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.

From our June 17 Meeting

I Ideas for photo clubs to handle COVID-19 quarantne:

NYMACC’s suggestons are geared to allow us to

socially distance, follow CDC regulatons for the safety of ourselves and others.


Presentatons on Zoom: Zoom meetngs are most successful when two or three people a assigned to the important tasks of

◦ moderatng the meetngs

◦ admitng atendees

◦ monitoring the chat/Q&A

• Professional photographer's presentatons:

◦ We now have unlimited access to photographers throughout the world to present to our


◦ For example: Mat ill, Natonal Parks at Night, will do a program on light paintng in your

house. Great presenters, such as Joseph Roybal and Steve Getle, can be found on unt’s

speaker’s list.

◦ Share Zoom presentatons with other clubs. All NYMACC clubs can share their invitatons by

sending a note to Deborah.

• Member driven program suggestons

◦ Questons and Answers:

▪ members submit either technical or philosophical questons on photography

▪ these questons are forwarded to club members. Those who feel they have the expertse to respond will do so.

▪ responses can be delivered either on a 5 minute Zoom recording or in person, for 5 minutes.

◦ Assigned subjects

▪ assign subjects readily available, such as household items (cutlery, furniture, etc), colors, shapes, etc for club critquing or compettons.

▪ Members can also create slide shows, with or without music, on a partcular subject.

◦ Breakout rooms within Zoom for small groups to discuss partcular photos, photo-based topics.

▪ Each “room” has a designated leader, the partcipants rotate. Everyone regroups atend to share their experiences and learning.

▪ The rooms can be called “workshops.”

◦ Create club meetups for technical issues and discussions, sharing expertse.

◦ With special thanks to Ed Lee:

▪ Shoot in the style of…

• select a famous photographer for the club to emulate in style, subject mater, etc.

• compare and discuss at a club meetng

▪ Show and Tell: each volunteer club member shows two images to discuss why, how, etc of what is important about those images

▪ Chit-chat: we’ve missed each other, just meet to socialize. Can be done full club or in

smaller groups

▪ Twice a year Portolio reviews. An expert analyzes 12-24 images and instructs on how to create a stunning portolio. Ed highly recommends Jean Miele, check out these links: and Clubs can consider partcipatng in the SVA Salon.

▪ Scavenger nights: Provide a list of items to the club members. A theme is preferred: a holiday, topic, etc. The items can be either specifc or general to the theme. Compare and discuss at a club meetng

▪ Theme nights: can be held three tmes a year; colors, shapes, leters, etc.

▪ Model shoot with less than 10 people total, including the model(s), if possible.

▪ Internatonal photo club exchange:

• make contact with a photo club in another country

• exchange photos for a zoom sharing meetng.

• Other projects will come out of this as the clubs get to know each other.

▪ US based photo club exchange, see above.

▪ Zoom, or other such software, event presented by photo organizatons.

• NYMACC shared events: NYMACC members are welcome to share any of their events with other clubs. During these days, it is easy to partcipate via Zoom.

◦ Several of our NYMACC members have invited other clubs to join them for professional

photographers presentatons.

◦ NYMACC member clubs can invite other clubs to their creatve events by sending the

informaton to be emailed ( and to be placed on the NYMACC

website (


II Miscellaneous discussions

• Online compettons with more than one judge

◦ send images to all judge ahead beforehand, judges send back scores and comments, when comments are requested.

◦ Sofware is available on most online contest sofware that allows for multple judges, contact the administrators of the program your club uses.

◦ ow do we contnue print completonss We had no way of doing it that did not require expensive shipping to the judges. Suggeston: contact Art Vaughn of NECCC who transports prints on a regular basis.

III Post Pandemic discussions:

NYMACC was created to share photo-based ideas. It is exactly what we are doing during the

pandemic. The more input we have, the more creatve we can be during these tmes and certainly after the pandemic is over. We will contnue our monthly discussions on ways to keep our clubs vital.

