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

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 .

Upcoming Field Trip!

Sunflower Field Photography Field Trip

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Sunday September 13th at 3:00 PM or  Sunday September 20th at 3:00 PM

This is one of the most popular and well-attended field trip locations for the Harrisburg Camera Club.  We also traveled there in 2010 to conduct a photography field trip.  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 8/31:  http://clearmeadowfarm.com/

2015 Sunflowers
The Sunflowers were planted July 20th.  They will not be in bloom until mid-September!  All of the information will be posted on the website about when and where to view the sunflowers as we get GetAttachment.aspxcloser to their blooming stage.

The Sunday we leave will be dependent upon the field conditions at Clear Meadow Farms.  The preferred date is the 13th.  The 20th is the back-up date.  We will release the final date by Tuesday the 8th by flash note.  Here are appropriate details on the trip:

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. 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 forGetAttachment-2.aspx 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. If it appears like heavy afternoon rain on Sunday the trip will be move to the Saturday the 12th.  Any questions e-mail Andrew Hoff at president @harrisburgcameraclub.org

Show & Share Educational Meeting

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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

Trip to Bethlehem, PA for Exhibitions & Photography

Saturday, November 15th, 2014 departing at 12 noon from the Camp Hill Shopping Center at the Giant parking lot next to Arby's

We will be traveling to the Lehigh Valley to photograph and see several photography exhibitions. November is Photography Month in the Lehigh Valley with several photography exhibitions at various locations in Bethlehem. This will mark the third year for this trip. The weather is for sunny, breezy and cold with a temperature of 42 and colder after sunset.

Here is the schedule:

12:00 Depart Camp Hill

2:00 Arrive at the Banana Factory to see the “InVision 2014 Pennsylvania Photographer’s Competition”. HCC members Jim Crowley, Don Uvick, Karen Commings and Andrew Hoff were juried into this prestigious exhibition. The Banana Factory also has an exhibition by Larry Price. This compelling exhibition by two-time Pulitzer Prize winning Olympus Visionary Larry C. Price investigates child labor and working conditions in mines in Burkina Faso, Indonesia and the Philippines. These photographs are part of an ongoing project by Price to document child labor in mining and other industries. In the Santa Bannon /Fine Art Gallery there is a collection of images by Philadelphia photographers representing their contribution to the history of the medium during the halcyon years of 1975 to 1985. These images are from some of the top east coast photographers in the country and features a variety of different styles. The InVision College Competition images are in the center hallway and you are free to explore the different artist studios on the second and third floors of the Banana Factory. These four exhibitions in one building will save us some time and walking. All exhibits are free on this trip.

3:15 Leave for the Steel Mill - Look at images in the Steel Stacks Center next to the steel mill, after that we will photograph the buildings and furnaces surrounding the Steel Stacks area. The Bethlehem Blast furnaces are light at night. Sunset is at 4:44 PM.

6:00 Leave for Camp Hill – Possible stop at Cabella’s or dinner on the way back.

For those members on the East Shore the designated pick-up location is the Holiday Inn in Grantville. We should be there about 12:30, but you must let Andy know if we are meeting you there, otherwise we will keep going. 

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

Photo Field Trip to The Mount Moriah Cemetery in Philadelphia, PA

Sunday, October 26th, 2014 departing at 12 noon from the Camp Hill Shopping Center at the Giant parking lot next to Arby's

Mount Moriah Cemetery is a historic cemetery in southwest Philadelphia, along Cobbs Creek. It was incorporated on March 27, 1855 and established by an act of the Pennsylvania Legislature. The cemetery, which originally occupied 54 acres (22 ha), was among a number of cemeteries established along the "rural ideal" popular at that time. An ornate Romanesque entrance and gatehouse were built of brownstone on Islington Lane, today known as Kingsessing Avenue.

Over time, Mount Moriah grew to 380 acres (150 ha), spanning Cobbs Creek into the Borough of Yeadon in adjacent Delaware County, making it the largest cemetery in Pennsylvania.

Open this link for more information about the cemetery:http://hiddencityphila.org/2013/07/stones-and-stories-at-mount-moriah-cemetery/

This trip will incorporate considerable walking and exploring and you need to be very aware of your safety. I encourage you to always pay attention to your surroundings. It is easy to twist an ankle or trip in some areas of the cemetery and there could be ticks lurking in the underbrush.  I highly encourage you to, at the least partner, with other photographers. The cemetery is easy to get lost in!

We will be carpooling from our usual location; the Giant Grocery Store parking lot next to Arby’s and Route 15.  The cemetery is a two hour drive from Camp Hill down the turnpike.  We will leave at 12:00 A.M. with an estimated arrival at the cemetery of 2:00.  Sunset is at 6:00.  Depending on the temperature and the weather we will photograph until sunset.  Expect a return to Camp Hill around 8:00.

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.