Founded in 1933, The Harrisburg Camera Club welcomes all photographers from the newest beginner to the most experienced.
Our members have had photographs published in local and regional publications as well as regional and national magazines. Members have also taken top awards in local, regional and national photographic contests. All bring with them their knowledge of, and unique approach to, photography. Our members are always ready to share their knowledge.
• 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
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BERKS PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY PHOTOGRAPHIC CONFERENCE
JUNE 7, 8 & 9, 2013
AT ACADEMIC FORUM BUILDING, KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY, KUTZTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA
MICHAEL MOATS, Friday Featured Speaker
ADAM JONES Saturday Evening Featured Speaker sponsored by
This Tuesday Night October 23rd we will not be having our Digital Competition and Critique.
We have an issue with the getting the judges to appear that night so we are moving the Digital competition and review to November. In its place will have a guest speaker John Wright.
This educational program will feature John Wright, a professional digital printer out of Carlisle. He will present a short program on understanding how digital printing works and how to get the most from your printer; after that we will open the floor to questions about digital printing. Subjects such as which paper to use and how to prepare the image to send to the print will be covered. John uses Lightroom extensively and he can answer questions on that subject. This presentation will dovetail nicely with the upcoming print critiques scheduled for November. John has works with the Carlisle Arts Learning Center (CALC).
The meeting will start at 7:30. The HCC Executive Committee apologizes for the schedule change.
The Public Arts Exhibition held last Sunday was a very successful program. Visitors that arrived to walk among the photographs were very pleased with what they saw. They commented on the positive aspects of the distinctive location and that we were able to hold such a unique show. Most of them were looking forward to next year. We received encouraging statements about the venue, the work and the promotional aspect of the club was a strong factor. The executive committee is looking forward to repeating the exhibition next year. It would have been even better if the rain had held off, in particular the hard downpour the started at 3:30 which caused us to take down the exhibition at that time. I can’t tell you what the attendance was, but even by my high standards I was satisfied. As the afternoon went on attendees continued to express how happy they were to see us use a very unconventional venue and combine it with artwork. We received extremely positive feedback from the exhibition.
In the long run we had 24 members show and 87 images were up on the pillars. We sold 13 prints on Sunday, with a total of $205 going back to the artists. We will also be making adjustments and refinements from what we learned this year in anticipation of having a smoother process next year to accommodate more prints and a much larger crowd.
I would like to thank the following members for there help and cooperation. Don Uvick for his help at the event and part of the publicity, the use of his tent, tables and covers, the panel and the trash can. Jim Crowley, for the use of his cable, zip ties, copying the price sheets and schedule, photographing the space and helping out all day. Andy Hayter, for the handling the intake and the returning of images, publicity, the price list, the signage and helping all day. Chip Cain for his hand in the publicity and bring Tom Mulder to visit the members and see the exhibition. I would also like to thank the following members that helped with the setup and the tear down and were their most of the day, if not the whole day. They were Lynn Stover, Donna DeCecceo, Randal Lathrop, Steve Bootay, Dennis Lindell, Jim Knox, Bob Glasscock, Tom Marone, Pat DiSante, Bob Sewell and John Kern.
I would be remiss if I didn’t add the cooperation of Erin Genest of Lower Allen Township for getting us through the permitting process within the township and with PennDOT (yes, we needed permits to close the adjoining street and permission from PennDot to place the prints on the bridge piers) and the township departments of Police, for the Safety Officer for pedestrian traffic and the safety of the members and the viewers of the work around the site and the township for clearing the site of trash, weeds and the vehicles under the bridge. Without their help, the project would still be an idea.
Again thanks to everyone for a successful event and we look forward to next year.
On Saturday September 29th the leading photographers in the HCC will be giving hands-on lessons and mentoring to other members of the club related to their brand of camera. What we will do is have members that use Nikons work with lead Nikon photographers and Canon photographers work with lead Canon photographers. We will be photographing at the King’s Gap Environmental Center in Cumberland County. King’s Gap is located about 30 miles southwest of Camp Hill between I-81 and Pine Grove Furnace State Park south of Newville. There is no charge for the instruction and no entrance fee for King’s Gap.
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 helping you with the technical 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 will work with you
Here are the Instructors:
Randal Lathrop Jesus Martinez
Chip Cain Woody Garthwaite
Dennis Lindell Andrew Hoff
We will be car pooling from Camp Hill Giant next to Arby’s at 7:00 and the Carlisle group will leave at 7:20 from the parking lot of the Carlisle Shopping Center (850 E. High St., Rt. 641) across from the Pizza Hut. This is a half -day event. We plan to finish around 1:00.
