Billings Camera Club

Billings, MT
55 Members


Club Admins:

Bob Ruble

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 through 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.

We meet monthly at 6pm on the first Tuesday of the month, from September to June, in the Billings Public Library Community Room. During the pandemic, we switched to virtual meetings using the Zoom platform. We are currently meeting in person again, but have continued to stream meetings for members unable to attend in person.  

INTERESTED?   Great!  Come to our next meeting and check it out. You can sign up for free as a guest for limited access to this website. (Click 'Join' at the top right of this screen.) 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: May 2023

Dramatic Dahlia

Fran Nunn

Out of the Fog

Fran Nunn

Abandoned on a foggy morning

Fran Nunn

Building materials

Fran Nunn

Golden currant

Fran Nunn

Quote the Raven- “Nevermore”

Greg Sullivan

Ken Conger

Raven

Greg Sullivan

Ken Conger

Big Lake near Molt

Patrick McDonald

Springtime in Yellowstone

Gloria Allwin

'The Monster in the Doorway.'

Nicholas W

Seagull at Big Lake

Patrick McDonald

'Springtime in Billings.'

Nicholas W

White and Black

Greg Sullivan

Riders in the Sky

Greg Sullivan

Frazzled

Gloria Allwin



Club Gallery: April 2023

Yellowstone at Four Dances

Drew MacLeod

McInnis Canyon National Conservation Area

Drew MacLeod

Patch Hole 101

Dale Jennison

Cranes in the snow

Patrick McDonald

Nevermore

Patrick McDonald

Is it spring yet?

Patrick McDonald

Mr Friendly #2!!

Dale Jennison

U.S. Bank Geometric

Greg Sullivan

Prairie Home

Drew MacLeod

Mr Friendly!!

Dale Jennison

Twins

Gloria Allwin



Contest topics for 2023-2024

Competitions for

2023-24

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  • Aged - Due Oct 1
  • PSA 2023-24 Round 1 -- Due Nov 1
  • Motion Blur Effect - Due Dec 1
  • PSA 2023-24 Round 2 -- Due Jan 1
  • Doors - Due Feb 1
  • PSA 2023-24 Round 3 -- Due Mar 1
  • Composition Alternatives to Rule of Thirds - Due Apr 1

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Intra-Club competitions:

Each of the intra-club competitions will be judged in three categories: Intermediate, Advanced, and Critique Only. Your choice. 

 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.

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PSA PID Competitions:

The Photographic Society of America Projected Image Division inter-club competition, Open. Any subject, any processing or editing. 

There are two divisions: Color and Monochrome. You may enter the same photo in both divisions (i.e., one in color and a duplicate edited to monochrome), but they need to have the same title/file name.

In order to compete, you must have a permission form on file with the PSA. See message from Fran Nunn, Secretary.

This is a competition between PSA member clubs from around the US and the world. We will vote to choose 6 images to send as our club's entry. PSA will give each image a numerical score, and each club's total score is tabulated over the year to assign its relative place within its group. 

Member clubs are divided into 6 groups, A through F, according to their cumulative score over the year. Currently we are in Group B, next to highest, in 18th place out of 25.

BCC meeting minutes April 2023

Billings Camera Club

April Meeting Minutes

— meeting cancelled —


BCC meeting minutes May 2023

Billings Camera Club Meeting Minutes

May 2, 2023


BILLINGS CAMERA CLUB MEETING MINUTES FOR MAY 2023


The meeting was held at the Billings Public Library and was called to order by Diane Erhart, president, at 6:09 pm.   There were approximately 20 members in attendance and a few on line for the Zoom call.


Announcements:

Topics for competitions for 2023-2024 were announced and are as follows:

  • Aged
  • Composition Alternatives
  • Motion Blur Effect
  • Doors

Club Outing: Diane has organized a Crow Indian Dress Shoot to be held on June 4 in Crow Agency at 4 pm. There is a charge of $50 per club member and $75 for non- club members.

Larry Bean announced an exhibition at the YAM by Montana photographer Barbara Van Cleeve (black and white photos). Her exhibit is up through June 25. She will be doing a presentation/panel on Women and Ranching this Thursday and an Artist talk and reception on June 1 beginning at 5 pm at the museum.

Program:

Ken Conger, club member and professional wildlife photographer, presented a talk and slide show about wildlife conservation and some of his adventures in the wild, primarily in Africa. He told us some startling facts regarding the dwindling numbers of some animals, including elephants, Mountain gorillas and the 7 big cats in the world.  His photographs were wonderful. He took Q&A and there were many questions about photography gear and technique. Ken was so enthusiastic about photography, travel and teaching- it was contagious. Thanks Ken.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:30pm

Submitted by Fran Nunn Sec/Treas