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 from our Image of the Year Competition

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 Meetings


For now, all of our meetings will either be:

"Zoom" - This meeting is via Zoom only
"Franklin" - This meeting is in person in Franklin at the Church of the Redeemer and via Zoom. See below for our Covid Policy

October 5 - Competition Night - Zoom -  Nature, People/Portraits and Digital Black & White


October 12th - Zoom -"Painting Your Images in Photoshop for Beginners"  presented by Ellen Kawadler


This program was developed from a 4 hour workshop to expose participants to the possibilities of adding a new dimension to their photography by painting their own images. Although this is technical presentation using Photoshop, no painting skills are required to use this process. It will be an introduction to using the tools necessary to get you started and addicted! Ellen will cover getting started with your brushes, understanding the settings and using the mixer brush, and finally show you how to paint your first piece. We will use the image below to go from before to after. 



Bio:  Ellen loves photographing and capturing a moment in time, an expression, a long forgotten historical piece, wildlife, flowers, and landscapes. Her completed images frequently are far from the originally envisioned creation.  She enjoys taking the artistry beyond the initial capture by using her imagination and challenging herself to craft an appealing piece which when finished gives her a feeling of accomplishment and hopefully takes the viewer to another place and time.

She obtained her first DSLR in 2009. Since then, her award-winning images have been shot with a Nikon D80, D7000, and currently the Nikon D500 and Z6 and published by the Massachusetts Audubon, Roger Williams Park Zoo, Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, and the Patriot Ledger to mention a few.

Ellen lives in central Massachusetts, where she has judged at many local camera clubs and is the past President of the Stony Brook Camera Club where she remains actively involved. Her proficiency in post-processing in both Lightroom and Photoshop has allowed her to share these skills through presentations and workshops to various camera clubs as well as offering individual tutoring. Over the last few years, she has been taking her images to another level by painting them and adding texture blending with the help of photoshop. She has developed a simple process to give a real painterly look to her images that she has been teaching in workshops that get enthusiastic praise.

See some of her images here on her website: https://ellenk.myportfolio.com/


October 19th - Franklin - Image Study with Ray Guillette


October 20th Friday 11:59 PM - November Competition Deadline - Digital Open


October 26th - Zoom - "Artistic Floral Photography" presented by Jackie Kramer



Upcoming Workshops

Essentials of Infrared Photography with Silvana Della Camera

This will be a two part workshop which will include a live shoot and followup post processing session

Sept 30th (rain date Oct 1st) 9-11 am for the live shoot

Oct 8th Post-processing  9-11 am via zoom

Registration opens Sept 8 at 5 pm

Use this link for more info and to register-/club/Events_view.aspx?Eventid=81754e80-10e9-4760-ae0b-61658f0f5bde



Basics of ICM (intentional camera movement) with Janet Casey and Donna Parker

This will be a three part workshop with an in-person live shoot.

Oct 18th  Introduction and Getting Started with ICM: The Basics 7-8 pm  via zoom

Oct 21st (raindate Oct 22nd) 9-12 pm live shoot

Nov 1st Share Workshop Images 7-8:30 pm via zoom

Registration opens Sept 28th at 5 pm

Use this link for more info and to register:  /club/Events_view.aspx?Eventid=0663a535-7dc2-4d13-9134-fad6054ba47c




Camera Basics with Tom Amsterburg, Hali Sowle, and Jim West

Nov 11th 9-12 pm

Do you find yourself always using Auto mode and not using the many other creative capabilities your digital camera has? If so, this workshop is for you. Topics we will cover include exposure (exposure triangle, equivalent exposure, the histogram, exposure compensation) depth of field, camera shooting modes (manual, aperture priority, etc.), raw vs. jpg, white (color) balance, focus settings, exposure metering modes, and shutter release modes. Some more advanced topics such as lenses, back button focus, HDR will be addressed if time permits.

This workshop is for both beginners and more experienced photographers wanting a refresher on the basics.

Registration opens Oct 19th at 5 pm

Use this link for more info and to register:  /Events/View/ac895f40-6b1f-4654-aa0a-b256fe0a2a98


Luminosity SIG (special interest group)*note new day of the week

Will be starting in Oct 10th, 2023, with a maximum of 10 participants.  This is FREE but you must sign up, first come, first serve and you must adhere to the prerequisites outlined by clicking on the link below.  We will meet on Tuesdays once a month from 7-9 pm.

Registration opens Sept 21st at 5 pm.

For more info and to register click here  /Events/View/2e201c97-af29-4eb7-964a-e555b5565b21



Multi-Club Competition - April 30, 2024

All members of the Boston, Gateway, Newton and Stony Brook Camera Clubs are invited to participate in the friendly 5th Annual Multi-Club Competition to be hosted online on April 30, 2024, 7:00-9:30 PM. All images must be created within a one-year period beginning April 1, 2023 and ending March 31, 2024.

More information and definitions may be found on this page>>  /d/1fb67886-c7f2-4bd9-97c3-cba859cfa181


1. Abstract Expressionism

2. Complementary Colors

3. Curves

4. High Key/Low Key

5. Music

6. Seasons

7. Street Photography

8. Tender Moment(s)


SBCC members can join the SBCC Meetup group for free. We schedule photo walks and field trips via Meetup. This is the LINK to Meetup. How to schedule a Meetup - click HERE


Rob DeRobertis Restrospective and Chat File

<Click on Images for video or chat



Through Your Eyes Invitation - Highlighting Some Of Our Members

Click on Image for video

Check out more videos HERE


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



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 COVID-19 Policy

  1. Up-to-date COVID vaccinations in-line with CDC recommendations are mandatory in order to attend all in-person meetings, including indoor meetups and workshops. Members are on the honor system to comply.
  1. Face masks are optional.
  1. SBCC is pleased to offer a hybrid format for those meetings that will be held in-person this season. Any members not comfortable attending will always have the option of joining remotely via Zoom or a similar streaming format.
  2. We will keep current with trends and regulations and may change our policy as needed.




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