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 for the foreseeable future. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to request the meeting link. Recordings of many of our previous online programs are available on the club's YouTube channel.
IMPORTANT MEMBER LINKS:
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.
Program: Previous Online Program Videos
Image of the Month
Why I liked the image.
I stared at this for a long time. Couldn’t take my eyes off it. The overall softness and subtlety of color was so peaceful and calming. The hint of western sunrays made the whole thing ethereal. The complete lack of people or any action made me feel that I was there, all alone, and could walk around savoring every shade of color, every architectural detail and soak in the character and history of the place. Truly a GR landmark. – Steve
About my image.
I shot "The Civic" on a peaceful August evening in Downtown Grand Rapids. The street and sidewalks were nicely saturated from a light golden-hour sprinkle. When I realized what I was looking at, I immediately set up my tripod, removed my lens cap, and excitedly pointed my camera at the beauty before me.
This image was one of my first attempts at HDR (high dynamic range photography). I was initially lured to attempt it by the exquisite luminosity made possible by this technique and fascinated with the range of possibilities created by producing multiple exposures. As with later efforts in this area, I found a sturdy tripod to be a most helpful tool.
The image was created out of three bracketed photos. As I frequently do, I used Photomatix, Photoshop and Topaz Noise Reduction in its development. I shot this image in Raw, which is for me standard practice. I like to use HDR because I find that it can grab colors and details in both lights and shadows, but I like to avoid the harshness associated with it. - Evie