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Diana Magor, MPSA, APSA

Diana Magor, MPSA, APSA

I come from a photographic family -my Grandpa took pictures and so did both my parents. All three of their kids caught the photography bug and I spent many hours in the blacked out kitchen and then the garden shed, printing my holiday pictures. My Dad insisted if we took them, we had to print them - monochrome of course. It took a long time before I moved on to colour slides and then colour prints although I have always kept on printing mono. Over the last few years I have moved on to digital work and the darkroom is no more.

I joined the Canterbury Camera Club when I lived at home, then Cambridge University club and finally Hoylake Photographic Society when we moved north and this is where I made lots of photographic friends and improved my standard by entering monthly competitions and more recently national and international competitions. I have had success in colour competitions but feel that my mono is falling behind and that I need some help.

I always used Olympus OM1 cameras - beautifully light to carry - but I transferred to a Canon, upgrading to more recent ones as they improved. However, it got to the point where I didn't want to be carrying around the huge weight of a big camera and enormous lenses, so I researched the Micro four-thirds cameras and took the plunge, ditching the Canon and going back to Olympus. I now have the OMD EM1 with a mixture of Olympus and Lumix lenses -small and light and superb quality. It was definitely a good decision.

I am an official judge for the Lancashire & Cheshire Photographic Union, which is the North West Federation area and means I judge club competitions within that area.

My husband and I only joined PSA in January 2009 because we had noticed how many competitions were PSA as well as FIAP. We are both working for the star ratings, and have become MPSA. We were impressed by how friendly the organisation is.

I have recently become an EFIAP/b through getting acceptances in International exhibitions - another threshold passed! I became an MPSA and also a BPE3*, which is the British Crown Awards for British Exhibitions. There aren't many in the year and they are very hard to get acceptances so getting 100 accepted, which is what 3* means, is an achievement I'm very proud of. I am also an LRPS which I did a long time ago with monochrome prints and I've certainly improved since then.




Russ Butler

Russ Butler

My interest with photography began with my Father who used a Kodak 35mm rangefinder. I am currently using an Olympus 35mm OM-1 with a 50/1.8 & 100/2.8 lens and Fujifilm XT-4 with a 50/2, 85/1.8 Rokinon lens.

I am a hobbyist and member of the Boise Camera Club & Treasure Valley Camera Club

I post a Monochrome Monday image each Monday on my Facebook.

I think I am an advanced amateur photographer interested to improve my skills.




Jennifer Doerrie

Jennifer Doerrie

Hello! Although I’ve been taking photos for over 25 years, I am still fairly new to PSA, having joined in 2006. I took up digital photography about the same time I joined PSA, but I still occasionally shoot film, too.

My favorite subjects are landscapes and travel, although as an attorney for a busy non-profit organization, finding the time to travel can be a challenge. Fortunately, I am blessed to have lots of amazing scenery only a short drive from home here in Central California. Monochrome is particularly close to my heart since my early photography experiences were with T-Max and Tri-X film in the darkroom.

I’m eager to learn more about producing quality digital monochrome images.




Lynne Hollingsworth

Lynne Hollingsworth

I've been interested in photography since high school. From landscapes to macro, I enjoy it all. I think of photography as a form of self expression. With each image I try to capture reality one moment at a time.




Stephen Levitas

Stephen Levitas

Greetings to everyone. I am pleased to meet the study group members and anyone else who reads this. I am 75 years old, recently retired from information technology work. I am married with three grown children and four grandchildren. We live in a close-in Maryland suburb of Washington, DC.
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<br />I started shooting in my 20s with a Minolta SR-1--a precursor to the better-known SRT-101, but the SR-1 had no meter, so I used a hand-held meter at the time, and had my own b/w darkroom.
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<br />Then life intervened, and getting married and raising a family claimed my time. However, I always took photographs, read books about photography, looked at photographs, and went to photography exhibits and museum shows. I was always interested in what made a good photograph and why it had impact.
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<br />Now that our children are grown, I have taken up photography more intensively. I shoot with a Canon G10, a compact camera, but with full manual controls available. I chose this because I was tired of lugging a lot of equipment around--the G10 can fit in my pocket. I almost never use a tripod.
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<br />I like to shoot markets and market baskets filled with jumbles of merchandise, people on the streets and in the markets of countries all over the world, scenes with a great deal of pure black in them, and scenes specifically without a focal point to express emptiness or calm.
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<br />My wife and I travel extensively, especially to Turkey, her country. I have recently shot in India.
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<br />I edit my images with Photoshop Elements 6.0. I print at home on a small Canon three-color printer. I write extensively for my local camera club newsletter about past and current great photographers. I have been in Group 32 for 10 years, since its inception. In the last few years, I have started to visit many of the other Digital Dialog groups each month.




Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA

Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA

I am retired and enjoying my photo hobby. I have been taking photos since my college days, mostly slides at that time. I really fell in love with photography when I saw the magic of an image coming up in a B&W base hobby darkroom at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma in the 1960's. As soon as I could, I set up my own darkroom, and when I married Carol, we combined our darkrooms. Three young kids took too much time and money, and we both kind of got out of the darkroom and serious photography. After the kids were grown, and we got back into photography, it seems like digital photography was taking over, and we started scanning slides or negatives and printing them on an inkjet printer. We never set up a darkroom again, and when Carol passed away, I sold my Epson printer. Now just entering digital images for competitions, and getting photo books made for scrap books.

I am an active member of the Oklahoma Camera Club, and really enjoy the monthly competitions that we have both in prints and digital. I now use a Nikon digital camera and Photoshop to edit them. I think that taking slides helped me in my photography, because as you know, what you originally captured is what you had. Now, my digital capture at least usually gives me a good starting point to bring into Photoshop. I am having fun at trying new things in creative EID.




Asbjørn M. Olsen

Asbjørn M. Olsen

I was born and raised in Bergen, Norway. I am married, have two daughters and three grandchildren. I am now retired, and still live in Bergen.
My ''career'' in photography has followed a similar pattern as for many of my generation: I started with black and white film in the very early 70's, and did a lot of darkroom work after having joined a camera club here. Then, family life took over, and photography was more or less limited to family pics. I had a Nikon (Nikkormat) camera, which I had for more than 25 years.
I have worked in maritime commercial business all my adult life. Since around 1995 I have spent quite some time in Asia, having lived and worked in South East Asia and China for several periods.
I switched from analog to digital in 2003, when all my analog camera equipment was stolen during one of my private photo ''expeditions'' around the wild islands in eastern Indonesia. Have traveled extensively in SE Asia/China, and my wife and I still do.
My trusted camera is a Canon 5D Mark IV, plus a Mark II which I have had for about ten years. It should come as no surprise that my favorite areas of photography is travel, culture, street and people. I revived my interest in monochrome a few years back, when I had a solo exhibition with large mono images, where the profit went to a SOS Children Villages project in SE Asia.
So, many of my monochrome images are taken from those areas of interest. After I retired, I re-joined a camera club here, and now I just signed up with PSA.