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Peter Balunek Presentation

On Friday, October 23, we hosted a zoom session with Peter Balunek, who shared with us his experiences and images from a 5-week Kenyan safari during the pandemic. This presentation is not available on our YouTube page, but was recorded and will be made available to club members at a later date.

No Meeting 10/ 30 – Happy Halloween

There will be no meeting on Friday, October 30. Join us again (virtually) on Friday, November 6th, for our Black and White and Pictorial Competition (deadline to enter is October 28). Happy Halloween from the Cleveland Photographic Society!

CPS Challenge #54: Details

As photographers, we notice small details, weird juxtapositions, and the hidden-in-plain-site oddities of daily life. Macro photography is certainly one technique to capture detailed minutiae and textures, but highly effective detail shots may also be captured on a much larger scale. Details shots can be images of larger subjects that, through compositional techniques, draw attention to a specific detail of a subject or scene that might otherwise have gone unnoticed. The objective of this challenge is for you to hone your photographic eye, discover the details of the world around you, and then compose an image that brings those details to life.

This Challenge is active through 8pm on Saturday, November 7th, when a new Challenge will be issued. If you haven't gotten around to joining our group yet, simply follow the instructions below:
New Challenges are issued every two weeks. To participate, you'll need a free Flickr account. After you've done that, upload a few photos and then join the group. Full instructions and a discussion forum are located there.

10/16 B Competition Results Posted

Results from the second 'B' competition (for newer photographers) have now been posted and can be viewed in the Competition Results section of this website. Bookmark this page in order to quickly track updated results as the competition year unfolds. A slideshow of the winning images from this competition can be viewed here. A reminder to members that a database of all competition entries in Excel spreadsheet format is updated shortly after each competition.

Slideshow of Yearend Winning Images

A slideshow of the winning images from the 2019-2020 year has now been posted and can be viewed in the Competition Results section of this website. The slideshow can also be viewed here.

About the CPS Photo Challenge

There's no reason to let your camera gather dust. The CPS Challenge is a great way for you to practice your passion for photography, especially during these crazy times. Creative motivation and inspiration is what the CPS Challenge provides, whether you are a beginning shutter bug or a veteran enthusiast. If you are already familiar with the CPS Challenge or if this is the first time you’ve heard of it, I urge you to (re)acquaint yourself with this long-standing feature of the Cleveland Photographic Society.

What is the CPS Challenge? It is an on-line forum in which different photographic methods and themes are introduced to the group. Participants then have two weeks to capture images that adhere to the assigned topic (new images only- no archived photos), and then share them with the rest of the group. This is not a competition. However, positive feedback and comments are offered on several of the submissions. The best thing about the ‘Challenge’ is that not only do you get to share your images with CPS community, you can also view images submitted by other group members and glean inspiration from their take on the same theme. The CPS Challenge is really an opportunity for you to exercise your creativity…and it is a lot of fun.

The CPS Challenge is located on the popular photo sharing platform Flickr. You must sign up with Flickr and then join the CPS Challenge group if you desire to participate. This is an easy and straight forward process. A detailed overview of the group’s description and rules, as well as the images by fellow CPS members can be found at the CPS Challenge group homepage. Here is the link.

Take a few hours to escape these troubled times by doing what you love; photography. I invite you to consider the CPS Challenge as a vehicle to expand and explore your photographic world. A brand new challenge will be introduced ever two weeks. The CPS Challenge is open to all CPS members and students. We hope to see many of you there.

Welcome to CPS!

The Cleveland Photographic Society is not your typical 'camera club'. Operating from our own full-time, ADA-friendly clubroom in Broadview Heights, Ohio, we are an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, offering a variety of activities for members and visitors alike - including our long-running School of Photography, with classes held throughout the year. Feel free to look around our website and learn a little more about us and how to find us on the All About CPS page. Visitors are always welcome to our Friday evening meetings and many other events - we hope YOU'LL plan to visit sometime soon! If you have a question or a comment, please Drop us a line

November 1
10:00 AM
Class Field Trip - City of Cleveland / Rockefeller Greenhouse
November 3
7:30 PM
CANCELED - Intermediate Photoshop Class - Filters and More
November 4
7:30 PM
Fundamentals Class - Exposure II and Sports Photography
November 6
7:30 PM
Black & White Competition (Projection)
November 10
7:30 PM
CANCELED - Intermediate Photoshop Class - Tonal and Color Adjustments

The mission of the Cleveland Photographic Society is to promote and advance the understanding, passion and joy of photography by providing opportunities for education, skill development, picture-taking, competition, critique and fellowship.

CPS is a founding member of the
Photographic Society of America

Photographic Society of America


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