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May Club Events

Monday, May 14
Showcase: "The Beauties of New Zealand's South Island" presented by Mike Bray
Clubhouse 3, Dining Room 2 at 6:30 pm

On May 14th, Mike Bray will present his slideshow featuring his trip to the South Island of New Zealand in November 2017. Mike’s trip will take us from Christchurch and her lovely Hagley Park on a route through Mt. Cook and stunning Lake Pukaki, before turning south again for Queenstown. Here, Mike and his wife Carolyn visit pristine rivers, an historic mining town in the nearby mountains, and the countryside around Glenorchy. Following Queenstown, Mike and Carolyn visited the lightly populated Stewart Island off the southern tip of the South Island. This vintage spot features many of New Zealand’s rarest bird populations and miles of hiking trails.

Mike and Carolyn next enjoyed the scenic coastline near the Caitlins in the Otago region of the South Island before finishing their trip in the former Scottish settlement and historic town of Dunedin.

Come and enjoy the ride through the beauty of New Zealand’s South Island!

This event is for for Laguna Woods Village residents and their guests. A $3.00 donation will be collected at the door for non-members who attend this event.

Monday, May 28
Digital Projected Image Critique
Performing Arts Center of Laguna Woods, Dining Room 2 at 6:30 pm

Join us on Monday, May 28 in Dining Room 2 of the Performing Arts Center of Laguna Woods for a critique of digital images submitted by club members. The evening's judge, Rick Valasek, will comment on images entered in three categories: Pictorial, Monochrome, and Special Subject: Photojournalism. Come and view the many outstanding images submitted by our talented members.

Members who wish to submit their work for this critique should do so by 5:00 pm on May 22. Send inages to LHCC Digital Critique. Here are the current rules for image naming, image size, and file size.

This event is for for Laguna Woods Village residents and their guests. A $3.00 donation will be collected at the door for non-members who attend this event.

Erin Manning's Recommended Smart Phone Apps for Photographers

Here is a PDF from travel photographer Erin Manning that lists smart phone apps for photography, video, and travelling.

2017 Slide Show Competition Results

Eleven entries were received for year's slide show competiton, and the final voting by the audience resulted in two ties, for first and second place, respectively. Congratulations to the entrants for their originality and creativity.

First Place (Tie)

George Harper: "I Left My Heart in San Francisco
Pat Wilkinson: "Meeting Missy"

Second Place (Tie)

Mike Bray: "Australia, a Land Called OZ"
Dee Tucker: "One Word Essay"

Third Place

Tom Getz: "Ethiopia's Struggle for Water"

Larry Cunningham Wins Award for Bristlecone Pine Night Photo

Larry Cunningham has won First Place in the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce photo contest and will be the featured photographer in their Welcome Booklet. He was also awarded a cash prize. To see Larry's winning photo of a bristlecone pine and the milky way as well as related images, go to his Facebook site.

The Nik Collection by Google Is No Longer Being Supported

The Nik Collection by Google, a set of seven plug-ins for Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Lightroom and Aperture, is no longer being supported as a product suite by Google as of an annoucement made in early June 2017. Who knows how much longer they will continue work on your computer, so user beware.

This is a wonderful suite of products and their demise is mourned by many devoted users.

List of 2018 Special Subjects for Digital Critiques

Here is a list of upcoming special subjects for our 2017 digital critiques:

Past Digital Critique Results

If you missed the past Digital Critiques, you can view the PowerPoint presentations of all the entered images that is stored in our Winning Images Archive. Each time that the club has a critique, we make a PDF copy of the PowerPoint presentation captioned with the name of the image and the photographer. It might take awhile for the presentation to load on your computer, because the file is very large.The Winning Images Archive also has copies of the scoresheets from each critique.

Digital Lab Resources Available for Members

Camera Club members have new and updated resources available for use. For details, see the Resources page.

Volunteer Opportunities

Digital Critique Team Needs Backup Members

One of the major functions of your Camera Club is to hold professional evaluations of your digital photos at least 5 times a year.  This activity requires that a team of members are trained to perform the following tasks:

The Digital Critique is one of the few Camera Club activities that almost everyone likes to participate in, and we feel the need for an additional team of substitutes who can step in as needed. Training will be made available.

Would you like to be part of this process and work behind the scenes so that the club can continue to make these evenings as productive and interesting as possible?

Please send an email message to the Education Committee at if you would like to join in this activity or want further information.

Digital Lab Substitutes

Your Camera Club Digital Photo Lab at Clubhouse 4 has opportunities available and we would like to add your name to the list of Substitutes who fill in when Supervisors have appointments, vacations or are feeling under the weather.

This is a great opportunity for you to use your Digital Photo Lab computers to edit your photos, create photo prints on one of the high quality printers, scan your slides and negatives to digital images or scan and repair treasured photos to create digital images.

Please contact the Third Vice President at

Education Committee

This volunteer committee reviews and approves training curriculum, evaluates training presenters and schedules training classes and workshops. The committee operates under the guidance of and is appointed by the Camera Club of Laguna Woods Fourth Vice President. If you have experience in developing or presenting training classes, have already developed training classes that you would like to offer to club members or have developed a workshop of approximately one and one half to two hours that you would like to present at a workshop, please email, Subject: Education Committee. Please also let us know if you would serve as a training assistant.