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Schedules and events are subject to change. Please check back often.

Field trip schedules and descriptions are listed on separate page.

Competition event dates are listed on a special page.

Club meetings and competitions begin at 8:00pm unless otherwise noted.

Date Event/Activity Description
February 14, 2024 The Art of Photojournalism
Brian Branch-Price
Brian will take us through the art of photojournalism using his street photography, vanishing communities and black cowboys projects.
January 24, 2024 ++ Club Competition
Shallow Depth of Field
Shallow Depth of Field:
Take a photo with an extremely shallow Depth of field. Use the lowest Aperture possible to obtain the results of the topic. F/1.4, and F/2.8 are a great start.
January 10, 2024 Club Meeting
Annual Meeting: Starts at 7:00PM
Annual Meeting: Vote for officers.

NOTE: This meeting will Start at 7:00PM

We will be having a potluck at the annual meeting on January 10th starting at 7:00 pm and would love to have as you attend in person so that we can catch up with everyone. As normal the club will provide sandwiches, coffee, hot tea and water. We would like you to bring either a salad or desert
December 13, 2023 ++ Club Competition
My Favorite Photo
Everyone has one or two favorite photos in their collection. What is yours? Enter it in this month’scompetition and let’s see it! Reminder: according to club rules, your photo cannot have won anaward in any other CdCC monthly competition.
November 8, 2023 ++ Club Competition
Pure Black and White
Pure Black and White
Description
All subjects indoor or outdoor are permitted but there should not be any color in the photo. Keep this to true black-n-white — Do not use variations such as sepia or silver tones. Let us be creative.
October 25, 2023 ++ Club Competition
Sports Photography
Since not everyone photographs sports, we’re keeping this topic broad and also including photographing games such as chess or cards. But whichever sport or game you choose, it’s important that you show the sport or game being played that means you must have people in your photo participating in the sport or game. You can’t just take an artistic picture of a chess board.

Judged by: Mike Di Stefano Video Replay
October 11, 2023 Club Meeting
Ron Wyatt Sports Photography
From Minor League to the Olympic Games: Ron Wyatt's Journey through the World of Sports Photography:
Ron Wyatt discusses capturing the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat in sports photography. Whether you're an ambitious beginner or a seasoned pro, Ron will cover equipment, camera set-up, and planning an awesome shooting strategy. Ron will also emphasize the importance of knowing the game - how to have fun photographing sports and what it's like to cover the Olympic Games.
Video Replay
September 27, 2023 ++ Club Competition
Fog and Mist
Various outdoor photo subjects are possible but the fog and mist is obviously the major element of the photo. The fog/mist should create a dramatic effect, creative mood or other special effect. Black n White or Color and Hand of Man are allowed.

Judged by: Anastasia Tompkins Video Replay
September 13, 2023 Journey with a Pro
Todd Nettlehorts
From the gear he uses and how he approaches shooting in the fields, to challenging and improving his craft - come take a walk with Todd as he shares the ins and outs of his life in the world of photography through imagery from the most intimate of spaces to photos from high above. Learn some useful tips and techniques as well as how he stays inspired and evolves as a photographer.

Video Available to Members Only
August 23, 2023 ++ Club Competition
Colors in Sky
Sunset or sunrise photography Can be taken before sunrise or after sunset when the color in the sky is magnificent. Your image can be taken as the sun is ascending or descending, as long as there is color in the sky like yellows, oranges, and reds.

Judged by: John Stritzinger Video Replay
August 9, 2023 Club Meeting
Matthew Christopher ZOOM ONLY
This will be a ZOOM only Meeting! No in-person due to Libray conflict.

Description: Join Abandoned America author and photographer Matthew Christopher for a journey through some of America's most haunting ruins - from abandoned malls and amusement parks to churches, factories, and homes, we'll explore the fascinating stories of how these places were left behind and separate fact from fiction when it comes to their past.
July 26, 2023 ++ Club Competition
Night Photography
Night photography is a lot of fun whether you focus on nature or cityscapes or a combination of both. No restrictions except your photo must have obviously been taken at night.


Judged by: Dutch Bagley Video Reply
July 12, 2023 My Multiple Exposure Evolution
Jennifer Dooley
I have always liked and enjoyed creative photography, in particular I like to abstract things, ALL things. Although, I do tend to favor graphic shapes and squiggles. After so many years, I had accumulated quite a collection of reflection abstracts; I liked doing them so much and I didn't want to stop creating them, but at the same time I wanted to make them different. They all start to look the same after a while. So I started combining them. Years later, I was attending a street photography workshop and was encouraged to shoot differently. I was bored with the shots I was getting until I realized that my camera had the ability to ghost multiple in-camera images. I started playing with graphic subjects and the movement of people and just fell in love. I started doing this on every photography shoot. And as I continued to expand my photoshop skills, I started to play with more sophisticated ways of combining images to create more ethereal, artistic and sometimes unrealistic interpretations of the world I live in. In my program, I will show you my evolution of photographic tricks and hopefully inspire you to try them for yourself.

Video Reply
June 28, 2023 ++ Club Competition
Winter
What says winter to you? Is it a fresh snowfall on a landscape? Icicles hanging from a barn roof? A fire in the fireplace? Children bundled up in snow suits? A bird sitting on a snow-covered branch Think broadly. Just make sure your photo strongly captures a winter theme

Judged by: Susan Puder Video Replay
June 14, 2023 LIGHTROOM
Rose Scodari
Basic Lightroom - Step by step from importing an image to exporting the image and everything in between. You will be shown what you should do to every image before you start adding extras or working with it in another program. After we go through the PowerPoint presentation I will answer questions and edit a photo if we have time.

