Coffee & Photography at O'Keefe's Family Restaurant in Clearwater

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Every 4th Wednesday of the month

O'Keefe's Family Restaurant

1219 South Fort Harrison Avenue · Clearwater, FL

How to find us

Park towards the rear of the building and follow the signs.

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Details

Welcome to our longest running series of events at FCCP. Every Wednesday morning, for over 9 years, we've been providing free instruction on all phases of photography including image editing with programs such as Lightroom, Photoshop and Elements.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy a cup of coffee among fellow photographers while you get your questions answered about photography techniques, equipment and computers. The program is run by Jeff and Lew Donald and they have over 80 years of combined photography experience. There literally is no photography related question that they can't answer.

Perhaps the most popular segment of the meetings is the 30 to 45 minutes of each meeting devoted to watching award winning documentaries on select photographers from the 20th century. These include films on Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Paul Strand, W. Eugene Smith, Robert Cappa and many others. Watching these documentaries is not only entertaining, but educational as you see how the masters worked at their art and craft.

Another popular segment is our "Show & Tell" segment where members bring a few (10 to 30) recent images on a flash drive. Then we project them on our big screen with our state of the art HD projector.

You're welcome to narrate or just let the images show on the screen. If you want a few images critiqued, no problem, just say so. Jeff will be happy to offer words of encouragement and helpful suggestions to improve the photograph.

If you want to show a few photos, just add them in JPEG format to a USB Flash Drive (sometimes referred to as a Thumb Drive) and give them to Jeff at the start of the meeting.

This meeting is extremely popular with the regular members and many don't bother to RSVP. We regularly have 40 or more members in attendance. It's OK to come late and leave early if necessary, so don't worry about traffic or being late.

Everyone is also invited to lunch following each meeting. We visit several of most popular Clearwater restaurants on a rotating basis after each weekly meeting. This is a great way to meet other members, learn about FCCP and get involved in the photography community.

Upcoming 2018 FCCP PhotoTours

Ghost Towns & Spring Wildflowers, Western Montana — May 16 ~ 22, 2018 ( https://www.meetup.com/Florida-Center-Creative-Photography/events/242874394/ )

Ghost Towns & Spring Wildflowers, Western Montana — May 23 ~ 29, 2018 ( https://www.meetup.com/Florida-Center-Creative-Photography/events/246175160/ )

Yellowstone/Tetons Wildlife with Fall Colors — September 19 ~ 25, 2018 ( https://www.meetup.com/Florida-Center-Creative-Photography/events/244223235/ )

Yosemite, Light and Landscapes — October 24 ~ 30, 2018 ( https://www.meetup.com/Florida-Center-Creative-Photography/events/244643761/ )

Yellowstone in Winter — Feb/March 2019

Ghost Towns & Spring Wildflowers, Western Montana — May 2019

Yellowstone/Tetons Wildlife with Fall Colors — September 2019

Fall Colors & Lighthouses, Acadia National Park/Portland — October 2019

Polar Bears & Northern Lights, Churchill, MB — Oct/Nov 2019

My Recommended Retailers

Where you buy your gear matters. You expect to get what you ordered and you want to pay a low price for it. The retailers I recommend below are the ones I trust for my own purchases.

B & H Photo and Video ( http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/Great-Deals/ci/16478/N/4280521071?BI=4308&KW=&KBID=4736 )

Adorama - The Photography People ( http://www.adorama.com/?kbid=64386 )

Lensrental.com — Rent the Best Cameras & Lenses Available ( http://www.pjatr.com/t/TUJGRktHSkJGS0dJS0xCRkpOSkVN )

Bringing you the activities and this site is now a full time job (typically 60-80 hours per week). Thus, I depend on membership fees and on the commissions received from you using the links on this site to make any purchases. My family and I are grateful for your support! - Jeff

FCCP Membership Options:

Monthly/Ann­ual Optional Dues ( https://www.meetup.com/Florida-Center-Creative-Photography/events/240801300/ )