Serving the Suncoast of Florida since 2004

Other Membership Benefits

From time to time LWRDPC offers other activities outside the regular meetings and field trips.


Saturday, April 15th – New Member Orientation

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in Club Activities - Other, LWRDPC Special Events | 0 comments

Lakewood Ranch Townhall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202, USA

This meeting is for both new or newish members! Or, if you are a member who would just like a refresher on all the great things our club is doing please feel free to attend! This year in an effort to help our new members feel both welcome and informed we have added Tom Lovell to our team! Tom is making it his mission to make sure everyone is up to speed on how our club works, what activities we have that will be a good fit for them, how to get involved with our club competitions etc. If you are interested in attending please let Tom know at the February meeting or email him at TOM@QUICKSERVER.US If there is something special you would like to have Tom review please just let him know. He is working very hard to make sure that nobody feels overwhelmed as they start their LWRDPC Adventure!

Saturday, March 4, 2017 – Feedback Session

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in Club Activities - Other, LWRDPC Special Events | 0 comments

feedbackOur LWRDPC Feedback sessions are an opportunity for members of our Club to bring up to 5 digital images on either a flash drive or DVD to receive comments from some of our more advanced members (judges) for positive comments. The judges help the members select what they feel are the best photos for competition. They also show on their computer some of the ways to improve photos either in Photoshop, Lightroom or Elements.

To sign up to participate in this session please contact Jo Chaney at

This event is for MEMBERS ONLY. If you wish to become a member of LWRDPC please look at the “Become A Member” area of our webpage.

Monday, March 21st – Roman Kurywczak Workshop

Posted by on Jan 14, 2016 in Club Activities - Other, LWRDPC Special Events, Meetings | 0 comments

11751431_877591745648823_5802576608567569431_nLWRDPC is pleased to announce that well known photographer and tour guide  Roman Kurywczak will be giving a free, Members Only, workshop on Monday, March 21st from 9:00am-1:00pm. The workshop will take place at the Woodland Community Church located at 9607 E State Rd 70, Bradenton, FL.

Roman was born and raised in NJ and started out attending art school in NY for graphic design in the mid- 1980’s. During that time, he received his first film camera and that moment changed the direction of his life forever! The camera allowed him to combine his love of our natural world by giving him the tool to capture all that beauty in an artistic way. He immersed myself in all technical aspects of photography, from his humble beginnings in a camera club, to now being a full time professional nature photographer. He still looks back fondly at his early years because at the camera club, he met the two people who would mentor him through the years and soon become his friends! He have won numerous awards locally as well as nationally, but his greatest achievement has been the start of my own photography tour company called Roamin’ with Roman, that caters to small groups (only 4 participants in the US) and provides individualized attention. The company has since grown to include international destinations but the satisfaction he gets from teaching on his instructional tours remains one of his most memorable photographic achievements and drives him to this day.

Sigma Photo has generously agreed to sponsor this event which allows it to be a free event for our members. A representative from Sigma will be on site to talk to those interested in their products.

Roman will be speaking to our group about 3 different topics during his workshop:

“Taking Your Macro Photography to the Next Level”

This in-depth Q&A macro photography workshop will show you the technical tips and tricks needed to take your macro photography to the next level!  Many people are comfortable with creating shallow focus macro images but Roman will show you how to achieve consistently sharp images with maximum depth of field all in a single frame!!!  Topics covered will range from gear to specific settings for you to maximize your time spent out in the field. Overcoming distracting backgrounds will be discussed in depth with photographic examples showing you how easy they are to overcome.  The use of natural light will be covered but a heavy emphasis will be placed on using flash correctly in the field to properly balance the exposure and achieve dramatic results.  We will look at some frequently used tricks by the pros that you can easily apply in the field to quickly improve your macro skills.  Many of these tips and tricks are inexpensive and can be done using the gear you already own!  During the entire lecture you can ask questions to ensure that you go home with a better understanding of all the topics covered in the program and create tack sharp macro images of your very own.

In February, 2014, he released his e-book on macro photography: “Taking Your Macro Photography to the Next Level”.

“Photographing the Nighttime Landscape”

An educational how-to program designed to open up your eyes to the possibility of photographing landscapes with the star filled sky as a backdrop all with just one shot. Questions will be encouraged during the entire presentation. The subjects covered will be on necessary equipment as well as camera setting for both star points and star trails. Some additional topics covered will be overcoming the challenges of focusing and composing at night and some minor tips on post processing the images.  The program will conclude with a segment on “light painting” of a foreground subject as well as overcoming obstacles when the conditions are less than ideal.  Students will leave with a clear understanding of the techniques required and implement them out in the field for themselves.

