Founded in 1933, The Harrisburg Camera Club welcomes all photographers from the newest beginner to the most experienced.

Membership Benefits
• Fellowship and fun in learning to take better pictures.
• Constructive evaluations of every member’s prints and images by experienced photographers/artists.
• Recognition for quality and merit achievement in photography.
• Field Trips and Education
• Discount on purchases at local camera shops and picture framing shops

Go to the Become a Member page for more details

Meeting Sep 27th

Discussion on Judging
for the 2016-2017 Competition Cycle


As part of the Sept. 27th meeting, the Harrisburg Camera Club will be holding a discussion about judging for the 2016-2017 competition cycle.

Irene VanBuskirk, interim Vice-President, has proposed using only one judge per digital competition, compared the three judge system we have been using of the past 4-5 years.

She has taken the time to write about the pros and cons for each judging system (1 vs. 3), and it is listed below.

During the meeting, the executive board will host the discussion and invite members to participate, ask questions, and provide comments.  At the end of the meeting, a vote will be taken to determine if the club will continue with the current judging system, or make a change for the 2016-2017 competition cycle.

It is very important for members to attend and participate because this directly affects the membership.  The membership will decide which system they want in place.

If you have any questions, please reply to this email.

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting and hearing your comments on the subject.

Irene VanBuskirk
Vice-President (interim), Harrisburg Camera Club

One Judge vs. Three Judges

One of the duties of the vice president is to obtain judges for the competitions.  In the two years of which I have been an HCC member I haven’t seen an advantage to the 3 judge panel for digital competitions and I suggested a change to the HCC executive board.  I proposed that we try using one different judge for each digital competition.

Although I have talked to the executive board and different HCC members to hear the opinions of others, this is a decision that needs membership involvement.  I would like the membership to consider, discuss, and determine by vote to accept or reject the proposal to use one judge for the digital competitions for one year and then decide to either continue using only one judge or go back to the three judge panel.  We have scheduled a meeting for this conversation on September 27th. Below are the reasons for my proposal.  I have given this a great deal of thought.

Arguments for a One Judge Digital Competition
Although three judges theoretically seem like a good idea because, after all, three heads are better than one, this doesn’t seem to work in practice.  Other dynamics are at work among the threesome.   The judges may not know each other before the first competition, or even if they do, the strongest personality seems to lead the pack.  There also seems to be a hesitation to voice an opinion if it differs from a respected colleague who is on the panel.  One judge stated that he felt like he had to react to another judge’s proclamations about photography, which he considered inaccurate.  Some judges seem to feel that they need to justify their opinion to another judge.  Other judges have stated that they prefer judging alone.
In practice most of the time the judges seem to agree with a few differing opinions voiced.

There is also the time factor.   It takes three judge longer to give their opinion about the image, even if their critiques do not differ.
I believe it would be just as helpful to have one judge who could take the time to talk about the images and give his/her critique?

There is the argument that one judge may have a bias towards one aspect of photography and three judges counter and eliminate the bias.  I haven’t seen that, but I have only been part of the membership for two years. Every judge comes with a bias towards one thing or another (We all do). Some of them verbalize that during the competition, some others don’t, but all have one.  That is not going to change.  We hope for a judge who recognizes this and tries to move beyond it.  We are asking for their opinion.  We don’t have to like it or even agree, but it is still helpful to hear how an expert in the field views our work.  Most judges begin by saying something along the lines of, “Remember this is my opinion and art is subjective.”

The other component to this proposal is to have a different judge for each digital competition.  This way the club members would still hear the opinion of five different judges (4 digital competitions plus digital image of the year) who could freely express what they think without considering the impact his/her opinion may have on the other judges.

As far as scheduling, I think judges would more easily commit to one date than having to commit to four dates throughout the club year.  As a result, we would have more choices for judges.  And there is nothing to stop us from scheduling them in the beginning of the HCC photo club year.

