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Tom Pickering

Tom Pickering

I’m a 60-something, born-again, computer geek, photographer, musician and one-time sword fight choreographer. I live & work (though now semi-retired) at web development and photography with my wife Carolyn and kitty, Casmir (though the work ethic of the kitty is questionable at best) in Davenport, Iowa. The children are grown and raising families of their own, which of course means grandkids for us to love and spoil.

I’ve been capturing images, still & movie/video, for over 50 years now. I entered a dark room for the first time at age 13 and have been fascinated with the art of photography ever since. My first cameras were Kodak’s - a Brownie and an 8mm movie camera. At the dawn of the digital photography age, I switched to digital and never looked back at film. I transitioned into professional photography in 2006, specializing in portraits, commercial and weddings, though I’ve since stopped shooting weddings to reduce stress.

Today, I am strictly a Nikon shooter, though I have been known to snap pics with my Android phone in a pinch. For lenses, I use a Sigma 18-200mm, Tamron 60mm Macro, Tokina 100-400mm, Tamron 200-500mm, Nikkor 50mm 1.8. I like to photograph people, places & things - I guess that means everything - with a special interest in vehicles, Macro, architecture, candid portraits & the odd. Most recently I have been leveraging my Photoshop skills in creating digital art compositions.

I use Adobe Bridge for the organization of my images, jumping into Photoshop CC, On1 Photo Raw 2019, Exposure X4, Topaz Studio, Luminar 3, Affinity Photo, and others from there. Though I aim for everything right in the camera, I shoot RAW (& JPEG), so will always apply post-processing to some extent to all my images, especially my more artistic endeavors.

Formerly a vice president of the Quad Cities Photography Club, I have also served as a competition judge and projectionist there, as well as teaching various Photoshop skills. I have also been judging for PSA clubs & councils. I am the developer and webmaster of the PSA PID Digital Dialogue Study Group website, as well as one of the admins and a participant in several of the groups.

You can see some of my photo artistry at 500px, Flickr and PhotoPicks Photography & Art




MD Tanveer Hassan Rohan, PPSA

MD Tanveer Hassan Rohan, PPSA

My name is Md. Tanveer Hassan Rohan. I was born and brought up in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. My profession is business but I have an utter passion for photography and photography has been my passion for a very long time. Growing up in Dhaka, I have realized that beauty manifests in many forms. I love to travel and be in different places, meet new people, and enjoy the experience that photography offers, which is to capture Earth’s beautiful and awe-inspiring moments. I also love to experiment with my photography.

The categories within which I like to practice photography include nature, lifestyle, macro photography, landscape, street, fine arts, portraits and black and white photography.

Currently I am using Canon 6D camera and my lenses are Canon 24-104mm L4 IS USM, Canon 100mm L2.8 IS USM Macro, Canon 40mm 2.8 STM.

I use Photoshop cs6 for my post process work and also use Nik Collection plugin. I shoot in RAW.

You can see work on flickr : https://www.flickr.com/photos/rohanbd26




Rusty Pinckney

Rusty Pinckney

I live in Peoria, AZ, a northwest suburb of Phoenix. I am happily retired from the corporate world. I pursue my interest in photography via club activity and travel. In addition to PSA membership I belong to the Westbrook Village Photography Club that is affiliated with ACCC (Arizona Camera Club Counsel). We have monthly meetings as well as field trips. My responsibility for the club is to write about our past and future activities for the local news magazine. On occasion I arrange field trips for the members.

I use a Canon Power Shot SX10IS and edit with Elements.

My other interests include NFL football (Arizona Cardinals), AFL football (2014 World Champion Rattlers), cats, reading and writing. I look at the world with humor, which may be a bit off beat. I have a Face Book page and welcome members of our Digital Dialogue Group to “friend me.” I also find time to participate as a volunteer for Ben’s Bells, an organization that promotes Kindness.




Vera Djackova

Vera Djackova

My name is Vera. I specialize in portrait, family, events, wedding, and sport photography with a style consisting of colorful and energetic imagery.

I am a member of Photographic Society of America and Elgin Area Camera Club. I have two Master's degrees and like continuous learning and new challenges. I have a passion for photography for many years.

Originally I am from Lithuania but for the last 15 years live the USA.




Brenda Frezeman

Brenda Frezeman

I caught the photography bug in college, when I spent every spare minute in the darkroom. I grew up in Pennsylvania but decided four years ago that I needed a change of location. I moved to Colorado and have enjoyed exploring my new surroundings, usually with a camera in hand. I met my husband there, too. I still work for a PA-based company so travel back and forth frequently. I love to travel outside of work as well.

I'm a big fan of black and white, probably from my darkroom days. My favorite photography subjects are landscapes (big vistas and small details) and architecture, though I'm game for almost any kind of shoot. I just had a camera converted for infrared and am eager to try that. I shoot with a Nikon D800E and edit in Lightroom and Photoshop CC.

I'm a member of Englewood Camera Club and am also editor of the club newsletter. I joined PSA in 2011 and have been to two conferences.




Dan DeVries

Dan DeVries

I started taking photos in the 1980's while living in San Diego. I was heavily into underwater and desert wildlife photography. I had a Nikonos (UW) and Pentax ME Super. I got a chance to go on a 2 year sailing adventure in the early 90's, and my Pentax stopped working halfway through the trip due to salt corrosion.

I stopped taking photos for 20 years. In 2012, I bought my first digital camera to "try it out again." In 2016, I decided to pursue commercial photography for my marketing clients. I do product shots, corporate head shots (not on backdrops), and website photos. I also volunteer to take photos for non-profit events, such as fundraisers. I belong to the Rainier Hills Photo Club in Buckley, WA.

I live in Enumclaw WA, about an hour's drive southeast of Seattle. Enumclaw is on the road to Mt. Rainier Nat'l Park, and I can see the mountain when it's not raining. My wife and I live on farm where we raise sheep for their wool, and have horses, a llama and way too many dogs. (Herding dogs and livestock guard dogs.)

I shoot a Canon 5D MKlll with Canon and Tamron Lenses. I have Paul C. Buff Einstein strobes and a home studio.




Arabella Dane

Arabella Dane

Photography is such fun and I’m enjoying the path to learning. One step forward for many sideways for sure! I have a canon 70D and a lumix point and shoot and my phone of course, and enjoy using all of them.

I’ve been taking photographs all my life, but began to study it seriously in the 90’s. Most of my work has been teaching and judging photography divisions in flower shows and camera club, with an annual state fair competition with hundreds of entries.

I love plants, and all things nature except ticks and mosquitoes and poison ivy.

My go to lens for the canon is a 70-200, but I like my wide angle lens too. Thank you for letting me join the group and I look forward to sharing this path of discovery with you all.