PTD Study Groups

Study Groups

Liz Rylan


Submit Images /Descriptors: January 1, March 1, May 1,
July 1, September 1, and November 1

Submit Reviews by: February 1, April 1, June 1, August 1, October 1, December 1

The goal of the Photo Travel Division Study Groups is to provide PSA members who enjoy travel photography an opportunity to share and improve their knowledge and skills.

Each Round involves the submission and review of two (2) images with descriptors (such as technical information and short description of how and where the image was created) by each participant in the Study Group during a 2-month period. There is no limitation on subject matter as long as it complies with the PSA Photo Travel definition. Each Group, acting independently, conducts its activities as a series of continuous Rounds, each spanning a two-month period. The Rounds begin on the first day of the odd months (January, March, May, July, September, and November) and have two parts:

  • Part One (Collection): Begins on the first day of the Round's first month. During this time, the participants select, prepare and submit, on-line, two (2) images and related descriptors.
  • Part Two (Review): This is the essence of the program. It extends from the time the images and descriptors are posted to the first day of the following month. The members use this period to analyze the images and record their comments and ratings. To do this, the reviewers use the image descriptor information, as well as the images themselves, to prepare and submit their observations and thoughts. If a reviewing study group member feels that an image could be improved, the reviewer is encouraged to download and modify the image and submit as a visual feedback. In this way, the Reviewer can more definitively express their suggestions for improvement.
Study Group members are encouraged to keep a record of their submissions to avoid duplication of images submitted.


All current PSA members may take part in the Photo Travel Division Study groups. This is a non-competitive activity. The program has been specifically designed to provide mutual assistance and support for all the participants on a continuing basis.

A typical Study Group may have between five (5) to nine (9) members, including a Secretary who also participates in the group's activities.

The Photo Travel Study Groups are password protected for the Group participants. Anyone interested in joining a Photo Travel Study Group should contact the Director. 

Photo Travel Definition

A Photo Travel image must express the feeling of a time and place, and portray a land, its distinctive features or culture in its natural state. There are no geographical limitations. Close-up pictures of people or objects must include distinguishable environment. Techniques that add to, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping, are not permitted. All adjustments must appear natural. Conversion to full monochrome is acceptable. Derivations including infrared are unacceptable.

Photo Travel Modification:
No elements may be moved, cloned, added, deleted, rearranged, combined or changed in any way that affects the integrity of the image content. No manipulation or modification is permitted except resizing, cropping, selective lightening or darkening, and restoration of original color of the scene. No special effect filters can be added or applied, and any sharpening must appear natural.

Image adjustments allowed in Photo Travel:
  1. Exposure adjustment
  2. White balance/color correction
  3. Adjust highlight and shadow detail
  4. Adjust contrast
  5. Adjust saturation
  6. Dust spot removal
  7. Noise removal
  8. Flare removal
  9. Cropping
  10. Sizing
  11. Straightening
  12. No borders; however thin strokes are allowed to define the image if necessary