SaddleBrooke Photography Club Enters Spring Competition

Photo by Barbara Wilder.

Photo by Dave Burgess.

Photo by Susan Dinga.

Photo by Joe Thomasello.

Barbara Wilder

One of the great benefits of joining a camera club is showing your treasured photos to someone other than family. Since the SB Photo Club was started three years ago, we have encouraged members to prepare their pictures for competition in the Arizona Camera Club Council, which is made up of sixteen camera clubs in southern Arizona. The Roundup events happen twice a year and show printed as well as digital entries.

As photographer Rocco Ancora says, “A picture isn’t real until it is printed.” Printing pictures for a competition will make you choose more carefully since there is an investment in ink and paper. You may need to crop the picture to fill the frame to get what was important to you when you composed the picture. What is the subject? Is there extra stuff that doesn’t add to the composition?

Why print?

Computers die, hard drives fail, paper doesn’t.

If you print your pictures you will look at them more often.

Photographs make great décor in your home.

Nothing feels better than holding your work in your hands.

Since we have been entering our pictures in competition, I have noticed a great improvement in the quality of pictures submitted by our members. Before getting ready to print, members usually bring in pictures to show and get helpful critiques on whether it is worthy yet to print. Mentors in the club are always ready with helpful suggestions if you are unsure how to achieve a better picture through editing techniques.

We will turn in our pictures by Feb. 5th, then the printed photo entries will be taken to Phoenix to the Arizona Camera Club Council board meeting. Digital entries will be sent by email. Professional judging will take place that month and winners will be announced at The ACCC Roundup on March 14th. We plan to show the prints and award ribbons at our general meeting here on March 20th at 3 p.m. in the Sonoran Room, MountainView. The public is invited to see the photographs and enjoy our speaker.

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Open studio times are Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. – noon in the Agate Room, SaddleBrooke TWO MountainView, in the Arts and Crafts Complex.

At the general meeting on Feb. 21st at 3 p.m. we will have Jeff Kida, photography editor for Arizona Highways as the featured speaker.

Questions? Contact Barbara Wilder at 520-500-6224 or [email protected]