Volume 48 - No. 2
Founded 1965 - our 47th Year
October 2012
The Newsletter of the Northern Virginia Photographic Society
Editor: Dan Ward - Email: editor@nvps.org
Table of Contents

President's Message
Monthly Program
Education and Training
   Last Month Results
   Competition Image Use

Members' Gallery
Novice Night
Board of Directors

Portfolio Project
   Members News
   Exhibition Opportunities
   Workshop Offerings

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Monthly Program: Jamie Rose - Photographing People
10/5 -10/7
Field Trip: Fall National Skirmish Matches near Winchester
Education: Joe Miller - Macro & Close Ups
Competition: Judge - Kathryn A. Brown - Bridges
Forum: Beth Morris - England
Gallery Prints: TBD - Check the website for details
Gallery Digital - John Naman
Fifth Meeting: Novice Night - Scott Musson
Monthly Program: Check the website for details
Nature Visions - Manassas
Field Trip: Old Town Alexandria

Note: You can click on the above links to go directly to the article; or you can scroll through the entire newsletter. You can also print the entire newsletter.

To protect our members from email spam, personal email addresses in this newsletter have "@" replaced with " at ". Please remember to substitute the "@" when attempting to contact any of the people.

All meetings for the club year will start at 7:30 PM at the Dunn Loring Fire Station. The doors will open at 6:45 PM for a "meet and greet".

Remember to lock your car and place valuables out of sight. Please remember to take seats immediately when the meeting starts and to silence cell phones.

Please check the website and FotoFax for the club’s policy on weather closings. Check WTOP www.wtop.com or Fairfax County School systems web site for closings. You can also sign up for emails or cell phone alerts: http://www.fcps.edu/news/emerg.shtml

President's Message

October 2012

Another photography year is off to a good start. The weather has been fabulous — unusually fabulous for this area — cool and comfortable. I am looking forward to the most colorful time of the year — autumn leaves! And we have wonderful places to photograph within a short drive. People come great distances to photograph Skyline Drive, the Shenandoah Valley, Canaan Valley and all the other places we take for granted.

The self-improvement project has started and we have a big group signed up. The first batch of Freeman Patterson's book arrived and it looks like there will be a second order. If you miss out, you can still order directly from Freeman:


I am very excited that this program is being repeated because I participated in it when Paul Simmons directed it six years ago. I hope you will enjoy these exercises as much as I did.

We still need some help:

Beth Morris, our Membership Coordinator, has requested help. She needs more people on the welcoming committee. All you have to do is greet a visitor or new member, find out his or her interests and introduce the person to a member who might share an interest or answer a question. Just think of coming into our meeting room where there are up to a hundred people and not knowing anyone. It isn't a lot to do, but it makes someone feel welcome.

The Tech Team also needs volunteers. They are responsible for all the equipment used at meetings — microphones, computer, projector, etc. Actually, they work so seamlessly that I'm not sure what they do, but I do know we couldn't have meetings without them. And we need someone to learn to do digital projection. Jeff Hancock is currently indispensable--we can't run digital competition without him.

Dues for 2012-2013 year are due before October competition. You can't compete in October unless you have paid your dues.


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Now is the time for all good NVPS members to renew your NVPS membership!

Monthly Program

October 2nd: Jamie Rose — Photographing People

People photography is a challenge for most of us. Join us on October 2nd for an exciting presentation on the subject from a respected artist and photojournalist, Jaime Rose, who will share her thoughts along with some of her images. Members are also invited to join Jamie for dinner at The Olive Garden Restaurant in Tysons at 5:30 p.m. prior to the meeting.

Jamie Rose is an international award winning photojournalist based in the Washington, DC area. She has worked in over 5 continents, won awards and grants for her documentary photography, and has been a contract photographer with some of the world's largest nonprofit organizations. She has been internationally recognized for her long term documentary projects on volunteer health care providers and humanitarian issues. In 2009, Jamie helped create the curriculum for Momenta Workshops.

Jamie received her Master's Degree in photojournalism from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University and her bachelor's degree from American University. She was awarded an Alexia Foundation grant for her photographic project on nonprofit inner city volunteers. She completed her Master's thesis photographing volunteer health care workers in the West Bank and Israel. This project established her passion for working with nonprofits and covering humanitarian issues and earned her a place in the prestigious agency team at Aurora Photos.