Roman’s e-book on the subject; “A Digital Guide to Photographing the Night Sky” was released in Feb. 2011.

“Photographing Wildlife – from Portraits to Action”

This exciting educational program will cover everything you will need to know about photographing wildlife in the field. The photographic journey will cover exotic locations such as Tanzania but also include many tips for photographing wildlife closer to home in some unexpected places.  Minimum gear requirements will be discussed for both the safety of the wildlife and the photographer.  Camera settings will be covered including what mode to use as well as choosing the right ISO for wildlife portrait work as well as action photography.  There will be plenty of images examples showing how those settings will provide impact to your images.  The program concludes with an in depth segment on photographing birds in flight.

You can find galleries, blog, gear reviews, nighttime landscape e-book, and more at:

Membership to LWRDPC is mandatory and will be verified at the door. 

To register please email Mindy Towns at 

See the Photographs here.

Wednesday, December 7th – South Florida Museum Reception

Posted by on Sep 27, 2015 in Club Activities - Other | 0 comments

PHO_museum-front-fullRecently our club participated in a quad competition between our club, Sun City Photography, Suncoast Photography Club and Sarasota Camera Club. As a result of that competition 24 of the top scoring photos qualified to be part of an exhibit at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton, FL. 

Members of the four clubs have been invited by the museum to a private  wine and cheese reception on December 2nd at 5:30pm. Entry to the reception will be free to club members. Photos will be on display beginning November 17th.

Currently there are two other photo displays on exhibit in the East Gallery, Clyde Butcher’s Cuba – The Natural Beauty and Lynn Buchanan’s Cuba On The Brink of Change. 


Salon Preparation / Feedback Session – Saturday, August 8th

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Club Activities - Other, Field Trips | 0 comments

“We are holding a special feedback session on August 8 where you can bring along up to 5 pictures on a memory stick and get advice from some of our advanced members on how you can improve the pictures you are considering entering into the Salon or FCCC competitions. Don’t miss this special session, so mark your calendars. It will run from 9 am to 12 noon at the Town Hall. This is a really great learning opportunity you should take advantage of. I’ve seen many ribbon winners as a result of last years sessions.

Why Should You Participate:

1. You are a member of a photo club that emphasizes taking quality photographs.

2. You will learn what professional judges look for in high scoring photographs.

3. You will then be able to make adjustments to your photos for other competitions.

4. This will be FUN!

Photos will be critiqued on The Twelve elements listed below in accordance to their importance.

1.) Impact is the sense one gets upon viewing an image for the first time. Compelling images evoke laughter, sadness, anger, pride, wonder or another intense emotion. There can be impact in any of these twelve elements.

2.) Technical excellence is the print quality of the image itself as it is presented for viewing. Retouching, manipulation, sharpness, exposure, printing, mounting, and correct color are some items that speak to the qualities of the physical print.

3.) Creativity is the original, fresh, and external expression of the imagination of the maker by using the medium to convey an idea, message or thought.

4.) Style is defined in a number of ways as it applies to a creative image. It might be defined by a specific genre or simply be recognizable as the characteristics of how a specific artist applies light to a subject. It can impact an image in a positive manner when the subject matter and the style are appropriate for each other, or it can have a negative effect when they are at odds.

5.) Composition is important to the design of an image, bringing all of the visual elements together in concert to express the purpose of the image. Proper composition holds the viewer in the image and prompts the viewer to look where the creator intends. Effective composition can be pleasing or disturbing, depending on the intent of the image maker.

6.) Presentation affects an image by giving it a finished look. The mats and borders used, either physical or digital, should support and enhance the image, not distract from it.

7.) Color Balance supplies harmony to an image. An image in which the tones work together, effectively supporting the image, can enhance its emotional appeal. Color balance is not always harmonious and can be used to evoke diverse feelings for effect.

8.) Center of Interest is the point or points on the image where the maker wants the viewer to stop as they view the image. There can be primary and secondary centers of interest. Occasionally there will be no specific center of interest, when the entire scene collectively serves as the center of interest.

9.) Lighting —the use and control of light—refers to how dimension, shape and roundness are defined in an image. Whether the light applied to an image is manmade or natural, proper use of it should enhance an image.

10.) Subject Matter should always be appropriate to the story being told in an image.

11.) Technique is the approach used to create the image. Printing, lighting, posing, capture, presentation media, and more are part of the technique applied to an image.

12.) Story Telling refers to the image’s ability to evoke imagination. One beautiful thing about art is that each viewer might collect his own message or read her own story in an image.