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The Pocono Photo Club meets on the
third Tuesday of every month at
Northampton Community College, Monroe Campus
7-9 pm

October Meeting

Pixel Stick Light Writing
with photographer Nicole Hasidaris

Light painting is a technique you can use to create fascinating images. To do it you need to photograph at night or in low light situations, use long exposure, and have a light source. You can divide light painting into two types, those that you do in front of the camera, and those you do with the camera.  One of the more dynamic forms of light painting which is becoming very popular is the use of pixel sticks.  A pixel stick is a long tubular light which can be programmed to create different colors and patterns.  The stick is twisted, turned and woven across the area being photographed while the camera shutter remains open for a long exposure.  The result is a ribbon of colorful light which moves fluidly across the image.  This month's meeting will feature a demonstration and instruction on how to produce these amazing images with some hands-on application as well. 

The October meeting will take place on October, 15, 2019

from 7 to 9 pm

in the Keystone Building of Northampton Community College, Monroe Campus, Rt. 715, Tannersville PA. 


Members are welcome to bring cameras and tripods to photograph the demonstration.

Past Pocono Photo Club Meetings

September Meeting

The History of Photography
with Chris Karfakis

The history of photography will be the topic of discussion at our September meeting- with special attention to those days before digital cameras and “selfies” became popular as well how big names like Kodak missed the boat when digital cameras first sailed onto the market. This comprehensive yet informal program covers the rich background of historical images, processes and leaders of the craft delivered by a man whose passion for the genre is widely recognized by his peers.  Born in Philadelphia, Pa. Chris Karfakis developed his love for photography as a young child. He earned a degree in Chemistry from Temple University, served in the U.S. Navy, ran his family’s business and also opened his own natural food store.  He continued to pursue his love of photography by focusing his interests on early photographic processes and collecting antique and vintage cameras. When he started collecting images produced by those cameras too, the idea to create a lecture series using his knowledge and expertise grew. We all know how photography has played a part in recording history but it is also a direct link to our personal histories.  You won’t want to miss this informative presentation complete with authentic examples from photography’s early days.   The September meeting will take place on September 17, 2019 from 7 to 9 pm in the Keystone Building at NCC Monroe Campus, 2411 Rt. 715, Tannersville, PA.


August 20, 2019

Presented by photographer Arik Gorban


From the moment your finger presses the shutter to the final print your picture is filled with a number of decisions that you make to determine its outcome.  Arik's extensive experience in analog photography, darkroom work, digital imaging and processing and numerous photographic genres provide him with the insight to guide and instruct other photographers through the process of expressing their own unique style and vision.  This month's presentation includes a live, interactive demonstration of tips and techniques including post processing tools such as Photoshop and several plug-ins which aid in making your picture the best it can be.

Our meeting will take place on August 20, 2019 from 7 to 9 pm in the Keystone Building of
Northampton Community College, Monroe Campus which is located at
2411 Rt. 715, Tannersville, Pa. 18372.

To see more of Arik's work visit his website:

Arik has provided notes for his presentation that may be found in our website Documents Section or by following this link:
Arik Gorban - In Control – Critical Steps in Image Making

And from a previous Monthly Meeting (circa 2016) presentation by Arik:
Arik Gorban - Photography & Visualizations


The Beauty of the New Jersey Pine Barrens

as photographed by

Richard Lewis

Photographer:  Richard Lewis

Richard Lewis has been a professional and fine art photographer since the 1970’s with a passion for landscapes, abandoned buildings and interesting people. He uses both a professional digital camera and an iPhone to create his work.

Richard’s inspiration comes from landscape painters and has developed a style he calls "Painting with a Camera”. This involves equal effort in both creating and post processing an image.

Richard is an active photography blogger, lecturer, instructor and conducts workshops in the New Jersey Pine Barrens and other places to help photographers find their unique creative voice. 

To see some of his work, visit:

At July's meeting Richard will share images captured in one of New Jersey's most unique and diverse ecosystems.  You won't want to miss this!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 7-9 pm

in the Keystone building of Northampton Community College, Monroe Campus
2411 Rt. 715, Tannersville, PA. 18372


June's meeting will feature all the entries of this year's Scavenger Hunt.  Our judge, Peter Gourniak will review the entries and explain why he chose the winners.  Peter will also share insight to some of his own photography.  Which photo club will remain on top?  Will Palmerton retain their title or will PPC come out on top?  It should be a fun evening discovering who the winners are!

The meeting will be held on June 18, 2019, from 7 to 9 PM in the Keystone Building of Northampton Community College, Monroe Campus.  The college is located at 2411 Rt. 715 in Tannersville, Pa. 18372.

