Photography Club of Cape May

Events for 2022

Updated 11/25/2022

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Here is what we have planned for the year so far. Small group meetings and shoots may be added as they evolve and as pandemic conditions change. We have scheduled a few of in-person activities at the clubhouse. Naturally, Covid conditions at the time may cause us to reschedule or cancel.

We have scheduled ***ONLINE MEETINGS*** via Zoom every couple of weeks so please keep an eye on your email inbox and bookmark this page to keep up with the latest. We've had some great speakers and photo shares and discussions about locations and photo techniques. We're all getting better at sharing on Zoom but it's not required if you would rather email your photos to John or Dottie in advance. The virtual meetings have been a lot of fun so get your Zoom software up to date and join in.

Speakers and club activities are lined up thru December, 2022.. Check back soon for exact dates and topics and keep an eye on your email for shout outs from Dottie. Check our Facebook Group too. Check back here often and check the Club Blog for more details and changes.

If you have ideas or suggestions for activities, speakers or photo shoots for next year, get them to Dottie Rogers. It's never to early to book speakers and events for 2023

A reminder to update your contact information and pay 2022 dues. Please make your check ($30 individual, $50 per couple) out to Photography Club of Cape May and send along with any changes in your contact information to:

Dottie Rogers

201 South Broadway

Cape May, NJ 08204

Wednesday, January 12th, 2022, 7:00pm, ZOOM Meeting

Speaker: Lisa Cuchara


We've invited Lisa back this year to present an entirely new topic which we think you will love.

This program will explore the beauty of imperfect and/or unconventional subjects. As nature photographers we often seek out the flowers, leaves and such that are perfect, with no blemishes or defects. This program highlights subjects that are not perfect, such as flowers that have character, double headed flowers, decaying fall leaves, the deformed coneflower that stands out as flawed and hence different and beautiful, rust as it creates abstract patterns amidst the decay, etc. We will also explore the concept of slowing down and appreciating the beauty of everyday life, things that might be overlooked. As purveyors of rust and decay we appreciate the perseverance and beauty of “life after humans” as cars and equipment falls apart and succumbs to oxidation and decay. Wabi-Sabi teaches us to find beauty in everyday life. It is a kind of anti-aesthetic, an alternative to the dominating discriminatory ideas we hold about beauty. “Wabi means a beauty of elegant imperfection. Sabi means aloneness. Together, they suggest the beauty of ‘the withered, weathered, tarnished, scarred, intimate, coarse, earthly, evanescent, tentative, ephemeral.’ ~ Crispin Sartwell, Six Names of Beauty. It is a way of honoring that everything is impermanent, and we are always in a state of both becoming and falling away. It is used to describe a particular philosophy that beauty can be found in the old, the everyday, the imperfect. Wabi Sabi applies to more than nature and the seasons of change and decay, but it also to the “Life after Humans” arena or UrbEx (urban exploration). As a side note, the term Wabi Sabi can also be part of the social movement of embracing imperfection of your physical traits as a human being, especially with respect to self-perception and celebrating imperfection in a society that encourages people to be perfect and pressures people to be flawless.

BIO:Lisa Cuchara, PhD, Master Craftsman (PPA), Master of Photography (M. Photog.) HonNEC is very passionate about photography and enjoys both being behind the lens and in the digital darkroom. She loves to photograph nature but finds many subjects equally intriguing. Lisa and her husband Tom are known for their expertise in Photography and in Photoshop, and for their inspirational and informative photography workshops. Lisa has created numerous award-winning photographic images and enjoys sharing her vision, passion and her knowledge! Her photographs have appeared in Adirondack Life, Wild Bird, Birder’s World, in calendars, on the cover of a fictional paperback novel, in galleries and exhibitions, and been accepted into the PPA loan collection. Lisa & Tom have published two books with Amherst Media “Create Fine Art Photographs from Historic Places and Rusty Things” and “The Frog Whisperer”.

