Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Come photograph at the Lonaconing Silk Mill!

Come photograph at the Silk Mill!

Yes, the Silk Mill is BACK! The new owner is using the proceeds of the photo tours to aid in the restoration of the mill, starting with his goal of a new roof before winter. We will be having another workshop in PA the day before. From New Haven this location will be ~3.5 hours and then the silk mill is ~4 hours away so you can split the driving up into two smaller segments. 

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This historic place has a plethora of images waiting to be created! Storytelling, historic scenes, life after humans, wide-angle, closeups, setups, HDR, lightpainting, and more. Tom will be setting up some photo ops, as well as doing a light painting demonstration.

See a few of our photographs from our trips to the Silk mill here

Join us to experience the history of a bygone era. We have been to the silk mill many times!

Email us after you sign up for hotel information.

We always have a small group -- so you can get those wide-angle shots without having tons of people in your scene!

The Lonaconing Silk Mill (also called the Klotz Throwing Company) is located in Lonaconing, Maryland along the Cumberland and Pennsylvania Railroad’s mainline. It is the last intact silk mill in the United States and was in operation from 1907-1957. Initially, silk was imported from Japan and China and the factory produced silk thread. During World War II that changed to rayon. The mill shut down operation in 1957 and has fallen into disrepair.

How experienced do you need to be? As long as you are willing to learn and experiment then this is a good photo op for you! Bring your camera manual (pdf on your phone/device or paper). Tom and I will also assist you with your compositions. Tom loves setting up shots and then sharing them with our participants.

People may choose to bring any camera with them a smartphone, DSLR, film camera, and/or mirrorless. ..any camera is welcome!

You may choose to shoot completely on your own (some photographers come with us mainly for access to these fabulous historic places) and/or to photograph with us for compositional and/or technical advice, and show you what we are shooting and thinking. Tom and I will be photographing, as this is a photo tour, but we are always there for advice and to answer questions, and to inspire -- we love to share and teach.

Please note that all of our workshops require the participants to sign a liability waiver. Download it; then print, read, sign it and bring it with you -- Thank you!

Please note that some locations will have you sign their liability waiver at the site as well.

Please note that this and all classes/workshops have no refunds. You may send someone else in your place. By signing up for our classes/tours/workshops, you agree to our terms and conditions, see

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Registration for the 75th NECCC Photography Conference is open!

The New England Camera Club Council is proud to announce that online registration for the 75th NECCC Photography Conference is open!

All photo enthusiasts are welcome! There are programs, events and workshops for all skill levels. Beginning photographers are very welcome at the conference, as are experienced and professional photographers. You do not need to be a member of a camera club, photography group, etc. in order to attend.

This is the last in-person Photo Conference at UMass Amherst and you won’t want to miss it! The conference is at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts, on July 15-17, 2022.

Click here to register 

For the first time in 75 years, we have three photo industry experts delivering feature presentations:

  • Scott Kelby - Author of bestselling technology and photography books
  • Frans Lanting - One of the greatest nature photographers of our time
  • Billie Weiss - Director of Photography for the Boston Red Sox 

Visit to see everything about New England’s top photography conference.

Register early to get your best choice for pre-conference workshops, conference workshops and photo walks!

Key info on the conference:

 See you in Amherst, Massachusetts on July 15-17, 2022.

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