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This page lists ongoing activities of the club, and is updated frequently.
Please visit here often to keep up with the latest news and happenings.

Posted March 8, 2018

Greetings Fellow Hill Country Arts Organization,

Intermezzo Gallery and Studios has been a growing Fine Art Gallery Space in Comfort over the last several years. We are thrilled to announce our new creative programming for 2018 which includes the expansion of our outreach instruction as we have added new instructional workshops, classes, and special events.

We recognize and thank you for your contribution to the hill country art community and salute your artists and art educators.

We invite you to keep us informed of your activities and we hope you will post our upcoming events as well as share information about our classes, workshops, and events with your members.

How good it is for all of us to be contributing to the development of the arts in the Texas Hill Country!

 Please add Intermezzo Gallery to your email list and we hope you will visit us soon.


Jeannette MacDougall 

Gallery Curator, Resident Artist

Kathy Cody Gallaway

Gallery Manager 

Intermezzo: Gallery and Studios

A Pause for Beauty 

716 High Street

Comfort, Texas 78013
(830) 995-3899

Posted January 12, 2018

If anyone wants to download a copy of the 2017 annual dinner slide show, here is the download link:

Vince Rifici...

Posted September 11, 2017

Hill Country Camera Club
Please find attached a Press Release, for immediate release, announcing the 4th International Landscape Photographer of the Year competition.

Entries are now OPEN, and the closing date is November 12th, 2017. Late entries will be accepted until November 19th.
Please reply email for enquiries, or visit the website for full details.
Kind regards,
Peter Eastway

The International Landscape Photographer of the Year
PO Box 351
Collaroy Beach
NSW 2097
ABN:75 003 152 136

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Posted July 19, 2017

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Come fly a drone with us on Saturday, August 19, 2017, from 3:00-5:00pm in Frisco, Texas (North Dallas). TPS is proudly teaming up with YUNEEC—a world leader in electric aviation—to bring you the opportunity to learn first-hand about 3 of their amazing drone devices! Read more about these innovative “ready to go out-of-the-box" drones below. And don’t forget, TPS is hosting a new call for entry, Drone & Aerial Photography, so get ready to shoot for the sky!

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Posted June 16, 2017


Posted January 16, 2017

Enhancing Your Photographs


by Jim Fox


10:00 am - 5:00 pm

eleven squared ARTS venue – 237 West Main - Fredericksburg, TX

 Students will learn techniques to enhance personal photos such as removing objects from your photos, adding objects into your images, discovering the different layers and understanding color balance.

Topic Covered


Photoshop: beginner with some experience with Photoshop or Elements to intermediate.

Computer Skill: proficient


Laptop computer with Photoshop CC installed

OPTION: download a free trial -

Personal Investment: $100

Class Limit: 15 participants


Call: (512) 547-9506

or Visit:

Jim Fox is a photographer from Fredericksburg, Texas. Fox has been a photographer since the 1970's studying under John Sexton. His vision is inspired be 21st Century photographers, such as Ansel Adams, Minor White, Dan Burkholder and John Paul Caponigro. His images have been collected by private and corporate collections and have have been exhibited at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art, N.Y., The Texas Photographic Society in Amarillo, Anderson Ranch Arts Community in Snowmass CO, and PhotPlace Gallery in Vermont. Fox's work has been Published in Veranda Magazine, Design West Magazine, and has received several International Master Cup Awards.

Posted December 31, 2016

Posted September 14, 2016

Tom Holden, photo editor at the Daily Times, wants us to submit photos of Hill Country activities and events for use in a new magazine he is producing called Hill Country Times.  This is a continuing monthly publication so photographs can be sent in over the next 12 months.  The photographer will be 'by-lined' and will retain the copyright to his/her photo.  Jake Pratt, our President, will be coordinating this effort.

Posted September 1, 2016

As a supporter of your Photography group, River's Edge Gallery would like to offer each one of your members a FREE mat (up to a 16x20) for their photo. We are willing to cut a in-stock mat of your choice and mount your photo on acid free foam core to preserve the image.

