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!

Club meeting are held the 3rd Wednesday of the month (except for February, July, and August). The meetings start promptly at 7:15 PM, so it is good to arrive about 15 minutes early. We meet at the Boy Scouts of America, 3213 Walker Ave. NW, Walker, MI. Come and visit; you can elect to join our club at any time.

Upcoming Events

December 2015 meeting

December 16, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Speaker: Jonathon Russell
Program: The Future of Photography Is In Its Past

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Image of the Month

Defeating the Hinge of Death


Cathy Keifer

Selected by:

Mike Wendling

Why I liked the image.

The helmet immediately got my attention and cleverly caused my mind to wonder what if… Is the helmet really strong enough to protect the mouse’s skull from being crushed? Great composition, storytelling, lighting technique and I love the humor in the image title. Thank you for sharing your talent with the GRCC--- Mike

About my image.

Making creative photos of animals using Photoshop is one of my favorite activities. In this image, I used a photo of my pet rat "Drucilla" along with photos of a rat trap, a piece of cheese, and a bike helmet. The photos were shot using a Canon 40d with a 50mm lens, Alien Bee studio lights, homemade diffusion panels, and a black velvet background. I combined the images using Photoshop and then created the illusion of a floor with a pattern overlay. The helmet was digitally transformed to fit the rat's head.

I don't know which is more fun -- shooting animals in the studio or editing my photos in Photoshop. Both present different challenges and rewards. I am very focused and have little interest in taking photos of anything that doesn't have at least one pair of eyes looking back at the camera. I also like to bring humor to photography whenever possible.

My love of animals, art, and science always came in handy -- first as a dog groomer, next as a dog trainer, and then as a photographer. I have to admit I've enjoyed photography the most--- Cathy

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