Somerset County Photography Club

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We meet at the Manville Public Library on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday evenings.  Our meetings start at 7:00 PM because we have to vacate the building before 9 PM.  Best time to arrive is around 6:30 PM before the meeting starts. [Street Map] [Manville area]

2019 - 2020 Program Calendar  (#calendar)

2019 - 2020 Program Calendar - Somerset County Photography Club
2nd & 4th Tues 7:00 PM at the Manville Public Library,
  100 South 10th Ave. (Washington Ave & S 10th Ave), Manville NJ, 08835
Contact:  Sudhir Mehta, 908-421-4271, sudhirm421 @ gmail . com

10:  Presentation: “My Favorite Tools – Image Processing Software” by club member, Arik Gorban.
24: Member Critique.  

08:  Competitions: “Landscape/Scenic” and “Open”, Judge:  Phil Witt
22:  Competition: “NJFCC -- Fall Nature” Judges: Eduard Moldoveanu, Arik Gorban, Al Brown

12:  Presentation: “Lighthouses” by Gary Martin
26: Competitions:  “Black and White” and “Open”, Judge: Nick Palmieri
28:  Thanksgiving

10:  Presentation:  “Macro/Close up” by Nick_Palmieri
25:  No Meeting - Happy Holidays!

14:  Competition: “Broken” and “Open” Judge: Beth Starr
28:  Presentation: “Creative Use of Light in Wildlife Photography” by Buddy Eleazer

11:  Competition: “Wildlife without birds” and “Open”, Judge Wayne Kliewer
25:  Before and After [presentation, not a contest, enter one image for your before and one image for your after] (member supported)

MARCH, 2020
10: Competition: “Back Alleys” and “Open”, Judge: Phil Witt and Becky Witt
24:  Presentation: “Long Exposure” by Danielle Austen

APRIL, 2020

Beginning with our April, 2020 meeting and for as long as we are holding meetings online during coronavirus, the limit on image submissions is 1600 on the long side instead of 768.  Sudhir sends out invitations to club members, if you want to attend and didn't get an invitation contact Sudhir.  The invitation will allow you to join the meeting.  We are using ZOOM which allows up to 100 members in Free and first tier of paid.  You can use Zoom for your own meetings with family and friends or work.  To host a meeting you must have installed Zoom.  With more than two people you are limited to 40 minutes in the free version, which is why the club has a paid account.  My own notes on setting up and hosting a Zoom session are in Zoom Meetings, Getting Started.  SCPC online meetings are open 15 minutes before start to allow everyone to get signed in.

14: Competition: “Macro/Close up” and “Open”, Judge: by Jordan Basem  online meeting link 
28: Schmooze and learn  online 
      Each presenter will be using Screen Share in zoom for their presentation.
      topic TBA by Michelle Fisher
      topic TBA by Arik Gorban
      topic TBA by Sudhir Mehta

MAY, 2020
12:  Presentation: “How to Edit Your Photos Like a Pro in Lightroom and Photoshop” by Matt Kloskowski (Portfolio)  Register for online class 
       Each person must be preregistered to attend this webinar -- bookmark the link you receive.
19:  Member Critique.  Critique  online meeting link (up to 2 images per member 1600px on the long side)
26:  (meeting online moved to May 19th )

JUNE, 2020
09:  Competitions: “Creative Digital,” and “Open”, Judge: Jacki Dickert  online 
23:  Planning Meeting, 2019-2020 all members welcome

To be scheduled on a weekend during the year: Scavenger Hunt -- all members plan to attend, topics, details, and assignment to a contest group will be announced at site.  (SCAVENGER HUNT activites were CANCELLED due to Coronavirus)

About the Club  (#aboutclub)

We meet at the Manville Public Library  and our meetings start at 7:00PM on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday evenings.  Please come earlier for informal discussions, but we must start at 7:00PM because we have to vacate the building by 9PM.  So that we can start on time please try to arrive around 6:30PM to socialize before meeting. [Street Map] [Manville area]

Most of our competitions are projected digital image contests, with three digital images per maker per contest submitted up to and including the day before our meeting.  We will have one print competition on May 8, 2019.

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About Us  (#aboutus)

The Somerset County Photography Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the appreciation and enjoyment of photography.  Competitions and critiques include projected digital images, as well as prints.  Presentations include instructional meetings, travelogues and other shows by the club and outside speakers.  Annual dues are $45 ($55 family).

