Pay Your Dues Online

Now on the Forms page we have a link to be able to pay your dues online. It is for the calendar year, and it is $42.00 for the membership and includes a small service fee. Join the Guild now, so you can be a part of all our online meetings through Zoom!

Paid membership give you benefits like: Admission to all Zoom! meetings, the ability to enter contests and will prizes, participate in photo critiques, 10 in 10 demonstrations, get access to the closed Facebook page for news on outings like the newly resumed small group outings shooting the Milky Way, Macro photography at Hatcher Gardens, Sunflower expeditions and waterfall excursions; all with plenty of social distancing.

Get it all for one low fee, and see your photography skills improve.

Zoom Meetings

We now have the hang of Zoom Meetings, so the format of our regular meetings is not different than the previous meetings.  Click here for our Zoom Meeting instructions.

We will continue to have Flickr Photo contests and Challenges.  10 in 10’s and Critiques of photos submitted by members.  We have Zoom guests lined up and we hold you will join and attend.  Membership forms are here.

The only thing that has changed is we are not going out on group outings, but we have several lined up and can’t wait to get started!

We want to see you at our next Zoom Meeting.

Meetings and the Corona Virus

NOTE: There will be no group meetings being held until after the Corona-virus situation is resolved. 

For the foreseeable future we will not be having group meetings.  Since our meetings are usually 35 to 40 people, and civil authorities have deemed those sized gatherings as unsafe will have stopped for the time being.  Our outings have also been canceled, unless you are meeting with less than 3 individuals.  We discourage groups of more than 4 gathering.

We will only be meeting by Zoom on our regular meeting night and time.  Our open FaceBook page is available to everybody to share and post.  Our closed Facebook page is members only.  Visit our Zoom Meeting page here.

Once the Corona virus situation is under control and civil authorities deem it safe, we will start up the group meetings and outtings again.

New website!

It seems like such a long time in getting everything together, but now we have our new website up and running!   Please look around, sign up for our emails and see what is happening. Oh, and please come to the monthly meetings, every 2nd Tuesday of the month at SpartanPhotoCenter.

How to join in 2020

If you are looking to join the Spartanburg Photography Guild, all you need to do is come to the January social, fill out the form and pay your $40.  The January social is going to be held on the 2nd Tuesday in January, like a regular meeting, but we will have a BBQ dinner and a speaker.  This year it is renowned photographer Richard Bernabe.  See his website here.  this is a great time for members to get to know each other, make new friends and eat a bit of Spartanburg’s Best BBQ.

We will have information on hand, and the Board members and Officers will be on hand to help and answer questions.

Want to Join now?  Click here for our membership form

2018 Social

2018 Member Social

Spartanburg Photography Guild

Spartanburg Photography Guild

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Spartanburg Photography Guild is to encourage
photographers, of all ages and experience levels, to increase their knowledge of
the art of photography through training, sharing, and educational grants, as well
as opportunities to participate in challenges, photo outings, and charitable photo
shoots.

Monthy Competitions
There are multiple opportunities to submit digital photos for consideration in Guild monthly competitions. Competition winners are chosen from an individual outside the guild and not a guild member. The current judge of the monthly competitions is a world renowned and accomplished photographer.

The deadline for submitting pictures for a monthly competition is 6:00pm on the Friday immediately before the monthly guild meeting (2nd Tuesday of each month). You are free to submit to any category of your choosing. However, you are only allowed 3 total submissions per month. Those submissions could be all in one competition or spread amongst all of them. The only restriction is that you cannot submit images in Group A and Group B, you must choose one or the other. Remember that we are on the honor system about your photographic and editing capabilities. Photos submitted to Group A, Group B and Straight out of the Camera competitions can be of any subject and theme. Please keep them relatively family friendly – i.e. not nudity just for nudity’s sake. The Challenge competition has a theme that is chosen by the previous month’s winner.

The list below breaks down each monthly competition:
•Photo of the Month Group A – Professional and more experienced photographers. If you understand how to do composites in Photoshop or other editing platforms then this is the group for you.

•Photo of the Month Group B – Novice, Intermediate, and Student photographers. This group is intended for newer photographers or those with lesser Photoshop or other editing platform knowledge and experience.

•Straight Out of the Camera (SOOC) – Submissions for this category must be “straight out of the camera” with absolutely no post production edits or cropping. All exposure settings and composition must be done on the camera at time of pressing the shutter button.

•Challenge – Monthly photo theme chosen by the previous month’s winner. Photos submitted for this competition must be taken during the month between Guild meetings.
Print Competitions

There are seasonal print competitions. The categories for each season are:
•Portrait
•Event
•Sports
•Black and White
•Architecture
•Landscape / Fine Art

Prints must not be any larger than larger than 11×14 and mounted on foam board with a maximum of 11×14. For instance you can submit a 8×10 print on foam board and using foam board as a border. However, an 11×14 print could not have a border as the foam board could not be any larger than the print.