monthly Themes for 2012

January: Holiday Cheer
Shallow Depth of Field
March: Performers
April: Flowers
May: Extreme Make-over- PS
June: Unusual Signs
July: Pets
August: Transportation
September: No Meeting
October: Something Old or Birds
November: Through The Window
December: Best 2012 & Project Presentations

Quarterly Education Nights
Coming in 2013
Ernie Graetz on Lightning Photography
Jim Swallow on Getting Organized

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

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Photography Newsletter November 2012

“If you are out there shooting, things will happen for you. If you’re not out there, you’ll only hear about it.” – Jay Maisel

November Meeting is the 1st

This Months Theme is

"Through The Window"

Join us at 6:30 p.m.

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

I have updated to first page of the web site to include a pay pal link for membership and donations.
Click here to go to the home page

Congratulations to our Winners at the Summit Executive Center Show

Best in Show: Chris Sheppard
First Place: Donna Linder
Second Place: Cindy Gieschen
Third Place: Gloria Matyszyk
Honorable Mention: Dick Caldwell
Honorable Mention: Glen Desthers
President's Honorable Mention: Joe Martin

People Choice: Kari Sheppard

Thanks to our Juror Randy Van Duinen

Art Arbor Festival and Photo Contest
November 3rd and 4th

Awards will be presented Saturday Morning at the Art Arbor Festival for all those that entered the contest good luck. Stop by and say hello to Cheryl and I while you are there.

December is our Annual Holiday Party
Time to showcase your Projects for the year. If you have a project for 2012 and want to show a slide show this is the month to show it. If you don't have a year long project then you should show your favorite image for 2012.

Guidelines for the slide show

You should have a minimum of 12 images for your show and the slide show can be no longer than 5 minutes. Images should be spaced at about 3 seconds per image.

Sony A77 Camera for sale.
If you are looking to upgrade to a new system The Sony Camera is a good choice

Jim has a Sony A77 camera for sale with a 18-55 kit lens. The camera was only used for 1 week so it does not have a lot of shutter clicks. It was too much camera for Cheryl so we are in need of selling it. You can review all the highlights about the camera here:
DP Review of camera
Call Jim at 727-596-7822 for more information. We are looking to sell ASAP it will make a great Christmas gift for any photographer

Field Trips for 2013

January 19thBrooksville Raid
February 9thState Fair
February 23rdCivil War Reenactors at Fort DeSoto Park
March 2nd — Renaissance Festival
March 30th — Photography Day
April 13th — Lowery Park Zoo
May 11thLettuce Lake Park
June 15thBok Tower
July 13thFlorida Aquarium
October — World Wide Photo Walk

ICOT Show Themes

February Show
" TBD"

Frame Day February 16th
Hang Show February 88th

June Show
" TBD"

Frame Day June 22nd
Hang Show June 24th

October 2013 Show
" TBD"

Frame Day October 5th
Hang Show October 7th

October Show
" Before and After" 2012
Digital Art Show

Photographic Inspirations

Pictures of the Day

How to Learn to See in
Black and White

Members in the Press

Sherry Williamson exhibit

Lakeshore Camera
Lake Shore Camera Exchange, Inc.
36637 US Highway 19 North
Palm Harbor, FL 3468


Would you like to take a photographers trip to Germany? Would you like to attend the world’s largest photo equipment show (Photokina)? If you have any thoughts that this may be something you are interested in, please read a little more.

I am presently investigating the possibility of taking a group of interested photographers to Germany in the fall of 2014. While nothing is carved in stone at this time, I am conducting the feasibility of such a trip. The present thinking is leaving on Sunday September 21, 2014 to arrive in Germany on Monday the 22nd. Trip length would be about 10 days (still under consideration). Fall is a great time to visit Germany, it is shoulder season and tourist attractions that are closed in the winter are still open. The weather is nice and there are no crowds (except around Photokina).

Photokina opens on Tuesday the 23rd. To see all of Photokina requires several days, but we are thinking 2 or maybe 3 days. Other places under discussion include Munich, Berlin, the Moselle Valley (can you say great wine), Heidelburg Castle, Bavaria, Neuschwanstein Castle (fairy tale castle that inspired Disney), Rothenberg (almost unchanged from the middle ages), Hitler’s Eagles Nest (simply amazing), Mespelbrunn Castle, Oberammergau, etc. etc. Depending upon costs maybe an overnight stay at Anholt Castle, which is privately owned, has an amazing art collection and still has water in the moat.