 This offer is standing through the month of September with NO STRINGS attached. We just want to help your group out and Debbie will be happy to see what everyone has been working on.

Stop by Mon.-Sat. 10am to 5pm and pick a mat job of your choice. Good luck everyone and congratulations to the winners of the show!!!

See you all soon,  Debbie

River's Edge Gallery
832 Water Street
Kerrville, TX 78028
(830) 895-5184
Mon. - Sat. 10-5pm

Posted May 13, 2016

I forgot to mention this the other night at the meeting. The Menil Collection in Houston is hosting a large show of the work of the 'Father of Street Photography' - Henri Cartier-Bresson this summer titled "Life is Once, Forever". It ends Sunday, July 24. Admission is free. 1533 Sul Ross.

This is a great opportunity to see so many of his works in person. Shelley and I are going at some point. Perhaps club members might be interested in attending as a group.


Posted  April 16, 2016

The Hill Country Camera Club will sponsor a photography class at the Dietert Center on Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 6 to 9 pm.  Contact Waverly Jones at or call 830-792-4044 to register.  Tuition is $32 for a 3 hour class.  Instructor: Deb Johnson & staff.

Learning to Look Beyond the Lens! 

In this Photography course you will receive a brief review of your camera basics. Using this knowledge you will then learn how light and shadow combine with the compositional elements of the photograph to create those GREAT photos you have always dreamed of creating. Lots of hands on experience where you will be creating your own work and receiving feedback on your photographs.

Posted December 11, 2015

Our annual dinner at Rails Cafe' went over great!  Everyone enjoyed the food, the fellowship and the slide show.  Click HERE to see some candids of the dinner taken by Cynthia Hurayt.

Posted December 10, 2015

Our Vice-pres, John Fuller, and our Secretary, Cheryl Gochenour were united in marriage last week.  May all the luck, success and happiness that the future holds for them find it's way into their hearts and bring them everything they desire.  Congratulations!

Posted December 10, 2015

SJ Derby, our club president, had a hip replacement last month and is doing fine.  SJ came to the annual dinner at Rails Cafe' and every one was happy to see her.  In a few weeks she will be completely back to normal.  Best wishes SJ for a speedy recovery.

Posted October 21, 2015


I have good news. I talked to Albert Flores with News 4 San Antonio Tx and he will be airing a introduction on myself and my Storm Chase Team it will be on Tuesday October 27 at 10pm or Wednesday October 28 at 6:30 pm it will also be on the Internet to watch as well please watch I need the ratings

Please tell everyone

Posted September 19, 2015

Digital Photography Workshops in Texas State Parks:

Posted August 7, 2015

Hello Mr. Rifici,

I am the new Program Director for the Arts at Mo-Ranch and wanted to let your members know of an extremely valuable learning opportunity coming up in October.

Susan Vogel will be teaching a weekend conference here, October 16-18th. Susan is an award winning photographer originally from San Francisco but now residing in Kerrville.

Here is a link to the Mo-Ranch website which has information about Susan, a link to her website, and the conference.

Thank you,

Maria Gould
Program Director - Arts
Office: 800-460-4401 x 243
2229 FM 1340, Hunt, TX 78024

Posted August 3, 2015


I would like to pass an invite on to your members. RNC is in the process of developing its next exhibit on Water (and any local connection to it). We are looking for photos that can help us tell the water story here in the Hill Country and particularly of Kerr County. (And since water is in all living things as well as rivers and even rocks – there is a lot of stories to tell.)

We also are looking for images that we can use in education programs. For more information, people can contact me. Thank you!

Susan M Sander, Naturalist
Riverside Nature Center
150 Francisco Lemos ST
Kerrville, TX 78028

Posted June 17,2015

Plans for 2 Club Ed classes (the same class to be taught twice) are finalized. Title:  Photography: Be Proud of What You Shoot (for a Change); 6-9 pm September 10th and September 17th; minimum 5 students, maximum 20; curriculum as already sent to us; instructors- Deb Johnson (contact person), Roger Gorden, John Fuller, Bob Nelson.