Our club is affiliated with the New Jersey Federation of Camera Clubs (NJFCC), which maintains a list of member clubs in New Jersey and a few clubs close to NJ in Staten Island and PA.

Most of our membership is in Somerset and Hunterdon Counties and nearby areas of Middlesex County.

Meetings  (#meetings)

The club meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, September through June, at the Manville Public Library in Manville, NJ.  -- Guests and visitors are welcome:
Presentations and Competitions are open to the public, only members may submit prints or projected images for competition.  Guests are encouraged to come in at least 15 minutes before 7:00 P.M. to discuss photography with members – bringing in some of your pictures adds interest. 

Meetings begin promptly at 7:00 P.M. -- (Digital projected media must be submitted online on or before the day prior to the competition.  We must leave by 9:00 PM.

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Officers & Board of Directors  (#officers)

  President:Sudhir Mehta
  Vice President:Steve Newfield  (Judges)
  Treasurer:Steve Newfield  
  Board positions: Officers (above) and
Past Presidents:  Arik Gorban, David McRitchie
Members at large:  Becky Witt, Claire Gentile, Fred Dewitt
  NJFCC Delegate:(one of the above open)
  Chairpersons:Presentations: Phil Witt
  PhotoContest Pro:Administrator: David McRitchie

SCPC -- 2019-2020 Overview  (#overview)

Competition nights:  During the 2019-2020 club year:
There will be Seven club competition nights which will each have an Assigned Topic for digital project images and an Open competition for digital projected images or for prints.  The year end will have all images with awards from digital competitions from the year; the scavenger hunt images continues to replace the year-end competition.

Preparation of digital images for contests.  Images will be projected at 768 pixels on the long side as described at, and it would be best to do your own resizing even though the software will do some limited resizing.  Directions on that web page tell you how to resize and submit your digital images for projection.

Deadline for projected images:  Try to at least aim for the Sunday before the contest, images will be accepted the day before the contest but not later.  The limit is three images per contest.  Show and Tell and critiques will allow additional images. 

Your email address must have been entered into the contest server by an administrator for your images to be accepted on the server.  If you have never submitted digital images before, be sure to submit them well ahead of time to be sure that you have been set up properly.  (see our contests page)

Prints:  and separate print competitions (4 prints total per contest per maker), Prints must be 8"x10" up to 16"x20", digital prints are eligible.  We no longer have print competitions.

Judge(s) may be an outside judge or a club member, and will be announced before each competition. 

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Contact Information  (#contact)

Somerset County Photography Club
c/o Sudhir Mehta, President
177 Victoria Drive
Bridgewater, NJ 08807


Phone:  (908) 421-4271 email: send email to Sudhir

For webpage and contest entry related matters contact David McRitchie, Phone:  732-595-8098, send email to David

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Library closings due to Weather or other Causes  (#weather)

The Manville Public Library may close due to weather conditions.  Such decisions are usually made before 3 PM, compatible with businesses in the area.  Although the library will try to notify a member of the club this may not always be successful.  If in doubt check the Somerset County Library System main page, if branches are closed there will be an extra banner at the top of the page.  Specific information about Manville Library (circulation desk is 908-458-8425, 3#).

Directions to Our Meeting Place at the ...  (#directions)

Manville Public Library (wait for listings to appear under View branches and hours in ADA and screen reader compliant format)
100 South 10th Ave.(corner of Washington Ave and S 10th Ave)
Manville NJ, 08835
(908) 722-9722

[Street Map] [Manville area]     Maps are dragable:  Click and hold on an open area of map and drag to change the centering, use mouse wheel to zoom in or out.

From the North on Route 287: (Exit #17, Somerville, Route 206)
US 206 South, then Dukes Pkwy E and N 13th Ave, to S 10th Ave
Parking is in the library Parking Lot.

The meeting room is straight in from the entrance past the library area the meeting room is on the right, and Restrooms are on the left.

Your local library generally has library sponsored programs of interest, our club meets at the Manville Library and they have programs which may be of interest Manville Public Library | Manville Borough, NJ - Official Website and for all Libraries in the Somerset County Library system see Events - Somerset County Library System of New Jersey

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