Field Trip to Light and Creativity 2018

Members are invited to carpool together to the 2018 Light and Creativity Workshop sponsored by the Harrisburg Camera Club. This is the 8th year for the event, which will be held on Saturday, April 7, from 8 am to 5 pm. The $80 ticket price includes lunch, and a $50 gift card to Nations Photo Lab.

We will meet at the food court end of Wegman's in Frederick at 6:30 am. We should be returning to Wegmans by 6:30 pm. RSVP to Cam Miller at Please indicate if you wish to ride with others or are willing to drive others. It will take approximately 80 minutes to get there.

Only 200 attendees will be admitted to this event, and it is already half full. Here is a link to more information, including the speakers, the vendors, the lunch menu, and more.

To register, you can either mail in a check, as noted on the registration page, or pay by credit card at the bottom of the registration page. Tickets are non-refundable, but they are transferrable, in the event that you are not able to attend after all. Early registration is encouraged.

I hope to see some club members attend this big photography gathering!

March 14th Meeting Critique - Marc Weinberg

Start thinking about what photos you want to have reviewed at our March meeting. Photographer Marc Weinberg will be doing a critique of member work. Some people like to bring work that reflects a new technique they have tried (studio lighting, black & white, or infrared, for example). Others bring photos they want to learn how to improve. Some will be showing work for the first time, and want to know what an independent reviewer thinks of it. The choice is yours. If you are considering submitting some work to our juried summer show, this critique is a good opportunity to show some pieces you might enter for the show.

Marc will discuss each photo so that the entire group will learn from his comments and suggestions.

For this critique, prepare five photos for review. Depending on the number of photos we receive, we may limit each person to the first three, and if there is time, move on to the remaining images.

Images must be submitted in jpg format with a minimum of 1200 and a maximum of 2400 pixels in the longest dimension. It is recommended that the files be in the sRGB color space. Please number your photos in order of preference with LastName#1, i.e. Smith#1.jpg, Smith#2.jpg, etc. Save them in a folder with your name on a flash drive to be given to John at the beginning of the meeting.

Here is more information about Marc:

Marc Weinberg started taking photos with a Brownie box camera when he was 8 years old in 1956. In February 2008, he thankfully retired from his career as a government lawyer. Since then, he has been able to dedicate himself to his long held passion for photography. Marc jumped on the digital bandwagon in 1998. While photographic tools have changed, photography hasn’t. It’s still what's behind the viewfinder that counts most -- the photographer’s unique eye and vision and knowledge of camera operations and light. Marc teaches digital photography at Frederick Community College and Shepherd University, and he has led workshops at the Griffin Arts Center, and the Rehoboth Arts League, in Rehoboth Beach, DE. He is a resident artist at the Griffin and has a studio there. In addition to his fine art work, he provides photography services in Frederick, MD. And, he has been a regular contributing photographer for area magazines. In addition to TAG, his work has been showcased in several galleries in Frederick, MD, including the Griffin Arts Center, Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, The Frederick Arts Council, McGuire Fine Arts & Framing, Lafayette Gallery, Frederick Community College, and the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce. His work also has shown in Carlisle, PA, at The Garden Gallery, Haverstick Gallery & Studios, and the Carlisle Arts Learning Center. His work is in private collections and on permanent display at PNC's headquarters building in Baltimore.

February 21st Meeting- Robert Fawcett, Capturing The Night Sky & Milky Way

Capturing The Night Sky & Milky Way: A visual presentation of images captured in Maryland and other parts of the United States.

At the February 21 meeting, photographer Robert Fawcett will cover the “what, when, where and how” to capture the night sky and Milky Way Galaxy. Through the series of images presented, the following will be covered:

  • What? Everything related to camera equipment and what’s necessary or recommended for capturing the night sky (Nightscaping); Gear needed - camera and lens, tripod, and remote shutter; and Lighting - for advanced shooting various types of light sources for Low Level Lighting (LLL).

  • When? Planning, which is the most important part of nightscaping, using very basic apps, maps and other tools to get "that shot.” Where to find the Dark Sky and other factors that guarantee a successful night time outing.

  • Where? Finding and locating dark sky with various apps for Milky Way positioning.

  • How? Back to the camera again for the basics of shutter speed, aperture and ISO. How to see in the dark for proper focus and composition.

Throughout the discussion recommendations for post-processing will be touched on as well.

Robert’s work can be seen at his website:

January Meeting - June Jarkey - Stock Photography

Want to learn about stock photography, in particular, microstock photography? Want to learn the pros and cons of trying to make money in this market? Microstock companies evolved out of the internet/digital age and have grown into an industry where images, vectors, video, and now music are available to buyers. Come and learn about the process of editing, submitting, and selling photos at agencies that offer millions of images to potential buyers.

Information covered will be from the perspective of a landscape/nature photographer who has “dabbled” in microstock for the past 6 years. Learn more about this industry and decide if selling your photos via microstock is right for you.