Jamie began her career as a newspaper photographer covering politics at the White House and Congress for The New York Times in Washington, DC. She traveled to Africa on sabbatical to produce a story on abandoned children at Kenya's biggest hospital, the East African drought of 2006, and to cover the Ugandan Presidential elections.

Her work has been published in National Geographic Books, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, O Magazine, Rolling Stone, Better Homes and Gardens, Newsweek, TIME Magazine and others. Her nonprofit clients include The Global Fund (including Magnum photographers such as Steve McCurry and Eli Reed), Doctors Without Borders, The Calvert Foundation and Physicians for Human Rights among others. Her photo editing skills were rewarded when she was asked to be the lead photo editor for National Geographic's American Heroes book.

Jamie was honored with the White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA) Project Grant for her work with Doctors Without Borders (Medicines Sans Frontiers) in the conflict areas of Northern Uganda during the civil war. She has returned to Africa numerous times to work on health care related projects in the nonprofit sector as well as to teach our Project Uganda workshop.

Jamie lives outside of Washington, DC where she is the President of the nonprofit WPOW: Women Photojournalists of Washington and as the Chair of the Student Photographer of the Year committee for WHNPA. See Jamie's portfolio at http://jamierose.net.

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Education & Training

October 9th: Joe Miller — Macro and Close Up Photos

Truly amazing images can be captured via macro and close up photography. The macro lens can see what the human eye cannot. Macro and close up photography are very different from traditional photography. True macro photography is close up photography, but close up photography is not always macro photography.

Macro photography begins when the thing being photographed appears as large on the sensor as it is in real life. This ratio is called 1:1 because the sizes are the same. If your sensor size image of a penny is exactly the same as the penny, this is a 1:1 photo. If the thing being photographed is, for example, ten times larger on the sensor than it is in real life, then it would be called 10:1, as the image size is ten times the real life size. And so on. Anything larger than one to one is called macro.

The formal criteria for close up photography is when the thing being photographed is smaller than the 1:1 size of macro, but the real life size is not larger than 10 times the size as captured on the sensor. This one to ten ratio would be called 1:10.

The program will discuss how to capture both macro and close up images and discuss the equipment required to produce these amazing images. As part of the program, there will be three short visual essays using macro and close up examples.

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October 16th: Competition — Judge Kathryn A. Brown

Co- Vice Presidents of Competition Mike Kane and Mike Whalen are pleased to host judge Kathryn A. Brown for the October 16, 2012 club competition. The theme for this month will be: “Bridges”.

Please upload your digital images by the deadline of 6:00 PM on Sunday October 14, 2012, as per the current instructions on the club website.  Prints should be signed in by 7:15 PM on Tuesday, so our judge can preview them.  You must be a fully paid club member to compete. 

You are invited to join judge Kathryn A. Brown for dinner at Chili’s in Tyson’s Corner at 5:30 PM on Tuesday October 16, 2012. If you would like to join us please RSVP to Mike Kane (michaelaustinkanephoto "at" gmail.com) by 5:30 PM on Monday October 15th.  

Ms. Brown has graciously provided the following biography. Join us in welcoming Judge Kathryn A. Brown.

Since 1983, Kathryn Brown has maintained her own photographic business, KATHRYN A. BROWN, Photographer, shooting in 35mm and large format through 2005, when she transitioned to digital format.  Her specialties include special events, including weddings and a wide range of corporate needs, as well as architectural photography.  Kathryn's training includes a BA degree in Art from Penn State, and an AAS degree in Commercial Photography from NVCC.

Having turned her lifelong passion into her career, she was determined not to allow that to erode her love of capturing images.  She has pursued personal subjects in her fine art photography, so that the essence of "finding" the image remains magical for her.  Her fine art photography has been exhibited in solo, group and juried shows, garnering numerous awards. 

Kathryn juried into Artisans United Craft Gallery in Annandale in 1991, and has shown there since then.  As a founding and Board member in the Del Ray Artisans, non-profit gallery in Alexandria, she exhibits there regularly.  She is a legacy member in the Torpedo Factory Art League gallery.  She has been awarded the Cultural Arts Award by the Alexandria Commission for Women, and the Allied Professional Award from the Northern VA Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Her images are included in the Living Legends of Alexandria traveling photographic exhibit. This exhibit captures individuals who have given above and beyond.

