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 March 2020 Competition


Special Upcoming Zoom Event

A few people have asked for some webinar training so Joni is setting up a ZOOM training webinar for Monday March 30th at 4 PM for anyone who wants to participate. 

On Friday Joni will send out a more in depth tutorial with more screen shots. 

Please email Joni if you want to be included in the Monday practice webinar and she will send you an invite.

Meanwhile, Joni has been in touch with Frank and several others who are helping us to figure out some of our technical glitches last night. I also read more articles on ZOOM's Help pages. Frank and Joni plan to run some more tests in the next few days. 




Smart Phone Photography Workshop -  Saturday, May 16, 2020   9-4:30

Sponsored by Gateway Camera Club and Hunt’s Photo & Video

Hampton Inn - 319 Speen St, Natick MA      

Cost: $75 PP (Early Bird $65 if paid by April 1, 2020)  Lunch is included

Have you wanted to take the camera on your smart phone to the next level? Are you afraid to buy an app without knowing how good it is or how to use it? Then this workshop is for you. Learn how to use you phone’s camera and it’s native app as well as other sophisticated apps to take high quality images and edit them creatively. Whether you want to improve your travel and family images or take your images to the next level, then this workshop will help you to make the most of your phone's camera.

The morning will be spent discussing how to use your native phone camera and other apps to take a photo. We will break for lunch and then spend some time taking photos. The remainder of the afternoon will be spent learning how to edit your photos.

Presenter: Paul Toussaint, a pioneer in the mobile art movement. Mobile master, Award-winning photographer and curator/owner of The Empty Spaces Project Gallery on Main, Putnam, CT” Paul will bring several large images printed from his mobile phone photos.  www.Paultoussaint.com    



Upcoming Events


IMPORTANT NOTICEIt is with much thought and consideration that we have made an executive decision to suspend meetings for the time being.  In the meantime, we have made and continue to make some backup plans.  Stay tuned for further information on our Upcoming Events


March 31st - No Meeting


April 5th Sunday - April Competition Deadline at 11:59 PM sharp


April 7th - Education Night -  Online - "Wabi-Sabi" presented by Lisa Cuchara

This program will explore the beauty of imperfect and/or unconventional subjects. As nature photographers we often seek out the flowers, leaves and such that are perfect, with no blemishes or defects. This program highlights subjects that are not perfect, such as flowers that have character, double headed flowers, decaying fall leaves, the deformed coneflower that stands out as flawed and hence different and beautiful, rust as it creates abstract patterns amidst the decay, etc. We will also explore the concept of slowing down and appreciating the beauty of everyday life, things that might be overlooked. As purveyors of rust and decay we appreciate the perseverance and beauty of “life after humans” as cars and equipment falls apart and succumbs to oxidation and decay. Wabi-Sabi teaches us to find beauty in everyday life. It is a kind of anti-aesthetic, an alternative to the dominating discriminatory ideas we hold about beauty. “Wabi means a beauty of elegant imperfection. Sabi means aloneness. Together, they suggest the beauty of ‘the withered, weathered, tarnished, scarred, intimate, coarse, earthly, evanescent, tentative, ephemeral.’ ~ Crispin Sartwell, Six Names of Beauty. It is a way of honoring that everything is impermanent, and we are always in a state of both becoming and falling away. It is used to describe a particular philosophy that beauty can be found in the old, the everyday, the imperfect. Wabi Sabi applies to more than nature and the seasons of change and decay, but it also to the “Life after Humans” arena or UrbEx (urban exploration). As a side note, the term Wabi Sabi can also be part of the social movement of embracing imperfection of your physical traits as a human being, especially with respect to self-perception and celebrating imperfection in a society that encourages people to be perfect and pressures people to be flawless.

Lisa Cuchara, PhD, Master Craftsman (PPA), HonNEC, is very passionate about photography and enjoys both being behind the lens and in the digital darkroom. She loves to photograph nature but finds many subjects equally intriguing. From birds and flowers to babies and UrbEx/HDR, she appreciates the world around her and embraces the challenge of interpreting what her eyes see and her heart feel via her photographs. Lisa says that photography allows her to pay attention to the details, to be mindful, to slow down and appreciate all of the beauty, details and nuances of everyday life. Lisa met her husband Tom thru photography, and they are both very active in many local, national, and international photography organizations. Lisa and Tom have been photographing people professionally for over 15 years and have their own Photography Studio in Hamden CT. They have published two books with Amherst Media. “Create Fine Art Photographs from Historic Places and Rusty Things” is about their HDR and light painted images; http://tinyurl.com/lisatom-urbex. Their second book is about closeup photography using frogs as subjects “The Frog Whisperer” http://tinyurl.com/lisatom-frogs. They love to teach, inspire and share. They have presented a wide variety of motivational and instructional programs and workshops (Photoshop, Digital Workflow, HDR, RAW processing, Macro photography, Travel photography) at many photography groups and organizations. Check out their photo and editing classes, their photo tours/workshops, and view their photographs at www.PhotographyByLisaAndTom.com



April 14th - April Competition - ONLINE - Judge Jurgen Lobert


April 21st  - Program Night - TBA - "Black & White Infrared Photography" presented by Ron Rosenstock


Through photography I have sought to explore the space between the finite and the infinite. For me, infrared photography is on the borderline, the veil between the known and the unknown… a search for what is beyond the doorway of perception. “

BIO: Ron's photographs are in the collections of the Peabody Essex Museum, The Fogg Art Museum, Worcester Art Museum, The International Center of Photography and numerous private collections. He’s been honored with over 100 exhibits in the United States and Europe and has been a member of the U.S. State Department Art for Embassies program since 1998. Ron has published six books of his photographs. Presently Ron is a frequent lecturer to social, community and professional groups as well as an international photo tour leader in Ireland, Iceland, Greenland, Morocco, Italy, Japan, Scotland, New Zealand. And Vinalhaven, Maine.



Boston, Gateway and Stony Brook Camera Clubs Tri-Club Competition 2019-2020

Overview:  All members of the three clubs are invited to participate in this friendly competition.  Members may choose to create digital photographic images in any or all of the nine categories.  All images must be created within a six-month period beginning on April 1, 2019 and ending on March 31, 2020.  In April, each club will select their best images in each category to compete in the Tri-Club competition event which will take place on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, 7:30-9:00PM at the Gateway CC location in Framingham.

The Tri-Club Competition on April 28 will be judged by a distinguished panel of judges who are independent of the three clubs.  The judges will offer their educational comments on all of the images presented to them.  Awards will be given to the best image in each class within each category.  At the end, a Best in Show Award will also be determined for each class across all categories.

More information on the categories:  /d/7103295a-c97b-4721-9c14-2beedb8baf0a

Submit your images the same way you submit images to our monthly competitions.  /Competitions/SubmitImageToCompetition.aspx#no-back-button


Events of Interest - All Events are Tentative


Gordon Parks Exhibit at the Addison Gallery of Phillips Academy - February 1 to April 26



Making Not Taking - Portrait Photography in the 19th Century at the Davis Museum - February 6 to June 7



New England Rodeo in Norton - June 1st to October 10th



Groups and SIG Meetings and Field Trips

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