Billings Camera Club

Billings, MT
40 Members

Club Admins:

Bob Ruble

Erin Bean

Fran Nunn

Patrick McDonald

Robyn Mehmke

The Billings Camera Club is the oldest club of its kind in Yellowstone County. Since 1947 the BCC has supported amateur and professional photographers in their quest to create art with the capture of light.

Our goal is to build skills through education, workshops, field trips, and competitions, to create incentives to shoot subjects new to you, and to foster new friendships.

INTERESTED?   Great!  Come to our next meeting and check it out. Everyone is welcome--introduce yourself ! Our meetings might include informative discussions by guest lecturers or fellow club members on subjects ranging from equipment, framing, lighting, and composition, to mastering post-processing software such as Photoshop and Lightroom, digital printing and more. Or see the results of in-club and national competitions, or enjoy evenings of show and tell. 

DUES  this year are $15 per person

Click HERE  to pay online

Club Gallery: Special Recognition Gallery

A New Dawn Coming

Dennis Hirning

Montana Professional Photographer's Association

Ross Magnuson

Tactical Life Magazine

Ross Magnuson

Balsalm Root on West Boulder

Sheila Ruble


Sheila Ruble

Room For Just One

Dennis Hirning

Tree Tangle

Dennis Hirning

Mallard Taking Flight

Dennis Hirning

The Eyes of Blue

Dennis Hirning

Bugling Elk

Gloria Allwin

Made Ready

Larry Bean

Coquille River Lighthouse

Larry Bean

For the Sake of Argument

Larry Bean

Pink Watering Can

Dennis Hirning

Taking a Header

Dennis Hirning

Night Train 2

Dennis Hirning

Pavement Ant

Dennis Hirning

Felines of the Alhambra

Larry Bean

Focused on the Future

Larry Bean

Suspended Journey

Larry Bean

The Burp

Larry Bean

Makoshika State Park (Montana Outdoors July/August 2021 issue)

Diane Browder

Widow Skimmer Dragonfly, Montana Outdoors May/June 2019 issue

Diane Browder

Club Gallery: Impressionistic Photos club gallery

Autumn aspen abstract

Bob Ruble

Autumn aspen abstract 2

Bob Ruble

An earlier attempt at Impressionism

Patrick McDonald

Aspen swirl

Diane Erhart

Agave Effect

Diane Erhart

Golden Drops

Diane Erhart

Cone flower spiral

Diane Erhart

Minutes from June Meeting

  • Billings Camera Club Minutes- June 1, 2021

This meeting was conducted via ZOOM due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing requirements.

The meeting was called to order by Bob Ruble and Diane Erhart at 7:06 PM. There were 15 participants.

New Business:

  • New changes for next year include the addition of monthly galleries for members to post new images that they are pleased with or want help with. The new gallery will be put up the day after the monthly meeting for the next month. This will begin in September. There are no specific topics or judging- just “My Favorite Images”- start with 5 per member. Depending on the website storage capacity, these galleries may remain posted for a while or may need to be replaced with the next month’s gallery.
  • There will be a gallery for “What I did Last Summer” to share images that members make over the next 3 months.
  • For contests, there will be two divisions: Novice/Intermediate and Advanced. There will also be a Critique only category. Each person can choose their own division. The Critique only category will have comments given from other club members but will not be judged or have scores assigned. As members become more proficient and win in the Beg/Int category, they will be moved up into the Advanced division. When this happens will be decided on as we go. Members can enter images into the contest as well as the Critique only. Hopefully this will encourage more members to participate. At the end of the year, there will be a Photographer of the Year for each level.

Contest Results:

Results of the ‘White on White’ competition were revealed. This was judged by one person from the PSA. There were 21 entries.

  • Marble and Dried Paint- Dennis Hirning- HM
  • Delicate in White- Fran Nunn- HM
  • Showy Plumage- Diane Erhart- HM
  • A Beautiful Bird- Larry Robson- 3rd place
  • Toby- Bob Ruble- 2nd place
  • White Caps- Carolyn Jones- 1st place


Educational presentation: We watched a video presentation on Minimalism in Photography by Judy Hancock. Some ideas from this:

  • Capture the feeling of your subject, the essence.
  • What are you drawn to? Pay attention to specifics of what speaks to you- with or without your camera (for inspiration).
  • 3 rules- Simplify-Simplify-Simplify
  • Resources:;

Educational topics suggested for next year:

  • Night photography
  • Black & White
  • Impressionistic techniques
  • Macro

If you have any topics that you would like to see presented, please contact a Board member or put a message on the website.

Contest topics for next year for you to work on:

  • Days Gone By
  • Inside the Flower
  • Symmetry
  • Minimalist photography

All photos, scores and comments for this contest can be seen on the website for Billings Camera Club (on MyCameraClub)

Upcoming Events:

  • There will be a Bird Photography outing with Patrick McDonald at Shiloh Ponds (across from Scheel’s) on Saturday, June 12 at 8 am. If you want to be there earlier and want his help, please contact Patrick.

The next meeting will be in September.

This meeting was adjourned at 8:46pm.


Respectfully submitted,

Fran Nunn, Secretary

Contest topics for 2021-22

Club competition topics for 2021-22


  • Inside the Flower - Due Oct 1
  • Symmetry - Due Dec 1
  • Days Gone By - Due Feb 1
  • Minimalist photography - Due Apr 1

Each of these will be judged in three categories: Intermediate, Advanced, and Critique Only. Your choice. 

Critique Only is like the 3rd Division of each intra-club contest. Those divisions are Advanced, Intermediate and Critique Only. A member can enter 1 or 2 images in either Advanced or Intermediate. In addition, you can enter 1 or 2 images in Critique Only by itself or in addition to one of the other divisions. So it is possible to have 4 photos in the intra-club contests. Critique Only will be judged by the same judge as the Intermediate and Advanced divisions. Images in Critique Only should fit the same topic.