Welcome

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

November Digital Competition

We know you are anxious to submit your photos to our first digital competition of the club year. Details will be provided at tonight’s meeting.
We appreciate your patience.

Photo Field Trip to Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site & French Creek Waterway at the Village of St. Peters

Sunday, October 19th, 2014 departing at 12 noon from the Camp Hill Shopping Center at the Giant parking lot next to Arby’s

 

Our first stop will be at the Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site. Hopewell Furnace was founded in 1771. It is an example of an American 19th century rural “iron plantation”. Hopewell Furnace consists of 14 restored structures in the core historic area. The buildings include a blast furnace, the ironmaster’s house and auxiliary structures including a blacksmith’s shop, barn, church, a company store and several workers’ houses. http://1.usa.gov/1se2WXqPhoto Field Trip to The Railroad Museum of PA in Lancaster Count

We plan to leave Hopewell Furnace after two hours of photographing and drive the seven miles to the village of St. Peters. The town is located in a narrow ravine along French Creek. The Falls of French Creek have formed where French Creek cuts across a series of rocky dikes.  The erosion of the rock foundation by the creek caused huge boulders to fall into the stream, almost filling the creek bed at points. French Creek should be picturesque in the fall colors with water flowing over and around the boulders and rock slabs.  There is a quarry located above the town that is also inviting to photographers. http://bit.ly/1se3jRO

You should bring water, a fully charged battery, extra batteries, extra digital cards, comfortable shoes, a tripod, a macro lens for close-ups, possibly a flash for interiors to light dark areas or as a fill flash and/or reflector to throw additional light in dark places, a longer lens and/or a wide angle lens, polarizing filter to slow down the waterfalls and cut glare, a ladder, cash for snacks in St.Peters and gas and toll money for your driver. We will be returning to Camp Hill no later than 8:00 pm.

 

EDUCATIONAL NIGHT

Adobe Photoshop CS & Elements Question & Answer with photographer Bryson Leidich

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 7pm at the Giant Grocery Store’s Community Room in the Camp Hill Shopping Center

EDUCATIONAL NIGHT

 

On Tuesday night October 7th at 7:00PM, long time friend of the Harrisburg Camera Club and professional photographer, Bryson Leidich, will lead a question and answer session on Adobe Photoshop CS and Elements.

Since the members of the Club have such varied levels of ability in Photoshop, we thought it would be appropriate to have an open discussion with questions coming from the members about Photoshop instead of concentrating on one subject.  Think about the problems you have encountered with Adobe Photoshop CS and Elements and bring your questions to Bryson. No question is wrong, as we can all benefit from the answer.  Bryson will answer your questions using Photoshop software on the computer.

Mentoring Fieldtrip Has A Change of Location

CHANGE OF LOCATION!!

1 Due to complications of security and member safety I’ve been informed that the camera club will not be allowed to enter the Middletown & Hummelstown RR yard. Even though I had not seen any No Trespassing signs or a secured area around the railyard and rolling stock I was informed by the staff of the Middletown & Hummelstown RR on Wednesday that anyone found photographing in the yard without permission or with a member of the RR staff would be subject to arrest for trespassing. So with that in mind we will photograph on City Island.

 This Saturday September 27th

Now Meeting at City Island 8:00 till 11:30

 

This is our fall educational mentoring photography fieldtrip. We will photograph on and around City Island. In 2012 this was our most popular photo fieldtrip of the year. Please note that you should come directly to City Island where we will meet at the horse stable at the end of the Walnut Street Bridge (the iron bridge) We will Not leave from the Giant. We will be photographing the buildings, close-ups and views from City Island, we may even photograph from the top of the City Island parking garage. We plan to photograph the many bridges over the river and from the Walnut Street Bridge and if time permits, in Riverfront Park. Andrew Hoff will be mentoring and leading this trip and hopefully other seasoned veterans of the club will help some of the newer members. The goal is to have a more personal hands-on teaching session for those members that are unfamiliar or want help. With this kind of set-up you will be working with someone familiar with your brand of camera. Not only will they be help you with the techn2ical issues and the handling of your camera, but also with the visual aspects of photography. This is not restricted to only Nikon or Canon brands or to DSLR photographers; if you another brand or have a point & shoot we can help you. This trip will be geared more towards an outdoor classroom experience. Emphasis will be placed on how to approach visual ideas, working with a tripod, getting the most from your lenses and what is the proper or best exposure. Parking should be free on the Island. Please park on the ball field side At this time the weather looks very promising. As usual expect a lot of walking.

