Welcome To The Stony Brook Camera Club


For over 50 years SBCC's mission statement has been “To promote enjoyment and proficiency in all aspects of photography through education, fellowship, exchange of knowledge and experience; and a broad appreciation of nature and environment.”  SBCC includes and welcomes members of all abilities. Whether a casual smartphone shooter or an advanced photographer, everyone grows in knowledge and experience through SBCC’s many programs and workshops.

The Stony Brook Camera Club meets virtually on Thursdays at 6:30 PM for a social hour and 7:30 for the program from September to June. See our calendar for the schedule of events. Our meetings feature competitions, speakers, image studies and discussions of general interest. We also sponsor a number of image-taking activities all year. Anyone is welcome to attend and experience what we are about, although participation in competitions and our many activities requires membership (see the Membership menu item in the Main Menu above). 

We hope you enjoy this site and your time with us all.


The Slideshow to the right features  Ribbon Winning Images for 2021-2022

Interested in seeing what Stony Brook Camera Club is all about? You are welcome to join as a Guest Member for 30 days. Just fill out this Form and you will be added to the attendee list for the next 30 days. 

Upcoming Virtual Meetings on Zoom 


November 25th - No Meeting


December 2nd - Competition - B&W and Digital Art


December 9th - "Finding Your Artistic Voice" presented by Karen Hutton

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see! The power of embedding YOU into your photography is a true art.

Karen Hutton presents (and lives!) a philosophy of photography that weaves art, life, soul and the Power of Awe, to create signature photographic work.  Your artistic voice is YOU. Your story, your perspective, your take on the world. It bears your stamp, as unique as your fingerprint. "Fine and dandy," you say - "but how do I actually embed that into the pixels of my images?" Glad you asked.

Through thought-provoking imagery, Karen takes you on a personal journey.  Along the way, she shares her "inner game meets boots-on-the-ground" approach to creating signature imagery. It’s an approach that leaves you feeling more grounded, focused and less distracted by your own mind chatter, more certain of your photographic choices - and clearer about how to make your tech work in service of vision; not the other way around. Discovering - and leveraging - your artistic voice creates a fine art slant to your work which sets you apart as an artist. It tells a powerful story; full of emotion and light.

Bio:  Karen Hutton is an International Landscape and Travel Photographer, Artist, Speaker, Author, Educator, Voice.As a Professional Fujifilm X-Photographer and she has presented at events throughout the U.S. about photography and inspiration;  her articles have been translated into multiple languages. Her signature "The Artist's Voice" photography retreats in Europe and the U.S. have been enthusiastically attended by participants seeking to embed their utterly unique visual voice into the pixels of their images.Through stunning imagery, humor, thought-provoking ideas and a genuinely positive outlook, Karen inspires people to not only discover their artistic voice in photography - but in life.





December 16th - "Using Light and Color:  Post Processing Enhancements to Improve Your Images" by Ellen Kawadler

Rowan Sims writes that “There are many different elements of photography that can affect how the viewer perceives an image. The more you learn to understand how various elements affect an image, the more you can learn to take control of them. Great photography doesn’t happen by chance, it’s crafted and pieced together.” Controlling the light and color in your images are only a few ways of accomplishing this. We will explore how we can start to affect this process using some of Photoshop’s tools to lead your viewer’s eye through your images.

Bio: Ellen has been shooting with a DSLR since 2009 and currently shoots with a Nikon D500 and Z6. She has become quite proficient in post-processing with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop as well as some other plugins. This has allowed Ellen to share her skills through presentations to various camera clubs and workshops as well as offering individual tutoring. Many of Ellen's award-winning images can be viewed at ellenk.myportfolio.com






Field Trips, Workshops and Events of Interest


Until further notice all workshops will occur using Zoom, the same program we use for meetings. Although a microphone and webcam are recommended, you can participate with just a microphone.  As with our meetings, once you register and pay, you will receive an email 2-3 days before the workshop giving you the information you will need to download the program, sign into the workshop and participate.  If we do not fill the workshop with members by the deadline date for registration, we will have the option to open registration to non-members at an increased fee. Rest assured this will still be first come, first serve and will not exceed the maximum number of participants.

Upcoming Workshops



January 8 Attracting and Photographing Bees and Other Pollinators with Ed Symanski

Registration opens Dec 23 at 5 pm  For more info and to register click this link:  /Events/View/3b7cc6b9-2a28-42db-be36-b105bde2679d

February 5 Long Exposures with Mike Schaffner

Registration opens Jan 13 at 5 pm

May 7 and 15 Cityscapes with Tom Amsterburg and Jim West

Registration opens April 14 at 5 pm


Norfolk Public Library Show

After a one-year hiatus due to Covid, SBCC members will again have the opportunity to display their work at the Norfolk Public Library during the month of December.  All paid-up members are invited to participate with up to four prints (three if they are 16” x 20” or larger).   Our hang date at the library will be Saturday, December 4 beginning at 9:00 A.M.  All images must be removed on December 30 or 31, not before.   A reception will be planned, date to be determined.

If you would like to participate, please contact dgyves@verizon.net with the following information for each print that you would like to display:

- Print title
- Vertical and horizontal dimensions of the framed item (height x width) (the size after framing please)
- Price if you wish to offer for sale, or let me know if the work is not for sale.

Prints should be matted and framed with a wire or other suitable means of hanging on the back. A standard label attached to each image will indicate the title, maker’s name, and price, or “not for sale”.  Dan will prepare the labels. 

The information on your photos is due to Dan Gyves by November 27, the Saturday after Thanksgiving.


SBCC members can join the SBCC Meetup group for free. We schedule photo walks and field trips via Meetup. This is the LINK to Meetup. How to schedule a Meetup - click HERE


Rob DeRobertis Restrospective and Chat File

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Through Your Eyes Invitation - Highlighting Some Of Our Members

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Check out more videos HERE


After 2 years of hiatus, SBCC Reflections is back! In case you aren't familiar with the newsletter, you can check out past issues HERE.

Donna Parker and Tom Amsterburg are now the editors of Reflections and they would like to solicit articles from members for the newsletter, such as travelogues, how-to articles, review of favorite editing software, "how I made this image", and so forth. 
They want to hear from YOU, our members, so please reach out to them with your images and article ideas. Below are the links to their email addresses.

Tom's EMAIL 
Donna’s EMAIL

SBCC Mentoring Program

The SBCC Mentoring Program is well underway! Huge shout-out to the folks that have signed up thus far! 

With this mentoring program, we hope to help people get questions answered and get the nudge they need to get on the right path to increase their skills.   Here's the link to the mentoring survey. It is lengthy but please do be as thorough as possible. A successful mentoring program is built on the foundation constructed from the details provided by the mentor/mentees.

If you have any questions or concerns about being a mentor or a mentee, please reach out and let us know. 

Thank you,
Silvana Della Camera, President
Jim Borrebach, Vice President




Need suggestions for places to go out and shoot???

Check out our information on Photo Shoot Locations at /d/b56444bf-9b6e-4ac3-a22d-b3e2f5f766be   or Click on the “Resources & Links” tab and then Click on “Photo Shoot Locations”.


SBCC is now in the affiliate program of Skylum! Please use the link below whenever going to their website so discounts can be utilized. Click here > Skylum Website


Note: If you need elevator access at Dean College for club meetings, please contact Alan at 508-254-3182 and he will make arrangements with Dean staff. Dean does not leave the elevator key in the elevator door, per their own internal policies.  Text or phone call is fine and I would suggest contacting me before 5pm on the day of the meeting.


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