Founded in 1933, The Harrisburg Camera Club welcomes all photographers from the newest beginner to the most experienced.

Membership Benefits
• Fellowship and fun in learning to take better pictures.
• Constructive evaluations of every member’s prints and images by experienced photographers/artists.
• Recognition for quality and merit achievement in photography.
• Field Trips and Education
• Discount on purchases at local camera shops and picture framing shops

Go to the Become a Member page for more details

Gallery Exhibition Featuring Club Members

The Lens Hoods
Exhibit at Gallery@2nd
Irene Van Buskirk- John Wright - Karen Commings

HARRISBURG: Gallery at Second, a fine art gallery located at 608 North Second Street, Harrisburg, is proud to host a reception for its latest exhibitions on Friday, October 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. The gallery is hosting this group exhibition of these artists known as “The LENS HOODS” from October 8 through November 14, 2015.

Irene VanBuskirk is a new face in the photography field. She began sharing her work two years ago. Her horses and the countryside around her Perry County home were the initial inspirations for her photography, and the landscapes of Perry County continue to be a thread in her collections. She is attracted to the geometry and patterns of structures as well as capturing impressionistic images. Small towns in the central Pennsylvania area have been frequent locations for her photography. She enjoys capturing the elements in everyday life as artistic forms. Rather than portraiture, most of the people in her photographs represent the human element in the environment.

Pennsylvania artist Karen Commings has been photographing alleys in various locations for about two years. For this exhibit, she’s focused on the urban environment here in central Pennsylvania. My photographs are what Karen calls “The Long View.” They are photographs down the lengths of alleys with buildings on either or both sides. When photographing, she has often waited for long periods of time, even in the rain, in hopes of capturing that solitary figure walking by in the distance, providing artistic context and contrast to the immensity of the structures around them. Karen then processes her photos in such a way as to give them a heightened reality or surreal feel, bringing out detail and color that often go unnoticed to the naked eye.

Artist John Wrights artistic quest can be summed-up as thus, “looking for the message and meaning behind the image.” As an artist and photographer, John uses a Formalist approach in seeking images that speak their own stories and convey their past to the present. John beleieves that forms shapes, texture, colors and patterns are the visual language of nature that we as individuals interpret for ourselves, but the image still holds to an underlying truth. Over the last five years, both in his business and on a personal level, he has invested the time to concentrate on presenting his view of photographic images as fine art.

This reception coincides with October’s “3rd in the Burg” and is free and open to the public with refreshments, food and live music provided by Jonathan Frazier.

Visit the website www.galleryatsecond.com to hear each photographer discuss their work.

October 6th Meeting


Harrisburg Camera Club Educational Program on Composition


From Basic to Better Composition


Tuesday night October 6th at 7:00 the Harrisburg Camera Club will present an educational program on "Photographic Composition."  The program, given by HCC president Andrew Hoff, will concentrate on the elements of composition, starting from basic composition towards more advanced composition techniques.  The application of singular and multiple geometric designs form the basis of his compositional theory.


Andrew Hoff 's prints and digital images have been accepted in regional and state-wide exhibitions as well as in national and international competitions.

September 22nd Meeting

HCC Meeting on 

Tuesday September 22nd at 7:00

Educational Meeting 

in the cooking school room on the first floor


This is one of the most important meetings of the year; especially for new members or members that have questions.  Every year I get questions on the operation of the club, its functions and benefits and I usually reply back, "Were you at the September meeting when this was discussed?" Invariably the answer is no.  So this is the meeting to ask questions.

We will also be accepting dues for the 2015-2016 season at the meeting.  Single membership is $30.00 and family membership is $40.00.  Please make checks made payable to the Harrisburg Camera Club.  No cash please.


Topics to be covered:


  • Meet the Executive Committee
  • The HCC budget for the 2014-15 year presented by Treasurer William Rowe
  • Membership details
  • Logging into the harrisburgcamerclub.org website and navigating it.
  • Competitions both Digital and Print
  • Uploading for Digital Competition
  • Scoring for Digital Competition
  • Print rules, scoring and presentation requirements for Print Competition
  • Scoring for Print Competition
  • Flashnotes - Are you getting them?
  • Standard operating procedure for Photo Fieldtrips and details on certain trips
  • What happens at our meetings and rules put in place by Giant governing the use of the room and conduct during the meetings
  • Fund raising
  • Spring workshop – Saturday April 9th update
  • Exhibition guidelines
  • Elections
  • Other suggestions
  • General question and answer period


President - Andrew Hoff     president@harrisburgcameraclub.org

Vice-President - Randal Lathrop     vicepresident@harrisburgcameraclub.org

Treasurer - William Rowe     treasurer@harrisburgcameraclub.org

Membership Chair - Bob Glasscock     robertglasscock@comcast.net

Secretary - Andy Hayter     secretary@harrisburgcameraclub.org

Fund Raising - Chip Cain

Exhibitions Chair - Open

Publicity Chair - Open

Sunflower Field Photography Field Trip at the Sunflower Fields in Jarrettsville, MD