The Kings Gap Environmental Center has a variety of subjects to photograph. From architecture to flowers to close-ups you will find plenty to shoot. This is why the location was chosen.
This is a really important fieldtrip for those members that need help. If you come please wear comfortable shoe, warm attire, bring extra batteries, a memory card, and a tripod if you have one, water or snacks and most importantly your INSTRUCTION MANUAL.
This is the first regular meeting of the new season. This meeting is especially important for the newest members of the club or current members that have questions need a refresher course or have been to very few meetings.
Don’t forget to bring your unmatted prints for the Public Arts Project this Sunday. This is an intake meeting. If you plan to offer your prints for sale have a price list with your name and title attached on a separate piece of paper.
The topics that will be covered are:
Flash notes and how you register to get them.
The functions of the .org web page ie. Logging in and password, the calendar, the members only section, how to selling photo equipment, working your way across the headers and about the HCC face book page.
Treasurer Jim Knox will go over the budget from how we bring in money to what the member’s dues pay for, our expenses. To the best of my knowledge the actual HCC budget has never been truly presented to the membership. Very Important.
We will explain the digital competition uploads – resizing files – double checking your upload and the Print competition requirements. This is of utmost importance. Chip and Andy get way to many questions about this topic just before the upload deadline.
The Public Arts Project for this Sunday.
For the newest members a brief explanation about the role of the HCC during Arts Fest
We willtalk about signing in, name tags and conduct before, at and during the meetings.
The final comments will be on the fieldtrips, where we meet Camp Hill and Carlisle locations and sharing expenses.
All members should be in attendance at this meeting.
Time is running out! Promotional material has been sent to PennLive, Cumberlink, Mode Magazine, WHTM, WITF, The Patriot-News, The Carlisle Sentinal, the HCC website, other area camera clubs and the Lower Allen Twp website. We will need your prints on Tuesday night the 25th at our scheduled camera club meeting. The absolute latest they will be accepted is from 6:00 to 7:00 Wednesday night the 26th at the site of the exhibition. That is the night we will be starting at 6:00 to weed and clean up the site for the exhibition, weather permitting. We expect to be done by 7:15. If you can not get your prints to us by then you are out of luck.
WHERE WILL THE EXHIBITION BE HELD?
Under the 581 underpass. The actual site, if you want to see it is on the 1800 block of Gettysburg Road/Hummel Avenue in Lower Allen Twp. It is across from Flinchy’s Restaurant and the old Lower Allen Twp. Building. Any vehicles parked under the bridge piers will be removed.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS FOR THE EXHIBITION
Here is where you come in. Only paid members of the Harrisburg Camera Club may hang their work. We have space to hang at least 80 prints. We are looking at maximum of four images by each member. The images may range in size from 24”x 20” to 10” x 8”. All images will not be matted. We will be hanging only the print itself. The prints will be affixed to the pillars unmounted with white framing tape, either taped at the corners or on the sides. When you have your prints made leave some white space for the tape. We don’t want to tape over the image. If we have less than 20 members participating, each member will have their own pillar and the pillars will be picked by a random drawing. If we have more that 20, we may need to share pillars. There will be no preferential location for certain members of the club. If you want you images available for purchase at the end of the day we will need a price. The HCC will take no commission. We will not charge a hanging fee to cover the costs, about $125, mainly to have a Traffic Control Officer present as mandated by the Lower Allen Police Department. We are going to take expenses out of the HCC exhibition budget.
Please bring your prints to our Tuesday night meeting on September 25th. We will need a title and a price for your work. Remember that price is to walk away with it after the exhibit. Any prints not sold will be returned.All print prices will be increments of $5.00. Example: $30 or say $25, no $22. or $29.99
We will need help prior to and at the event. We will need members to intake the prints and to do an exhibition listing (Artist, Title and Price). We will need members to “police” the site a few days prior. We will be removing weeds and any large debris from the base of the bridge piers. We will be policing the exhibition area on Wednesday September 26th starting at 6:00 (weather permitting). We should be done by 7:15. We will need a portable weed-wacker, so if you have one please bring it. On Sunday we will need members to help set up the exhibition, man the tables, direct the public and answer questions about the club. We will need help! Please contact Andrew Hoff at president @harrisburgcameraclub.org to help, it would be greatly appreciated. Set-up time will start on Sunday at 10:30 so we are ready at Noon. Cleanup should only be a half hour.
