Camera Club gets ready for summer photography, plans train exhibit

JAMESTOWN – The Chautauqua County Camera Club will hold its next monthly meeting at the Prendergast Library from 6 to 8 p.m. today. This meeting, like all their meetings, is open to members of the community who have an interest in photography and photo editing software.

May marks the end of the first six months for the club as well as a turning point in the season. Until now, club members have been discussing basic camera techniques and digital darkroom techniques using various software packages as well as participating in photo walks of some of the areas historical buildings. April’s photo subjects consisted of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Sts. Peter and Paul Church, and the newly remodeled Gateway Train Station.

Members will be showing off the photos that were produced during these walks and discussing the various techniques used in trying to capture both artistic and realistic representations in low light scenes such as these. There will also be a showing of some of the members’ favorite shots taken during the month of April from members who were not able to participate in the photo walks.

The second half of the evening will be a kickoff to outdoor photography. Now that the weather is becoming favorable, the club will be discussing possible photo tours of Chautauqua County and its beautiful landscapes and historical buildings. In preparation for shooting outdoors, the members will discuss how to prepare for their camera bag with necessary equipment, considerations to take when shooting various nature scenery, the best time of day to get the warmest shots, and other tips that will improve the chance of getting the perfect photos when venturing outdoors.

Finally, the Chautauqua County Camera Club would like to invite members and the community to put together any photography related to trains or railways that can be displayed at the National Train Day event on May 11. This is an opportunity to show off your passion for trains and participate in the first of what hopes to be a tradition at the Gateway Train Station. The club will have a display at the train station during the event and would love to include as much work as possible for the many visitors that will be drawn to the area.

To participate, contact the club by emailing and including the subject “National Train Day Photos.”

The Chautauqua County Camera Club meets at the Prendergast Library in the Fireplace Room from 6 to 8 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month and welcomes anyone in the community who would like to attend and learn more about photography and digital photo editing. More information about the club can be found at its website: