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!  

The slideshow to the right are images from our  February 2024 Competition


Interested in seeing what Gateway Camera Club is all about? You are welcome to join as a Guest Member for 30 days.  Just send us an Email and you will be added to the attendee list for the next 30 days.



Upcoming Events



March Competition Deadline - Sunday March  3rd at 11:59 PM Sharp - Theme is Black & White


Education Night - March 5th "Computational Photography: How Our Smartphones Are Beating The Big Cameras”  by Gary Friedman

Computational Photography:  How our Smartphones are Beating the Big Cameras 
We are entering a new era in photography, one in which “lowly” smartphones are taking pictures that look as good as if you had shot in RAW and post-processed. Sure, nothing beats a big camera for image quality, resolution, and control, but for everyday use normal people are getting great results without any knowledge and without spending time at the computer. What tricks are the smartphone manufacturers using that the big camera companies aren’t? How do they get great results in Night View mode without needing a tripod? Why do they create a 3D map of the image in the phone? And how quickly might your traditional big camera become obsolete?  

In this talk, Gary explains the clever secrets being employed behind the scenes, and offers impressive examples demonstrating that the quality gap between smartphones and traditional cameras continues to shrink.  (This talk was originally commissioned by the Royal Photographic Society in London.)

Bio: Gary L. Friedman is a professional photographer who has traveled the world with his cameras and runs the stock image website FriedmanArchives.com.  He has also written several highly-acclaimed e-books on digital imaging, all aimed at demystifying the complexities of digital cameras.  His photography and writing has been published in magazines, newspapers, and books worldwide, and he is associate editor of CameraCraft magazine in the UK.  He was also listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for building the world’s smallest telephone way back in 1980 (before cell phones or cordless phones were around). 
Before graduating to photography he was a rocket scientist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he patented the image authentication system now used in high-end digital cameras from Canon and Nikon.

Gary’s best-known works are the 1988 “Peace Child in Latvia”, a photojournalistic documentary about a historic exchange between Soviet and American high-school student back in the days of the cold war, his 2003 China Blog about his adventures teaching English in China, and his 2018 tour in Vietnam where he documented the humanitarian work of Hearts for Hue, helping the poorest neglected citizens of this former capital care for themselves.

Gary keeps busy now with photo assignments, image licensing, writing books, and acting as a distributor for a most unique musical instrument called a Xaphoon.  In his spare time (Ha!) he is traveling the world offering highly-acclaimed photography seminars to any photo club that wants it.  He can be reached at Gary@FriedmanArchives.com.



March Competition - March  12th - Theme is Black & White -  Judge Todd Nettelhorst


Program Night - March 19th -  "In Depth on Depth" presented by Colleen Miniuk

Are your landscape photographs falling flat? While humans see the world in three dimensions, a photographer renders an image of a scene through our camera in only two. Not only do our cameras "see" differently than our eyes and brains do, but also our own eyes can deceive us: what we see and what we think we see doesn't always line up. If we understand how humans see depth, we can consciously create a sense of shape and dimension in our compositions. Join outdoor photographer/writer Colleen Miniuk for this insightful 90-minute webinar to learn how to mindfully incorporate the three L’s (lines, layers, and light)—and even optical illusions!—that can help transform uninspiring arrangements into engaging expressive photographs

Bio:  Colleen Miniuk is a corporate-America-escapee turned full-time outdoor photographer, writer, publisher, instructor, and speaker from Chandler, Arizona. Her credits include National Geographic calendars, Arizona Highways, AAA Via, National Parks Traveler, On Landscape, and a variety of other publications. After serving three times as an Artist-in-Residence with Acadia National Park, she authored the award-winning guidebook, Photographing Acadia National Park: The Essential Guide to When, Where, and How. She is also the author of Wild in Arizona: Photographing Arizona’s Wildflowers, Seeing the Light in Outdoor Photography, and The Current Flows: Water in the Arid West. Her first adventure travel memoir, So Said the River: Life, Loss, and Pie on the Colorado will be published in summer 2024. She writes an online photography advice column called “Dear Bubbles” and leads photography workshops, women’s photography retreats (called “Sheography™”), and online sessions for camera clubs, outdoor organizations, and private clients. Learn more at http://www.colleenminiuk.com



Image Study - March 26th - Commentator Jeff Larason




Announcements, Groups, SIG Meetings and Field Trips


Lighting SIG Meeting - Saturday March 2nd

Date:   Saturday, Mar. 02, 2024
Time:  11:30 AM
Place: Community Room of the McAuliffe branch of the Framingham Public Library, 746 Water Street, Framingham, MA 01701        
Fee:   $15.00 for model(s)


 1. Must have attended one or more previous Lighting SIG meetings

Registration closes at 11:59 PM February 29
 3. Members will be required to know how to change their camera's settings like ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed. If you are not sure how to do that, you can e-mail Terry(tla_photo@yahoo.com)  before the meeting with the brand of  our camera and he will send you links so they can learn how to. 


   Terry Anderson will lead us in continuing our photographic lighting journey.
   We will have from one to three young adult models. This is not a model shoot. Having a live person to photograph helps us learn how changes in a lighting set up affects the shape, brightness and shadows on the human face. Each shot will be evaluated and discussed. 
   This will be only for Gateway Camera Club members who have participated in a Lighting SIG meeting. There is a small fee of $15.00 each member to pay for the kids' time. Pay Terry in cash at the meeting. 
   We will also be covering an introduction to continuous Lighting. Terry will also talk about using projectors with Gobos for the next meeting. 

Terry will be supplying all equipment except cameras.

What we will cover:
1) How to set up a 3 light shoot
2) Posing of subjects
3) Basic functions of a light meter
4) Introduction of continuous lighting 
5) Introduction to Projectors and Gobos

For questions about the meeting contact:  Buz Bragdon, administrative assistant to Terry Anderson


Field Trip to the Old Schwamb Mill - Saturday, March 16th


Stepping inside the unassuming two and half story wood framed industrial building, you are suddenly swept back in time as far back as the mid 1800's...or have you?  No, the craftsmen have seemingly simply  gone to lunch.  You are surrounded by antique woodworking benches, machines, and tools of all sorts. Chisels are laying on the workbench.  The overhead belt and pulley drive system temporarily quiet.  
Sitting on the oldest mill site in the US, read the extensive history of the Old Schwamb Mill here: https://oldschwambmill.org/
I've discovered an absolute hidden gem and you want to come see and photograph this place.  The posted times are only general.  Exact times and all the other details will be sent to the registered group. 
In efforts to have the best quality experience, the limit for this trip is 12 Gateway members.  A second field trip may be offered in the future.  

REGISTRATION:  /club/Event_Registration.aspx?EventId=debce6d6-31ab-48e4-968f-6a41bd316af2

Offered by Buz Bragdon



Hands-on Shoot Date - Saturday March 30th


The date for our hands-on shoot has changed to March 30th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We’re still looking for set ups so if you have a favorite or would like to bring interesting items to shoot, please let Beth Debor - EMAIL - know as soon as you can.

As a reminder, we will be ordering pizza around noon for $2 a slice and water will be provided. If you would like to bring a snack to share, that would be appreciated. 

There is a $10 fee for non-members unless they bring a set up? The fee will be collected at the door.

Registration on our website is open and will close on March 28th.  Link to registration: /club/Event_Registration.aspx?EventId=210f368e-b888-455e-b4aa-3cfddf7a6af6


Sudbury's Goodnow Library Show - February 1st to February 29th


We will be hanging the exhibit on Thursday, February 1st and remove the exhibit on Thursday, February 29th (Yep, it's a leap year).

The Goodnow Library exhibit space has room for approximately 40 images. Make yours among those on display. This is a high visibility gallery on the main floor and in the highly utilized community room of the library. (Multiple images by the same artist will be accepted on a space available basis, first registered first in, second image by artist accepted after all first images, etc.)  