I think that this could be a spectacular event for the Harrisburg Camera Club and its members. We plan to do a media blitz that will start when the final approval comes through. If you need help or have questions on getting prints made or have questions on printing issues there are several board members that can help you. I strongly suggest using Adoramapix or Nations Lab for excellent printing at a very reasonable rate with quick turn around.
Adoromapix will be probably be closed from Sunday September 16th through Tuesday the 18th for Rosh Hashana and Tuesday September 25th and Wednesday the 26th for Yom Kipper. Keep those dates in mind if you are ordering from them. Pick your prints early to get them made on time.
An Evening with Educator and Documentary Photographer Karen Keating“Cubans: Watching and Waiting”
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 7:15 P.M.
(Revised 9/6/2012) Kicking–off the Harrisburg Camera Club 2012-2013 season will be photographer Karen Keating of Bethesda, Maryland. Karen is an educator, teaching photography at the Field School and workshop leader for the Glen Echo Photoworksphotography classes in Washington DC. She is also a documentary, exhibition photographer and author. 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 7:30 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, just past the WIFI lounge and above the cooking school. If you would like to join the Harrisburg Camera Club; membership of $25.00/yr will also be collected that night. Our Membership Chairman Bob Glasscock will be there no later than 6:45 to accept membership dues payments downstairs in the WiFi lounge.
Ms. Keating has made five trips to Cuba as a photographer. Her first trip was in 2000, the beginning of the more “open” era for visiting Cuba in a cultural exchange approach. Subsequent trips were in 2001, 2002, and 2003 and her last trip was April 2011. Karen began her exploration of the Cuban people through a program offered by the Maine Photographic Workshops. The first two trips were led by renowned National Geographic photographers Bill Allard, David Alan Harvey, and Sara Leen. Her third trip, 2002, was cancelled near the workshop date, but she went anyway. A few interns were still in Havana and they introduced her to Cuban photographers and made arrangements for us to visit one of the tobacco growing areas. During this trip she met Ernesto Bazan, a Sicilian by birth and a resident of Havana with a Cuban wife and young twin boys. Ernesto is an outstanding documentary photographer and she attended his workshop in 2003. For her it was a very productive trip. With each trip she took to Cuba she has gained significant crucial information and skill in her pursuit to discovered her personal development and style as a photographer. She will be placing emphasis on personal development during the presentation.
Ms Keating’s last trip to Cuba was April 2011. She joined a group of photographers sponsored by the Santa Fe Workshops. It was a more organized trip with planned visits according to their license. The instructor, Jock McDonald was an excellent editor and a devoted photographer, but there were changes in Cuba and she would have liked more freedom to explore and spend time with Cubans. The Cuban photographers she met made the trip very worthwhile. Karen’s program to the Harrisburg Camera Club will be a presentation of b/w images with 90% taken from film. She will point out several distinct differences between shooting film and digital
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 Karen Keating’s presentation and his unique perspective on photography. This program will be educational as well as inspiring. If you would like to join the Harrisburg Camera Club; membership of $25.00/yr will also be collected that night.
Photo Fieldtrip to Steamtown National Historic Park, Scranton PA & Concrete City Site, Nanticote PA Rain or Shine – SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22ND Leaving from the Camp Hill Arby’s at 6:30 A.M.
The Harrisburg Camera Club will be travelling to Steamtown National Historic Park in Scranton PA on Saturday September 22nd. We will be car pooling from our usual location at the Arby’s side of the Camp Hill Giant Grocery Store, at 6:30 AM in the morning. We expect to be at Steamtown when they open at 9:00. Members leaving from the Carlisle area; Randal Lathrop has designated the parking lot of the Carlisle Shopping Center (850 E. High St., Rt. 641) across from the Pizza Hut as the departure location. The Carlisle group will be leaving at 6:000. To contact Randal call 713-3185. We will be at Steamtown until about 4:00, then head down the road to Nanticoke to photograph in the abandoned concrete buildings of “Concrete City”, a PA registered Historic Site and make images from 4:30 till sunset at around 6:30. Expect to return to Camp Hill or Carlisle around 9:00. We will probably stop for dinner on the way back to Harrisburg. Yes, it will be a full day.
