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Cookeville Camera Club (CCC)

Cookeville
  • Name of Club: Cookeville Camera Club
  • City where Club Meets: Cookeville
  • Meeting Location: 20 N. Dixie Ave.
  • Details of Meeting Location: Meets at the First Presbyterian Church at the corner of North Dixie and Broad Street
  • Meeting Times: 2nd & 4th Monday
  • Meeting Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Club Website: www.cookevillecameraclub.com
  • Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/pages/Cookeville-Camera-Club/182373583284
  • Club Contact Email: president@cookevillecameraclub.com
  • 3CT Membership Current through 2017

General Club Information:

Meetings

Meetings are open to the public. They are held the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, second-floor meeting room) 20 N. Dixie Ave. Cookeville, Tn. (At the corner of N. Dixie and Broad. St).  There are a few exceptions, so be sure to check the Club Calendar.

We have a variety of speakers throughout the year offering educational and entertaining programs to help us improve our photography, and many will bring incredible slideshows. This is a great chance to hear from “outside” professionals.

Six times a year, we have a photo “contest”.  Members typically submit one or two images for judging by a panel of experienced members or possibly outside professionals.  The highlight of the contests is receiving specific feedback from the judges about your images.  Considering others’ ideas is a key way learn how to improve your photography.

From time-to-to, we will have “mini” programs during a meeting where a member will explore new and interesting aspects of photography.

One meeting during the summer is a fun “photo night on the town” where we practice night photography.  Experienced members are readily available to help those who are new to night photography.

Twice a year, we have a “photo essay” where members can present images they want to share.  The presentation can be a maximum of five minutes and can vary from a simple display of images with or without commentary to an automated slideshow with music created in PowerPoint, iMovie, or a variety of other software packages.

Each year the club hosts our annual potluck picnic, open to members’ friends and family.  Everyone brings a dish, and the club provides the meat, soft drinks, and place settings.  Don’t forget to bring your camera for both scenic and people pictures.

In December, we have our annual Awards Dinner and Christmas Party.  As with the picnic, it’s a potluck affair for members and their friends and family.  We use this gathering to award some prizes for the most highly rated images of the year.  It’s a fun-filled evening and the food is always great!  Don’t miss it.

Other Activities

The club sponsors an Introduction to DSLR Photography Class, usually in February and March.  Registration is required and there is a nominal fee.  Topics include camera settings, focusing options, exposure, composition, lens options, worthwhile accessories, and an introduction to image post-processing.  There are a lot of opportunities for practice so that participants retain skills taught in the class.

We publish “The Camera Corner” in the local newspapers every month.  Any club member may write an article to contribute to this public service activity.  There are thousands of topic that make good small articles.  Think about some of the questions your friends or family ask about taking pictures, and the questions become good subjects for an article.

The club sponsors photo field trips/workshops for members to learn new skills or practice old skills, and also to enjoy getting to know fellow members.  Some may be led by outside professional photographers that may require a fee.

The club manages the photo competition at the Punam County Fair booth in early August.  Member volunteers collect and hang pictures for display and judging, then de-install and return the pictures after the competition.  Members may submit images, too, but only in the “professional” category.  This is another public service activity for a very popular fair event.

The Fall Funfest is an annual event we use to promote the Camera Club to the community as well as raise funds.  Members donate both small prints mounted on cards and larger, matted prints to sell.  The Friday night and all-day Saturday fair require several volunteers to help with our booth.

In April, the club hosts a gallery exhibition at the Cumberland Art Society.  This event gives us an opportunity to display our work to the community, and a chance to sell prints for personal profit.  Over one hundred matted and mounted prints (8×10 and larger) can fit in the large gallery, so it is an impressive show.  One lucky guest will win a drawing for the photograph of their choice.  (The club will pay the photographer for the print.)

Currently, the Camera Club has an on-going photographic display at Poet’s On the Square (back room).  We are actively looking for other photo display venues.  Interested members can volunteer to participate.

Membership

Membership to the club is $25 dollars a year per individual ($15 for a student) and $45 for families. The proceeds are used to promote club awareness, pay for club functions and speakers, and pay for other club needs.

Our Website

Our website at www.cookevillecameraclub.com is available to the public to provide information about what we do as well as to members.  Members have access to a “Members-Only” area where additional information can be found as well as where key member capabilities are located including Member profiles and photographic capabilities and interests and Photo contest information and rules as well as functionality to upload images for contests, choose “favorite” images, and view contest results, including image feedback and more.

If you are not yet a member and you have an interest in taking pictures, we hope you will consider joining our club.  It’s a place to learn and a place to share!

 This Page was last updated 02.28.2018

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