A Guest Speaker Stops by in San Fran!

There was a great turnout at the San Francisco PAC, with about 80 people attended the San Francisco PAC, with about a dozen newcomers.

The guest speaker, a self-taught photographer, Michael Soo, built his business after leaving an engineering management position 5 years ago. Soo uses is a Canon shooter that mainly uses prime lenses, only using zooms when needed.

His work includes landscape, fashion, food, commercial and weddings. He talked mainly about lighting, showing slides that demonstrated different lighting techniques.

Corporate headshots are often a one picture deal. Soo suggested up selling clients a collage of 3 photos that demonstrates variety in their personality.

One challenge Soo faced was  creating romantic pictures at a reception, inside a not so romantic  Chinese restaurant. Turning down the house lights and shooting into his own lighting helped disguise the surroundings. He also went up on the roof to shoot a moment through the skylight.

Soo’s keys to perfect lighting:

·         See the Light

·         Understand the Light

·         Utilize the Light

·         Modify the Light

·         Create Light

All in all, great information, from a confident Michael Soo!

To Join a Chapter in your AREA click here: http://www.photographersadventureclub.com/chapters/

(Formerly San Francisco SMUG)

Florida PAC Gains Clarity and Sharpens Their Business Skills!

Jacksonville PAC welcomed the return of Jeff Jochum to our meeting at the Mandarin Library this month. Jeff, who recently founded a company called Startup Strategy, first visited Jax PAC shortly after we launched in 2010.

He left such a great impression after his first visit that it was no surprise that the announcement of his return brought in a huge crowd.

After mingling with our peers for about 30 minutes our leader, Dawn McCarthy, opened the meeting and made a few brief announcements. Jeff then shared some goal-based strategies and concepts that are geared toward helping photographers gain clarity and sharpen the vision for their businesses. Jeff says that “clarity is the new black” and he believes that it is one of the key factors of bringing a business to a greater level of success.

One of the great benefits of being involved in a PAC group is that you get the opportunity to attend the meetings and learn from industry professionals for FREE! Yet we also learn of other workshops taking place in our area and often receive a discount to attend these meetings simply by being associated with a PAC group.

If you are looking for a local chapter of PAC Check this page: http://www.photographersadventureclub.com/chapters/

Submitted by PAC Scribe – Judi Back
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(Previously Jax SMUG)

Up with Down Syndrome Awareness

Did you know that one in every 691 babies in the US is born with Down syndrome?  

Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring genetic condition and is caused by an extra chromosome.   March 21st of each year is World Down Syndrome day because the extra or partial chromosome occurs in the 21st pair (of our standard 23 pairs).   This year; PAC was honored to be invited along for an evening picnic in the park with the Down Syndrome Network and Arizona families who are affected by Down Syndrome.

The weather in the Valley of the Sun this spring has been fantastic, and Tempe has been no exception!   Everyone got together to celebrate at Kiwanis park, a local greenbelt area with lakes, playgrounds, and rolling grassy hills.  There was great music, tasty food, volleyball, playground activities, a bounce house, and even a petting zoo.   As everyone knows, its not a party until two chickens are riding an alpaca!

PAC volunteers really had a blast capturing all the fun and the smiles – not to mention some impressive moves on the makeshift dance floor.  Personally, I don’t think I’ve ever been surrounded by so many friendly, cheerful people in my life.  As one volunteer put it;  “[This is] my idea of happy hour!”

Surprisingly, Down syndrome is the least funded major genetic condition.   While there are a few organizations such as Down Syndrome Network of Arizona striving to improve awareness and accessibility to care for families affected by Down syndrome, much more can be done.   To learn more about Down syndrome and how you can get involved, please visit the Down Syndrome Network at  http://dsnetworkaz.org/.

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Thank you PAC Volunteers!


This week is National Volunteer Week.  Please join us in thanking the many wonderful volunteers who help run meetings, photowalks, workshops and other PAC events, as well as help with this website, the monthly newsletter, image contests, securing amazing speakers for meetings, and lots of other administrative tasks.

Let’s also not forget all of those who volunteer with PAC Gives Back charitable initiatives, such as our annual Help-Portrait events, Down Syndrome Network and other local and national community charities.   Knowledgeable, friendly, hard working, enthusiastic and creative – each inspires others  to get involved and get the most out of their photography experience.  They truly do keep the gears turning.  Without our volunteers, PAC wouldn’t have so many great events to choose from!!

Cusi Taylor





PAC G+ Photography Contest Winners – Weeks 11 and 12 – Feet and Green

The following PAC G+ Photography Contest winners have won a complimentary large print of their winning picture from our sponsor, Vivyx Printing!


Also, as a weekly winner, they are in the running for the monthly Grand Prize of a $100 print credit with Vivyx Printing.  The next monthly Grand Prize winner will be announced at our April PAC meeting.


Theme: Feet

Winning Photographer: Shane Thompson – Clinton, Utah – Professional

Website:  shane@thompson-photography.net

Congratulations Shane!


Photo rights/ credit: Shane Thompson



Camera Used

Nikon D60

Camera Settings

5.6, 1/80 sec, ISO 400, 28mm Flash was a Norman 400B at 50ws.


Great artistic expression. Well done

Depth of field, leading lines, highlights and shadows, basics are all there – but I REALLY want to know how the shoes ended up inside the piano.  =P

Fun story, like one judge said “how did the shoes ended up inside the piano”.  Great textures and the lighting is just right

Very artistic photo.  Good interpretation of the theme


I have always found the inside of a grand piano a fascinating and beautiful work of engineering and art. It seemed like the perfect backdrop for this shoe shot. I it the inside with a Norman 400B strobe, set to 50 watt seconds, through a small softbox, edited in Lightroom.


Theme: Green

Winning Photographer: Laura Bavetz – Mesa, AZ – Hobbyist

Website:  https://plus.google.com/u/0/109729065146364847905/posts

Congratulations Laura!


Photo rights/credit:  Laura Bavetz



Camera Used

Canon 60D

Camera Settings

f2.8, 1/400, ISO 640


Bug’s Life!  I like this one.  The textures and patterns are interesting.  Makes me kinda itchy too for some strange reason.  LOL

Green life it is.  The new butterfly really pops with that white/grey background.

I have to agree….the butterfly’s spots pop like “eyes”…the cocoons are cool too! :)

Interesting subject and great capture. Well done.


I have an affinity for butterflies and moths. This moth reminds me of a dancer. This is a Green Luna Moth that had just emerged from its cocoon.

Once again, congratulations to our two theme winners – Shane and Laura

Please comment on this post to show our PAC G+ Photography Contest winners some love! Also, don’t forget to take some time to check out the other awesome themed photos, on Google+ and on Facebook.

 Get inspired!  Go out and shoot!

Click here to learn how to be considered for these PAC Theme Contests!

Tim– PAC Volunteer