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September 2017
Mon Sept 11, 7:00 pm

The first meeting of the 2017-18 season – welcome!  We'll start with an introduction to the Portland Camera Club and our activities. The club's Executive Board will be introduced.

Summer Print Challenge: Photographer's Choice  One print per person. Try to bring your print in by 6:45 PM. All prints will be displayed and voted on by anyone present before the meeting and during the break. After the break, the winner will be announced, and we will have an informal critique session on the winner and other prints as time allows. Moderator is Mike Cullivan. The maker of the highest scoring print wins a free membership in the camera club for 2016-2017 season!

Mon Sept 18, 7:00 pm

Discussion Night: Introduce Yourself to the Club through an Image.  Members and newcomers, you are invited to show one of your images as a way of introducing yourself and your work. This will be a welcoming and supportive discussion. Moderator is Eric Piskura. Please submit one image as a JPG by emailing the image file to (this is the club's submissions in-box). Every entry will receive a confirmation email within 48 hours. The ideal image size is 1400 px maximum width, 1050 px maximum height. Deadline for images is 10:00 AM on Monday, Sept 18th.

Mon Sept 25, 7:00 pm

Guest Speaker: Robert Pennington  Robert Pennington is a documentary photographer and filmmaker as well as an educator and graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. His work has included projects in Los Angeles, New Zealand, Guatemala, Europe, Colombia and Lewiston, Maine. Visit

Wed Sept 27, 7:00 pm
Cumberland Fair Photography Exhibit,
Exhibition Hall

Meet Up: Lights of the Cumberland Fair  Let's meet at the Cumberland Fair Photography Exhibit in the Exhibition Hall. We will head out to shoot images of the amusement rides at 7 PM. We'll be working on long-exposures!  Be sure to bring your tripod. Other gear that is highly encouraged include a shutter remote and other night gear (flashlight, fast lens, etc). Please note Admission to the Cumberland Fair must be paid. Parking is free, and carpooling is encouraged. Host is Mike Leonard. Rain date: Thurs 9/28 at 7pm.

October 2017
Mon Oct 2, 7:00 pm

Discussion: Mobile Phone Photography  Deadline extended to midnight Saturday, 9/30! And if you have a regular camera image you'd like to present instead, that's fine too, just send it in! For this discussion, everyone is invited to submit an image taken with a cellphone. The discussion will include post-processing issues such as added textures, etc.  When you are ready to submit your image, go to  Note: for help with preparing and submitting an image for discussion night, click here.

Sat Oct 7, 10:00 am
Pineland Farms,
New Gloucester, ME
Farm Store
Mapped location

Meet Up: Autumn at Pineland Farms - New Gloucester, ME  This is a Kelby Photowalk - register at for free. We will be photographing the many fall sights of Pineland Farms. We will meet in the large parking lot near the Farm Store - look for signs pointing to the lot. Be sure to bring a zoom lens and rain gear if needed. Follow the signs for free parking and carpooling is encouraged. Important! Be sure to register before the day of the walk. Host is Mike Leonard.

Sun Oct 8, 8:00 am
Bard Coffee, 185 Middle St, Portland Next to Tommy's Park

Meet Up: Streets of Portland  Join accomplished photographer and PCC member Eric Holsinger on the streets of Portland to capture images of a city starting its day! There will be a cruise ship in port from 8AM to 5PM. We'll meet at Bard Coffee by Tommy's Park at 8AM where we'll meet and greet then hit the streets. We'll move on to Monument Square where we'll meet at 9AM to share what we've seen and what we missed. From there we'll head toward the Commercial Street Starbuck's where we'll meet at 10AM, show off successes and of course complain about missed opportunities! We'll enjoy 2 full hours of street shooting in the morning.

Be sure to bring a camera you know well, and our goal will be to get the photo without trying to remember how to change your exposure! An iPhone or a small camera with a 35-50mm lens (or equivalent) is a great suggestion for getting intimate images on the street, also an inexpensive 28-70mm kit lens. If the thought of being close to people makes you nervous about having to speak with someone, you'll probably be surprised how cool people are. But, perhaps a longer focal lens (85mm, 70-200mm) might make you feel more comfortable. Eric uses an advanced point & shoot, the Panasonic DMC Lx-100. He shoots at 35mm all the time. Learn more about Eric's style on his website:  Questions? Contact Eric at

Parking:  Carpooling is encouraged! Parking meters are $1.25/hr in Portland. The Cumberland County Parking Garage (Courthouse) would be about $8 from 7:30 to 10:30. Every other garage would be $15+.

