Category Archives: Photo Club Meetings

North Austin Pfotographic Society is a local photo club. The photo club meets on the first Thursday of each month starting at 7PM. Check the blog the location of upcoming photo club meetings.

Each meeting includes a meet and greet, a member print exhibition, an educational speaker and a live critique photo competition. We award and share winning images each and every month. For information on our upcoming photo club meetings see the blog posts below. We publish upcoming meeting information the week after the previous meeting.

More Photo Club Information

Anyone can attend the meeting without joining the club. Photo club membership has benefits and it’s really cheap. 100% of your dues go to fund club activities.

Interested in enter the monthly competition? Join and then enter your photos by the deadline. Be sure to follow the instructions on the submission page.

Want to learn more about the club’s history? Check out our photo club history page.

Year End Party – Thursday Dec 1st, 2016

NAPfS’s December 2016 meeting will be held on Dec 1st, 2016 from 7PM until 9PM.

We are at the end of our first year of NAPfS and to celebrate, our December meeting will be a social gathering. Come eat, drink and be marry. Bring a snack and drink to share. No glass containers. There is a play set immediately out front and the location is kid friendly. Bring a friend and your family.

LOCATION: Green Red Barn, 901 Old Austin Hutto Rd, Pflugerville, TX 78660. More info.

 

Competition: People’s Choice Award

December will be our the club’s first choice awards. Members attending will vote for their favorite winning images from this years competitions. We’ll tally the votes and announce the winner at the meeting. Need a preview? Check out the winners below:

Meeting: Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

NAPfS’s November 2016 meeting will be held on Nov 3rd, 2016 starting at 7PM.

LOCATION: United Christian Church at 3500 West Parmer Lane, Austin, Tx. 78727.

The meeting schedule is:

7:00PM – Meet and Greet
7:30PM – Speaker: Greg Burger from Precision Camera
8:00PM – Monthly Competition

Monthly Competition

Submission Deadline: Midnight, Sunday Oct 30th.

November is an open competition. Any image from the last 2 years may be entered. Participants will be divided into two classes. Each club member will choose which class to enter. For more information, see this post.

Submit your images here.

Our guest judge for November’s competition will be Greg Burger and Rodger Backman of Precision Camera & Video.

Mirrorless Cameras and the new DJI Mavic Drone

With Speaker Greg Burger &  Robert Backman, Precision Camera & Video

Gregg Burger is the General Manager of Precision Camera.  He has been in the photo industry for over 35 years. He has owned Olympus, Minolta, Canon and Nikon.  His current cameras are the Nikon D750 and the Sony A7RII.  Both full frame and both are great cameras.  Which one does he use more now?

Robert Backman is the top sales person at Precision Camera and has been a Nikon shooter for many years, he shoots weddings and portraits, but is best known for sports.  He shoots for a national online sports site.  At the games he still brings his Nikon but lately his Olympus and Fuji have been used more and more.  Why?  Ask him at the meeting.

Mirrorless

Mirrorless cameras are not taking a backseat to normal size DSLR’s any more.  Mirrorless cameras have many advantages over their larger Nikon and Canon brethren.  Smaller and lighter, they are ideal or travel, but don’t stop there. Recent mirrorless have closed the quality gap too and are making spectacular images. Greg and Rodger will bring a selection of current mirrorless cameras from Olympus, Fuji and Sony for a little up close and personal Q&A.

Mavic Drone

And, as a bonus, Greg and Robert plan to bring along the new (and tiny) DJI Mavic drone. The Mavic is the newest and most compact professional level drone on the market. The best part? It is affordable and easy enough for anyone to use. Come see one up close and personal.

mavic

Meeting: Thursday, October 6th, 2016

NAPfS’s October 2016 meeting will be held on Thursday October 6th, 2016 starting at 7PM. The meeting location is First Baptist Church, 306 Round Rock Ave, Round Rock, Texas 78664.

LOCATION CHANGE: First Baptist Church, 306 Round Rock Ave, Round Rock, Texas 78664.

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The meeting schedule is:

7:00PM – Meet and Greet
7:30PM – Speaker: Keith Mitchell
8:00PM – Monthly Competition with Judge Keith Mitchel

Monthly Competition with Judge Keith Mitchell

Submission Deadline: Midnight, Sunday October 2nd.

October is an open competition (no theme). Any image from the last 2 years may be entered. Image submission is open until midnight on Sunday October 2nd. Participants will be divided into two classes. Each club member will choose which class to enter. For more information, see this post.