Monday, January 17th, Time and location TBD

By request. Small Group with John Kapusnick

Topic: Learn How to Share Pictures on ZOOM

Wednesday, January 19th, 7:00pm, Zoom Meeting

Topic: Practice ZOOM Sharing and Wabi Sabi photos

Monday, February 7th, Macro Shoot

I’ve decided after lots of thought to go ahead with the Macro Day we had planned for February 7th. I’m going to make it 2 days, Monday, Feb. 7th and Weds.the 9th. I running a slideshow at the Garden Club on Tuesday the 8th so I’m committed then.

Here’s the plan. Anyone vaccinated and boosted and is willing to wear a mask is welcome. I’m going to ask for preregistration and have time slots 9-12 and 1-4 and Monday night 5:30-8:30. I’ll move the date in case of snow. It’s open for anyone who wants to come. I’m going to limit size to 6 or 7 each time slot. Plenty of room in my house for that.

More details to follow. Watch your email.

Wednesday, February 16th 23rd, 7:00pm, Zoom Meeting

Topic: ZOOM Sharing Macro and Close Up photos

Monday, March 7th, 7:00pm, ZOOM Meeting

Speaker: David DesRochers

Topic: Painting With Cameras

“Imagination is the faculty or action of forming new ideas, images or concepts of external objects not present to the senses.” During David’s program “Painting with Cameras,” he will discuss new ways to see and capture a variety of subjects by using techniques such as motion blur, multiple exposure, and lens zoom. Searching for and capturing subjects that are often overlooked or seldom seen will also be covered.

Bit of a Bio: For the past 15 years, David has teaching workshops, leading tours and writing. His work has been recognized internationally and he is widely published. An accomplished speaker, he has lectured throughout the Northeast and enjoys working with camera clubs in New England and the Northeast primarily. He has participated in New Jersey’ Audubon’s Birding Festival several times. He teachers classes for the NJ Audubon’s Digital Workshop Series. Classes are taught at the Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary in Bernardsville, NJ.

Wednesday, March 16th, 7:00pm, ZOOM Meeting

Topic: ZOOM Sharing, Painting With Cameras

Monday, April 4th, 7:00pm, ZOOM Meeting

Speaker: Padma Ingura

Topic: Flowers for Translucency on a Lightbox

About Padma:

Padma Inguva called New Jersey her home for over two and a half decades after she immigrated from the artistically rich lands of India. In her early years, she inherited a love for gardening from her father, which led her to nurture an abundant garden in her backyard. She spent several seasons nourishing some rare and familiar plants very patiently and enjoyed being rewarded with bountiful blooms. Her garden would be in full bloom during the short New Jersey summers and her love for enjoying these picturesque landscapes was short-lived each year. Photography was a natural progression to capture and permanently etch the fruits of her labor which eventually evolved into fine art. What started as capturing flowers and foliage from her own garden, quickly extended into neighborhood gardens, roadside wildflowers, local nurseries, and botanical gardens, broadening her playground in photography. She relishes telling a story of the progression of a flower through its various stages via the images she captures from buds to decay.

Program Note:

In this Session, Padma will be demonstrating the art of photographing flowers for translucency using a lightbox as well as discuss the workflow of post-processing the captured images in Lightroom. Padma will also discuss advanced techniques of blending bracketed images in Photoshop and various plug-ins to enhance the images.

Wednesday, April 20th, 1:00pm, Clubhouse

Topic: Shooting Flowers using Lightboxes and Stations with Lots of Flowers and other backgrounds

Friday, April 22, 10:00am Buy your ticket online and meet there at 10:00am. Photo Shoot at Dalton Tulip Farm

They are open! Tickets go on sale on line, $12. TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED ONLINE IN ADVANCE! Weather looks good for this date. We can try Motion Blur, Minimalism,Wave Motion, Macro etc. Bring your tripod and closeup lens and a little misting bottle too.

Wednesday, May 4th, (rain date May 5th,) Location info and time to follow.

Old Trains and Sand Silo Photo Shoot

Monday, May 23rd, 7:00pm ZOOM Meeting

Speaker: Nic Stover

Topic: The Ed Abbey Country-Photographic Exploration of the Desert Southwest

Join professional landscape photographer Nic Stover as he leads attendees on a journey through the desert southwest of the US.

