Sunday, August 2, 2020

8-4-2020 Monthly video meetings to share ideas for keeping our clubs vibrant and active during the pandemic.

Monthly video meetings to share ideas for keeping our clubs vibrant and active during the pandemic. 

I'm impressed with the ideas that we have already received from five camera clubs! Let's discuss all ideas and find out what made them work. This provides you with a range of suggestions to keep your members taking photos, socializing, learning and above all, having fun with photography.

When: Tuesday, August 4, 2020, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Tips for joining a WebEx meeting - http://www.flagpolephotographers.com/news/how-to-join-a-virtual-meeting

Test before our call by visiting https://www.webex.com/test-meeting.html

Chane Cullens, MNEC

NECCC VP Photo Conference Website

if you would like to join in and did not get the link email Chane@CCullens.com

Thursday, July 30, 2020

More Club Activities During Pandemic


More Club Activities During Pandemic

Milt Williamson / Upper Cape Camera Club (MA)
Our last live meeting was March 11 and we had to forfeit only our second March meeting before we got the Zoom platform up and running.

The club competitions for April and May were held with the scheduled judges. We noticed the virtual attendance actually increased, now including members who were still away for the winter.

The two planned programs, one a seminar on Matting, Framing and Exhibiting by two local commercial shops and the second a session with a local backup specialist had to be postponed as not being practical over Zoom.  

These were substituted with two excellent Zoom presentations, one by Brewster photographer Steven Koppel and another by Carver professionals Bobbi Lane and Lee Varis. I had been trying for some time to arrange a date with Bobbi & Lee and now because they were also in lockdown we arranged a successful program for May.

Our last meeting for the season traditionally featured a Photos of the Year competition combined with a “pot luck supper”.  Zoom canceled the supper but the competition went on successfully with three judges from three clubs including comments and challenges.

We were able to use our normal judging and competition system — Visual Pursuits Judging and VP Image Competition Manager — along with the Zoom video conferencing system for our normal competition meetings and the combination works quite well.

We continued our monthly meetings for the Steering Committee involving eleven members scattered across the Upper Cape as well as a member in California and two in Florida. These Steering Committee meetings are now continuing throughout the summer via Zoom.

A planned annual exhibit of prints is now a virtual exhibit at the Falmouth Public Library. A January print competition category, “Cape Cod & Islands Boats” is the theme of the exhibit. In June it was arranged and ”hung" by a committee over Zoom. Here is the link to the exhibit at the Falmouth Public Library <https://tinyurl.com/y72xp6j5>.

Many of our members are participating in other area exhibits and shows so photography is still very much alive at Upper Cape Camera Club.

With an unpredictable future for live meetings, even though our meeting place, The Falmouth Art Center, is now open and will become available in September, our membership is larger than the size of groups allowed to hold meetings, at least for the next few months. We will be planning to make use of the Zoom platform for competitions and programs. The challenge with many of the available webinars out there is to find the ones that are not scheduled for any particular time slot, but live ones where club members can ask questions, comment and so forth.

Chuck Fleishman Oxford Green Camera Club (CT)
I just signed up for a free course, Seeing Through Photographs through https://digitaldefynd.com/best-photography-course-certification-training/.  This course is being conducted by MOMA and it takes several weeks to complete and includes required reading and homework assignments.  I plan to do the homework but not necessarily doing the reading.

While the course itself is free there are several prompts to register for a certificate at $49.  You won’t get feedback unless you sign-up for the certificate.  There are also optional surveys about health, politics, etc.
I Googled Free Photography Webinars 2020 and came up with several interesting links.  While I have not investigated or tried any to date I am going to try one of the courses in the link below:


Henry Winkelman Boston Camera Club(MA)

The Boston Camera Club (BCC) switched to only meetings via webex and now ZOOM - we held competitions, photo critiques, a Tri-Club competition with the Stony Brook and Gateway clubs - and all the speakers scheduled for the spring presented on line.