Video Replay
May 24, 2023 ++ Club Competition
Dramatic Skies
Late afternoon and early evening skies that are very dramatic and striking. The dramatic sky should be the main emphasis of the photo. Various photo elements such as barns, trees, bridges etc. are OK but the dramatic sky must create the overall effect. Hand-of-Man and Black-n-White are permitted

Judged by: Mike Pillows Video Reply Doesn't have Gp4
May 10, 2023 Eastern And Southern Africa
Chris Kosseff
A Detailed Photographic Journey

“This journey will explore the beauty and the challenges of photography in remote areas of Africa. Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, Rwanda, Uganda, and Tanzania are on our itinerary. You will get to see all of the typical animals of these areas of Africa but also some that are rarely seen and can pose interesting photographic issues. No special vaccinations are required for this adventure.”

Feel free to browse my website: www.chriskosseff.com

Video Replay
April 30, 2023 Worldwide Pinhole Day
Photo shoot day
Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day.

Today is the day you must photograph your Pinhole Photos. Then Submit them to the World Pinhole Day website under the CdCC Gallery by May 31st.

Submissions (scanned photograph and submission form) must be received at www.pinholeday.org between 01:00 GMT on April 30, 2023 and 24:00 GMT on the following May 31.

For more information on Pinhole Photography Video from John A.

Submit Photos here under CdCC pinholeday.org
April 26, 2023 ++ Club Competition
Cemeteries
Cemeteries can be interesting places to photograph. Think of the symmetry of the grave markers at the Arlington National Cemetery, crumbling, vine-covered tombstones in a forgotten cemetery, beautiful and poignant objects left on graves and interesting statuary. No restrictions other than your photo must have been taken in a cemetery.

Judged By: Tom Cuchara Video Replay
April 12, 2023 Wildlife 101
Robert Zurfluh
Wildlife 101: An Introduction to Wildlife Photography by Robert
Zurfluh
Capturing wildlife is a popular genre of photography and the affordability
of longer focal length lenses by 3rd party manufacturers like
Sigma and Tamron have opened wildlife photography up to many more
photography enthusiasts more than ever before.
Robert's presentation will take you on a journey to teach you everything
you need to know to get started photographing animals in their
natural environment, covering how to find and get close to wildlife,
camera gear and settings, the best time to photograph animals in the
wild, as well as a little bit of post-processing.

Video Replay
March 22, 2023 ++ Club Competition
Cityscapes
As photographers, we often focus on natural landscapes because they are so beautiful. But cityscapes can be beautiful and interesting as well!

Judged by: Jim LasalaVideo Replay
March 8, 2023 Street Photography:
Steven Richman
A Visual Conversation: w/ Steven Richman We will talk about the various practical and artistic street photography in terms of what to look for, as well as some of the critical and canonical background, as well as some legal points to bear in mind.

Video Replay
February 22, 2023 ++ Club Competition
Macro (Close-up)
The photo should be taken from a position very near the subject. Generally this means that the lens should be focused at or near its closest focusing position. The use of close up filters, extension tubes and macro lenses is permitted. Nature or man-made objects permitted.

Judged by: Art Vaughan Video Replay
February 8, 2023 Club Meeting
High-Key / Low-Key Photography
High-key / low-key photography by Arik Gorban.
High-Key / Low-Key Photographystyles utilize lighting and exposure techniques to create moody and more expressive photographs. Different types of mood can be expressed by controlling light and shadows, brightness and contrast, and light direction and quality. In this program, Arik defines high-key and low-key photography styles, discusses the characteristics and effects of each style, shares lighting and shooting techniques for creating high-key and low-key pictures, and demonstrates some simple post processing techniques to fine tune the pictures. Examples of high-key and low-key pictures shared in the presentation cover various types of subjects, including portraiture, still life, architecture, flowers, and street. While lighting and advanced post processing techniques may allow for a wider range of high-key and low-key photo opportunities, most of the techniques and 7 examples shared in this presentation are simple and do not require advanced equipment or post processing skills.

Video Replay
January 25, 2023 ++ Club Competition
Book, Movie, Song Titles
This is an OPEN competition. Enter your favorite photo, your best photo or both! The sky's the limit here … just be sure to find a title that fits the topic … does NOT have to be a popular title … just find one (Google is our friend!).

Judged by: Al Brown Video Replay
January 11, 2023 Club Meeting Annual Meeting: Vote for officers. This year bring your camera for some play time.

Video Replay
December 14, 2022 ++ Club Competition Make your Photo not a Photo - Take a photo and turn it into a work of art using your camera settings or digital software manipulation. Try to make it no longer look like a photograph, but like some other type of art medium (i.e. a sketch, or an oil painting or watercolor).

Judged by: Lisa CucharaVideo Replay
November 23, 2022 Thanksgiving - no meeting NO MEETING, Holiday
November 9, 2022 ++ Club Competition Broken Down - For this competition it is all about what doesn't work, what is lying around and broken down. There can be a lot of beauty in things that are old and rusting away; get a closer look to see the cracks and the decay. The subject of your photo must obviously be broken down. B&W and color images are permitted as is hand of man.

Judged by: Mike Pillows Video Replay
October 26, 2022 ++ Club Competition Color Landscapes - Take a photo of a landscape. The more colorful, the better! Hand of man will be allowed (i.e. your photo can also include people, buildings, fences, etc.)


