The St. James Plantation Photo Club is open to all residents of the St. James community. Our mission is to educate our members in the art and science of photography by highlighting camera, composition, lighting and imaging enhancing software.

Latest News 

Tip of the Week - Are you still perplexed with all the controls on your cameras and just can't seem to understand what all the jargon, like "HDR", "OIS", "vibration reduction" mean or how to use them? Well, there is help out there. An author named David Busch writes manuals for Nikon, Canon, and Sony cameras. These manuals are specific to a particular model, and he explains every single control and feature of your camera. In addition, he explains how to use features like HDR, histograms, auto focus modes, etc. For example, for a Nikon D750, he devotes about 30 pages just to autofocus, and about 50 pages to exposure. These manuals are really reference manuals and can be used by beginners and advanced photographers (The D750 manual is 540 pages). The best part is that they only cost about $25 on amazon. Check them out! - Bob Barbieri


   5/28/20 - We have added a "not so new" monthly assignment, titled "Still Life". This assignment has been rescheduled from May due to a rather light participation. We would like to hold a virtual tutorial for those who may need some help getting started. The tutorial will be given by Bob Barbieri using "WEBEX" (WEBEX is similar to ZOOM Meetings, which seems to be the most popular platform. They are both equally easy to use). So if anyone is interested in the tutorial, please let Bob know.

   4/8/2020 -  Links to FREE training video sessions are below.  Many of the best teachers are offering free courses and webinars to help fellow shooters during our time of staring at the walls.


Free Courseware.

   Scott Kelby: on RED BANNER(IMPORTANT UPDATE)-there is a link to free weekly webinars(My FAV's-"Backing Up Everything"; "Prep Your Images for Printing at a Photolab";  Free Courses: Register for free, then see current FAV's; "Beginners Start Here is a great two hour course that quickly moves you into shooting WITHOUT AUTO!  "How to Make a Great Shot with an Ultrawide lens; "From Taking to Making The Secrets to Great Photos"  Street based but many great tips.  Go exploring while it lasts!!!

Matt Kloskowski: Scroll down to "Popular Free Tutorials------Under the waterfall PIC by the "LiveStream" button are FREE webcasts daily!

Digital Camera World:  toward bottom of home page are tutorials

Club Meetings

Club Meetings are held on the second Monday of the month at the St. James Community Center. Next meeting to be determined.

Monthly Assignment

1. What Have You Photographed since March 13th, 2020 -This assignment and voting turned out great! See the home page to view all the great shots. This time we used a 5 star voting system which, in my opinion, gives a true evaluation of each photo. To see the voting results you have to go to the "Competitions" tab and click on "Competition Results". Be sure to click the box "show all".

2. Still Life - Please submit 3 photos of "Still Life". This is the perfect topic for the situation we are in. Again, be creative and experiment! The deadline for this assignment has been extended to June 22nd.

To submit photos just click on "Competitions" then "Submit Images to a Competition"

If anyone has trouble submitting images, you can either watch the video located under the heading "Competitions"


 Next Competition: TBD


 Field Trips/Workshops: TBD


Membership is open to all residents of the St. James community, as well as local residents.

If you want to join our club, please click on the "Annual Membership Form" below and mail to Pat Powell along with a check for $25. If you need help creating an account please reach out to either Bob Barbieri  or Alan Bryant  . Thank You.

For the Annual Membership Update Form or new member please download here: Annual Membership Form 

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