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  • Saturday, November 10, 2018 11:03 AM | Virginia Kolstad (Administrator)

    Thanks to all who attended the EXPO print competition judging event on Wednesday November 7. 


    We have attached a complete list of winners for your convenience. List of Winning Entries For Website.pdf


    Approximately 200 excellent photographs were submitted in 9 categories:  Monochrome, Flora, Fauna, Landscape/Waterscape, Sports/Action, General, People, Architecture/Cityscape, and Photographic Art. Our excellent judges were David Mills, Paul Michael Kane and Doug Peterson. 


    Bob Kochenthal won 'Best In Show' with his landscape print, 'Van Campens Glen'.


    All prints will be displayed November 17 (6 to 8 pm) and November 18 (1-4 pm) at the EXPO Exhibition at the Sparta Ambulance Building.  Both events are open to the public.

  • Monday, April 30, 2018 11:05 AM | Nancy Madacsi (Administrator)

    David Mills: Improving your images/photography for competitions. Sparta Camera Club April 25, 2018



    • Identify and use a strong foreground element to bring the eye into the picture.
    • Use a leading line to draw the viewer into the scene.
    • The various elements in the picture should not overlap if possible.
    • Lighting should be warm—early or late in the day is best.
    • Minimize the sky if it is clear or has little of interest in it.
    • There should be no blown out or bright white areas in the picture.
    • Landscape versus portrait.  Verticals are usually stronger images.
    • Look behind you when shooting.  The scene might be behind you.
    • Use sidelight (rising or setting sun/moonlight) to emphasis shadows/shapes.
    • Assymetrical/rule of thirds rather than placing subject in the center.


    • Backgrounds should be clean rather than cluttered.  Muted or blurred if possible.
    • The head position of the bird should be angled toward the viewer.
    • The eye should be sharp and there should be a catchlight in it.
    • Leave room in front of the bird.
    • Be careful of white birds not to blow out portions of the bird.  Easier to shoot in low light.
    • Birds standing in water—leave room for the rest of the leg and foot.
    • There should be good detail in both the lights and the darks of the bird.
    • Wing position should be up or down, not flat out.
    • Tell a story if possible or just do a portrait of the bird.


    • Warm lighting.
    • Use fill flash on water lilies—even works to underexpose and use fill flash.
    • Use maximum DOF.
    • Show part of the stem on the flower so it is attached to something.
    • Get into the flower.
    • Offset flower from center. 


    • Picture should have impact—WOW factor.
    • Edges should be clean.  No distracting items to lead the eye off of the page.
    • Keep the image simple.

  • Monday, April 23, 2018 3:23 PM | Nancy Madacsi (Administrator)

    John Lewell compiled an index of the 500 best photography sites on the internet (

    Just one link brings you the whole world of photography in a tightly-organized, 7-page directory.

    John is a member of the Mountain Lakes Camera Club

  • Saturday, October 21, 2017 10:12 AM | Larry Zaback

    Sparta Camera Club will have two new initiatives for our dues-paying members at EXPO XXXIII on November 18 and 19.  In addition to displaying/selling all of the juried photos, we will allow the sale of your personal...

    1. Matted inventory.  These matted photographs must be placed in a typical folding print rack (canvas* or wood), and priced.
    2. Photography equipment that you are no longer using, but in good operating condition.  You can consider anything from complete camera/lens gear to accessories.  Each item has to be visible (out-of-box unless brand new) with an affixed price tag.
    Concerning both of the above initiatives, Sparta Camera Club will retain 20% of all sales.

    *Members who might consider purchasing a new canvas folding print rack...this item is typically sold in three sizes.  Consider the medium size if your mats are not much bigger than 16 x 20.  The mini rack stands much lower to the floor, and therefore should be avoided.

    It is required that each member complete a separate Inventory Form for each of the above initiatives.  Please click on the links below to acquire forms.  For those members who are accustomed to completing online forms, these forms allow keyboard data entry.  Otherwise, you can print the forms and enter the data in ink.  If your inventory requires additional forms, please fill out the text box information first, then save a copy to your desktop (name the file as you like).  When you open the file on your desktop, you can begin entering the data as described.  Only complete the information in the first 3 columns; the last 3 columns will be completed at point of sale.

    You are required to bring your completed forms...and the Sparta Ambulance Building during EXPO Set-up:
    14 Sparta Ave., Sparta, NJ 07871

    Saturday, November 18, 10 am - 2 pm

  • Saturday, November 12, 2016 5:34 PM | Nancy Madacsi (Administrator)

    We would like to offer the Sparta Camera club discounts on anything the photographers might need to display their work.  