PPC May Meeting

Creative Bird Photography

Ray Hennessy

May 21st at 7:00 to 9:00 PM

What makes an artistic bird photo different then just a standard documentary bird portrait. Ray Hennessy will be discussing and showing all the methods he uses such as light, space, bokeh, getting close, capturing action and using hides to create the unique bird photos that are a joy to look at. 

Ray will be sharing over 100 photos captured over the past 10 years that show these different methods in practice and discussing more in depth how he implements the techniques while shooting.

Be ready for a wide variety of unique and different bird photos!

Ray Hennessy's Background:

Starting in 2007 my fascination with nature photography began. In the years since, wildlife photography with a focus on birds has become a very passionate hobby of mine. I spend most of my free time in natural areas searching for birds and any other wildlife that comes along. 

I concentrate on using creative natural lighting and interesting compositions to capture unique images of common and rare wildlife. My favorite style is a more scenic photo that includes some of the habitat wildlife lives in.


Introduction To Extreme Macro Photography

Bradley Teets

The world of extreme macro photography reveals details beyond what the human eye can perceive.  

Bradley Teets shared his passion and expertise in working with this fascinating genre of photography.  He discussed both his photos and the equipment he uses to capture his exquisite images.   The following slideshow shows some of Brad's work. 

For a PDF document version of his full presentation, please go to the Members menu and select Documents (Here) and then Speaker & Workshop Notes where you will find a downloadable pdf version of Brad's informative full Intro To Extreme Macro Photography presentation.

Note:  You must be logged in as a PPC Member in order to access this area

Extreme Macro


March Meeting Report

A good time was had by all at the PPC March Meeting, where members had the opportunity to do close-up photography of items of nature.

Thanks to Jeannie Carl from the Carbon County Environmental Education Center for providing our Club with a unique collection of interesting items for close-up and macro photography.  Members were free to use their imaginations - and they did.  Some pictures from that meeting have already been posted in the Member Albums section of this website.  

Go take a look at what your fellow members have posted and then upload your own album with your most interesting or beautiful images.


February 19, 2019

What Would You Do?

Put your creative hat on and warm up your image editor software!

POTM March 2019

Our popular WWYD (What Would You Do?) Club meeting returns in February.

The Executive Committee has collected a number of nondescript photos for you to play around with in whatever way you see fit. There are 10 photos to choose from and you may submit up to 5 creatively modified pictures for the February meeting.

It’s fun to let your creative juices flow and wash away those winter grays with photo-processing.

There are no constraints on the post processing you're allowed to do.

You may do as much or as little post processing as you wish - the sky's the limit.  Let your imagination and creativity tell you what to do! Tweak the color, crop or process the shot in any way your creativity takes you.


View All Of the WWYD Photo Entries:

All WWYD Images By Category



Hidden Pho-tential

If you're into home improvement shows, you're probably familiar with TLC's Hidden Potential.  January's meeting will feature PPC's unique take on that idea with an evening where photographers can bring up to 3 photos on a flash drive and our expert members will help you to discover the potential within each shot.  Round tables with laptops will provide the ability to view, discuss and even experiment with some basic photo-processing to bring out the best in your shot.  

January 15, 2019
7-9 pm

Keystone Building
Northampton Community College
Monroe Campus
2411 Rt. 715 Tannersville, PA 18372

Holiday Party
December 18, 2018
7-9  pm

Keystone Building
Northampton Community College, Monroe Campus

2018 is about to draw to an end which means it’s a good time to pull out all the pictures you’ve taken this year and choose your favorites to share at our December meeting.  Members are encouraged to bring up to 5 pictures of their choice to the meeting to share with the club, tell a little bit about the photo and why it’s your favorite.  It could be a picture of a loved one blowing out birthday candles or a beautiful view you saw on vacation- the options are endless and there are no technical requirements (other than the jpg format if you’re sending us a digital file).  And while we’re enjoying each other’s handiwork, we’ll be munching on some holiday goodies too!  Submitting digitally?  Send your file(s) labeled with your name to this dropbox: (click here for quick access)

The December meeting will take place on December 18, 2018 from 7-9 pm in the Keystone Building, Northampton Community College, Monroe Campus, 2411 Rt. 715, Tannersville, PA. 18372