Another consideration is the reduced cost of one judge instead of three for each competition.

As I stated earlier, these are my feelings so that you know that I have thought about this and my suggestion is not capricious.  I believe that this is a club membership decision.  I’d especially like to hear from those members who attend meetings and competitions and those who have judged competitions.  I have sat on judging panels, but not for photography.
I am proposing that we try a different judge for each digital competition for one year and see what we think.

Advantages to the Current Three Judge Panel
For several years it has been the practice of HCC to have a panel of three judges for the digital image competitions.  Before that HCC had a single judge for the digital competitions.  I have included the board’s original reasons for the change to a three judge panel.  These reasons were given to me by members of the executive board.

One reason is that scores were all over the place from one competition to the next.  It was believed that three judges would provide some consistency in judging; it was worth the added expense. In addition, scheduling three judges in the beginning of the season was easier than scheduling a different judge for each competition date.  Some members thought that three judges were important in breaking a tie in the scores.

Kick-Off Meeting Sep 13th

Dave, #0007Harrisburg Camera Club

Kick-Off Meeting - September 13, 2016

Guest Speaker

Dave Moser


The Harrisburg Camera Club is proud to present Dave Moser at their Kick-Off meeting on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at the Giant Grocery Store Community Room, 3301 Trindle Road, Camp Hill, PA (in the Camp Hill Shopping Center) from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  All are welcome to attend.

Dave will be speaking about his personal projects as well as his professional work which includes environmental portraits of well-known celebrities and industry leaders.  The focus of the talk will be about his current personal project, "The American Housewife”: from the genesis of the project, through the creation of the images, to the application of the work in both his fine art and commercial careers.Picture1

Dave will also speak about how he approaches assignments and getting the most out of his subjects.  He is a part of the new breed of national level photographers enjoyingPicture2 success in the highly competitive field of institutional, advertising and editorial photography.

Dave Moser has a very diverse background that includes everything from mathematics to construction, philosophy to fine art, all while cultivating his passion for people.  He completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography first in his class.  After discovering the world of commercial portrait photography, he fell in love with the nuances in the field of photography, inclusive of problem solving, collaborating and working with different people in different places every day.

His portraitures have brought him fame throughout the world, with his work featured in Forbes, Parade, People, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times Magazine and Fast Company, to name a few.  His highly emotional images have resulted in awards in Graphis, Applied Arts, Prix De La Photographie Paris, Communications Arts, PDN, ADMP, and more.

Dave is based in Philadelphia, PA, a seeker, an artist, a photographer, father, husband and lover of all things eclectic; a listener, cook, marketer, outdoorsman, business person, and voyeur.

To learn more about Dave Moser, please visit his website at www.davemoser.comPicture3

July Meeting

Tuesday, July 26th at 7:00


in the Giant Community Room at the Giant Grocery store at 3300 Trindle Rd. in Camp Hill

 We are going to hold our Summer group print critique


It's time to prepare your prints and get them made.

On Tuesday night July 26th,  at 7:00 the Harrisburg Camera Club will hold its Summer print critique night.  We have run this program the last few years and it was very successful.  All participants that bring prints will lay them out on tables spread out in the room.  Everyone, whether you bring a print or not, will be a part of the critiques.  All those attending the meeting will be asked to critique the images anonymously with colored golf tees.  Participants will be judging the prints by placing colored tees next to the prints.  After the images are tagged we will discuss the merits of the prints.  We will have detailed instructions printed out when you arrive.   Come to the meeting and let's try something different! 

Here are the Print critique guidelines for this meeting only.

1. Only paid HCC members will get their prints critiqued. Non-members or HCC members that did not bring prints will be encouraged to participate in the critique process.

2. Only two (2) Monochromatic/B&W prints per person and two color prints per person. A member is allowed to bring a maximum of four prints.

3. These prints do not need to be mounted or matted. That will be at the discretion of the maker. Minimum imaged size is 8 x 10 maximum 20 x 24.

