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 2020 - 2021


Give a gift of photography that gives all year long. A membership to Stony Brook Camera Club enriches any photographer, from beginners to advanced.  Just fill out this Form.



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 

IMPORTANT: We are now using a new tool for emails. Please check your spam/junk and promotions folders for SBCC emails and mark the sender as a contact.



January 21st - "Deep Sky Astro With DSLR" presented by Nico Carver


With modern DSLR and Mirrorless cameras, deep sky astrophotography is now possible for any interested amateur photographer with access to a dark sky. This talk will introduce some of the key concepts and techniques to get started with photography gear you probably already own. We will look at some examples of popular beginner targets like the Orion Nebula, Lagoon Nebula (and Milky Way), the Pleiades Star Cluster, and Andromeda Galaxy. Some more advanced techniques like image stacking and image calibration will also be introduced.
Images attached all shot with DSLR and lens:

Bio: Nico Carver has always been a camera nut. After graduating college with a degree in filmmaking, he traveled around the world and first fell in love with
photographing the night sky while shooting Aurora in Iceland. He now works at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian and has a successful YouTube channel that aims to help beginners get started with Astrophotography.




January 22nd Friday Competition Close - 11:59 PM - "Black & White" and "People and Portraits"


January 28th - "Storytelling One Image at a Time" presented by Essdras Suarez

During this presentation on Storytelling: One frame at a time, Essdras will take us through the basic elements needed to tell a story within the one frame such as composition, visual anchors, layering, interactions between the subject(s) and with their environment. He will show us how to spot those decisive moments that make the viewer react as they recognize universal human traits of communication and interactions

Bio:  Essdras M Suarez is a two-time Pulitzer Prizewinner, who worked as a photojournalist for newspapers for 20 years, and who’s been a photographer for over a quarter of a century. Throughout his career, he’s worked in over 60 countries while covering a myriad of assignments including the war in Iraq and the Columbia Shuttle disaster in 2003; a U.S. backed military coup against Haitian president Jean Bertrand Aristide and the Indonesia Tsunami in 2004. He also covered the Gaza Strip Evacuation in 2006, the Newtown Elementary school shooting in 2012, and the Boston Marathon Bombing in 2013 to name a few. He continues to be a full-time, freelance photographer specializing in documentary event, Travel Photography, Editorial assignments as well as corporate story-telling photo essays.His images have been published in such well-recognized publications as the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, New York Times and Washington Post and many other world renown national and international publications. Website: essdras.com




February 4th  - Competition Night -  "Black & White" and "People and Portraits"


February 11th - New Member Showcase


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

The F-Stops Here: It's You, Not Your Camera Workshop with Patricia Cabral and Ken Salome

The camera is simply nothing more than a light recorder. Everything that happens, happens behind the camera, yet few of us ever talk about what is going on there. The key to imagery is not the camera, it is you, the photographer. We spend so much time, energy and money on capturing 1/60 of a second with little thought of why we photograph a particular image. Would your images be better if you knew your photographic self as well as your camera?

This workshop is intended to help you make a better image by examining the driving force behind what makes you, the photographer, click that shutter. This workshop is truly all about you. The only gear required is an open mind and a willingness to engage in discussions exploring participants’ images. Discover yourself in your images to enhance the creative process of making meaningful photographs.

Before the workshop, we would like the attendees to walk where their feet take them, look where their eyes look, see what their Vision sees, take and process their images the way they want.  No rules other than their own.  No likes, no thumbs up, no websites, no Instagram, no Facebook, no competitions, no other eyes other than their own to consider.  Pretend that they are the first photographer in the world taking the world's very first image. Complete and total freedom without a care in the world.

Date: Feb 20th

Time: 9 am - 12 noon via Zoom

Cost: $15, maximum 20

Registration opens on 1/28/2021 5 PM

For more information and to register, click on the link below




Lightroom Classic Library Module Deep Dive Workshop with Ellen Kawadler- WAITLIST

**this workshop will now be 2 sessions

This workshop is going to start from the very beginning with Lightroom Classic after you have downloaded the program on to your computer. It will be geared towards those of you who have never worked with Lightroom to those of you that need to make better use of the image organization that Lightroom Classic offers.

