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The Woodlands Camera Club
August 2020

Alan Murphy - Birds in their natural environment

Speaker at the monthly club meeting on August 3rd, 2020

Much of Alan's spare time became devoted to chasing the perfect shot. His artistic background cultivated his creative use of perches with uncluttered backgrounds and excellent lighting. Over the years this became Alan's signature: gorgeous perches paired with beautiful birds showcasing their natural environment with simple elegance.

What began as a peaceful and passionate hobby, Alan has refined into a photography business. Besides the numerous photographs he loves to acquire, Alan is equally enthusiastic about leading workshops and teaching other photographers how to capture the perfect image.

He is an award-winning photographer with numerous publications, a Nikon Professional Service Member, a Wimberly Professional Service Member, and the author of several e-books and educational videos. He enjoys traveling the country, speaking at festivals and photo clubs. Alan and his wife, Kim, raised their children in the Houston area, travel domestically and abroad, enjoy nature and their rescue dogs.

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on
Monday, August 3rd
Open that cookie jar - pour a glass of wine or warm-up that coffee and join this meeting! You may “enter” on the Zoom link below any time after 6:40.
The actual meeting will begin at 7:00 PM sharp.

The Woodlands Camera Club - Monthly Zoom Meeting

Click to join the monthly Zoom Meeting

or copy and paste into your browser:
Introducing Zoom

We will be using Zoom for our Online Socially Distant Meeting, so if you haven’t used Zoom already we encourage you to give Zoom a try to test it out a day or two in advance. To set up Zoom for the first time on your device — computer, smartphone or tablet — just click the link for the meeting (above). Unless someone else is trying the program at the same time you will see only yourself in the window once Zoom has been set up. If you have problems send us an e-mail at

Shoot & Share

Please send in your photos (maximum of 3) by
Friday midnight, July 31rd (no later!)

You do not need to resize them. If you do resize your large photos, the long side should be at least 1920 pixels in order to fill the screen.


Submit your photos by uploading them to the SnS Dropbox at

You will receive a reply e-mail from Dropbox that your photos have been uploaded. Be sure to watch for it. If you have questions or problems with this new process send an e-mail to

At the meeting, briefly please tell us
(1) why you chose these photos,
(2) where you took them, and
(3) mention any special camera or editing techniques that you used.

Remember: This is not a contest. We are not looking for professional shots. We just want to get to know you better through your pictures!

Note: If you are a Lightroom user you can use our TWCC Export Preset:
Click Here for instructions
Click Here and download preset

miniSIG Nikon Z Mirrorless

Our "mini SIG" group of TWCC members using Nikon Z mirrorless cameras (Z50, Z6, Z7) have continued to meet on Zoom during the current restrictions.

Our 14 members join virtually as we discuss camera settings, lens choices, and other useful information. We will continue to meet virtually at least monthly to learn more about our specific cameras.

If you are shooting with a Nikon Z camera or know someone else who is, let us know. We’d love for you or your friend to join our group!

Weekly Photo Challenge

We hope that you have noticed that Don Rueter is again creating a Daily Photo for you to try on Facebook. You don’t need a fancy camera for these - your phone will be enough!. And you don’t even need to leave your house (although it might be good if you did from time to time)!

Join the fun - chat with other members - and be a part of each day’s challenge

Check out our Facebook Group

Camera Club Facebook Group

If you are a member of The Woodlands Camera Club and have not yet joined our private Facebook page, be sure to do that. We are having a lot of fun sharing and chatting and getting to know each other better during these days of solitude!

If you would like to be a member of this club and have not yet joined, or would like to renew your membership, please complete the attached appropriate form, and send it with your check ($20 personal, $25 family) written to TWUMC to: Jean Drummond, 3 East Wandering Oak Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77381.

New Membership Form
Renewal Membership Form

ANNUAL Camera Club Picnic

Keep The Date! October 3, 2020 Del Webb The Woodlands Lodge

We are hopeful that the virus issues will be behind us in October but this years picnic, as always ,will be outside with plenty of room to practice social distancing. We will be holding the picnic October 3rd this year from noon to 3PM.

As always plan to bring a side dish or dessert. Hamburgers and hot dogs with fixings will be supplied by the club. We will also have a limited amount of drinks so feel free to bring your own. We have loads of covered seating on the porch of the De Webb lodge however, if you would like to be on the lawn area, bring your chairs.

You can access the Lodge on Del Webb Blvd by either Research Forest or FM 1488. Gate code and details to follow.

Coming Up

August 03
Camera Club Meeting
(1st Monday of the month)
Alan Murphy - Birds in their natural environment
Zoom Meeting, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
August 09
Composition (the Fine Art of Seeing) SIG Meeting
(2nd Sunday of the month)
Zoom Meeting, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
August 17
Processing Your Photos SIG Meeting
(3rd Monday of the month)
Zoom Meeting, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
August 20
Learning to Shoot SIG Meeting
(3rd Thursday of the month)
Location announced via Email, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
August 24
Critiquing Your Photos SIG Meeting
(4th Monday of the month)
Zoom Meeting, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
September 07
NO Camera Club Meeting
(Labor Day)
View the entire 2020 calendar

Mentor Program

Each month many TWCC members share their knowledge and time both informally and formally as “mentors” to other club members. It may be by e-mail, phone, or even in person at different locations around The Woodlands.

Learning from a friend or neighbor is one of the best experiences in a club like ours. To see who’s available to help you grow your photo skills visit
and click the link for mentors and their specialities.

To add yourself to this program, please contact Andy Howard at

About Us

Our Purpose

is to bring together people interested in exploring the wonder of God’s creation through the lens of a camera. Members of all ages encourage one another and share their efforts to record nature, travels, people and memories. Anyone is welcome to join this club. We are here to teach one another through enjoyable activities and meetings, to make new friendships through a common interest, to support The Woodlands United Methodist Church through our photography, and to glorify God through it all.

Meeting Information

The first Monday of each month (except holidays), Aldersgate Hall at the southeast end of The Woodlands United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Grogan’s Mill and Lake Woodlands Drive. We start gathering around 6:45; the meeting starts promptly at 7:10.

Visit us online

Using our website, you can view the calendar, change your email address, get SIG information, check out workshops, etc., and (if you are a paid member) request to be added to our Facebook page.
It's all on our website!
The Woodlands Camera Club is sponsored by

The Woodlands United Methodist Church
I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever.

Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever.

Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.

One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.

They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty — and I will meditate on your wonderful works.

The LORD is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does.

The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth

He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.

The LORD watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.

My mouth will speak in praise of the LORD. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever.

Psalm 145: 1-5, 17-21.

Get in touch


Club information and business

Send Share and Learn photos

Contact the club webmaster

Mentoring Program

Special Interest Groups

Composition (the Fine Art of Seeing) SIG

Critiquing Your Photos SIG

Learning to Shoot SIG

Processing Your Photos SIG
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