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TPS Education

Hello TPS members . . .

                  Recently the idea of an ‘education committee’ to spearhead photography training was suggested. I was asked to join this effort. A small group of us met a couple of weeks ago to try and get this started. We are in the infancy stages, and do not know what kind of response there may be. The goal of this effort is ‘to help members become as good of a photographer as they want to be’.

We plan on having learning sessions once a month, even during July and August. The locations will likely vary from month to month. We plan on each session being about an hour and a half long. We feel that smaller groups are best for learning and therefore will be limiting the sessions to 6 people. If there are more than 6 people interested in a session, we will schedule an additional session. Please RSVP to the emails to let us know you will be attending.

The first session will be held at Judi Kubes home in Yelm on Monday June 20th at 5:45 to 6 pm. At this first session we plan on discussing composition. There is much more to composition than I thought at first. The format will be open discussion with input from all attendees. If you have a couple of prints to bring or a thumb drive with an image or two, please bring it. Judi can plug it into her tv.

Some of the topics will be

  • the Fibonacci principle,
  • unity,
  • balance,
  • magic in the middle,
  • camera angle,
  • rule of odds,
  • isolation and
  • cropping
  • plus others.

I have heard a couple of really good wildlife/action photographers in our club say ‘my landscapes suck’. Well, I can say that about my wildlife images. Each person has different strengths, and we hope to take advantage of the strength of each one to help us all get better. We want to be pretty narrowly focused in each session to try and not cover too much material. I have printed a handout for the first session, and we may not get through all of it in one night. But we will adjust. Any suggestions you have, we want to hear them. This is a group effort. I hope some are interested in this.

Topics to (hopefully) be covered in subsequent sessions may include :

  • your camera operation,
  • first curtain sync and second curtain sync etc,
  • how to mirror images,
  • focus stacking,
  • photoshop tools (a few in each session)
  • lightroom tools,
  • topaz,
  • light painting,
  • you tube videos someone has watched and thinks can be helpful (provide link),
  • cropping
  • presentation (type of paper to print on and mat colors that work and possibly the print size),
  • night photography,
  • action photography
  • plus many other topics.

Thank you and take good care.
See you soon,  Douglas Hall

Open For Voting June 2022 – Online Projected Image Contest


To enter or vote for Theme Images, go to the June Theme Contest page

To enter or vote for Division Images, go to June Division Contest page

May14-21 Open for Entries
May 22-28 Voting and Judging
June 1 – Zoom meeting

Assigned Topic – Theme

June 2022 – Online Projected Image Contest


May14-21 Open for Entries
May 22-28 Voting and Judging
June 1 – Zoom meeting

To enter or vote for Theme Images, go to the June Theme Contest page

To enter or vote for Division Images, go to the June Division Contest page

Assigned Topic – Theme

Submitting Images

  • Each TPS Projection competition comprises two categories
    • Theme ( also called Assigned Topic ) is for 1 or 2 images per person that illustrate the theme for the month.
      A main purpose of “Assigned Topic” competition is to nudge photographers out of their comfort zone.
    • Division images are unrestricted — Show your stuff! —
      maximum of 2 images per person; 1 image may be designated “For Comment”.
  • Submission –
    • Max size 1.5 MB
    • Max width 1920 pixels, max height 1080 pixels
    • sRGB color space
    • File Naming — Your Name#Category# Image Title.jpg
      for example Joe Smith#Comment#White Daisy.jpg
      Joe Smith##No Comment#Red Tulip.jpg


General Guideline —

Composition (2 points) + Technique (2 Points) + Impact (1 point).
See more about these at Judging Guidelines

How to Assign Stars — click the + sign for guidelines >>>

Excellent – 5 stars. “Knocks your socks off!” Outstanding composition, Tells a complete story or creates a mood for the viewer, High Impact to the viewer. No Major weaknesses

Very Good -4 stars. Technically correct, Good composition, tells a story or creates a mood, impacts the viewer at first sight, has only one major weakness and one minor weakness.

Good ( 3 stars). Typical image quality of the club, good color for the subject and background, good pictorial treatment, technically correct, may have up to two major weaknesses.

Average (2 stars). Average as far as the general public is concerned, little impact or imagination, Does not meet TPS acceptance criteria, may have up to three major weaknesses.

Fair (1 star). A snapshot type of picture that needs improvement. The score of 6 is rarely given.

April 2022 Projection Division Review

Agenda: Wednesday April 6, 2022

  • Welcome
  • Announcements
    • Spring Fair
    • Officers comments
    • Division comments
  • Competition Summary
  • Review & Comment
    • Assigned Topic – Negative Space
    • Division
    • Critiques
Competition Summary
Total Images Entered59 
Number of Submitters13 
Number of Voters15 
 DivisionAssigned Topic
Images by Division3623
Popular Vote First Place (1.5 point)11
Popular Vote Second Place (1 point)13
Popular Third Place 1/2 point12
Honorable Mention13
Images earning 1 point for exceeding member’s threshold28
Images earning 1/2 point for score 27 points or more17
Images For Comment14
Images Not For Comment22

April 2022 Print Division Update

We’re Back

Featured Image: Too Early by Richard Price

Like the Washington State Fair, We Are Back!

Our meeting on August 19th was successful with 15 entries from 8 members. You can view the results below. (click here)

Our September meeting will again be at the Waller Road Grange, on Thursday September 16th. We look forward to seeing you there.

Waller Road Grange

The members and guest attending the meeting all felt that the Waller Road Grange hall is a great place for TPS to hold our Print Division meetings going forward. There is plenty of parking; the hall is large; there is a kitchen. The consensus was that the venue is a winner.

Entry Deadlines Extended

We understand the reluctance to commit to entering print division competitions because you may be unsure about whether you will be able to attend so, the Division has decided to extend entry deadlines up until the beginning of the meeting.

This means you may enter your prints here on the website (open competitions) or bring your prints to the meetings. Enter and check in your prints at the same time.

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