Photo Credit: Ray Mahoney
What do you get for your SSCC membership dollars? A whole lot! You get:
Approximately once a month a road trip is scheduled for club members. The road trips are designed to get people out to shoot photos and to socialize with fellow club members. We have had road trips to sites in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania and beyond. We have photographed fall foliage, urban areas, mansions, lighthouses, beaches and much, much more. Sometimes the road trips require you to sign up, and sometimes you just have to show up. We try to keep road trip costs low or free, although occasionally there are higher costs required for travel or admission to a location. We carpool as much as we can to help keep costs down. If you want to find out about as many road trips as possible, send an email with a request to subscribe to the SSCC Google Group, come to our weekly meetings, and visit the SSCC calendar posted on the website. Only members in good standing (dues paid) can attend road trips. All road trips must be scheduled through the Road Trip Committee.
Popup Road Trips
Anyone can schedule a Popup road trip! If you have an idea of a place that you want to go, you can post the idea to the Google Group and organize it yourself. It doesn’t have to be elaborate. In fact most popup road trips are to local places like the salt marshes in Quincy, World’s End in Hingham, and Scituate Light. If you want to share your photo experience with other members, just post the date, time and place to the Google Group.
SSCC has a monthly newsletter, The Cable Release, with stories and articles by members, themed photo competitions, updates on upcoming programs as well as presenting the winners’ names of that month’s club competitions. All members are invited to contribute to the newsletter. Contact the Editor, Suzanne Larson, for more information.
For Facebook fans, SSCC has a Facebook Group page that’s a lively forum for ideas and image conversation. Access to the Facebook group is restricted to SSCC members in good standing.
Since not everyone has a Facebook account, SSCC also operates a Google Group to enhance member-to-member communication. Members can send messages to the Group address and they will automatically be delivered to the other members on that Group. These messages can include photos that you want to share, comments on others’ photos, questions, asking for advice, seeking help or opinions, and sharing information and links of interest to other members.
Access to the Google Group is restricted to SSCC members in good standing.
We offer occasional workshops led by both members and professional photographers throughout the year. One of our bigger workshops was last year’s Workshop Saturday, held at Bay State School of Technology in Canton. About a dozen SSCC members presented 1- and 2-hour workshops on topics such as NIK Software filters, Mounting and Matting, Lighting, Photo Critiquing, Composition, and more. We plan to host a Workshop Saturday in early 2016, so watch for details. Participation in club workshops is restricted to SSCC members in good standing.
We offer refreshments at every meeting. We try to have a nice variety of munchies, both healthy and not, and both homemade and not, along with soft drinks. The goal of the F-Stop Café is to be self-supporting, and as such, members’ dues are rarely used to purchase food or drink items. This means that we have to rely on the good will and generosity of you, our members, to support it and keep the Café open. Please leave a dollar or two in the bucket when you pick up your snack, and the F-Stop Café will be with us for a long time. Additionally, please consider bringing a snack to share on meeting night so that there are enough snacks for everyone.
Stoughton Library Travel Series
For several years the South Shore Camera Club has teamed up with the Stoughton Public Library to present shows for the library’s monthly travel series. This travel series runs from September to June, but our club supplies the library only with shows from January to June of each year.
Club members are asked to prepare a travel show lasting about 40 minutes plus time for questions. The library appreciates good photography, but they also want presentations which include verbal information about the history, culture, etc., of a place. Each year we accumulate a list of all shows our members can present, and then the library staff selects the six they want from our club. Any U.S. or foreign destination can be the subject of a travel show, though New England sites are generally too close to be of interest to the library.
The library has a laptop computer, slide and digital projectors, a projection screen, and most cords needed for show presentations. The library staff is very friendly and willing to help with all technical issues. Slides or digital collections of photos are what the photographer must provide. The library usually pays presenters with a $50 grocery store gift card, or some similar type of honorarium. Generally between eight to 25 people attend each show.
Club members who have presented one of these shows in the past are willing to help first-time presenters, so if you want to do one of these shows there is always someone to help you out. These shows are a great way to get publicity for the SSCC, and they also provide each photographer with a chance to show-off their work. Anyone with questions should contact Kevin Walsh at a club meeting,.
Independent Road Trips
Club members will often host their own road trips that may be unaffiliated with SSCC. These are fun-filled, exciting, and a great way to learn about photography. Please feel free to join us on these excursions.