Much of Kathryn’s recent exhibition photography has become abstract, including her Frozen Neon series, yet she continues to represent the natural and man-made world, finding both precious beauty and rusty decay compelling subjects. 

Editor's note: We like to share competition winning images on the website and include a representative winner from each category in the monthly newsletter, but we cannot do this unless the photographer specifically grants permission. When you win a ribbon in the competition, please remember to grant permission. See the note in the following section for details.

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September Competition Results

The full September competition results can be found at: http://nvps.org/main/meetings/competition/competition_results/september_18_2012_-_competitio/

Some of the winning images from September

Advanced Prints - 1st Place
Sandy Croan
Tuscan Villa

Advanced Digital - 2nd Place
Kip Holdridge
Resurrection Chapel

Novice Prints

Novice Digital 1st Place
George Karamarkovick
Snowy Egret on Wharf

Monochrome Prints - 2nd Place
Georgette Grossman

Clicking on any of the images above will display a larger version of the image.

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Competition Image Use

The NVPS Website has a gallery of past Competition winning images at http://nvps.org/gallery/v/competitions/. If your image placed first, second, third or received an honorable mention in a club competition, it is eligible for this gallery.  This is not done automatically; you must specifically provide consent for your image to be included in the gallery.

To have your winning image included in the gallery, email competitionwinners@nvps.org and provide the following information:

Your name
Image Title
Image Category (digital, color print, monochrome print)
Image Class
– for those categories with classes (Advanced or Novice)
Competition Date

Digital Winners: just provide consent for posting your image

Print Winners: send a digital version of your print, sized as if it were for digital competition (smaller is ok, but not too small).

The FotoFax newsletter is usually finalized during the weekend immediately following the monthly club competitions.  If your image is a first place winner and you send it in before the Friday following competition, your image will be forwarded to the editor for inclusion in FotoFaxIf you have not provided permission before that deadline, another winning entry may be used.

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Oct 23rd: Beth Morris — England

Beth Morris is our Forum speaker and will be showing images from her travels in England, including tours that she has led. She has been interested in photography since her grandmother gave her a Kodak Instamatic camera in 1982. She knew back at the age of 12 that photography was going to be more than just a hobby, when she was lying in the middle of the street in New York City, taking a shot of the World Trade Center straight up. She would not get up until she had the image she wanted, much to the dismay of her family.

In 2009, Beth started her own photography business with Robert Skerman, now called Morris Skerman Photography, specializing in photographic workshops to the south coast of England and the Southwestern United States. Primarily to Dorset, Beth travels to the United Kingdom (UK) four to five times per year, leading groups and speaking to camera clubs. She also brings UK residents to the American Southwest.

Beth is a member of the NVPS and the Weymouth Camera Club. She has won numerous awards for her photography. Many of her images can be seen on postcards sold in southwest England. Beth does not limit herself to any one form of photography; she believes that a good image can be taken anywhere.

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Members Gallery

Oct 23rd: Prints — TBD

Details were unavailable at press time. Check the website for updates.

Oct 23rd: Digital — John Naman

John Naman is an award-winning technical photographer who originally trained taking photographs of buildings under construction and yearbook photography. Today, he specializes in macro and flower photography and abstract art photography. John was NVPS 2011 — 2012 Advanced Digital Photographer of the Year. His digital gallery presentation will include his award winning images from the past few years. John will mention a few details about the images such as where or how he took them and how much luck was involved.

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Novice Night

October 30th: Novice Night with Scott Musson

Trick or Teach! October 30th is a very special night dedicated to the mastering the fundamentals of photography. While it’s known as Novice Night, it’s also a night of getting reacquainted with the fundamentals of photography for those who already know their way around the camera.

As it’s the night before Halloween, we shall be digging into bone chilling topics such as depth of field control, shutter speed, and light sensitivity. Yes it’s the Bermuda Triangle of image exposure. We’ll take a terrifying journey of taking your camera off automatic mode to explore aperture and shutter priority as well as the macabre manual mode.

