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The Woodlands Camera Club
January 2021

What's Inside?


Rick Hulbert - Antarctica: Photography Outside of Your Comfort Zone

Speaker at the monthly club meeting on January 4th, 2021

Sometimes it is too convenient to stay in your comfort zone, photographically speaking. Over a 4 decade period, my comfort zone was (and still is) photographing the designed and constructed environment.

The character of Antarctica is about as far away as I could get from my comfort zone. I will demonstrate how I  transferred my knowledge of photographing buildings and cityscapes to photographing mountainscapes and seascapes. I will show you how I took my knowledge of “street” photography and transferred that mindset to photographing wildlife.

I will talk about the gear (and lack of gear) I was forced to employ photographing from a moving zodiac and shifting ice in temperatures and wind conditions unfamiliar to this “city slicker.”

Rick‘s photography is informed by his background as a professional Architect and Urban Designer. 
His teachings reflect his knowledge of both the History of the 2-Dimensional Arts of Drawing and Painting along with the Science of Human Vision. Rick’s presentations are designed to appeal to all photographers regardless of their level of experience and expertise.

Rick Hulbert is a "Life Member" of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, and a “Fellow" of The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. He currently is a teacher of photography at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, and in “normal" times leads multi-day photo-workshops throughout Europe and North America.

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on
Monday, January 4th
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, January 1st (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

TWCC Workshop: Do I Need a Mirror?

Join The Woodlands Camera Club and Rocky Mountain School of Photography’s founder and owner, Neil Chaput de Saintonge, for an online presentation on Mirrorless vs DSLR Cameras.

In this talk, Neil will cover: 
  • The advantages of switching from a DSLR to a mirrorless camera system talking about various brands and options
  • What features to look for when buying a mirrorless camera
  • What’s important to know when buying a lens for various types of photography for mirrorless cameras

Neil Chaput de Saintonge, founder and owner of Rocky Mountain School of Photography, is a former junior high science teacher and has taught photography for almost 50 years to over 20,000 students. In that time, he has taught classes and workshops in the United States, Canada and New Zealand.

He is well-known for his enthusiasm, technical knowledge and love of teaching. In 1973, Neil studied under Ansel Adams. In Professional Intensive, Summer Intensive and Workshops, Neil lectures, critiques student work, and meets one-on-one with students to talk about cameras and lenses, and - most importantly - he helps them find their own path in photography.

Neil’s photography interests include ballet, documentary, people, landscape and fine art. In 1979, Neil founded the Southeastern Center for the Arts in Atlanta, Georgia, a two-year school that trained students for careers in graphic arts and photography. After vacationing in Montana in 1988, Neil and his wife Jeanne moved to Missoula, Montana and started Rocky Mountain School of Photography.

Neil has also been a licensed massage therapist for 30 years, is a Reiki Master and teaches healing work.
 Workshop sponsored by The Woodlands Camera Club and Rocky Mountain School of Photography
The TWCC Workshop will be held
Saturday, January 16th

10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

on ZOOM! 
Use this link with no Meeting ID or password necessary:

It’s Time to Renew your Membership!

If you would like to be a member of this club and have not yet joined, please complete the attached appropriate form, and mail it with your check ($20 personal, $25 family) written to “TWUMC", to The Woodlands Camera Club, P.O. Box 130822, Spring, TX 77393.

If you are renewing and have no changes, note that you can send your payment (written to “TWUMC") from your computer if this is how you usually pay your bills (not a check, envelope, or stamp!). The Woodlands Camera Club will receive a PHYSICAL CHECK sent to our P.O. Box 130822, Spring, TX 77393. When setting this up, be sure to label your "account" with your name(s) for extra clarification.

Please note: Checks should be written to TWUMC, NOT “The Woodlands Camera Club.) Be sure to mail them to the P.O. box noted above, NOT to the church.

New Membership Form
Renewal Membership Form

miniSIG Nikon Z Mirrorless

The "mini SIG" group of TWCC members using Nikon Z mirrorless cameras (Z50, Z6, Z7. etc.) are continuing to meet, both on Zoom and masked up and distanced in person. And this month they added their own private Facebook group.

Many of the 19 members join virtually monthly on Zoom to discuss camera settings, lens choices, and other useful information. In addition, small groups gather and shoot together locally, experimenting with lenses and composition.

If you are considering purchasing one of the Nikon mirrorless Z family cameras or know someone else who is, let them know. They’re willing to share their experience and knowledge to help with your decision. Several joined the SIG even before making their purchase.

Just e-mail:

miniSIG Canon R Mirrorless

More and more, photographers are changing from DSLR to EOS mirrorless cameras. The Canon R SIG is a new and growing group of 8 now, already with its own private Facebook page!

Why do we all love the mirrorless? Well, we can give you a long list of reasons, but basically, it’s FUN to take pictures! The focusing is spot-on, and the ability to change lighting right then-and-there while you are seeing exactly what you are photographing are just two of the many great reasons.

If YOU are interested in learning more about this group or the Canon EOS cameras, please send an email to We’d love to hear from you!

Coming Up

January 04
Camera Club Meeting
(1st Monday of the month)
Rick Hulbert - "Antarctica: Photography Outside of Your Comfort Zone"
Zoom Meeting, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
January 10
Composition (the Fine Art of Seeing) SIG Meeting
(2nd Sunday of the month)
Jones Library, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
January 18
Processing Your Photos SIG Meeting
(3rd Monday of the month)
Jones Library, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
January 20
Learning to Shoot SIG Meeting
(3rd Wednesday of the month)
Location announced via Email, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
January 25
Critiquing Your Photos SIG Meeting
(4th Monday of the month)
Jones Library, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
View the entire 2021 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.

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
Praise the Lord.

I will extol the Lord with all my heart
    in the council of the upright and in the assembly.

Great are the works of the Lord;
    they are pondered by all who delight in them.

Glorious and majestic are his deeds,
    and his righteousness endures forever.

He has caused his wonders to be remembered;
    the Lord is gracious and compassionate.

He provides food for those who fear him;
    he remembers his covenant forever.

He has shown his people the power of his works,
    giving them the lands of other nations.

The works of his hands are faithful and just;
    all his precepts are trustworthy.

They are established for ever and ever,
    enacted in faithfulness and uprightness.

He provided redemption for his people;
    he ordained his covenant forever—
    holy and awesome is his name.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
    all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
    To him belongs eternal praise.

Psalm 111

Get in touch


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Mentoring Program

Special Interest Groups

Composition (the Fine Art of Seeing) SIG

Critiquing Your Photos SIG

Learning to Shoot SIG

Processing Your Photos SIG

Canon R SIG

Nikon Z SIG
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