4/15 RPS Guest Speaker Jim Zuckerman

The Reston Photographic Society will meet at 7:30 PM on April 15, 2024, on Zoom.  The Zoom Code will be provided closer to the meeting.  It will be an exciting meeting discussing Artificial Intelligence and Photography.  This session will also be of interest to graphic artists.  Jim Zuckerman will be the speaker.  His bio and some examples of his work are below.

Jim Zuckerman left his medical studies in 1970 to pursue his love of photography and turn it into a career.  Jim specializes in wildlife, nature, travel photography, and digital effects. Jim was a contributing editor to Photographic Magazine for 40 years, and he is the author of 26 books on photography.









His images, articles, and photo features have been published in scores of books and magazines including Time-Life books, publications of the National Geographic Society, the Economist, Life Magazine, and Omni Magazine.  His work has also been featured on scores of jigsaw puzzles, national ads, calendars, murals, greeting card lines, and more.

                               .    .   

Jim leads photo tours all over the world to many destinations in the U.S. as well as exotic locations like Indonesia,Patagonia, Iceland, China, Morocco, Kenya, Sri Lanka, and Italy.

3/18 RPS Guest Speaker Judy Graham

The March meeting of the Reston Photographic Society will be held on Mar 18 at 7:30 PM in Room 1 and 2 at the Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods.  We are very fortunate to have Judy Graham with us.  Judy is an amazing landscape photographer and will share her approach with us.  Details are below.

Elements of Creative Landscape Composition by Judy Graham

Judy Graham is primarily drawn to photographing dramatic landscapes, often remote and difficult to get to. Initially her interest was in the desert southwest; however, in more recent years she has expanded her travel to include such places as Alaska, Iceland, Greenland, Bolivia, Patagonia, Scotland, and the Canadian Rockies, Norway and Yellowstone, in winter. The cold or bad weather does not get in her way.

Judy’s presentation, “Elements of Creative Landscape Composition”, is about her approach to the art, covering topics such as her gear and accessories, camera settings, time of day for best results, various composition techniques, and challenges in the field. This presentation is sure to provide useful information for novice and intermediate photographers, and advanced photographers will similarly find useful information about how she sees compositions.

Judy has lived in the Washington, D.C. area most of her life. She retired March 1, 2018, after a long career in the field of human resources management for corporate America. Judy has served in various Board positions for Northern Virginia Photographic Society (NVPS), including President for the 2021-2022 club year. Judy joined the Capital Photography Center as an instructor in 2022.

1/15 RPS Guest Speaker Betsy Wilson

RPS is looking forward to our January meeting as we begin a new year. We are going to kickoff with Betsy Wilson exploring still life photography from a different perspective. This meeting will be held on January 15 at 7:30 PM on Zoom.

The Zoom link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86405021230?pwd=NUxIYlNpZE13bWJUak1rZnV5azZjdz09

Meeting ID 864 0502 1230
Passcode 461194

Still Life – Beyond Fruit Bowls and Flowers – Betsy Wilson will explore the world of still life photography through her unique perspective.  A combination of traditional still life subjects, nature’s fascinating still subjects, and a few whimsical and unusual creations, Betsy’s still lifes provide studies in composition and lighting. Unlike landscape or street photography, the photographer is in complete control of subject matter, composition, shape, color, depth of field, lighting and presentation.  The true skill lies in the ability to take something mundane and everyday out of its normal habitat and transform it into something of beauty by using our skills as photographers.

Betsy began learning photography after retiring from a career as a newspaper publisher.  Her husband Jim gave her his hand-me-down camera and a lot of encouragement, and he now says he created a monster.  Her passion for photography includes a wide variety of types including macro, landscape and nature photography.   In addition to being honored as Photographer of the Year Award at the Chester County Camera Club, she has received numerous recognitions for her artistic photography including a Silver Medal awarded at the Wilmington International Exhibition of Photography, and First Place Award in Photography at the Philadelphia Flower Show.  Betsy is an active member of the Chester County Camera Club, and has givennumerous presentations for camera clubs in many states.

