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Welcome to the Springfield Photographic Society!

We are a group of photography fans that range from amateur to professional.  We love to go out on photo field trips and have a good time and share what we know in order to help each other improve our craft.  Read about how we started under ABOUT SPS.  Please consider joining our club and attending our meetings.  We'd love to meet you!

Photo challenge topics for 2017-2018 are listed here: 2017-2018 Exhibition Challenge Topics

Over the next few months we will have a new Word Press interactive and mobile friendly website!  The plan is in place and once it's up and running you will all receive an email on how to log onto it and re-register.  The site will be available for 3 audiences, the public, members only and administrative. Members will have the ability to upload their digital exhibition photos themselves.  The new site will have an easy to sign up for field trips page and an easier to view gallery. The site will also have a blog with several areas including selling photo equipment, workshops, technical questions answered, photos contests, etc.

43 towns is a photographic exhibit that features one picture from each of the 43 towns in Hampden and Hampshire Counties. The images have been provided by 32 members of the Springfield Photographic Society. Our primary goal was to capture the uniqueness of our communities, with pictures that illustrate their history, culture, public spaces and natural beauty. With only one picture per town, each photographer had to choose one perspective that they felt was important to understanding their town.  One of the strengths of this exhibit lies in the large number of contributing photographers. This has provided a wider range of perspective than what could have been achieved with one or two contributors. In some of our pictures, you will find an icon of that town. In other cases, there are surprises. Those photographers with a passion for nature found the natural beauty in their assignment. Other photographers found historical structures or local businesses. The photos are presently being shown at the MassMutual Civic Center through the 2nd week in December.  An opening reception for members and their families and friends will take place on Friday, November 10th.  More details to follow. Our participants have had fun assembling this exhibit, in some cases going to towns they knew little about and talking to the locals about good photo opportunities. We hope that you have fun as well, as you explore 43 Towns.

You can view Hunt's Photo and Video Fall newsletter here.  It contains an interesting article and a photo tip by store manager Steve Bidwell. 

  • November 8 - Exhibition meeting. Challenge category is 'fences.' Revised Standards for Exhibition and New Digital Entry Guidelines have been communicated by Cindy Nothe by email.  The forms are also available under Club Activites/Exhibition on the main menu of this website.  Meeting is at Reed's Landing and runs from 7-9 PM.  NOTE:  digital entries are due at least 1 week before or earlier for the November 8 exhibition. They should be emailed to:  sps.digitalentries@gmail.com  Digital copies of print entries can be emailed to klblemoine@comcast.net at any time before the exhibition date.
  • November 10 - opening reception for the SPS 43 Towns exhibit at the MassMutual Center, 5-7:30 PM. Format invite to reception as advertised by the MassMutual Center. 43Towns_Reception_Invite.pdf
  • November 12 - Kevin Fay has organized a field trip to a Springfield Thunderbirds Hockey Game from 2-5:30 pm.  Confirm your attendance by signing up on the club website. See CLUB ACTIVITIES, then SIGN UP FOR FIELD TRIP. View photo for info on buying your ticket by mail or calling in. 
  • PLEASE NOTE - due to the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, our second meeting of the month will take place on November 29.
  • November 29 - The Springfield Photographic Society presents 'My Photographic Journey…so far' by Keith Carver. Keith will share his 12-year post-retirement photographic journey to document the extraordinary beauty and fascinating behavior of birds at shooting locations in North America, Central America and Africa. His presentation also includes a wide variety of images of wildlife, landscapes, seascapes and night skies. Meeting starts at 7 PM with a few short announcements. Keith's 1 hour presentation will start at 7:30 PM followed by questions.  He will have items for sale. Light refreshments will be served.  His body of work can be viewed at http://krcarver.zenfolio.com or http://www.keithcarverphotography.com/
  • December 13 - Exhibition meeting. Challenge category is 'fog/mist.' Revised Standards for Exhibition and New Digital Entry Guidelines have been communicated by Cindy Nothe by email.  The forms are also available under Club Activites/Exhibition on the main menu of this website.  Meeting is at Reed's Landing and runs from 7-9 PM.  NOTE:  digital entries are due at least 1 week before or earlier for the November 8 exhibition. They should be emailed to:  sps.digitalentries@gmail.com  Digital copies of print entries can be emailed to klblemoine@comcast.net at any time before the exhibition date.
  • December 13 - Holiday Reservation due.  Our end of the year party will once again be at Loomis in a potluck format.  Reservations are due December 13.  Date of the dinner is Wednesday December 27th.  Sign up to bring in a dish or a donation that will be used for additional expenses.
  • December 27 - Holiday Banquet at Loomis.

Updated 11/5/17


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