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

Nov 17th Meeting

Meeting Tuesday November 17th 7:00PM


Digital Image Competition Review and Critique


Camp Hill Giant -- Cooking Room

Field Trip

Green Paint-01-webPhotographing in Bethlehem and gallery hopping at the Banana Factory and Lehigh University

 This Saturday November 14th

Leaving Camp Hill at 9:00 am


This is our next to last scheduled fieldtrip for 2015.  We will be traveling to the Lehigh Valley to photograph and see several photography exhibitions.  November is Photography Month in the Lehigh Valley with several photography exhibitions at various locations in Bethlehem. This will mark the fourth year for this trip.  The weather is for sunny, breezy and cold with a temperature of 49 and colder after sunset.


Here is the schedule

9:00  Depart Camp Hill for Bethlehem

11:00  Arrive at the Banana Factory to see the “InVision 2015 Pennsylvania Photographer’s Competition”. HCC members Jim Crowley, Chip Cain, Karen Commings, Andrew Hoff  and George Reitbauer were juried into this prestigious exhibition.  The Banana Factory also has an exhibition by Rick Smolan http://www.bananafactory.org/event/1851/inside-tracks-alone-across-the-outback-by-rick-smolan/.

This exhibition by the former Time, Life and National Geography photographer records a trek across the Outback. The Santa Bannon /Fine Art Gallery has a collection of images by Tom Shillea and David Moser  http://www.bananafactory.org/event/1854/masquerade-photographs-by-thomas-shillea-and-the-american-housewife-by-dave-moser/.B&W Beth Steel Stairways-04-web

The InVision College Competition images are in the center hallway and you are free to explore the different artist studios on the second and third floors of the Banana Factory.  These four exhibitions in one building will save us some time and walking.

Leave for the DuBois Gallery at Lehigh University to see "Re-Visiting South Bethlehem - 150 Years of Photography"  www.luag.org

12:30  Lunch at the College at the eclectic Pandini's on the college grounds. Unique food at reasonable p

1:30 Short photo walk in Bethlehem

2:30 to 7:00 Off to the steel mill to photograph.  Sunset is at 4:44 PM.  New this year is the Howard Mason Trestle. An elevated promenade towering 46 feet above the ground, similar to the Highline in New York City, that is now open.  This walkway is about  3/10ths of a mile long running parallel to the blast furnaces and steel stacks.  After dark the area is light by colored floodlights.


What should you bring:

Water, a fully charged battery, extra batteries, extra digital cards, comfortable shoes, a tripod, a longer lens and/or a wide angle for the buildings, a ladder for getting up higher and money for dinner and gas money for your driver.



We are leaving from the Camp Hill Giant promptly at  9:00AM, park on the Arby’s side.  We hope to return no later than 9:00.


For those members on the East Shore the designated pick-up location is the Holiday Inn in Grantville.  We should be there about 9:45, but you must let Andy know if we are meeting you there, otherwise we will not stop and keep going!


Any questions contact Andrew Hoff @ 592-9304 or at president@harrisburgcameraclub.org

November 3rd Meeting

Next Harrisburg Camera Club Meeting

Tuesday November 3rd at 7:00


Members SHOW and SHARE Educational Meeting

Images Taken by Harrisburg Camera Club Members


Time is running out to prepare your images for the Show and Share meeting coming up on Tuesday November 3rd.  We will be meeting in the cooking school room on the ground floor of the Giant across from the stairway to the second floor.

This meeting is to show and share with the members of the club, photos you have taken over the last year. Because of the limited number of photos that we can show during the competitive year, this is your chance to share with members of the club, photos you have taken and to get feed back about them.  Bring vacation photos, landscape, people, abstract photos, photos taken on our two field trips or photos that you are working on as a project. You can get feedback about them at the meeting.  Please show us the photos that you have taken that you have not shown during our competitions.

This meeting is, in reality, an educational meeting on how photographic opportunities are rendered.  This is a chance for membership to see the expanded portfolio of the HCC members.  If time permits, you can question the maker on how the image was made and or modified.

  • If you want to show and share your best or most interesting images taken recently with the members of the camera club, please place your images on a flash drive or CD and bring it with you to the meeting.
  • Please title the file: “2015 November HCC Show and Share”.   This way we can find the file quickly.  We expect you to have all you your images under one file name.
  • Please; all images needed to be reduced to the following parameters: Maximum length on the longest side 1920 pixels as a baseline jpeg.  Just like the camera club competition file size.
  • Previous Show & Share’s have had an issue with downloading exceeding large files from flash drives or CD's into the computer.  Please try to keep each of your images under 3MB.   
  • We will load each members file into his computer and we expect the maker to be present.  Each member will have about 6 minutes to present and comment on their images.  You, as the presenter, have the option of commenting about your work.   We expect you to answer questions about your work, if asked.  Unlike last August's meeting, when we were squeezed for time at the end, there will be a set cut off time for each presenter.
  • If you have the skill, a Powerpoint file would be best and if you’re fancy or have the software available you may add music within the file as part of your presentation.

