Member Bios

Larry Beller, APSA, MPSA

Larry Beller, APSA, MPSA

I have been taking pictures ever since my parents gave me a plastic Brownie 127 camera when I was eight years old. In high school and college I did sports and news photography, learning my trade with 4X5 cut-film Speed Graphics and view cameras. I also worked as a stringer for newspapers in the Los Angeles area, where I grew up. My professional life for fifty years was as a physicist in research and development, which didn't leave a lot of time for photography. My spouse and I did join PSA in 1968, and have been members ever since, but had to give up active exhibition competition in favor of family and a profession after a few years. Around the year 2000 I discovered that digital photography can let me make images that approximated what I actually wanted in the picture, something I was never able to do with film.

My photographic first love is landscapes and seascapes when opportunities exist, otherwise architectural details, patterns, light and shade, and whatever else I come across.
I use a VLUX-4 for almost all my work.

I use Lightroom and Photoshop and a number of specialized plug-ins in an iMac with plenty of memory and RAM. I use an Epson P600 for prints up to 13X42 inches.

My wife, Dorothy, and I compete in exhibitions in color, monochrome (PID), small prints (PPD), Nature, Photo Travel, and Photo Journalism. At the current rate of acceptances, I will be only 136 years and three months old by the time I qualify as a Grand Master. Exhibitions (and Digital Dialogue) are where we advance our skills, since there are no PSA-member clubs within 300 miles of where we live on the Snake River in the mountains of eastern Idaho.

I have participated in Digital Dialogue (formerly Study EID Groups) since 2003, and highly recommend them.




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Arun Bagga

Arun Bagga

Photographic Biography of Arun Bagga

I have always been interested in photography from my college days, however being busy during the working years, it did not provide me with enough time and opportunity for a serious pursuit of this art. My first camera in the 60s was a Canon rangefinder. Over the years I have owned various SLRs and for the past 12 years I have switched to DSLR. Presently I use Nikon D610 with a variety of Nikon and other lenses. During travel I mostly use Canon G16. My main interests are candid & street photography, architecture and nature. I am a member of our local Lakeshore Camera Club and participate in periodical competitions winning awards and honorable mentions. I use the Photoshop CC software for post processing. By joining PSA I look forward to improving my photographic skill. Now retired from my marine engineering career, I live in Beaconsfield/Quebec, Canada




Darcy Johnson

Darcy Johnson

My path to photography came in a round-about way. I had the good fortune to grow up in and marry into a family of painters, potters and art patrons. From a young age, I had an interest in the arts. I began as a watercolor artist focused primarily on botanicals. I work from botanical material and macro photographs as reference materials. Beyond painting, I have also enjoyed capturing travel experiences, whether landscapes, street photography or architecture. Between supporting needs for painting and traveling, I became drawn to creating the best photograph my equipment can produce. As happens for many, raising a family and building a career, other interests except for the odd workshop or photographing family travels, arts endeavors were, for the most part, sidelined.

I have always supported the arts through volunteering, though. I have held art club leadership positions, judged art shows and coordinated a quarterly club art show for United Way that included photography clubs participation. Most recently, I was honored to Chair the City of Grand Junction’s Arts and Culture Commission and was a member of the Thunder Mountain Camera Club - my first exposure to PSA - although I have only dabbled in club competitions.

One thing has led to another and my interest in photography has grown to become a full-fledged pursuit of its own. When I moved back to Colorado's front-range recently, I joined the St. Vrain Photography Society, the nearest club that holds a PSA membership and became an individual PSA member. I recently switched from a Canon to a Nikon D500 and primarily use Adobe Lightroom Classic CC.

I look forward to participating in and learning through this study group.




