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(Virtual) Meetings Are Underway

We've worked through the technical difficulties and we're pleased to inform you that Friday evening meetings have begun again - in virtual form. We began with our much-delayed and much-anticipated Annual Awards on Friday, July 3, followed by our first competition (People) on Friday, July 10. Future events will include guest speakers, Photojournalism evenings, etc. etc.

The Annual Awards presentation and Friday meetings are available for viewing on the Club's YouTube Channel. No special software or passwords needed, just click the link!

Nature and Pictorial Competition

The next competition of the 2020-21 Club Year will be held - virtually - on Friday, July 24. The topic is Nature and Pictorial and all images have to be submitted online using the Shutter Score application, as always. Members have been sent a link to the upload application. On July 24 at 7:30pm, we will read the written critiques from all judges and display the images online. Hope YOU'LL plan to view the results!

The deadline to enter this competition is July 15th at 9 pm. Please plan to view the competition online to see the beautiful images and hear the judge's comments.

7/10 People Competition Results Posted

Results from the first People and Pictorial competition of the year 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.

CPS Challenge # 46 Abstract Photography

Formally speaking, abstract photography is a method of expressing ideas and emotions with photographed image elements without the intention of creating a traditional or realistic image. By going beyond the usual representations of an object, scene, or any particular element, it reveals details that are normally ignored and triggers the viewer’s imagination. Compared to more traditional photography in which a specific object or scene is captured, abstract photography goes against many photography rules, giving you the freedom to take a photo of anything that grabs your attention and allows you to express your artistic nature.

This week we want you to step outside of the boundaries of reality and create a mind blowing abstract image.

This Challenge is active through 8pm on Saturday, July 18th, 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.

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 three 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 three trips are: Queen Right Colonies on July 25th, Sunset in the Flats on August 15 and Stone Garden Farms on August 22. Watch this space and the Weekly Snapshot newsletter as we work to fill out the calendar. Can't wait to see you all again!

Many Field Trips Canceled - More On The Way!

Due to continued restrictions on large group gatherings, we have been informed by various venues that many of our scheduled field trips have been canceled. These include the July 4 fireworks cruise, Rubber Ducks baseball game (7/19), Mansfield Reformatory (8/1), , the Cleveland National Air Show (9/3-5) and Back to the Wild (9/20). We are working to fill the calendar with safe, outdoor trips - watch this space and the Weekly Snapshot newsletter for updates.

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.

Spring Photo Classes Have Been Canceled

With heavy hearts, we have made the decision to cancel all spring photography and editing classes. While we considered converting to online versions of the classes, we felt that the hands-on nature of our courses is a fundamental aspect and cannot be adequately duplicated in a virtual environment. Postponing further would begin to intrude on our fall schedule, so we will take the summer to continue to assess the ongoing situation and plan to return with our regularly-scheduled fall line-up - with limitations to ensure everyone's health and safety as necessary. We would love to provide better news, but need to consider both the quality of our programming and the safety of our instructors and students as we plan. Enrollment for the fall is open now - details and enrollment information can be found on the School pages of our website. Students enrolled in the spring session will be offered the opportunity to move to a future class session or obtain a full refund. Thank you for sticking with us during trying times. We hope you'll consider joining us in the fall. Please Write to us with any questions. Thank you for your continued support!

Your Officers and Board for 2020-21

THANK YOU to all of you who cast your ballots for our new slate of officers and Board Members for the coming Club year, beginning June 1st. By UNANIMOUS vote, the following will lead YOUR club for the next year:

President: Mike Kopkas
1st VP: Chuck Fitzgerald
2nd VP: Barb Cerrito
Secretary: Rob Erick
Treasurer: Vicki Wert

Board Members (3 year term ending in May, 2023):
Lauri Culp
Bill Keaton
Barb Pennington
Kolman Rosenberg

The New Darkroom Door is Here!

Just in time for your stay-at-home reading pleasure, the latest issue of the Darkroom Door newsletter has been published! Covering the second half of 2019, this issue features Member Profiles, photo tips, member accomplishments - and LOTS of photos from our competitions. To view or download this issue, click here. And don't forget to review our archive of past issues, dating back all the way to 1969! This issue continues a long-standing stream of member communications - and an archive of the Club's history. Special thanks to Deborah Willis and her team of contributors - hope you enjoy!

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

July 15
9:00 PM
Deadline to Enter July 24th Nature and Pictorial Competition
July 17
(Virtual) Speaker - Kolman Rosenberg
July 19
1:00 PM
CANCELED - Akron Rubber Ducks Baseball Field Trip
July 24
7:30 PM
(Virtual) Nature & Pictorial Competition (Projection)
July 25
10:00 AM
Queen Right Colonies Field Trip

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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