Edward Paul Abbey was an American author and essayist noted for his advocacy of environmental issues and criticism of public land policies. He spent most of his life in the Desert Southwest of the US. An author by nature his descriptions of the beauty of the desert(s) have drawn thousands of people to experience the desert themselves.

I have traveled there camera in hand to some of the most iconic and lesser known places. Join us for a web presentation where I will take us to Ed Abbey country as we visit well known places and spaces like Zion and Bryce but also venture off the beaten path and into lesser known and seldom seen places like White Pocket, The Wave, and the farther reaches of Grand Escalante. The evening will include well over 25 destinations along with tips and tricks to make your experience as memorable as possible! Join us!

About Nic Stover

Nic Stover Photography exists to help nature photographers, who are interested in deeper connections, to create more impactful images, so they can confidently and consistently express themselves. Through his classes, webinars, tutorials, and presentations Nic works with people of all ages, backgrounds, experiences, and desires focused around a dialog on how we can thrive in our own unique creative and artistic process.

Stover is based in San Luis Obispo, California and focuses on nature photography classes and workshops encouraging his class participants to Develop their skills, Explore their capabilities, and to Create meaningful work.

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Monday, June 6th, 1:00pm, Clubhouse

John Kapusnick will talk to us about iPhone photography.


Nests, Eggs, Chicks, a noisy, bustling sight. Easy to photograph and see and enjoy the activity, 7 or 8 different kinds of birds. Meet at the Ocean City Visitor’s Center parking lot at 7:30am. Tripod nice to have but not a must, longest lens you have, small stool if you have one. Could use an iPhone because the birds are so close. Those who want can get breakfast at Uncle Bill’s close by and it has a parking lot.

Monday, June 20th, 9:45am, Cape May Zoo, Photo Walk-Field Trip (Rain Date June 21st)

Leader: John Scalera

Topic: Photographing Zoo Animals

I just lined up John Scalera, for a Cape May Zoo Photography Field Trip. It will be June 20th, rain date June 21st.

It will start first thing in the morning. 3 hours with instruction and sharing of settings and process as we navigate the Zoo. We’ll have lunch afterward at their picnic area.

John is a technology teacher for the Hackettstown School District. He is also a Freelance Artist, and has spent the last 20 years teaching a variety of computer graphics applications. Currently he runs a variety of workshops and lectures including Photoshop and DSLR courses as well as Photography.

John Scalera is an award winning photographer who specializes in zoo photography hailing from the hills of Northern New Jersey. His fascination and passion for animals began at a very early age and continues today through his work. His viewers experience a very deep and personal relationship with the subjects he photographs. The beauty and expression of each animal is effortlessly expressed in each photograph.

Go to John Scalera and click on ANIMALS for examples of his work at Zoos. They are GREAT!

Wednesday, June 29th 7:00pm ZOOM Meeting


Not landscapes, or sunsets. Look for little things that are bright and beautiful or unusual. Closeup of birds, giraffe, fishing nets, shells, wheat, hands, etc.

Monday, July 11, 7:00pm, ZOOM meeting with Danielle Austen

Topic: Long Exposure in Nature Photography

Long exposure photography is about capturing, and translating movement within a frame. Using the technique of long exposures in nature photography has the ability to take your images in a new creative direction, by exploring the interplay of light, patterns, and tones. The effects can be surreal, and even ethereal. Take more control of your camera by using manual mode and understand the skills and accessories needed to achieve your goals. Google Danielle Austen for her Beautiful Pictures and Bio

Monday, August 8th 1:00pm, at the Clubhouse, 7:00pm on ZOOM, WOW an in Person Speaker: Martin Culpepper - One of Hunt’s rising stars!

Topic: OWLS!

Pictures and information that will amaze you. (According to Hunts Martin is a dynamic public speaker and a real wildlife advocate.) Flyer coming out soon! Will open up to birders in the area as our guests.

Wednesday, August 17th, 6:00pm Maurice River Sunset Charter Cruise

Please arrive by 5:45pm

As of Mon 8/15, the cruise is full. Call Dottie to see if there is a last minute opening.