Judged by: John Stritzinger.Video Replay
October 12, 2022 Club Meeting A Passion for Wildlife Photography, The Stories Behind the Images presented by Irene Sacilotto

Video Replay
September 28, 2022 ++ Club Competition Markets - Markets are a feast for the eyes, and fun to photograph. Everything is on display as crowds of customers wander, picking their items to buy. For this competition, photograph subjects that strike your senses at the market. Notice arrangements of fresh foods and produce with varied colors and textures. The heated conversation between the customer and the butcher. Rows of cans. A flea market stall with homemade silver jewelry for sale. Markets can be indoor or outdoor, small or super-sized, and sell any assortment of items. Show your most captivating market image!

Judged by: Jim LasalaVideo Replay
September 14, 2022 Club Meeting The Art of Landscape presented by Kah-Wai Lin

Video Replay
August 24, 2022 NO SUMMER MEETING -
August 10, 2022 NO SUMMER MEETING - ' -
July 27, 2022 NO SUMMER MEETING - ' -
July 13, 2022 NO SUMMER MEETING -
June 22, 2022 ++ Club Competition No Hand of Man - A nature photograph that shows nothing man-made and no hand of man. It can be anything in nature: animals, birds, insects, plants, flowers, etc. Note: we will allow hybridized plants and flowers for this specific competition. So for instance photos that are of, or include sunflowers, irises, and tulips will be allowed. But remember, a photo of a planted field of flowers or a garden WOULD be considered hand of man and disqualified.

Judged by: Art VaughanVideo Replay
June 8, 2022 Club Meeting Painting with Light; A Transformative Process presented by Harold Ross

NO RECORDING
May 25, 2022 ++ Club Competition Bridges - Your photo must include one or more bridges or part(s) of a bridge as the main subject. Covered bridges, suspension bridges, overpasses, and footbridges are all suitable examples. More than one bridge or only a portion of a bridge in the image is permitted. Obviously, hand of man is allowed and your image can be color or BW.

Judged by: Ron Wyatt.Video Replay
May 11, 2022 Club Meeting Motion Photography presented by Besty Wilson
Motion – so many different interpretations!
We can freeze a moment in time , capture a special moment at the height of action, see things in ways that our eyes cannot, or capture or create a mood.

Video Replay
April 27, 2022 ++ Club Competition
Chruch Windows
Chruch Windows - The main subject of this image must be a window opening at a religious institution, i.e. a church, temple, synagogue or mosque. Examples include photos of stained glass or wavy glass windows, views through an arched church window, reflections off of the window glass etc. Hand of man is permitted, as are B&W or color images.

Judged By: Tom CucharaVideo Replay
April 13, 2022 Club Meeting Why Black and White presented by Cole Thompson

Video Replay
March 23, 2022 ++ Club Competition
Panorama
Panorama - Create a panorama that is at least three times the height of or width of a standard photograph. This may be accomplished by stitching at least 3 images together using editing software, or using a camera or cell phone that has this capability in-camera.- Create a panorama that is at least three times the height of or width of a standard photograph. This may be accomplished by stitching at least 3 images together using editing software, or using a camera or cell phone that has this capability in-camera.

Judged by: Anastasia TompkinsVideo Replay
March 2, 2022 Club Meeting 'This is Livin' presented by Sharon Farmer

Will be held on MARCH 2, 2022 from 8 to 10 PM

Video Replay
February 23, 2022 ++ Club Competition
Arch or Arches
Arch or Arches An arch is a vertical curved structure that spans an elevated space. Your photograph must include an arch or many arches as the subject. Examples could include church windows, weeping bamboo, bridges, some building features, McDonald's, or make one yourself. Be creative. Hand of man is permitted. BW or color allowed.

Judged by: Henry RowanVideo Replay
February 12, 2022 Club Meeting
NOT OUR USUAL MEETING DAY
Rediscovering Europe's Forgotten Heritage
Feb 12, 2022 @4PM

After a chance encounter with an abandoned jet engine testing establishment, Matt Emmett was drawn into the world of abandoned photography, he became obsessed with the fascinating back stories and tangible sense of place and history at the locations he visited. Capturing and bringing these stories into peoples homes via his social channels has evolved into a decade long project titled, 'Forgotten Heritage

From the crumbling shells of Italy’s abandoned villas and asylums to the raw spectacle of Belgium’s rusting industrial remnants. Immense and powerful beauty is revealed in the images he brings back from places long forgotten by humans. The images, although produced primarily as art also form an important collection with regards to visual preservation of our built environment and heritage, many of the places Emmett has captured have since been redeveloped or demolished.

Replay for members only, email for link To send email letter
January 26, 2022 ++ Club Competition An Obviously Altered Photo Take a photo of any subject at all and alter the image in-camera or edit/alter that photo using software such as Photoshop, Photoshop Elements., Topaz, etc. Do anything you want to change it. Some post processing examples - converting your image to black and white, enhancing the colors, using a creative filter, overlaying a texture or adding elements to the photo that weren't there originally. Only rule: it must be obvious to the viewer that the photo was altered either in camera or post processing

Judged by: Barbra Warren Video Replay
January 12, 2022 Club Meeting Annual General Meeting - Meet to elect officers of the club and present Best of Year Award.

Video Replay
December 8, 2021 ++ Club Competition Leaves and Needles - Photograph a leaf (or leaves) or needles. Trees, flowers, grass, wheat and other grains, indoor house plants - all have leaves - many in diverse colors and shapes.

Judged by: Robert ZurfluhVideo Replay
November 10, 2021 ++ Club Competition Street Photography - Street photography is photography in a very public place (anywhere in the world). The setting enables the photographer to take pictures of strangers, often without their knowledge. Street photographers do not necessarily have a social purpose in mind, but prefer to isolate and capture moments which might otherwise go unnoticed.
Street photography usually include people, but they do not necessarily have to.

