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We trust this newsletter finds you safe and healthy!

Meetings canceled until further notice

In case you hadn't noticed, the world has pretty much shut down. This seems to be a good thing as the news reports this morning are saying that the number of new cases and deaths from COVID-19 are coming down.
Tacoma Photo has followed the ruling and we have canceled all meetings through April and will likely do the same in May.

Annual Competition

We have a problem with the Annual Competition... We don't have a location to judge the images. Pierce County Libraries has canceled our room reservations and, at the moment, is not accepting any requests before May 17th. Yes, we could do this at someone's home, but with 60 to 70 prints, my living room is a tad small.

So... The Annual Competition is on hold. I am going to say we probably won't be able to get this together until we start meeting again in September.

Annual Awards Banquet

The Annual Awards Banquet is currently scheduled for May 16th at the Emerald Queen Casino in Fife. We were planning to do a luncheon.

Because we can't proceed with the Annual Competition, we have lost the main reason for holding the Annual Awards Banquet. The TPS Board hasn't come up with a definitive plan yet but is considering a number of options. I think it is safe to say that the Annual Awards Banquet won't be held on May 16th.

Stay Tuned...

Website Changes

Websites are always changing. The TPS website is no different.
It's been about 18 months since we transitioned to WordPress as our site platform. During this time, your site administrator has learned a lot about managing a membership site as opposed to his personal site. Let's just say its a bit more complicated.

Completed So Far...

The site has been moved to a new hosting service to reduce costs.
We have implemented a new WordPress "theme" which doesn't have all of the extra, confusing, features of our previous one.
We have put in place the new fee structure and management tools.

With the publication of this newsletter, we have completed our email subscription service integration and the loading of our subscriber lists.

To-Do...

Complete the integration to PayPal for membership fees.
Evaluate and select a calendar plug-in.
Load member data into the site.
We have only updated the images to the last 10 division competition results. We will be attaching images for all of the results posts since May 2019.

Keep Shooting

Even though we can't get out to shoot the landscapes that most of us enjoy, there are plenty of opportunities close at hand:
  • Flowers are blooming in the garden
  • Macro photography doesn't take much space
  • We expect to see lots of food photos coming up.
  • Simple still lives lit through the window

Suggested Inspiration

I follow a number of photography channels on YouTube:

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