Welcome To The Tacoma Photographic Society!

We focus on promoting fellowship among our members, improving our skills, participating in PSA & NWCCC competitions, and stimulating interest in all branches of photography through:   

  • Bi-monthly competition meetings: in-person & Zoom hybrid
  • Competitions: print, projection, theme with optional critiques
  • Photography outings & presentations
  • Educational resources pages to help improve your skills
  • TPS Spring Fair Photo contest open to PNW photographers
  • TPS Annual Competition & Award Banquet, & Holiday Party

Membership has its benefits. To join the TPS and read more about memberships, click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To see more competition results, log in and then go to Competitions > Competition Results or click here   A special "Thank You!" to Steve Russell, Judi Kubes, and Dorinda Wills for contributing their photos to the top header of this page.

2023 Tacoma Photographic Society
Annual Spring Fair Photo Competition

April 13-16 & 20-23, 2023
20th Anniversary

All Pacific Northwest photographers who derive less than 50% of their income from photos are invited to enter the Tacoma Photographic Society Annual Spring Fair Photo Competition.  All images are displayed at the Spring Fair held at the Washington State fairgrounds in Puyallup, WA in April 2023.  All subjects are accepted that are appropriate for a family fair.  All prints must be received by Thursday, March 23, 2023.

 $595 IN PRIZE MONEY:
 Best Of Show
 $150
 First Place
 $100
 Second Place
 $75
 Third Place  $50
 11 Awards of Excellence
 $20 ea.
 6 Judges' Choice Awards
 10 Honorable Mention Awards
 1 Daily People's Choice Award (8 total)
All Winners Will Receive A Ribbon!


To read more about the rules and how and where to submit your photos, click here to go to the Spring Fair Photo Competition page of our website.  Download the Entry/Registration brochure in a PDF file format.

Your personal check or a PayPal receipt must be included with your entries. Please note:  There is a 5-print per-person limit.

  

This competition is sponsored by the Tacoma Photographic Society--a local non-profit photography club since 1956.

 

 

 

 
 
Traffic Light Control Box Art Project

Congratulations to Dorinda Wills for having one of her photographs chosen to decorate a local traffic light control box thus helping to beautify our streets! 

Several months ago, the Pierce County Traffic Box Art Commission, accepted an image submitted by TPS member, Dorinda Wills. You may have noticed traffic light control boxes around the county, wrapped in various artworks.  Dorinda's photo art is located on a box at Milwaukie Valley East and Valley Avenue East in Puyallup. Her image was taken at Mount Saint Helens and then processed to give it a more painterly quality.

You can learn more about the Pierce County Traffic Box Art project by googling Pierce County Traffic Box Art Project or click here.  This is the second year Pierce County has solicited artwork for this project.  The goal is to enhance the community through art as well as to discourage graffiti. 

Artists are paid for their artwork.  Eligible are 2-dimensional artworks that can be enlarged enough to fit the boxes. Any medium is acceptable (photos, painting, collage, etc.). The art is submitted digitally by the artist. The art is transferred to weather and graffiti-resistant high gloss vinyl and attached to all four sides of the traffic control box.  Other neighboring communities have similar projects.  Rules vary so read them carefully. Help beautify Pierce County by submitting your artwork!



 

 

 

PSA Open Projected Image Division Competition Results
     By Kathy Admire

As your PSA representative, I am happy to report the results are in for Round 1 of the most recent PSA Open Projected Image Division Competition.  As always, TPS did really well.  We are truly a group of gifted photographers. We compete in Group B with 25 other clubs from around the world.  Competition is FIERCE! Getting an award is extremely cool.  Awards issued will be digital certificates (ahhhh technology. . .).

Round 1 Results: 

  • Maggie Tieger - Feeding Time - 14 - Award of Merit
  • Judi Kubes - Driftwood Beach Sunset - 13 - HM
  • Joe Tieger  - Thirsty - 13 - HM
  • Bruce Benson - Brown Bear Closeup - 10
  • Doug Hall - Amy in Peek Aboo - 9
  • Bud Harris - Paint Cans - 9

CONGRATS TO EVERYONE!  Round 2 will commence soon.

 

 

 

Layers & Masks – A Camera Raw/Lightroom To Photoshop Two-Part Presentation
January 24 & February 21, 2023 - 7 pm on Zoom

    By Tim Clifton

Have you been wanting to learn about using layers and masks in Photoshop, and felt it is a bit intimidating?  If you have a Creative Cloud Subscription, you should have access to both Lightroom and Photoshop. Upon occasion, you may find yourself needing to do something that Lightroom may not have the capability of doing.  Maybe you want to try compositing, or using other tools to help make your photos look the very best they can be.

Take your photos to a whole new level.  Join us for an introduction to Layers and Masks using Camera Raw/Light Room and then using some layers and masks in Photoshop.  This is not meant to change you from a Lightroom user to a Photoshop user, it's simply an additional set of tools or different methods of editing that may supplement your Lightroom workflow.