Then, if you’re not totally terrified, Scott will introduce you to the ghoulish topic of Focusing Modes; few have ever returned after learning about matrix and spot metering. However, should you be one of the few who make the journey down the river Styx, you’ll learn about proper ways of holding your camera! Gives you goose bumps just reading this doesn’t it?

Scott's presentation will combine great fundamentals and spooky fun. It is especially geared to new members and those considering joining a camera club. So come join the Prince of Darkrooms for Novice Night!

Scott Musson - Bio

Scott Musson is a photographer, lecturer and frequently critiques, speaks and judges at photography organizations and clubs in the Northern Virginia and Washington DC metropolitan area. A Photographer of the Year for the Northern Virginia Photographic Society (NVPS), Scott has published a photo calendar with his wife, Emi for the past ten years.

“Photography is a natural extension of my love for travel", says Scott. “While I've taken pictures all my life, it wasn't until I was older and could afford to travel that my passion for photography truly developed. I love the whole process of photography: planning a shoot, getting up early to catch the light, processing the images (nowadays digitally), and printing and matting."

Scott has a passion for photography in and around water. He has been capturing images while snorkeling for a number of years. "I would snorkel everyday if I could," Scott says, and tries to makes several excursions a year to the tropics to enjoy this aspect of photography. Additionally Scott enjoys architectural and black light photography.

Scott blogs about photography and posts images at his website at:
http://www.scottmusson.com, please stop by for a visit any time!

Scott Musson
scottmusson" at "scottmusson.com

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Field Trips

October 5-7: Fall National Skirmish Matches

The North-South Skirmish Association (N-SSA) is holding its Fall National Matches near Winchester, VA, the first weekend in October.  Hundreds of individual shooters and teams will compete using original or exact reproduction vintage weapons.  The team matches will be held in uniform and N-SSA members will be firing rapid fire at breakable targets at various ranges.  This is not a reenactment.  There is no staged battle and no one (hopefully) falls down “dead”.  Rather this is firearms competition with rifled muskets, breech loading carbines and revolvers.

Fort Shenandoah is located about eight miles North of Winchester off Route 522, towards Berkeley Springs, WV.  This is an opportunity to photograph N-SSA members in authentic uniforms and there is also a civilian dress competition.  On Saturday afternoon there will be full sized canon matches at 200 yards! (For additional information about N-SSA, see their website at: http://www.n-ssa.org/)

A “sutlers row” provides many items for sale and food is available on the grounds.  Admittance is limited to guests of N-SSA members.  Tripods are allowed, but guests are not allowed forward of the observation line.  Many shooters are open to allowing individual photographs and photography during matches is allowed.

NVPS members interested in attending anytime during the weekend of October 5 – 7 should sign up on the provided sheets at a meeting or e-mail Bill Vanderpool at vander90" at "aol.com .   Directions and an approximate schedule will be returned via e-mail. NVPS members should make their own arrangements for carpooling.  You might want to bring ear plugs!

November 17th: Old Town Alexandria

Photography of the beautiful old buildings, doors, gates and windows in and around Old Town, with an emphasis on Black and White. Join your fellow shutterbugs at 4PM at the Square on King Street. Plenty of parking in garages in the area.

We will stay until after dark, then those who wish can meet for drinks and dinner at Southside 815 at 815 Washington Street. Free parking is available behind restaurant. Meet there about 7 PM.

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Board of Directors

A full list of all current Board members and their contact information can be found at nvps.org/main/about/board-members

Our 2012 - 2013 program year board officers are:


 Willa Friedman

  Vice President for Programs:

 Tom Burden

  Vice Presidents for Competition:

 Mike Whalen
 Mike Kane

  Vice President for Operations:

 Jim Norman


 Tom Brett

  Secretary / Historian:

 Georgette Grossman

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Portfolio Project

The Portfolio Project is a nine month project starting in September and running through May 2013. Club members of all skill levels are encouraged to participate in this project. A Portfolio may include some images already taken, but primarily new images taken over the program year. The goal is to conceive a theme, craft an artist statement, capture images, and then present them as a portfolio.

The participant's goal is to create a portfolio of their best images, primarily collected between June 2012 and May 2013, exemplifying the objectives of the theme described in their Artist's Statement. These should be images one would be proud to share with others for years to come.