Judged by: Jim Lasala Video Replay
October 27, 2021 ++ Club Competition Trees - Take a photo of trees. One tree or many trees, but the main subject of the photo must be the tree(s).

Judged By: Art Vaughan Video Replay
October 13, 2021 Club Meeting How to self assign a topic, build a portfolio and tell a story - Ron Wyatt
Before you take that next photography trip or photo stroll consider how to create a story about your trip through the images you take. Learn how to look beyond the obvious images seen when Googling a location and create something special. See how you can weave your story from beginning to end using different angles from wide to macros, capturing portraits, wildlife and landscapes. The ending result will be a visually satisfying and complete story of your trip that you'll share over and over again.

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September 22, 2021 ++ Club Competition Garden Wildlife - Our own garden oases and public gardens such as Rutgers Gardens or Sayen Gardens are rich in wildlife; bees, butterflies, spiders, dragonflies, birds, hummingbird moths, frogs and other insects.
Photograph close-up garden plants and their wildlife visitors, or ponds and their wildlife visitors, any type of wildlife you will see in a garden is fine.

Judged By: Lisa LangellVideo Replay
September 8, 2021 Club Meeting Creative Photo Art - Anastasia Tompkins

Video Replay
June 23, 2021 ++ Club Competition Outdoor Macro Photography - Extreme close-ups or true life-size photos taken outdoors. Flowers, leaves, small animals and butterflies all make great macro subjects. Hand-of-man may be included in the photo.
Photo must be taken outdoors.

Judged by Harvey Augenbaum Video Replay
June 9, 2021 Club Meeting Living in the Moment with Photography - Dalanie Franklin
Discussion on finding the path of mindfulness in photography and how it helped me find alternative solutions to deal with the current effects of the world. I will also touch base on how my meet-up group aims to help others find a little peace in this busy, stressful environment.

Video Replay
May 26, 2021 ++ Club Competition
Photo Abstract
Photo Abstract - In this challenge, the subject should not be immediately recognizable. Instead, shape, line, texture, pattern and/or color predominate.

Judged by: Anastasia Tompkins Video Replay
May 12, 2021 Club Meeting Finding the light - Jean Merrill
How to take good photographs by finding the light

Video Replay
April 28, 2021 ++ Club Competition Barns - Barns are wonderful to photograph, either by themselves or as an integral part of landscape. Your barn can be old or new, in use or abandoned.

Judged by: Ron Wyatt Video Replay
April 14, 2021 Club Meeting Seeing in a Different Light - Tom Shanahan
A discussion of utilizing the near infrared spectrum to create evocative images. This talk will include a survey of the equipment and techniques I personally use to create images with infrared light. This will be followed by a question and answer period while I present a collection of my infrared images while we discuss the process of creating images in this often misunderstood part of the spectrum.

Video Replay
March 10, 2021 ++ Club Competition The Power of Three - Three things, living or inanimate objects (or in combination), are the primary subject of the photograph. They need not be the same three things.

The Power of Tree, Judged by: Al BrownVideo Replay
February 24, 2021 ++ Club Competition Black and White Only - Take/convert photo to a black and white image having only shades of gray. The skies the limit! Any subject is permitted.

Hint: Photos with a lot of contrast (black blacks and white whites, but not blown out) convert best to black and white. No colors, tones or sepia allowed.

Judged by: Henry Rowan Video Replay
February 10, 2021 Club Meeting Frozen treats for the eyes - Anna Thurber

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January 27, 2021 ++ Club Competition Architecture - Old, new, small, large, a piece of a whole, the exterior, interior -- whatever suits you!

Hint : In architecture photography, you need to focus on composition rules a lot. A building can look stunning, but if you don't know how to fit it in your frame, it might look average in photos.

Judged by: Barbra WarrenVideo Replay
January 13, 2021 Club Meeting Start at 7:30pm for Best of Year results
8:00pm Making Meaningful Judgments about Photographs - Joel Morgovsky
December 9, 2020 ++ Club Competition Silhouettes
Shoot a silhouette. Silhouettes are fun and easy. In a silhouette, you shoot towards your light source, blocking the light. Your subject becomes black/in shadows against a bright background.
Examples: Statues make good subjects for silhouettes.

Judged by: Brian SzaboVideo Replay
November 11, 2020 ++ Club Competition Abstracts and Patterns in Nature
Create an abstract image from nature or caused by nature Abstract images may contain a small portion of an object or multiple objects. An abstract will often concentrate on a limited area of a subject that reveals a shape, pattern, form, color or texture.
Abstracts in nature are easily found if you look for them. Some examples: patterns in beach sand, snowflakes, ice crystals, a spider web, the curves of a shell, the bark of a tree, water on petals, flower stamens (the center part of a flower), waves on the water.
Enhancing/altering your photo using editing software is permitted.

Judged by: Becky WittVideo Replay
October 28, 2020 ++ Club Competition Wildlife
Photograph any type of wildlife, preferably not in capativity (not in a zoo). Show some interesting action rather than simply a profile photo.
Birds, reptiles, insects/butterflies, amphibians are all permitted.
Humans are not included as wildlife and should not be in the photo. Domesticated animals not permitted.

Judged by: Phil EchoVideo Replay
October 14, 2020 Club Meeting Photographing Birds Creatively using silhouette and backlight - Ray Hennessy

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September 23, 2020 ++ Club Competition Abandonment and Decay
Photograph an abandoned building or structures, or man-made objects in some state of decay. Either the inside or outside of the building/structures is acceptable.
Examples of decaying objects you may find to photograph: automobiles, trucks, machines or tools. Anything mad-made is an acceptable object.