    -Custom Framing: There are too many variables to quote on anything custom, but we will guarantee the lowest price anywhere. 

    -Readymade frames: 50% off any gallery wood frames or metal frames

    -Matting: (for the expo) $9.99 - includes an Acid Free white or black mat, 16x20 outside, custom size inside, acid free foam core backing.

    -special discounts on all adhesives

    I can also offer special deals on equipment and display items such as print racks, if you think anyone might be interested.

    We would like to offer the Sparta Camera club discounts on anything the photographers might need to display their work.  

    -Custom Framing: There are too many variables to quote on anything custom, but we will guarantee the lowest price anywhere. 

    -Readymade frames: 50% off any gallery wood frames or metal frames

    -Matting: (for the expo) $9.99 - includes an Acid Free white or black mat, 16x20 outside, custom size inside, acid free foam core backing.

    -special discounts on all adhesives

    I can also offer special deals on equipment and display items such as print racks, if you think anyone might be interested.

  • Saturday, October 22, 2016 4:18 PM | Nancy Madacsi (Administrator)

    Hands on Photo Workshop 

    Wednesday, Oct 26th  11:00-3:00 

    Speak Easy Art Gallery and Grace Lloyd Park

    816 Main Street,  Boonton, NJ


    "Clarke and Joy have a weekday workshop in Boonton this Wednesday

    Using your own camera, in a local park, Hands on Photography Workshops will show you why your camera works the way it does. After a quick discussion at the Gallery, you’ll learn how to “see” over and under exposure in your shots, and how to adjust your Exposure Compensation to make them perfect. 

    After students master the Exposure Compensation adjustment, we go right into Aperture and Shutter Speed Modes. We show you how to decide which mode is most important for your subject, and how to apply the Exposure Mode on Your Own Camera, so you can remember how to do it on your own. 

    We'll be Shooting in Aperture Mode in a local park - learning to adjust the depth of Focus. Then we'll take a quick walk down to a VERY ANGRY river for some Shutter Mode practice to find that perfect shutter speed for moving water.

    We end with another session in the gallery, editing on your laptop, Ipad, or other mobile device. You'll see how the adjustments you made affected your images, and we'll help you make them POP.

    Fee $40 - PLEASE RSVP here in Meetup PLUS Register and pay with your card or Paypal through the Gallery: 

    (just click on the photo with the correct date)

    For details check out our website:

    Here's the website for Speakeasy Gallery:

    Parking on the street. Please do NOT bring your tripods into the Gallery."

  • Wednesday, September 21, 2016 7:04 PM | Nancy Madacsi (Administrator)

    Honey and Garlic Festival
    October 8, 2016
    Fairground at Augusta, NJ

    We are considering applying for a table at the festival.  The festival runs from 10-4 pm. We would need at least 6 people in order to participate.  If you would plan to sell at the festival, we would expect that you would spend time at the sales desk.  The participants would need to schedule the set-up and take-down themselves.  I will need the names of interested parties by Friday September 23d.
    Please email us at

    September 21-25, 2016
    Brooklyn Bridge Park,  Brooklyn NY

    Photoville has a new location This year, we will be centrally located in the Brooklyn Bridge Plaza, directly under the iconic bridge in DUMBO! There will be containers! Exhibitions! Talks and workshops! Our Smorgasburg Beer Garden with nighttime events! And this year we will be more immersed throughout the park than ever before – giving our photographers and partners even more exposure to the masses!

    Photo Expo Plus (Photography conference and exhibit)
    October 19-22, 2016

    Pre-registration for the 3-day Expo: $20
    If you use the Code: DISCOVER, the $20 fee is waived! (I did it, it works)
    The price on site is $70.
    The ticket are valid for the vendors floor only.  There are talks, walks and workshop but their is an additional cost.

  • Thursday, June 30, 2016 10:38 AM | Nancy Madacsi (Administrator)

    Thursday June 30th Rockin Fest Sussex County Community College

    Rockin' Fest, which begins at 5 p.m., includes three musical bands, vendors, and ends with a fireworks display.