11/20 RPS Guest Speaker Doug Johnson

The RPS November meeting will be on November 20, 2023 at 7:30 PM via Zoom.  The Zoom code will be distributed closer to the meeting.  Doug is a professional photo educator with wide-ranging experience and expertise.  He will be discussing Low Light and Night Photography.  His bio and some detail on his presentation are below as is his website.  Looking forward to seeing you on Zoom on November 20!

Doug Johnson is a highly respected professional photographer and educator, always sharing the art of photography with his students and colleagues. He has conducted over 150 workshops in some of our world’s most beautiful locations: in the flower fields of Namaqualand, South Africa, the vibrant city of Havana, Cuba, and our country’s world class national parks.

For more than twenty years Doug has educated hundreds of students, from all over the world in the technical and aesthetics of photography through Rocky Mountain School of Photography programs and workshops. He has taught alongside some of the most respected educators in the field including Alison Shaw and Freeman Patterson, as well as good friends, Neil Chaput de Saintonge, Eileen Rafferty, Elizabeth Stone, Tony Rizutto and Tim Cooper. He believes education and truth are the “means to the end” and that good old-fashioned love, peace and fun are the vehicle we use to navigate through our journey.  Doug’s lifelong passion for teaching the technical and aesthetics in the art of photography is a direct reflection of the long term relationships he shares with his students and peers.


Low Light and Night Photography
No need to put the camera away when the sun goes down! In this educational lecture, Doug will explore low light photography and help you create an easy process to capture great night photography, from the neon of downtown to the star-filled sky.

10/16 RPS Guest Speaker Ron Wyatt

We’re excited to announce our first speaker of the 2023-2024 season of the Reston Photographic Society. We will meet on October 16 at 7:30 on Zoom. Our first speaker will be Ron Wyatt a professional photographer who loves teaching and sharing his experiences. Ron will discuss Sports Photography bringing his experience from the Olympics to major league sports. I’ve shared Ron’s bio and a little about his talk below.
From Minor League to the Olympic Games: Ron Wyatt’s Journey through the World of Sports Photography:
Ron Wyatt discusses capturing the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat in sports photography. Whether you’re an ambitious beginner, or a seasoned pro, Ron will cover equipment, camera set-up, and planning an awesome shooting strategy. Ron will also emphasize the importance of knowing the game – how to have fun photographing sports and what it’s like to cover the Olympic Games. Before you know it, “play ball” will resound in your neighborhood and ballparks across the land. Ron will help the family photo-bugs prepare for capturing action on and around the field. This is the perfect seminar to learn the basics of sports photography, and see images of epic sporting events captured by a true pro.
Photos from the Rutgers vs Texas State Football game at Highpoint.Com Stadium Sept. 1,2018
Photos by Ron Wyatt
Ron Wyatt’s first experience with photography was an unsuccessful photo documentation of his honeymoon. Armed with a borrowed instamatic camera, he learned that camera shake will not produce great photos.
Ron, a self-taught photographer has covered the NBA, NFL and Major League Baseball. He also has photographed two Summer Olympic Games. His photos have appeared in various publications such as: USA Today, Black Enterprise Magazine, Time Magazine, Newsweek TV Guide, ESPN and others.
He has covered corporate assignments for, Six Flags, Eastman Kodak, Continental Airlines, CVS, Pepsico, Verizon, MetLife, Capital One and many others.
Kobe Bryant at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China
His Photography has allowed him to travel to various parts of the world. I was assigned by Kodak to photograph two Summer Olympic Games, (Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008). His Olympic work was featured in Studio Photography and a 7 page spread in the July 2009 issue of RangeFinder Magazine.
American Photo call Ron Wyatt A Modern Master Of The Olympics, His works was also feature in Popular Photography and Digital Photographer UK.
He has worked a video cameramen for MSNBC, Comcast Sports, News12 and Court TV.

