St. Mary's County Camera Club had its first meeting on November 2nd, 1998 in St. Mary's City Maryland. The club's purpose is to "...promote photography as a hobby, providing a forum for exchanging knowledge of the subject and inspiring amateur photographers toward improving their art."

We normally meet Wednesdays as follows:

• First Wednesday: Lecture or workshop at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, at 7PM.
• Second Wednesday: Photo critique at the Pax River Naval Air Museum in the back building, at 7PM.
• Third Wednesday: Competition at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, at 7PM.

Here's a map to the Higher Education Center, with the rooms we most often use. A map to the County Fairgrounds will be provided before the Dec 5th 2018 meeting.

Annual membership dues are $25 per individual, or $30 family. Membership is required for participation in competition and elections. Visitors are welcome at all meetings.

OFF CAMERA FLASH: Feb 6th 2019, 7 PM.

Location: Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, building 2, room TBA.

February's presentation will be all about flash; how and why to get it off your camera. We will quickly walk through and demo different flash techniques (on camera, bounce, off camera, and variations with a reflector) on models/volunteers. Once you've seen the effect; we will have Nikon and Canon compatible external flashes available for those interested to try. Bring your camera!

CRITIQUE: Feb 13th, 2019, 7 PM.

Location: Pax River Naval Air Museum (back building conference room).

Bring several photos in .jpg format on a memory stick for open, fair discussion, and ideas to improve the shot through cropping and advanced editing methods

COMPETITION: Feb 20th 2019, 7 PM

Location: Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, building 2, room TBA.

Digital images must be submitted by the previous Sunday, to competition@smccc.org. Prints may be brought to the venue no later than 7PM. The theme this month (for the themed category only) is "Food". It is the competitor's responsibility to read and adhere to the COMPETITION RULES!

Feb 27th 2018: NO MEETING

2019 COMPETITION THEMES ANNOUNCED (posted Dec 30th, 2018)

January: Food
February: Headshots
March: It's a small world, close up and macros or other stuff showing the small world
April: Everyday things found in your home
May: Sunrise/Sunset without showing the sun
June: Shadows
July: Numbers
August: Cycles - bicycles, motorcycles, even tricycles
September: (No competition, County Fair)
October: A Monochrome World
November: End of Year competition
December: (No Competition)


At this time, the move to the Fairgrounds isn't looking good, because we would have to move our day of the week or use the conference room, which may be too small. We're still trying to find a solution. If anyone knows a better location, please let us know.

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Updated Feb 1st, 2019