Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, January 17, 2018
    • Wednesday, March 21, 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • Grace Community Church

    • Saturday, February 03, 2018
    • Saturday, February 24, 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • Lakewood Ranch Town Hall
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    COURSE: Photography Composition and Seeing

    This will be a four-week course that will enable those participating to become familiar or review photographic composition principles and the art of seeing. There will also be a review of ways to control light and depth of field. The first week of the course will be classroom time. At that meeting we will determine 2 “field trip” shooting dates over the course of the next two weeks. The course will conclude with a 2-hour meeting where we will do a comprehensive review/critique of a given number of images shot by course participants during the “field trips”. 

    Week 1 (2/3 9 AM , LWR Town Hall, Salon A)

    •          Review Ways to Control Light and Depth of Field
    •          Powerpoint Presentation on Photographic Composition/Art of Seeing

    Week 2/Week 3 (2/10 and 2/17) 

    Field trip to a location TBD (based on what's happening around town) for a photojournalism (street photography) photo shoot.

    Field trip to to a location TBD for nature photography photo shoot.

    Week 4 (2/24, Location TBA) 

    •          Critique and Review of images.

    Background of instructor – Dale has a Master’s Degree in Journalism with an emphasis in photojournalism and photographic composition from the University of Wyoming. He has taught six different courses in photography at universities in California, Kansas, Utah, Nevada and Arizona. He and several of his Kansas photo students did a photo documentary of Victorian Architecture in Eureka Springs, Arkansas which culminated in a 186-print exhibit during the annual winter homes tour in the town and also a photo documentary on PBS.  His work has been published nationally and regionally in magazines and newspapers; in national park service publications and websites; in corporate annual reports; and in yearly report submitted to the President of the United States.  He has also has held positions as the Chief Photographer and the Photo Editor for several daily newspapers in the western United States.

    • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Grace Community Church

    Creative Compositing – Go Beyond the Normal!

    By Randy Van Duinen, M.Photog., M.Artist, Cr. CPP, FDPE, FSA, AIA

    If you are looking to kick start you creative photography or add new options to your studio, you will want to attend his program on compositing with internationally award winning photographer Randy Van Duinen. He will show you his process of creating stunning and unique composited images. The first part of the class is a live shot of a model that will composited into the final image. Learn different ways to cut out images and then put them together to create seamless images. He will teach you some processes that will allow you to quickly put together a composite that will make your clients come back for more.

    Print of the  month theme is "Food for Thought"

    Members only.  Each participant should bring a single 8×10 print of their photo. Tape your photo in one of the provided mat frames, add a numbered corner to the frame and place it in a stand on the "Print of the Month" table.

    Share your Work 

    Submit up to 3 photos each month to be included in a slide presentation that runs at the end of our meeting. Photos can be on any subject.  E-mail your photos to  shareyourwork@lwrdpc.com, no later than the Sunday night prior to the Wednesday meeting.

    • Saturday, February 24, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Lakewood Ranch Town Hall

    Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Lakewood Ranch, FL

    This meeting is for both new and/or newish members! Or, if you are a member who would just like a refresher on all the great things your club is doing please feel free to attend! The orientation will also fill you in on how to navigate and get the most out of our new website. So if you are having a hard time getting to know the website or our Facebook pages, this is the event for you.This year in an effort to help our new members feel both welcome and informed, Tom Lovell is making it his mission to make sure everyone is up to speed on how our club works, what activities we have that will be a good fit for them, how to get involved with our club competitions etc. If you are interested in attending please let Tom know at the next meeting or email him at TOM@QUICKSERVER.US   If there is something special you would like to have Tom review please just let him know. He is working very hard to make sure that nobody feels overwhelmed as they start their LWRDPC Adventure!

    • Sunday, February 25, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Sarasota Polo Grounds

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    Sarasota Polo Grounds

    We will be gathering at the Sarasota Polo Grounds for a mid day of action photography and a pot luck lunch.  This event is one of the most popular field trips of the year!  We are able to see the horses up close and personal when they gallop by so prepare for a exciting time at the polo games!

    Tickets are $12 per person.  You pay at the gate with cash or credit card before you park your car.  Match starts at 1:00 pm but the horses will be warming up an hour prior to the match.  Please bring your own beverages, a chair, a tripod along with your camera and a dish to share. Plates, napkins, cups and silverware will be provided.  There will be two large white tents set up as close to the middle of the North side of the field where Public Parking is located.  Please refer to the Polo Ground map.  We will be allowed to walk to both ends of the field to take pictures as long as we stay behind the orange cones and the border wall along the North side.  The South side of the field are for season ticket holders and hosted events so we are not allowed to take pictures from that perspective.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call either Susan at 941-807-0664 or Bobbie at 813-690-5062.  We look forward to seeing you at the Sarasota Polo Grounds!

    If there is inclement weather that morning, please check your emails for info prior to leaving for the event.


    • 1.   Try sitting down on the ground than standing up, for a difference perspective.... this makes the horses and the players 'appear' bigger than they are..... hence the action appears more appealing

      2. Try to anticipate the action .... as well as the moves of the players .... if you follow polo regularly then you'd not miss noticing how / what triggers an action.

