ABOUT US UPCOMING EVENTS ANNOUNCEMENTS

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."


MEETING SCHEDULE:

We will normally meet Thursdays as follows (but see the Covid19 announcement in the right column):


First Thursday of the Month:

Photo critique at the Pax River Naval Air Museum in the back building conference room, at 7PM.

Alternating Second Thursday of the month:

Lecture or workshop at the Pax River Naval Air Museum in the back building conference room, at 7PM.

-OR-

Competition at University System of Maryland at Southern Maryland (formerly called the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center), at 7PM, usually in the back building, with the room number for the SMCCC meeting posted on the outside door.


Check the Upcoming Events column for details and any date or location changes.


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

Please mouse over the red links below for explanations.

Th 1/7/21, 7 PM: CRITIQUE

Th 1/14/21, 7 PM: COMPETITION "Panoramas" The theme applies only to the themed category. All other categories are open.


Th 2/4/21, 7 PM: CRITIQUE

Th 2/11/21: MEETING MOVED TO FEB 25TH

Th 2/25/21, 7 PM: PRESENTATION:

Photojournalist Chris Harris Photojournalist Chris Harris will present his incredible body of work showcasing iconic pictures from the last half of the 20th century.

February Facebook Challenge: "Panning" Themed FB challenges are not judged, but members' comments are encouraged. Submit your photos on the SMCCC Facebook page anytime during the month.


Th 3/4/21, 7 PM: CRITIQUE

Th 3/11/21, 7 PM: COMPETITION "Still Life" The theme applies only to the themed category. All other categories are open.


Th 4/1/21, 7 PM: CRITIQUE

Th 4/8/21, 7 PM: PRESENTATION:

Danni Downing, "Honoring Our Heroes" Danni Downing volunteers as a photographer for the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum in Reading, PA, to capture the flavor of the history portrayed during the WWII air show and reenactment weekend. She has also volunteered for the Honor Flight Network to capture memories of the day for the veterans who are brought to Washington, DC, to visit the war memorials. Danni is, herself, a U.S. Army veteran, and comes from a long line of service members. She tries to honor those who served through her work. See beautifully rendered up-close-and-personal photos of WWII planes, vehicles, camps, reenactors, and the veterans themselves. Find out how you can continue to honor the few remaining WWII veterans.

April Facebook Challenge: "HDR" Themed FB challenges are not judged, but members' comments are encouraged. Submit your photos on the SMCCC FB page anytime during the month.


Th 5/6/21, 7 PM: CRITIQUE

Th 5/13/21, 7 PM: COMPETITION "Macros" The theme applies only to the themed category. All other categories are open.


Th 6/3/21, 7 PM: CRITIQUE

Th 6/10/21, 7 PM: PRESENTATION:

Vincent Ferrari, "How to Exhibit Your Work Elsewhere" Vince Ferrari is an award-winning hobbyist who has had fine art photography exhibited in art galleries across the country as well as in numerous galleries throughout the state of MD. He will discuss how you, too, may get your photography exhibited in numerous art galleries.

June Facebook Challenge: "Silhouettes" Themed FB challenges are not judged, but members' comments are encouraged. Submit your photos on the SMCCC FB page anytime during the month.


NOTE: Change of schedule for July

We 6/30/21 (Rain Date Th 7/1/21), 9 AM: FIELD TRIP Battle Creek Cypress Swamp is located at 2880 Grays Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678. The park opens at 9:00 and we will plan on meeting in the parking lot at that time. In the event of rain we will postpone the event until Thursday the 1st.

Info about the park can be found at: https://www.calvertcountymd.gov/1191/Battle-Creek-Cypress-Swamp-Sanctuary.

Please remember this is a swamp, so bug spray is definitely recommended. Long pants and long sleeves may be advisable.

Th 7/8/21, 7 PM: CRITIQUE Anyone may enter the critiques, with a limit of 5 images.
In order to enter, you MUST email your images to smccc1998@gmail.com.
You MUST submit the email by midnight the night before (earlier, if possible).
The images MUST be jpg, with a maximum of 2048 pixels on the long side.
The email subject MUST be in the form of "John Doe Images".


Th 8/5/21, 7 PM: CRITIQUE REVISED CRITIQUE ENTRY INSTRUCTIONS:
-Anyone may enter the critiques, with a limit of 4 images.
-Send images to smccc1998@gmail.com
-Resize images to approximately 2k pixels on the long edge
-Attach your images as files, please do not past them in the message.
-Please do not use the Apple mail app to send images as it makes
  them difficult to move to the disk drive for display.
-Make the subject line of your submission read: Your Name Images.
  This is important as when they get downloaded will go into a
  folder with a name that is the subject line so it is easy to
  track if your images have been downloaded.

