ABOUT US UPCOMING EVENTS ANNOUNCEMENTS

The St. Mary's County Camera Club (SMCCC) 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 are now a "Special Interest Group"
of the Coastal Camera Club of Lewes Delaware

As such, we retain the organization name "St. Mary's County Camera Club" and continue to hold our own meetings, presentations, critiques and competitions.

Prospective members will be required to join the Coastal Camera Club (CCC) in order to establish membership in SMCCC. No other fees after CCC's dues will be collected, except for some special CCC events.

To join CCC, members should also join the "Southern Maryland Critique Special Interest Group (CCC's designation for SMCCC), in order to continue to meet via CCC's Zoom account.

These actions have been taken to enable SMCCC to continue meeting during the Covid-19 pandemic, and to enjoy all of the additional benefits of outstanding speakers, competitions and other special interest groups that the Coastal Camera Club offers.

To learn more, please visit
https://www.coastalcameraclub.com/activities/special-interest-groups. Scroll down to the SOMD Critique SIG heading for more information.

Any further information about SMCCC may be obtained by contacting smccc1998@gmail.com.


MEETING SCHEDULE:

Most CCC events occur on 2nd and fourth Wednesday evenings, and SMCCC usually meets on the first and second Thursdays at 7PM. Detailed information about SMCCC activities appear in our Events column on this page.

SMCCC will normally meet via Zoom Thursdays as follows:

First Thursday of the Month:

Photo critique via Zoom at 7PM.

Alternating Second Thursday of the month:

Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Oct, Nov: Competition via Zoom, at 7PM.

Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Sep: Presentation via Zoom at 7PM.

Sep 14-18: St. Mary's County Fair.


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


ANNUAL DUES:

Required to participate in Coastal Camera Club competitions, bi-monthly special interest group competitions, and activities and events.

Individual: $40

Family: $50

Age 14-17: Free

Guests may come to Zoom meetings two times at no charge. CCC events may have a small entry fee.

Please mouse over the red links below for explanations.

Thu 1/6/22, 7 PM: CRITIQUE

Thu 1/13/22, 7 PM: COMPETITION "Backlit"


Thu 2/3/22, 7 PM: CRITIQUE 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.

Thu 2/10/22, 7 PM: PRESENTATION: "Cleaning Your Sensor", by John Hoyt of the Coastal Camera Club

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


Thu 3/3/22, 7 PM: CRITIQUE 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.

Thu 3/10/22, 7 PM: COMPETITION: "Nature" The theme applies only to the themed category. All other categories are open.


Thu 4/7/22, 7 PM: CRITIQUE 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.

Thu 4/14/22, 7 PM: PRESENTATION: "Taking and Stitching Panoramas"

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


Thu 5/5/22, 7 PM: CRITIQUE 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.

Thu 5/12/22, 7 PM: COMPETITION: "Reflections" The theme applies only to the themed category. All other categories are open.


Thu 6/2/22, 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.

Thu 6/9/22, 7 PM: PRESENTATION: "Street Photography", by Wayne Thomas

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


Thu 7/7/22, 7 PM: CRITIQUE 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.

Thu 7/14/22, 7 PM: COMPETITION: "City Scape" The theme applies only to the themed category. All other categories are open.


Thu 8/4/22, 7 PM: CRITIQUE 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.

Thu 8/11/22, 7 PM: PRESENTATION: "Our Travel Slides", by Scott Cote

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


Thu 9/1/22, 7 PM: CRITIQUE 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.

Thu 9/8/22, 7 PM: PRESENTATION: "Water Drop Photography", by John Whitmore

Wed 9/14/22 - Sun 9/18/22: ST MARY'S COUNTY FAIR SMCCC organizes and officiates the St Mary's County Fair Photography Division. Club volunteers will be needed on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday to check in and return entries. Please send an email to fair@smccc.org to volunteer.

Wed: Submit entries at the fairgrounds. Volunteers needed to assist check in process.
Thu Morning: Judging. Volunteers are needed to assist judges.
Thu Evening - Sun Afernoon: County Fair is open to the public.
Fri Evening: Volunteers needed to assist returning entries.


Thu 10/6/22, 7 PM: CRITIQUE 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.

Thu 10/13/22, 7 PM: COMPETITION "A Tree" The theme applies only to the themed category. All other categories are open.


Thu 11/3/22, 7 PM: CRITIQUE 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.

Thu 11/10/22, 7 PM: END OF YEAR COMPETITION All photos which received First, Second or Third place honors during the past year's competition are elegible to enter the End of Year Competion. Digital Entries are automatically entered.


Thu 12/1/22, 7 PM: Holiday Gathering, if it is deemed safe.

2021 END OF YEAR WINNERS ARE HERE


ZOOM MEETINGS

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

In order to join a Zoom meeting you must first join the Coastal Camera Club by paying membership dues at:

www.coastalcameraclub.com/join-us/.

Once CCC membership is verified, you will be sent an email with the Zoom meeting link.

Then contact SMCCC to request joining the CCC SOMD Critique Special Interest Group by sending an email to:

smccc1998@gmail.com

Click on the link we'll provide. 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.

SMCCC meetings will begin at 7:00.
CCC meeting times vary - check the CCC Events list at:

https://www.coastalcameraclub.com/events/list.

We 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 unmute your microphone. Please mute yourself as with a number of people online 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.


Updated April 5th, 2022