4/17 RPS Guest Speaker Janet Sifers

Please join us for the RPS April meeting to be held Monday, April 17, 2023, at 7:30 PM in the Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods.  Janet Sifers, one of our members, will take us into the world of Abstract Photography.  Her work is both exciting and mysterious. This meeting would be interesting to both photographers and painters and all are welcome.


Creating Abstracts with Photography

Most photographers have a specialty like nature, flowers, landscapes, or street photography. Just about any of these images can be raw material for abstracts — both found and created — and lead to an amazing new piece of art. In this presentation, we’ll walk through ways to look for abstracts in the images you’re capturing as well as how to create abstracts from images using tools like Photoshop and Fragment.

Janet Sifers 

Janet is an award-winning fine art photographer and technology marketer from Herndon, VA. She is a member of the League of Reston Artists, the Reston Photographic Society, and Falls Church Arts. 

She is inspired by the amazing diversity of our world, from gorgeous outdoor vistas and colorful plants to the lines and shadows of great architecture. With her images, she reminds us to pause and take in the world’s beauty. 

Connect with her on Instagram (@janet.sifers) and Twitter (@JanetSifers) or visit her website​ ​www.janetsifers.comto see and purchase her work.

3/20 RPS Guest Speaker Patricia Deege

Please join us for the RPS March meeting to be held Monday, March 20, 2023, at 7:30 PM in the Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods.  Patricia will take us to Africa through her photography.  This meeting would be interesting to both photographers and painters and all are welcome.

Africa on Safari, Culture, Stories and Amazing Wildlife   

Another World

Patricia Deege

The African bush is a world that many of us aspire to visit but perhaps will never see.  Patricia’s travels there began in 1989, with subsequent visits in 2013, 2015, and 2019.  Many changes were evident during that time period, but the excitement and fascination of seeing the multitude of wildlife in its natural environment never fades. This story takes you from the jungles of Botswana, to the vast open spaces of Kenya’s Massai Mara, the majesty of Victoria Falls, the marvels of Kafue National Park in Zambia and Huange in Zimbabwe. And, finally, the street life of Arusha in Tanzania and the wonders of Ngorogoro and the Serengeti.



2/27 RPS Guest Speaker Sandi Croan

Reston Photographic Society will meet on Feb 27, 2023 at the Reston Community center at Hunters Woods beginning at 7:30 PM.  We are excited to have Sandi Croan as our guest speaker.  Masks will be required for this meeting.

 “Seeing Creatively – Before and After” with Sandi Croan

 Have you ever thought about how many individual decisions, both conscious and unconscious, you make to produce a single photographic image? By breaking down the process using her images and stories, Sandi’s presentation, “Seeing Creatively Before and After,” will take you through the potentially hundreds of steps and decisions that we, as photographers, all make from the moment we decide to take a picture to the final photographic image.  This presentation is geared for all photographers from novices to advanced and will get you to think about your creative process, reinforce what you already know, and hopefully give you some new ideas or approaches to your photography – all in a light-hearted and humorous manner.

Sandi Croan

Sandi Croan is a Northern Virginia photographer specializing in landscape, nature, and travel photography with an eye for capturing the unique and creating fine art for homes and offices.

Sandi has won numerous competitions and awards for her fine art photographs including: 2021 Finalist in Outdoor Photographer’s Natures Colors Contest; Photographer of the Year and Print of the Year numerous times as well as Versatile Photographer of the Year at Northern Virginia Photographic Society (NVPS); Best Landscape and People’s Choice awards at Nature Visions Photography Expo; and Best in Show and 2nd Place at the juried Meadowlark Photo Expo in Vienna, VA, as well as awards at Art Space Herndon Fine Art Photography Exhibit, Reston Artists PhotoArt, and many more.

Her images have been selected to be put on permanent display at the Fair Oaks Hospital Cancer Center, Inova Schar Cancer Center, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens and the Joseph Miller Center for the Photographic Arts. She has also been juried into numerous art shows. Sandi was a featured artist in Elan Magazine, and her photograph “Blue Lagoon” was on the cover. She has also had photographs published in other local and national magazines.

Sandi has sold many of her photographs to private, corporate and government clients, and does shows for businesses and other local events.