 

What to bring: Extra digital cards, your instruction manual, extra batteries, flash unit, tripod, a wide angle lens, a macro lens, and a medium to long telephoto lens, comfortable shoes and water. There will be require walking. This is a rain or shine trip.

 

Any questions contact Andrew Hoff at president@harrisburgcameraclub.org.

 

Reception Photos for Landscapes Through the Seasons Exhibition

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Landscapes Through the Seasons

Yellow Wall Gallery - Midtown Scholar

Yellow Wall Gallery – Midtown Scholar

The exhibit will run from September 16 to October 12, 2014.

The Harrisburg Camera Club Exhibition, “Landscapes Through the Seasons” will open on September 16th at the Yellow Wall Gallery located upstairs at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore.   The exhibit will run from September 16 to October 12, 2014.

Images include a broad range of outdoor landscapes including seascapes, riverscapes, bridgescapes, cityscapes, and farmscapes.

The opening reception for the exhibit is Friday, September 19th from 6 to 10 pm. This event is part of Harrisburg’s 3rd in the Burg celebration.

Please join us for a wonderful exhibit. The Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street, Harrisburg (across from the Broadstreet Market.)  Parking is free along the Market, but meters on 3rd Street must be fed until 7pm.

Sunflower Field Photography Fieldtrip

Sunflowers

Clear Meadow Farms in White Hall, MD

Sunday September 14th, 2014 at 3pm

This will be a return location for the Harrisburg Camera Club.  We traveled there in 2010 to conduct a photography fieldtrip.  We will be going to the commercially grown sunflower fields at Clear Meadow Farms near Jarrettsville, Maryland; just east of the Parkton exit of I-83.   Clear Meadow Farms grows sunflowers for commercial cultivation.  They have acres of sunflowers.  It is about an hour from our meeting location at the Camp Hill Giant.  We will be car pooling from our usual location at 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 8/19: http://clearmeadowfarm.com/

We plan to 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.  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 water.  We will hold this event, unless we are looking at an all day rain event. Any questions e-mail Andrew Hoff at president@harrisburgcameraclub.org

Harrisburg Camera Club Kick-off Meeting

Tuesday, September 9th at 7:00 p.m.

Giant Grocery Store’s Community Room in the Camp Hill Shopping Center

The Harrisburg Camera Club is proud to announce that Theo Anderson from Allentown, PA will be presenting a program on his fine-art photography, printing and hand made books.

Theo Anderson, photographer and bookmaker, graduated from Temple University with a BA in political science and discovered photography while attending graduate school at Lehigh University. Self taught, his work is represented in private and public collections.

“The photographs are not so much about place as they are about transformation. The context of everyday American life is used in my visual exploration. The search began in the early twenty-first century and is expressed in a myriad of episodes that inform my life,” says Anderson. The episodes of Anderson’s projects, CARBON, CADILLAC, and COMPLEXITY, are revealed in his artist books.

A master printer, Anderson designs, prints and binds his artist books under the moniker, WILBUREDITIONS. “By-passing traditional printing allows me to express my work without compromise and limitation.” says Anderson.

In addition to his own projects, Anderson, an accomplished photographer, creates compelling photographs for editorial and advertising clients. An astute artist and storyteller, he combines his sensibility as a fine art photographer with the grit and determination of a photojournalist. “When I work on a story, I try to photograph who we are and what we do, honestly and without preconception,” say Anderson. Anderson has been called a lyrical poet of the commonplace.