We will be displaying a binder with Artist's Statements in the library. Artist statements are typically one page, 8 1/2 x 11, but any length is permissible. Basically, an artist statement is a short autobiography of your artistic journey leading up to where you are now. You might include such items as how you got interested in photography, your influences, what kinds of subjects move you, what kinds of messages or stories you want to convey to viewers. An optional, but common, section of your artist statement discusses the image(s) you have currently in the Goodnow Library show. There may be a backstory of how this image came to be, or maybe you want to suggest it's meaning, or simply say how it affects you. It is recommended that you include a small copy of the photo along with the text. Artist Statements are due on the day of the show installation. If you would like to see previous sample artist statements, please email me and I will be happy to send you some samples. 

Join us on Sunday Feb 18th from 2 - 4 PM for our artists' reception a the library.

Frank Schimmoller


Multi-Club Competition - April 30, 2024

All members of the Boston, Gateway, Newton and Stony Brook Camera Clubs are invited to participate in the friendly 5th Annual Multi-Club Competition to be hosted online on April 30, 2024, 7:00-9:30 PM. All images must be created within a one-year period beginning April 1, 2023 and ending March 31, 2024.

The categories for next year's Multi-Club Competition have been agreed to by the four clubs as follows:

1. Abstract Expressionism
2. Complementary Colors
3. Curves
4. High Key/Low Key
5. Music
6. Seasons
7. Street Photography
8. Tender Moment

More information and complete definitions may be found on this page>>  /d/7103295a-c97b-4721-9c14-2beedb8baf0a


Watkins Glen Photography Trip - August 26-30, 2024


Please consider joining other GCC members on a trip to Watkins Glen, NY this summer.

Our main focus will be to do some hiking and to photograph waterfalls (of which there are many in this area). We may also add other places of interest as the group makes plans (Corning Glass Museum, Wineries for example).

We are looking into a few different options for where to stay; we don’t all have to stay at there same place.

Camping on Lake Seneca with boat launch for canoes and kayaks:  Smith Memorial Park in Hector, NY https://www.smithmemorialpark.com

Inns and B&B

The Lodge at Grist Iron Brewing Company: https://www.gristironbrewing.com/the-lodge-rooms
Vineyard Villas: https://thevineyardvillas.com
Magnolia Place B&B: https://www.magnoliawelcome.com

There will be more details to follow for those who register. Registration does NOT commit you to the trip, it only keeps you in the know as plans come together. 

Follow this link to register for the event: /club/Events_view.aspx?Eventid=4123d80f-5450-499c-bb2f-2febcb8bbd0c


Photographer's Event List

Buz is creating an events of interest to photographers list.  This is intended to be an interactive list with any member sending Buz an event that they've learned about.  The event can be anything that you think would be of interest to photographers.  These could be larger regional events or small home town celebrations of some kind.   Any theme might be a good event:  specialty sports (nat'l leagues, we already know about), state and local fairs and festivals, flowers and gardens, historic, special visiting exhibits at museums, and events that defy categorization.  As you send Buz events,  he will add to the list and send out periodic updated e-mails. 

All Season  Car Shows  Many, many local and regional motor vehicle related events, weekdays and weekends.  Contact Buz for info.

American Heritage Museumhttps://www.americanheritagemuseum.org/event/living-history-presentation-life-as-a-roman-soldier/

February 5, 12, 19, 26 and Mar 4 - Adobe Lightroom Classic on Zoom by Bob Singer - https://ci.ovationtix.com/31005/production/1183795

March 2nd- March 17th - Spring Bulb Show - Smith College, Northampton - https://garden.smith.edu/news-events/events/2024-spring-bulb-show

May 11th - Watch City Steampunk Festival - https://www.watchcityfestival.com/

July 11-14 Quincy and July 25-28 Devens - The Wall That Heals - Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund - https://www.vvmf.org/The-Wall-That-Heals/?gad_source=1






GCC has established two Instagram hashtags to promote our club member's 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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