2020-2021 Schedule

Due to Covi-19 all meetings will be held virtually until further notice. Don’t let the Pandemic stop you from joining our monthly competitions and presentations on photography! Email us at bronxphotographicsociety@gmail.com for more info.

Here’s the tentative schedule for our 2020-2021 season. Stay tuned for more information on the season’s presentations, lectures, workshops, competitions shortly. We hope to see all of you back for our 67th season which runs from September 2020 to June 2021! Each month we have a monthly photo competition where members compete in their group (open to all subject matter) and can also compete in our monthly theme competition, black-and-white competition and our Altered Reality (manipulated image) competition.

2020-2021 Schedule

Saturday, Sept. 12 Opening Day Presentation by Laurie Klein 9:45am

Join us online for our Opening day presentation on Infrared Photography by Laurie Klein on Sept. 12th. Our presenter is Laurie Klein on Infrared Photography. Laurie is an award-winning, internationally recognized master of infrared photography and environmental portraiture. She is the author of Photographing the Female Form with Digital Infrared, Hand Coloring Black and White Photography, and the first and second editions of Infrared Photography: Artistic Techniques for Brilliant Images. Her images have appeared in numerous national magazines. Laurie has an MFA in photography from Ohio University and a BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). A gifted photographic educator for over 40 years, Laurie teaches classes and presents workshops and photographic tours around the globe.

The soft, passionate style of Laurie’s landscapes and portraits in the landscape conveys the depth and richness of the feminine experience and the ethereal beauty of nature. Laurie began her infrared journey studying with Ansel Adams in the mid 1970s and continued to grow her love affair with the invisible spectrum throughout a career of commercial, fine art, and wedding photography. You can view a selection of her images, products, and educational opportunities on her website: https://laurieklein.com, Email us at bronxphotographicsociety@gmail.com for a link to the webinar.

Saturday, Sept. 26 Competition #1

Our first competition of the season! The theme competition is “I’m so bored I tried this( Photo experimentation).” The judge is Chuck Pine. Upload your photos by Wednesday 9/23 at 11:59pm.

Saturday, Oct 10th – Light Studies with David Helfer Wells

© 2020 David Helfer Wells

Certain places call out to us to be contemplated and explored. Whether they are a big city or a small town, public or a private space. Bodies of work that explore the light and atmosphere of such places are sometimes called Light Studies. 

Light, shadow, night and twilight are the tools that David H. Wells uses as he makes his award winning “Light Studies.” Train stations, shrines, city centers, buildings and the like are just a few potential subjects for such “Light Studies.”

His finished “Light Studies” have been published in general interest magazines as well as photography magazines and have been exhibited around the world. Spend time with this master of light and shadow who will help you understand how to make your own “Light Studies.” 

“Wells uses light and dark like a surgeon… His dynamic compositions have an almost surreal quality that reshapes our expectations of space. (He) uses light, carefully, to explore interior human complexities.” 
Charles Biasiny-Rivera, a curator and critic

Image of David Helfer Wells by Annu Matthew used with her permission!

David Helfer Wells is an award-winning visual storyteller, based in Providence, Rhode Island. He initially worked as a newspaper photographer, then as a freelance magazine photographer, and most recently as a film-maker. He has worked on assignment for such magazines as Fortune, Life, National Geographic, Newsweek, The Sunday New York Times, and Time, among others. One editor described him as a “…specialist in intercultural communication and visual narratives that excel in the creative mastery of light, shadow and sound, stills and video.”  He is also a photo educator, with previous workshops at such institutions as the International Center for Photography in NYC and the Maine Media Workshop.

Learn more about David at https://about.me/thewellspoint and on his website http://davidhwells.com/



Saturday, Oct. 24 Competition #2

Our second competition of the season! The theme competition is The Color Purple. The judge is Nir Arieli. Upload your photos by Wednesday 10/21 at 11:59pm.

Saturday, Nov. 7 Competition #3

Our third competition of the season! The theme competition is Tabletop Setups. The judge is Steve Morton. Upload your photos by Wednesday 11/4 at 11:59pm.

Saturday, Nov. 21 Flower Photography with Linda Tommasulo

Join us for a wonderful presentation from former BPS President Linda Tommasulo. There will be a brief introduction on “Why Photograph Flowers?” ending with a  short photo essay, and, finally, “Tips on Photographing Flowers.”  Linda primarily shoot outdoors in natural light, with or without a tripod.  She uses macro lenses, extension tubes and long lenses.  Set-ups are great when you can’t get out, she prefers photographing flowers in their natural habitat. 