Judged by: Al BrownVideo Replay
September 2, 2020 Club Meeting Light on the Land by:Steve Gettle of Gettle Photography
This will be a Zoom meeting.
Description: The world is filled with scenic splendor. Learn how to create stunning images of the land. We will not only cover techniques to photograph the grand sweeping vista, but also move in close and look at creating portraits of the details in our natural world: from intimate forest scenes, to flowers and the beautiful patterns present in the natural world. Learn how to “see the picture” and how to find order and create beauty in the chaos.
NO RECORDING
June 20, 2020 Club Meeting Picnic
Location to be determined.Canceled
June 10, 2020 ++ Club Competition Motion
Photograph humans, animals/birds or objects in motion. Use your camera settings to either freeze the action or blur the motion (for instance panning).
Some examples: sporting events, children playing, birds in flight, planes in the air, cars driving by, a waterwheel spinning, a waterfall, a Ferris wheel. Any subject goes - as long as it is something obviously an object in motion.
Firework photos not allowed.

Judged by: Beth StarVideo Replay
May 27, 2020 ++ Club Competition Long Exposures
Take an image of a subject using a long exposure to blur or smooth out motion.
Examples of subjects: water falls, rivers, large bodies of water, skies or carnival rides. Long exposures - use a long exposure to slow or blur motion/smooth water etc. With less light entering the lens, the shutter speed needs to be much longer.
A neutral density filter allow you to shoot longer exposures in brighter daytime lighting.

Judged by: Richard Lewis Video Replay
May 13, 2020 Club Meeting How Much Manipulation is Enough? with Nick Palmieri

The previously advertised talk by James Venuti has been postponed to a later date.

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April 22, 2020 ++ Club Competition Reflections
Photograph an image that contains a reflection of any type of surface. For instance, reflections on metal, glass, or water. A very straightforward challenge.

Judged by: Dave Des RocherVideo Replay
March 25, 2020 ++ Club Competition Leading Lines
Take a photo with Leading Lines.
Definition: Leading lines are compositional elements - straight, curved, or irregular - that lead the viewer's eye into the image.
Examples of subjects include, but are limited to paths, streams, roads, wires, and fences.

Judged by: Ron WyattVideo Replay
March 11, 2020 Club Meeting Creative Photography - Robin Rielly
Most of the photography that we practice concerns identifying objects of interest, isolating their important elements, and arranging them in an interesting manner. This is what I call “reactive” photography.
Creative, or “pro-active” photography stems from the photographer’s imagination. The creative photographer envisions an image and then seeks to create it using various tools.
Where do we get the inspiration for these images and how does the photographer’s thought pattern work? We will see where the inspiration begins for various creative images and how they are created.
February 26, 2020 ++ Club Competition Black and White Only
Take/convert photo to a black and white image having only shades of grey. The skies the limit! Any subject is permitted.
Hint : Photos with a lot of contrast( black blacks and white whites, but not blown out) convert best to black and white. No colors, tones or sepia allowed.
February 12, 2020 Club Meeting Photographing the NJ Pine Barrens - Richard Lewis
- What and where are the Pine Barrens
- Composition in this challenging environment. This information also applies to just about any flat landscape.
- How to find locations
- Recommended camera and personal gear
January 22, 2020 ++ Club Competition Detail Is Everything
Enter your images where a detail in the photo is what makes the image special.
Every picture has a feature critical to its composition. In a macro, it could be the insect you're photographing. In a wide angle shot it's the foreground feature. In a telephoto, it's the detail that lets the viewer understand the significance of the shot.
Examples: A landscape where you have focused on a log lying on the ground and pointing into the photo; with a telephoto, a shot of a bird on the ground where only the bird is in focus - both the foreground and background are out of focus. With a macro shot, the antenna on your insect is the sharpest part in focus.
January 8, 2020 Club Meeting Club Annual General Meeting and Pot Luck.
December 11, 2019 ++ Club Competition Photograph Fences - When you are shooting outside, fences make wonderful elements for use in your photography. They can help you divide your image into the rule of thirds, give your subjects something to interact with and even offer some leading lines for stronger compositions. Be it wood, iron or wire, you can't beat a good fence to help improve your image!
November 13, 2019 ++ Club Competition Photograph Trash - It is amazing what people throw out - one man's trash is another man's treasure - and what terrific photographic opportunities! The challenge is to keep your eyes open for those diamonds in the rough, especially when you're going through places like junk yards or abandoned locations. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!
October 23, 2019 ++ Club Competition Photograph Landscape - Another challenge for anybody with an interest in photography is the landscape genre. There's one critical ingredient for any successful landscape photograph and that's clouds. Clouds add instant drama to landscapes - nothing says drab more than a boring sky. What if you don't have an interesting sky? Crop as close to the horizon as possible!
September 25, 2019 ++ Club Competition Photograph Circles - This challenge is solely reliant on your going out and finding the shot before you snap a single image. You're on the hunt for anything circular - that's a broad range of subjects at your discretion. The circle can be your actual subject - or the circle can frame your subject. It won't be long before you are seeing circles everywhere!
(NOTE: The image must include full circles … arcs, semi-circles, etc. alone are not what we're looking for. These can be included provided there's at least one full circle in the image.)
(NOTE2: A circle seen at an angle may not LOOK fully circular, but everyone knows wagon wheels and car wheels are circles, so don't make yourself crazy trying to shoot head-on! That wouldn't make a very pleasing photo in many cases, anyway!)
September 11, 2019 Club Meeting Bird photography - Tam Stuart.
All about bird photography - tips, techniques, equipment, bird anatomy and behavior, digital editing, etc. Will discuss some technical issues such as light diffraction and mirrorless camera systems, and will include lots of photos.
August 28, 2019 Club Meeting Macro workshop - Several stations will be setup where participants can practice their macro shooting skills or get tips from members.
August 14, 2019 ++ Club Competition Photograph Shadows - Shadows are something a lot of photographers try and avoid, but the challenge here is to make them work to your advantage. Pay attention to the shape of the shadows - or how they can separate your composition. Use them as subtle, graphic elements to help tell your story. You might even use your flash to create some of your own.
July 24, 2019 ++ Club Competition Photograph Bugs - Bugs are probably the most popular subjects to photograph in close-up or macro - next to flowers, of course. The challenge: show off something we haven't seen yet - as in the example below (on the card), a praying mantis making a snack of a poor, little lady bug. The most successful image will be one that evokes some sort of emotion from your audience.
July 10, 2019 Club Meeting Lightroom - file management, editing and travel. PART 2 - Joe Gilchrist
June 26, 2019 ++ Club Competition Photograph Texture - The challenge here is to infuse your images with texture. Taking a two-dimensional print and giving it the feel of a 3D experience by introducing texture is a sure-fire way of distinguishing your work from those around you. It's all about the angle of your light and working with the shadows to take full advantage of the existing textures. Textures that compliment your image can be added during post-processing to enhance the image and for creative expression.
June 12, 2019 Club Meeting Fun with Bokeh - Patricia Hart Zackman