The time allotment is based on the number of presenters and divided by the time available.  Less presenters more time, more presenters less time.  This is a great opportunity for you to show your work to the other members of the club without the constraints of competition.  For those that are not showing, you have an opportunity to see more of our member's work and understand their visual philosophy.

October 20th Meeting

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Topics, Questions and Answers with Bryson Leidich


On Tuesday night October 20th at 7:00PM, long time friend of the Harrisburg Camera Club and professional photographer, Bryson Leidich, will lead a question and answer session on Adobe Photoshop CS and Elements.

Bryson will touch on re-sizing files for digital uploads and printing, chromatic aberration, preparing images for competition by club and internet competitions and of course layers and histograms.  We are meeting in the cooking school class room with the four flat screen monitorsIf time permits we will have an open discussion with questions coming from the members about Photoshop instead of concentrating on one subject.  Bring a notebook and pencil to take notes.

Don't forget dues are due to participate in the show and share, first digital competition and digital upload starting on November 3rd.

Nov. 3 - HCC Members Show and Share

Nov. 4 - Digital uploads due for Nov. 17 competition

Nov. 17 - Digital Competition and Critique

Come to the class, share and learn.  See you this Tuesday the 20th.

Field Trip

Photo Field Trip to the East Broad Top Railroad National Historic Landmark

This Saturday October 17th

Leaving from the Camp Hill Giant Parking lot next to Arby’s at 8:00 am

Join us for a Fall field trip to East Broad Top Railroad this Saturday, October 17, 2015. The hosts are fantastic! We will have access to the round house with five intact steam engines and the machine shop with a ton of turn of the century artifacts. You could spend a week in there and not see everything. Plus, we can walk the grounds and shoot outside as long as you want. The fall colors should be near their peak this weekend.

A National Historic Landmark—the highest designation available in the United States—the East Broad Top Railroad and Coal Company is the country's oldest narrow gauge railroad. Opened in 1856, the line winds through 31 miles of beautiful mountain scenery and remains virtually intact – including track, steam locomotives, cars and facilities. Also nestled in the remarkably unchanged landscape are villages and towns which sprang up during the early years of operation.

The railroad suspended operations in 1956 and was purchased by the Kovalchick family, which kept it operational as a tourist line until 2012. Liability issues have kept the EBTRR from operating the engines, excursions and the rail line. The Kovalchick family is now considering auctioning or scrapping the site. The East Broad Top Preservation Association is currently working to acquire and preserve the railroad. The site is currently considered private property and it is against the law to loiter and photograph there wit
hout permission. A tour is the only legal way to photograph the landmark.

This is the first time the camera club will be going as a group to the East Broad Top RR. We are very fortunate to hook-up with other groups of photographers. The roundhouse and several shops will be opened by the caretaker of the property. The fee per person to get into the shops and for the caretakers time and travel is $20 cash per person. This will allow us access from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. We will be carpooling from our usual location; the Giant Grocery Store parking lot next to Arby’s and Route 15. The museum is a 90 minute drive from Camp Hill west on the turnpike exiting at Willow Hill then on to Obsonia/Rockhill PA. We will leave at 8:00 A.M. with an estimated arrival at the museum of 9:30. More details below:


1. Trip leader: Candy Delany. She will be driving a black BMW 318i

2. Although it is not mandatory, if you are planning to go it would be greatly appreciated to contact Candy, your trip leader, via email at gr8tchr93@gmail.com. Her cell phone # is 717-649-4326.

3. Access Fee to t20150825_9530__DSC6078-1920he shops $20.00 CASH ONLY.

4. Leaving from the Camp Hill Giant at 8:00 returning, probably after 7:00 p.m. Those members leaving from Carlisle will leave at 8:15 from the parking lot of the Carlisle Shopping Center (850 E. High St., Rt. 641) across from the Pizza Hut.

5. What will you be photographing? The workshop starts at 10:00 and meets at the roundhouse. We will have access to the roundhouse (six steam locomotives, a 1924 gas-electric unit), the main machine shop building, and probably the blacksmith’s shop. The interior buildings will close around 2 or so. Here is some more info: http://www.spikesys.com/EBT/Shops/top.html.