The beginning stages of the project entail picking a theme or concept and writing an Artist's Statement explaining what he or she is trying to accomplish with the project. For more details visit the website:

In the beginning stages, some members may work on several themes, eventually refining to one subject over others. If you follow this model, it is helpful to draft an Artist Statement for all potential portfolio themes.

The NVPS web-site contains numerous articles and examples in the "Portfolio Project" link:

This year's coordinators are Ginger Werz-Petricka (vze39dgt" at "verizon.net) and Ken Barnett (ken.barnett" at "gmail.com). If you have questions or need help with your portfolio, feel free to contact us at portfolio@nvps.org. Need inspiration? Be sure and visit the Photo Gallery and see the truly impressive portfolio projects from years past.

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Notice: Workshop and contest announcements of events not sponsored by or affiliated with NVPS are provided as a courtesy to Members. Members should review the detailed contest rules and conditions to determine what impact entering images has on rights and ownership of the submitted images. Review the descriptions of workshop to whether participation in a workshop would actually meet personal learning goals. NVPS attempts to screen events for legitimacy and quality, however NVPS does not recommend these events and cannot assume responsibility for their ultimate quality. We recommend due diligence and encourage you to share your experience with other club members.

Members' Resources:

Do you need help with a photography problem, but don’t know who to ask? The Members’ Resource Program is here for you. Have you ever been asked “How do you do that?” If so, then consider sharing your knowledge with other club members.

The Members’ Resource area of the club web site http://nvps.org/main/members_resource/ contains a growing set of presentations and ‘how to’ documents created by club members. It contains the Members’ Resource List, which provides the names and email addresses of club members who have volunteered to help club members looking for help on specific technology and technique topics.

Members' News:

Our members routinely receive photo awards and recognition and have images in shows. As FotoFax only comes out monthly, the best place to look for current events is on the website at :


Members News for Stephen Gawarecki

Stephen Gawarecki received 1st and 2nd prizes at the Vienna Arts Society Seventh Annual Photography Show with Guggenheim No. 1 and Evening Rays, respectively. The Juror was Eliot Cohen.

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Exhibition Opportunities

Nature Visions: November 9-11, 2012

Nature Visions 2012 will be held November 9 - 11, at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on the Prince William Campus, George Mason University, Manassas, Virginia. The Expo is a three day event showcasing the photographic work of Northern Virginia's wildlife photographers. The centerpiece of the Expo is a display of approximately three hundred images that have been selected by a panel of jurors.

The Expo also offers two full days of lectures and workshops by noted photographers and several unique activities including photographers having the chance to photograph hawks, owls and other raptors. Thanks to the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia, photographers can focus their cameras on these magnificent wild birds in a natural setting just outside the Hylton Center. Numerous vendors will be on hand to display the latest in photographic equipment and technology.

The Expo will kick off on Friday, November 9th with a full day seminar conducted by Seth Resnick. Seth is considered one of the 30 most influential photographers of the decade and is one of 78 photographers worldwide named as a "Canon Explorer of Light" photographer. Seth will also give the keynote address on Saturday afternoon. Lectures will be held all day Saturday and Sunday.

Images Due by October 16th
NVPS will collect images beginning with the first meeting in September, September 4th and continue through the October 16th meeting. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS FOR LATE ENTRIES. The judging will be on Sunday October 21th and a list of juried entries will be posted as soon as possible, but not later than the meeting on October 23rd.

Images must be in compliance with instructions and specifications in the EXHIBITOR'S GUIDANCE and all entries will be accepted on the condition that the photographer will perform at least on volunteer task for the Expo. The guidance was provided by e-mail to the membership on May 7 and is now posted on the NVPS website under "Exhibits" and the NatureVisions website.

Specific information concerning registration, hours of operation, lectures and workshops, etc., will be posted on the NatureVisions website at www.naturevisions.org. as soon as it become available. Additional information will be provided to ,members via e-mail throughout the summer.

Submitted by:

John Quigley
NVPS NatureVisions Rep

Questions may be addressed to John Quigley, NVPS NatureVisions Rep at jhquigley" at "msn.com or in person at any of the regular meetings.