Mon Oct 9, 7:00 pm

Discussion: Competition Images  For this discussion, everyone is invited to submit an image you are considering as a competition entry. Members will point out strengths and weaknesses based on the Twelve Elements (click for more info) used by the judges, to help the maker get the very best out of the image. Members may instead just present an image for general discussion, but images designated as "critique requested" (see instructions) will be reviewed first.  Deadline is midnight on Saturday, Oct 7th. When you are ready to submit your image, go to  Note: for help with preparing and submitting an image for discussion night, click here.

Mon Oct 16, 7:00 pm

Skill Development: Preparing Images for Presentation, and for Projected Image and Print Competitions  In the large meeting room Mike Leonard will discuss basic cropping and resizing. A lot of confusion still remains over aspect ratios and why certain images will not fit into given sized formats. Mike will describe aspect ratios and how that relates to cropping; he will then demonstrate cropping and resizing in Photoshop and Adobe Camera Raw. If time permits he will also talk about doing monitor calibrations so your image will look the same on all properly calibrated devices. In the small meeting room Bill Shumaker will demonstrate mounting and matting prints for formal presentation and, less expensively, for PCC competitions. Each presentation will be given twice, before and after the break, so everyone can attend both.

Mon Oct 23, 7:00 pm

Guest Speaker: Steve Yenco on Drone Photography  Steve Yenco is an avid photographer, including drone photography, and a weather watcher for both WGME Channel 13, WMTW Channel 8 and the National Weather Service in Gray. Steve is also a member of the Mount Washington Observatory.  Visit Steve Yenco/Mainly Maine Photography on Facebook.

Mon Oct 30, 7:00 pm

Guest Speaker: Jose Leiva Jose Leiva has been a photojournalist and freelance photographer for nearly 50 years. Visit

Mon Nov 6, 7:00 pm

Projected Image Competition  Two images per member. Because of the windstorm and power outages, the submission deadline has been moved to midnight Friday, November 3rd. Click here for image submission info.

Note: tonight is the last night to bring in prints for next week's Print Competition.

Mon Nov 13, 7:00 pm

Print Competition  Two prints per member. Deadline for entries is Nov 6th.

Mon Nov 20, 7:00 pm

Skill Development: Demonstrations in Lightroom and Photoshop  Sandra Miner will show in Lightroom how to merge several individual photos to create a panorama. She will edit the pano inside LR and then open it in Photoshop and process it further utilizing available Topaz plugins to make enhancements. Sandy will also demonstrate creating a border/mat using a Photoshop action created by a PCC member last year. She will also demonstrate how to create a Photoshop action to save repetitive steps. If time permits, Sandy will demonstrate creating motion blur with a moving object (a running person or a fast moving snowmobile), using multiple layers and then adding additional elements to enhance the image.  Knapp Hudson will review the new features in Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw, especially the improvements for luminosity masking.  Note: Mike Leonard cannot give a presentation on Adobe Camera Raw as previously scheduled, but he will give the ACR presentation at his Friday Night Photoshop meeting on 11/17.

Mon Nov 27, 7:00 pm

Guest Speaker: Peter Ralston  Widely published pro photographer Peter Ralston will be sharing almost 40 years of images from along the coast and islands of Maine. The work reflects his understanding of and love for Maine, the people and character of the working coastal and island communities in particular. Peter is the Juror for the 2018 Maine Photography Show. Visit

Mon Dec 4, 7:00 pm Projected Image Competition: Remnants  Two images per member. The deadline for entries is midnight Wednesday, Nov 29.  This competition has an assigned topic, "Remnants," which is also the theme of the 2018 Maine Photography Show. "Remnants" generally means "small parts, members, or traces remaining. A remnant could also be a small surviving group, or even unsold or unused pieces of goods." This the only assigned-topic competition for the year.

Note: tonight is the last night to bring in prints for next week's Print Competition.

Mon Dec 11, 7:00 pm

Print Competition  Two prints per member. Deadline for entries is Dec 4th.

