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 from our February 2023 Competitions

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 Meetings


For now, all of our meetings will either be:

"Zoom" - This meeting is via Zoom only
"Franklin" - This meeting is in person in Franklin at the Church of the Redeemer and via Zoom. See below for our Covid Policy



February 9th - Zoom - "Working with Textures & Turn Ho Hum into Art" - Presented by Hazel Meredith

Don’t delete that digital image! Do you sometimes have a shot that you really like....a subject that is hard to capture....a place you may not get to again....but it’s not perfect? Turn that “almost” good shot into a work of art by utilizing textures and overlays.

Maybe it’s a bird in flight – the bird looks great, but the sky is blah. Use another sky image as an overlay, or add a texture – or both! Maybe it’s a nice flower shot – good color and composition, but it’s not quite tack sharp. Use textures to turn it into a fine art image! Of course, you can also add textures to your best images and make them spectacular!

Textures are everywhere – there are many free and for-purchase ones online. You can create your own textures within Photoshop or from photos of everyday objects. Working with layers and blending modes, there are many things you can do to create a beautiful work of art – I’ll show you how!

Bio: Hazel Meredith is an award-winning photographer and a sought-after teacher, speaker, and competition judge. She began teaching in 2007, and now does seminars at camera clubs and conferences across the U.S. – both in-person and virtual. She offers her own workshops and webinars, and has done webinars for several software companies.

She has written two eBooks, and released her first course, “Creating Your Own Textures”. Hazel loves the creative aspect of photography and post-processing, especially the use of textures and software to create unique images. Meredith and her husband, Dave, produce the “Virtual Creative Photography Conference” twice a year to attendees around the world.She is actively involved with the photographic community, and has held leadership roles and received honorary distinctions from several organizations..




February 16th - Zoom - Image Study - Ray Guillette


Friday February 17th March Competition Deadline - 11:59 sharp - Digital Nature


February 23rd - "Macro Photography" presented by Joey Terrill


Bio: Joey Terrill is a Los Angeles-based photographer with clients that include American Express, Coca-Cola, Disney, Golf Digest, Major League Baseball, Nikon, Red Bull and Sports Illustrated. “Every project I work on gives me the opportunity to meet amazing people, learn something new and create a souvenir of the experience in the process. My camera is the window through which I experience life and I’ve been fortunate to enjoy countless memories through photography.

His teaching website: Photography One on One is a collection of detailed stories about the process of making pictures and growing as a photographer. Within each narrative, everything from concept, to cameras, to lighting, to direction, to post-production is shared with both images and diagrams. “I love photography and all of the experiences it can produce and Photography One on One is simply about sharing those experiences.”

Joey teaches workshops and speaks at seminars including the Summit Series Workshops, PhotoPlus Expo, WPPI, Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, UPAA Symposium, Consumer Electronics Show, World in Focus, NECCC, and Nikon School.  Joes is a Nikon Ambassador in the United States.




Monday February 27th - March Deadline for Black & White Prints and Color Prints


March 2nd Competition - Prints and Nature


March 9th - New Member Showcase





Field Trips, Workshops and Events of Interest


SBCC Member Image Exhibition at the Anglican Church of the Redeemer

SBCC has the opportunity to exhibit members' prints in Hayward Manor in Franklin, the building that houses Anglican Church of the Redeemer where we hold our in-person club meetings.

The hang date for this will be Saturday, February 4 from 9:30-11:30 am

If you would like to participate, please contact Tom Amsterburg (tslhusa@comcast.net) with the following information for each print that you would like to display:

·         Print title
·         A SHORT commentary (1-2 sentences) for each photo you are exhibiting, e.g., why, where, when, or how you took the photography, or how the subject caught your attention (220 characters maximum) - the comment will be part of a label that will be attached to your image (we will print the labels for you).
·         Dimensions of the framed item (height x width) (the size after framing or matting if no frame)
·         Please tell me if the longest dimension is horizontal or vertical.
·         Price if you wish to offer for sale or let me know if the work is not for sale (note that we are offering the church 30% commission on any sales).

