Welcome To The Stony Brook Camera Club

We're in our 49th year, promoting enjoyment and proficiency in all aspects of photography through education, by mutual exchange of knowledge and experience, and by promoting a broad appreciation of our natural environment. 

The Stony Brook Camera Club meets Thursdays at 7:30 PM, except holidays, September to June, in Franklin, MA (see About Us | Contact Us/Directions). Our meetings feature competitions, speakers, image studies and discussions of general interest. We also sponsor a number of image-taking activities all year (see Calendar above). 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 some of our monthly  2018 - 2019 Image Winners

 Starting on November 8th, we will meet at Dean College. The new location is 6 minutes from the Church of the Redeemer.  The room we will meet in is located in the basement of the Arthur Peirce Technology and Science Center which is located at the corner of Emmons Street and Main Street, Franklin (across the street from Bank of America).  Attached is the map of Dean College. The first image on the map is the overview of the Dean College Campus. The second image illustrates what the building looks like and where it is relative to Bank of America. Please take note of numbers 6 and 12 on the map. Number 6 identifies the building; number 12 identifies the parking lot. You may choose to park in the parking lot or on Emmons Street. Please be aware that the front entrance to the building does not face the street but is accessed via the footpath that goes around the back of the building.


January 24th - "Creative Effects with Corel Painter" - presented by Sarah Musumeci

An hour or so is not much time to teach anyone how to master the Corel Painter’s program! But like driving a new car, you don’t need to know all the details of the (NOW) 800 + page Owner’s Manual to drive your new car from POINT A  to POINT B.  Mission accomplished with very little technical knowledge!  You’ll learn as you go! Same with Corel Painter. During the presentation, I will also show you the tools (in the toolbar) that you need to know. Not all 54 tools, just the 5 or 6 IMPORTANT TOOLS!  And with every tool, the PROPERTY BAR at the top changes. I will explain all this to you. Easy concept…  And then there are the PALETTES! Many, many palettes. But you only need to know about 5 or 6 of them. I will show/explain the important ones to you.  AND FINALLY, I will show you how to set up the canvas, and how to actually begin painting one of your image, and transforming it into an amazing acrylic, oil, or impressionist work of art!



Bio -  Sarah Musumeci (Moo-zoo-mee-chi) began taking photos over 25 years ago, joined her local camera club, and found herself taking photos of building, cities, and travel images. Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) saw some of her photos, and soon hired her to take images around Massachusetts for their tourism magazines and websites. This led to other magazine work, and a business in architectural photography around New England, NYC, and even into New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Her architectural work can be seen at www.SMbuildings.com    But Sarah also had an interest in portraits, so she set up a studio in her local town, where she shot dancers, maternity moms, models, and more. Working in architecture and portraits for over ten years, Sarah knew it was time to branch out even more. She heard of a program where images could be painted ON LINE, and began to PAINT her images! Finding one of the first official Corel Painter Programs, (it was called Fractal Designs before that), she slowly ‘learned the ropes’, and now paints her interests: travel paintings, model portraits, paintings of cities, and even still life.  You can view her portraits paintings at www.SarahsPortraits.com

January 25th - February Competition Deadline - 11:59 PM


January 31st - "Black and White" - presented by Geff Bourke

Black and White Photography is often forgotten in our digital color world of today. While not every image is a candidate for conversion to black and white, some images can be truly striking and powerful when rendered in this medium.  This presentation focuses on how to produce strong black and white images, starting with learning to recognize what types of images make great black and white photographs. You will learn to recognize the conditions that will result in great images. You will also learn how to process black and white imagery with Photoshop and other software applications.



About Geff Bourke - Photography has been a passion of mine for nearly 3+ decades. Like most people, I started taking pictures of my vacations and of my family, with my very first camera, a Fuji XT605. I definitely caught the photography bug and my interests branched out from family vacations to nature photography, such as landscapes, birds, and flowers; travel photography with the goal of capturing the culture of my destinations; and urban landscapes… street, people, and decay.

Since I started with film, I was compelled to learn every aspect of development and at one point had built my own darkroom so that I could process my images. I have, like many, converted to the digital format. For my nature photography, I am a purist… and use post-processing software at a minimum. For all other subject matters, digital photography allows such a limitless freedom of expression. Each image can be manipulated in multiple ways to express a desired mood or state of mind. Although I don’t have my original camera, I do have a collection of antique cameras and often shoot film which I process at home and then transfer to a digital image.  In college, I studied and obtained a degree in graphic arts. These studies aided me in developing perspective and have definitely impacted how I compose my images. I hope you enjoy my galleries, as these are a true expression of how I see our world. I have teamed up with Road Runner Photography Tours. Please visit roadrunnerphotographytours.com/ for further information on upcoming tours.


February 7th  - Competition Night - Black & White Digital, Nature Digital and Street Photography Digital

February 14th - Image Study Night

February 21st - Cabin Fever

February 22nd - March Digital Competition Deadline - 11:59PM




Registration for the 2019 NECCC Conference is now open!