6. Food: The station will not be open, but the adjoining Rockhill Trolley Museum will be (very useful, since they have public bathrooms - they also have some nifty trolleys to ride). I think they’ll also be selling lunch, or you can eat at the Pizza Star, in Orbisonia, or the Subway in the Sandy Ridge market at the north edge of town. The Trolley museum is having a special fall weekend event and will be operating their rail line that day. The Trolley Museum is a separate fee and is not affiliated with the EBTRR. The Trolley Museum website is: http://www.rockhilltrolley.org/.

7. What to bring: water, a fully charged battery, extra batteries, extra digital cards, comfortable shoes, a tripod, a macro lens for close-ups, possibly a flash for interiors to light dark areas or as fill flash and/or reflector to throw additional light in dark places, a medium lens and/or a wide angle lens will work well indoors and a longer lens and polarizing filter would be helpful outside, a ladder and cash for your workshop fee, lunch and toll and gas money for your driver.

Submitted by Andrew Hoff

Gallery Exhibition Featuring Club Members

The Lens Hoods
Exhibit at Gallery@2nd
Irene Van Buskirk- John Wright - Karen Commings

HARRISBURG: Gallery at Second, a fine art gallery located at 608 North Second Street, Harrisburg, is proud to host a reception for its latest exhibitions on Friday, October 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. The gallery is hosting this group exhibition of these artists known as “The LENS HOODS” from October 8 through November 14, 2015.

Irene VanBuskirk is a new face in the photography field. She began sharing her work two years ago. Her horses and the countryside around her Perry County home were the initial inspirations for her photography, and the landscapes of Perry County continue to be a thread in her collections. She is attracted to the geometry and patterns of structures as well as capturing impressionistic images. Small towns in the central Pennsylvania area have been frequent locations for her photography. She enjoys capturing the elements in everyday life as artistic forms. Rather than portraiture, most of the people in her photographs represent the human element in the environment.

Pennsylvania artist Karen Commings has been photographing alleys in various locations for about two years. For this exhibit, she’s focused on the urban environment here in central Pennsylvania. My photographs are what Karen calls “The Long View.” They are photographs down the lengths of alleys with buildings on either or both sides. When photographing, she has often waited for long periods of time, even in the rain, in hopes of capturing that solitary figure walking by in the distance, providing artistic context and contrast to the immensity of the structures around them. Karen then processes her photos in such a way as to give them a heightened reality or surreal feel, bringing out detail and color that often go unnoticed to the naked eye.

Artist John Wrights artistic quest can be summed-up as thus, “looking for the message and meaning behind the image.” As an artist and photographer, John uses a Formalist approach in seeking images that speak their own stories and convey their past to the present. John beleieves that forms shapes, texture, colors and patterns are the visual language of nature that we as individuals interpret for ourselves, but the image still holds to an underlying truth. Over the last five years, both in his business and on a personal level, he has invested the time to concentrate on presenting his view of photographic images as fine art.

This reception coincides with October’s “3rd in the Burg” and is free and open to the public with refreshments, food and live music provided by Jonathan Frazier.

Visit the website www.galleryatsecond.com to hear each photographer discuss their work.

October 6th Meeting


Harrisburg Camera Club Educational Program on Composition


From Basic to Better Composition


Tuesday night October 6th at 7:00 the Harrisburg Camera Club will present an educational program on "Photographic Composition."  The program, given by HCC president Andrew Hoff, will concentrate on the elements of composition, starting from basic composition towards more advanced composition techniques.  The application of singular and multiple geometric designs form the basis of his compositional theory.


Andrew Hoff 's prints and digital images have been accepted in regional and state-wide exhibitions as well as in national and international competitions.

September 22nd Meeting

HCC Meeting on 

Tuesday September 22nd at 7:00

Educational Meeting 

in the cooking school room on the first floor


This is one of the most important meetings of the year; especially for new members or members that have questions.  Every year I get questions on the operation of the club, its functions and benefits and I usually reply back, "Were you at the September meeting when this was discussed?" Invariably the answer is no.  So this is the meeting to ask questions.

We will also be accepting dues for the 2015-2016 season at the meeting.  Single membership is $30.00 and family membership is $40.00.  Please make checks made payable to the Harrisburg Camera Club.  No cash please.