The introduction will show the basic use of layers and masks and hopefully remove your apprehension about using these tools in Photoshop, while still allowing you to work in Lightroom.  This introduction will assume you have Photoshop and are familiar with exporting an image into Photoshop and then back to Lightroom if you use Lightroom.  If you use Photoshop and are a little uncomfortable using layers and masks, hopefully, this will supplement your Photoshop tools.

Layers and masks are very helpful for a wide variety of photo editing techniques:  They help control what you want to do in certain areas while leaving other areas unaltered.  Limiting exposure adjustments to specific areas is also a common editing necessity. For example:

  • A very common situation is to darken your background so it does not distract from the subject and/or lighten the subject to make it more eye-catching.
  • Limit what areas of the photo you want to be sharpened and/or blurred. 
  • Apply more or less Topaz DeNoise to some areas and not others (to remove ISO noise). 
  • White balancing a photo that has a mix of both warm sun and blue shade.  
  • Easily create a vignette, feather the edges, and lower the opacity to control how light or dark the edges are with a layer adjustment mask. 

Unlike using the dodge and burn tools, making changes with Layer masks allows you to perform what is called "non-destructive editing", meaning you can always make further adjustments and undo some or all of the editing changes you make to your photo.  You are not stuck with them, especially if you made a mistake--oops!  We've all been there--done that!

If you have been wanting to learn all about layers and masks in Photoshop, I hope you will take this opportunity to join us for this two-part presentation.

Part 1 - January 24 at 7 pm on Zoom 
Part 2 - February 21 at 7 pm on Zoom

Hope to see you on Zoom!

A Zoom link will be sent to all TPS members through the website email system prior to the presentation date.  Just watch your email inbox.  To see Tim Clifton's art  Click Here

Tim has provided some PDF files showing the workflow for the images he will be working on at the Zoom Tutorial on Tuesday, January 24. This will allow you to give the tutorial your full attention and not have to worry about taking so many notes. 

To download these 4 PDF files, click on the file names below:

If you are not a member and want to attend this Zoom meeting, please join the Tacoma Photographic Society by clicking here.

Using layer masks can make an amazing difference in many different areas of your photos from exposure to compositing, blurring, sharpening, and many other editing tasks. Photos are provided by Tim Clifton.


 

 

 


2022 Annual Conference And Awards Ceremony

   

On Saturday, November 12, The Northwest Council of Camera Clubs held its Annual Conference and Awards Ceremony in Woodinville, WA. The NWCCC is a non-profit association comprised of 18 clubs located in Western Washington and is also a member of the Photographic Society of America.  TPS is a NWCCC member club.  We are pleased to announce that nine TPS members received honors for one or more of their images (16 TPS member images received awards).

Below is a list of awards received by our members:

Open Print Salon:
Bruce Severeid - 3rd Place - Fleeing the Chaos
Richard Price - HM - Almost Awake, Kissed by the Sun, Light on the Rock

Open Projection Salon:
Judi Kubes - 1st Place - Maui Sunset
Bruce Benson - HM - Baby Porcupine, Fox Love, Three Amigos
Dorinda Wills - HM - Lunch Alone
Judi Kubes - HM - Cosmos
Maggie Tieger - HM - Watchful          

Traveling Image Salon:
Tim Clifton - 1st Place - The Dancer
Judi Kubes - HM - Tapestry of Tulips
Kristina Allums - HM - Winter Dream
Steve Russell - HM - Dewdrop Reflections

Large Mono:
Richard Price - HM - Leaves B-W

Slideshow:
Bruce Benson - 3rd Place - Faces of Uganda
  (available on the NWCCC website)

Congratulations to All!

To see all of the NWCCC competition-winning images and Bruce Benson's slideshow, go to https://nwcameraclubs.org/2022-nwccc-competition-awards/

 

 

 

 

February 1, 2023 Projection Competition - February's Theme is "Decay"

Meetings are open to the public; however, you must be a club member to compete in monthly print and projection competitions.

In an effort to accommodate everyone's individual needs, the TPS Projection Team has put considerable effort into creating new Hybrid meeting options. We are pleased to offer two ways to attend the February 1 Projection Competition meeting--either in person or via zoom! The Zoom link will be emailed to everyone prior to the meeting date.  We are looking forward to seeing all of you in person!

Submit Images - Friday, January 20 at 12 am - Tuesday, January 24 until 11:59 pm

Judging & Voting - Wednesday, January 25 - Saturday, January 28 until 11:59 pm

Review Meeting - Wednesday, February 1, 2023 - Social time at 6:30 pm with the review meeting at 7-9 pm

Location - Curtis High School - 8425 40th Street, University Place, WA 98466   Google Map

Directions Turn into the small parking lot (by the reader board sign and the Big Rock).  There are also flagpoles by the main entrance.  Go to the outside door marked “Staff Development Room” which is where the meeting will occur.

