The New York Botanical Zoological Photographic Society was founded in 1953 by a group interested in sharing their love of photography. Since then, the same spirit of camaraderie and mutual interest has shaped the present club.
Today’s membership includes photographers whose experience range from beginner to professional, with an equally diverse assortment of photographic interests. Members work in color, black & white and digital manipulation, and create images of wildlife, scenic, nature, abstracts and more.
The NYBZPS offers opportunities for photographers to improve their skills, share ideas and show their work. In addition to presentations by great photographers (like Tim Grey, Jim Christensen, Shiv Verma, Ron Wyatt, George Schaub, Lou Jones, Jon Ortner and Joe LeFevre), we offer instructional presentations, workshops and monthly digital competitions. Here members get feedback on their work from a judge from outside of the club. Members can compete in their Group competition, as well as in our Theme, Black-and-White and Altered Reality competitions. Additional activities include exhibits, photo shoots and classes. After most meetings, many club members head on over to the Fordham University buffet followed by some shooting at the Botanical Gardens (it’s just across the street!) or the Zoo and you’re always welcome to join us.
JOIN US - and share your interest in photography in a friendly and supportive atmosphere!
* The Club meets twice a month on Saturday mornings from September – June at the Fordham Preparatory School (Room 243) on the Fordham University Rose Hill Campus, Bronx, New York, just across the street from the New York Botanical Gardens and close to the Bronx Zoo. Visitors are always welcomed. Directions can be found here.read more
2015-2016 Season Schedule
Here’s the schedule for our 2015-2016 season. Stay tuned for more information on the season’s presentations, lectures, workshops, competitions shortly. We hope to see all of you back for our 62nd season which runs from September 2015 to June 2016! After each meeting, many club members head on over to the all-you-can eat lunch buffet ($10) at Fordham University followed by some shooting at the Botanical Gardens (it’s just across the street!) or the Zoo, so consider joining us for that too! Each month we have a monthly photo competition where members compete in their group (open to all subject matter) and can also compete in our monthly theme competition, black-and-white competition and 5 times a season, our Altered Reality (manipulated image) competition.
Sept. 12, 2015 9:45 AM — Opening Day – Dr. Lisa Cuchara – “Creativity in camera and in post-processing (plugins, HDR, and textures)”
Join us for an exciting presentation by Lisa Cuchara for the opening of our 62nd season. Dr. Cuchara will be giving her presentation on Creativity. Learn how to be creative in your camera and in your post-processing. Long exposures, multiple exposures, overall creativity in camera and in post-processing (plugins, HDR, and textures), creative focusing (Bokeh, soft focus, focus stacking), camera movement (panning, rotate, overall creativity in camera and in post-processing (plugins, HDR, and textures, etc), neutral density, Bulb setting, white balance, filters, panoramas, perspective, composites, plugins, HDR, double tone mapping, Textures, etc.
Lisa and her husband Tom are both very active in many local, national, and international photography organizations. You may view some of their photographs here: http://www.
Join us at 9:45am. Admission is free. A raffle will be held and light refreshments will follow afterwards.
Sept. 26, 2015 9:45 AM — Competition #1 Digital, plus Altered Reality #1,Theme: Windows Judge: Roz Rosenblum.
Our first competition of the season. You’ll want to read the rules before submitting. If you’re competing in our competitions please upload your photos by Monday, September 21st at midnight. Remember to check out the instructions for uploading as well. Please note that in addition to our regular digital competitions, the theme competition and our black-and-white competition, we’ll be holding the first of five Altered Reality competitions. And, new sizing rules for your competition images. Size them at 1024 pixels ON THE LONGEST SIDE at 240dpi. Therefore your horizontal images will be 1024xXXX and the vertical images will be XXXx1024.
October 3, 2015 9:45 AM — Competition #2 plus Altered Reality #2, Theme: Water Drops Judge: Chuck Pine.
Our second competition of the season. Please upload your photos by Wednesday, September 30th.read more
Have images you’re not sure are suitable for competition? Submit them to the member critique and a panel of our Salon members will give you feedback so you can make changes and then submit the images to future competitions. Just upload your photos by Feb. 22nd.read more
Join us on February 6th for Competition #6. The judge is Martin Joffee and the Theme Competition subject is Steps, Stair or Ladders. There’s also an Altered Reality competition!read more
Our meeting for Saturday has been cancelled. In the words of our own Harvey Augenbraun who has outdone himself this time:
The weather outside will be frightful.
Being home will seem delightful.
To the club we would like to go,
But it’s gonna snow gonna snow gonna snow.
The snow will pile up so high,
Trying to get there and back will make you cry.
The weatherman says so,
We have to cancel Saturday’s show.
Instead of sitting and watching a movie,
I can think of something really groovy.
Use the latest Photoshop edition,
And get your images ready for competition.
You still have another week,
To give your images a final tweek
Stay home and stay safe! See you in February!read more