Theo will talk about his original trilogy book series “Carbon”  and how that started him towards projects and limited edition books.  He plans to bring two of his limited-edition books and a print or two will be there.  He will touch on fine art printing.  This will be another outstanding program where the emphasis will not be on the technical aspects of photography, but on what goes on between your ears and how you approach visual conception.   For more information about Theo and his work go to http://www.theoanderson.com/

The program will be held in the second floor large community room in the Giant grocery store at the Camp Hill Shopping Center located at Rt11/15 and Trindle Road in Camp Hill.  The program is free and will start at 7:00 p.m. and end at 9:00 p.m..  The community room is the home meeting location of the Harrisburg Camera Club and is located on the second floor of the store, just past the WIFI lounge and above the cooking school.  If you would like to join the Harrisburg Camera Club or renew your membership, the fee of $30.00/yr will also be collected that night. 

This program is free and open to the public and especially to photographers. Please join the members and photographers of the Harrisburg Camera Club for Theo’s presentation and his unique perspective on photography.  This program will be educational as well as inspiring.

 

Harrisburg Camera Club Meeting – Subject will be before & after

Tuesday Night July 22nd – Doors open at 6:45, Meeting at 7:00

Before-After

This educational meeting on Tuesday July 22nd is to showcase your work and to share with the members of the club photos you have taken and changed in the computer. 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 will learn about steps that can be taken to enhance or change your 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. This is just as, if not more important than the software.  Photographers now should know 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.

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: Maximum length on the longest side 1920 pixels as a baseline jpeg.  Just like the camera club competition file size. Randal will load each members file into his computer and the image maker will present and talk about their work.

Each presenting Harrisburg Camera Club member will have about 7 minutes to show their images and explain the processes, both the mental and your use of the computer software.  Be prepared to explain what you did, no guessing. Presenting HCC members should plan on bringing three images.  Two to talk about, and if time permits the third one. This is based on the number of presenters and divided by the time available.  Less presenters more time, more presenters less time.  I will bring a timer to keep members from going over the time allotted.  This is a great opportunity for you to show your work and explain your thought process to the other members of the club without the constraints of competition.

Any questions contact Andrew Hoff at president@harrisburgcameraclub.org

 

Photo Field Trip to The Mid-Atlantic Air Museum in Reading PA.

The Mid-Atlantic Air Museum

Saturday, July 12th

We will be traveling to the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum on Saturday July 12th, leaving at 8:30 AM.  Admission to the Air Museum is $8, over 65+ is $6.  There is no group rate listed on their website.  The museum has a large indoor hanger to preserve the aircraft.  There is also an outdoor exhibition space on the tarmac.  I am trying to get confirmation that we can photograph in the restoration hanger to make images of the equipment, tools and partially restored aircraft including the P-61 Black widow from WWII among other planes.

The day we are going is a museum aircraft flying day.  If you were interested in flying in an open cockpit plane that day it must be booked prior to our arrival.  The museum has many, many aircraft in and outside the hangers.  For more info on the museums aircraft and possible plane rides go to: http://www.maam.org/

We will be carpooling from our usual location; the Giant Grocery Store parking lot next to Arby’s and Route 15.  The museum is a 90 minute drive from Camp Hill down the turnpike, then in towards Reading.  We will leave at 8:30 A.M. with an estimated arrival at the museum of 10:00.  The museum closes at 4:00.  Depending on the temperature and the weather we will photograph until 2:00, if not beyond.  Expect a return to Camp Hill between  3:30 to 5:30.

WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING: water, a fully charged battery, extra batteries, extra digital cards, comfortable shoes, a tripod, a macro lens for close-ups, possibly a flash for interiors to light dark areas or as fill flash and/or reflector to throw additional light in dark places, a longer lens and/or a wide angle lens, a ladder and money or credit for your entrance fee and gas money for your driver.

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