Prints can be framed or mounted on foamboard, canvas, metal, as long as they can be hung using removable adhesive (e.g., 3M Command Strips).  We will not be able to put nails or hooks into the facility walls.  Exhibitors will be responsible for obtaining mounting material. Command Strips come in several different support weights (up to 16 lbs. and can be acquired for a modest price at Amazon, Walmart, Staples, Michaels, etc.)

The deadline for confirming your participation is Wednesday, February 1.

A viewing/reception will be planned, likely at the February 16th, 2023 regularly scheduled club meeting.


SBCC Women vs Men Photo Challenge

If you decide to participate, on February 16th, 2023, your name will be drawn randomly and paired with a member of the opposite sex, and then the two of you will be randomly assigned a category to shoot. You may interpret the category as you wish, and you can use images taken on any date.

The Challenge will be held on June 8, 2023 both at the Church and on Zoom. Your image will be shown side-by-side with your counterpart, where 2 judges (one female, one male) will evaluate and pronounce the winner. The overall Women vs Men winner will be tabulated and announced at the end of the evening.

While this is a Challenge, it is designed to be fun. Embrace the fun!

Important dates

Signup by February 10, 2023 - 40 openings for each group

Submit image by June 1, 2023 Submission instructions will be forthcoming

Competition on June 8, 2023

Registration is open

Women should register here:   /club/Events_view.aspx?Eventid=bc90c250-7772-4b42-8abe-6eb09b5a7a1a

Men should register here:  /Club/Events_view.aspx?EventID=cb7bc5e8-c2c1-4a4c-843b-11766ddaeec8

Upcoming Workshops

February 11, 2023  Landscapes with Dan Gyves and Karen Regan

Join two of our best landscape photographers as they provide you with tips and tricks to improve your landscape images. This workshop will consist of two presentations on photographing landscapes;  Vermont Photography in All Seasons with Dan Gyves and Landscape Photography: My Approach with Karen Regan.

9 am - noon via zoom

$15 per person, 15 members max.

Registration is open!

For more information and to register: /Events/View/560cbbc1-21ba-403f-bb4e-55cee47e3ed8

February 18 and 25, 2023 Portraits 101 with Ryan Osborne

Want to learn how to take individual, group and candid portraits, learn about camera settings, lighting and equipment necessary then this workshop is for you.  Ryan will also discuss how to create interest and emotion in your portraits during a live shoot and include some post processing in Lightroom.

PLEASE NOTE: This will be a 2 session workshop. Part one will be at Ryan's studio in Norwood and Part two will be via zoom.

Both will be help from 9 am to noon

$20 per person, 15 members maximum there will be an additional fee paid at the first session to cover the cost of the model.

Registration opens 1/26/23 at 5 PM

For more information and to register:  /Events/View/b8a8d488-ccab-4ed0-a0bc-e6643507a15b


April 2023 Creativity with Jim Borrebach


May 20, 2023 Hands-on Macro, Still life, and Light Painting with Ellen Kawadler

We will be shooting macro, and still life setups with natural light and artificial light applying concepts from SBCC presentations on these subjects. This will be an opportunity to explore and practice these techniques in more depth. 

9 am -1 pm

$15 per person, 15 members max.

Registration opens 4/27/23 at 5 pm

For more information and to register: /club/Events_view.aspx?Eventid=32b92e00-933e-423f-a8da-406a2db9d4da


Unless noted otherwise in the workshop description, 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.


Multi-Club Competition




For more information about the Multi-Club Competition, go to: /d/1fb67886-c7f2-4bd9-97c3-cba859cfa181




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 COVID-19 Policy

  1. Up-to-date COVID vaccinations in-line with CDC recommendations are mandatory in order to attend all in-person meetings, including indoor meetups and workshops. Members are on the honor system to comply.
  1. Face masks are optional.
  1. SBCC is pleased to offer a hybrid format for those meetings that will be held in-person this season. Any members not comfortable attending will always have the option of joining remotely via Zoom or a similar streaming format.
  2. We will keep current with trends and regulations and may change our policy as needed.




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