NOTE: We're planning a field trip for August. Please stay in touch for details.

August Facebook Challenge: "Black and White" Themed FB challenges are not judged, but members' comments are encouraged. Submit your photos on the SMCCC FB page anytime during the month.


Th 9/2/21, 7 PM: CRITIQUE REVISED CRITIQUE ENTRY INSTRUCTIONS:
-Anyone may enter the critiques, with a limit of 4 images.
-Send images to smccc1998@gmail.com
-Resize images to approximately 2k pixels on the long edge
-Attach your images as files, please do not past them in the message.
-Please do not use the Apple mail app to send images as it makes
  them difficult to move to the disk drive for display.
-Make the subject line of your submission read: Your Name Images.
  This is important as when they get downloaded will go into a
  folder with a name that is the subject line so it is easy to
  track if your images have been downloaded.

Th 9/16/21, 7 PM: PRESENTATION TBA

Th 9/23/21 - 9/26/21: ST MARY'S COUNTY FAIR SMCCC organizes and officiates the St Mary's County Fair Photography Division. Club volunteers will be needed on Thursday, Friday and Sunday to check in and return entries. Please send an email to fair@smccc.org to volunteer.


Th 10/7/21, 7 PM: CRITIQUE REVISED CRITIQUE ENTRY INSTRUCTIONS:
-Anyone may enter the critiques, with a limit of 4 images.
-Send images to smccc1998@gmail.com
-Resize images to approximately 2k pixels on the long edge
-Attach your images as files, please do not past them in the message.
-Please do not use the Apple mail app to send images as it makes
  them difficult to move to the disk drive for display.
-Make the subject line of your submission read: Your Name Images.
  This is important as when they get downloaded will go into a
  folder with a name that is the subject line so it is easy to
  track if your images have been downloaded.

Th 10/14/21, 7 PM: COMPETITION "3 Colors or Less" The theme applies only to the themed category. All other categories are open.


Th 11/4/21, 7 PM: CRITIQUE REVISED CRITIQUE ENTRY INSTRUCTIONS:
-Anyone may enter the critiques, with a limit of 4 images.
-Send images to smccc1998@gmail.com
-Resize images to approximately 2k pixels on the long edge
-Attach your images as files, please do not past them in the message.
-Please do not use the Apple mail app to send images as it makes
  them difficult to move to the disk drive for display.
-Make the subject line of your submission read: Your Name Images.
  This is important as when they get downloaded will go into a
  folder with a name that is the subject line so it is easy to
  track if your images have been downloaded.

Th 11/11/21, 7 PM: END OF YEAR COMPETITION All photos which received First, Second or Third place honors are elegible to enter the End of Year Competion. Digital Entries are automatically entered.


Th 12/9/21, 7 PM: CRITIQUE REVISED CRITIQUE ENTRY INSTRUCTIONS:
-Anyone may enter the critiques, with a limit of 4 images.
-Send images to smccc1998@gmail.com
-Resize images to approximately 2k pixels on the long edge
-Attach your images as files, please do not past them in the message.
-Please do not use the Apple mail app to send images as it makes
  them difficult to move to the disk drive for display.
-Make the subject line of your submission read: Your Name Images.
  This is important as when they get downloaded will go into a
  folder with a name that is the subject line so it is easy to
  track if your images have been downloaded.

2020 END OF YEAR WINNERS are listed here.


COVID-19 ALTERNATIVE MEETINGS

Until further notice, we will hold our meetings with ZOOM, an app made for video conferencing. Following is the process:

First, if you don't yet have the link to Zoom, send an email to smcccONENINENINEEIGHT(at)gmail.com (replace the uppercase portion with the 4-digit number it represents, and (at) with the @ sign), to request a link to our Zoom account. We'll answer your email as soon as possible. Click on the link. If you haven't used Zoom before you will be taken to a site where you can download software. The meeting should then pop open. Meetings will begin at 7:00. I suggest that you join the meeting a few minutes early.

When the zoom window opens on your PC there should be a control bar for zoom on the lower edge of the screen, in the left corner is a picture of a microphone, if you click on that you can mute your microphone. Please mute yourself as with a number of people on line there could be significant noise. Obviously if you have a question or comment you can unmute to speak. Please be polite when trying to speak as it is pretty easy for us to talk over one another and that doesn't work as well online as it does in a face to face meeting.


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Updated November 13th, 2021