“Bokeh”, a Japanese word meaning blur, has appeared in
photographs since the early days of photography. Not until 1997 was there a word to describe the out of focus highlights
produced by a wide open aperture.
The first part of the meeting will be an interactive discussion of bokeh and the second part will be a hands on workshop. Bring your fastest lens (min f2.8) and discover natural bokeh. We will also create our own bokeh, using a DIY KIT with shapes to create fun images.
I will bring a light source and props as well as a sample kit.
If you would like to purchase the DIY kit it is available at the following link https://www.bokehmasterskit.com/ or from B& H Photo or Adorama.
May 22, 2019 ++ Club Competition Photograph The Color Red - The color red is probably one of the most challenging colors to photograph because it over saturates very easily. You'll know when you've got it when you can see the dozen shades of red in your subject. Don't take the easy way out and do a limited-color effect in post. Red is a passionate color = let your imagination run wild! (NOTE: The image does NOT need to be all red. Red is a warm color and usually moves to the front of the image, depending on the other colors around it, so it doesn't need to be a large part of the image … just needs to stand out.)
May 8, 2019 Club Meeting Light Painting - Loren Fisher
April 24, 2019 ++ Club Competition Photograph Letters - Including words in your images introduces a graphic element for your viewers to interact with - further revealing the story of your image. Words can lend a particular voice to the composition - whether whimsical, like the sample below (on the card) or something with a bit more gravitas. Don't be afraid to go in tight and give us just a simple letter!
April 10, 2019 Club Meeting Sports Photography - Terry Donofrio

Terry will discuss the approaches that he has used to photograph 15 major Sports over the last 8 years. He will present the key aspects of the different sports including the similarities and differences and how they effect the photographers ability to produce a good sports photo. Terry will consider the key methods he has used in various sports to produce good and exceptional images as well as discussing what makes a good sports photo.
March 27, 2019 ++ Club Competition Photograph Machinery - Subjects like machinery are fantastic because, more often than not, you have complete control over everything from lighting to composition. A tripod will help you hone your composition into a very compelling image … and if you fill the frame with your subject, all sense of perspective can be lost, which creates a fantastic photograph.
March 13, 2019 Club Meeting Large Mammal Photography - Chris Kosseff