Although our meetings usually end in June, this summer the BCC has had programs almost every two weeks - including digital competitions, photo critiques, Essdras Suarez presented in July and Jack Curran will be with us in August.

The BCC was scheduled to have an exhibit in one of the local libraries. That set of images was set-up in an on-line gallery.

Our newsletter comes out monthly Sept - June. The BCC Blog is sent our weekly or more often to alert the members to photography news.

Plans are being made now for net year. We anticipate being online for many more months.
The church where we meet has not decided on re-opening plans. Near the end of August Tom Hill, our president, plans to poll the members to see if they are comfortable returning to our meeting space when it will be available.
At the current time - we expect to be meeting on ZOOM for many more months.

Members have expressed an interest in having ZOOM meetings at times - even after we can return to meetings - especially during winter months when travel can be a problem. Also, many members live a distance from our meeting
place - and with the ZOOM meetings they are able to participate and attend more meetings.

Lisa Lacasse Quichee Camera Club (VT)

 The Quechee Area Camera Club in Vermont uses Meetup as our platform.   It continues to serve us well.   I got ZOOM for the club in early April and it has worked well for us. 

We have continued to have “assignments” each week(or every 10 days) that members can photograph, post and make comments on.   Assignments have included: Photographing Car Streaks, Photograph Solitude, Scavenger Hunt, Shoot the Same Subject 15 different ways, Reflections, Macro, Sports, Summer Story Telling, Self Portrait, Abstracts, Shutter Speed Fun, Leaves and Trees, Animals - tell your story 2 ways, the color red and a couple different Scavenger Hunts.  Members can start the assignment on their own time but they post their images between the start and end date of the assignment (about 10 days).  We ask that for each photo uploaded members comment on 2-3 others. 

We have also had quite a few ZOOM meetings.  3 of our regular speakers who we would have presented in person just did ZOOM calls - One was a professional critique, One on Lightroom, One on Portraits, and One on Anatomy of an Image.  The club felt  it was important to honor our commitments to these professionals who have supported our club with their time and we didn’t mind paying them for their time.  We have also had several ZOOM calls where we share members photos and have open discussions on them.   We are starting to do ZOOM calls on specific subjects - we just did one on Photography as a Business and how do you store your photos - By having both of those subjects we appealed to both our members that are trying to sell images and also those who just want to know the best way to keep their images safe.  We will continue to add these into the mix.   

In addition, we have sent out to the members via emails info about free webinars, free videos to watch and learn from as well as different photography sites to explore.    

Bill Barnett Connecticut Association of Photographers

I think this collection of ideas is great and I hope to participate in your video meetings starting Aug. 4. These are weird times and lots of creativity is needed.

I have a new program (“Infrared Connecticut”) that I can present to any club that has a Zoom account, or possibly Global Meeting that I will use for the first time in October when I am scheduled to present to GBCC. My other programs wouldn’t work well in this environment due to video and lots of zooms and pans that can look awful for anyone with a slow internet connection (I know, I tested it with a Zoom meeting between my desktop and laptop).

Clubs that are doing judging virtually should be encouraged to recruit judges from further away than normal since distance doesn’t matter. The just concluded PSA portfolio assessment session using Zoom had judges from CT, Nova Scotia, the midwest, and California. This is a chance to get different points of view for club competitions. PSA has a club judging service ( https://psa-photo.org/index.php?club-judging-service) and they might be willing to recommend judges for clubs that are PSA members.

Dennis Goulet Photographic Society of Rhode Island (RI)


PSRI has had two digital and print competitions, The images were judged ahead of time with the judge and then a zoom meeting was conducted with the members to comment on the images and announce the winners. For the prints we did a digital version on the first judging, then for the last print competition judging holding the print competition and Print of the Year judging at the same time with only two staff and the two Judges. We then used digital images of the prints to conduct the presentation and comments on the prints using a Zoom meeting.