Mon Dec 18, 7:00 pm

Holiday Party and Member Slide Show  7–8pm: slide shows, 8–9pm: social hour. Bring a friend and a holiday treat!

Mon Dec 25

Holiday break – no meeting

Mon Jan 1 Holiday break – no meeting
Mon Jan 8, 7:00 pm

Discussion: Photopainting  It's not about flashlights, it's about using software like Topaz Impressions, Jixipix Artista Impresso or Photoshop itself to alter photographs with painterly effects. Dave Higgins is a master at this, and many of us have been experimenting with it. Submit one of your favorites and be prepared to talk about your technique and artistic choices. If you'd rather bring in a light painting image you can do that instead! Submissions are welcome up until Sunday night, Jan 7th.  When you are ready to submit your image, go to

Mid-Year Checkup:  Before the photopainting discussion, we will hold a mid-year check-up. It's an opportunity for the members to offer questions, comments or criticisms about the program so far this year, or any aspect of the club's activities. What's going well? How can we do better? Let the president and board know so we can make any necessary course corrections for the remainder of the year.

Mon Jan 15, 7:00 pm

Skill Development: Flash Photography on the Cheap  Come join us as we explore using affordable speed lights, modifiers and triggers to up your portrait photography game. Learn simple and effective techniques and setups one can employ just about anywhere using minimal gear to control the quality of light and improve your portraiture. Bring your camera and a lenses with focal lengths somewhere between 50-200mm. Wider lenses are fine for more creative looks but we'll focus on traditional portrait focal lengths that flatter the subject and work best for social media profiles, family pictures and head shots. If you have always wanted to play around with flash but have been intimidated or are looking to go beyond available light photography then here's your opportunity for hands-on practice. If you know someone who might like posing or a subject you would like to shoot then bring them along, too.
Simultaneously in the small conference room, Knapp Hudson will present Getting Started in Adobe Lightroom. This session will present an overview of Adobe's Lightroom software. The basics of using Lightroom to copy image files from a camera card to your computer, add images from your computer to the Lightroom catalog and using the Lightroom Develop module to process the image files will be demonstrated and discussed. If you have a laptop with Lightroom installed, bring it so you can follow along. If you would like to see some of your images processed, bring them to the session on an SD card or a flash drive. The SD card should contain images directly from your camera, don't try to copy images from your computer back to the SD card.

Mon Jan 22, 7:00 pm

Discussion: Favorite Images  Pick a personal favorite and tell us about it! Any subject, any technique, any image you're really proud of or just one that makes you feel good. This should be a truly inspiring evening that reminds us of why we are photographers.  Submit a second image if you like.  To submit images, go to; deadline is midnight Sunday, January 21.

Mon Jan 29, 7:00 pm

Guest Speaker: Fred Field  Maine-based photojournalist Fred Field has been shooting professionally for well over thirty years. He is the author of Maine Places, Maine Faces. Visit

Mon Feb 5, 7:00 pm

Projected Image Competition  Two images per member. Submission deadline is midnight Wednesday, Jan 31st. Click here for image submission info.

Note: tonight is the last night to bring in prints for next week's Print Competition.

Mon Feb 12, 7:00 pm

Print Competition  Two prints per member. Deadline for entries is Feb 5th.

Mon Feb 19, 7:00 pm

Skill Development: Creating Slide Shows

Mon Feb 26, 7:00 pm

Guest Speaker: Kevin Schochat  Kevin Schochat will speak on his 32-year career as a NYC Photographer's Representative.

Mon Mar 5, 7:00 pm

Skill Development Night  Creating images in black and white. It's not just desaturation! Mike Leonard will demonstrate several techniques for producing the best possible black and white images from your color shots, including Nik Silver Efex Pro, Topaz BW Effects, and techniques available within Lightroom and Photoshop. | In a separate session Knapp Hudson will focus on using Lightroom for making B&W images. This session will also include basic terminology you are likely to hear when talking about B&W images and taking an image file on a round trip from Lightroom to NIK Silver Efex Pro and back.

Mon Mar 12, 7:00 pm

Discussion Night: Black & White Images   Submit one or two black and white images created by practicing the techniques learned last week, or just favorites you'd like to share. Deadline is midnight Sunday, March 11. When you're ready to submit your images, click here.

