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2018 Jun. 29 – Jul. 1: Field Trip – 155th Gettysburg – A Living History Event

155th Gettysburg

Join us at the 155th Gettysburg, “A Living History” event at the historic David Stewart Farm. This event is reenactor coordinated with all new historical presentations.

During this three-day event you can:

  • Meet the generals from both armies.
  • Visit the living history camps.
  • Hear civilians tell of their experiences – watch out for soldiers searching for food!
  • See the artillery, infantry and cavalry.
  • Check out the large tent of activities for kids of ALL ages.
  • Watch medical demonstrations.
  • Join us for a Saturday evening camp dance.
  • Attend education and preservation programs in the speakers tent.
  • Visit our Sutlers, food vendors and have your tintype photo taken by the one and only John Milliker!

Spectator admission fee is just $20 per carload and payable at the entrance.

ALL proceeds from this event will be donated to battlefield preservation. Backpacks and coolers are prohibited. All persons entering the event are subject to search for the safety of us all. For further Information:

Michelle Barkdoll will be there all 3 days – if club members get in contact with her prior to coming – she will be able to get them to different photo advantages during the day along with the battle. Email Michelle at


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2018 Apr. 28 – Field Trip – Celtic Festival

April 28, 2018 will mark the 40th year for the oldest Celtic celebration in Maryland. The Southern Maryland Celtic Festival and Highland Gathering highlights the heritage of the Breton, Cornish, Irish, Manx, Scots, and Welsh.

The Celtic Festival is a one day only event held at Jefferson Patterson Park on Mackall Road in St. Leonard, Maryland, just south of Prince Frederick.

Drive time from Severna Park High School is about 90 minutes, taking route 2 south to route 4 to Broomes Island Road to Mackall Road.

Admission is $25 at the gate, $20 on line if purchased ahead of time.  Event runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Festivities include vendor booths, food, art, competitions in Highland Dance, Harping, Heavy Athletics, Pipers and Drummers.

Bob Can’t make it. Anyone interested in Car pooling email Susan Webber (

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2018 Jun. 1: Tony Sweet: Compelling Composition: Creating Visual Pathways

The Central Maryland Photographers’ Guild (CMPG)is pleased to announce a very special event!

Renowned professional photographer and Nikon Legend Behind the Lens,

Tony Sweet will be speaking on Friday, June 1, 2018

“Compelling Composition: Creating Visual Pathways”

There is nothing more important than clean, direct, compelling composition. Through numerous image examples, various compositional techniques will be illustrated and discussed.  From the basics of composition to more creative ideas, Tony’s presentation is intended to fine tune the vision and jump start the creativity of the attendees.  Whether you are just starting out, or are a seasoned pro, this is a program not to be missed!

Tickets are $20 with advance online registration, or $25 at the door (cash only, please).   Doors will open at 6:30 PM, with light refreshments.  The program begins at 7:00 PM. A Q&A session will follow Tony’s presentation.

When: 01 Jun 2018
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Location: Chapelgate Christian Academy
Marriottsville, MD
Registration: Advance registration – $20.00
At-the-door registration – $25.00


Source: Central Maryland Photographers Guild – Tony Sweet: Compelling Composition: Creating Visual Pathways

2018 May 3: The Freeman Patterson Lecture on Understanding Creativity | Silver Spring Camera Club

The Freeman Patterson Lecture on Understanding Creativity

Joe Miller and the Northern Virginia Alliance of Camera Clubs present “The Freeman Patterson Lecture on Understanding Creativity” on Thursday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Mr. Patterson, a world-renowned photographer and teacher, will discuss the idea of “Creativity” as applied to photographic work. His personal efforts range from documentary to impressionistic; resonating with themes inherent in the natural world. His images have been published in numerous books, magazines, journals, newspapers and advertisements, exhibited around the world.

Freeman will begin his presentation with a talk about the nature of creativity and ways to nurture and develop the creativity with which we are all born. He includes stories of people who have used their creativity under great difficulty to benefit others and follows with a series of photographs (with commentary) that illustrate his main points and reveal how both the symbols in our dreams and the symbols in our art tell our life story.

Freeman has presented this program in several countries – Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Israel, France, England, Canada, and the United States – and regularly updates both the spoken and visual content. It is a continuing work in progress.

Combining a deep love of photography with an open and engaging teaching style, his lectures emphasize learning how to express effectively what you see and feel. He regards visual design as the craft or the language of visual expression and helps his students become fluent; using design with the ease of speaking their first language.