Steamtown National Park houses train engines and rolling stock. Many of these steam engines and rolling stock are in excellent restored condition. Some of the rolling stock is in not so great condition. There is a large working turntable that connects the train engines with the locomotive shed and scattered train parts throughout the yard. There are also indoor exhibits and displays. The fee to enter the park is $7.00. There are no tripod restrictions. The Steam Locomotive Excursions run at 10:30 and 11:30 in the morning and at 1:30 and 2:15. There is a $5 fee to ride on the 45 min. train excursion. If you want to ride in the open cab it is $35. You can photograph the trains as they depart and return; throwing cinders and sparks in the air, from the overhead walkway that connects the National Park with the Steamtown Mall. The Steamtown Mall offers a variety of food vendors for lunch. We could not get a special permit to photograph in the Locomotive Restoration Building. However the National Park Service will conduct two public shop tours scheduled for 10:45AM and 1:45 PM. Each ranger guided tour takes about an hour and is included in the parks $7 admission fee. All participants on the shop tour must remain with the tour from start to finish. There are disassembled locomotives and engines in there, as well as tools and parts in this building. There is plenty to photograph at Steamtown.
And speaking of photographs there is a special photo exhibition showing at Steamtown. Photographer Colin Winterbottom is among those who find fascination in the rust. Steamtown NHS is pleased to host his photo exhibit, titled “Elegant Corrosion,” at its Changing Exhibits Gallery from July 1 through October 31; the exhibit is included in the Park’s daily Entrance Fee. Using macro-photography camera lenses, Mr. Winterbottom has enlarged the smallest details in the decay to the point of abstraction. Isolating the textures, patterns, shapes, lines and colors from the wider context of the rail yard, the photographs take on a very different quality. The viewer’s mind often tries to create context for the images, a process that is as engaging as the photos themselves. Here is a link to the exhibition: http://www.nps.gov/stea/parknews/winterbottom-exhibit-pr.htm This is an added bonus to the trip. Members of the Northeast Camera Club in Scranton may join us at Steamtown or Concrete City.
Part two of the day is a short trip down the road to Concrete City in Nanticoke. This registered PA Historic Site is filled with concrete skeletons of a tract workers “company housing” built by the railroad in the 1920’s. The site was later abandoned. It is like a post-apocalyptic ghost town. The all-concrete structures have graffiti scrawled on them, some have burn marks and still others were used for paintball games. All the buildings are in a state of arrested decay. There are over 16 buildings in a large quadrant and some are second floor accessible, while others are out of kilter or damaged. This should be the most unusual location the club has photographed and a challenging site.
What should I bring? We would strongly suggest dressing warm enough (especially for the late afternoon), comfortable shoes, water, snacks, extra batteries (make sure your in camera battery is fully charged before you leave), extra digital cards, cash for lunch and gas money for your driver, a polarizing filter, tripod, a flash if you plan to work inside any building, a wide angle lens and a macro lens for details. Any questions contact Andrew Hoff at email@example.com.
Saturday September 8th Leaving at 12:00 Noon from the Camp Hill Arby’s
The Harrisburg Camera Club will be car pooling to GettysburgCollegefor the Atget/Abbott photography exhibition at GettysburgCollegeon Saturday September 8th. We will be leaving at 12 Noon and plan to return by 4:00. I strongly encourage HCC members to attend this exhibition to see two of the pioneers of photography. Shannon Egan director of the Schmucker Gallery and professor of History and Theory of Photography atGettysburg College will lead the gallery talk for the club. Shannon also gave the keynote address atLebanonValleyCollege’s Arnold Newman exhibition about Mr. Newman’s images. There is no admission charge to see the exhibition. Like the Arnold Newman exhibit this past spring, exhibitions of photographers of this caliber are generally found in NYC,WashingtonD.C. or Baltimore; rarely do they come this close toHarrisburg. Below is the college press release.
SchmuckerArtGallerypresents an exhibition of photographs by art-historically renowned photographers Eugene Atget and Berenice Abbott. French photographer Eugene Atget captured pre-World War I Paris before many of the city’s architectural splendors were lost to modernization and war. American-born photographer Berenice Abbott used her lens to preserve the physical changes ofNew Yorkduring the early 1930′s. This exhibition examines the work of two artists who were inextricably linked to each other and to the development of modern photography. Atget was dismayed by the amount of architectural history being destroyed during the modernization ofParisand began photographing the city’s shop fronts, streets, and neighborhoods in 1898. In 1925, Abbott met Atget when she was working as a darkroom assistant to artist Man Ray. Abbott was deeply and permanently affected by Atget’s images; she wrote, “There was a sudden flash of recognition—the shock of realism unadorned.” Abbott spent eight years inParis, and on a visit toNew Yorkin 1929 was consumed by the desire to capture the physical change of the city. In 1936, the Federal Arts Project approved her proposal for funding to complete her project entitled “Changing New York.” Her efforts produced a catalog of images that, like Atget’s earlier photographs ofParis, records the essential character of the city.