November Meeting:
Drone Photography

November 20, 2018
7-9 PM 

in the Keystone Building
Northampton Community College, Monroe Campus 

To some, the Big Bang theory describes the start of the universe. To those in the drone industry, it describes the ever expanding markets of which drones have become a part.  Drone use has exploded in every direction from photography, to videography, surveillance, life safety, law enforcement, inspections, mapping, 3D modeling, agriculture, and construction. Drones are part of our world and they are here to stay. They come in all shapes and sizes and Ken will show us an assortment from entry level consumer drones to highly advanced multi-camera drones, with price tags ranging from $300 to well over $10,000 and everything in between. In this session, Ken will briefly discuss the various types of drones in the market, how they are used, along with their capabilities. He’ll then focus on their specific applicability and capability to take your photography and videography to a new level, both figuratively and literally!  He’ll have a few drones on display that are at various price points and he’ll demonstrate flying one or more of them to showcase how easy they are to operate and how immensely capable they are.  Ken is an FAA Licensed Remote Pilot in Command and he will talk about the various regulations that exist in the world of drones and how these regulations are changing. He’ll also discuss hobby-use versus commercial-use of drones and the differences in regulations as well as where to get training and the path to become a commercial remote pilot in command.  Attendees are encouraged to ask questions and, depending on time and circumstances may have an opportunity to test fly a drone!

Ken's presentations are always entertaining and he has quickly become one of our favorite speakers.  So don't miss out on this one!  See you in November!

October 16, 2018
7-9 PM
Keystone Building, Northampton Community College, Monroe Campus

            Have you ever looked at a nice picture of someone but weren’t sure whether you liked it or not?  Most likely it had to do with the pose.  In our October meeting Anthony Lorenc will discuss and demonstrate the difference between posing male and female subjects in a way that they won’t realize they’re being posed resulting in natural and becoming portraits.  Come ready to participate and a prize awaits the night’s best “poser”!

Anthony Lorenc’s passion for photography began in 1976.  He has taught the subject in New Jersey and Pennsylvania schools including NCC.  He has even “made a little money” at it running a successful photography business.  Anthony has also authored a book on photography, Guide to Digital SLR Photography, which is available on Amazon.

September Meeting
September 18, 2018
7-9 PM
Keystone Building, Northampton Community College
Monroe Campus

Join us for an informative meeting with professional photographer Bonnie McCaffery as she explains how to use and master textures, overlays and more to enhance and beautify your pictures.

August Meeting
August 21, 2018

7-9 PM, Keystone Building
North Hampton Community College, Monroe Campus

Donna McCartney of DM Studios
Delaware Water Gap, Pa.

Donna will be presenting ways to properly mat and frame your photos using archival products and different types of glass.  At the close of the program there will be a mat cutting demonstration and standard mats for sale.

July Meeting
July 17, 2018
Discover the beauty of abandoned places with

Richard Lewis, Photographer

Richard Lewis has been a professional and fine art photographer since the 1970’s with a passion for landscapes, abandoned buildings and interesting people. He uses both a professional digital camera and an iPhone to create his work.

Richard’s inspiration comes from landscape painters and has developed a style he calls "Painting with a Camera”. This involves equal effort in both creating and post processing an image.

Richard is an active photography blogger, lecturer, instructor and conducts workshops in the New Jersey Pine Barrens and other places to help photographers find their unique creative voice.  To see some of his work, visit:

Richard's presentation is entitled Hidden Treasures - Photographing Abandoned Buildings 
and he describes it this way, "There is a certain allure of abandoned places that attracts photographers. This presentation will show my work with abandoned buildings. It also covers specific approaches to photographing the strange an surreal beauty of forgotten places safely and without getting arrested." 

The curtain raiser will be presented by Ken Winham.
Photos will also be selected for the RESCUEdog exhibit coming to Dunning Gallery in the Fall.

The July meeting will take place at Northampton Community College, Monroe Campus, 2411 Rt. 715, Tannersville, PA. 18372 on July 17, 2018 from 7 to 9 PM.

Scavenger Hunt Promo photo


The results are in for the 2018 Scavenger Hunt and the judge's decisions have been recorded.  Tonight's meeting will reveal which photographers have won each category and the overall top awards.  Will Palmerton retain the Club Title or will our club snatch it away?  Come on out and see for yourself!  We'll also be selecting by popular vote some new pieces to add to our permanent display.  We'll select from a number of images chosen by our president from the member albums on our website.  The June meeting will be held on June 19, 2018 from 7 to 9 pm at Northampton Community College, Monroe Campus, Rt. 715 in Tannersville Pa. in the Keystone Building.

Results for the 2018 Scavenger Hunt can be viewed here:



What is a daguerreotype?  Who is Matthew Brady?  Steve Jobs?  And what does he have to do with photography?!  
Photographs are a direct link to our history. From the development process, to the context of iconic photos, there is so much to discover. Learn about the different forms and the evolution of this process throughout the years with the lecture, “The Evolution of Photography” by Chris Karfakis.

