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


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.




December 3rd - Competition - B&W, Food and Nature Digital


December 10th - Quad Club Competition Image Study with Ray Guillette and Tony Mistretta


December 12th - Saturday - "The Well Equipped Macro Photographer" presented by Mike Moats

Being a properly equipped macro photographer is not just about the equipment, but also equipping yourself with the how-to knowledge of macro photography. Mike will
cover the most important equipment for macro photography, how to control depth of field, a little about composition, and subject matter.

Bio: Mike Moats is a international award winning full time pro macro photographer from Michigan. He is a Tamron Image Master, and his articles and images have been published in many photo magazines for over 15 years. He has a Macro Photo Club online with over 2,000 members, from 18 countries. Mike teaches workshops and speaks at photo conference throughout the US.




December 17th - Through the Lens - The Life and Adventures of Jay Dickman

Jay will talk about his career, from his first days with the Dallas Times Herald-where his work from the war in El Salvador won the Pulitzer Prize and the World Press “Golden Eye”, to working with National Geographic…and he’ll touch on the many other publications with whom he’s worked. Jay’s career has enabled him to experience so much: spending a week aboard a nuclear attack sub, living 3 months is a stone-age village, exploring the remote Tepui’s of southern Venezuela (if you saw the movie “Up”, you’re familiar with that world), photographing indigenous cultures, documenting war, to years spent photographing the NFL and other pro sports. His assignments reflect his love for the diversity of his work and he’ll talk about where his camera takes him today.

Primarily a location photographer, Jay works with National Geographic Expeditions as an Expert/Lecture in addition to FirstLight Workshops, founded by Jay and his wife, Becky. Never without a camera in his hands on these adventures, the love and passion for this craft is as strong now as on those first days of his professional career.

Bio:  As a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist and National Geographic photographer, Jay Dickman is a highly traveled, experienced and celebrated photographer.  In addition to the Pulitzer Prize (and multiple domestic and international awards), Jay won the World Press Golden Eye for his photography.  His photography has been featured in “Communications Arts”, “Creative Quarterly” and other competitions.  Jay’s career has spanned a multitude of experiences, including three months living in a stone-age village in Papua New Guinea, a week under the Arctic ice in a nuclear attack sub (both these for National Geographic), and aboard a sinking boat on the Amazon.  In addition to more than twenty-five assignments for the National Geographic Society, Jay has taught workshops for: Santa Fe Workshops, the Maine Media Workshops, Photography at the Summit and American Photo Mentor Series. Jay and his wife, Becky, are founders of the FirstLight Workshop series, having hosted multiple workshops in France, Spain, Scotland, Italy, Namibia, Mongolia, the Chesapeake, and Wyoming.  FirstLight was featured in American Photo magazine as one of the top 12 photographic workshops. 

Working with National Geographic Expeditions, Jay has been on more than 80 Expeditions/Workshops/Adventures as the “National Geographic Expert.”  These have included several “Around the World by Private Jet”, “Central & South America by Private Jet,” “Africa by Private Jet,” trips to Svalbard and the High Arctic, Cape of Norway, British Isles, Northwest Passage, Dalmatian Coast, along with multiple trips to Baja, Galapagos, and Antarctica. Jay traveled to the West Coast of Africa and South Georgia, the Falklands and the Antarctic, and has led National Geographic Adventures, which include: “Walking with the Maasai,” “Tanzania Photo Adventure”, “Namibia Culture and Wildlife Adventure” “Sri Lanka Photo Expedition,” “Tuscany Photo Adventure,” and “Japan Photo Adventure.”  Working with National Geographic, Jay has also presented more than 15 lectures for the Society. Jay was cited as one of Travel + Leisure Magazine’s “Ten Fascinating People You Can Travel With in 2017”.  PhotoBlog.com also cited “Where’s Jay” (Jay’s blog) as one of the 45 best photography blogs.

As a working pro, Jay has been an Olympus Visionary since 2003, a Lexar “Elite” Photographer and a member of the Singh-Ray group of professional photographers. He is co-author of the best-selling book, “Perfect Digital Photography”, published by McGraw-Hill.   www.JayDickman.com    www.FirstLightWorkshop.com   Instagram: @JayDickmanPhoto






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

Lightroom Classic Library Module Workshop with Ellen Kawadler

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.

We will cover the Lightroom Module user interface, importing images, organizing your images, the Lightroom catalog, and ways to use the Library Module.

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.

Currently for the month of November 2020, his eBooks are on sale. 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....


Add 5DAYDEAL code when checking out and you get all 3 ebooks for $15.20 instead of $29. You will also get some other free resources and these ebooks come with a lifetime update as Lightroom adds new features.

Date:  Jan 23rd

Time: 9 am -12 noon via zoom

Cost: $15, maximum 12 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

The F-Stops Here: It's You, Not Your Camera with Patricia Cabral and Ken Salome 2/20/2021

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.



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