The weather looks great!  So it's a go for Sunday September 13th at 3:00 PM

 This is one of the most popular and well attended field trip locations for the Harrisburg Camera Club.  We traveled there in 2010 and in 2014 to conduct a photography field trip.  We will be going to the commercially grown sunflower fields at Clear Meadow Farms which are near Jarrettsville, Maryland.  We will exit off I-83 Maryland Line - Bel Air Exit #36 and head east on 439.   Clear Meadow Farms grows sunflowers for commercial cultivation.  They have acres of sunflowers.  It is about an hour and a quarter from our meeting location at the Camp Hill Giant.  We will be car pooling from our usual location on the Arby’s side of the Camp Hill Giant Grocery Store, at 3:00 PM in the afternoon.  Here is the update from Clear Meadow Farms as of 9/8/15: http://www.clearmeadowfarm.com/ourproducts.html#sunflowers

  • The 2015 Sunflowers will be just starting to bloom this weekend! (9/5/15)
  • The best time to view the sunflower field will be between 9/11/15 to 9/27/15
  • Please remember that although the sunflowers are beautiful to view and fun to photograph, they are also a cash crop for farmers and will be harvested in late fall. We appreciate if you treat the sunflower plants with respect when viewing.
  • The sunflower field is not located at our main farm on Troyer Rd!
  • The sunflower fields are located in Jarrettsville, MD at the intersection of Rt. 23 and Rt. 165 at the 3700 block of Norrisville Rd.
  • Click on the google link for a map.   (https://goo.gl/maps/1lTjJ

We plan to leave Camp Hill at 3:00 and arrive at about 4:15 which should give us 3 hours to photograph the field since sunset is around 7:30.  Expect to return at about 8:45.  Parking will be tight and some extra walking may be involved.  We will need to car pool.  The sunflowers should be in full bloom when we get there and expect to see bees and butterflies on the sunflowers. At this site you can use all of your lenses.  For insects you may want to bring a macro lens.  A long lens is also useful for compressing distance.  This location is very good for those photographers that have short telephotos or wide angle lens.


What to bring:  Extra digital cards, extra batteries, polarizing filter, a reflector or white foamcore, black foamcore, an umbrella that is translucent white or solid white if you have one, flash unit, tripod, a tripod clamp, comfortable shoes, long pants, a ladder to photograph from above and drinking GetAttachment.aspxGetAttachment-2.aspxwater.  We will hold this event, unless we are looking at an all day rain event. Any questions e-mail Andrew Hoff at president@harrisburgcameraclub.com.

Kick-off Meeting Sept 8th 2015

David Graham

Fine Art Photographer, Educator and Author
"Photographing the American Dream"

Giant Grocery Store Community Room in the Camp Hill Shopping Center.

Yosemite, Calif. 1995

Yosemite, Calif. 1995

National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, Hayward, Wis. 1984

National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, Hayward, Wis. 1984

The Harrisburg Camera Club is pleased to announce their 2015 kickoff meeting on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 7PM in the Giant Community Room, 3300 Trindle Road, Camp Hill will feature internationally acclaimed photographer David Graham. David’s program will feature photographs of his travels throughout the United States. Mr. Graham’s photographic inspiration comes from the colorful, sometimes surreal and often bizarre American landscape. Chronicling the American scene with his unique sensibility and acknowledging popular forms of photography: the snapshot, the family portrait and vacation pictures, Graham brings relevance to the creativity and dreams of the common man.

Over the past thirty years, David Graham has brought compassion and humor to all phases of his career. Recognized as a photographer of the American dream, David has documented the homes we have built, our lives both public and private, and a purely American expression of "freedom."

Graham was born in Abington, Pennsylvania. He received a BFA from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and an MFA from the Tyler School of Art. He studied under Ray K. Metzker and Will Larson, and was mentored by Emmet Gowin. He has taught at Moore College of Art and at The University of the Arts. Graham was the second recipient of the prestigious Bernheim Arboretum Artist in Residence program outside Louisville, Kentucky, in 1983.

Dory Graham Vannais Tyler, State Park, Pa. 1990

Dory Graham Vannais Tyler, State Park, Pa. 1990

Graham has published several books of his work including Taking Liberties, Ay, Cuba!, and Alone Together, as well as American Beauty and Land of the Free, which were published by Aperture, and most recently Almost Paradise published by Pond Press. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Harper's, The New Yorker, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. He has had solo exhibitions at the International Center of Photography in New York, the Institute for Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, and The Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, among others.

For more information about David, click here:  David Graham .

Show & Share Educational Meeting

_DSC6056This Tuesday August 18th at 7:00

Images Taken by Harrisburg Camera Club Members

Time is running out to prepare your images for the Show and Share meeting coming up on August 18th. We will be meeting in the cooking school room on the ground floor of the Giant across from the stairway to the second floor.

This meeting is to show and share with the members of the club, photos you have taken over the last year. Because of the limited number of photos that we can show during the competitive year, this is your chance to share with members of the club, photos you have taken and to get feed back about them. Bring vacation photos, landscape, people, abstract photos or photos that you are working on as a project. You can get feedback about them at the meeting. Please show us the photos that you have taken that you have not shown during our competitions.