December Holiday Party

In lieu of our December meeting, we will be having our annual holiday gathering. Please join us and bring your spouse or partner for the evening.

We invite you to add to the delicious buffet by bringing your favorite side dish or dessert to share. Please be mindful of food allergies and label your dish accordingly. We will be providing a main course along with non-alcoholic refreshments; however, you are invited to bring wine, beer or other alcoholic beverages if you'd prefer.

We will also be doing the photo swap again this year! If you are interested in participating, bring a wrapped matted photo suitable for framing. This always brings lots of fun and laughter and legal theft!

Again this year, we are having a special presentation brought to us by YOU! Our presentation this year will be a series set to music of your 5 Best Shots of the Year. If you are interested in participating in the show, go through your pictures from 2017 and pick your top 5. Send them to Peter Foiles: (1200 pixels on the long side is sufficient). Please include your name in a watermark on the photo so everyone knows who took the photo. The presentation will play during our holiday party as an homage to all our talented members! All entries MUST be sent to Peter by 12/6/17.

Photos for the Member Show

November is a busy time for the Camera Clique! You need information about our Member show, and we want to reach as many members as possible, especially if you are unable to come to the next meeting on November 8.

All members in good standing are invited to submit up to three framed photographs for the annual member show, which will hang at the Delaplaine during December. The images must be suitable for family viewing, as well as framed and wired in a manner that is acceptable for gallery showing. Please make sure that frames and mats are clean and that it has sturdy wiring in the back for hanging. Sawtooth hangers are not acceptable.

For each photo you submit, please label it on the back on a separate, taped card with your contact information and the title and price (unless it is NSF). Also, please indicate your preference for order of hanging: #1, #2, or #3. We will hang all #1's, unless for some reason it is not deemed acceptable, and try to get all #2's as well, depending on how many we receive.

Please send this same information in an email to Cam Miller ( who will be using the info to create wall labels and a price list for the show. Name, email, phone number, Image #1 title and price, Image #2 title and price, and (if applicable) Image #3 title and price. {Note: The Delaplaine will retain a 30% commission on pieces sold, unless you are a member of the Delaplaine, for whom they will retain 20%, so price accordingly.} Please send this information to Cam no later than November 22.

Photos may be dropped off at the November 8 meeting, at the Delaplaine on Sunday, November 19 from 1-3 pm, or at the Hanging Party at the Delaplaine on Tuesday, November 28, at 6:30. We always need volunteers to help hang the show, so if you can stick around to help, we'd love to have you!

This show is an opportunity to showcase the talent we have in our club. The opening reception is Saturday, December 2, from 3-5 pm.

Any followup details and reminders about the member show will be in the club forum, so be sure to check it regularly. We look forward to a great show of our best work!

November Meeting - Personal Projects

Photographers choose to do personal projects for a variety of reasons. Some seek new inspiration; others want to explore a theme or step outside their comfort zones; yet others find personal projects to be a type of therapy, a way to deal with personal struggles or challenges. Whatever the motivation, a personal project may be just what you are looking for to spark your creativity or to give you new inspiration. At the November meeting, you will hear an overview of various types of personal projects, how to find or create them, and how to keep yourself motivated. A panel of several club members will share their personal projects with us and answer your questions.

October Field Trip

Cam Miller will be leading a fall field trip through the Audrey Carroll Audubon Sanctuary near Mt. Airy on Saturday, October 14.

We'll meet at 9:30 am in the parking lot of Linganore High School, which is much easier to find than the sanctuary itself. The address is 12013 Old Annapolis Rd, Frederick, MD. We can carpool over, or I will lead you to the sanctuary and show you where to park.

The sanctuary at this time of year offers plenty of opportunity for using a macro lens: dried milkweed pods and thistle exploding with seeds, dried goldenrod and grasses, lichen on fence posts, red berries and leaves, and perhaps webs. There is even a old, abandoned dairy as well as a pond. Cam will be giving some tips for using a macro lens or taking closeups with a point-and-shoot (often my preferred method of doing closeups).

If you prefer instead to look for wildlife (deer, rabbits, ground hogs, birds, etc.), bring a longer lens.

Bring water, a selection of lenses, your tripod or monopod (if desired), and wear long pants and comfortable footwear for walking through grass. Binoculars are always handy, too!

If you'd like to go to lunch afterwards, meet at the sanctuary parking area at 11:30, and we'll head for Milo's in New Market.

Currently there is no rain date, so please RSVP if you know you will be coming, by sending an email to Cam at If the field trip is going to be cancelled, she will email you as soon as she has made the decision, as well as post the cancellation in the club forum. But let's hope for good weather!

October Meeting: Social Media For Photographers

John Casper will be presenting "Social Media For Photographers" at the October 11 club meeting. Here is a description of his talk

Whether you are new to photography or an experienced shooter, this month’s meeting will have something for you. The world is online, and as photographers and artists we are proud of our work and want to show it off. Aside from having a website, social media is the best way to get maximum exposure. We'll answer questions about which types/apps may best meet your needs as a photographer. Is it Facebook? Instagram or Twitter? Tumblr or SnapChat ? The list goes on. We will also demystify the process of posting an image you took with your camera to social media by demonstrating how to size it and upload it, including how to gain followers by using “keywords” and “tagging." Lastly, we will do a real time post so you can see the immediate results of posting to social media.

