In 2002, with the idea of offering education to photographers throughout the Lake of the Ozarks, the Lake Arts Photography Club, now known as the Lake Area Camera Club, was founded.
The club has always met on the second Tuesday of each month and presently meets at the Central Bank in Osage Beach.
The visual art of photography had always intrigued me and having been a member of a camera club in Michigan, it was a welcomed surprise to know there was an established photography club in the lake area. I became a member of the club in 2003 when most members, including myself, were shooting film. Then, within a few years, almost everyone had a digital camera. I was impressed with the friendliness and helpfulness of the members as well as the education received from professional photographers who presented programs during the monthly meetings. The club offered me a great opportunity to learn about lighting, exposures, shutter speeds, composing, cropping and post processing amongst other specifics relating to photography. Today, the club still covers the basics in photography as well as many field trips to exercise our learned skills. The club also sponsors, along with the Lake Arts Council, an annual photo contest known as Photo Quest which has grown immensely over the years. This local contest recently showcased over 200 photos and 28 amateur photographers received $550.00 in prize money and ribbons.
Anyone who is interested in photography can learn from those who attend the Lake Area Camera Club meetings.
For more information about this group, please go to http://www.meetup.com/
By Sandy Sinclair