Sandi has been a member of the Northern Virginia Photographic Society (NVPS) since 2004 and has served in a variety of board positions since 2005. She served as President of NVPS for two terms from 2009-2011. She also is a speaker and serves as a judge for area photographic clubs, competitions and exhibitions, as well as mentoring high school photography enthusiasts.

You can see a sample of Sandi’s work on www.sandicroanphotography.com

11/21 RPS ZOOM Guest Speaker Lewis Katz

Reston Photographic Society’s November meeting will be held on Zoom and welcome back Lewis Katz.  Lewis has received very positive reviews for his prior presentations to RPS.  Lewis will discuss abstract photography.

Abstract Photography

What is abstract photography? Just an out of focus image – hardly! Abstract photography can take on so many different forms its hard to pin down an exact definition. That is what makes it so fascinating. In this presentation I will cover and discuss the many forms of abstract photography and the techniques used to create them. Simplicity, composition, angle of view, lighting, harmony and most importantly mystery. I discuss how to create effective abstract images using everyday objects, using design elements, using macro lenses, shooting through objects, capturing motion, playing with lighting and how to create a home studio to create and capture abstract images.

Lewis Katz

Photography has been part of me from a young age. An early memory of my Dad is him looking down through the viewfinder of his twin lens reflex camera. He soon graduated to a Konica rangefinder that was constantly by his side. I vividly remember the slide shows of family vacations as well as more private moments shared by my parents. My first camera was the Olympus Pen F half frame beauty and I soon moved through the full line of Olympus OM models. Fast forward to the digital cameras and images of today. I still shoot Olympus but have added a Nikon to the bag.

Emotive displays were not commonplace in my home growing up. The camera and the image became an outlet for suppressed feelings as well as for artistic expression. Many years after college I lived in southern York county Pennsylvania and its rural beauty. Although I had been out west as a teenager it was here that I truly discovered landscape photography. Through my career in the travel industry many other trips followed including visiting most of the major National Parks.

After moving to Baltimore in 2001 I discovered and joined the Baltimore Camera Club. I was quickly in awe and humbled by the talent and more importantly I found the companionship of fellow members which is so important to me to this day. The Baltimore Camera Club remains an integral part of my photography life. I have been honored and have received many awards from the competitions at the club.

Teaching photography is another essential component of my photography life as I love sharing my passion. I currently teach for the Johns Hopkins Odyssey program, the Capital Photography Center of DC and for private students as well. I live for those aha moments that only teaching can provide.

My favorite Ansel Adams quote is “A great photograph is one that truly expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.” In the same way that your camera captures the light being reflected my photography reflects who I am and all of the experiences of my life.

“A still photograph is the illusion of a literal description, of how a camera saw a piece of time and space….I like to think of photographing as a two way act of respect. Respect for the medium, by letting it do what it does best, describe. And respect for the subject, by describing it as it as. A photograph must be responsible to both” Garry Winogrand 1974




Feedback Night

The Critique 

An open conversation to discover our artwork in a new light, to overcome a stasis moment of an unfinished artwork, and to better convey the message we want to transmit to spectators.

A group support for the art makers where judgments are banned, and constructive discussions are welcome.

Join us for a relaxed and artful evening. Bring your painting, drawing, sketchbook, or idea to share with us.

Let’s discover where your lines direct us and what your shapes and colors suggest. Learn more about your artwork and what is hidden inside, a constructive game to open a broader vision of our artwork

Meeting will be at RCC Hunters Woods on Thursday, November 3 from 7-9PM. Please email Antonella to sign up at antomanganelli@aol.com



Antonella Manganelli is a member of the LRA since 2012, she has spent her entire life in art, embracing and experimenting with it through different lenses: as a student, collector, curator, art dealer and artist.

Her interest is in communicating and sharing her vision of life and world through artworks and collaborating with other artists and people who come across her life journey.

She has exhibited her art and curate art shows, throughout Italy in Naples, Rome, and Milan, and in the U.S. in Northern VA, Maryland, Washington DC, and North Carolina.