From our July 22 Meeting

I Ideas for photo clubs to handle COVID-19 quarantne: NYMACC’s suggestons are geared to allow us to

socially distance, follow CDC regulatons for the safety of ourselves and others. As most clubs are on

hiatus for the summer, we geared our suggestons for a dynamic return in September.

Presentatons on Zoom: Zoom meetngs are most successful when two or three people are assigned to

the important tasks of

1) moderatng the meetngs

2) admitng atendees

3) monitoring the chat/Q&A

• Stock photo processing: A variaton on a previous suggeston is to assign the members to process

a given stock image in two ways: one traditonally, the second quite manipulated. Clubs have

various names for creatng an image that cannot occur in reality: Open Mind, Altered Reality, New

Dimensions, etc.

• Weekly challenges: theme, subjects, etc. based on the creatvity of the club. Members share their

images for discussion.

• Discussion evenings: devote an entre evening to discussing various photographic topics:

• historic, ( camera types no longer or rarely used, i.e. pinhole cameras

• trends in photography

• the future of photography

• photographic processing,

• is photography art?

• Topics are endless….

• Non-club presenters: Lists of presenters will be put onto the NYMACC website. The advantage of

Zoom is the ability to atract out of town, even out of country, presenters.

• Member presentatons: Our members are incredibility creatve. They should be encouraged to

present on a topic of their choosing. Not only does this allow our members to learn from each

other, but also the member presenter is readily available for future questons.

• Small group mentoring: Breakout rooms can be utliied for this on regular meetng tmes. Or, as in

Color Camera Club of Westchester (CCCW), a club member sets up a mentoring session on a

partcular topic at a non-regular club meetng tme. These groups are limited in number and are

often requested to be repeated. Although these are not held on regular meetng nights, they are a

way for clubs to share their expertse.

• In the Style Of…: members each chooses a favorite photo of another photographer, well known or

not, to use as their base for this program: Members atempt to replicate that image or the style of

the image or to create their own image based on the emoton created by the chosen image.

• Member videos/slideshows: Meetngs where members show their own work, a theme, a locaton,

etc., in a video or slideshow. Sources for fnding music:

• htps://

• htps://

• htps://

• Photo-based documentary meetng: Show a documentary on photography or a photographer that

is legal to show. Depending on the length of the flm and the length of the club’s meetng tme, the

flm can be viewed by the members at a meetng or on their own tme with the meetng devoted to


• One suggeston is “a documentary about on Jay Maisel enttled “Jay Myself,s directed by

Stephen Wilkes. The Maisel flm can be rented to $4.99 on Vimeo


• Resources for documentary flms include but are not limited to: Channel 13, ICP, public

libraries, documentary flm festval websites.

• Unique Photographing: Encourage members to photograph in a way they’ve never done before:

pin hole cameras, solariiaton, use a fat bed scanner (ex. Elijah’s scanner video:

htps:// ). Each can be googled for

further how-to informaton.

• Equipment afnity groups: Zoom allows for breakout rooms so that members can compare notes,

questons, problems, and solutons on the type of cameras each uses.

• Ed Lee has shared a program taped at PWCC: 2018 Photoshop workshop at PWCC with David

Atlas which was recorded and uploaded to youTube. David has been involved with professional

retouching and PS for 20 years and uses examples from his commercial and studio work to speak

about the various techniques that he uses.



II Miscellaneous discussions

• Logistcs of paying club dues: PayPal, Zelle (free to users), other fnancial programs that make

it easier for members to join up or renew. Some clubs are lowering their dues since rents,

presenter fees, etc are not being incurred.

• Club calendars: most have yearly calendars

• Website constructon: CCCW uses htps:// The mail program is “clunkys

but emails can be sent out to club address list, members have the ability to opt out of having

emails sent to them, takes care of security, allows easy additons to several items, i.e. calendar,

and more. It’s worth looking into.