    Friday July 1, 2016 Mount Arlington, on Lake Hopatcong

    Rain Date July 9th  Sponsored by the Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club  973-398-4324

    323 Lakeside Blvd. Lake Hopatcong State Park; 973/398-2616

    Saturday July 2, 2016 Vernon, NJ — Highland Lakes

    The annual fireworks display sponsored by the Vernon and Highland Lakes fire departments will take place on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at Lounsberry Hollow Middle School on Sammis Road. The gates will open at 6:00 p.m. $15 donation per family of four. Come out, support your local fire departments and enjoy food, DJ entertainment and more!

    Saturday July 2, 2016  Rutherfurd Hall, Allamuchy, NJ

    Spectacular Fireworks, music, games, food and fun!  Bring blankets, chairs and coolers. Food vendors onsite. This is a FREE EVENT. Buses can shuttle you from either Panther Valley  Ecumenical Church n Rte 517, Allamuchy Town Hall or at Allamuchy Green Acres, both on Alphano Road. Free buses will start at 4:30-4:45 but will stop when we reach capacity. Fireworks start at 9:00

    OFFSITE Parking passes are also available. Park at Allamuchy Township School on Johnsonburg Road. You are guaranteed a shuttle to the fireworks until 8:00pm. $15.00 per Offsite Pass,

    Sunday July 3, 2015  Shawnee Mountain Ski Area

    I 80 Exit 309 Hollow RoadDelaware, PA  18356

    Price $10

    Shawnee Mountain Ski Area is holding its annual Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Display, which benefits the Shawnee Volunteer Fire Company. Bring your own chair or blankets for great slopeside seating.

    The fireworks display will be at dusk, between 9:00pm - 9:30pm, the fireworks are presented by the Interstate Fireworks Display Company.Coolers, outside food, pets, alcohol, weapons, fireworks are not permitted.

    Seating - Plenty of slopeside seating is available. Bring your own blanket/chairs and claim your spot on the hill. See the map below to make sure you are facing in the right direction. Shawnee Mountain Ski Area; 570/421-7231

    Monday July 4th Gardner Field Denville, NJ

    Rt 46W & Savage Road

    Denville, NJ 07834

    The Annual 4th of July Fireworks event will be

    held on July 4th starting at 7pm at Gardner Field. Live music will

    be performed by Street Hassle followed by Fireworks. Project Playground 2.0 will

    be hosting 50/50 as well as selling refreshments to benefit building a new

    playground at Gardner Field. For more information on Project Playground 2.0

    please visit

    or like Project Playground 2.0 on Facebook.

    Monday July 4 Lake Mohawk Sparta, NJ

    A small portion of the boardwalk will be open to the public.

    Monday  July 4, 2016  Skyland Stadium Augusta NJ 

    To celebrate Independence Day, the Miners will host an extra dazzling fireworks display following the July 4 home game . First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. and gates open at 6 p.m. All events will be held at Skylands Stadium, located at 94 Championship Place, Augusta.

    July 7th and July 10th  Franklin Pond

    Fireworks will be part of the Franklin Carnival.

    July 9th, Jefferson Township Day 

    In conjunction with the 30th annual Jefferson Township Day celebration, a huge aerial fireworks display will be presented by Interstate Fireworks Company on the fields at the Jefferson Township High School, 1010 Weldon Road, Oak Ridge, on Saturday, July 9. 

    The fireworks will begin at 9:30 pm following a two-hour concert featuring the Jefferson Township Community Concert and Jazz Bands under the direction of Peter Tummillo with soloist Nancy Koch at 7:30 p.m. 

    Free admission until 5:30 p.m. to the other activities on the fields of the high school, then only $3 per adult and $1 per child at all gates. Free parking all day and evening and handicap parking with decal. No alcohol, no drugs, no fireworks, no bicycles, no drones, no dogs/pets, and no large coolers allowed.

    Bring a lawn chair or a blanket for comfortable seating under the stars.

    Log on to call 973-697-2032 or 697-3828, or email artscommittee@jeffersonarts.orgfor information about the day’s and evening’s events and activities.

  • Monday, June 13, 2016 6:35 AM | Nancy Madacsi (Administrator)

    The Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council will be held on Saturday July 16th from 12:00 to 4:00 pm  at Waterloo Village.    This is an opportunity to sell you art to the public.  The spaces range in size from 12'X12' to 24'X12'.  The spaces are available to individual artists only.  Group booths are not allowed.  Pricing varies. 

    Here is a link to the registration form and more information about pricing: 

  • Sunday, November 16, 2014 8:49 AM | Deleted user
    Attached is a copy of the results of the judging on Wednesday night - be sure to pick up a program this weekend at the show!

    Download the results here!

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