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December 1, 2015: Program with Brian Zwit-Resources for Planning Your Next Shoot

Brian Zwit’s Biography

Brian Zwit

Brian Zwit

Brian Zwit is a nature and outdoor photographer based in northern Virginia and is obsessed with capturing the elegance and majesty of unique landscapes, wildlife, and flora throughout the United States. His images are in private residences and corporate offices and have been used in regional magazines and for corporate and international publications. Brian teaches workshops, field trips, and classes and speaks to camera clubs, schools, and other non-profit organizations on creativity and photographic techniques. He is well known for his ability to distill complex topics to their essence and explain them in simple, easy to understand ways. His favorite assistant is Dingo, his Parson Russell Terrier, who really is not very helpful but is always ready for a walk in the woods.

Description of the Talk

Moon and Half Doom by Ansel Adams is one of his greatest images but it wasn’t accidental that the moon was in the right place for that image—he planned it that way. Too often, many of us leave the house looking for the perfect image depending on luck or repetition to get it. Brian will show you the resources that are available for planning your next shoot so that the sun or moon is exactly where you want it, the sky is clear, and you can find the perfect position to shoot from. He will discuss online and offline maps and mapping software and tools, sun and moon calculators, travel books, star maps and software, and weather as well as apps for your smartphone.




January 19, 2016 – Competition with Karen Messick

Please join us for our January competition with our judge, Karen Messick.

President of Karen L Messick Photography 8/2007 – present
Past President of the Baltimore Camera Club 6/06-8/2010

Karen is an award-winning photographer. She has been capturing images for the last 18 years. Her sense for design, color, composition and placement of subject elements is striking. The patterns in her nature close ups are refreshing and energizing. In addition to traditional photography she has embraced imaging with high dynamic range software, and artistic adaptations of her images with plug-in software.

Karen has led photo workshops in Baltimore, Delaware, New Mexico, Virginia, Spain, France and Ireland. She has lectured on composition and design during Photo Week in Washington, DC and for Nature Vision’s Photo Expo in Virginia.

Karen has participated in photographic workshops and excursions with professional nature photographers, John and Barbara Gerlach in Northern Michigan and Yellowstone as well as workshops sponsored by The Rocky Mountain school of Photography, with Doug Johnson and Tim Cooper in Glacier National Park. In addition, she has attended photographic seminars by The Nikon School, Rod Plank, Brenda Tharp, Moose Peterson, Tony Sweet, Rick Sammons and John Sexton.

Karen has written instructional articles and had portfolio pieces published in iPhoneLife Magazine and Nature Photographer Magazine.  Currently she is a field contributor for Nature Photographer Magazine and on line for the iPhone Photography School.

Karen teaches Intro to digital photography and iPhone Photography at Johns Hopkins University, in the Odyssey Program.

Karen leads her own workshops and has conducted workshops and lectures for Penn Camera,

Horizon Photography Workshops and Capital Photography Center.

She currently has images on Display at Baas Fine Art Gallery in Seattle, Washington and More Than Fine Framing in Ruxton, Md.

Her work has been on display at:
The “Olympic River Festival” Olympic Peninsula, Washington State 2000
The “Towson Art Festival” Towson, Maryland 2001
The “Baltimore Gallery” Baltimore, Maryland 2003
Borders Book Store, Towson, Maryland 2007
Liganore Vineyards, Mt. Airy, Maryland 2007
Seaford Museum, Delaware 2008
Baltimore Museum of Art “Looking Through The Lens” 2008
Valley Frame and Fine Art, Cockeysville, Maryland 2008-2011
Rehoboth Art League, Rehoboth, Delaware 2005-2009
Baas Art Gallery , Seattle Washington 2011-2012

Her images are held in “The Photography Collections, of the University of Maryland Baltimore County Campus.”


November 12th, 2015 – NVPS Members invited to attend Loudoun Photo Club’s Speaker Night with John Barclay

NVPS members are invited to attend Loudoun Photo Club’s Speaker Night, Thursday, Nov. 12, 7:00 PM, to hear John Barclay’s presentation, “Discovery & the Creative Process.”  Here’s John’s description of this event —
This program comes from my observation of those whom I photograph with or teach in a workshop who struggle to discover worthy images.  As with all of my programs, it is also autobiographical in that I have the same struggles. These struggles come from FUD, or fears, uncertainty, and doubts. Once we encounter FUD, it becomes very difficult to find something to photograph that makes our heart sing. The intent of this program is to address that FUD and suggest some ideas as to how we can overcome it.  I will share concepts and ideas along with images that will build confidence in anyone who is creating images.  At the end of the presentation, I will show six “discoveries” that I have encountered in an effort to cement the concepts discussed.
f you are not familiar with our meeting site, LPC meets in Exploration Hall, at the George Washington University Science & Technology Campus in Ashburn, Virginia (20101 Academic Way, Ashburn, VA 20147; here’s a link to a map that will help orient you —<