The exhibition of forty-one photographs by Atget and Abbott, on loan from theSyracuseUniversityArtGalleries. This exhibition is supported in part by EPACC.
Saturday August 25th – Photo Fieldtripto the J. W. Cooper CenterSchoolin Shenandoah, PA to photograph in the old high school
We are getting an early jump on the 2012-13 camera club season with our first of many fall photo fieldtrips. This photo fieldtrip is a return trip to one of last years most productive and best photo trips. The partially abandoned school features a auditorium with a balcony, massive chalkboards, a gym with a running track on the second floor, old locker rooms, plenty of peeling paint, broken glass and assorted pipes and small details. A vast assortment of subjects to choose from and plenty of opportunities to practice HDR and photo stitching.
On Saturday August 25th we will carpool and leave from the Arby’s parking lot at theCamp Hill Giant grocery store (our meeting site) at 10:00 AM. It will take about 90 minutes to get to the site in Shenandoah, PA, located off I-81, north of the Frackville exit. The exact location is 39 N. White St. in Shenandoah. The owner of the property, Kent Steinmetz, will let us loose to photograph throughout the building. I expect that we will photograph from around 12:30 to 4:30 then head back to Camp Hill with an arrival time around 6:00. The is also the day of the Shenandoah Heritage Festival and Parade. With an arrival time of 11;30 you will not get caught up in the parade, but it will give you time to walk the four blocks to Girard Park and eat lunch at the ethnic food booths.
I strongly suggest that you bring the following water, comfortable shoes and clothing, extra batteries, a flashlight, a macro lens (for photographing small details), a wide angle lens, tripod, extra memory cards, gas and lunch money and a $20 dollar bill. There is a facility charge (shooting/modeling fee) of $20 to photograph in the complex. That $20 goes toward the restoration of the building.
If you are interested in going, be at the Arby’s side of the Giant parking lot by 10:00. It should be another great photo fieldtrip. I expect challenging and changing lighting conditions throughout the day. Think about photographs that will incorporate light and shadow as well as shooting small items or photographing more with a wide-angle lens. If you are into HDR this site will give you images to work with
The Harrisburg Camera Club presents a retro-educational program. Remember film? Lancasterbased photographer Tom Debiec will present a program on inexpensive film cameras or “toy cameras”. Tom will show and talk about these film cameras that are still readily available and the ones he uses. You could say this program is about alternative processes. Doors should open at 7:15 with the program starting shortly after 7:30.
Toy cameras are simple, inexpensive film cameras. Unlike the latest digital cameras that feature almost unlimited control to the photographer, the simplicity of toy cameras forces the photographer to work within its limitations using its distortion, vignetting and light leaks to creative advantage.
Tom has been using toy cameras almost exclusively for the past seven years. In this presentation, he will explore the capabilities of these cameras and expose the group to the work of the photographers that love them.
Several of Tom’s photographs were featured in the Expanded Visions show at theWareCenterin Downtown Lancaster. Photos from the series “The Kruger Deception” were featured at the Lancaster Museum of Art and at the Infrantree Gallery. Tom, has also presented to other camera clubs.
Here is some of Tom’s philosophy.
“Resisting the seduction of digital capture, I use film – a dinosaur. Film separates me from the instant gratification of digital. It allows me to take a step back and let time and memory detach me from the moment of pressing the shutter. I use cheap cameras. Cameras of questionable quality. I experiment. I have to. The cameras offer little control over the basic fundamentals of photography, exposure and composition. I do the best I can with what I love. I have been obsessed with photography for years. Dedicated to learning about it, practicing it, experimenting with it, and even dreaming about it. My photography is based on complex observations of simple things. Things I see in my travels around the block or around the world. Things are not as simple as they seem on the surface.
I look. I think. I take pictures. I wind the film”.
The Harrisburg Camera Club meets in the second floor large community room in the Giant grocery store at theCampHillShopping Centerlocated at Rt11/15 andTrindle Roadin Camp Hill. The program is free and will start at 7:30 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 level of the grocery store. The entrance is located just past the WIFI lounge and across from the cooking school.
While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see. ~Dorothea Lange