Delaplaine Visual Arts Center: 2012 Juried Photography Exhibit

The Delaplaine Visual Arts Center in Frederick, MD is hosting a major Photography exhibit.
At the link below, click on National Juried Photography Exhibit. Submission Deadline: October 1, 2012

The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center is located in historic downtown Frederick, Maryland. The 2012 Juried Photography Exhibit runs November 3-25, 2012. All photographs, black & white, color, non-silver, computer-manipulated are eligible.
Juror: Will Stapp, founding Curator of Photographs, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.

Awards: Best in Show $1,000
First Place: $500
Second Place $250
Third Place: $125

Friends of Huntley Meadows Park: 2012 Photo Contest

The Friends of Huntley Meadows Park Photo Contest is a nature-themed photography contest for the benefit of Huntley Meadows Park.  All photos must be taken at the Park. Contestants must submit photos between November 4-17, 2012.  No late entries will be accepted.

A panel of judges will select photos from the pool of contest entries. The selected photos will be exhibited at the Huntley Meadows Park Visitor Center from December 9, 2012 to February 28, 2013. All photos may be used by the Park for promotional or fundraising purposes. An entry fee of $5.00 must accompany each photograph.  Each photographer may submit up to 4 photos. There will be a separate category for entrants of high school age or younger. There will be no entry fee for these participants.

The complete entry rules and entry form are currently available at the Huntley Meadows Visitor Center. More details are available on the NVPS website at:

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Photographer's Sabbatical: Escape to the Mountains, September 28-October 3

A photographer's sabbatical will be held in Hardy and Grant Counties of West Virginia from 9/28 - 10/3/12. It will be six wonderful days to escape to the mountains!


Seminars on Camera Club Judging

Competitions are among the most popular activities at camera clubs, and with the help of a competent judge, these events can be educational not only for the competitors but also for the audience. The Northern Virginia Association of Camera Clubs (NVACC) is offering a series of Seminars on Camera Club Judging – not just for those interested in becoming camera club judges, but also for those who do not want to become a judge but want to know more about the nuances and subtleties of camera club competitions.

A five hour Seminar on Camera Club Judging will be offered on multiple Saturdays in the fall of 2012 from 1:00pm to 6:00pm at the Joseph Miller Center for the Photographic Arts. Attendance is limited to 12 participants per session. Most sessions are already filled, so contact Joe Miller immediately if you want to attend. The fee is $50.

The scheduled seminar dates are:

Judging Seminar I Saturday October 20
Judging Seminar II Saturday October 27
Judging Seminar III Saturday November 10
Judging Seminar IV Saturday December 1

For full details and registration info, see: http://nvacc.org/Home.html

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Workshop Offerings

Speakers and competition judges for NVPS are offered the opportunity to have notices about up-coming tours and workshops in FotoFax for two years after the date of their NVPS program.


Photoworks in Glen Echo Park offers a variety of photography classes & workshops for adults and children, taught by many familiar names, including several former speakers at NVPS. The Fall schedule is out and can be seen at:


James Steele

Jim provided our 2012 Portfolio Critique and was our competition judge in May 2012. He is conducting a Fine Art Digital Black and White Printing one day workshop at Photoworks on November 10th and again on February 23rd:


Jim also does individual coaching and tutoring and can be reached at his gallery in the Torpedo Factory or via his blog at: http://jamesdsteele.blogspot.com/

Wayne Wolfersberger

Wayne Wolfersberger (NVPS member and past President) will be teaching five classes this year with the Fairfax County Park Authority. This includes:
* Two Basic SLR classes of five sessions each. One starts on Sep 24th & the other starts on Nov 13th.
* A Nature Photo class starts on Oct 11th with six sessions including two Saturday field trips;
* A Waterfall and Flowing Waters field trip class on Oct 27th;
* A class on Composition, Creativity and the Camera starting on Nov 12th with shooting sessions in the classroom (four sessions.)