December 26, 2015 – Call For Entries: 6th Annual Joseph Miller Abstract Photography Exhibit

The Joseph Miller Center for the Photographic Arts takes great pride in announcing its SIXTH ANNUAL juried abstract exhibit. ALL interested photographers are invited to submit entries for this much anticipated spring event. Submissions to the First Annual JM Abstract Exhibit were limited to local NVACC-related clubs; however, over the years, because of the influence these exhibits have had in encouraging and promoting abstract photography and due to their reputation, recent JM Abstract Exhibits have been attracting entries from national as well as international photographic artists.

The Joseph Miller Center will begin accepting entries for the upcoming SIXTH ANNUAL EXHIBIT on Saturday, December 26, 2015.

The deadline for submissions will be Friday, February 26, 2016.

A detailed PROSPECTUS containing all relevant information regarding the exhibit can be found on the Northern Virginia Alliance of Camera Clubs website @


Members Gallery Schedule for 2015-2016

Date Digital Print
September 22 Judy McGuire Curtis Gibbens
October 27 Chris Langford Bob and Willa Friedman
November 24 Dennis Govoni Granger Benson
January 26 Polly Terriberry Bill Corbett
February 23 Rick French Andrew Savino
March 22 Fred Siskind Mike Whalen
April 26 Alan Goldstein John Singley
May 24 Ceasar Sharper Yvonne Jarrett



September 15, 2015: Competition with Judge Don Rosenberger

_DSC9921_(1)Don Rosenberger sold all his camera gear and walked away from photography.  But that was back in 1983.  He picked up a camera again in 2005 and has spent most of his weekends and vacation time trying to make up for those years he walked away.

In the years since 2005 he has worked with and been mentored by a great group of well known and some not so well known photographers.   Today Don is still driven by the passion and urge to always create something better and constantly strive to take his work to the next level.

In addition to pursuing his personal work he is a partner in Road Runner Photography Tours and leads national and international photography tours.


June 3rd, 2015 Photography Lecture – “Through the Eyes of a Photojournalist” (Non – NVPS Event)

Wednesday  JUNE 3  at 7:30 PM at the Oakton Elementary Auditorium Rm 123, 3000 Chain Bridge Rd Oakton, VA 22124   Free and open to public

The Vienna Photographic Society is hosting a presentation by Essdras M. Suarez is a two-time Pulitzer prizewinning photojournalist and former 12-year staff photographer with the Boston Globe.  His presentation evening is “Through the Eyes of a Photojournalist” touching on his experience in photojournalism (conflict and disaster) as well as his experience in travel destinations (including Cuba) and portraiture.


Details at

Daviid Heagy 703-281-9226


Early Openings at Meadowlark Gardens

Meadowlark Gardens will open their facilities at 6AM on the following three dates this summer:
Sat June 20
Sat July 25
Sunday Aug 23
There will be the normal charge for entrance ranging from 2 to 5
Members of Meadowlark of course are free.

July 1st, 2015 – Call for Entries – Multiple Exposures Gallery

Multiple Exposures Gallery, located in a suburb of Washington DC, is hosting a national CALL for ENTRY.  All artists 18 years of age or older who work in traditional, digital, or alternative photographic processes are invited to submit.



Sarah Greenough, senior curator and head of the Department of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC



Submission deadline: July 1, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST

Email notification of jury results August 1, 2015

Framed work delivered to gallery October 14- 17, 2015

Exhibit dates October 20 – November 29, 2015

Artist reception & award presentation November 1, 2015


Click HERE for prospectus details

Click HERE to enter submit images to the competition


We hope you will share this information with members of your organization, and any other photographers that might be interested in this opportunity.


If you have any questions please contact us.


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Multiple Exposures Gallery

105 N Union Street #312

Alexandria, VA  22314



NVPS Members in Artspace Exhibit

Six NVPS members as well as past judge Roy Sewell are finalists in the upcoming ArtSpace Fine Art Photography Exhibit. The finalists’ photographs will be on exhibit from February 24 through March 22, 2015.  Winners of the competition will be announced by Judge Carla Steckley during the Awards and Artist Reception on Saturday, February 28, 2015, 7 to 9 p.m. More information can be found here.
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