Membership meetings are currently held the third Saturday of each month and usually at the College of Southern Maryland Campus in Prince Frederick. Feel free to drop in on a meeting - membership is not required to join us at a meeting.

What is a typical meeting like?

Meeting activitiesIn a typical meeting we may discuss club business, have a featured presentation and share photos. Generally there are one or two featured presentations each meeting. Presentations vary in topic and sometimes include guest speakers. Some past presentations have included:

Through membership surveys we have identified many future topics as well. Some of the things on our short list for future meetings include:

  • Panning
  • Understanding Exposure
  • Calibration
  • Aperture (Software)
  • RAW or JPG
  • Light Modifiers
  • Panoramic photography
  • Cleaning a DSLR Sensor

Additionally your ideas and suggestions are always welcome - so please come join us!

Shooting Panoramas (tentative) (December 14, 2019) - Our December meeting discusses shooting and processing panoramic images. Check back for location, speaker and further details.

Shooting the Milky Way (tentative) (November 16, 2019) - New Location: Mount Hope Community Center Our November meeting explores approaches to shooting the Milky Way. Check back for speaker and further details.

HDR (High Dynamic Range) (October 19, 2019) - New Location: Mount Hope Community Center Our regular October meeting will focus on HDR (High Dynamic Range) techniques, which combine multiple images taken at different exposure levels into a final image that preserves detail in both light and dark areas of the scene. Check back for speaker and further details.

Wednesday night meeting (September 25, 2019) -

Our next meeting is Wednesday, September 25 from 7:00-9:00 pm at the Harriett Brown Community Center in Prince Frederick. Subject is critique.

Bring your favorite pictures on a thumb drive. We will critique them if you like, or you can just show off your hard work.

Sharon Shifflett, President
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Working meeting (September 25, 2019) - Wednesday evening session. Details TBA.

Focus Stacking (September 21, 2019) - Our regular September meeting will discuss Focus Stacking, i.e. techniques to increase sharpness in high depth of field shots by taking and merging multiple photos at different focus positions. Nick Lascone will demonstrate automated macro focus stacking with a Cognisys Stackshot rail. A small, interesting object will be the subject of the stacking process. Helicon Remote software will be used to automatically guide a rail borne camera and manage the camera controls. Helicon Focus and Affinity Photo will each be used to merge the resultant stacked shallow depth shots into one totally focused image. Different ways of saving and displaying the Helicon Focus results will also be demonstrated - including 3D animation.

Critique (August 28, 2019) - "Critique". This is a chance to have your photos looked at and get feedback from other photographers. This is one of the best learning tools I have found for improving my photography as well as getting positive reinforcement. Please bring 3 pics on a flash drive. Bring more and we will critique as time allows. Also we can put your picture in Lightroom and play with the editing tools to give you ideas on editing your pictures. Hope to see you Wed.

Portrait Photography (August 17, 2019) - Sharon Schifflett will concentrate on taking pictures without and with flash. There will be some YouTube videos- like using neutral density filters outside in the bright sun in order to get a blurry background (so subject stands out) or to show motion. It will also encompass capturing the moment pictures that the subject is not posing . Please bring cameras and questions. If there is time, the floor will be asked for suggestions on what they feel is important to know regarding Portrait Photography. YouTube video Awesome PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY tips you could be doing TODAY

Free and Inexpensive Alternatives to Adobe’s Creative Cloud (July 20, 2019) - Daunted by the prospect of paying annual subscription fees to Adobe in perpetuity for Lightroom and Photoshop? Prefer to remain in control in case the internet is down? Looking for simplicity or functionality that the Adobe products cannot provide? Black-belt cheapskate Bill Fletcher will show you his favorite solutions for Windows, Mac and Linux that meet your needs while avoiding financial servitude to Big Business. Other members are invited to contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for a place on the program to show off their favorite finds.

June Meeting: Show and Tell (June 15, 2019) - Bring up to 2 of your favorite pictures to share with the group. If you wish you can receive constructive feedback from your fellow members. Note new meeting location for the summer!

Lightroom Basics (May 22, 2019) - We will be having the Wednesday night meeting May 22, 2019 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Harriett Brown Community Center, room 118. Please come at 6:30 to help set up the room and stay to put chairs away.

Patty E. Hankins Fine Art Floral Photography (May 18, 2019) -

Patty Hankins has been named one of the top ten macro photographers in the world, and when you peruse her online galleries you will understand why. In recent years Patty has concentrated on photographing flowers, both on location and in the studio. In our busy, ever-changing world, she finds peace and beauty in the natural world of the Middle Atlantic Region. Whether she is photographing sunrise in Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge or a wildflower in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Patty seeks to capture the quiet beauty of a passing moment to share this moment with her viewers.

Each time she goes out with her camera, Patty experiences the joy of creating new images for others to enjoy. Many of the places she photographs are ones she first saw as a child on family vacations from the middle of the back seat of her parents’ car. In those days, photography was a way to record where she had been. Now she sees these same locations as places of beauty and inspiration.

Patty is constantly exploring nearby gardens and parks looking for another wonderful flower to photograph. As she photographs, she takes great care not to harm the flowers. Her goal is to leave the flower as beautiful for the next person who sees it, as it was when she found it. Patty knows she has created a meaningful photograph when viewers experience the same delight and wonder that she felt when she captured the image.

Patty and her husband, landscape photographer Bill Lawrence, are based in Montgomery County. They regularly offer workshops and field trips on photography and editing photographs.

See calendar for event details