Welcome to the Gateway Camera Club


Our goals are to share ideas, knowledge, and insight; to help improve the skills and abilities of our members; and to have some fun while enjoying photography. We recognize photography is changing, growing and with ever-emerging technologies, more exciting than ever!  Gateway was one of the first local camera clubs to embrace digital photography and, as a result, we have some very knowledgeable digital photographers. Many award-winning members of Gateway Camera Club honed their talents and abilities through the mentoring they found at Gateway.

Our club is very active and we meet on most Tuesdays from September to June 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Want to compete, learn and share? Check out our exciting schedule. Visitors and new members are always welcome. Just stop in and introduce yourself. We hope you'll soon find an aspect of Gateway that fits your interests. Please browse our website, learn more about what we do, and enjoy. And remember, enthusiasm is catchy. Come and catch some!  


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The slideshow to the right are images from our Image of the Year Competition



Upcoming Events - All Meetings are on Zoom Until Further Notice

Education Night - Sept 6th - Competition Overview


Image Study - Sept 13th - Commentator


Program Night - Sept 20th - "The Art of Abstract Photography" presented by Lewis Katz

What is abstract photography?  Just an out of focus image - hardly!  Abstract photography can take on so many different forms its hard to pin down an exact definition.  That is what makes it so fascinating.  In this presentation I will cover and discuss the many forms of abstract photography and the techniques used to create them.  Simplicity, composition, angle of view, lighting, harmony and most importantly mystery.  I discuss how to create effective abstract images using everyday objects, using design elements, using macro lenses, shooting through objects, capturing motion, playing with lighting and how to create a home studio to create and capture abstract images.

Bio: Photography has been part of me from a young age.  An early memory of my Dad is him looking down through the viewfinder of his twin lens reflex camera.  He soon graduated to a Konica rangefinder that was constantly by his side.  I vividly remember the slide shows of family vacations as well as more private moments shared by my parents.  My first camera was the Olympus Pen F half frame beauty and I soon moved through the full line of Olympus OM models.  Fast forward to the digital cameras and images of today.  I still shoot Olympus but have added a Nikon to the bag.


Competition  - Sept 27th - Theme Black & White - Judge Gustav Verdeber

Gustav is from northern Vermont, a professional Nature shooter, naturalist, workshop teacher, and a professor of Environmental science at Northern Vermont University. See https://www.sojournsinnature.com/about.html






Black and white  - A black and white image may consist exclusively of black and white or may include shades of gray tone (grayscale) that may range from dark (black) to light (white).  A black and white image is a monochrome image, but not all monochrome images qualify as black and white.  An image will not qualify as a black and white image if it contains tones, shades or hues of color other than black, gray or white.

Color - This category requires that a single color must be the dominant element in the image.  An image which meets this requirement but also contains other colors is permitted. 

Abstract - In general, abstracts are created in-camera or in post-processing by removing the context from the subject being photographed.  This can be accomplished by zooming in, blurring, blending, focusing on a small section, exaggerating or distorting an aspect of the subject, or otherwise using color, light, shadow, texture, shape and/or form to convey a feeling, sensation or impression. The subject of the photograph may be an identifiable object but should be rendered in a way that the identity of the object is secondary to aspects of form, color (or tone), lines, shapes, or texture.    

Shadow  - A shadow is the absence of light – therefore plays a part in photography by creating contrast or grading. A shadow is formed when something comes between the light source and the surface. If the light hits the object from the same angle – this will create a dark shadow with well-defined edges. In this category, the shadow must be a significant element in the image though not necessarily the dominant element.

Still Life - Still life photography is the depiction of inanimate subject matter, most typically a small grouping of objects, organic or inorganic. Still life photography, more so than other types of photography, such as landscape or portraiture, gives the photographer more leeway in the arrangement of design elements within a composition.

Pets and Critters - This category is for animal images that clearly are not eligible to enter in the Nature category such as images of pets, service animals, and domesticated and farm animals.  Images in this category may include the hand of man.  The main subject must be the animal.

Texture - In art theory, texture is considered one of the elements of art, along with line, color, shape, form, and space. In photography, depth, good contrast, and patterns are what define textures. Texture can create an image and can captivate the viewer on its own. You simply have to get close enough to show all the textured detail, and you have to find patterns in the texture, so that the viewer remains engaged. 

Architectural Detail - This category includes any specific feature or features of building design and construction, inside or out. The architecture can be residential, commercial, religious, monumental — anything. Details could include (but are not limited to) a doorknob, interesting ceiling or decorative exterior features. The only limitation is that the structure should not be shown in its entirety. 


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GCC has established two Instagram hashtags to promote our club member pictures.  These are as follows:



We are looking forward to seeing your pictures under our hashtags on Instagram. Please contact anyone on the Social Media Committee (Fred Floru, Beth DeBor, Susan McIntyre or Terry Anderson) if you have any questions.

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