• Strength in Numbers: when a club cannot hire a professional presenter or have one sponsored

due to being too small, NYMACC members have been sending Deborah and Ron the

informaton invitng all addressees on the NYMACC mailing list to atend. In this age of Zoom,

greater atendance can be atained rather than having people drive to clubs across the tristate

area. This is available only to NYMACC members.

From our September 9 Meeting

I        Ideas for photo clubs to handle COVID-19 quarantine: NYMACC’s suggestions are geared to allow us to

socially distance, follow CDC regulations for the safety of ourselves and others. As most clubs are on

hiatus for the summer, we geared our suggestions for a dynamic return in September.

Presentations on Zoom:


Handling competitions varies from club to club: All clubs have canceled their print

competitons untl in-person meetings are safe.

Various ways competitions can be held during the pandemic:

◦ have limited the number of digital entries per member to allow more tme for the judges to


◦ rather than having judges, have interactive sharing/critquing. More interactive members

evening are being planned

◦ competition winners talk about their images

◦ Greater Bridgeport CC asks members to judge; scores are submitted before the meeting,

the meeting are reserved for comments. The maker’s name is revealed after the

comments. Other members can add comments after the judges have completed theirs.

• Breakout rooms:

◦ Clubs are experimenting with, or planning to experiment with, breakout rooms. Ideas


• mentoring on various topics

• sharing/critiquing in small groups

• select a master photographer's image, members make their own version. Then ask

◦ what did you learn from this process?

◦ Did it make you see your own work from a different perspective?

• Another way of using a master photographer's image:

◦ Ground Glass used Cartier-Bresson’s image “Decisive Moment” for members to

interpret in their own way (literally, philosophically, emotionally) the idea of

“something about to happen.”

• The above ideas are applicable to both full club or breakout rooms.

• Misc responses to Zoom meetings

◦ Some clubs have started ó hour earlier for the socializing all missed. Others socialize both

before and after the programs

◦ digital exhibits

▪ Ground Glass organized a virtual exhibit This link will be

available untl October 21, 2020. Please note that the exhibit was arranged to “fow” as

carefully as in-person exhibits are.

▪ hopefully next month we can learn more about how each of us can do this.

II       Other Club issues:

• Rental fees to meeting places variations:

◦ venues allowing clubs to move the payments forward to future in-person meetngs,

keeping the payments “in the bank”

◦ twice a year or 3 month payments are held of with on-going discussion of the remainder

of any payments already paid

◦ venue waived the fees during this pandemic and clubs are on Zoom

◦ Another issue with rented venues is time limitations that curtail program lengths. This

includes competitions where the final category to be judged, usually Salon, is

shortchanged. This is not an issue on Zoom.

◦ Since the meeting, one venue has returned the prepaid fees through the end of 2020

allowing that club to start over when the pandemic is over.

III      NYMACC website

• member clubs are reminded that we will post your events on the NYMACC calendar (send to

Ron at and forward them to entire email list (send to Deborah at )

• member clubs are also asked to send about 10 images from your members for the photo scroll.

Send these to

• Joining NYMACC has become even easier. Click on htps:// to

join or in December to renew: Zelle is now an option, use the address

From our October 28 Meeting

I        Ideas for photo clubs to handle COVID-19 quarantine: NYMACC’s suggestions are geared to allow us to

socially distance, follow CDC regulations for the safety of ourselves and others.

• Field trips

◦ small groups

◦ mentoring sessions run bl club members for 8-10 members limit

◦ self-guided trips with window to complete the trip followed by

▪ sending in photos and comments to the club newsletter

▪ zoom photo/comment sharing night

◦ no car pooling

◦ outdoors only


• Club photo shares to get/keep member partcipation. All ideas have worked for and/or

suggested by those present and can be tweaked as each club translates them to their own

membership. They are a key to club survival: interacting and a sense of community

  • Club critiquing variations

    • send 2-4 images to central place (generally the one used for competitions, etc.)