Fri - Sun, Mar 16 - 18

Maine Photographic Expo & Convention  The 69th annual photographic expo, open to the public, is at the Clarion Hotel, 1230 Congress St, Portland. Visit the Expo & Convention web page for all the details.

Mon Mar 19, 7:00 pm

Member Slide Shows

Mon Mar 26, 7:00 pm

Guest Speaker: Tonee Harbert Tonee Harbert works as a documentary and fine art photographer living in Portland. In this age of digital technology, Tonee uses a plastic "Diana" camera and film to capture mysterious and haunting landscapes and surreal interventions of the human touch on our world. He will be presenting and talking about this type of work, including a project about loggers and another project about the myth of Icarus. Tonee's work has been exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery, Portland Museum of Art, Danforth Museum of Art, Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA, and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. In addition, his work has been widely published. Visit

Mon Apr 2, 7:00 pm

Skill Development Night:  Shooting with Meredith Kennedy & Eric Piskura  Meredith will be demonstrating a Rembrandt portrait lighting technique using continuous lights in one room, while Eric will be using flash guns and modifiers in another room. Eric will expand on our last portrait shoot and introduce a second light and different set-ups. Members are encourage to bring their cameras and a portrait lens so they can shoot. As always, any one who is willing to get in front of the camera is welcome.

Mon Apr 9, 7:00 pm

Guest Speaker: Adam Woodworth  "Wandering from Newfoundland to Alaska: Landscape photographs and stories from across the US and Canada."  Adam's presentation will take you on a journey through day and night landscape photography in the Canadian Maritimes, New England, Rocky Mountains, the desert of Utah, and Alaska. He will discuss techniques for things such as shooting the Milky Way and driving the Dalton Highway.

Midnight tonight is the deadline for entries in this year's One Shot Competition. Visit the One Shot page.

Mon Apr 16, 7:00 pm

Skill Development Night  PCC lifetime member, teacher and passionate digital artist Dave Higgins will present his approach to the creation of altered "digital images" in his distinctive style.

Tonight (4/16) is also the deadline for indicating your interest in submitting images for consideration for the Bridges of Friendship Exhibit (a joint project by the Portland Camera Club and the Photo Club Spolokhi in Archangel, Russia). If you'd like to submit images (up to 5 per person), contact Dennis Marrotte (email: ) or Dan Glover (email:  For more information about the camera club's participation in the exhibit, visit the Bridges of Friendship Exhibit page.

Mon Apr 23, 7:00 pm

The One Shot Competition  It's time for the annual One Shot Competition. Start early! For all the details, click here for the One Shot page.

Executive Board meets at 6:00 pm.

Mon Apr 30, 7:00 pm

Projected Image Competition  Two images per member. Submission deadline is midnight Wednesday, Apr 25th. Click here for image submission info.

Note: tonight is the last night to bring in prints for next week's Print Competition.

May 2018
Mon May 7, 7:00 pm

Print Competition & Annual Club Meeting  Tonight is the Portland Camera Club's annual business meeting, including the election of Club President and Executive Board members.  Tonight is also the last print competition of the year. Two prints per member. Deadline for entries is Apr 30th.

Mon May 14

Annual Club Banquet with Guest Speakers John and Cynthia Orcutt  It's an evening of food, fun, giveaways and two great guest speakers!
6pm–7pm: Social Hour (cash bar)
7pm–8pm: Dinner
8pm–9pm: Guest Speakers and PCC Awards
Location: The Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Ave, Portland (Google Maps)

The night will include a table of giveaway items, a print competition with a prize for the best in show, and centerpiece giveaways as well as an autographed copy of Enduring Heights, generously donated by John and Cynthia. Also, year end competition awards will be given to members who achieved the highest scores during the projected image and print competitions, a secret until the big unveiling at the banquet.

Tickets are $30 per person. You can pay at a camera club meeting, or pay for them online at the camera club's Paypal page.

Mon May 21

Deadline for Greater Portland-Archangel Exhibit Submissions To Be Judged.  For all the details, see the Greater Portland-Archangel Exhibit page.

Summer 2018
June 27

Deadline for Greater Portland-Archangel Exhibit Print Files.  Makers of the images that are selected for the exhibit need to send a high resolution image file by Wednesday, June 27, 2018.  For all the details, see the Greater Portland-Archangel Exhibit page.

Fri-Sun, July 13, 14,15

New England Camera Club Council Conference web page