For registration information, go to:

Select Fine Arts and Crafts , search on Keyword Photography and Age Adult, or check Wayne's website:


Tony Sweet

Tony was our September 2011 speaker. Tony is a Nikon Legend Behind the Lens, a charter member of Team Nik, a Lensbaby Guru, and a Bogen mentor. He offers a wide variety of workshops and individual coaching services and has an active blog and newsletter. See his website for more details and information:


Roy Sewall

Roy was the November 2011 judge and presented a program in November 2010. He offers one-on-one coaching for novice and intermediate photographers, tailored to an individual's specific needs. Representative topics are: how to operate a digital SLR, equipment selection, photo critique in a private setting, on-computer demonstration of photo improvements, and field technique. See his recently updated website for more details and information about upcoming workshops or to sign up for his newsletter:


Nikhil Bahl Photography Workshops

Responding to a request for proposals, Nikhil Bahl has offered three workshops to NVPS members at a reduced rate. Nikhil gave an NVPS Forum program in April 2011. The last of the three workshops is:


Date: November 16-18, 2012

The workshop will start with an orientation on Friday, November 16 and end after a critique session Sunday, November 18 at 1pm. There will be field work every morning and evening during the workshop. There will also be classroom sessions in the afternoons.

Tuition: $375 (the regular fee is $425.) A $50 discount will be offered to all NVPS members. Participants are responsible for travel, hotel, food and other incidentals are not included as part of the workshop fee.

For more details on this or any of his other offerings, please contact Nikhil at:


Awake the Light Photo Tours and Workshops
Mollie Isaacs and Mary Lindhjem

Join two well-known professional photographers on their exciting and educational photo tours. For 2012 they are offering trips to Alaska's Denali National Park and Katmai National Park, Yellowstone National Parks, Antelope Canyon and Monument Valley in Arizona, the Great Smoky Mountains, and Acadia National Park in Maine. All tours include extensive photographic opportunities in the field, as well as personal one-on-one assistance and classroom instruction. Mollie and Mary gave a NVPS Programs in October 2010. See their website for more information on their workshops and tours.

Mollie Isaacs and Mary Lindhjem
http://www.awakethelight.com/ or http://awakethelight.blogspot.com/
awakethelight "at" cox.net

Ian Plant

Ian has been a regular speaker and judge for NVPS. Ian Plant workshops and tours are listed at: http://www.ianplant.com/workshops.htm

Joshua Taylor, Jr.

Josh Taylor is offering fall photography workshops and classes, including Canon camera classes. For a complete listing and registration, visit his new website: 

Josh is an NVPS member and a past president. His goal in photography is to help you create, capture and refine your vision. He most recently presented a workshop in March 2010, was our September 2012 Competition judge.

Joseph Rossbach

Joe was our speaker in February. He has several tour events listed for the next few months, including the Grand Tetons and a Valley of Fire tour. Details are at:


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Film Shooters: If there is a member who is still shooting film cameras and has interest in setting up a home studio, please contact me.

Erwin A. Siegel
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Alexandria, VA 22303

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Northern Virginia Alliance of Camera Clubs (NVACC)

The Northern Virginia Alliance of Camera Clubs (NVACC) is an informal entity started in 1997 by Joseph Miller with the assistance of Dave Carter and Ed Funk. Its purpose is to promote communication and cooperation among area camera clubs. NVACC is made up of Member Clubs and Associated Member Clubs.

NVACC publishes a calendar of area member club events that can be found at http://www.nvacc.org/Calendars.html

This Fall, NVACC is hosting a seminar on camera club judging for those who want to become qualified to judge camera club competitions or just want to learn more about what judges look for in competition. More details are listed under the Events section earlier in this newsletter.

NVACC has a free, downloadable series of 25 guide books for photographers, which provide information about nearby areas that camera clubs might wish to visit. See their booklets at:

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Editor's Note

A few months ago, Jim Steele told me about some of his experiments with iPhone photography. I saw a great example in a panorama of the DC Mall area in his studio at the Torpedo Factory.

The cameras built into current phones are usually higher resolution than the point and shoot cameras that were popular only a few years ago. People like Jim Steele and Chase Jarvis are stretching the capabilities of these tools. During our conversation, Jim and I mused about a near future when most photography will be done via cameras built into phones, tablets and the like. Only hard core photo enthusiasts will invest in stand-alone cameras. Most of us have already learned that a mediocre camera carried in our pocket is more useful than the high quality camera sitting in a bag at home!

Do you have a favorite camera phone accessory - something that helps you capture better images? I recently purchased an iStabilizer, which is a tripod mount adapter that will hold almost any smart phone. This $14 accessory allows me to use a cheap $2 table top tripod for vastly improved stability in my images. Do you have a cell phone technique to share?

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