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Science Museum Camera Club 2020-2021 Program Guide

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Club Description
THE SCIENCE MUSEUM CAMERA CLUB was founded in 1939, as an affiliate of the Buffalo Museum of Science, with a focus on nature photography. Since then, members have photographed a variety of subjects: nature, wildlife, landscapes, still life, people, places, and events. Some members have gone on to become professional photographers; some have had their photographs in local, national and international exhibitions, publications and competitions. Experienced members mentor those new to photography. Science Museum Camera Club has organized Photographers for the Ride for Roswell since 2009. As a community, all levels of experience are welcome. Monthly Competitions are held on the 1st Wed of the month, Education programs are held Virtually on the 2nd Wed of the month, Programs are held on the 3rd Wed of the month,
Meeting Times:1st and 3rd Wed of the month, 2nd Wed will be Virtual Education programs
Meeting Location:Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humbolt Parkway, Buffalo NY 14211Meetings are held in the Auditorium

President:Sharon Dentice[]
[Program Schedule 2020-2021]
9/2/20Welcome Back - Lets celebrate the begining of our new season. Help with organizing your Pictures and computer files.Yes
9/9/20Photography- 1&2 for Beginners and Beyond Emily Hojnowski- Emily will discuss Exposure (how light works with the camera), the Big Three Settings (Aperture, Shutter Speed, & ISO), how they affect your picture and how to set them, and what mode to set it to on your camera! We’ll discuss changing depth-of-field (controlling what’s in focus in the background, stopping or blurring the action in your scene, and many other basic picture-taking techniques.Yes
9/16/20Photography-Part 2 from aboveyes
10/7/20Competition #1Yes
10/14/20Black & White Photography Don Toothaker: How does one see and create images in black & white in the modern, digital world? This is a question that we have brought up many times in the past, but during this class, Don will explore different elements of black and white photography from how to choose a suitable black and white subject to how to process an image effectively.Yes
10/21/20Show Us YOUR Edit Cheryl Belczak: There are seemingly endless photo editing options available to us. In this program we will explore how differently many people edit the same photo. We want to see YOUR edit! All SMCC members will have access to the same photo (RAW or jpg - your preference) and you are asked to use your ideas and favorite software to change it however you choose. Submissions from members will include an edited image and a brief description of their process. Attendees will see the image with editing process description and have the opportunity to ask questions about the processes, too.Yes
11/4/20Competition #2Yes
11/11/20Lightroon and Tethering Stephen Gabris: will show us how he creates a lightroom catalog, basic workflow, presets, using LR for tether capture.Yes
11/18/20Cell Phone photography Aitina Fareed-Cooke: will show us the basic’s of how to use your cellphone to capture, enhance and share your cell phone images while becoming a better smartphone photographer! While cameras are technically superior, the quality of any photo mostly depends on the photographer’s intent and creative vision.Yes
11/21/20NFRCC-OCCC Competition Annual inter-club competition between both clubs, This year the competition will be online. Featured speaker is Gerri Jones, See for more details.
12/2/20Competition #3Yes
12/9/20Introduction to Topaz Editing Software Greg Rostami will review the most popular Topaz software and how the software can be used not only for editing but also for adding "special effects".Yes
12/16/20Holiday Party and Member Essay’s projected for our enjoyment.Yes
1/6/21Competition #4Yes
1/13/21Up and Running with Luminar 4 Vanelli: You'll learn how to use Luminar as a Standalone editor and a plugin for Adobe and Apple Photos. Open your photos in Luminar, Develop images for proper exposure, Enhance detail and structure, Bring colors to life, Edit portraits and landscapes, Use Luminar Looks to get instant results, And much more!Check website for more information
1/20/21Member Assignment: Members will discuss the assigned subjects and how the image was taken and edited.Check SMCC website
2/3/21Competition #5Check SMCC website
2/10/21Night Photography Ed Bartels: Ed will explain how he does long exposure and various ways to "drag the shutter." Specifically, how keeping the shutter open exposes the photographer and viewer to a view of the world invisible to the naked eye – especially trails (from stars OR moving vehicles) and milky water.Check SMCC website
2/17/21Focus on Details
Cheryl Belczak and Jeff Hayward will share information about their ideas, gear, methods and technical considerations. From natural subjects like bugs and flowers to random things around the house, it's fascinating to see the tiny details that may only be visible with the help of your camera. Potential subjects surround us wherever we are! If we can meet in person, bring your camera and tripod to try your hand with macro set-ups. Accessory flashes are useful, but not necessary.
Check SMCC website
3/3/21Competition #6Check SMCC website
3/10/21Applying Textures to your images in Photoshop. Larry Mathewson: Textures... I will show you how to use them in Adobe Photoshop CC. Methods might also work in Adobe Elements. We will be using multiple methods like Layers with blend modes, masking, opacity. Maybe even how to make your own! Textures can add artistic creativity or allow a so-so image to really POP. They might even save an image destined for delete.Check SMCC website
3/12/14Annual Can Am Photo Expo - see for more updated informationCheck SMCC website
3/17/21Annual members E.Thomas Smith Nature CompetitionCheck SMCC website
4/7/21Competition #7Check SMCC website
4/14/21Light Painting Scott Simmons: will demonstrate how he does “Light Painting”; the art of photographing something but then adding your own light images. His photography of Light Painting goes way beyond running around in the dark with a flash light.Check SMCC website
4/21/21Marketing Tips for Your Photography Business Patti Larson: From business cards, tag lines and branding to websites and social media - tips and suggestions to help you market your photography.Check SMCC website
5/5/21End of Year CompetitionCheck SMCC website
5/12/21Understanding Creativity To Improve Your Photography
Joe Edelman: Joe will present a different approach to “seeing” the photograph we want to take. He will speak to how personal perspective and attention to detail, as opposed to formal RULES, often separate the good from the great.
5/19/21Banquet 6:30PM, Millmumm Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave, 14225 (next to Galleria Mall)