Welcome to the Gateway Camera Club

Our goals are to share ideas, knowledge, and insight; to help improve the skills and abilities of our members; and to have some fun while enjoying photography.

We recognize photography is changing, growing and with ever-emerging technologies, more exciting than ever!  Gateway was one of the first local camera clubs to embrace digital photography and, as a result, we have some very knowledgeable digital photographers. Many award-winning members of Gateway Camera Club honed their talents and abilities through the mentoring they found at Gateway.

Our club is very active and we meet on most Tuesdays from September to June 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Want to compete, learn and share? Check out our exciting schedule. Visitors and new members are always welcome. Just stop in and introduce yourself. We hope you'll soon find an aspect of Gateway that fits your interests. Please browse our website, learn more about what we do, and enjoy. And remember, enthusiasm is catchy. Come and catch some!   Our Membership Information Page provides details on our club along with a link to our membership application. 

The Slideshow to the right features the winning images from our October Competition



Upcoming Events - All Meetings on Zoom until further notice

Image Study - October 20th - Wood Theme - Commentator Art Vaughn

The November 10th competition will have the optional theme of "Wood".  In keeping with our image study coordination with the competition themes, we will be focusing our image study on October 20th on images related to that topic. The competition guidelines define “Wood” as “a common element in our world and a frequent element in our images. Wood includes that which occurs naturally such as trees and parts of trees, dead or alive, and wood in its many cut and/or processed forms, such as wood used in homes, barns, ships and boats and decorations. To qualify in this category, wood need not be in color, but must be the dominant, though not the exclusive element in the image. Because wood is such a common element in our world, the most important consideration in scoring in this category, second only to technical competency, is whether the image presents a distinctive, fresh and unusual depiction or arrangement of wood, as opposed to a commonplace image of wood."


Program Night - October 27th - Visual Conversations: Panel Discussion presented by Greg DeBor, Tina Dobberpuhl, Charlene Gaboriault, Joni Rich, Jean Schnell and Stewart Simberg

Over the course of the last six months, five groups of five members each have been involved in photographic visual conversations. In each group, the first member sent an image to member #2 who in turn reacted to that image by sending an image if their own to member #3 and so on until each member had an opportunity to receive an image and send an image to each of the other members of the group, resulting in 20 to 25 images per conversation. None of the members saw the entire image collection until the end. They only saw the individual image sent to them in each round.

The idea was for each member to react to the image they received based on what the received image evoked in them. It could be the image’s composition, color, shapes, technique or some other element that sparked an idea for the follow-on image.On Tuesday, October 27th, the club will have an opportunity to view the conversations of each of last season’s groups and to hear from each of the groups in a panel discussion on their impressions of the exercise. The compilation shown here is from Group A, consisting of Alan Kidawski, Frank Schimmoller, Greg DeBor, Stewart Simberg and Steve Cioffari. There will be ample time for discussion of questions from the club members and we will be launching an opportunity for members to join a new series of conversations in thisseason.Join us on October 27th to learn more about this exciting photographic exercise. If you are interested in being included in a visual conversation group this year, please email Frank Schimmoller. Conversation groups will form in early November


November Competition Deadline - November 1st at 11:59 PM

Education Night - November 3rd - "Creativity or How to Embrace Your Own Personal Rainbow" presented by Ella Carlson

This has been a wild and crazy year, and most of us are feeling more distracted, challenged  and stressed than usual. All those factors make it an especially difficult time to feel creative. Join Ella Carlson for this program to help you kick your creativity into gear. She’ll  talk about techniques for finding inspiration and embracing your own personal rainbow of possibilities, and throw in some helpful Photoshop tips and techniques as well.

Bio: Ella Putney Carlson has a master of fine arts degree from the New Hampshire Institute of Art. She won the GIA from the Professional Photographers of America in January 2019 for her album “Most Wanted” and the 2020 GiA in the Illustrative/Commercial Category.  She is an American Society of Photographers Fellow and Educational Associate as well as master photographer, master artist, photographic craftsman and certified professional photographer. She has been a PPA diamond photographer of the year for each of the last five years. Her work was featured on the cover of the September 2018 issue Photoshop User magazine and the October 2018 issue of Professional Photographer magazine, and has been published in several books as well as the Professional Photographers of America Loan Book, the Showcase Book, and Professional Photographer Magazine, and her book "Fine Art Photoshop" was published in May of 2017.  


Competition Night - November 10th - Judge Jim DeLuco




GCC has established two Instagram hashtags to promote our club member pictures.  These are as follows:



We are looking forward to seeing your pictures under our hashtags on Instagram. Please contact anyone on the Social Media Committee (Fred Floru, Beth DeBor, Susan McIntyre or Terry Anderson) if you have any questions.

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The 2020-21 Multi-Club competition categories have been determined.  The eight categories are:

Life During COVID
Two Things

We are competing this year with three other clubs: Stony Brook, Gateway and Newton.  Your photos must originate in the period of April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021.  Each club will select their best photos in each category to compete in the multi-club competition in April, 2021.  We will compete in Classes A and B with rules and format similar to last year.  Participation is open to all club members.  More information on the Multi-Club Competition Page


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