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The Woodlands Camera Club
March 2021

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Charles Needle – Impressionistic Photography


How to Use Your Camera (or Smartphone) as a Paintbrush

Speaker at the monthly club meeting on March 1st, 2021

Unlock your creative potential and discover how to craft painterly photographs using nothing but your digital camera (or smartphone).

Charles will describe the process of using long-exposure and multiple-exposure techniques to transform everyday scenes into unimaginable visual masterpieces. His program will be a nuts-and-bolts approach to learning techniques such as Long-Exposure Pan/Tilt, "Multiple-Exposure Monet" (a technique Charles invented), Multiple-Exposure Rotate & Zoom, Soft-Glow Montage, and Composite Montage.

He will also explain how to use a free script in Photoshop to accomplish this same look if your camera does not have built-in multiple-exposure capability. You’ll learn how to see in new ways and take your photography to an entirely new, mind-blowing level!

Charles Needle is an award-winning, Colorado-based fine art photographer, author, speaker, and workshop leader with a unique eye for design and artistic interpretation. His popular “Art of Nature” creative macro workshops have attracted students nationwide.

Charles’ photographs have been selected for publication in Nature’s Best, Outdoor Photographer magazine, Nature Photographer magazine, Inner Reflections Engagement Calendar, The Chicago Tribune, SELF Magazine, and are in private and public collections nationwide and abroad.

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on
Monday, March 1st
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, February 26th (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

2021 Member-Only Workshop


An Introduction to Bird Photography


Saturday, March 6, 10:00 AM CST

You must be a 2021 PAID member of The Woodlands Camera Club to register for this free Zoom Workshop.

Join Rocky Mountain School of Photography founder and owner, Neil Chaput de Saintonge, for an online presentation

An Introduction to Bird Photography

Birds are some of the most appealing creatures to photograph, but they can also be some of the trickiest. Many of them are tiny, they move quickly, and their behavior can seem almost unpredictable. During this presentation, you’ll learn basic observational and photographic strategies to help you get the most from your time in the field or in your backyard. Also, there will be a brief talk by naturalist, Drew Lefebvre, about how to find birds in general.

Membership Required

If you haven't joined or rejoined The Woodlands Camera Club for 2021 and would like to attend, join today! l.

Advanced Registration Required

If you are a 2021 Paid Member of TWCC you can register now for this workshop:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the workshop Zoom meeting.

Last Chance to Renew your Membership


before you lose your special club privileges (Facebook, FREE workshops, future field trips)

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

Field Trips

We are in need of one or more members to help with field trips and workshops! We already have one lonely volunteer - she needs your help!

Due to Covid-19 and not having access to the community vans that were available through the TWUMC, we will be focusing in 2021 on local venues that offer photography opportunities outside. If we find an indoor facility, it will be a location where social distancing guidelines are mandated and the photographic opportunities are unique.

Transportation to these events will be by personal car or carpooling where all parties agree, until further notice.

Upcoming potential 2021 Field Trips

  • Houston Audubon’s Sims Bayou Urban Nature Center (I45 & 610S) - Raptor and Education Center behind the Scenes Tour. Learn about our native raptors and raptor conservation, meet the raptors up close with lots of photo ops and discover what it takes to run a raptor center.
  • BAPS – Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (inside facility closed)
  • (April/May) Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary (High Island)
  • (May/June/July) The Orange Show / Smither Park

Questions or ideas / Please contact

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

March 01
Camera Club Meeting
(1st Monday of the month)
Charles Needle – Impressionistic Photography
Zoom Meeting, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
March 06
Workshop - "An Introduction to Bird Photography"
Identification, lenses, photographing) presented by The Rocky Mountain School of Photography
FREE – for paid members only
Zoom Meeting, 10:00 AM
March 14
Composition (the Fine Art of Seeing) SIG Meeting
(2nd Sunday of the month)
Zoom Meeting, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
March 15
Processing Your Photos SIG Meeting
(3rd Monday of the month)
Zoom Meeting, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
March 17
Learning to Shoot SIG Meeting
(3rd Wednesday of the month)
Location announced via Email, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
March 22
Critiquing Your Photos SIG Meeting
(4th Monday of the month)
Zoom Meeting, 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
Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.

Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts.

Let them turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.

As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

As the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish,

so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,

so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.

Isaiah 55:6-12

Get in touch


Club information and business

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

Canon R SIG

Nikon Z SIG
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