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South Central Texas Photo Club - SouthCentralTexasPhotoClub@gmail.com

Guidelines for Composition:

1. A photograph should have a clear, unambiguous subject—one that’s immediately noticed by the viewer. 

2. A photograph should focus attention on the main subject of interest.

3. A photograph should simplify—it should include only what’s necessary, and it should eliminate or minimize what’s distracting.

PPA 12 Elements of a Merit Image

1: Impact

2: Technical Excellence

3: Creativity

4: Composition

5: Style

6: Presentation

7: Color Balance

8: Lighting

9: Subject Matter

10: Center of Interest

11: Technique

12: Story Telling

Photo Contest 2020

January - Any Thing

February - Wet

March - Reflection

April - Leading Lines

May - Bokeh

June - Food

July - Things In The Sky

August - Marco/Closeup

September - Circles

October - Textures

November - Lights and Shadow

December - Framed

Photographers need to understand Light, which has :



Color Temperature



All events are posted on Meetup.com at:



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South Central Texas Photo Club Monthly Meeting

Monthly Events

Every Thursday

Coffe, Conversation & Camera

7:30am - 10:00am

8235 Agora Pkwy Suite 115, Live Oak, TX 78233

Every Thursday

Coffe, Conversation & Camera

 Sit back, relax, and enjoy a cup of coffee maybe some good eats, among fellow photographers while you get your questions answered about pho...

7:30am - 10:00am

8235 Agora Pkwy Suite 115, Live Oak, TX 78233

3rd Monday of Every Month

South Central Texas Photo Club Monthly Meeting

6:45pm - 9pm

908 Curtiss Ave Schertz Tx

3rd Monday of Every Month

South Central Texas Photo Club Monthly Meeting

 South Central Texas Photo Club (SCTPC)

Meetings are held at the Guadalupe Valley Elec Co-Op (GVEC) on the 3rd Monday of the month.

The meet...

6:45pm - 9pm

908 Curtiss Ave Schertz Tx

PSA - Photographers Service Announcement

Members Need to Know

FYI - We have a Facebook Group and if your not on it your missing out because sometimes there are things that Meetup won't let us post. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/882664461908820/

FYI - We have also started Special Interest Groups on Facebook in an attempt to keep the flow of information you get related to your chosen camera. What dose that mean? Well, it means that if you own a Canon you really don't care about info related to other camera brands so join the SIG thats related to your camera brand and cut down on all the other post that mean nothing to you. Here are the links to the three SIG's we have so far:

Canon: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2117979701793357/

Nikon: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2086604528229053/

Sony: https://www.facebook.com/groups/475798272883503/

This posting will be updated as needed so check in often.

We also now have a closed Facebook group just for SPS Supporters, you can find it here, https://www.facebook.com/groups/858254071231098/ 




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Photomatix 25% discount code   

Our Photography club has a discount code for Photomatix, use it at checkout. the code is,  Schertz25PhotoHDR Under the terms of agreement we can not post the code in a public forum so you will only find the code in our closed Facebook group. The link to download the software can be found here.  https://www.hdrsoft.com/download.html Enjoy

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Contest Rules



The purpose of the SCTPC photography competition is to encourage members to practice their art through monthly contests, to provide educational opportunities for improvement, and to reward members’ photographic achievements. 

This is an opportunity to show fellow SCTPC Premium Members what you have been shooting. This "event" takes place each month to encourage everyone to go out and practice their photography and show it off. This is an opportunity to share a few of your best photos [no more than 1] with other SCTPC members via the SCTPC photo galleries. 

A photo gallery will be created for the competition so everyone can post their best photos related to the monthly topic. This is a fun event and there will be prizes awarded each month. Your photos will need to be posted to the album by midnight on the last day of the month. 

The spirt of the competition is to help motivate members to get out and start shooting. This is merely a guide and not a hard and fast rule. Also not wanting to hinder the creative process, feel free to use any or all post processing programs within your reach to come up with your final image, it is suggested that all photos used to come up with the final image be your own photos and that the monthly topic be the main subject of the photo. This also is merely a guide and not a hard and fast rule. 


 First place gets a First Place Ribbon and a gift card to have a 16x20 Pro Luster Print made from our sponsor Digital Pro Lab.

Second place gets a Second Place Ribbon and a gift card to have an 11x14 Pro Luster Print made from our sponsor Digital Pro Lab.

Third place gets a Third Place Ribbon and a gift card to have an 8x10 Pro Luster Print made from our sponsor Digital Pro Lab.

The gift cards can be used for any print you wish to get printed it does not have to be of the print you submitted for the monthly competition.



Submissions deadline is midnight last day of the month. 

PSA Scoring system

Additional Information


Scoring is in the 3 – 9 method.  Each image is given a numeric score using the following criteria.

Three  (3) has failed the elements in every way and will probably never be used..

Four  (4) may have succeeded in minor ways, but does not meet your expectations at all..

Five (5) Is, in your opinion, below average in most every category.

Six  (6) To you, is an average image one that needs work.

Seven (7) Is a good photograph with only minor flaws and follows the elements well.