      3. Go for aesthetics...... those special 'moments' are over in less than 1/2500 of a second.... like hooks, hits, misses, nudges, bumps, ....... and falls :)

      4. Composition. this is the most difficult of them all. i have to rely on post production (editing, horizon adjustments, recompose etc) to make an action look bigger and properly composed. in some cases, though, I hardly ever have to do any changes to the original photo.

      5. Big action. an action will look bigger when printed bigger. but before you print it...... the horse and the players need to look big, if not close, as well. so you need to cover a moment when the angle is correct and when everything on a horse is well focused, sharp and obvious. my 70-200mm can look as far as 200mm only (ignore that 1.6 crop factor for now) ...... so i have to rely on action that happens closer to me.

      6. Note the shutter speed. you don’t need very fast shutter speed if the horses are moving right at you. You do need it to cover the fast swing / miss of the stick.... and / or if the action is happening across / diagonally. but to cover the action itself, do you go for 'one shot' or Al-Servo / Al-focus ? .... You get a faster burst with 'one-shot' if the subject is moving in a fixed position or is moving (to and fro) at a fixed distance from the lens. Al-servo is slowest in my opinion,,,, although you get the advantage of not worrying about focusing first when you suddenly need to cover something moving fast towards / away from the lens.

      7. Aperture based photos. I know I cover actions happening at really fast speed. but I prefer aperture-based photos, then taking them on manual mode. I do take photos in shutter speed mode. And I also do take them on manual , when required...... but during all this I try to keep the background as much out of focus as possible. and for that i prefer a bigger aperture, 2.8, or 4 . while taking team photos I go down to 5.6 and even 8. problem with 2.8 and 4 apertures are that the subject needs to be in a medium range....... while covering medium-to-far action I prefer to step down one stop from the lens's maximum aperture to get better / sharper photo. I also like to keep the photo a bit 'underexposed' by 1/3 level.. this gives me a slightly faster shutter speed as well and does not affect the photo / action at all. I always have the option of brightening it up in post production, if needed.


    You are able to sign up on line by February 23rd. Information will be at February 21st monthly meeting SO COME EARLY at 6:00pm at Grace Community Church. You must be a member to participate in Field Trip Events. 

    • Wednesday, February 28, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Hillsborough River State Park - Thonotosassa, FL
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    Hillsborough River State Park

         Hillsborough River State Park is heavily wooded with the river running through it and offers a wide variety of landscape opportunities, ranging from shots of the picturesque Hillsborough River, native foliage and flowering plants, boardwalks and wooden bridges. You may also see alligators along the banks of the river as well various birds.

         This trip WILL involve a fair amount of HIKIING on mostly level dirt trails and boardwalks. We will plan to hike the Rapids Trail which runs alongside the river and is a 1.2 mile loop (starting and returning to the parking area).

         We will meet afterwards for a picnic lunch at one of the picnic areas. Bottled water is also suggested so as to remain hydrated during the hike. The concession is open, but only offers snacks and drinks during the weekdays. So… if you desire food beyond “snack foods”, please pack yourself a picnic lunch.

    COST: $6 Park Entry Fee per vehicle (up to 8 passengers)

    Gear recommendations:

    Wide and Telephoto lenses are recommended

    Tripods optional

    ND filters can be fun to use to smooth the water (if so you will need a Tripod)

    *** Focus Group Field Trips are for Members Only ***

    This event is limited to 12 photographers
    as Focus Groups are intended to be more of an opportunity for
    mentorship and education vs. a get together to take photos.

    Questions: Please contact Leslie & Albert Del Toral at leslie@bubblevision.biz

    • Saturday, March 03, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, Salon C
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    Intro to Photography

    Course is broken into 5 sections:

    1. Understanding basic camera operations
    2. Getting the right exposure
    3. Framing your shot
    4. Composition
    5. Getting involved in photography

    Please bring your camera!

    • Wednesday, March 07, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    • Wednesday, March 21, 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Grace Community Church

    March Monthly Meeting - Fill in speaker data

    Print of the  month theme is "This Old House/Structure"

    Members only.  Each participant should bring a single 8×10 print of their photo. Tape your photo in one of the provided mat frames, add a numbered corner to the frame and place it in a stand on the "Print of the Month" table.

    Share your Work 

    Submit up to 3 photos each month to be included in a slide presentation that runs at the end of our meeting. Photos can be on any subject.  E-mail your photos to  shareyourwork@lwrdpc.com, no later than the Sunday night prior to the Wednesday meeting.

    • Thursday, March 22, 2018
    • 4:50 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Gatorland, Orlando,FL
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     Bird Focus Group Outing - March 22

    Gatorland, Orlando FL

    14501 S. Orange Blossom Trail Orlando, Florida 32837

    Limit - 20 participants

    Cost - $25

    Gatorland offers a special photographer pass that gets us into the park 3 hours before it opens - at 7 am which is the beginning of the  "golden period" which offers best possible light.   So we will meet at  4:50 am (in parking lot in front of Poipi's Restaurant near the Walmart shopping center off 70 & I-75) and carpool to Gatorland so we arrive by 7 am

    In case you are interested, our special pass is good for the entire day.  