4. Prints that are framed or framed and under glass will not be critiqued.

5. If you have any questions call Andrew Hoff at 975-0630 or 592-9304

Field Trip July 17th

Sunflower Field Photography Fieldtrip

at the Sunflower fields in Poolesville, MD

at the 

Mckee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area

Sunday July 17th at 3:00 PM


imageThis is one of the most popular and well-attended field trips the Harrisburg Camera Club takes.  This year we are traveling two months earlier than normal and going to a different location.  We will be going to the commercially grown sunflower fields at the Mckee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area near Poolesville, Maryland.  We will travel down Rt.15 to I-270 then head towards Washington D.C. and get off I-270 at the Barnesville Exit (maps provided).  It is about an hour and a three-quarters from our meeting location at the Camp Hill Giant.

We will be car pooling from our usual location on the Arby’s side of the Camp Hill Giant Grocery Store, at 3:00 PM in the afternoon.

For those closer to Carlisle, there is an alternate starting place in Carlisle (parking lot across from Pizza Hut near Lowes) for those south of Camp Hill.  Departure time is still 3:00 PM.  Contact Randal Lathrop if you plan to leave from Carlisle.

Here is a link to the site http://dnr2.maryland.gov/wildlife/Pages/publiclands/central/mckeebeshers.aspx

 We plan to leave Camp Hill at 3:00 and arrive at about 5:45 which should give us 3 hours to photograph the fields since sunset is around 8:30.  Expect to return at about 10:00 or later. We will need to car pool.  The sunflowers should be in full bloom when we get there and expect to see bees and butGetAttachment-2.aspxterflies on the sunflowers. At this site you can use all of your lenses.  For insects you may want to bring a macro lens.  A long lens is also useful for compressing distance.  This location is very good for those photographers that have short telephotos or wide angle lens.  The soil in the sunflower fields is river silt and it is a reddish clay.  If it is damp it will stick to your shoes.  There are no buildings here and very few, if any power lines.  There is a parking lot so having cars in the photo will not be an issue.  Your trip leader is Andrew Hoff.


What to bring:  Extra digital cards, extra batteries, polarizing filter, a reflector or white foamcore, black foamcore, an umbrella that is translucent white or solid white if you have one, flash unit, tripod, a tripod clamp, comfortable shoes, long pants, a ladder to photograph from above and drinking water.  We will hold this field trip unless we are looking at an all day rain event.

Banquet May 24th



Tuesday May 24th
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Park Inn, Mechanicsburg


 The Harrisburg Camera Club’s Year-End Celebration and Awards banquet will be held at the Park Inn in Mechanicsburg on May 24th, 2016.  The banquet is open to Camera Club members, spouses, guests and friends of the Camera Club.   The arrival time is 6:00 PM. Dinner service will start at 6:30 PM.  The cost of the banquet is $24.00 for club members and $29.00 for guests and friends of the Camera Club.

Dinner Menu

Appetizer - Fresh Chilled Fruit Cup
Salad - Tossed Garden Salad

Entrée (choose one)
Tuscan Style Chicken – served in a wild mushroom and Marsala wine sauce
Island Marinated Pork Tenderloin Medallions
Vegetarian Lasagna – served with garlic toast

New York Cheesecake

All entrées include a fresh vegetable medley, Chef’s choice of rice, pasta, or potato, fresh rolls with creamy butter, freshly brewed coffee, assorted hot teas, iced tea, and water.

Soft drinks and adult beverages will be available for purchase in the upstairs restaurant/bar and are not included in the cost of the dinner.

Following dinner will be the Awards presentations.

Please join us as we celebrate the end of another successful season of image making with food, camaraderie, entertainment, and awards.