Eight (8) You feel is a fine photograph in most every way with very minor flaws if any.

Nine  (9) Is reserved, by you, for those images that, in your opinion have no flaws.

Here is the list of elements of the print that are scored ;

Impact is the sense one gets upon viewing an image for the first time. Compelling images evoke laughter, sadness, anger, pride, wonder, horror or any other intense emotion, in you. There can be impact in any of these emotions.  Impact may also be impacted by any or all of the elements studied so far.  Just because you do not feel any of the above responses to an image, does not mean that is has no impact.  This just means it may not have any impact for you. Impact is only one of the elements of a fine photograph; so do not put too much weight on the impact element. The quality or lack thereof, of all elements should figure into image impact.  Impact may be the most subjective of the so-called rules that have been established over the decades.  One person’s excitement is another person’s boredom.  Any intense first emotion may be considered impact, even a reaction of dislike.  The very reason one may dislike an image may be the very reason another person likes it. Both emotions are impact.  When reading an image, the trick is to understand that your dislike for the image may not be its lack of impact.  It is too easy to just say, ‘The image has no impact, for me.”  One must go deeper into the image to see if other factors may be in play that may cause you to say this.  Bias may be one reason, and the worst of all reasons to think an image has no impact.  If you do not like cats, recognize this fact and do not think that a picture of a cat has no impact just because it is an image of a cat.  Your perceived lack of impact may be so; it does not have impact, in your mind. This may be your problem and not the maker’s. There must be other reasons; look into it a bit deeper.  Once you get past a bias, the true impact may reveal itself.  An important fact about impact is that it is just one of the elements of a fine photograph.  You might not want to put too much emphasis on impact positively or negatively.

Technical excellence is the image quality as it is presented for viewing.Retouching,

(dirty sensor) manipulation, (proper removal or not of distracting elements, proper or improper use of vignetting, well done or not removal of a background,) sharpness, exposure, depth of field, presentation, and correct color are some items that speak to the qualities of the image.  Technical excellence is all the things you have learned about photography that have to do with visual excellence of the image presentation. It may not be emotional in any way and the viewer must understand the concepts as well as the methods for creating a technically excellent image.

Creativity is the original, fresh, and external expression of the imagination of the maker, and the viewer.  It may be a new or creative way you feel the maker has presented a tried and true subject or an imaginative presentation of a very new subject.  In either case the creativity will manifest itself in something a bit different in your mind.

Composition is important to the design of an image, bringing all of the visual elements together in concert. Proper composition holds the viewer in the image and prompts the viewer to create a meaning from the image. Effective composition can be pleasing or disturbing, depending on the intent of the image maker, or your perception.  You will not know what the maker’s intent was, so you must create the meaning for yourself before you can discuss composition.  All images are capable of some form of composition whether it is good or bad. Rules are meant to be broken and your perception of composition may very well see beyond them.

Presentation affects an image by giving it a finished look. The mats and borders used, either physical or digital, should support and enhance the image, not distract from it.

Color Harmony supplies structure to an image. An image where tones work together, effectively supporting the image, can enhance its emotional appeal. Color harmony is not always comfortable and may supply a very un-structured image and may be used to evoke diverse feelings for effect. Color may very well be used to enhance composition by balancing the image much like a scale.  Dark colors may appear heavy and bright colors conversely may appear light.  This apparent distribution of color balance may not have much to do with color manipulation in a computer, but more to do with the visual equilibrium of the color parts within the frame.  You may consider black and white here also.  Tonality may take the place of color and serve the image in a similar way.

Interest Areas is the point or points on the image where the viewer wants to stop as they view the image.  These are called fixation points. There can be primary and many secondary interest areas.  There may be no mandate that an image must have a single center of interest. Occasionally there will be no specific center of interest at all, when the entire scene collectively serves as the center of interest.  Interest areas serve to keep the viewer’s mind from wandering and create pleasant fixation points.

Light—the use and control of light refers to how dimension, shape and roundness are defined in an image. Whether the light applied to an image is manmade or natural, proper use of it should enhance an image in every way including but not limited to; color, highlight and shadow, exposure, distractions, and as mentioned; dimension or the impression of the depth.

Technique is the approach used to create the image. Printing, lighting, posing, capture, presentation media, and more are part of the technique applied to an image.  There may be any number of additional techniques you may discover.

The Story - Story Telling refers to the image’s ability to evoke imagination in the viewer. One beautiful thing about art is that each viewer might collect his own message or read her own story in an image. Therefore there may be an argument that the viewer as well as the maker has a responsibility in the process. The maker has a profound responsibility to present an image that correctly fulfills as many elements as possible, discussed in this course. The viewer may need to create a meaning for the image if it is not obvious. A vivid imagination may be one of the most powerful tools in reading a photograph.  It is not necessarily the maker’s responsibility to present you with something you recognize.

If the only thing missing is the story, the analyst may fairly judge the image with one failed element.  How much weight you put on the element is a big factor.  The story may not carry any more weight than, say, color balance or any other single element.  So if you find yourself with an image that has every element done well, you can’t figure out the story, and you have given it a 6 or 7, you may be weighting the story element too much.


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