    The famous Gatorland Bird Rookery was created in 1991 as an alligator breeding marsh. This unique habitat has grown into one of the largest and most accessible wading bird rookeries in Florida. Today, this area provides protected nesting, foraging, and roosting area to over 20 different species of birds, many of which are listed as Endangered or Species of Special Concern.

    Gatorland’s boardwalks provide birders and photographers with close access to these incredible birds, allowing people to safely observe them and capture stunning photographs.  You’ll see Cattle Egrets, Tricolored Herons, Little Blue Herons, Anhingas, Cormorants, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets and maybe even a Spoonbill. 

    During nesting season, Gatorland’s true beauty shines through the Breeding Marsh, which is also a natural bird rookery. It’s a feast for the eyes in early spring as birds from all over arrive to the warmer weather and enjoy the protection the alligators provide. They can nest in peace knowing predators are unlikely to come too close with alligators nearby.

    Gatorland also has two Florida Panthers, Parrots, Macaws, Cockatoos, free-flight Aviary, great horned own, Emu, Flamingos, Wood Storks, giant tortoises (one 100 years old - 500 lbs). 

    Get ready for down-home family fun at “The Alligator Capital of the World®” –  Gatorland!  There isn’t a better place to see alligators and crocodiles of all sizes, from babies, also known as grunts, to the 14-foot monsters that call our Breeding Marsh home. We even have the largest collection of extremely rare white leucistic alligators.  But, Gatorland is more than just a gator park!  Our free-flight aviary, petting zoo, one-of-a-kind animal shows, thrilling Screamin’ Gator Zip Line and new Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure ensure your day will be chock-full of fun, smiles and special memories!


    • Saturday, March 24, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Lakewood Ranch Town Hall

    Videography Focus Group Meeting. Classroom and field training to help members improve their ability to produce videos using DSLR's, smartphones, videocams, etc

    • Wednesday, March 28, 2018
    • 11:45 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Heritage Village and Florida Botanical Gardens Pinellas County

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    Enjoy a day visiting both the Heritage Village and the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo, FL.  Admission is free at both locations.  We hope to eat an early dinner after spending the day among magnificent surroundings. We plan on meeting at the LWR Town Hall to car pool to Largo.  It will be about a hour drive.  We will meet at LWR Town Hall at 11:45 to sign release forms and car pool.  You can registered for this field trip on line and/or you can sign up at the monthly meeting on March 21st. You must be a member to participate in the field trips.  More details to follow!

    Questions? email Susan or Bobbie at fieldtrips@lwrdpc. 

    • Saturday, March 31, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Lakewood Range Town Hall
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    Introduction to:

    • moving your pictures from your camera to your computer, organizing and backing them up, 
    • Brief survey of post processing software,
    • Using global and local adjustments to transform an image into your interpretation of the best possible photograph.
    • Wednesday, April 11, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • LWR Town Hall Salon A

    • Saturday, April 21, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Lakewood Ranch Town Hall

    Videography Focus Group

    • Tuesday, May 08, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • LWR Town Hall Salon B

    • Saturday, May 19, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Lakewood Ranch Town Hall

    Videography Focus Group Meeting

    • Tuesday, June 12, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • LWR Town Hall Salon A

    • Saturday, June 16, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Lakewood Ranch Town Hall

    Videography Focus Group Meeting

    • Tuesday, July 10, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • LWR Town Hall Salon B

    • Tuesday, August 07, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • LWR Town Hall Salon B

    • Tuesday, September 11, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • LWR Town Hall Salon B

    • Tuesday, October 09, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • LWR Town Hall Salon B

    • Wednesday, November 07, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • LWR Town Hall Salon A

    • Tuesday, December 04, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • LWR Town Hall

    Please note that December's Board Meeting is one week earlier than usual due to the holidays.

Past events

Saturday, February 17, 2018 Videography Focus Group Meeting
Thursday, February 15, 2018 Bird Focus Group Outing
Saturday, February 10, 2018 Focus Group File Management
Tuesday, February 06, 2018 February Board Meeting
Saturday, February 03, 2018 Videography Focus Group
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 Landscape Focus Group Field Trip
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 January Field Trip
Saturday, January 27, 2018 Creating Photo Books Using Blurb Bookwright
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 Bird Focus Group Outing
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 January Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, January 09, 2018 January Board Meeting
Saturday, December 09, 2017 Photographic Plug-Ins
Saturday, December 02, 2017 Video Focus Group
Friday, December 01, 2017 December Field Trip, Ringling Museum
Friday, November 17, 2017 Sensor Cleaning Day
Friday, October 27, 2017 Boo Fest
Saturday, October 21, 2017 Intro to Post Processing, Dave Kurshan
Friday, October 20, 2017 LWR Club Day Block Party
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 Horse Farm
Saturday, October 14, 2017 Videography Meeting
Saturday, October 14, 2017 Intro To Photography
Saturday, June 24, 2017 June Field Trip - Florida Polytechnic University
Thursday, June 15, 2017 June Monthly Meeting
Thursday, May 18, 2017 May Monthly Meeting
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