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Next (Virtual) Meeting - Nature/Competition - 9/25

This coming Friday, September 25th, we'll be holding our second Nature/Pictorial Competition of the year. The deadline to enter has already passed, but please join us to see the entries and hear the judges' critiques.

Upcoming meetings include the following:

10/2: Photojournalism (deadline to enter is 9/30)
10/9: People and Pictorial Competition (deadline to enter is 9/30)

All Friday meetings are available for viewing on the Club's YouTube Channel. All meetings begin at 7:30pm and are available for viewing at any time thereafter. No special software or passwords needed, just click the link - and don't forget to subscribe!

Second Annual Photowalk - October 3

CPS Challenge Photo Walk : University Circle
Saturday, October 3, 2:00pm

The CPS Challenge is happy to announce a new ‘photo walk’ field trip. This year we will be visiting one of the true jewels of the greater Cleveland area: University Circle. This area offers some of the most iconic and beautiful cityscapes in Cleveland. The area’s distinctive architectural styles range from classical to ultra-modern, and it is all ensconced among lovely green spaces and gardens. It is really a photographic smorgasbord with something for all photographers, and all of it is awaiting to be captured by you during this leisurely walking tour. Details regarding the photo walk are on the official CPS calendar page as well as the CPS Challenge Flickr site. Mark your calendar and plan to join us Saturday, October 3 for a fun afternoon of photographic exploration.

CPS Challenge #51: Birds

One of the favorite subjects of many photographers is birds – in flight, resting, feeding, nesting. Finding and photographing birds often presents the photographer with some unique challenges.
With winter coming, many birds will be packing up and leaving for warmer climates, so before they leave, our challenge topic this week is birds. Let your creativity soar to new heights as you photograph some fine feathered friends.

This Challenge is active through 8pm on Saturday, September 26th, 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.

9/4 B&W Competition Results Posted

Results from the first Black & White and Pictorial competition of the year 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.

New Field Trips Added!

We've had to pass along a lot of bad news lately, but we're VERY pleased to provide some encouraging news for you now! We've added some new field trips to the calendar - with more on the way. All are outdoor trips with plenty of fresh air and room for social distancing. All are also FREE and open to EVERYONE! The next trip is a return to the Ashtabula Covered Bridges on October 17. Watch this space and the Weekly Snapshot newsletter as we work to fill out the calendar. Can't wait to see you all again!

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

September 21
7:30 PM
Lightroom Class - Library Module
September 23
7:30 PM
Fundamentals Class - Lenses and Filters
September 25
7:30 PM
(Virtual) Nature & Pictorial Competition (Print)
September 26
10:00 AM
Photoshop Editing Class - Selections and Retouching
September 27
10:00 AM
Class Field Trip - Fifth Street Arcades

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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