Gregory Waldron

Gregory Waldron

I always liked photography since a very young age when my uncle would photograph the family during holidays. My first real camera was a Minolta SLR with a 50mm lens. I shot Black and White film, developed the negatives, and had an enlarger. I graduated to Color film and the 60 minutes developing stores. I finally went digital with a Nikon Coolpix point and shoot which has just been given to my 10 year old grandson. For the most part, I have been an avid snapshot shooter. I traveled a lot during my business days, and always brought my camera along with me. A few years ago, being retired, and have time, I decided to try to take my photography to a new level. Instead of traveling with my camera, I traveled for my camera. I started attending workshops in some pretty nice places. My snapshots have gotten better, but I have learned that my journey has consisted of 3 parts. Part one was learning how to operate my camera. Part two was getting a handle on post processing. Part three has led me to PSA. I want to start thinking more like a photographer, and make picture more often than just taking pictures. When I retired, I gave myself permission to be unstructured but I think by being committed to submit images every month, and receiving and giving feedback, I will start thinking about why I am making an image and what I want the image to say. I know this won’t happen overnight, but I think being part of a study group will be a very positive step.

I currently shoot with a Nikon D800 with an assortment of lenses. I also have a Sony A6000 which has become my travel camera. I use Photoshop CC and an assortment of plug-ins in post processing. I am looking forward to participating and learning in this study group.




Bill Provost

Bill Provost

I am retired after working twenty two years in various local governments. I love the outdoors and wilderness and hike into some remote areas and rivers. I live in south east Washington state so have access to many fine areas here and surrounding states for photography and wilderness treks.

I began taking photographs as a young person with my Brownie box camera. After going through several 120 film cameras I started using SLR cameras shooting black and white, color prints and slides. I have used Nikon brand 35mm SLR cameras and various other brands of point and shoot.

My first digital camera was a Nikon D100. I had it converted to an infrared camera which I find a fascinating method of imagery. My latest camera is Nikon D800 for my primary camera. I have various Nikkor lenses although my latest lenses are a Sigma 150-500mm and a Tamron SP 150-600mm . I have an array of filters but mostly us circular polarizers.

For software I am using Photoshop CS5, Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements 8 all with onOne Plug-ins Suite 5. I have Lightroom 3.4 for processing.

My current interest are landscape, outdoor, macro and wildlife photography. I am also working in digital HDR and infrared.

I have been a member in PSA off and on for a number of years.




Xiao Cai

Xiao Cai

I am a photographer, and my photography name is Alexander Image. I am specializing in environmental portraiture, fashion, and commercial photography.

In my childhood, I had five years of training in drawing and painting, but I never had a chance to pursue Art as my career, and after graduated from high school, I started to pursue Science instead. I got a Bachelor's degree in Mechanics in 1982 and then taught Mechanical Engineering at a university for 13 years. In 1995 I came to the United States of America from China to study Ocean Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, and finally got a Master's Degree in Computer Science in 1999. Since then, I had worked as an Internet developer for 12 years.

In 2006, I accidentally got to know a fitness model Julian Fantechi, which triggered me to learn photography. Started to learn photography in 2007, I had taken some classes in the International Center of Photography, New York, New York.

Since 2012, I mainly do stock photography.




Syed Shakhawat Kamal

Syed Shakhawat Kamal

Syed Shakhawat Kamal is the President of Phoenix Photographic Society, a renowned photographic society in Bangladesh. He started photography in the early years of his college days. He began with a Yashica MF-2 film camera back in the late eighties. He is now shooting on digital platform. With his camera, vision & passion for photography takes him places, .

He does all sorts of photography, whenever time and opportunity permits. Not only an Individual PSA member, he is also an ILFIAP member. He is now looking after the responsibility as, Country membership Director (CMD) of PSA, Country Liaison Officer (LO) of PSA to Bangladesh. Besides he is also looking after as "Exhibition Standard Director (ESD) for Region 4 of PSA.

With his leadership along with his Team - "Phoenix Photographic Society" is striving to make a significant mark to improve photography in Bangladesh. He is eager to learn and improve his photography skills every day. He sincerely believes, "We can Change our society by Photography" and keeps striving to achieve his belief.