In this presentation, I will share some of what I have learned about capturing quality photographs of animals. It is my hope that there will be a lively discussion of issues and that my passion, if not skill, will generate enthusiasm among attendees. The plan is to have an interactive evening that is fun, educational and highlighted with some photographs of the beauty in our world.
February 27, 2019 ++ Club Competition Photograph Still Life - One of the best ways to learn your camera and gear is through still life photography. You have total control over everything from your subjects to your lighting to your story. Get set up on a tripod and start snapping. Check your composition and adjust as needed. Do this enough and soon you'll have a feel for everything that's possible with your gear. (NOTE: for this one, there is no excuse for getting it wrong. You really DO have total control!)
February 13, 2019 Club Meeting Lightroom - file management, editing and travel - Joe Gilchrist
January 23, 2019 ++ Club Competition Book, Movie, Song Titles - This is an OPEN competition. Enter your favorite photo, your best photo or both! The sky's the limit here … just be sure to find a title that fits the topic … does NOT have to be a popular title … just find one (Google is our friend!).
January 9, 2019 Club Meeting Annual general meeting.
December 19, 2018 ++ Club Competition Photograph a Spiritual Site - Houses of worship are, by their very nature, inspiring in both their architecture and their symbolism. ...
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November 28, 2018 ++ Club Competition Photograph Road Signs - Road signs point us in the right direction, but are mostly forgotten as soon as we pass them - but what wonderful photographic subjects they make. ...
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November 14, 2018 Club Meeting The Milky Way - Mike Ver Sprill
October 24, 2018 ++ Club Competition Photograph Weather - Weather is something we deal with on a daily basis and can offer up some of our most magnificent photographic opportunities. ...
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October 10, 2018 Club Meeting Sports Photography - Eric Downs
September 26, 2018 ++ Club Competition Photograph Technology - This challenge is all about technology, but don't limit yourself to today's advancements! ...
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September 12, 2018 Club Meeting IMAGE DESIGN: Using the Principles of Design to Create Better Photos - Jennifer King
August 22, 2018 ++ Club Competition Photograph a Sunset - Sunsets rank pretty high on the list of photographic clichés, but with the light fading and you struggling to find that 'right moment' - a more challenging experience you'll never find. ...
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August 8, 2018 Club Meeting Bird Photography - Ray Hennessy
July 25, 2018 ++ Club Competition Photograph Statuary - Statuary are ideal subjects to begin understanding light. ...
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July 11, 2018 Club Meeting 12 Days in Utah and Arizona - Robert Zurfluh
June 27, 2018 ++ Club Competition Photograph Light - A deceptive challenge, this is. We all photograph light - it's our paint brush. ...
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June 13, 2018 Club Meeting Anatomy of a Picture - Ron Pearl
May 23, 2018 ++ Club Competition Photograph Hands at Work - Hands tell us so much about one's life, their trade and a bit about their past. ...
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May 9, 2018 Club Meeting Photographing Architectural Interiors -Padma Inguva
April 25, 2018 ++ Club Competition Photograph Benches - Park benches are situated in ideal locations, taking advantage of both light and setting. ...
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April 11, 2018 Club Meeting Wild Life Photography - Greg DeAngelis
March 28, 2018 ++ Club Competition Photograph Bokeh - You're going to need some really good glass for this challenge - something that opens way up to f2.8 or even f1.4. ...
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March 14, 2018 Club Meeting Hosting PSA PID Judging for Group E competition
February 28, 2018 ++ Club Competition Photograph a Door - Doors are mysterious objects - and a natural subject for photographers. ...Click here for full description
February 14, 2018 Club Meeting Hosting NJFCC Winter Pictorial Competition
January 24, 2018 ++ Club Competition Photograph Lines - Lines are wonderful tools to help us photographers lead the viewers eyes through our images. ...
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January 10, 2018 Club Meeting Election / Best of Year choice
December 27, 2017 ++ Club Competition Theme: Multiple Images
November 8, 2017 ++ Club Competition Theme: Wings
October 25, 2017 ++ Club Competition Theme: Macro in Nature
October 11, 2017 Club Meeting Nick Palmieri - How Much Digital Manipulation is Enough?
September 27, 2017 ++ Club Competition Theme: High Noon
September 13, 2017 Club Meeting Matthew Christopher - Abandoned America
August 23, 2017 ++ Club Competition Theme: Architectural Elements
August 9, 2017 Club Meeting John Sandstedt - The Magic of Monochrome.
July 26, 2017 ++ Club Competition Theme: Diners
July 12, 2017 Club Meeting Nat Clymer - PR portraiture w/ studio lighting setup
June 28, 2017 ++ Club Competition Theme: Childrens Toys
June 14, 2017 Club Meeting The Magic of Monochrome - John Sandstedt
May 24, 2017 ++ Club Competition Theme: Signs
May 10, 2017 Club Meeting Moscow Ballet : Ron Wyatt
April 26, 2017 ++ Club Competition Theme: Fire and/or Smoke
April 12, 2017 Club Meeting Padma Inguva -Floral Photography
March 22, 2017 ++ Club Competition Theme: Shallow Depth of Field
March 8, 2017 Club Meeting Canadian Rockies - Robert Zurfluh
February 22, 2017 ++ Club Competition Theme: Keeping Time
February 8, 2017 Club Meeting Galapagos. Wendy Sisson, Will Cooke, Dave Sanders, Ken Henriques
January 25, 2017 ++ Club Competition Theme: Movie, Song or Book
January 11, 2017 Club Meeting Annual General Meeting
December 28, 2016 ++ Club Competition Theme: Black and White
December 14, 2016 Club Meeting See Yourself in Print – Self Publishing your Photo Book
Speaker Doug Goodell
November 23, 2016 ++ Club Competition Theme: Leaves
