Grand Rapids Camera Club

Photography is our passion!

The Grand Rapids Camera Club is a member of the Photographic Society of America and the Southwestern Michigan Council of Camera Clubs. We usually meet once a month for a presentation which is both interesting and informative. This is followed by our photo competition for those members who want to enter. We all get to see the photography of others, and this helps us learn and improve.

Visitors are welcome to attend our meetings!


Due to the COVID-19 / Coronavirus pandemic the club will meet virtually via Zoom through the end of 2020. Please check our Events/News page for information on the Zoom programs. Members will receive a Zoom link via email to join the meeting. Non-members should contact to request the meeting link.



Please refer to the Membership Manual for a full description of the categories, rules, and procedures of competition.

Click for a brief Summary of Competition Rules.

Click for a the results of our 2019 Year End Competition. Visit the GRCC YouTube channel to see a slideshow of the the honorable mention and winning images.

Current Newsletter

September 2020

Upcoming Events

GRCC September 16, 2020 Program

September 16, 2020 at 07:00 PM

Speaker: Daniel Koons
Program: Mastering Manual Presented by Daniel Koons

More Details

GRCC October 21, 2020 Virtual Program

October 21, 2020 at 07:00 PM

Speaker: Kelly Walkotten
Program: The Pursuit of Bull Winkle by Kelly Walkotten

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More Events

Featured Event Gallery

2018 Scavenger Hunt Results

2018 Scavenger Hunt Results

Featured Photographer

Jan Lewis

Jan Lewis

Featured Gallery

Fall Gallery

Fall Gallery

Image of the Month

Cardamom Coffee


Stephen Burgstahler

Selected by:

Jan Lewis

Why I liked the image.

I was drawn to the image by the wonderful details of the shop, and the slightly impish smile on the shopkeeper’s face. The colors were warm and pleasing and I delighted in exploring all the nooks and crannies of the shop (since Stephen used a f-stop that allowed for great depth of field in the image!) Yet even as my eyes wandered among the shelves it always returned to the shopkeeper’s eyes. I suspected it must have been taken in Israel as I recognized the Hebrew and noticed a number of Judaica items on the shelves, which was ultimately confirmed by Stephen’s write up about the image. I just found it to be a fun and engaging image and it made me want to sit down in one of those bar stools and strike up a conversation with this interesting gentleman.

About my image.

Cardamom coffee is very popular in the Middle East. This image was made at a coffee shop in the Old Town section of Nazareth, Israel (2017). It was dark inside the establishment and I was careful not to attract attention as I made my camera settings ahead of time. I knew that I would need some depth of field to capture the environment in focus and that I would need a high ISO. These were the settings: 1/60th sec, f5.6, ISO 3200, 18mm (Canon 5DM4 with a 16-35mm lens). I must admit that I was keen to include the “No Photo” sign in the frame (as a side note, the sign did not mean “No Canon cameras” Lol.) One possible reason for the gentleman’s amiable disposition towards both my camera and myself may be that I had already become a patron (He was making coffee for me).

Previous Images of the Month