May/June 2016


Letter from PSNWA Chairman Jay Stout

Hello everyone, this is our first Prism Newsletter in a few years, I hope you enjoy it and find it useful. It’s filled with great information about all things going on with the PSNWA, and we’d like to hear your feedback as well.

This might be my first opportunity to express my thanks to you for having the confidence and making me your Executive Chairman. I won’t take this responsibility lightly, and I am committed to the continuation of making this a great organization and to help you become a better photographer. I would also like to hear your ideas on things you would like to see happen as well.

Spring and Summer is an exciting time for most photographers. Flowers are in full bloom, water is flowing for waterfalls, and longer days make unlimited opportunities for taking that one shot that would make any photographer proud.

I hope we all have many chances to grab our cameras and get outdoors to enjoy this wonderful state we live in or maybe to some great destination you’ve been planning to visit. I also hope that you will enter some of these photos in our “Beat the Heat” Print Competition; this should be a great contest to see your creative ways to staying cool. I hope you’ve noticed that the PSNWA is taking full advantage of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) as well to get important information out there. We look forward to seeing your photos you’ve uploaded to any or all of these sites. It’s a great opportunity to communicate to each other and to share ideas about techniques you’ve learned or about some great location you’ve discovered.

I want to ensure that everyone knows about our Extended Membership opportunity for use of our studio. Our organization is one of the few photography clubs in the region that has a studio and we hope we can continue to offer that as we grow. Rent and utilities are funded by these studio members and not with our general membership dues. So, please help get the word out on this great asset so that we don’t lose it. I look forward to seeing you at our next meeting or an upcoming event. 


Image by John Baltz

Call to Enter - Beat the Heat

The Summer Members-only competition theme is “Beat the Heat”. We all know about the Summer heat in the Ozarks and there are many ways to Beat the Heat other than just staying indoors. Is it at the local lake or river or maybe by the water sprinkler. Or maybe it doesn’t involve water, let’s see how many ways to cool off during a hot Summer’s day. Let your imagination run wild with this competition theme.

Photographs will be judged on Impact, Subject Matter / Creativity, Composition, Technical Quality, and Print Presentation. Black and White and Color photographs will be accepted. Deadline to enter is June 7, 2016 (General Meeting). Up to 3 prints can be submitted in either an 8 x 10 or 8 x 12 format with optional borders no more than maximum of quarter inch, at Bedford Camera & Video; by mail to PSNWA, PO Box 8837, Fayetteville AR 72703; or in person at PSNWA general meetings till the deadline. Prints must include Name, email, phone, and competition theme on the back lower right hand corner of each print. Photos with incomplete information will be disqualified.

Photographs will not be returned. PSNWA nor Bedford’s Camera and Video will be responsible for damaged or misplaced photographs. Images may be displayed at participating Business sponsors around Northwest Arkansas post competition. Submissions are ranked by a panel of judges chaired by Janie Blanchard, PSNWA Competition Chairman. There is a gallery limit of two winning images per member that will be displayed. The top two scored images will be used to determine the images displayed if a member has multiple images ranked in the gallery range. All panel decisions are final. For more information email info@psnwa.org.

Details about the Beat the Heat photo competition are online at www.psnwa.org/ws/events/print-competition-beat-the-heat/


Images by Chuck Davis

Photography Tour of Missouri Penitentiary

May 21 & 22, 2016

Spend a weekend or a day with PSNWA, featuring a photography only tour of the Missouri State Penitentiary. “Pretty” Boy Floyd, Sonny Liston and James Earl Ray were all incarcerated here. One of the last remaining gas chambers in North America is here along with an underground dungeon, four floors of cell blocks, and tons of history. The penitentiary will be open only to PSNWA for 3 hours on Sunday morning from 8:00 to 11:00 AM on May 21st at a cost of $40 per PSNWA member and $45 per PSNWA guest.

More information at www.psnwa.org/ws/events/weekend-tour/


Images by Joseph Sparks

Featured Photographer

Joseph Sparks

Joe grew up living in a motorhome, which provided him opportunities to live in every state west of Mississippi and Florida. He has lived in Northwest Arkansas for 27 years. He has been a photographer since he was nine years old, and has only recently in the past four years been serious about photography. Joe is self-taught by reading articles on the Internet and watching YouTube videos. His first camera was a Nikon D50 - 2007. Landscape and nature are his favorite photography styles, and uses a really wide angle lens for most of his landscape photography. His favorite location to photograph is the Western United States including Colorado, Washington, Wyoming, and Oregon. He uses a digital camera. His favorite photography accessory is his iPhone because he likes to use PhotoPills app to plan out sunset/sunrise times, blue and golden hours times, star and Milky Way locations at specific times and Depth of Field charts; he also uses Google Earth to pre-scout locations. Trey Ratcliff is one of Joe’s favorite photographers that he draws inspiration from because of Trey’s unique style. Joe offers this tip to fellow photographers - “try to be different, don’t just copy shots that you have seen other photographers do. Put your own twist on your photos.” - Well said, Joe!

