The Science Museum
Camera Club

The Science Museum Camera Club is a community of practice that has been meeting at the Buffalo Museum of Science since 1939.  As a community, we welcome photographers of all levels of experience.  We believe that by sharing our knowledge, experience, and friendship we can grow in our abilities as photographers while having fun doing so.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • The first FORMAT Newsletter for the 2021-2022 Season has been published. You can read the newsletter here 202109_SMCC_Format_Newsletter.pdf

  • The information on the OCCC vs NFRCC Inter-Regional Competition can be downloaded here OCCC vs NFRCC Interregional competition Nov. 6_2021.pdf. We encourage our members to look at the categories to see if there are any images that might fit the category. The club will review the images used in competitions and may submit some of those images.

  • Meetings for the 2021 - 2022 Season will be held online, except the Hands-on Education sessions that will be held at the Audubon Branch of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library. Visitors can join us by sending a message to the Website Administrator.

  • This season, we added another category of images for our competitions. We are allowing members to enter up to two images that will be critiqued without being scored. Members can take the critique and re-edit the images for submission into a competition.

SMCC Branded Garments from Land End

Our club has a Lands End Storefront.  You can purchase garments with the SMCC Logo from Lands End.

Here is the link to the Storefront: https://business.landsend.com/store/smcc/

Meetings:

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, ALL SMCC MEETING WILL BE VIRTUAL FOR THE 2021 - 2022 SEASON

From September through May, we meet every first and third Wednesday of each month at The Buffalo Museum of Science located at 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14211-1293. The venue is the museum's theater which features a world-class screen for projected images and theater seating.   Meetings start at 6:30 PM and close by 9:30 PM. Visitors are welcome at any meeting at no cost. Since Summer is the time to go photograph with the family, the club does not meet during June, July, and August. Please see our schedule on this website for more detail.

Contact us: E-mail

The Club Helps Members Achieve Their Photographic Goals:

Below is listed some of the activities the Club offers as a means to follow your passion.  As a community, it is up to the members to determine what best fits their needs. 

Feedback:  The first meeting of every month is a competition.  Following specified guidelines, members enter digital and print images that are evaluated by experienced judges from outside the club.  One key benefit of competition is that everyone views the entries and hears judges' comments which in turn will help all understand how to improve their own photography.

Education:  The second meeting of every month is program night, featuring topics of interest to the club members.  These sessions are intended to foster knowledge and understanding and to support all members in becoming better photographers.

Hands-on: Several opportunities for field trips are offered each year and the club encourages member participation.

Informal Connections:  One of the greatest benefits of community is that one can always connect with other Club members to learn a new skill or to solve problems.  The Club environment is keyed to facilitating these interactions.

Outings:  Club members go as a group to interesting locations for photographic opportunities.

Opportunities to Exhibit Photos:

The club participates in several photo competitions regionally and internationally where members' photos are submitted. The Club is a member of the Photographic Society Of America (PSA) and the Niagara Frontier Regional Camera Clubs (NFRCC), both of which hold competitions. Galleries on the Club website also provide the opportunity for members to showcase their photographs on the internet.

Membership:

The annual individual membership fee is $40.00 and a family membership is $50.00. Students over 18 with School ID can join for free.

Only paid members can enter pictures in competitions.  Visitors, please feel free to drop in on any meeting.  We welcome all levels of photography.

 

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