Born in Philadelphia, Chris developed his love for photography as a young child. A longtime resident of Easton, he attended Temple University as a chemistry major later serving in the US Navy. He ran his family business, eventually opening up his own natural food store. Throughout it all, he continued to pursue his love of photography, focusing on early photographic practices. He began collecting cameras and images, eventually realizing that all of his knowledge and experience could be used to create a lecture series.  PPC will benefit from Chris’ passion and knowledge at our May meeting.  Join us on May 15th from 7 to 9 pm in the Keystone Building of Northampton Community College, Monroe Campus, 2411 Rt. 715, Tannersville, Pa. 18372.  

Curtain Raiser by Janice Giannolla.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 7 pm
How to Capture Stunning Dance and Performance Images On and Off the Stage

If you want to really up your game when it comes to photographing actors, dancers and other performers on and off the stage (whether at a Preschool or Carnegie Hall), this is a program you won’t want to miss. Ron Wyatt, International Photo Tour Leader and Two-Time Olympic Games Photographer, will cover a wide range of topics as he displays his inspiring work from two recent US tours with the Moscow Ballet.

During this program, these and other topics will be covered:
 - How to prepare for a shoot, including what camera and lenses to consider.
- What settings and focal lengths to use for your DSLR or Mirrorless cameras and lenses to help ensure sharp and striking photographs.
- How to anticipate action and capture “decisive moments” with the help of continuous (burst) shooting.
- A description of “Back Button Focus,” and why it can make a huge difference in your photography. 
- How to take portraits off-stage, with both on- and off-camera lighting.

Curtain Raiser:  TBA

Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 7 pm
The Inspirational Photography of Padma Inguva

While countless photographers attemp to photograph churches, few succeed in capturing images that are as breathtaking as the churches themselves. The reasons are  - photographing the inside of a church is hard. It takes an unusual skill-set to capture the three-dimensional beauty, found in reality with such high dynamic range, and convey the same level of emotion in the two-dimensional plane of a photograph.

Padma Inguva’s passion for photography goes beyond her incredible love for photographing flowers. It extends and encompasses the architectural world and all its wonders which include photographing religious places especially interiors.  As a photographer and a student of Civil Engineering , she has managed to incorporate the two disciplines into an art form. Her appreciation of Neoclassical Architecture has led her to travel the world to capture some of its magnificent religious structures. 

Curtain Raiser:  The PPC Website

Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 7:00 pm
Table Top Photography

February's meeting will offer our members an opportunity for hands-on table top photography with four different set-ups and a number of different subjects including water crowns!  Bring your camera and tripod (if you have one).  Hands-on meetings are a great way to learn new camera techniques, or share knowledge, questions and expertise with other members.   Curtain Raiser: Dave Trainer.  See you there!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017- 7:00 pm
Holiday Party!

It's time to celebrate the season with goodies and pictures at our December meeting.  We love to show and tell and this month we'll be sharing pictures that match the items of the acronym CHRISTMAS.  Here's the list!
C- Christmas
H- Happy
R- Relatives
I- Ice
S- Season
T- Tradition
M- Merry
A- Angelic
S- Snow

Members are encouraged to do all or as many of the words as they like.  For those who do all, names will be put in a drawing for a prize.  The pictures can be displayed in any PRINT format you choose.  Have fun!

We'll also be selecting photos for the Spring Show in Dunning Gallery.  The theme is American Identity: Art that Expresses Social, Historical, and Political Issues in American Culture.  Bring up to 3 framed or mounted photos that you would like considered for selection.  10 photos will be chosen by those present.

Holiday goodies and beverages will be served.

You can get a printable list here:
Holiday Acronym 2017

Tuesday October 17, 2017 - 7:00 PM
Arthur Ransome "Discover yourself through photography" 

Photography has the capacity to convey both subject and emotion. Whether we are photographing a friend or stranger, our pets, our backyard or a grand vista at a national park, we want our photographs to capture not only what we saw but what we felt. These feelings are personal-we are all individuals with our own thoughts, experiences and imagination-so each of us has different emotional responses to the subjects in front of our lenses. Expressing these inner feelings through photography can be a profoundly satisfying activity, one that adds depth and meaning to our lives. If our images stimulate feelings in others, our efforts even more satisfying. We want viewers (and ourselves, too) to feel an emotional relationship to the characters, places and events we photograph, and to hear the wind rustling through the leaves of the trees and feel the cold of a winter’s day. How can we get in touch with our own emotions and infuse our images with those emotions? Departing from the colorful world we live in, Arthur takes you into his black and white world to show you how he expresses his emotions photographically. And he discusses how photographic style evolves as you cultivate and grow your emotional intelligence…and “discover yourself.”

Curtain Raiser: Stephanie Masgula

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 7:00 pm
Ken Volpe - 
“Soup to Nuts:  The A-Z Execution of a Group Photoshoot”

Ken showed us how to create a group photo of the photo club members. . . .  
And this is the result of Ken's GREAT presentation. 
PPC thanks Ken for an exceptional presentation!

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