November 9, 2016 Club Meeting Architectural Photography
Speaker Rich Despins
October 26, 2016 ++ Club Competition Theme: Games People Play
September 28, 2016 ++ Club Competition Theme: Markets
September 14, 2016 Club Meeting TBD
Speaker Miles Truesdell
August 24, 2016 ++ Club Competition Theme: No Hand of Man
August 10, 2016 Club Meeting Open. Stay tuned.
July 27, 2016 ++ Club Competition Theme: Geometric Shapes
July 13, 2016 Club Meeting Drone Photography
Speaker Richard Lewis
June 22, 2016 ++ Club Competition Theme: Cemeteries
June 8, 2016 Club Meeting Meeting cancelled
May 25, 2016 ++ Club Competition Theme: Rocks and Stones
May 11, 2016 Club Meeting Assessing The Future Of Florida’s High Tides and Flooding Problems From Above And On The Ground
Speaker Bill Hoo
April 27, 2016 ++ Club Competition Theme: Winter Scenes
April 13, 2016 Club Meeting South Africa Trip
Speaker Jack Frohbieter
March 23, 2016 ++ Club Competition Theme: Side Lighting
March 9, 2016 Club Meeting The club will be hosting a PSA competition.
February 24, 2016 ++ Club Competition Theme: Human Faces
January 27, 2016 ++ Club Competition Theme: Movie/Song/Book Title
January 13, 2016 Club Meeting Annual general meeting
December 9, 2015 ++ Club Competition Theme: Macros
November 25, 2015 ++ Club Competition Theme: Extreme Perspective
November 11, 2015 Club Meeting Jim Haklar will speak about Astrophotography
October 28, 2015 ++ Club Competition Theme: Abandoned Buildings
October 14, 2015 Club Meeting Denise Silva will give a presentation on Textures and Blending
September 9, 2015 ++ Club Competition Theme: Arches
August 12, 2015 ++ Club Competition Theme: Silhouettes
July 22, 2015 ++ Club Competition Theme: Twilight Time
July 8, 2015 Club Meeting Paula Dulski will speak about her Africa Trip Highlights
June 24, 2015 ++ Club Competition Theme: Patterns in Nature
June 10, 2015 Club Meeting Steven Richman will speak on The Photographer's Legal Rights.
May 27, 2015 ++ Club Competition Theme: Abstract
May 13, 2015 Club Meeting Jacki Dickert will give a talk on Digital IR Photography.
April 27, 2015 ++ Club Competition Theme: Winter Scenes
April 22, 2015 ++ Club Competition Theme: Negative Space
April 8, 2015 Club Meeting Ken Curtis as well as Greg and Linda DeAngelis will speak on Iceland Adventure.
March 25, 2015 ++ Club Competition Theme: Window Light
March 11, 2015 Club Meeting Vicki DeVico will give a talk on Create Art from Photographs.
February 25, 2015 ++ Club Competition Theme: Effects of Weather
February 11, 2015 Club Meeting Our club will be hosting the NJFCC's Winter Pictorial competition. Judging by Vicki DeVico, Nick Palmieri and Greg DeAngelis.
January 28, 2015 ++ Club Competition Theme: Roadscapes
January 14, 2015 Club Meeting Annual club supper meeting. Members will select the Best of the Year photo.
January 5, 2015 Club Meeting Bob Mulholland will speak about OCR Sports Photography
December 10, 2014 ++ Club Competition Theme: Framed View
November 26, 2014 ++ Club Competition Theme: B & W + One Color
November 12, 2014 Club Meeting Dave DesRochers will give a talk entitled Artist Earth - A Guide to Landscape Photography.
October 22, 2014 ++ Club Competition Theme: Backlit
October 8, 2014 Club Meeting Albert Horner will speak on Pinelands Fine Art Photography.
September 10, 2014 ++ Club Competition Theme: Water In Motion
August 13, 2014 ++ Club Competition Theme: Light Painting
July 23, 2014 ++ Club Competition Theme: Technoscape
July 9, 2014 Club Meeting Denise Bush will give a talk on Slow It Down! Long Exposures A Creative Choice.
June 25, 2014 ++ Club Competition Theme: Shallow Depth of Field
June 11, 2014 Club Meeting Nat Clymer will be giving a talk on portraiture and applying individualism to achieve a personalized result.
May 28, 2014 ++ Club Competition Theme: Red, Yellow or Blue
May 14, 2014 Club Meeting Our club will judge PSA images for the May, 2014 competition.
April 23, 2014 ++ Club Competition Theme: Nature
April 9, 2014 Club Meeting Ken Curtis will present Winter in the Tetons and Yellowstone.
March 26, 2014 ++ Club Competition Theme: Stairs
March 12, 2014 Club Meeting Brien Szabo will present The Beauty of Nature in the Northeast.
February 26, 2014 ++ Club Competition Theme: Food Photography
February 12, 2014 Club Meeting TBD
January 22, 2014 ++ Club Competition Theme: Reflections
January 8, 2014 Club Meeting Annual meeting. Best of Year photos, election of officers and party.
December 25, 2013 Club Meeting No Meeting Christmas
December 11, 2013 ++ Club Competition Theme: Night Photography
November 27, 2013 ++ Club Competition Theme: Vacation Photo
November 13, 2013 Club Meeting Jacki Dickert will give a talk on Creative Nature Photography.
October 23, 2013 ++ Club Competition Theme: Live Animals
October 9, 2013 Club Meeting Barb Warren will give an introduction to Lightroom for post processing with a focus on traveling in Turkey.
September 25, 2013 ++ Club Competition Theme: Motion
September 11, 2013 Club Meeting Peter Cook will give a talk on Elements of Style and the Search for a Photographic Vocabulary.
August 28, 2013 ++ Club Competition Theme: Ethnic Culture
August 14, 2013 Club Meeting Churchill polar bears photography by Kristina Kaye and Tracey Thompson.
July 24, 2013 ++ Club Competition Theme: In a Row
July 10, 2013 Club Meeting Roman Kurywczak will talk on Macro photography.
June 26, 2013 ++ Club Competition Theme: Shadows
June 12, 2013 Club Meeting Robert Zurfluh will review several photography related apps on his iPad. These include for example CamRanger to remotely control your camera, Star Walk, Snapseed, Simple Depth of Field, The Photographer's Ephemeris, and more.
May 22, 2013 ++ Club Competition Theme: Street Photography
May 8, 2013 Club Meeting Jack Fusco will give talk on "Astro Photography - The Night Sky"
April 24, 2013 ++ Club Competition Theme: Very Young, Very Old
April 10, 2013 Club Meeting Nick Palmeire will give talk entitled "How Much Manipulation"
March 27, 2013 Club Meeting No Meeting Passover
March 13, 2013 ++ Club Competition Theme: From Above
February 27, 2013 ++ Club Competition Theme: Houses of Worship
February 13, 2013 Club Meeting No Meeting Church needs building for Ash Wednesday
January 23, 2013 ++ Club Competition Theme: Leading Lines
January 9, 2013 Club Meeting TBD
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