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Hi ya folks!

Some things have come up that I just can't wait to share with y'all! 

At our last meeting we showed a video and discussed rodeo photography. For those who couldn't make the meeting but still want to photograph the rodeo, here's the link to the YouTube video.
 

You'll have to forgive the audio, they didn't seem to realize the PA was competing with them. The video is about 20 minutes long. Hope this helps shed some light on low light sports photography. 

If you're interested in attending the Homestead Rodeo on Jan. 26th, click HERE for more info on our website. 

Are you one of those who rarely use Photoshop? Maybe just to remove stubborn 'ugly spots' or to resize for printing? I know I was, and still am to a point... but I'm getting better! I've been following PHLEARN on YouTube for a while now to pick up tips here and there. But this month Aaron introduced 30-Days of Ps! And best yet, these videos are free!

I know it's Jan. 12th and you will have some catching up to do, but these videos aren't going anywhere. Start now and watch a video or two a day. Here's a link to the YouTube videos, but I highly suggest you sign up to his website (links above). Take  your time and learn. Practice on your own photos. These tutorials will open up a world of possibilities for your post processing. 
NEW COMPETITION RULES

It's a new year, and new competition rules. Click the link below for the video explanation, or click here for the website rules. I urge you all to consider participating in the competitions. I know I preach that photography is not a competition, but, according to Digital Photography School, there are several reasons to enter:

1. A photo contest gives you direction;
2. Pushes you out of your comfort zone;
3. Focuses your mind on being perfect;
4. Is a great way to gain exposure;
5. There’s the potential to win a great prize;
6. See other peoples entries, and be inspired;
7. Doing well validates you;
8. Gain feedback.


Like I said, I don't think photography should be a competition; art is very personal and highly subjective. But there are some valid reasons to compete. If nothing else but to gain insight and improve your skills. That's something we all can use more of.

Check out the FCCC website for more information; competition schedule, rules, and benefits. They've created a video explaining the rules.
 

Click here for the video. 


I'm going to use my position here as secretary to promote an organization I've recently joined and am passionate about. It's called Nature First - The Alliance for Responsible Nature Photography.
 
Back in July I was binge watching YouTube videos from Ben Horne. He's a large format film photographer, and shoots mainly in the western states. He made a video about Nature First in back in April. (Watch it here.)  I remember thinking "what a great organization!" so I immediately joined up. I've always been an advocate for the environment and was behind this alliance wholeheartedly. Some months later I was going through their website, I clicked on a GET INVOLVED link, and I volunteered. Then early last month, they asked if I would be one of their Community Advocates, and I accepted. 

The folks at Nature First set up a Facebook page for the Southeast region, which encompasses Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, and Mississippi. My job is to promote and spread the word of the 7 principles of responsible nature photography to as many people as possible.

So I'm asking YOU, my fellow members of the SFNPCC and nature photographers, to join too. This is what I'd like you to do:

1) Click the link to the Nature First Facebook page (if you're on Facebook) and click the "Like" button;
2) Then, click this link Nature First website, and review the 7 principles of responsible nature photography;
3) Then finally, I'd like to ask you to join the alliance yourself. Just click the link here Nature First website and sign up.

By joining the alliance, you won't have to do anything but practice, and be an example of, responsible nature photography. I'm not asking for money or for you to do anything more than this. Well, maybe share these principles with your photographer friends... (on your Facebook, Instagram, or website).

7 Principles of Responsible Nature Photography

 
1. Prioritize the well-being of nature over photography.
2. Educate yourself about the places you photograph.
3. Reflect on the possible impact of your actions.
4. Use discretion if sharing locations.
5. Know and follow rules and regulations.
6. Always follow the Leave No Trace principles and strive to leave places better than you found them.
7. Actively promote and educate others about these principles.
Thanks so much everyone! Hope you have a great rest of the month!

Barbara Livieri
Secretary - SFNPCC

NOTE:

For further information on our meetings, field trips and workshops, please visit our website at www.sfnpcc.org.

Members:  Please feel free to invite a friend to our meetings and help us grow.  If you would like to participate in the field trips or workshops, please RSVP by sending an e-mail to info@sfnpcc.org.

Non-Members:  You are welcome to attend the first meeting as our guest.  Please click on the JOIN SFNPCC button below for further membership information.  If you would like to participate in our field trips, there is a $10 fee to attend each field trip. Also, if you would like to participate in our workshops, the workshop fee is posted on our website. Please RSVP by sending an e-mail to info@sfnpcc.org and payment is accepted through our website at www.sfnpcc.org.
 

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