2 hour cruise along the Maurice River with Capt. Dave. Meet at the Millville Marina, Ware Avenue and Rt. 49. Bring snacks and wine or beverage to share. Guaranteed to see Eagles. 2 nests right along side of the river. Google for more details. Boat holds maximum of 18. $15 per ticket. Contact Dottie right away as this will fill up quickly!

Tuesday, August 31th, 7:00pm, ZOOM meeting

Photo Sharing

Share your eagle pictures from the cruise or any other photos you have gathered this season.

Postponed Until February 1st, 2023

Wednesday, September 7th, 7:00pm, ZOOM with Lewis Katz


Google: Lewis Katz Photography

FROM CAPTURE TO PRINT : THE ART OF BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY The black and white presentation is a unique combination of the “how to” with the “why and when” which sets it apart from other presentations in regards to black and white photography. The program begins with a brief look at images created by some of the “masters” with topics such as pattern, texture, shape and light demonstrated, A brief discussion of color theory and its importance in creating dramatic black and white conversions. I then convert some personal images using both Lightroom as well as Nik software with the emphasis being on the emotional impact. A brief review of the print module of Lightroom is followed by a question and answer session

September 20th, Tuesday, 6:30/7:00pm Lightroom Workshop.

Some of us have questions about or are interested in what members do to process a picture. Some of us would like to meet periodically and share our tips and notes. Not a set up workshop.Bring your computer and questions. (If a set up workshop is wanted, we can do that. Gotta let us know.) Place 201 South Broadway, Cape May

Monday, September 26th, ZOOM meeting

Photo Sharing


***Postponed due to Speaker's illness***

Monday, October 3rd, 7:00pm, ZOOM with David A. Ward


Nature/Wildlife, Landscape, Sports/Action, and architectural photographer based in Hillsborough, NJ. He became interested in photography when he started his interior designs business in 1981. The choice was to hire someone expensive to try to create the type of designs he wanted or learn to do it himself. He chose the later and his images and presentation helped him win 5 Interiorscape Magazine Design Excellence Awards. Then came the digital age and he became passionate about digital imagery.and the possibilities. Now he travels worldwide and has a unique style of presentation. He calls it HD Matt Metal and says, it is THE best way to present wall art. You’ll love it.

Monday, November 7th, ZOOM meeting with Betsy Wilson


Betsy Wilson explores the world of still life photography through her unique perspective. A combination of traditional still life subjects, nature’s fascinating still subjects, and a few whimsical and unusual creations, Betsy’s still lifes provide studies in composition and lighting. Unlike landscape or street photography, the photographer is in complete control of subject matter, composition, shape, color, depth of field, lighting and presentation. The true skill lies in the ability to take something mundane and everyday out of its normal habitat and transform it into something of beauty by using our skills as photographers.

Wednesday, November 16th, 1:00pm, Clubhouse

Photoshoot: STILL LIFE.

Bring 3 things for still life subjects for practice and any gear you would like to use such as tripods, lighting, etc. We’ll share subjects, mix and match. Backdrops, light tables, provided by club.

Monday, December 5th, 6:00pm, Clubhouse

SCAVENGER HUNT Slide Show presentation plus DIPS AND DESSERTS (snacks and finger food – we are forgoing a full dinner this year)

For our members who have not done this before. Make a slide show of your scavenger hunt photos. Choose 10-15 favorite pictures, put them on a thumb drive and get to Bill Riches ( one week ahead, or email them to him he will show them for us that night. We can enjoy some food and drinks together as the night progresses. BYOB. The club will provide coffee, tea, and soda. Some people put these to music, but you don’t have to. And Bill will help you with that if you want him to. The Scavenger Hunt List can be obtained by email from Bob Finlay (Subject: Scavenger Hunt List) . You have from then until December to gather pictures. We prefer them to be taken recently.

Weds., December 7th, 4:30pm, Cape May

Annual Photo Shoot and Christmas Stroll through lovely Cape May all dressed up for the Holiday.

We’ll start at the Dormer House Bed and Breakfast, Columbia Ave, and meet at 6:00 or after at Congress Hall for a glass of wine and enjoy the festive atmosphere. Sunset is around 4:30 so you can get in some blue hour photography along with the decorative holiday lighting.