We have recently learned that Joe is also a poet; read below for a recent poem he created that all of you photographers will surely enjoy!

Oh Lord, won't you buy me a new Nikon lens? My friends all shoot Canons, I must make amends. Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends, So Lord, won't you buy me new Nikon lens?

Oh Lord, won't you buy me an Apple laptop? Mine crashes on me when I start Photoshop. I wait for reboot to fix my snapshot, So oh Lord, won't you buy me an Apple laptop?

Oh Lord, won't you buy me a studio in town? I'm counting on you, Lord, please don't let me down. Prove that you love me and buy the first one found, Oh Lord, won't you buy me a studio in town?


Oh Lord, won't you buy me a new Nikon lens? My friends all shoot Canons, I must make amends, Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends, So oh Lord, won't you buy me a new Nikon lens?”

J. Sparks (with a little help from Janis)

You can view more of Joesph's work on his PSNWA Profile at www.psnwa.org/ws/profile/80354/


Image by Jay Stout - First Place

Print Competition Reception

May 12, 2016

You are invited to a gallery reception Thursday, May 12, 2016 at the PSNWA Gallery & Studios.  The top images from the recent PSNWA print competition "The Waters Edge" will be on display from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Enjoy an afternoon break viewing the images and getting to know other PSNWA members.


Image by Bob Shaw - First Runner-up

"The Water's Edge" was the theme of the first quarter print competition. Photographs must simply show where the water meets land. This could be Nature Photography,  Wildlife Photography, Glamour Photography, or any genre of setting that happens at The Water's Edge.

Image by Terry Dushan - Second Runner-up

More details about the reception are on the PSNWA web site at www.psnwa.org/ws/events/at-the-waters-edge/


Photos by Chuck Davis

PSNWA Route 66 Photo Tour

PSNWA took its first weekend tour along Route 66 this last April 9 & 10. The weekend tour was guided by Greg Disch, and included a signed copy of Greg’s book “Route 66: Ghost Towns and Roadside Relics” which will be released in the coming weeks. Greg did a fantastic job of preparing each stop from Afton to Arcadia Oklahoma and was available throughout the workshop to assist participants in getting the best photos, whether by learning a new technique or just working on improving composition.



Channel 5 covering the PSNWA Help Portrait Seniors Day

Help Portrait - Seniors

PSNWA members volunteer to take senior pictures for local Marshallese High School Seniors graduating in a few weeks. These Springdale seniors are students who otherwise could not afford to have a senior portrait taken. PSNWA members took the students pictures, then edited them on site at the PSNWA Gallery & Studios.  Bedford Camera & Video will donate a small package of printed images for each student.  They also receive a CD with each image taken at the event.

Channel 5 NEWS covered this years Help Portrait for Seniors and a Facebook article about the event has over 3,500 Likes! Community service events such as Help Portrait are great opportunities to help the community while making friends among the PSNWA membership.


Image by Jay Stout

Spring Waterfall Tour

The Nature Division hosted a Spring Waterfall Tour on April 23. Although the water levels were lower with the lack of rain leading up to the event, the group still got some great photos and had a great time!


Image by John Baltz

Glamour Session at Devil’s Den

The Fashion/Glamour Division held a photo session at Moonshiners Cave in Devil’s Den State Park on April 24. The event featured three models who all had great attitudes, even though we hiked in the woods. The costumes consisted of a spin from Little Red Riding Hood, some dreamy dresses and other fairy inspired. Fearless leaders Kim Barrett and John Baltz where able to guide the group to the cave and back without incident.


Upcoming Events

PSNWA Study Group

PSNWA Gallery & Studios

May 19, 2016 - 7:00 p.m.


Weekend Photographic Tour of Missouri Penitentiary

May 21 & 22, 2016


Nature Division Meeting

Whole Hog Cafe

May 24, 2016


Adobe Photoshop Overview Class by Sonia Davis Gutierrez

PSNWA Gallery & Studios

May 26, 2016



PSNWA Board Members

Executive Chairperson    

Jay Stout                              jay.stout@psnwa.org



Ken Johnson                         ken.johnson@psnwa.org 



John Baltz                            john.baltz@psnwa.org



Michael Davis                       michael.davis@psnwa.org


Continuing Education

Cynthia Cooper                     cynthia.cooper@psnwa.org



Chuck Davis                         chuck.davis@psnwa.org


Facility Management

Bob Coleman                        bob.coleman@psnwa.org



Janie Blanchard                     janie.blanchard@psnwa.org



Kris Johnson                         kris.johnson@psnwa.org



Melissa Jones                        melissa.jones@psnwa.org



Nikki Lockett                        nikki.lockett@psnwa.org


Development & Community Service

Stephen Ironside                  stephen.ironside@psnwa.org 



Wendy Dunn                        wendy.dunn@psnwa.org