Linda’s Bio:

I can’t remember when I didn’t have a camera in my hands, from my little Brownie (yes, it was brown!) to my Kodak Instamatic and through many point-and-shoots to a Minolta X700 and Canon 5D and 40D.  It was really a shock when I downsized in 2015 to the micro 4/3 Olympus OM-D E-M1.  But I’ll never look back.
I became “serious” with my photography when I began taking workshops and joined the Westchester Photographic Society circa 1995.  A few years later I joined the New York Botanical/Zoological Photographic Society (now known as the Bronx Photographic Society…but will always be the NYBZPS to me!).  My early mentor, and the most influential on my craft, was the late Nancy Rotenberg.  Nancy was a master at macro, and and excellent teacher. She was truly a “photo evangelist.”  Her spirit and enthusiasm were infectious, and I still “hear her” in my head when I am composing my macro photographs.  Of course, there are many others from whom I learned and admired: my dear friend, Elinor Stecker-Orel, John Wazeter, Mark Bowie, Joe Brady, John Barclay…and many more since “lockdown” now that I am able to immerse myself in photography webinars and tutorials.  And, of course, my constant photo companion, Stanley Benerofe, whom many of you may remember.  
I believe starting with macro early has taught me to see differently: to notice the small things, or the photo within.  Although my photographic repertoire is varied, my first love is macro and flowers.  I am shooting now with an OM-D E-M1 Mark II and Mark III, and have converted an OM-D E-M10 Mark II to Infrared.  With macro, there’s always a subject you can shoot.  And flowers really pose beautifully!
Saturday, Dec. 5 Competition #4

Our fourth competition of the season! The theme competition is Wide Angles. The judge is Phil Echo. Upload your photos by Wednesday 12/2 at 11:59pm.)

Saturday, Dec. 19 Hunt’s Gear Show

Join us for a virtual presentation with Hunt’s Noah Buchanan. Among the gear featured will be Tabletop Tripods, Macro Filters & Tubes, Flashes, Ring Lights, Sensor Cleaning Kits, LensBabies, Light Tents, Monitor Calibrators, Adapter Rings and Filters, Cube Lights and more! You need to preregister for this event at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIsd-2qrTsrHdcXNA8WBROlwZgf8e5hSVGx

Noah Buchanan is an Outside Sales Developer for Hunt’s Photo and Video and has been working with them for 4 years. He loves building relationships with all the customers and considers many of them close friends. Photography has been a passion of his for the past 10 years and he loves being able to talk about it with everyone! Noah’s main interests in photography revolve around landscape and unusual scenes in nature. Prior to working for Hunt’s Noah attended NESOP for 2 years studying photojournalism.

Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021 Competition #5

Our fifth competition of the season! The theme competition is String Instruments. The judge is Alan Agdern. Upload your photos by Wednesday 1/6 at 11:59pm.

Saturday, January 23, 2021  Lewis Katz –  From Capture to Print : The Art of Black and White Photography

Lewis Katz will give a presentation that is a unique combination of the “how to” with the “why and when” which sets it apart from other presentations in regards to black and white photography. The program begins with a brief look at images created by some of the “masters” with topics such as pattern, texture, shape and light demonstrated, A brief discussion of color theory and its importance in creating dramatic black and white conversions. He will then convert some personal images using both Lightroom as well as Nik software with the emphasis being on the emotional impact. A brief review of the print module of Lightroom is followed by a question and answer session.

About  Lewis Katz: “After moving to Baltimore in 2001 I discovered and joined the Baltimore Camera Club. I was quickly in awe and humbled by the talent and more importantly I found the companionship of fellow members which is so important to me to this day. The Baltimore Camera Club remains an integral part of my photography life. I have been honored and have received many awards from the competitions at the club.

Teaching photography is another essential component of my photography life as I love sharing my passion. I currently teach for the Johns Hopkins Odyssey program, the Capital Photography Center of DC and for private students as well. I live for those aha moments that only teaching can provide.

My favorite Ansel Adams quote is “A great photograph is one that truly expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.” In the same way that your camera captures the light being reflected my photography reflects who I am and all of the experiences of my life.”

Learn more about Lewis on his website: www.lewiskatzphotography.com


Saturday, Feb. 6 Competition #6

Our sixth competition of the season! The theme competition is Industrial Decay. The judge is Roni Chastain. Upload your photos by Wednesday 2/3 at 11:59pm.

Saturday, February 20, 2021 Hazel Meredith “Alternative Visual Artistry”

Hazel will take you through her creative post-processing utilizing Textures, Topaz, Nik and Luminar. Add interest and originality to your images to make them uniquely your own

Hazel Meredith is an award-winning photographer, teacher, speaker, workshop leader and a highly respected competition judge. In 2007, she began teaching post-processing techniques through local adult education programs, and now teaches at camera clubs and conferences across the U.S. as well as through her own workshops. She also offers her own webinars on various creative post-processing techniques, and has done webinars for Topaz Labs.