In the first session, we will cover the Lightroom catalog, importing images, and organizing your images.  The second part will explore the user interface in more detail, including how to view, select, rate, and filter your images.

I highly recommend the purchase of Andrew Gibson’s Mastering Lightroom Classic, Book One The Library Module eBook which we will be referring to during the workshop. Not only is this an excellent book and resource but he offers free lifetime updates when Lightroom publishes revisions of their software and it is the only resource I have found that is current to the latest version of Lightroom.

He has three eBooks, Book One: The Library Module, Book Two: The Develop Module and Book Three: The Other Modules. Whether you plan to take the course or just want a great resource to learn LR get them now!

Click on this link to purchase them....


Try adding the 5DAYDEAL code when checking out for an addition discount. You will also get some other free resources and these ebooks come with a lifetime update as Lightroom adds new features.

Date:  Jan 23 and Feb 6

Time: 9 am -12 noon via zoom

Cost: $15 for both dates, maximum 10 participants

Registration opens Dec 31 at 5 PM

For more information and to register, click on the link below



Workshops Coming this Spring 2021 on Zoom

Pocket Photography, Making the Most of Your Cell Phone with Bruce Garber and David Marshak 3/13/2021

Mindful Photography with Janet Casey Two sessions 5/8/2021, 5/15/2021




Our annual SBCC Gallery Show has gone virtual this year!

For years we have had an annual month-long show at the Norfolk Public Library. Thanks to Dan Gyves, we have had a wonderful show at the library.As COVID-19 has altered our lives in many ways (understatement), we will still have our show, but this year it will be virtual.

Instead of hanging our prints on the walls at the library, we will instead create a show on YouTube. You will be able to share the YouTube video on your own website, social media and it will be on the SBCC website as well. We hope to share the video with the Norfolk Library and other establishments to help promote our club.

We will be accepting your images via Google Drive (Please log in to our website and click HERE to access the Google Drive Link). Please provide a high-resolution image with the following criteria:

  • Up to 3 images per person
  • 3 MB minimum file size
  • 280 DPI minimum
  • Name your image as follows: FirstName.LastName.ImageTitle.jpg
  • No watermark please - we will be adding a watermark to each image to have a consistent position and font type across the video.
  • Photographer bio. It can be a short video or written piece. Include your website if you have one.
    • MP4 format for video. Please name the video as follows: FirstName.LastName.mp4

A maximum of 40 members can submit. First come, first serve.

If you have any questions, just ask!


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 shoutout 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


The 2020-21 Multi-Club competition categories have been determined.  The eight categories are:

Abstract - Architecture - Life During COVID - Macro/Close-up - Monochrome - Motion - Reflections - Two Things

We are competing this year with three other clubs: Boston, Gateway and Newton.  Your photos must originate in the period of April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021.  Each club will select their best photos in each category to compete in the multi-club competition in April, 2021.  We will compete in Classes A and B with rules and format similar to last year.  Participation is open to all club members.  More information on the Multi-Club Competition Page   


Check out our New "Nikon", "Infrared Photography" and "Night Photography" Forums

Nikon - in this forum, members can post questions about any aspect of Nikon Camera including flashes, settings, technique, post processing, education, and gear.  Infrared Photography - in this forum, any questions pertaining to shooting and processing infrared images with a converted camera or with IR filters.

From the Main Menu, click on Forums or use this LINK You must be logged in to access the forum.  If you want to be emailed whenever there is a posting to the Forum, just click on the Subscribe button.  This is an alternative to those people who might not be on Facebook but have questions about photography.


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. 

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.



Some of the year's events are       A proud member of:             Join Our Facebook Group                Instagram
              sponsored by:



© Stony Brook Camera Club - All rights reserve 1969 - 2020  All images on this web site are copyright the maker and may not be copied or used in any manner without the express  written consent of the maker.


PSA Logo
Member Organization

Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) support is turned off on your browser. This is controlled by Accessibility options on your browser and Display Properties. Your viewing experience will be severely degraded without this support.

This website is hosted by Visual Pursuits, a service provided by Software Pursuits, Inc.