If there are specific questions you would like to see addressed in this discussion, feel free to post them here, and John will try to include them in his talk.

September Meeting - Tom Fretz

Have you been considering a photography trip, but aren't sure how to choose one to fit your needs? Tom Fretz has taken many such trips. At the September meeting, he will discuss why we take photo trips, and what to consider in making your decision. He'll include information about what to expect, and give an overview of some of his many trips. Tom will finish with a critique of two of his recent photo trips, discussing who lead the trips and why the leaders made a difference, along with a few photos of the tour. You can see Tom's work at his website:

August Meeting

Infrared Photography and the Solar Eclipse, Peter Foiles

I will start my presentation with a quick discussion on how to safely view and photograph the August 21st solar eclipse. The bulk of the presentation will be on infrared photography. I will touch on infrared film but most of the talk will be on digital infrared photography, in particular using cameras that have had their IR filters removed. What wavelength to use, lens hotspots, how to process IR files and more will be covered. I will have a small collection of infrared converted cameras available some of which I could be convinced to part with if anyone is interested.

May Meeting - Jennifer Finley, 5/10/17

You are invited to join Jennifer Finley, custom framer and owner of the ArtistAngle Gallery on Wednesday evening May 10th to learn about framing for photography. Learn about framing your work for competitions and gallery exhibits. Discussion will include presentation options for framing and matting, glass options and of course, how to hang the finished piece!

April Meeting 4/12/17

The April Meeting will be a Crtique by Wendell Poindexter Professor of Art at Frederick Community College. People should bring 3-6 images for review. It doesn’t need to be your best, could be an image you have questions about or need help with. Images should be at least 1200 but preferably 3000 pixels on the long side, jpg format, sRGB color space.

March Meeting - John Nelson

The March meeting will be a blast from the past with John Nelson presenting on traditional photographic processes such as Wet-Plate Collodion. John will have examples of the equipment he uses and a few samples of the results using the wet-plate process. Peter Foiles will have a brief demonstration of how to use your digital camera and macro lens to make digital copies of you old film negatives or slides. And last but not least John Casper will have a quick presentation of color look-up tables, what they are and why you may want to use them.

February Meeting - David Blecman

Photography is all about controlling and capturing the light. To learn how we can do that better, David Blecman will be giving a live demo of food and product photography. David is a noted commercial photographer based in Annapolis MD. Over the years his clients have included Sears, Color Me Beautiful, JCPenney, Bath & Body Works and he has photographed celebrities such as President George W. Bush, Christina Aguilera, Jimmy Buffett, Steely Dan and the Moody Blues.

January Meeting-Tanya Houppermans Underwater Photography

I began scuba diving in early 2009, and immediately fell in love with the underwater world. I am a passionate shark conservationist, and especially enjoy diving with and photographing sharks. I have had the honor of diving with tiger sharks, hammerheads, sand tigers, makos, blue sharks, sandbar sharks, whitetip reef sharks, Caribbean reef sharks, lemon sharks, whale sharks, and nurse sharks. I encourage anyone who has not had the privilege of viewing them in the wild to do so. It will change your life; I know it did mine. Sharks are not the vicious bloodthristy man eaters so often portrayed in the media. People kill over 70 million sharks a year, whether to use their fins in shark fin soup, or as bycatch in unsustainable fishing practices. Sharks are apex predators, and the ocean needs them to maintain a healthy and balanced ecosystem. I hope that my images will show the incredible beauty and grace that sharks possess - they are truly worth our time and energy to help protect.

Tanya will also have some of the equipment she uses for her underwater photography at the meeting so it should be a fascinating presentation

November Meeting - Steve Ferendo

Steve Ferendo was born and raised in north central West Virginia. While enlisted in the Army, he "discovered" photography, and through a program for Vietnam veterans ("Project Transition"), Steve was able to intern as a photographer for the European Stars and Stripes, in the Augsburg bureau.

After his discharge, Steve was hired as an "entry level" General Photographer at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, (USAMRIID) at Fort Detrick, in Frederick, Maryland. This began his civilian federal career that took him to bio-medical photography positions at many agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Naval Medical Center (NNMC), the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP), and finally, back to USAMRIID at Fort Detrick.

After 40 years of federal service, Steve retired in 2008 as the Visual Information Manager for the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) and USAMRIID.

Since his retirement from federal service, Steve has embraced his passion for nature and wildlife photography. Due to a leg injury that has hampered his mobility, 95% or more of his photographs are taken from his vehicle. Steve can be found most mornings slowly cruising along our county’s gravel roads and battlefields, in search of wildlife.

Steve writes a blog to chronicle his photographs and his adventures. You can see his work – and his passion – at