PTD Study Groups

Study Groups

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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 Mission of the PTD Study Groups is to create for PSA members a non-competitive, enjoyable travel photography experience through mutual assistance, viewing diverse worldwide images while offering a unique learning opportunity through analysis of their and others photos.

Our members are like-minded PSA photographers who travel broadly and enjoy sharing their images. We have the opportunity of sharing our travel experiences, enjoying others experiences and improving and learning new skills. We frequently form congenial relationships with our group members.

Organization and Process

Each study group is led by a secretary. The secretary provides the new members with instructions for participating in the group and manages the group activities. Groups are normally composed of from 5 to 7 participants who submit 2 photos one month and then critique their fellow members photos the following month. The critiquing process is a good natured but evaluative analysis of each member’s submission geared to helping the photographer improve their skills. Reviews include both a written analysis and a numeric rating.
Specifically two images and their descriptors are submitted during the months of January, March, May, July, September and November. Reviews are made during the months of February, April, June, August, October and December.

Enrollment and Participation

All current PSA members are welcome to become members of the PhotoTravel Division Study groups. There is no fee for partaking in this activity. Photo Travel Study groups are password protected. To become a member of a PTD Study group complete the following enrollment form and email it to the Director.

» PTD Study Group Enrollment Form: interactive pdf

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  • Addendums to Photo Travel Definition
  • Evaluation Guidelines
  • Photo Travel Definition
    A Photo Travel image expresses the characteristic features or culture of a land as they are found naturally. There are no geographic limitations. Images from events or activities arranged specifically for photography, or of subjects directed or hired for photography are not appropriate. Close up pictures of people or objects must include features that provide information about the environment. Techniques that add, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping, are not permitted. The only allowable adjustments are removal of dust or digital noise, restoration of the appearance of the original scene, and complete conversion to greyscale monochrome. Other derivations, including infrared, are not permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear natural.