The travel coordinator I am working with is also going to try arranging an open return date for those who would like to spend a few days on your own before returning home.

If you are interested please let me know. This will not be a commitment, I am only seeing if there is enough interest to move forward.

Please email, call or stop in to Lake Shore Camera Exchange and see me: phone 727-938-6594

Photoshop Tips and Ideas

ONOne Perfect Inspiration Series

Online Version of After Capture Magazine

Tips for Setting up Photoshop

Photoshop Layer Tricks

Content Aware Fill

24 hours of Photoshop Webinar November 14th and 15th — Free—


Photography Day Tampa Bay
Portrait Edition

Coming March 30th at
the Saint Petersburg Garden Club.
Registration opens mid November

So far the Speaker line up includes:
Joyce Tenneson from Canon
Pepito from Pepito Portraits Tampa
Joseph Gamble from UT
and more to come
Our sponsors are all returning for another great event.

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

14 Ways to significantly Improve your photography

Blurred Backgrounds in Portraits

The 16 Most Photogenic Everyday Objects

Photographing Lightning

250 Photography Tips

Photographic Art Society

"Before and After"
October 22nd 2012 Through February 2013
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

Kari Sheppard: I phone Photos —
The Camera with me

Bay Area Photographic Exhibits

Florida Museum of Photographic Art

Mario Algaze: Cuba 1999-2000

Cuba 1999 – 2000:  Photography by Mario Algaze

Exhibition Dates: 
October 18, 2012 – January 6, 2013

Look, but don’t touch. Reach, but don’t grasp. Dream, but don’t wake up. That is how an exile feels about the homeland he cannot reclaim, and that is how Mario Algaze feels about Cuba.  Born in Cuba in 1947, he remembers a happy childhood in the well-to-do Art Deco Havana neighborhood of Miramar. He can recall “the smell of seaweed and saltwater washing on the rocks.”
It was a magical time. He remembers his mother taking him to the ballet, and he remembers seeing the Alec Guinness movie, Our Man in Havana being filmed on the streets of the city.  All this ended when he was 13 years old. That’s when he was brought to Miami by his parents. He was 52 years old before he was able to return.

Tampa Museum of Art

The Man, the Image & the World

Henri Cartier-Bresson, A Retrospective
October 6, 2012 - January 13, 2013

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908–2004) was one of the leading photographers of the 20th century. His work not only exerted a major influence on photography but also helped his profession achieve a new status. The Tampa Museum of Art is pleased be the only U.S. venue for this extraordinary exhibition.

USF Contemporary Art Museum

The Importance of Being Photographed
August 20 – December 15, 2012

The Importance of Being Photographed takes its cue from the gift from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Oscar Wilde’s seminal play “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Although separated by an ocean and almost a century, both Warhol and Wilde were interested in examining celebrity, beauty, sexuality, privacy, and despair. The American photographers in this exhibition continue to examine those themes, often revealing a rapport between the artist and his or her subject. Artists include: Tina Barney, Dawoud Bey, Katy Grannan, Jason Lazarus, Malerie Marder, Ryan McGinley, Catherine Opie, and Alec Soth. The Importance of Being Photographed is curated by Jane Simon, USFCAM Curator, and organized by the USF Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa.

The Ringling Museum of Art

20th Century Photography:  The Warren J. and Margot Coville Photography Collection

November 9, 2012 through February 3, 2013
Museum of Art, Searing Wing

With the gift of more than 1,000 photographs from the Warren J. and Margot Coville Collection, the Ringling's photography holdings have been immeasurably enriched with a broad range of works spanning the 20th and 21st centuries.

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

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

Club Members Birthday and Anniversaries

Bellefleur Anniv. Nov. 9th
Mark Zielinski Nov. 11th
Sandy Thomas Nov. 14th
Manny Bonewitz Nov. 15th
Karen Mason Anniv. Nov. 18th
Janett Zarecki Nov. 28th
Sherry Williamson Nov. 29th

Photo Contests

A List of other Photo Contests


If you know of any please forward to the newsletter

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 


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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



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 December 6th 6:15p.m. 
Bring your  best images  
for the year