Next Meetup

A Closer Focus - Share ideas, images, questions, and inspirations
"A Closer Focus" is our regular monthly opportunity to share ideas, images, questions, and inspirations on a wide variety of photographic topics. Half an hour will be an open forum discussing issues at hand. A half hour is devoted to presentations by members. And a half hour is set aside for member image reviews. For December we have a camera assignment that will change your life! We will also have a presentation, discussion topics, photo sharing, and at least one gear review: Camera Assignment: For most, you autofocus your camera by depressing your shutter-release button halfway, and proceed to take the picture by further pressure. Most modern cameras allow you to move your focus function to another button. This is called “back button focus”, and allows focusing and shutter release to be independent – a big advantage. Figure out how to do this with your camera, and try it out! (check your camera’s manual and menu). We will discuss its advantages in the meeting. Picture assignment: Bring anything you would like to discuss. These can be photos for feedback, discussion of your post-processing, your compositions, examples of new ideas you have, etc. Ted Ringger has a 20 minute presentation of photos from his “State House Odyssey”. He has visited 48 of the 50 state capitol buildings. Dave will lead a discussion on developing presentations of your work. This isn’t just about picking your pictures, but involves how to make your points. This will include an assessment of the effectiveness of video (like we saw with September’s speaker). Dave will provide a primer on cloning techniques and tools. Book/Gear Reviews. Dave will review his new UPstrap. What do you want to review? This is always a great evening of sharing and learning. What topics would you like to explore? Topics are very wide ranging, such as photo book reviews, an aspect of your own photography that you’d like to share, reviews or discussion of gallery shows, photo gear, software, etc. Or bring a gadget to share. Future topics of A Closer Focus include: compositional strength, HDR, or anything else photographic you want to bring to the table. This is an opportunity for you to provide input to the SSCC experience. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- About the Silver Spring Camera Club We meet the first three Thursdays of every month, September – May, and one day each month on a weekend for a field trip to an interesting photogenic location in the area. More information about the Silver Spring Camera Club can be found on our website ( regarding speakers, competition, education, open forum topics and even where we're going to meet on our field trip. Don’t forget to read our PSA award winning newsletter the Cable Release for even more detailed information about all our activities and other items of photographic interest. We hope to see you at a meeting soon. Visitors to the Club are always welcome to attend meetings. Membership remains a very reasonable $45 for individual members, $65 for family and only $35 for students. Please see the link to our membership application, below, for available discounts. Why become a member of the Silver Spring Camera Club? We are a diverse group of photographers who love field trips, competitions, opportunities to see the world captured by other people's viewpoints, and sharing our knowledge, experience and love of photography. Membership in the club gives you the opportunity to enter your photos in our monthly competitions, to receive our award-winning monthly newsletter the Cable Release, join our field trips without paying the $10 non-member fee, and more! Here's a link to our printable Membership Application. Visit us on the web:

Silver Spring United Methodist Church

8900 Georgia Ave · Silver Spring

What we're about

The Silver Spring Camera Club comprises a diverse group of individuals passionately dedicated to the pursuit of photographic excellence. We believe the best method of understanding the art of photography is through education and the sharing of ideas.

For over 65 years SSCC has maintained a high standard of integrity and quality. Our reputation as the friendliest club in the metropolitan area is the basis of our success. We welcome new members of all ages and skill levels who share our interest in photography.

Visit our home on the web, you will find information on membership, club activities, including competitions, and upcoming events.

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We welcome visitors and new members to our meetings, which take place the first four Thursdays of every month, September through May.

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