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.


October 22nd at 7:30 PM - "Essentials of Time Lapse Photography" presented by Silvana Della Camera

Digital photography has become a daily part of our lives. We consume and create photography almost constantly in our daily travels. A natural stepping stone to still photography is time-lapse, the art of capturing change over time. Only since the advent of modern digital cameras has time-lapse photography become so accessible. Time-lapse photography produces stunning images that give viewers a glimpse of the world as they rarely see it. It is a technique that compresses timed capture over an interval of time into a concise creative rhythm. In this presentation, Silvana will demonstrate how anyone could leverage this functionality with gear they already own. 

Bio: A software engineer by trade, Silvana began her fascination with photography as a small child, taking her father’s camera as often as she could, to peer through the viewfinder at the rectangular world she chose to isolate for view. When she was 14, her father gave her a second hand fully manual SLR which unlocked the realm of controlling the light of an instant in time. The early fascination turned into a lifelong passion.

"Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death." Auntie Mame

Website: www.silvanaphoto.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/silvanadphotography/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/silvanadphoto




Click on the above picture to play a video of the first Time Lapse Film - "Muybridge Race Horse"



October 23rd Friday at 11:59PM  - Competition Deadline for Color Digital and People & Portraits Digital


October 29th at 7:30 PM - "Astrolandscape Photography" present by Mike Taylor

For my night photography presentations, I use slides, graphics and examples of my work to talk about why I love night photography, what got me into it, and how it differs so much from any other kind of photography. I discuss how Astrophotography is different from Landscape Astrophotography, where the Milky Way is in the sky, how it moves through the night and through the seasons, etc. I spend some time talking about the Northern Lights in the same regard – how to track them, how to know when there will be a display, how they look at Maine’s latitude compared to places like Iceland, Norway, etc.

I include slides of RAW images next to processed images and explain a little bit about processing night photos. I also usually spend a few minutes talking about time lapse by playing a couple of my short time lapse clips (Milky Way, star trails, Northern Lights) and talk about the logistics and equipment involved in capturing and processing time lapse footage. If there is WiFi available, I bring up a few websites to show folks some of the articles I’ve written for science websites, discuss light pollution, bring up the websites of some other night photographers, etc.

Bio:  Taylor Photography is a freelance imaging studio based in a 19th century farmhouse in central Maine, owned and operated by Mike and Sonia Taylor. Mike has been a landscape and studio photographer for over 20 combined years and counting. He is an artist, a philosopher, a musician, a movie buff, and a self-proclaimed connoisseur of beverages made from malted barley & hops ... we all have our bag of rocks to carry. Sonia has been involved in creative writing, marketing, and public relations in one form or another for over twenty years, working in publishing, advertising, retail and auctions. She enjoys reading, history, antiques, movies, traveling and micro-brewed beer.

Taylor Photography's landscape astrophotography and scenic/nature images & articles have been featured on NASA's Astronomy Picture Of The Day, Huffington Post, The Weather Channel, NBC News, Viral Nova, Discovery.com, Mashable.com, Down East magazine, UNILAD, Outdoor Photography Magazine, Yahoo! News, Space.com, Utah.com, Earthsky.org, Spaceweather.com, Solarham.net, and multiple other science websites and social media pages. Mike is also a contributing member of the International Dark-Sky Association and he has been working in conjunction with their organization to help raise public awareness of artificial light pollution and its negative effects on human health, wildlife, safety and energy waste.




November 5th - Competition Night - Color Open Digital and People & Portraits Digital


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

Color, Contrast, Lighting and Composition with Silvana Della Camera

Photography is more than pointing your camera at a scene and tripping the shutter. In this workshop, we will cover the following concepts:

  • We will explore the power of color and its effects on the viewer.
  • We will examine how contrast can be used to convey a mood.
  • We will discuss why and how the direction and temperature of light affects an image.
  • We will look at compositional tips to improve the overall image.

Date: November 28th

Time: 9 am -12 noon via zoom

Cost: $15, maximum 20 participants

Registration opens Nov 5th at 5 pm

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


Coming this Spring

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

The Art of Your Photography with Ken Salome

Mindful Photography with Janet Casey

Lightroom - The Library and Develop Modules with Ellen Kawadler



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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