The Youngstown Camera Club is inviting the public to meet club members and get used to using their own cameras for better photographs. The club is hosting two free events in the coming weeks to accomplish those goals.
The YCC will hold a "meet and greet" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at Christ's Church, 7155 Glenwood Ave., Boardman. The public is invited to come and meet club members that range from novice to professional.
The YCC will host a "Know Your Camera" event Feb. 4 at YM Camera on U.S. Route 224 in Boardman. Anyone with a camera, owner's manual, and a desire to learn how to better use it is invited. Both events are free to the public, but reservations are requested due to limited seating.
The YCC has come a long way since its formation in 1948. According to long-time member Phil Smith, the group began as the Youngstown Photographic Society, which was formed for the mutual enjoyment of photography.
"The club is made up of professionals, intermediates, and novices," Smith said. Most of us consider it a hobby. We enjoy taking photographs and viewing other member's work."
He said the club has a Critique Night, which allows members to show their work and receive helpful suggestions. "We have Portrait Night too, where we photograph models,'' Smith said. "We also have at least two local field trips every year. This gives our members an opportunity to photograph local, scenic photography."
Unlike the early days of the club when film was the way to go, Smith said today's membership use digital cameras.
"Film cameras are certainly welcome," Smith said, "but digital cameras allow one to immediately see the results of their photograph, unlike film cameras, where the film must be developed before seeing results."
The YCC meets at 7:30 p.m. the first and third Mondays of each month at Christ's Church. The club dues are $20 per year for a single member and $30 per year for a family. Nonmembers are welcome to attend meetings as guests.
For more information, visit the website at: ycc.photoforge.org.