Competition Night and Program Night starts at 7:00 PM in our Club House located at 521 Elm Street at the corner of State Street in downtown St. Joseph. Doors are usually open by 6:30 PM
Monthly Meetings Explained
The TCCC holds meetings in our Club Building located at 521 Elm Street at the corner of State Street in downtown St. Joseph. The second Monday of each month is the Competition meeting and the fourth Monday is the Program meeting. Our Program meetings include educational and how-to demonstrations, workshops and critiques by club members and guest speakers, sharing their expertise on a wide range of topics relating to photography, to encourage, inspire and motivate us to improve our photographic skills and knowledge.
*Except for the fourth Monday in February (our Business Meeting), Holidays and any specially called meeting, all of our meetings are open to guests with the exceptions of our Business Meeting and Digital Workshop Classes, that are reserved for members only. Meetings begin at 7:00 pm. We welcome visitors and prospective members to our meetings.
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Photo Outing: Tiscornia Park
August 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm EDT
This outing is for members who want to learn how to use different camera settings to capture photos during the blue hour and/or sunset. We will have several experienced members on-site to help you achieve your photographic goals. Feel free to bring whatever additional photographic equipment (ex: a tripod) you’d like.
If you are a St. Joseph city resident, you can register your vehicle using the online parking pass application, which grants parking access to all St. Joseph beaches (except Silver Beach). If you are not a resident, you may pay at the parking kiosk located in the parking lot at the beach. Fees are listed on the St. Joseph city website here.
We will meet at the beginning of the North Pier, on the east end of the pier.
2023 – 2024 Club Events
Competition – September 11 – STREET PHOTOGRAPHY: The image must tell a story that occurs in public places involving people going about their daily lives.
Program – September 25 – Castles, Highlands, and History: During the summer season, member Bill Schalk had the opportunity to travel to England and Scotland. He shares his wonderful experience and photos showcasing their rich culture and history.
Competition – October 9 – MACRO/CLOSEUP: The object that is the focus of attention in the image must be smaller than a mailbox.
Ex: A close-up of fruit, flower, bug, etc. A Macro view of just a small part of something, etc.
Program – October 23 – Making the Most of Your Cell Phone Images: Members Bill Schalk and Jasmin Bretaña will review smartphone photography basics surrounding the features and settings found across the latest iPhone and Android phones, which mobile applications work well for editing cell phone images, and how to export your cell phone images to edit them in your favorite desktop applications.
Competition – November 13 – DECAY: The object that is the focus of attention in the image must be something that has been derelict or neglected or decaying in nature.
Ex: Abandoned buildings, rusting vehicles, signs, wood, logs, etc.
Program – November 27 – Ecotourism Travelogue: Member Ron DeKett shares his knowledge on ecotourism and his photos from his trip to Costa Rica.
Competition – December 11 – CELL PHONE IMAGES: The original image must be captured using the camera of a cell phone. Photo editing is allowable as it is for other photos.
Black and White – Anything with Circles
Program – December – No Program
Competition – January 8 – CREATIVE: The image is manipulated or enhanced with in-camera techniques or with photo enhancement software, filters, plug-ins, or actions showing the maker’s creativity.
Ex: Should be unique and different, perhaps out of the ordinary.
Program – January 22 – Birds & Flower Photography: Member Marguerite Eichelberger shares her tips and techniques when photographing birds and flowers.
Competition – February 12 – SPORTS: The object that is the focus of attention in the image must be predominantly something to do with sports
Program – February 26 – Annual Business Meeting: This is a great opportunity for members to ask questions, make suggestions for programs, equipment, etc. What can the club do for you as a member? Please, no guests at this meeting as it’s intended for members only.
Competition – March 11 – ANYTHING GOES: The image can be anything the rules permit. It’s wide open and everything qualifies as Select. Go for it. Use your imagination and creativity.
Program – March 25 – Focus Stacking: Photographer Paul Ewing provides an overview and demonstration about focus stacking.
Competition – April 8 – SHADOWS: The dark shape that appears on a surface when an object blocks light.
Program – April 22 – The Land of Fire & Ice Travelogue: Member Christine Loose-Randall and her husband Rob Randall share their photos and experiences from their recent trip to Iceland.
Competition – May 13 – ARCHITECTURE: Anything related to architecture, buildings, parts of buildings. You may isolate aspects of the subject to emphasize design portions.
Program – May – No Program
Competition – June 10 – NATURE: The image must be naturally present in Nature. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photography without changing the nature story or the pictorial content are permitted. Digital enhancement and manipulation must not be obvious. All adjustments must appear natural. Must not contain any presence of the “hand of man.” Everything must be there naturally, without human intervention. It is your responsibility NOT to enter images where the “hand of man” has been removed after the image was taken, except for cropping.
Unacceptable examples: Cultivated or domestic plants, pets, farm animals, mounted specimens, or set arrangements.
Competition – June 24 – End of Season Competition: Members can select up to 10 of their favorite accepted entries from the current season to reenter for the end of season competition. First, second, and third place winners are selected from each photo category by a panel of judges.