The magic of photography

Ann Posiviata

Have you always wanted to learn how to take better pictures? Interested in taking your photography skills to the next level? Or complement your existing technical skills with creativity? Well, the Sun Lakes Camera Club will be offering our Fundamentals of Digital Photography for all members of our community this coming 2018-2019 club season. This annual class returns for beginners and advanced shooters alike inclusive of smartphone photography. Fundamentals of Digital Photography offers the detailed classroom instruction and hands-on field shoots that past attendees rave about are included in this course. Keep tuned into the Splash over the coming months for additional information or reach out to Dan at [email protected] to sign up for more details.

Featured Image: Gilded Flicker, by Tom Jones, was praised with Projected Image Photograph of the Year, Class C. Tom captured this beauty from the comfort of his home. Blessed with the Phoenix South Mountain Preserve as Tom’s backyard, the gilded flicker is a frequent visitor amongst other desert wildlife. Tom hand held his Nikon D500 with Nikkor 200-500mm lens set to f/5.6, 1/4000s, ISO 640, 500mm and VR on. Congratulations, Tom.

Member/Club News – Update: Congratulations to John Thoma on receiving his QPSA from the Photographic Society of America. This month’s meeting is Thursday, August 2, 2018. We will be setting up stations for still life photography. Come practice how to light and set up for any still life such as products, insects or flowers. If there is something specific you wish to use, please bring it with you. Remember to keep it to table-top-size items. No competition meeting this month. Next Meeting: Thursday, September 6, 2018. Reminder: Our club season is soon upon us starting in October, 2018. Stay connected with updates, news and more at

Events – August 2018: Prowl and Play at the Phoenix Zoo – Magical Midsummer Dream, Phoenix Zoo, August 4; CityScape’s Urban H2Oasis, CityScape Phoenix, August 11; August 3 to August 31, weekly Fridays, Happy Hour History Tours, The Arizona Biltmore; Sip & Shop Sundays, DeSoto Central Market, recurring weekly Sundays starting August 5; Timelapse in the Desert Southwest, Arizona Highways Photography Workshops, August 18, 19, 20 and 21; Adobe Lightroom 101: The Essentials, Arizona Highways Photography Workshops, August 25.

The Sun Lakes Camera Club (SLCC) meets the first and third Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the Navajo Room of the Sun Lakes Country Club from October through April. During the summer, the club meets the first Thursday of each month in the Ceramics Room of the Cottonwood Country Club. For more information about the SLCC and its activities, call SLCC President Jan Ballard at 602-621-3344, Vice President Rob Baldwin at 480-365-9249 or past President Burt Williams at 602-354-0266 and visit our website at