DON’T DELAY.  The deadline for reservations is Thursday, May 19th. Checks should be made payable to the Harrisburg Camera Club.  Please include a contact phone number I can reach you with your payment.  Please indicate your choice of entrée.  It would be best if you would pay in advance by mailing the checks to:

Randal Lathrop
80 Meade Drive
Carlisle, PA  17013

I will accept checks (no cash) at the banquet, but I will need to know by Thursday May 19th if you are planning to attend!

Park Inn is located off exit 3 (US-11/Carlisle Pike) on Hwy 581.

From Carlisle and points south, take Interstate 81-N to Hwy-581 E and proceed to exit 3. At the light, turn right and Park Inn is immediately on your right.

From Harrisburg and points north, take Interstate I-83/Hwy-581 W towards Mechanicsburg and proceed to exit 3.  At the light, turn right and Park Inn is immediately on your right.

From Lancaster and points East, take I-83N to Hwy-581 W towards Carlisle and proceed to exit 3.  At the light, turn right and Park Inn is immediately on your right.

Dress Code:
Business casual –no jeans, no sneakers and no shorts.

Any questions or reservations please e-mail Randal Lathrop at vicepresident@harrisburgcameraclub.org

Submitted by Randal Lathrop – Vice President

Print of the Year Competition Apr 26

Printed Image of the Year Competition
April 26th, 2016

The Printed Image of the Year Competition is being help April 26th, 2016 at Giant in Camp Hill at 7pm.  This is the last image competition of the club calendar year.

Who is Eligible? Any paid-in-full member of the Harrisburg Camera Club is eligible.

What Prints am I allowed to enter? You may enter any print that has not been entered in a previous Print Of the Year Competition or in a digital image competition during 2015-2016..  Prints that have been critiqued in the Camera Club’s open forum are eligible.Please have all prints in place and ready for judging by 7:15pm.  If you are entering the competition please be there early!  Images will not be accepted after 7:15pm.

Competition Guidelines

Upload a JPEG copy of your printed image to http://harrisburgcameraclub.visualpursuits.com.  This is for display purposes only.

Remember to bring your printed image to the meeting to have it judged and scored.

Print out, complete and bring the following form to the meeting along with your image.

Click here to download the form (JPEG image).

One color print and one monochromatic print per paid member. 

1. For Images printed on photo paper
  a. Prints must be single or double-matted.
  b. Minimum IMAGE size is 5"x7".  Minimum MAT size is 8”x10” - or 80 sq. inches.
  c. Maximum MAT size is 40”x32”.
  d. No restriction on mat colors.

2. The Images must be mounted to a backer board (mat board, foam core, etc.).

3. For Images that are printed on canvas or metal
  a. Minimum size is 8”x10” - or 80 sq. inches.
  b. Maximum size is 40”x32”.


5. Scoring - each judge scores on the criteria below
  a. The scoring is the same as with digital image competitions
    i. Technical – 1-4 points awarded for technical skill
    ii. Composition – 1-4 points awarded for image composition
    iii. Artistic – 1-4 points awarded for image artistry
    iv. Image Transcendence – 1-8 points awarded for image transcendence, wow
  b. An additional scoring category has been added for prints only
    v. Presentation – 1-10 points awarded for image presentation
  c. A Maximum of 30 points awarded per judge

Any questions contact Randal Lathrop at vicepresident@harrisburgcameraclub.org

Workshop Apr 9th

Time is running out...
But it’s not too late to register…

for the Harrisburg Camera Club’s 6th Annual “Light and Creativity” workshop.


Saturday April 9, 2016 (doors open at 8:00am) at the Central Penn College Conference Center.

The 2016 Light and Creativity Workshop is four days away and you still have time to register for this event. Our three presenters are ready, the vendors are ready, the door prizes are ready ...and waiting.

Have you registered?  Time is running out.  Register today. Seating is limited.

Three great speakers...