Places to Eat - If you want to grab a bite, there are several restaurants and grocery stores on 40th and Bridgeport Way including McDonald's, Burger King, Applebee's, Gyros, a Mexican restaurant, Safeway, and Trader Joe’s.    

Submission Requirements:

  • Export/Save your images in JPEG, sRGB, 80% quality, no larger than 1920 px wide x 1080 px high, & a 1.5 MB file size limit
  • Submit your mages on this website at: Competitions > Submit Images For Print or Projection  OR  click here
  • Please use initial caps on your image titles and use proper word spacing.
  • DO NOT include your name, the word "copy", or numbers in the image titles.  The automated features of this new website will automatically insert your name into the proper place.
  • DO NOT include "For Comment" or "Not For Comment" in the title of your images. The website will keep track of which image you select "For Comment" and "Not for Comment" when you select one of those options.
  • Your images will automatically be placed into your private Image Library for future reference and use! You will also be able to read all of the critiques from our members.
  • You can't re-submit any Division/Open award-winning photos to any future competitions (except for this year's TPS Annual Competition) unless a significant change has been made to the look of the photos. 
  • All Theme photos can be re-submitted into Division/Open competitions, even if they won an award.  Theme photos must be submitted into a Division/Open competition in order to be eligible to be submitted into the TPS Annual Competition. 
  • Award-winning Theme photos can't be re-submitted to future Theme competitions. Think of it as a "Won-And-Done" motto. You may submit Theme images to the Division/Open competitions.
  • Division/Open and Theme Honorable mention awards do not count--you may re-submit those images. Because Honorable Mention is not allowed in the ByLaws, so they don't count as award-winning images.

Winning images will be placed in the Home Page slideshow with permission of the owner.  For more projection information and competition rules, click here

If you are not a member of the TPS and would like to start competing in Print & Projection Competitions, join the TPS by clicking here

 

 

 

February 16, 2023 Print Competition - February's Theme is "Decay"

Meetings are open to the public; however, you must be a club member to compete in monthly print and projection competitions.

Submit Images - Tuesday, February 7, 2023. Please submit your images online prior to the meeting.  This speeds up the meeting and creates less work for all of our volunteers.

Judge & Vote - Judging and Popular Voting are done in person at the meeting on February 16.

Review Meeting - Thursday, February 16 - The meeting is from 7-9 pm with a social time, judging, voting, and an image review with optional critiques.

Location - Waller Road Grange, 2708 East 64th Street, Tacoma      Google map

Submission Requirements:

  • Export/Save your images in JPEG, sRGB, 80% quality, no larger than 1920 px wide x 1080 px high, & a 1.5 MB file size limit
  • Submit your images on this website at:  Competitions > Submit Images For Print or Projection  OR  click here 
  • Please use initial caps on your image titles and use proper word spacing. 
  • DO NOT include your name, the word "copy", or file numbers in the image titlesThe automated features of this new website will automatically insert your name into the proper place and keep track of all of your images in your private image library.
  • DO NOT include "For Comment" or "Not For Comment" in the title of your images. The website will keep track of which image you select "For Comment" and "Not for Comment" when you select one of those options.
  • Your images will automatically be placed into your private Image Library for future reference and use! You will also be able to read all of the critiques from our members on the competition results pages.
  • You can't re-submit any Division/Open award-winning photos to any future competitions (except for this year's TPS Annual Competition) unless a significant change has been made to the look of the photos.
  • All Theme photos can be re-submitted into Division/Open competitions, even if they won an award.  Theme photos must be submitted into a Division/Open competition in order to be eligible to be submitted into the TPS Annual Competition. 
  • Award-winning Theme photos can't ever be re-submitted to future Theme competitions. Think of it as a "Won-And-Done" motto. 
  • Division/Open and Theme Honorable mention awards do not count--you may re-submit those images. Because Honorable Mention is not allowed in the ByLaws, so they don't count as award-winning images.

Winning images will be placed in the Home Page slideshow with permission of the owner.  For more print information and competition rules, click here 

If you are not a member of the TPS and would like to start competing in Print & Projection Competitions, join the TPS by clicking here

 

 

Copyright © 2022 Tacoma Photographic Society

All photos on this website are the property of club members and are copy-protected. By law, they can NOT be copied, saved, reproduced, distributed, or shared in any form or for any reason without written permission from the photographer who created the image.  Photography is protected under the same copyright laws as fine art, books, poetry, and music.

The Tacoma Photography Society is a proud member of these two exceptional photography organizations.

   

The TPS extends our sincere thanks to these local companies for helping us make our TPS Annual Spring Fair Photo Competition (displayed at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup each April) a great success for us, and especially for all of the PNW photographer entrants!


   

 

 

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