Monday, August 11, 2014

Berrien Springs Camera Club Starts New Season

The Berrien Springs Camera Club will open its new season on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Berrien Springs Community Library at Cass and Union. The club’s season runs from September through June each year, with programs alternating between an informative presentation about some aspect of photography, and a competition open to members.
            The September meeting will be about improving our photography and clarifying policies governing the club’s competitions. Members Tom McDonough and Suzanne Anderson will review these and update members on a few changes. Members are also invited to submit up to three digital images, taken this summer, for projection and critique as time allows. The critiquing will be a group activity by the other members, nonjudgmental but thinking out loud how each picture might be improved.
            Anyone who plans to join the club that evening may submit their three images, in jpg format not larger than 1024 x 768, as attachments to, with the following naming convention: 1_[title]_[your first initial and last name], 2_[title]_[your first initial and last name], 3_[title]_[your first initial and last name]. For example: 1_YellowDaisies_MJohnston.
            Programs for November, January, and March will be announced in later articles, but probably will include a presentation on how to matte photographs and some that showcase the work of good digital photographers.
            In competition months members can submit up to 10 digitally projected images and up to 10 prints (mounted, at least 5" x 7") for judging. Awards are given for the top projected images and prints. Acceptable topics always include Nature (nothing domesticated or showing evidence of mankind), Portraits, and Open (anything), plus two special topics each month. The special topics for each competition month this year are:
            Oct. 1: Marinas; Rocks
            Dec. 3: Neighborhoods (NH); Trees
            Feb. 4: Abandoned Buildings (AB); Chocolate (Coco)
            Apr. 1: National Parks (NP); Macro
The abbreviations in parentheses will be used in the naming convention for submissions.
            The May 6 meeting is for final judging of the year's acceptances, when 3 judges will select the top 10 projected images and prints of the year, and the June 3 end-of-season meeting will include a potluck meal at 6:30 and a show from the year's acceptances.
            Club officers this year are:
            President—Jill Kline Dodge
            Vice President—Shelly Martinez
            Treasurer—Kathleen Mendel
            Coordinator for Judges—Bradley Austin
            Publicity—Madeline Johnston
            Digital Projection—Suzanne Anderson and Tom McDonough
            Southwestern Michigan Council of Camera Clubs (SWMCCC) Affiliation—Jim Lynch
            The public is welcome to attend and enjoy the competitions. To submit pictures, one must be a member. Other activities are being planned for members, such as outings, exhibits, and publication. Annual membership fees are $5 for students, $15 for other individuals, or $20 per family. Refreshments are served at each meeting.



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