FCCP Weekly Update from the Director

From: Jeff D.
Sent on: Monday, October 1, 2012 7:43 PM


This week is jam packed with great shooting opportunities, great webinars, great workshops, great bootcamps, the opportunity to see photographs from one of the 20th centuries greatest photographers and the official start of the FCCP World Wide Photo Contest.  WOW, hard to believe all that in just seven days.

Did you know that FCCP membership is FREE? Yes, that's right, FREE!  All the PhotoWalks, all the online webinars, all the weekly Coffee & Photography events, almost everything FCCP does is FREE.  We only charge for our educational opportunities (Bootcamps, Workshops and Mini Workshops) because the instructors need to be paid and venues rented to present all the classes.

Did you know that you can save $500 or more by joining FCCP for just $50 annually? How could that be you ask?  Easy, we give away two FREE Mini Workshops with every paid FCCP Supporter Membership (up to a $200 value).  We will clean your camera's sensor for FREE unlimited times in a year.  Local repair shops and camera stores charge $50 to $100 for EACH cleaning.  We clean the exterior/glass of all your camera bodies, lenses and filters once each year for FREE.  Camera stores and repair shops charge anywhere from $25 to over $100 depending on the number of cameras and lenses.  Members save 20% on all classes and workshops.  There additional money saving benefits at the link above.

Learn how to take/make better photos for FREE! The best way to learn to take better photographs is to shoot constantly.  Go out every day and photograph something you're passionate about.  The second best way to become a better photographer is to look at great photographs.  I don't can't think of many better photographs than those made by Henri Cartier-Bresson.  He is considered by many to be the father of modern photojournalism and one of the best photographers of the 20th century.

This Sunday we are going to the Tampa Museum of Art to see the Bresson retrospective, The Man, The Image and The World. Seeing Bresson images can change what you think about photography.  Seeing Bresson images with FCCP Executive Director Jeff Donald can change you and your photography.  Complete details and RSVP information is here.

FCCP has three FREE PhotoWalks for you this week. Try your hand at Black & White while we explore the University of Tampa campus and Plant Hall (former Tampa Bay Hotel) on Wednesday night.  Thursday morning we'll hike the Osprey Trail at Honeymoon Island State Park.  Thursday evening we'll be in downtown Tampa to photograph along the Hillsborough River, Curtis Hixon Park, the newly lighted bridges across the river and much more.  PhotoWalks are FREE for everyone.  Come out and join the learning and join the fun! Details and to RSVP click the links above.

Do you want to learn to take/make better photos? FCCP is offering a Mini Workshop this Friday (FREE to paid FCCP Supporters) and a Beginning Digital Photography Bootcamp/Workshop this Saturday (FREE for prior Bootcamp students).  Follow the links above for complete details and to RSVP.  Space is limited, so don't delay.  Signup today!

We're pleased to announce the formal start of the FCCP Photography Contest with cash awards and prizes valued at over $5,000. The contest is divided into four categories, Wildlife/Nature, Scenic/Landscape/, People/Portrait/Candid and Open/Other.  We have four the best photographers in the world to judge each category.  Arthur Morris is judging the Wildlife/Nature category,  Clyde Butcher is judging the Scenery/Landscape category, Bob Krist is judging the People/Portrait/Candid category and Jill Enfield is judging the Other/Open category.  Complete details and entry information is here.

Oh did I forget to mention the that you're a judge as well? There is a $500 cash prize for the winner of the People's Choice Award as well.  The entry fee is just $15 per image with no limit to the number of submissions.  Do you want to win the People's Choice Award?  Be sure and tell all your friends and spread the word to vote for your image(s).  Good luck to everyone.

The week's must see webinar this week is brought to us by NIK Software.  Lynne Glazer will discuss how to take better equine (horse) photographs. I know, doesn't sound that exciting on the surface, but she is a great photographer and she captures the magic in these majestic animals.  She also demonstrates some great techniques for post processing with NIK software.

Thanks for reading, now it's time to go out and make some great images, or look at some great images!


Jeff Donald
Executive Director


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