Topics to be covered:


  • Meet the Executive Committee
  • The HCC budget for the 2014-15 year presented by Treasurer William Rowe
  • Membership details
  • Logging into the harrisburgcamerclub.org website and navigating it.
  • Competitions both Digital and Print
  • Uploading for Digital Competition
  • Scoring for Digital Competition
  • Print rules, scoring and presentation requirements for Print Competition
  • Scoring for Print Competition
  • Flashnotes - Are you getting them?
  • Standard operating procedure for Photo Fieldtrips and details on certain trips
  • What happens at our meetings and rules put in place by Giant governing the use of the room and conduct during the meetings
  • Fund raising
  • Spring workshop – Saturday April 9th update
  • Exhibition guidelines
  • Elections
  • Other suggestions
  • General question and answer period


President - Andrew Hoff     president@harrisburgcameraclub.org

Vice-President - Randal Lathrop     vicepresident@harrisburgcameraclub.org

Treasurer - William Rowe     treasurer@harrisburgcameraclub.org

Membership Chair - Bob Glasscock     robertglasscock@comcast.net

Secretary - Andy Hayter     secretary@harrisburgcameraclub.org

Fund Raising - Chip Cain

Exhibitions Chair - Open

Publicity Chair - Open

Sunflower Field Photography Field Trip at the Sunflower Fields in Jarrettsville, MD

The weather looks great!  So it's a go for Sunday September 13th at 3:00 PM

 This is one of the most popular and well attended field trip locations for the Harrisburg Camera Club.  We traveled there in 2010 and in 2014 to conduct a photography field trip.  We will be going to the commercially grown sunflower fields at Clear Meadow Farms which are near Jarrettsville, Maryland.  We will exit off I-83 Maryland Line - Bel Air Exit #36 and head east on 439.   Clear Meadow Farms grows sunflowers for commercial cultivation.  They have acres of sunflowers.  It is about an hour and a quarter 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.  Here is the update from Clear Meadow Farms as of 9/8/15: http://www.clearmeadowfarm.com/ourproducts.html#sunflowers

  • The 2015 Sunflowers will be just starting to bloom this weekend! (9/5/15)
  • The best time to view the sunflower field will be between 9/11/15 to 9/27/15
  • Please remember that although the sunflowers are beautiful to view and fun to photograph, they are also a cash crop for farmers and will be harvested in late fall. We appreciate if you treat the sunflower plants with respect when viewing.
  • The sunflower field is not located at our main farm on Troyer Rd!
  • The sunflower fields are located in Jarrettsville, MD at the intersection of Rt. 23 and Rt. 165 at the 3700 block of Norrisville Rd.
  • Click on the google link for a map.   (https://goo.gl/maps/1lTjJ

We plan to leave Camp Hill at 3:00 and arrive at about 4:15 which should give us 3 hours to photograph the field since sunset is around 7:30.  Expect to return at about 8:45.  Parking will be tight and some extra walking may be involved.  We will need to car pool.  The sunflowers should be in full bloom when we get there and expect to see bees and butterflies 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.


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 GetAttachment.aspxGetAttachment-2.aspxwater.  We will hold this event, unless we are looking at an all day rain event. Any questions e-mail Andrew Hoff at president@harrisburgcameraclub.com.

Kick-off Meeting Sept 8th 2015

David Graham

Fine Art Photographer, Educator and Author
"Photographing the American Dream"

Giant Grocery Store Community Room in the Camp Hill Shopping Center.

Yosemite, Calif. 1995

Yosemite, Calif. 1995

National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, Hayward, Wis. 1984

National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, Hayward, Wis. 1984

The Harrisburg Camera Club is pleased to announce their 2015 kickoff meeting on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 7PM in the Giant Community Room, 3300 Trindle Road, Camp Hill will feature internationally acclaimed photographer David Graham. David’s program will feature photographs of his travels throughout the United States. Mr. Graham’s photographic inspiration comes from the colorful, sometimes surreal and often bizarre American landscape. Chronicling the American scene with his unique sensibility and acknowledging popular forms of photography: the snapshot, the family portrait and vacation pictures, Graham brings relevance to the creativity and dreams of the common man.

Over the past thirty years, David Graham has brought compassion and humor to all phases of his career. Recognized as a photographer of the American dream, David has documented the homes we have built, our lives both public and private, and a purely American expression of "freedom."

Graham was born in Abington, Pennsylvania. He received a BFA from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and an MFA from the Tyler School of Art. He studied under Ray K. Metzker and Will Larson, and was mentored by Emmet Gowin. He has taught at Moore College of Art and at The University of the Arts. Graham was the second recipient of the prestigious Bernheim Arboretum Artist in Residence program outside Louisville, Kentucky, in 1983.

Dory Graham Vannais Tyler, State Park, Pa. 1990

Dory Graham Vannais Tyler, State Park, Pa. 1990

Graham has published several books of his work including Taking Liberties, Ay, Cuba!, and Alone Together, as well as American Beauty and Land of the Free, which were published by Aperture, and most recently Almost Paradise published by Pond Press. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Harper's, The New Yorker, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. He has had solo exhibitions at the International Center of Photography in New York, the Institute for Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, and The Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, among others.

For more information about David, click here:  David Graham .