  • Parish Kohanim, "Canon Explorer of Light" photographer who will speak on "Twelve Tips on Taking Powerful Photographs"

  • Denise Silva, will present her program on "Why to Choose What When: Lightroom or Photoshop"

  • Ivan Rothman, a wildlife photographer will present "Practical Advice from an Experienced Wildlife Photographer"

  • Keynote Presentation by Parish Kohanim

Each workshop will be given multiple times so you can take advantage of all speakers.  Visit the workshop web page (http://www.lightandcreativity.org) for complete workshop information.

Online registration ends at 11:59pm, Thursday, April 7th.
Payment may be made online http://www.lightandcreativity.org/registration-2016/.
Checks must be received by Wednesday, April 6.

$70.00 Non-members

$60.00 Harrisburg Camera Club members

$45.00 Students with ID must be 21 or under & present their student ID card at the registration desk

Tickets sold at the door, as available, for an additional $5.00 to the prices listed above and in the brochure. Credit cards accepted at the door.

I look forward to seeing you at the workshop.

Thank you,

R. Andrew Hoff
President, Harrisburg Camera Club

Next Digital Competition

2015-2016 Digital Image of the Year

UPLOAD DEADLINE March 30, 2016 @1159pm


Image uploads for the 2015-2016 Digital Image of the Year Competion are due by 11:59PM on March 30, 2016.  Images will be reviewed by judges on April 12th, 2016, and winners announced at the year-end Awards Banquet.

Digital Image of the Year Competition notes:
1.  The competition folder has been created on the club's new image upload website:           http://harrisburgcameraclub.visualpursuits.com
2.  Image submission deadline is 3/30/2016 2 11:59 pm
3.  Image size limits:  2560x1700, max. file size is 4 MB
4.  *** NOTE: To be eligible, you must have competed in at least one of the four Digital Image competitions held during the 2015-2016 club year
5.  Members may upload one their images previously uploaded to this year's Digital Image competitions Members are allowed to modify their image, based on judges comments during the competition reviews

If you have any questions/comments/concerns, please contact me.

Randal Lathrop
VP, Harrisburg Camera Club

Meeting Mar. 15th

Educational Program on Tuesday March 15th

David Adams on Framing your photographs

Professional framer and friend of the camera club Dave Adams will present a program on how to frame your photography.  This program is time to coincide with the upcoming “Print of the Year” Competition and our exhibition of work at ArtsFest over Memorial Day.  Dave will discuss mats (colored and archival), cutting of the mats and better ways to mat.  Dave will talk about wood and metal framing options and which glass to use.  He will touch on proper wiring techniques to hang your work.  This is a very important meeting if you plan to sell your work at ArtsFest.

Submitted by Andrew Hoff

Field Trip

Photography Field Trip
Saturday March 19th
Leaving Camp Hill at 7:00
for the J & D Salvage Yard near Mt. Hope Estate

I have made arrangements for the club to photograph at the J&D Auto Salvage Yard just off the Rt.72 exit of the turnpike, just north of Mt. Hope Estate and Winery. This is a trip that has a lot of promise. We have not gone to a salvage yard as a club before. The salvage yard opens at 8 AM and closes at 12 Noon. We will meet and carpool from the Camp Hill Giant at 7:00 sharp. We will not wait if you are late! We need to be at the salvage yard by 7:55. If you are going directly to J&D Auto Salvage on your own you need to be there by 7:55. Sunrise is at 7:11, so we should have soft light for a while. We will be there for four hours and will leave the yard and return to Camp Hill when it closes at Noon. I will take a count of those that plan to go at the meeting Tuesday night the 15th, because the owners would like an estimate of how many photographers will be there. We can talk about the fieldtrip experience at the Central Penn reception that night.

What should you bring:
Water, a fully charged battery, extra batteries, extra digital cards, comfortable shoes, a tripod, a long lens for compression and details and/or a wide angle lens and don't forget a macro for extreme details. Possibly a ladder or stool for getting up higher, a reflector and flash for filling in shadow areas, gas and toll money for your driver.