    • each image is critiqued by members

    • score sheets sent with images to members; scores are then tallied and compared during meeting: this usually results in a wide spread of scores, very few images are scored below average

  • Master challenge: Either the Board chooses a famous photographer or members choose one themselves      : Members then create their own image in the style of, their own representation of or what that image evokes in them. This challenge is quite flexible.

    • Sharing results can either be full club or in breakout rooms. CCCW chose full club sharing as everyone wanted to see/hear what their colleagues had created.

  • Workshop nights

    • invite one to a few presenters on a topic. Try to encourage all levels to present. 

  • “Help me with this image” membership make suggestions or unfinished images      

  • “B Sides” Share images not chosen to enter into competition, members make suggestions for improvement.

  • “Theme of four” members show images on one theme for positive feedback, not for critiquing.

  • Self-portrait: send in a self-portrait (however they are sent for competition) for other members to ask questions such as: why did you do it?, was it amusing, etc. NO critiquing.

  • 1 image, 2 ways: Board sends 3 raw images to the members on any subject for members to process 2 ways: traditional and non-traditional.  Again, discussion only, no critiquing. The results are always very creative.   

  • Photo Club Pals: PWCC has developed a relationship with a club in Pretoria, South Africa. They share photos across the world. It is possible to have a relationship with national and/or international clubs.

  • Expanding our critiquing

    • share 2-3 images taken with a lens rarely or never used, discuss results

    • share a grouping of one subject taken with various lenses. Members explain why a particular lens was the only one that captured their pre-visualized image.  

    • pushing the camera: share 2-3 images of motion blur, multiple images, lens twisting, etc

    • share 2-3 images using 2 cameras/2 lenses or an  infrared retrofitted camera: compare the results

    • A different perspective: share 2-3 images taken from perspectives member(s) do not usually shoot from: higher, lower, floor level, sideways—any perspective other than standing straight up.

  • Competition variations:

    • 2-4 images each, depending on size of club’s normal entries

    • announcing judges is strictly a club decision:

      • some clubs do not announce judge’s names beforehand

      • others do saying it allows members to check him/her out while other members “game the system.”

    • titles are also strictly a club decision, there are pros and cons for including them or not        

      • at IPC and PPA 

        • sometimes no scores, just thumbs up/down

        • Professional clubs use them; time can be spent suggesting nouns and adjectives to use in titles

        • this year at PPA comments were made only when there was a challenge

        • most NYMCC clubs are amateur and do not abide by PPA rules

    • Print competitions:

      • for the duration of the pandemic, clubs have suspended holding print competitions

      • clubs

        • have replaced prints with other digital completions, i.e. themes

        • reduced the number of competitions in favor of sharing/interactive events  

      • pre-pandemic: RCP displayed all prints on a large table for members to view/discuss along with coffee/cake

    • After winners announced some clubs have them speak about their images   

    • at PWCC sometimes includes “ringers” by non-club members. If they win, the judge is told they are ringers.

    • At RPC the entire competition will sometimes be exact same images to another judge has scored. The results are informative.

    • Resubmitting images variations

      • can resubmit a second time but the maker can only get ½ the score if the image(s) have won previously

      • can resubmit if the image(s) a year later if it did not get any award, and can be reworked.

    • Composite images variations

      • can be submitted only in non-traditional categories (Open Mind, Alternate Reality, New Dimensions, etc)           

      • amateur clubs require that all components of an image must be the work of the maker including textures, skies, etc. Professional clubs must show the components on the side and can be work of others.

    • Traditional/photo realistic: generally, the manipulation is not obvious but is basically merely enhancement of the image.

    • Prescreening images

      • before the actual judging begins: Some clubs do, others do not.

      • Images sent to a committee before the competition. If there seem to be problems, the image is returned to the maker for corrections or for submitting a different image, if there is time.

  • Non-club presentations

    • recording on Zoom

      • ask presenters beforehand for their permission

      • some clubs record, recordings are available to members only, unless specified

II          NYMACC website