The online registration link is:  https://umass.irisregistration.com/Site/NECCC  Register early to take advantage of the workshops, pre-conference and conference, photo walks, ac dorms etc., many which are limited in space.

NECCC 2019 Registration Info

NECCC has rolled out online registration for the 2019 conference. However, clubs have a mandate that must be followed in order for members to get the discounted conference registration rate of $184.50.

This allows conference attendees to lock in and confirm their registration for the limited-space "options" , while also being able to participate in a group registration discount, that is required to be mailed in jointly prior to June 21. 

Clubs are required to submit paper forms with the payment of $184.50 in one envelope. Please note the following:

  • Members are encouraged to go online and register for all the "optional" aspects of the conference, namely, room type, meal plan, pre-conference workshops, conference workshops, speaker's notes, etc. 
  • Be sure to select "Three day group registration" as the type of registration. 
  • Make full payment for the "optional" portions of the conference via the online form. 
  • Submit a completed paper form to Dan Gyves anytime before April 19   with a check for 184.50 or a credit card number indicated on the form.
  • Registrants can re-indicate on the paper form the optional choices they've already made online, but indicate that these amounts were "paid for online".
  • Optional choices made on the paper and online forms must be the same, Dan Gyves has no ability to make changes.
  • SBCC members may use only the paper form for their entire registration if they wish, but they bear the risk of not getting the choices they want.

So in short, register and pay for all the optional selections online (pre-conference workshops, room, meals, etc) but pay for the registration fee of $184.50 via the paper form.  If you attended the conference in the past, a paper registration form should have landed in your mailbox. If you don't have one, the forms are available at club. See Dan Gyves.


Field Trips and Workshops 


Geff will be speaking at the Club on 1/31/19 and is offering a workshop to members on 2/2/19 from 9am to 3 pm starting in Franklin at the Shire Book Shop and then finishing at the Norfolk Public Library. 

Registration opens on Thursday 1/3/2019 5 PM

Cost $35 per member for the day, 20 participants maximum.

Use this link for more information and to register: /Events/View/3a1c8b4f-df23-43e5-a904-a0cd26150f87


Hands on Creative Macro Workshop with Charles Needle

Date: Saturday February 9, 2019 Snow date: February 10, 2019
Time:  9 AM – 4:00 PM
Place: Greater Lynn Photographic Assoc. Headquarters

564 Boston St, Lynn, MA 01905

Plenty of parking behind club or in church lot next door to club.

Cost: $75 per person via mailed check or via PayPal (non-refundable but transferable) first come, first serve.

To register or see more info: /Events/View/44b09e53-5ff5-47c9-a30b-0b3ab4cc847


Photography Trip to Charleston, South Carolina - March 23-28th, 2019

If you are definitely going, please EMAIL me  so you will be included on the info list. 

You will be responsible for obtaining your own airfare, rental car, and lodging (suggestions are below). We will have an orientation meeting on the evening of March 23rd to discuss the itinerary. As we have done with other trips, the itinerary will be loosely structured and will allow you to stay with the group or venture out on your own, whichever you decide.

Possible photographic opportunities include…

·         Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
·         Folly Beach and Pier
·         Ravenal Bridge
·         Skeleton Trees on Edisto Island
·         Old Sheldon Church Ruins
·         Historic Downtown Charleston

Keep sending me other suggested places to add to our list.


Shoot the Poets

Description: In the spirit of our 2017 "Shoot the Master's" project ... the Program Committee has come up with "Shoot the Poets". Our scheduled presentation night for this is Thursday, June 6th - 2019. All slideshows should be submitted by Friday May 24th, 2019. Delivery method to be determined. Please see your VP - Allan Litchfield (amlitchfield@gmail.com) with guideline question.
Number of images:
The maker can have as few or as many images as they would like.
: Take a song, poem, or piece of literature and capture the image/images that represent the words, ideas and feelings that the writing gives you. 
: Use good judgement regarding vulgarity or sensitive topics (politics, abuse, etc). If multiple members choose the same writing - so be it. Each photographer will have a unique perspective.
: Assuming we have 80 minutes and 20 participants, four minutes per photographer will be the limit. That may mean select passages, which is ok.
 method: Present it as a slideshow. Please convey your name, the author's name, year written, and title source as the first OR last slide. (for example:  Presented by Allan Litchfield, a [poem/song/writing] by Robert Frost, 1916, "The Road Not Taken"). If the writing is a passage selected from a larger work, please indicate that it is an excerpt (for example "An excerpt from The Road Not Taken"). 
Words/Narration: It is required that the words are displayed as a part of the slideshow. In addition, the words may also be optionally narrated via slideshow audio or live narration. If the writing is written/spoken in a foreign language - provide onscreen translations. Words may scroll or be shown in place. This will ensure that the viewers will have a clear understanding of the words.
Music: Background music is optional but if you choose musical lyrics, please do not play the actual song with sung lyrics.
Technical assistance
: If you need help creating a slideshow, please reach out to our Lifetime member, Mike O'Connor. Mike has agreed to provide technical assistance to our members. Thank you, Mike!  

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”.




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