Why is the beautiful flower in the photograph out of focus, yet the mulch on the ground sharp? Photography can be tricky for the untrained eye, but local flower lovers have invited a seasoned shutterbug to share tips for capturing subjects' intended beauty.

Peggy Cathey, eight-year member of the Cleburne Camera Club who was named “Photographer of the Year” for four years, will present a program on garden photography at the Saturday, March 2 meeting of the Lone Star Iris Society.

Cathey will share helpful tips on photographing flowers, especially irises, and offer suggestions on appropriate camera settings for single flower portraits and garden landscapes. Tips will also be offered on how to best crop photos for printing and achieving the desired impact.

A selection of photos will be critiqued by Cathey, who will offer suggestions on what can be done to prevent certain problems. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own samples for additional advice.

Don't forget to take your camera - point and shoot, cell phone camera or a big fancy digital SLR - to learn the best settings for your equipment.

The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church in Hico. Refreshments will be served and the public is always welcome.

The Lone Star Iris Society will host their Spring Iris Show Sunday, April 14 at the Hico Community Center, featuring a photography division.

For more information contact Naomi Nabors at (254) 597-1183 or Mary Huggins at (254) 796-4041.