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.

Upcoming Events


March 28th - "How To Bring Out The Best In Your Images With Luminar 3" - Presentation by Photography Software Company Skylum

Join Abba Shapiro, Pro Photographer and Co-Director of the Skylum Education Team, as he demonstrates how Luminar saves time with AI-powered technologies with unique adjustments found nowhere else. Discover how to unlock beautiful images with filters and jump-start your creativity with Luminar Looks. Some of the topics we will be going over: • Explore the new Library features • Look at Sorting, Rating, and Filtering • Examine the new QuickEdit Workflow • Unique AI and Image Aware Filters in Luminar • ... and more! Our goal is to help you become more familiar with some of the features and tools in Luminar 3. We are here to answer your questions and to show you where you can find additional resources.

Abba Shapiro - Pro Photographer and Co-Director for Skylum's Education Team  (Fine Art, Portrait, and Landscape Photographer)   500px.com/abbashapiro

Abba picked up his first camera at the age of 12 and has been passionately shooting ever since.  In addition to being a professional photographer, Abba has 30 years of experience in video and film production. Abba has worked for a wide range of commercial, corporate and federal clients, including USA Today, NASCAR, The Associated Press, NASA, Univision, Major League Baseball, Showtime, The Discovery Channel, and CNN.  In addition to teaching classes through Creative Live, lynda.com, and Ripple training, Abba conducts production workshops around the globe at conferences including NAB, IBC, InterBee, Photoshop World, and Macworld. When Abba is not bouncing around the world teaching and consulting, he is probably following his passion, chasing light and shooting photos.



March 29th - April Digital Competition Deadline - Black & White, Macro and Nature

April 4th - "Compelling Landscapes: The Journey of Discovery" - presented by Mark Bowie

In this presentation — designed for photographers of all skill levels — Mark Bowie shares how he created special landscape images by using the camera as a vehicle for personal discovery.  He presents example images from a variety of landscapes, shot in different weather and lighting conditions, to illustrate how “looking deeper” guided him to ever better results and new discoveries.  He also examines how these discoveries can be applied in similar situations at other times to create extraordinary images.
Mark discusses his learning process and how the camera led him beyond his presuppositions to unforeseen compositions and vantage points, how it suggested when to re-visit a scene to see how subjects can be rendered at different times of day or in different light. He also explains how the camera helped him hone in subjects and refine compositions, and how by eliminating distractions, we become more attune to color and shapes, patterns and textures. By letting the camera guide us as we chase light, we become better artists, with a deeper understanding into the creative possibilities of Nature’s ever-changing beauty.

Biographical Information- Mark Bowie is a professional nature photographer, writer and much sought-after public speaker.  His work has been published internationally in books and magazines, on calendars, posters, and greeting cards, and in advertising media. His first two coffee table books, Adirondack Waters and In Stoddard’s Footsteps, have become landmark regional publications. He followed those with The Adirondacks: In Celebration of the Seasons. Each won the Adirondack Center for Writing’s Photography Book of the Year Award. He has also authored two extensive e-books on night photography: The Light of Midnight and After Midnight: Night Photography by Example, and one on his photographic journey, Finding November.  Mark is a staff instructor for the Adirondack Photography Institute and leads digital and landscape photography workshops and tours.  For more on his work visit www.markbowie.com.



Check out our New "Q&A About Photography", "Infrared Photography" and Night Photography Forums

Q&A About Photography - in this forum, members can post questions about any aspect of photography including composition, settings, technique, post processing, printing, online display, promotion, 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.

Ocean State International Competition

The OSI is an Open individual Digital or Slide competition to be held on April 20th, 2019 at PSRI’s meeting hall (Lakewood Baptist Church - 255 Atlantic Ave, Warwick, RI)

This is a premier International Exhibition with no restriction on subject matter, so long as the material is not found to be offensive in the opinion of OSI board

A total of 26 awards to be won as well as acceptances toward PSA’s star rating.

Our judges include Dan Charbonnet, FPSA, EPSA, Ed McGuirk and Mike DiStefano, APSA


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 


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.  

More information at:  /Club/Events_view.aspx?Eventid=9deea9a6-2329-42b9-a893-e62cbb3b5977


Photographing Nightscapes Workshop with Mark Bowie - April 5th

Night shooting specialist Mark Bowie will lead a field trip to photograph local nightscapes. He will demonstrate techniques and provide hands-on field instruction for determining nighttime exposures, focusing in the dark, shooting long exposures and “painting” with artificial light. Learn how to capture the mystery, wonder and magic of the landscape at night.

The event will be held on Friday, April 5, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM.

Location TBD but will be within an hour's drive or less

$30/person, cash or check made payable to Mark Bowie, collected at the club meeting on 3/21,  2 weeks prior to the event.

# Participants: 5 minimum, 15 maximum

More info coming soon!   /club/Events_view.aspx?Eventid=2e12a4b8-a636-436d-8331-fc0f6dcc9acf

Intermediate Photoshop Workshop with Ella Carlson

May 10th 10-4 pm

Norfolk Public Library

14 participants max.

Registration opens on April 4th at our meeting. Click here for more info. /Events/View/8a2aded2-a918-4f6d-8292-a1a61bab7246

Ella’s Back!!

If you remember, Ella Carlson did a fabulous presentation to SBCC on Dec 13th on Brushing Up on Photoshop Painting Techniques. She is now going to do a full-day INTERMEDIATE PHOTOSHOP WORKSHOP for us.  You should be very familiar with layers, selections and masking to take this.** This will be a hands-on presentation so you will need your laptops with Photoshop CC installed. 

**if you consider yourself a BEGINNER, she has a course for you on May 2nd. Click this link for more info:  http://www.ppane.com/event-2985220


Annual SBCC Camping Trip 

August 8-11, 2019

Watkins Glen State Park, NY

You will need to make your own camping reservations to attend.

Information is at this link:   /club/Events_view.aspx?Eventid=759e16c0-dd05-49ce-8df4-1a282d6a2914


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”.


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





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