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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. However, the COVID virus has kept me away from meetings for the few that they have had. I am switching from Nikon cropped sensor cameras to the Olympus 4/3 system. The much lighter weight of the telephoto lenses is the primary reason that I am switching. So far I like the quality and ease of use of the Olympus cameras. I use Lightroom to view and Photoshop to edit my images. 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.




Wes Odell

Wes Odell

Photography has been in the family since the opening of Odell Photography in 1892, a portrait studio in a small town in Utah. Wes has been an amateur photographer for 74 years, having his own darkroom at age 12. He did serve on the faculty of the Photographic Society of America where he enjoyed "teaching novices the basics" in PSA Courses #1 and #2. His photo interests are in Mono, Vintage, Action, some limited Altered Reality, and now some Fine Art. He continues to be a Photo Contest Judge and a Mentor.

Wes is a retired software industry administrator and financial executive who after retirement taught Management and Marketing at Texas State University. Along the way, he was on the Environmental Advisory Committee to the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympics, did an assignment for the U.S. State Department in the Republic of Armenia about the free market, and was President of the Wasatch Camera Club in Salt Lake City.