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.


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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 



January 20th - "The World at Night - Time, Colors and Serenity" presented by Jurgen Lobert


In this program, Jürgen talks about the many aspects of night photography as a photo specialty, which is becoming more popular based on the enhanced capabilities of modern digital cameras. The presentation centers around creating nightscapes, hauntingly beautiful views of captured time and deepened colors.  Night photography transforms the familiar and creates serene views of our surrounding, revealing beauty in the mundane. Night images relay a profound peace from roaming the night and capturing time, where clouds and cars become streaks, water ripples smooth over and stars form trails in the sky.

Astro-landscape photography is a part of night photography, much of which only became possible with high sensitivity digital cameras to show the Milky Way, Zodiacal Light, the Aurora Borealis and other night sky features that many people are unfamiliar with due to increased light pollution inside our cities.

Light painting and light drawing explore the options of making night photos and truly creating art, instead of simply taking photos of the existing world. Urban exploration and decay as well as infrared imagery at night round out the program.  The presentation is based entirely on Jürgen’s own photos and shows a wide variety of examples engulfing the viewer to the peaceful and otherworldly character of night photography.

Bio: Jürgen Lobert is a Massachusetts-based fine art photographer born and raised in Germany. He received a Ph.D. in atmospheric chemistry from Gutenberg University in Mainz before moving to the US in 1991.  Jürgen is a self-taught photographer who specializes in night photography, daytime long exposures as well as urban exploration and infrared imagery.

Jürgen is an executive member of the Boston Camera Club, member of Stony Brook Camera Club and the founder and organizer of the Greater Boston Night Photographers Meetup group. He organizes some 50 photo excursions and workshops each year and he is a lecturer, instructor and judge for regional camera clubs and was an instructor at the New England School of Photography (NESOP). His artwork is in the permanent collection of the Art Complex Museum.

Jürgen can be found online at: https://linktr.ee/jmlobert



January 21st - February Competition Deadline - Color Open Digital and People & Portraits


January 27th - "Travel Photography" presented by David Wells

Making exceptional travel photographs requires skills in many different types of photography, from street photography to still-life work to portraits. In a typical day of travel, a photographer may shoot busy festivals, quiet buildings, open landscapes, or close-up nature. The best travel photographers are versatile in their skills and fluid in their process, using minimal gear to achieve a maximum of results. For many people, travel photography combines two of their favorite passions, travel and photography. 

This presentation explores the following topics:

  • The traveling photographer's camera and bag
  • Being in the right place at the right time
  • Varying the time of day and understanding light 
  • Portraying people
  • Composition
  • Stopping action vs. showing motion
  • Framing and scaling; tripods
  • Using the appropriate lens

Every travel photographer defines their mission in their own way, but by my definition, a successful travel photo is one that creates a desire in the viewer to experience the place, culture, food or thing (or meet the person) that is shown in the travel image. There are many choices to be made: exposure settings, which lens to use, from which position, and when to capture the image. All of these apply to many kinds of photography. In most good travel photography situations, 95% of the work is done before the camera reaches your eye. 


Bio: David H. Wells is a free-lance photographer based in Providence, R.I. His photo essays have been published in Life Magazine, National Geographic, the New York Times Magazine and the Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine, where his essay on the pesticide poisoning of farmworkers in California was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He has received two Fulbright fellowships, a grant from Nikon/N.P.P.A. and a fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.  He is also a photo educator, with previous workshops at such institutions as the International Center for Photography in NYC and the Maine Media Workshop. David teaches workshops around the world, and he was featured in Photo District News as one of "The Best Workshop Instructors.”

David’s social media channels are at about.me/thewellspoint




February 3rd - Competition Night - Color Digital, People & Portraits, B&W Prints and Color Prints 


February 10th - "Artistic Expression Through Smartphone Photography" presented by Michael Koren



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


February 5 Long Exposures with Mike Schaffner

This will be another superb workshop that you won't want to miss.

He'll be discussing

  • what is long exposure photography
  • why you might want to do long exposure photography
  • how to calculate the exposure time (both the easy way and the hard way)
  • neutral density filters
  • technique - tripods, types of filters, etc.
  • processing

Check out his website here https://mikeschaffnerphotography.com/

and his bio here https://mikeschaffnerphotography.com/about/ 

Registration opens Jan 13 at 5 pm  For more info and to register click this link: /Events/View/fe8ec7fd-58d7-4233-ad96-afa06e5f0b56

May 7 and 15 Cityscapes with Tom Amsterburg and Jim West

Registration opens April 14 at 5 pm



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


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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