This meeting is, in reality, an educational meeting on how photographic opportunities are rendered. This is a chance for membership to see the expanded portfolio of the HCC members. If time permits, you can question the maker on how the image was made and or modified.

  • If you want to show and share your best or most interesting images taken recently with the members of the camera club, please place your images on a flash drive or CD and bring it with you to the meeting.
  • Please title the file: “2015 August HCC Show and Share”. This way we can find the file quickly. We expect you to have all you your images under one file name.
  • Please; all images needed to be reduced to the following parameters: Maximum length on the longest side 1920 pixels as a baseline jpeg. Just like the camera club competition file size.
  • Previous Show & Share’s have had an issue with downloading exceeding large files from flash drives or CD's into the computer. Please try to keep each of your images under 3MB.
  • We will load each members file into his computer and we expect the maker to be present. Each member will have about 6 minutes to present and comment on their images. You, as the presenter, have the option of commenting about your work.  We expect you to answer questions about your work, if asked.
  • If you have the skill, a Powerpoint file would be best and if you’re fancy or have the software available you may add music within the file as part of your presentation.

The time allotment is based on the number of presenters and divided by the time available. Less presenters more time, more presenters less time. This is a great opportunity for you to show your work to the other members of the club without the constraints of competition. For those that are not showing, you have an opportunity to see more of our member's work and understand their visual philosophy.


Educational Meeting

Tuesday, July 14th, 2014 at 7pm at the Giant Grocery Store's Community Room in the Camp Hill Shopping Center

This educational meeting on Tuesday July 14th is to showcase your work and to share with the members of the club photos you have taken and changed in the computer. Only members of the HCC may exhibit their techniques.  We want participants to show the original image as taken directly from the camera’s digital card, prior to any manipulation.  Then we want the members to explain the creative steps they took and why they took them to produce the final image.  This should be a highly productive meeting, as members and guests will learn about steps that can be taken to enhance or change their images.  These steps may have been done in CS, Elements, Lightroom or any of the other imaging software.
You will learn about the potential of these software programs.  You will also learn from the image makers what their thought process was and why they did what they did which is just as, if not more important than the software.  Digital photographers should anticipate what their final plans are when it comes to image manipulation before they take the image.  This program could be a mental stepping stone for photographers.  Even if you don’t have images to present, I strongly urge you to come to this meeting to learn and expand your knowledge.

HCC members please place your images on a flash drive or CD and bring it with you to the meeting.   All images should be reduced to the following parameters: Please title the files or folder Before and After 2015 Maximum length on the longest side 1920 pixels as a baseline jpeg.  Just like the camera club competition file size.Please No tiffs, PSD or large files over 10MB.  Randal will load each members file into his computer and the image maker will present and talk about their work.

Digital Image of The Year Finals

Tuesday, May 12th at 7:00 p.m.

Camp Hill Shopping Center, Giant Foods Community Room Upstairs   Directions/Map

A Lightroom Presentation by Chip Cain

Educational Meeting Tuesday, February 17th at 7:00 pm

The 7:00 meeting will open with a presentation from Cindy Strupp of the Professional Photographers of America PA chapter. She will be giving us information on the PPofA photography workshop to be held in Carlisle in April. Chip’s program on Lightroom(details below) will follow.

Why do I have Lightroom anyway?

Did you get Lightroom with Adobe’s Photoshop for $10 bucks a month and wonder why you have it? Or did you try it and found yourself lost on how to make it work for you?

This will not be a “why you don’t need Photoshop” but rather why Lightroom is simply the best starting place for most of your photographs. I will show how LR saved my bacon more than once and how my mundane photos were transformed.

Hopefully you will see the value, and power of using brushes and going beyond sliders. And how to fix that troublesome color cast without messing with “Temperature and Tint” sliders. Especially when you like every other color in the photo. You will learn, how to sharpen more selectively and make the important parts of your photograph stand out; just as you saw it in your mind’s eye.

By the end of the evening you should be able to answer “Why do I have Lightroom anyway?”

This meeting is free and open to the public. We hope to see you their.

Trip to Reading Public Museum

Saturday, February 7th, 2015 departing at 12 noon from the Camp Hill Shopping Center at the Giant parking lot next to Arby's

Admission is $10.00 for adults and $6.00 for seniors over 65.  The club will be going to the Reading Public Museum to see rock and roll photographer Baron Wolman's exhibition "Backstage Pass: Baron Wolman and the Early Years of Rolling Stone"   This exhibition allows guests to explore how photographers and editors of Rolling Stone guided the creation of the "rockstar" persona, from concert, to cover, to icon. Immortalized by writers, filmmakers, and musicians from Stephen King to Dr. Hook, the cover of Rolling Stone magazine has embodied generations of popular culture. Contextualized in 35 framed photographs, contact sheets, and original covers, Backstage Pass presents an intimate view during a crucial period of cultural transformation in American history. Feeding the heightened political and cultural climate of the time, featured artists Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Frank Zappa came to represent generational ideas through music, words, and visual imagery.

Visit the Reading Public Museum website www.readingpublicmuseum.org

Any questions contact Andrew Hoff @ 592-9304 or at president@harrisburgcameraclub.org