Submit your images here.

Our guest judge for October’s competition will be Keith Mitchel.

Speaker – Keith Mitchell

keith-mitchellKeith Mitchell, Ph.D. is a retired University of Texas educator and former executive briefing specialist for Apple computer.  Keith began taking pictures as a part of his corporate education responsibilities at Apple computer. He was part of the team Apple used to roll out QuickTime VR panoramic tools to the education community nationwide. Keith continued to practice photography as a part of his career while working in UT’s department of education.

After retiring, Keith studied portrait photography formally at the Texas School of Photography. Kieth is an active Austin PPA guild member. He has won several local PPA guild print competitions. Keith currently manages a photography business, DigitalAspirations as well as managing a video interview studio for Apple at the Austin campus.

Find more of Keith’s work at DigitalAspirations.com.

Becoming a Civil War Photojournalist through Reenactments

Keith Mitchell, explains how you can  become a photo journalist embedded in the Civil War. Keith will share images, video, and photoshop composites that he has produced to capture Union and Confederate troops in action!  A field trip will be announced making it possible for you to get your press pass for a November re-enactment.

Meeting: Thursday, Sept 1st, 2016

NAPfS’s September 2016 meeting will be held on Thursday September 1st 2016 starting at 7PM. The meeting location is United Christian Church, 3500 West Parmer Lane, Austin, Tx. 78727.

LOCATION CHANGE: United Christian Church at 3500 West Parmer Lane, Austin, Tx. 78727.

The meeting schedule is:

7:00PM – Meet and Greet
7:30PM – Speaker: Randy Kerr – Behind the Wire
8:00PM – Monthly Competition with Judge Randy Kerr

Monthly Competition with Judge Randy Kerr

Submission Deadline: Midnight, Sunday August 28th.

September is an open competition (no theme). Any image from the last 2 years may be entered. Image submission is open until midnight on Sunday August 28th. Participants will be divided into two classes. Each club member will choose which class to enter. For more information, see this post.

Submit your images here.

Our guest judge for September’s competition will be Randy Kerr.

Speaker – Randy Kerr

DSC_7998Randy Kerr is the great grandson of photographic portrait artist Cyrus Kerr. He began his carrier as a working professional photographer at the age of 18.  After a 37 years of camera work, Randy dedicates much of his lens time to ecological and humanitarian storytelling. With images that hang in over 30 countries, Kerr’s light lecture tours are scripted to help others interface with light and shadows while contending wit the human condition.

Light. Light. Light.

Randy will talk about scouting for quality light, light direction and capturing artistic intention through symbolism.

Meeting: Thursday, Aug 4th, 2016

NAPfS’s August 2016 meeting will be held on August 4th 2016 starting at 7PM. The meeting location is United Christian Church, 3500 West Parmer Lane, Austin, Tx. 78727.

LOCATION CHANGE: United Christian Church at 3500 West Parmer Lane, Austin, Tx. 78727.

The meeting schedule is:

7:00PM – Meet and Greet
7:30PM – Speaker: Bill Bunton – Behind the Wire
8:00PM – Monthly Competition “After Dark” with Judge Andrew Fritz

Monthly Competition with Judge Andrew Fritz

Submission Deadline: Midnight, Sunday July 31st.

33dde9d4b5b311e38c270e01faf4e0e4_8August’s theme is “After Dark”. The world after dark is changed visually. Photographers have a special power to capture it in new and interesting ways. Photos must be made after dark or in a dark environment. Any image from the last 2 years may be entered. Image submission is open until midnight on Sunday July 31st. Participants will be divided into two classes. Each club member will choose which class to enter. For more information, see this post.

Submit your images here.

Our guest judge for August’s competition will be Andrew Fritz of AzulOx Visuals.

Speaker – Bill Bunton, Club Member

20160515__D4S9529Bill is an Austin area electrical engineer and committed photographer.   Bill started learning photography while stationed in Germany, where he purchased his first 35mm SLR camera – a Pentax Spotmatic at the Post Exchange.

Bill took advantage of the on-post darkroom facilities and inexpensive black-and white film; he shot and processed tens of rolls per month. Some of the exposures were demonstrations of shutter-speed and lens-aperture effects; others were experiments in pushing Tri-X to higher ISOs. Following weekends of travel, it was not unexpected to have 12 or 16 rolls of Tri-X film to develop. This effort brought him a second place and two third place trophies in the US Army in Europe photo contest.

