Night Photography Part 2: July 9

Did you miss the May 28 workshop? John has generously made his presentation available for download and review: PDF Night Photography May 2019 John Nixon Learn even more at the July 9 follow-up workshop, which will discuss the variety of software available to enhance night images.

  • 7-9 p.m., Tuesdays, May 28 and July 9, 2019
  • UNT Health Science Center, 3500 Camp Bowie; find a map to our meeting room
  • Night Photography Part 1 and Part 2, John Nixon

John Nixon 2019 President 400wMaster photographer and club president John Nixon will lead a workshop about night photography, the popular technique that allows photographers to capture the Milky Way, stars and swirls, plus landscapes and structures.

Night Photography Part 1 will cover these topics:

  • how to focus your camera
  • how to compose in the dark
  • how to calculate exposure time
  • how to deal with noise, light painting, equipment and other processes
  • We will talk about equipment, locations, what to photograph at night and various techniques to use in difficult situations.

The free workshop will be geared to beginning night photographers; we welcome everyone who has tips and ideas to share.

Night Photography Part 2 will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 9 and will cover any topics remaining from Part 1, plus advice on how to process your images. John also will discuss his preferred software and various techniques to handle adverse situations.

Above, John’s image of Bryce Point Trail, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.


Have fun! Join an Outing

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Outings allow us to visit interesting and scenic places in north Texas, take photos and have fun. View the Outings schedule for information. Participants are asked to sign a PDF-Release-of-Liability.

Here are a selection of participant images from outings to historic churches, Browne Salvage Yards, Fabrication Yards, Historic Cleburne, Historic Statler Hotel, Possum Kingdom Lake, Ennis Bluebonnet Festival, Colleyville Nature Center, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center and the Dallas Arboretum.









Birds in Focus: Download the presentation

Hope you enjoyed this workshop, or, if you missed it, here’s Jerry’s presentation: PDF Bird Photography Jerry Turner 2019


In this workshop, Jerry will help answer a common question: Why aren’t my bird pictures sharp?

There are a lot of possible reasons for less-than-desired sharpness, and this workshop will help you avoid some of the pitfalls every bird photographer encounters. Topics to be covered include:

  • Photographing sitting and flying birds
  • Cameras and equipment
  • Exposure, depth of field, focusing

This workshop is intended for all skill levels and experienced photographers are encouraged to attend and share their knowledge.

Above, Jerry’s image of a snowy egret, photographed at Benbrook Lake.


Focus Stacking & Hyper Focus: April 9

  • 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 9, 2019
  • UNT Health Science Center, 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd.; find a map
  • Using Focus Stacking and Hyper Focus to Make Sharp Images

Focus stacking is a technique in which multiple images, each made at a different depth-of-field, are merged together in a software program. The resulting merged photo will be sharply focused throughout, without the variations inherent in an image with a single depth-of-field focus.

The hyperfocal distance is the closest distance at which a lens can be focused while keeping objects at infinity sharp. When the lens is focused at this distance, all objects at distances from half of the hyperfocal distance to infinity will be in focus.

Master photographers Ken Spencer and John Nixon will discuss how to use these techniques at this workshop, which is free and open to anyone interested in photography.

Topics include:

  • Selecting a focus area
  • Focusing accurately
  • Making multiple images
  • Software programs

Above, John’s focus stacked photo; below, Ken’s hyperfocal image.

Focus Stacking-Ken Spencer-April2019


Lightroom, Part 3: Feb. 26

  • 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 (date changed from Feb. 12)
  • UNTHSC, 3500 Camp Bowie, Research and Education Building, Room 100; find a map and directions

Club president and Master photographer John Nixon will present a third class in Lightroom software use on Feb. 12. (Previous classes were in September and November 2018.)  Planned topics include:

  • More about editing and advanced editing continued, including Local Adjustments, Targeted Adjustment Tool, Virtual Copies, Presets.
  • Exporting your images.

It will be helpful to bring a laptop with Lightroom installed to follow the discussion.

The workshop will be at our usual location, UNT Health Science Center, 3500 Camp Bowie, Research and Education Building. Enter the free parking lot and go to the lower level to find Room 100, Everett Hall.

Above, Roy O’Rear’s image, before and after Lightroom processing, of Airfield Falls near Fort Worth.