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, all levels of experience are welcome.  We believe that by sharing our knowledge, experience, and friendship we can grow in our abilities as photographers while having fun doing so.


The March 2021 Issue of our Newsletter, The FORMAT, has been released. This is the second issue for the 2020-2021 Season. You can download the newsletter here: March 2021 The FORMAT Newsletter

We are asking for Get Acquainted Cards for the December 16 "Holiday Party" Virtual Meeting.  It has been a while since we have met in person and there are also new members. We are going to introduce everyone using these Get Acquainted Cards.  Instructions can be found here:  Get Acquainted Card Instructions

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:

Checkout Our Members Galleries: Member Photographs


From September 4, 2019 through May 6, 2020, 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

Click on "Resources Tab" from the top toolbar menu for Club Information, tutorials, competition rules

Field Trip information can be found in the "Events list" from the Organization tab above 

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.


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.


2020-2021 Meeting Schedule (Until further notice, all meetings are virtual)

(Note: The full descriptions of the programs are under the menu: Program and Education Schedule)

September 2, 2020
7:00 PM – Program – Welcome Back
September 9, 2020
7:00 PM – Education – "Photography 1 and 2 for Beginners and Beyond" – Emily Hojnowski
September 16, 2020
7:00 PM – Program – "Photography Part 2 for Beginners and Beyond" – Emily Hojnowski
October 7, 2020
7:00 PM – 1st Competition Judged by
October 14, 2020
7:00 PM – Education – "Black & White Photography" – Don Toothaker  

October 21, 2020
7:00 PM – Program – "Show Us YOUR Edit" – Cheryl Belczak  

November 4, 2020
7:00 PM – 2nd Competition Judged by

November 11, 2020
7:00 PM – Education – "Lightroom Tips and Tethering" – Stephen Gabris

November 18, 2020
7:00 PM – Program – "Cell Phone Photography" – Aitina Fareed-Cooke 

November 21, 2020
The Annual inter-club competition between the NFRCC and OCCC regions.  See for details

December 2, 2020
7:00 PM – 3rd Competition Judged by

December 9, 2020
7:00 PM – Education – "Topaz Editing Software" – Greg Rostami

December 16, 2020
7:00 PM – Holiday Party and Member’s Essays projected for our enjoyment
January 6, 2021
7:00 PM – 4th Competition Judged by

January 13, 2021
7:00 PM – Education – "Up and Running with Luminar 4" – Robert Vanelli

January 20, 2021
7:00 PM – Education – Member Assignment night, Members will discuss the assigned subjects and how the image was taken and edited.

February 3, 2021
7:00 PM – 5th Competition Judged by
February 10, 2021
7:00 PM – Education – "Night Photography" – Ed Bartels 

February 17, 2021
7:00 PM – Program – "Focus on Details" –  Cheryl Belczak and Jeff Hayward

March 3, 2021
7:00 PM – 6th Competition Judged by
March 10, 2021
7:00 PM – Education – "Applying textures to your images in Photoshop" – Larry Mathewson 

March 12-14, 2021
Can Am Photo Expo at the Sheraton on the Falls, Niagara Falls Ontario, Canada.  See for details

March 17, 2021
7:00 PM – E Thomas Smith Nature Competition
April 7, 2021
7:00 PM – 7th Competition Judged by
April 14, 2021
7:00 PM – Education –"Light Painting" – Scott Simmons

April 21, 2021
7:00 PM – Program – "Marketing Tips for Your Photography Business" – Patti Larson

May 5, 2021
7:00 PM – EOY Competition
May 12, 2021
7:00 PM – Education –"Understanding Creativity To Improve Your Photography" – Joe Edelman
May 19, 2021
6:30 PM – Award Banquet

Pinterest  Facebook

PSA Logo
Member Organization

Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) support is turned off on your browser. This is controlled by Accessibility options on your browser and Display Properties. Your viewing experience will be severely degraded without this support.

This website is hosted by Visual Pursuits, a service provided by Software Pursuits, Inc.