Photography Club of Cape May Events for 2021

Updated 05/07/2021

We are scheduling ***ONLINE MEETINGS*** via Zoom every couple of weeks so please keep an eye on your email inbox. We've had some great speakers and photo shares and discussions about locations and photo techniques. The virtual meetings have been a lot of fun.

We are planning our next in-person meeting at the clubhouse for July! Details to be posted soon.

Here's the scheduled meeting and event dates for 2021 so far. Small group meetings and shoots will be added as they evolve and as pandemic conditions change Some small group outside activities are happening but there are no currently scheduled in-person meetings.

Check back here often and check the Club Blog for more details. Watch for Dottie's HEADS UP! emails and check the Facebook page too. We also use Whats App for messaging events that are time sensitive.

If you have ideas or suggestions for activities, speakers or photo shoots for 2021, get them to Dottie Rogers.

A reminder to update your information and pay 2021 dues. Please make your check ($30- $50 per couple) out to Photography Club of Cape May and send along with and changes in your contact information to:

Dottie Rogers

201 South Broadway

Cape May, NJ 08204

Wednesday Jan. 13th, 7:00pm, Zoom Club member John Kapusnick will demonstrate recent updates to Adobe Camera Raw and the Develop module in Lightroom Classic. He will also show the new sky replacement feature in Photoshop which is very cool!

Wednesday Jan. 27th, 7:00pm, Zoom Our first monthly photoshare meeting of 2021. The theme is Winterscapes. If you're new to this, you can submit a few themed images via email to John Kapusnick or to Dottie Rogers and John will share them during the meeting. You can tell us a little bit about how and where you made each image if you wish. If you're comfortable using Zoom, you could share your screen on Zoom instead of emailing. We all learn and get inspiration from each other.

Wednesday February 3rd, Zoom Meeting, 7:00pm

Topic: General Questions and Answers and a Discussion of the ebook “Nine Pictures, Nine Stories, Vol 1” by well known photographer Ibarionex Perillo. You can get the ebook here for $8 here and check out Ibarionex’s other work. Also, this short article may help you put together a five-image story.

Wednesday February 17th Zoom Meeting 7:00pm

Topic: Share: Five pictures that tell a story (5 only) OR One picture that tells a story. Tells us what you see. Limit of 3-5 minutes to tell your story.

Monday March 1st, Zoom Meeting, 7:00pm

Topic:”Wireless Flash” with presenter Gary Friedman

Gary Friedman is a well known photographer, author and publisher. In his presentation • How to “Wow!” with Wireless Flash * Gary demonstrates how easy it is to move your flash off your camera and add great drama with no need for technical knowledge. Think a new lens will improve your photography? Learning to use light will have a dramatically greater impact on your images. Learn more about Gary here friedmanarchives

Wednesday, March 17th, Zoom Meeting, 7:00pm

Photo Sharing. The Topic will be “Artificial Light”. The primary light source must be artificial, cannot be the sun, moon, stars, sunrise or sunset. Examples include flash, LED light, building lights, light painting, twinkle and fairy lights, still life or macro, etc.

Wednesday, March 31st, 7:00pm Artistic Challenge. Are you interested in sharing one or two pictures with the idea of critiquing one another and making suggestions for how to tweak our photos so they are even more special? We can enjoy learning through sharing ideas on processing different ways or alternate compositions or new equipment, or solving problems you are having trying something new. Should be great fun. Got a small group of members to try this. Anyone is welcome to join. Send a few pictures you want suggestions or help with. Or ask about something you want to learn how to do or demonstrate something. John Kapusnick will be away so it’s just us. Send the pictures to Dottie. I’ll do my best to show all I get, but it’s best to share your own screen, then you can control. This could be a good opportunity to get up to speed with screen sharing too on Zoom!

This is something a few of us could do periodically and it would be a good, safe place for sharing of thoughts. I’m excited to try this! Hope to see you then!

Monday, April 12th (Easter Holiday delay), Zoom Meeting 7:00pm

Topic "Creative Lighting for Bird Photographers"

The presenter is a great young photographer Cameron Darnell from Hunts Photography in New England hunts photo and video


Birds provide a myriad of opportunities for artistic expression beyond a standard portrait. Whether the photographer utilizes light, negative space or depth of field, capturing a variety of unique compositions can create a visually stunning bird portfolio. In this workshop, Cameron will explain how to create a thoughtful image that tells a bird’s story. He will share descriptions and image examples highlighting various techniques for becoming a more creative bird photographer.