He helps attendees to understand that creativity resides in them (the photographer) and not in the tools or techniques that are used. Without an imagination, dreaming, and manipulation, tools and techniques can accomplish nothing.

Carpooling for this event is suggested due to limited parking space.

Date:    Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Admission:   Free
Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center
3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA  22030

Source: The Freeman Patterson Lecture on Understanding Creativity | Silver Spring Camera Club

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2018 Apr. 11: Contests – Color and Monochrome Prints – Surrealism

Our next Print competition will be Wednesday, 11 April 2018. We will have color prints and monochrome prints contests. You may enter three in each.

The theme this month is Surrealism, “Surreal photography would be more about creating a world or image which goes beyond the physical world as we know it. It usually shows something which would be impossible in real life or tampers with the line defining what is real and what is imaginary. Surreal = beyond the real.” You can find examples of surrealistic photos by clicking here.

Competition rules, which include how to prepare your print entries are posted on our website

Monochrome and Color Prints– Prints must be matted. The print and mat assembly may not exceed 20” size on the longest edge. The photographer’s name, print title, category, class, and contest date (month/year) must appear on the back of each print.  PLEASE include an arrow on the back of the image to reflect orientation. For example

Light City | A free festival of light, music and innovation

Light City is the nation’s only large-scale international light and ideas festival. Immerse yourself in the light and art. Explore the neighborhoods. Challenge your perspectives in the Labs@LightCity. Experience Baltimore’s brilliance.

Light City showcases Baltimore’s energy. The festival of arts, music, and culture is a beacon for our city’s unique gift for innovation and social consciousness.


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2018 Feb. 24: Field Trip – Chip’s Studio

On Saturday February 24, starting at 9:30am club members will converge on Chip Bulgin’s studio in Baltimore where we can shoot table top still life, portraits of each other, models, discuss post processing, and do lighting tutorials.

Address: 3500 Parkdale Ave. Baltimore, MD 21211.

The building is on the right-hand side of the street. It’s an old 3 story brick building that used to be a mill. There is a parking lot just past the building up a concrete ramp that has approximately 10 spaces. There is also parking on the street.

We will be doing studio photography with strobe lighting.We will have have several stations/sets available for photographing both human and still-life type objects. Fred is bringing four models.

Feel free to bring your own lights if you have them. Also feel free to bring stuff and/or people to photograph. You will need a camera with a hot-shoe and a short prime (fixed) or telephoto lens. Something like an 18-55mm, 50mm, 85mm, 18-135mm, and the like should be perfect.

For tabletop club members will bring their cameras and stuff to photograph. Flowers and food are always popular. If you have strobes bring them. Also backdrops and tablecloths can be useful.

If you are attending or have any questions, please send an email to Bob and Susan Webber our field trip chairman at

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“Odyssey of Light”

 Maryland Photography Alliance


“Odyssey of Light”

Seminar Series
Saturday, March 24, 2018
9:00am – 4:30pm

Join a National Geographic Legend and a Nikon® USA Ambassador
for a refreshing, fast-paced, information-packed ONE-DAY seminar

BRUCE DALE – A National Geographic staff photographer for 30 years. Twice named National Geographic “Magazine Photographer of the Year” and named “White House Photographer of the Year” in 1989. Over 2,000 of his images have appeared in Nat Geo’s publications. Bruce’s assignments ranged from undersea to aerial and from people to complex science subjects while working in over 75 countries. Bruce will discuss his years at National Geographic, where ideas come from, the stories behind the stories, and the techniques he used to capture the images.

TAMARA LACKEY – A Nikon USA Ambassador, Profoto Legend of Light, and ON1 Guru, Tamara is a renowned photographer, speaker, author, show host and humanitarian award winner. Tamara has taught multiple Creative Live courses, has presented on the Google Stage, and is the co-founder of Beautiful Together, a non-profit working to improve the lives of children waiting for families through photography and social outreach. Tamara knows how to photograph people, and she will share her expertise shooting different types of portraits with different types of subjects, as well as covering, lighting, posing, and post-processing techniques. She will also conduct a live shoot on stage, as well!



Special Alliance Member Price
Limited Seating

$50 Nations Photo Lab Gift Card
– Free Lunch
– Free Parking

Seminar Location:
Notre Dame of Maryland University – Knott Auditorium – 4701 N. Charles St – Baltimore, MD 21210

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