FAQ

Club Meetings

During the pandemic, the club is meeting virtually, via Zoom. Before Covid-19, meetings were held at the E.B. Lyons Interpretive Center, in the Mines of Spain Recreation Area. We hope to resume in-person meetings soon.

Regular meetings are held twice a month from September to early June, usually on the first and third Mondays. Occasionally, the club will schedule summer meetings or photo shoots. Most club meetings start at 6:30 p.m.

Detailed information about upcoming club activities and meetings is sent by email. We use an automated email service called MailChimp. Some information is also posted on Facebook. The club website contains a list of upcoming events, as well as Meeting Notes for past meetings.

During the first club meeting of the month (on the first Monday), the club reviews N4C submissions and returns. In other words, we look at a lot of good images!

At the second club meeting of the month (on the third Monday), the club hosts an activity. This may be a hands-on workshop or a photography presentation.

About three times each season, the Dubuque Camera Club judges photography by other N4C clubs. This involves looking at oodles of good images!

Membership

Annual dues of only $20 per photographer are payable each year in September.

The club now takes online payments. Click here to pay your membership dues online.

There are lots of advantages to joining a photography club!

  • Meet other photographers
  • Improve your skills
  • Enjoy looking at images
  • Compete in photo contests
  • Participate in exhibits
  • Have fun at club activities!

Dubuque Camera Club members are eligible to submit to N4C contests, and participate in all club activities and exhibits. Members may also post items for sale in the club’s private Facebook group.

Any Dubuque or tri-state resident with an interest in photography is welcome to join the Dubuque Camera Club. All photographers are welcome, from amateur to professional.

N4C

The North Central Camera Club Council, or N4C, is a group of midwestern photography clubs. For more information, visit their website at n4c.us

Each club member is assigned a unique member number. You keep that number always. It is part of the filename whenever you submit to N4C contests. It may also used to identify you in blind submissions to club exhibits or galleries.

New members will receive a member number soon after they join the club. If you have a question about your member number, or don’t know what it is, contact one of the club’s N4C representatives.

Submissions to N4C contests are typically due by the first club meeting of the month. The N4C season runs from September through May, which means there are eight monthly N4C contests, with no contest in December.

Learn more about submitting to monthly N4C contests on the Competition page.

Photography

The type of camera you use is up to you. The club’s focus is on digital photography.

Most of the discussion about technique that happens during club meetings pertains to digital single-lens reflex camera (digital SLR or DSLR).

Most club members use either a Canon or a Nikon DSLR camera. A few club members started their photography career using film, and have transitioned to digital.

Mirrorless cameras are preferred by some because they are lightweight and easy to take along on hikes or bikerides. Others use a bridge or megazoom camera, which is more advanced than point-and-shoot, but not as expensive as a DSLR.

In today’s digital world, most of us carry a smartphone, and prefer a phone with a high-end camera (naturally!).

If you are just getting started with photography, you will need two types of software:

Most club photographers use Adobe Lightroom to organize and edit their photos, and then jump into Photoshop for more advanced image editing. This is the combination that today’s serious photographers use.

Adobe offers an inexpensive monthly photography subscription. Be aware that this software has a steep learning curve, so you may need to take a class, read some books, or watch a lot of Youtube video tutorials to get the hang of it.

Would you like to dig deep into the creative and technical aspects of photography? Club president Ron Tigges has put together a Links page that explores a variety of internet resources about photography. Links for Learning and Inspiration.

Questions

If you have other questions that are not answered here, ask a club officer during a meeting. You can also use the contact form.

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