Welcome – About Us

The Shutterbug’s Camera Group meets on the third Thursday of each month, from February to November at 10.00 am in the Senior’s Centre hall. Each month we have a themed project, to which members can bring along their prints for comment and display. Other meeting activities may include workshops, talks, Q & A sessions, exhibitions and much more. We also hold photographic outings to various locations around Canberra and district.

If you enjoy taking pictures, the group is a great way to share your work and meet others with a similar interest. The Shutterbug’s Camera Group provides a warm and friendly atmosphere where experienced and inexperienced members can share their interest in photography. Beginners and advanced photographers are all welcomed to our meetings.

Members’ Slide Show

Next Meeting – 2021

Our next meeting will be our first for the 2021 year and is scheduled for Thursday 18 February 2021 starting at 10.00 am. Our project theme for the month is “Looking Up, Looking Down”. A bird’s eye view or a worm’s eye view.

Monthly Project Calendar

Members can submit up to six prints of any size but preferably 7 x 5 inches minimum. We don’t have formal definitions for our monthly projects, leaving it up to members to interpret it any way they wish. Our group does not hold competitions. Members can exhibit their prints on the hall’s walls for viewing by all club members. Special mounting frames are provided. Prints can also be submitted for inclusion on our web page member’s gallery slide show.

2021 Monthly Themes

  • February – Looking Up. Looking Down
  • March – Water/Rocks
  • Apri – Clouds
  • May – Autumn Colours
  • June – Stay at Home
  • July – Architecture
  • August – Close Up/Macro
  • September – Flora/Fauna
  • October – Fire/Steam/Smoke
  • November – Your Choice 2021

Recent Events

November 2020 Meeting

Our November meeting was our final get together for the year. Our quote for the month came from Jay Maisel “If you are out there shooting, things will happen for you. If you’re not out there, you’ll only hear about them”. For our photographic item of trivia, we took a look at the first ever colour photograph which was taken over 150 years ago. The subject appears to be a piece of jewellery and was produced by layering three separate photo sensitive plates, Thomas Sutton, who was an inventor and photographer, came up with the process and is also credited for being the inventor of the first SLR camera.

Fellow Shutterbug’s member, Steve Walmsley, presented a slide show he had produced showing the painting of the murals which now feature on two of the club’s external walls. We took a look at our prints for this month’s project “Your Choice 2020”. Our favourite photos taken during the year. We then grabbed our cameras and headed outside for a workshop on dynamic range and histograms. Next was a discussion on what themes we would adopt for next year’s monthly projects. A list can be found under our Monthly Project section further down the page. Finally, it was a cuppa and a chat to finish up the year for us..

October Meeting

At our October meeting we took a look at an interesting photo technique called “Focus Stacking” and fellow Shutterbug’s member, Steve Walmsley presented a couple of photos he had taken using this technique. He also gave us another one of his excellent presentations, this time on Histograms and White Balance. Our project for the month was “Rust” and our prints are currently on display in the main hall.  Our quote for the month came from Jim Richardson “If you want to be a better photographer, then stand in front of more interesting stuff”. For our monthly trivia viewed the oldest photographic print “View From A Window” which was taken in France in 1826 by Joseph Niepce. The original plate was lost for 50 years but is now on display at the Henry Ransom centre in Austin, Texas. Our other piece of trivia was the meaning of Kodak which means nothing. George Eastman just liked the letter K and believed it to be attention getting, maybe this is why he also choose the colour yellow.

Useful Links to Tutorials & Items of Interest

Link to the Shutterbugs Photo Gallery