Wednesday, April 21st, Zoom Meeting, 7:00pm

Photo Sharing. The topic is “Nature or Living Things”. Birds, Bugs, Bunnies, and maybe Flowers-they’re alive! Be creative! Landscapes from our Facebook share too.

Wednesday, May 5th, 7:00pm, Zoom Meeting

Topic: “Create Fine Art Photographs from Historic Places and Rusty Things”

Very special presenters and photographers Lisa and Tom Cuchera Photography will discuss the love for RUST and their approach to and experience with photographing historic and abandoned buildings, urban decay, etc. This program will include techniques for wide angle and close-up photography including the use of HDR (high dynamic range), EDR (extended dynamic range), HDR-panoramas, and light painting in this program. Equipment and techniques used to bring out the beauty and drama of these subjects will also be discussed as we show our fascination with RUST. The program is aimed to inspire you: inspire you to visit new "old" places and to get to know them well enough to tell their story, inspire you to capture high dynamic range images and to light paint, and inspire you to create art from decay. Tom and Lisa see the Beauty in Decay and Abandonment. Old, Historic, Grand, Dramatic, Unique -- these characteristics draw us to explore and capture the essence of these rusty, dusty subjects and locations. Urban exploration (UrbEx) is the art of finding and exploring abandoned locations. Not all locations are technically "urban" or even "abandoned". The term abandoned is used VERY loosely. It is not "being abandoned" that attracts us to a place, it is the history, beauty, decay, charm, and architectural details (which contrast so drastically with today’s vanilla architecture). Another definition of UrbEx is the investigation of seldom seen man-made structures, a definition more consistent with our quest, since our subjects may be FAR from abandoned (like the architectural grandeur of bustling Grand Central Terminal or the surprising drama of the [empty] neo-Gothic Eastern State Penitentiary), but these sites count as "unseen" because few people actually stop to appreciate beautiful prison architecture or the jaw-dropping details of Grand Central, a place that they might even rush through twice a day.

Lisa and Tom's Bio:

Lisa Cuchara, PhD, Master Craftsman (PPA), Master of Photography (M. Photog.) HonNEC, is very passionate about photography and she enjoys both being behind the lens and in the digital darkroom. She loves to photograph nature but finds many subjects equally intriguing. From birds and flowers to babies and UrbEx/HDR, she appreciates the world around her and embraces the challenge of interpreting what her eyes see and her heart feel via her photographs. Lisa says that photography allows her to pay attention to the details, to be mindful, to slow down and appreciate all of the beauty, details and nuances of everyday life. Lisa met her husband Tom thru photography, and they are both very active in many local, national, and international photography organizations. They have had many successful gallery exhibitions, their work has been accepted into many juried exhibitions and their images have won awards at the local, state, national, and international levels. Their photographs have appeared in Adirondack Life, Wild Bird, Birder’s World, in calendars and on calendar covers, and on the cover of a fictional paperback novel. Lisa has also had images accepted into the PPA (Professional Photographers Association) loan collection and has earned three Bronze image competition cases.

Tuesday, May 18th, 11:00am We have finally set the new date for our White Hill Mansion photo shoot which was postponed from last year. We have 13 people going to the photographic historic mansion in Fieldsboro, NJ. Lunch afterward for those who want at Mario and Franks, a block down the street.

Weds., MAY 26th, 7:00pm PCCM ZOOM MEETING Sharing pictures time.

Theme: "Historic Places and Rusty Things”

Wednesday, June 2nd, Zoom Meeting, 7:00pm

Topic: Creative Coastal Photography with Special Guest Speaker John Tunney

Working mostly with coastal subjects, John Tunney creates simple but compelling compositions that range from impressionistic land and seascapes to still lifes, abstracts and creative portraits of jellyfish and other sea life. He prints his own work using archival art papers and pigment inks, creating images that often have a look and feel similar to paintings and mono prints. The results have met with both popular and critical success.

A frequent exhibitor in art shows and festivals, John’s award-winning work has been featured in a solo exhibition at the Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA, and in many solo and group shows in galleries and other exhibition centers. His book, The Four Seasons of Cape Cod, was published in January 2016. His images have appeared in Fodor’s Florida, the Guardian newspaper, Cape Cod Life, Cape Cod magazine, the Cape Codder and in ads, brochures and websites.

As a photography educator, he’s created and taught programs for Cape Cod Art Center and other organizations. A former board member and past president of the Cape Cod Art Center, he helped found and lead its Photography Center of Cape Cod and the annual Click! Photography Conference.

July, 2021, Date and time tbd

We are planning our next in-person meeting at the clubhouse for July, a live photoshoot at the Clubhouse with Ruth and Bridget! Details to be posted soon.