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Shutterbugs Camera Club is a gathering of photographers who meet for instructional sessions and friendly critiques. Meetings are held the first Thursday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. in The West Woods Nature Center.

All ages and experience levels are welcome completely free of dues, though members sometimes volunteer to bring refreshments. The only terms of the club are in regards to Competition Nights and shows; to submit for Competition Nights, you must have attended at least one meeting in the past six months.

No registration is required, but we encourage you to bring along a photo you've taken according to the meeting's "Optional Assignment/Critique" topic so you can participate in the critique.

Questions? Contact Sandy at sward@geaugaparkdistrict.org or 440-279-0803.

Sun photo by Grace Hickox; Red-shouldered Hawk photo by Bruce Bennett. Thank you, Grace and Bruce!

NEXT MEETING:
Thursday, August 7, 7 p.m.

Note: 2nd Thursday of the month, to allow for fireworks photography!

Program – Summer Potluck at Sunnybrook Preserve
Pack your basket with a table service, a beverage of choice and a passing dish (according to the first letter of your last name)!
A-D vegetable or other side dish
F-K salad
L-P main dish
R-Z dessert

Optional Assignment/Critique – Burton Historic Village

Upcoming meetings

Participants are each invited to bring one 5x7 or larger print for critiquing by members; it's OK to bring a couple more for display on a separate table. Scheduled activities are subject to change except for potlucks and Competition Nights.
September 4: Critique - Birds
October 2: Critique - Spooky Things
November 6: Competition Night - Food and Street (guidelines, labels)
December 4: Critique - Favorite Picture

Upcoming photo shoots

Evening Singing Insect Photo Shoot, Wednesday, August 27, 8-9:30 PM, at Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve – Photographers of all ages and experience levels, join Naturalist Linda Gilbert to locate singing insects and try to photograph them using flash attachments, a pop-up flash and diffuser, or even a good ol' fashioned flashlight, learning about the insect along the way. What to bring? Whatever camera you have and a small flashlight from home. Naturalist Linda uses her digital SLR with a 105mm macro lens, holds a small flashlight on the subject so she can see to focus, then uses the camera's pop-up flash with a diffuser, adjusting the intensity as needed.
Chalk Art Festival, Saturday, September 13, 1 PM suggested arrival, at Cleveland Museum of Art
COMING SOON...
Volvo Auto Graveyard in Ravenna, October, junked Volvos with trees and weeds growing in and around them
Trinity Cathedral and St. Stanislaus Church in Slavic Village, November

Photo shoot participants must sign this waiver, which covers all outings for the calendar year. Sign and return it at one of the meetings or shoots. And when no photo shoots are scheduled, consider Geauga Park District for its own wealth of photo opps – ferns, flowers, fields, forests, wetlands, wildlife, park users and more!

Things you should know

BACK TO THE WILD Fundraiser – The Cleveland Photographic Society is hosting a fundraiser for BACK TO THE WILD, the location of a recent photo shoot, on Sunday, August 10, from 4 to 7 p.m. in Broadview Heights. Ticket price is $25; $12 of that goes directly to the wildlife rehabilitation center. Click here for details.
Photo Shoot Photos for Display – If you attended the Ashtabula Antique Engines and Tractor Show in July, you may send three to five of your favorite photos from the day to Joanne at joanneorichella@hotmail.com for display at the September meeting.
Photo Competition – Online digital submissions will be accepted through August 1 for the second annual Western Reserve Open Photography Competition, sponsored by The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve. Click here for details.
Tourism Request – Geauga County Tourism would like your help promoting Geauga by way of supplying photos (with credit given of course). Click here for details.
Leadership Changes – Nominations are still being accepted for Shutterbugs leadership: president, vice president and committee chairs. Scroll down this page to "Stepping up" for details.

See Shutterbugs' work

Click here for a gallery of photos by Shutterbugs Joanne Orichella, Anita Castelletti, Chuck Schultz and Dale Teis made during a photo shoot at Eastside Relics in Willoughby. The News-Herald's Michael Blair partnered with the club to provide photos for this article on the shop. Thanks for the partnership, Michael!

If you know a member is showing photos somewhere, please email Sandy at sward@geaugaparkdistrict.org so she can post the details to this page.

Stepping up

Nominations are still being accepted for Shutterbugs leadership: president, vice president and committee chairs. An election for the top two positions will be held as soon as enough nominations are collected. Please send nominations to Sandy at sward@geaugaparkdistrict.org.

PRESIDENT – Conduct meetings; make announcements; do introductions or guests & presenters

VICE PRESIDENT – Assist president; fill in; go between for committees

Will you consider joining a committee? Involvement energizes, de-stresses, offers a sense of belonging and meets just a couple times per year (before or after regular meetings). Volunteer by contacting Sandy at sward@geaugaparkdistrict.org or 440-279-0803.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE – Select program topics for educational sessions for monthly meetings; recruit presenters

COMPETITION AND CRITIQUES COMMITTEE – Select assignments; help educate members on the criteria; organize and oversee monthly critique sessions; plan and execute 2 club competitive sessions per year with outside judges

HOSPITALITY COMMITTEE – Serve as greeters for meetings; welcome guests; provide name tags; arrange for refreshments (sign-up sheets); organize annual potluck/picnic

FIELD TRIP COMMITTEE – Plan and facilitate photo shoots (dates, times, locations and number to be determined by the committees)

SHOW COMMITTEE (bi-annual) – Set parameters and rules for contests; plan method to accept and label submissions; recruit judges for jurying; hang and take down photos; design and distribute flyers and other publicity; work with Hospitality Committee to plan and execute the show opening events