Pandemic Activities 

From our April 2 Meeting

Ways for photo clubs to handle COVID-19 quarantine.

• Create a Flickr page for the club with images and commentary.


• Group meetngs ia Zoom, Google hangout or other internet sofwaree

◦ Sca enger hunt

▪ create a list of items for a tme of year, holiday, current e ent, etc.

▪ members create a short presentation in whatever format, i.e. image by image with

commentary, slideshow that can be shown ia Zoom or Google Hangout

◦ Either competition or photos for a particular theme to be shown via PhotoContestPro or

other competition vehicle. Similar to the Scavenger hunt above.

◦ Continue competitions via Zoom or other sharing software. Judges can either judge in

advance or during the contest, as they do in person.

◦ What do you think? Or What are your feelings? Images can be shown ia the ways above

or on a shared screen on an internet meeting: The members discuss what feelings are

evoked by the images. The maker may or may not describe what the intent was.

◦ Presentation by non-club speakers.

◦ Salon Panel: a panel of more experienced photographers in the club answer questions

various processing software programs from the members. he panelists rotate with quick

round of responses.

▪ This can be done for other photography questions, but limit it to one topic per meeting

(processing, camera settings, etc)

◦ Take the most mundane area of their homes to see how create the members can be. The

results can be an evening of enjoyment and enlightenment.

◦ How creative can the members be with mundane objects such as pots and pans?

◦ Upload the results of any of these ideas onto a page on the club’s website.

Special addition to the minutes: A tremendous thank you to Ed Lee from PWCC for these ideas sent

after the NYMACC meeting:

• From Here’s an amazing short film titled "The Old New World” by

photographer and animator Alexey Zakharov of Moscow, Russia. Zakharov found old photos of

US cites from the early @900s and brought them to life. It's a photo-based animaton project

that offers a "travel back in time with a little steampunk time machine; the main part of this

ideo was made with camera projection based on photos. See: for article. Click here for the original Vimeo video and list of credits and resources: You'll notce he used of-the-shelf software like Photoshop and

After Effects among others.

• Very often, when selling or buying cameras, you may want to know the number of shutter

actuations or "clicks." Obviously, a camera with a 100 thousand clicks is worth a bit less than

the camera with @000 clicks. Here are three free sources to determine this number, two are

websites and one's software. provides a tool for you to check your digital

camera shuter count and basic EXIF information. Just simply upload a photo which is taken by

your camera. he site will show you the shutter count of your camera instantly. Sa e or print

the page or use Win10's Snipping tool for a screen capture. At this moment the site supports

Nikon's NEF, Pentax's DNG and PEF formats. is a similar website but actually lists cameras that

ha e been successfully read on the Home page. is free standalone sofware that will handle

Nikon, Canon and Sony but not all models due to the camera's firmware especially Canon


• Speaking of Exif information. Here's a piece of advanced free software that will educate you

about EXIF information and everything you ever wanted to know, ExifTool by Phil Harvey, Read,

Write and Edit Meta Information! htps://

• Here's a photo utility that I find very useful and ha e been using for years: Awesome Duplicate

Photo Finder: Free and complete instructions,

download link and articles and reviews. Unfortunately, the other software links are dead.

From our May 20 Meeting

I Ideas for photo clubs to handle COVID-19 quarantne


• Weekly topic can be assigned:

◦ Pots and Pans Challenge: have members get creative in photographing their cookware. The

images can be shared on FB, at a Zoom meeting, club critiquing and/or competitions.

◦ Falling water/milk/other liquid drops, various lighting shown through household objects

such as cheese grater, various objects, materials.

◦ Flash distances from very close to further away for various effects on any of the

suggestions in this group. Speed lights are all that are needed, more elaborate lighting

systems only if available/desired.

◦ One technical skill: challenge the members to work on one particular skill, share the results

with discussion.

• Ask a Salon Photographer: club members submit brief technical photography questions to one

designated board member. They are then distributed to the club’s salon photographers who

volunteer to provide brief answers at a meeting. The responding salon photographers create a

5 minute Zoom video which is saved. All the videos are saved for showing at a meeting. They

can be organized by topic. More than one response is to a question reveals various possible

technical responses. Member questions included such varied topics such DoF, focus stacking,

getting started with a particular program, color toning, what judges look for and hyper focal

distance. Videos not shown one night can be held for another meeting.

• Set up themes for fall competitions so members can get started on them now.

• Lisa calls sheltering at home, “Artist in Residence.” every room in the home is full of things to

photograph with various lenses, macro, lighting, etc.

◦ This can be the basis of a program in which members discuss (for 5 minutes) how/why they

chose their subjects.

◦ These images can also be the basis of a club critiquing program.

• Members can be encouraged to send in 5 minute videos, show a designated number, save

others for future programs.

• Create virtual exhibits with other organizations such as health, community, local governmental

offices, chamber of commerces will have listing of other organizations and of course, libraries.

• Reach out to foreign clubs for exchanges. With Zoom, it’s possible to hole joint meetings.

• Encourage members to photograph in less populated venues such as cemeteries, lesser known


• Set up self-guided field trips to one venue. Members can go at their convenience and share

their photos on a Zoom meeting. The various tmes of day and weathers would make for

interesting programs.

• Stock image processing: send the same stock image to all members for them to process. The

results can be discussed and shown at a Zoom meeting.

• Negotiate with professional photographers to present via Zoom.