I gave a Zoom presentation to the Medford Center for the Arts in April, and PSRI has had presentations from TJ Thorne, Tony Sweet, Rad Drew, and on the 28th we have Charles Glazer, Canon Explorer of Light.

Dave Westlake Quiet Corner Camera Club (CT)
To keep active during the Pandemic we are doing the following:

·        We have a monthly digital photo challenge. The members are given a theme, Images are posted on SmugMug and voted on by the members
·        We are planning to hold monthly Zoom meetings. We are compiling a viewing list of Youtube videos and/or webinars. One will be chosen by the board initially and the members will view it at their leisure and it will be the topic of discussion in the virtual club meeting.

Any suggestions from other clubs concerning virtual or safe distancing activities would be greatly appreciated.

Dennis Goulet Photographic Society of Rhode Island (RI)

PSRI has had two digital and print competitions, The images were judged ahead of time with the judge and then a zoom meeting was conducted with the members to comment on the images and announce the winners. For the prints we did a digital version on the first judging, then for the last print competition judging holding the print competition and Print of the Year judging at the same time with only two staff and the two Judges. We then used digital images of the prints to conduct the presentation and comments on the prints using a Zoom meeting.

I gave a Zoom presentation to the Medford Center for the Arts in April, and PSRI has had presentations from TJ Thorne, Tony Sweet, Rad Drew, and on the 28th we have Charles Glazer, Canon Explorer of Light.

Dave Westlake Quiet Corner Camera Club (CT)
To keep active during the Pandemic we are doing the following:

·        We have a monthly digital photo challenge. The members are given a theme, Images are posted on SmugMug and voted on by the members
·        We are planning to hold monthly Zoom meetings. We are compiling a viewing list of Youtube videos and/or webinars. One will be chosen by the board initially and the members will view it at their leisure and it will be the topic of discussion in the virtual club meeting.

Any suggestions from other clubs concerning virtual or safe distancing activities would be greatly appreciated.



Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Monthly video meetings to share ideas for keeping our clubs vibrant and active during the pandemic

Monthly video meetings to share ideas for keeping our clubs vibrant and active during the pandemic

I was so excited by the ideas spurred by you at our meeting Friday night and the responses they generated. Thank you Dave Westlake for starting us off. . Thank you to Chane Cullens (chane@ccullens.com) for taking point on monthly video meetings starting August 4th and continue on the first Tuesday of each month. You will be hearing more from Chane.

Throughout history when disaster has struck people have united and worked together to get through. One example is the creation of a fire hydrant system and the first insurance company as a result of the Great London Fire in the 1600's. Well, the Covid Pandemic of 2020 has not stopped camera clubs from meeting and enjoying the gift of photography.  Clubs have maintained a virtual focus to keep everyone safe and still maintain and inspire their membership. Maybe the idea of monthly virtual meetings will be our new normal.

Please keep your ideas coming. Let me know if you have tried any of the ideas in this attachment. I am sure your discussions with Chane will be lively and full of ideas. 

Stay safe, stay well. Antoinette

Hi NECCC Reps

On 7-19-2020 you received an email from NECCC President Antoinette Gombeda announcing our monthly video meetings to share ideas for keeping our clubs vibrant and active during the pandemic. I'm impressed with the ideas that we have already received from five camera clubs! Let's discuss all ideas and find out what made them work. This provides you with a range of suggestions to keep your members taking photos, socializing, learning and above all, having fun with photography.

When: Tuesday, August 4, 2020, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Tips for joining a WebEx meeting - http://www.flagpolephotographers.com/news/how-to-join-a-virtual-meeting

Test before our call by visiting https://www.webex.com/test-meeting.html

Chane Cullens, MNEC

NECCC VP Photo Conference Website

if you would like to join in and did not get the link email Chane@CCullens.com

Flagpole Photographers Camera Club Adapts During Pandemic



Flagpole Photographers Camera Club Adapts During Pandemic