She released her first eBook, “Working with Textures & Overlays: Turn Ho-Hum into a Work of Art” in 2015, and the sequel in April 2019. Hazel loves the creative aspect of photography and post-processing, especially the use of textures, overlays and software to create unique images. She enjoys teaching and sharing her techniques to assist other photographers in realizing their own creative visions. In 2017 she and her husband, Dave, founded the “Creative Photography Conference” in New England. The event has begun moving around the country,expanding from its first years in MA. They will also begin Virtual Conferences with the first one in Feb. 2021.

Hazel is actively involved with the photographic community, and has held leadership roles and received honorary distinctions from several organizations. In the Fall of 2020 she was the recipient of the Ashbrook Award for Digital Imaging Instruction from the Photographic Society of America. She believes that camera clubs are a great way to share the passion of photography and keep learning and sharing new techniques. Learn more at www.meredithimages.com.


Saturday, March 6 Competition #7

Our seventh competition of the season! The theme competition is Dot/Dashes/Diagonals,  The judge is Bill Rudock. Upload your photos by Wednesday 3/3 at 11:59pm.


Saturday, March 20 Introduction to Bird Photography by Cameron Darnell. Sponsored by Hunts Photo and Video

Join us and Hunt’s Photo for a virtual workshop from Cameron Darnell on Bird Photography. Bird photography can provide countless opportunities for artistic expression and enjoyment. After discussing the basics of photographing birds, Cameron will explain how to manipulate your camera settings for bird photography, how to use light to your advantage, and how he composes his images. He will share descriptions and image examples highlighting various techniques for developing bird photography skills.

“I just graduated high school, am 19 years old, and enjoy nature, athletics, and music. I got into photography after birding for a while when I saw someone with a lens clicking shots on a bird walk seven years ago. It seemed so fun, so I tried it with a beginner digiscope setup. I was hooked immediately! I love the creative aspect of bird photography, how each viewer sees the scene differently and can create his or her unique vision of the subject. It’s fulfilling to provide an outlet for visual wildlife conservation as well through my bird photography.”

In addition to Cameron’s presentation, Gary from Hunt’s Photo & Video will be on hand to help answer any equipment questions about the great gear Hunt’s sells.



Saturday, April 10 Competition #8

Our eighth and final competition of the season! The theme competition is Metal.  The judge is Harvey Augenbraun. Upload your photos by Wednesday 4/7 at 11:59pm.

Saturday, April 24  Presentation – Epic Photos in Record Time from Luminar AI

Join us as Florida-based portrait and sports photographer, longtime LinkedIn Learning Educator, and Skylum’s Director of Education, Vanelli, as he shares his creative process using the innovative technology in Luminar AI. He’ll introduce you to Skylum’s flagship RAW photo editor and show how it can speed up and enhance your photo editing workflow.

We know your time is precious, so in this informative session, you’ll get three things: (a) a complete demonstration of Luminar AI using a wide variety of photo types; (b) an understanding of how artificial intelligence can help you achieve creative results quickly without taking away any creativity or creative control; and (c) how your Adobe workflow can be expanded when Luminar AI is used as a plugin.
Luminar AI is an innovative photo editor from Skylum Software based on Artificial Intelligence that puts incredible power and ease-of-use into your hands. This award-winning software for Mac and Windows is packed full of fast and intuitive tools that let you easily make fantastic images. Use as a standalone or as a creative extension for Adobe Lightroom Classic CC and Adobe Photoshop CC.

Skylum will also be offering all registrants a free gift nd a limited time discount for Luminar AI.
Link to register (required to attend): https://skylum.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hl8My-GCR7Sfgia_ZrOlQg

Saturday, May 15 Shooting the Milky Way – Jennifer Khordi

Jennifer Khordi is a semi-pro cityscape and landscape Nikon photographer based out of New Jersey and NYC. She is best known for her moon shots and Milky Way photography here in the tri-state area and out west. She has had international press including appearances on a French reality TV show and on Fox5 NY. She currently leads long exposure, Milky Way, moon rise and set workshops. Jennifer will discuss planning, processing and shooting the Milky Way.

Saturday, June 12 TBD

Hard to believe the season is over.

Next Meeting

For now, all Competitions and Presentations will be held online.

Saturday, March 18 - Ron Wyatt - Practical Travel Photography

Saturday, April 1 – Competition #8 Theme: Bees Judge Andrew Kurchey

Saturday, April 23 - Gary Thurman - Waterfall Photography

2022-2023 Themes

Here are the themes for our 2022-2023 Season Theme competitions

  •  September 2022: Roadscapes
  •  October 2022: Weathered Wood
  •  November 2022: Neon Signs
  •  December 2022: Food Photography
  •  January 2023: Clocks & Watches
  •  February 2023: Graceful Curves
  •  March 2023: The Color Purple
  •  April 2023: Bees