After leaving the service and returning to Austin, the pace of photography slowed. Without easy access to a darkroom, processing was more expensive and required more time. He was able to upgrade to his first Nikon – an F2 with a 43-86 f3.5 lens. Photography continued to receive less and less attention, though the F2 was used occasionally.

His long dormant photography addiction returned in its full glory when he acquired Lightroom and his first DSLR – a Nikon D300. During this time, he found a way to make photography twice as expensive, by introducing his wife (Evelyn) to high quality cameras and lenses. Needless to say, the equipment list has grown longer with almost two of everything. You can’t expect two adult engineers to share expensive equipment.  Bill rarely passes an opportunity to learn or to share what he has learned.  He is comfortable applying complex techniques to get a unique image.  Bill’s photography interests vary widely, covering landscape, macro, the Austin music scene, but his favorite is motor-sports and action.

Behind the Wire – Auto Sports Photography

How do you photograph motor-sports without event promoter credentials? How do you shoot photographs as a simple spectator, without access to dedicated photographer locations between the track’s wire fences?

Bill will discuss his experience photographing at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) Austin. His presentation will cover choosing shooting locations, equipment, and camera settings. He will present images that are the result of good choices, bad choice, and simple good luck (right place, right time & right equipment).

Meeting: Thursday, July 7th, 2016

NAPfS’s July 2016 meeting will be held on July 7th 2016 starting at 7PM. The meeting location is Lone Oak Barn in Round Rock.

The meeting schedule is:

7:00PM – Meet and Greet
7:30PM – Andrew Fritz – Night Photography 101
8:00PM – Monthly Competition, Judge TBD

Monthly Competition with Judge Tani James

Submission Deadline: Midnight, Saturday July 2nd.

TaniJuly is an open competition. Any image from the last 2 years may be entered. Image submission is open until midnight on Saturday July 2nd. Participants will be divided into two classes. Each club member will choose which class to enter. For more information, see this post.

Submit your images here.

Our guest judge for July’s competition will be Precision Camera & Video Education Director Tani James.

Speaker – Andrew Fritz

33dde9d4b5b311e38c270e01faf4e0e4_8Andrew is a self taught photographer who learns through trial and error, and experimentation. His first love photographically was night landscape photography. On his first trip with his first camera to Quebec, Andrew spent long hours out after dark trying to make pictures. Not long after that he started experimenting with astrophotography.

Andrew is a full time professional photographer who practices many forms of photography including editorial & lifestyle portraiture, wedding photography, sports (in the form of lindy hop) photography and product photography. Andrew teaches night photography (and other) classes at Precision Camera & Video in Austin.

Night Photography 101

When the sun sets, the world changes visually. For a camera, time slows down and the photographer is able to choose to show much longer slices of time. The relationship of bright and dark areas shifts as well with shadowed structures glowing. While night photography has numerous challenges, it can be incredibly rewarding allowing the photographer to depict the world in ways far outside our human experience.

Andrew will present an introduction to night photography including tips and trips for focusing and determining exposure. He will also present various night time images and talk about how they were made and the complications night time photographers face.

 

Meeting: Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

NAPfS’s June 2016 meeting will be held on June 2nd 2016 starting at 7PM. The meeting location is United Christian Church, 3500 West Parmer Lane, Austin, Tx. 78727.

LOCATION CHANGE: United Christian Church at 3500 West Parmer Lane, Austin, Tx. 78727. 

The meeting schedule is:

7:00PM – Meet and Greet
7:30PM – Jamie Harms – Freelance Sports Photography
8:00PM – Monthly Competition with guest judge Jamie Harms

Monthly Competition with Judge Jamie Harms

June is an open competition. Any image from the last 2 years may be entered. Image submission is open until midnight on Friday May 27th. Participants will be divided into two classes. Each club member will choose which class to enter. For more information, see this post.

Submit your images here.

Our guest judge for June’s competition will be Jamie Harms.

Speaker & Judge – Jamie Harms

Freelance Sports Photojournalism

with CameraJamie will present a selection of his sports images and discuss working as a freelance journalist.

Jamie is a freelance sports photographer and a regular contributor to MaxPreps.com, MiLB.com, the Austin American Statesman and numerous other newspapers and media outlets.  He’s published in the Houston Astros magazine!  He got into sports photography by taking pictures at his kids sporting events and then his hobby became an obsession.