Posted June 17, 2015

Posted January 16, 2015

Exploring Camera Basics in Depth
February 3 through March 3
Tuesday evenings
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Hoffman Haus, Fredericksburg
Course fee: $98
This course delves more deeply into some of the technical aspects of photography such as exposure, aperture, shutter speed and lenses, and explores the characteristics and the creative choices they offer. It is highly informative and includes demonstrations and hands-on assignments.
How to Photograph People
February 4 through March 25
(No class on March 11)
1:30 p.m. To 3 p.m.
Hoffman Haus, Fredericksburg
Course fee: $138
This course focuses on how to capture warm, natural, unposed photographs of people. Lighthearted, engaging and highly informative, this course includes demonstration coupled with hands-on assignments and helpful critique.
For information and registration or to be contacted for future workshops please call or email:
Jeannette Joy Hormuth

Posted January 10, 2015

Call for images for our 4th (2015) Outside Judged Competition. Please send Vince Rifici ( two of your best images for entry in our upcoming outside judged competition. The images may be straight or manipulated, color or black & white. The only requirement is they must be photographs, not invented by the artist's hand. Images must be sent by e-mail, not placed on disc or memory drive. Please click on 'Outside Judged Competition' on the sidebar for complete information. The firm deadline is March 15, 2015.

Posted January 5,2015

Vicki and Coyne Gibson (former members of the HCCC) are featured in an interesting article in this month's Kerr County People magazine.  Copies are available free at  any magazine stand around town.  To view a digital copy of the magazine, click HERE.

Posted December 11, 2014

Our annual dinner at Rails was a huge success.  The food was great and everyone enjoyed the slideshow.  Let's do it again next year!

Photos by SJ Derby

Posted October 12, 2014

Call for Images for the 2014 Holiday Dinner Slideshow:   Please put 10 of the year's best images on a disc and give it to Vince Rifici at the October or November club meeting.  No more than 10 because I'm trying to keep the show this year to under an hour.  The images do not have to be related, just choose your best of the year.  Please use .JPG format.  Keep your images full size so they will fill the screen.  A five megabyte images is NOT too large.  Thank you, Vince...

Posted August 13, 2014

Please post this website, if you think the club would like to see this.

John Fuller

Posted March 5, 2014

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: JW Walsh <>
Date: Wed, Mar 5, 2014 at 9:22 AM
Subject: Latest book now available for Kindle
To: Joseph Walsh <>
Good Morning All,
Not an "official" PhotoSafari email as such, just letting you know my new book "Urban Photography " is now available on Amazon.
However, speaking of PhotoSafari, the first of 2014 is scheduled for the end of this month. I'm looking forward to joining Lynne Pomeranz as we photograph the wild horses of New Mexico. More from that coming soon!
Hope you all are happy and healthy.

Posted January 17, 2014

The new 'Show & Tell' administrator is Bob Nelson.  Bob will be accepting your e-mail submissions for the February meeting.  Please send your 'Show & Tell' entries, by e-mail, to Bob Nelson at  benelson@ktc.comThe same rules apply; two entries for each category, e-mailed to Bob at lease one day before the meeting.  Be sure to re-title your images with your name and month.  Thank you Bob, for giving me a much needed break!   Vince...

Posted December 26, 2013

We will be holding our 3rd Annual Outside Judged Competition in 2014.  This competition is for members only.  Your are allowed 3 entries to be sent to the Exhibibion Chairman, by e-mail, no later than March 15, 2014.  Results will be shown in a talking slide show at the May 2014 meeting.  For complete details, click on  'Outside Judged Competition'  on the sidebar.

Posted November 23, 2013

Received this message from Joseph Walsh, former member and upcoming program presenter for January 14, 2014 meeting.

Good Afternoon All,

I am happy to announce that starting today will be hosting, printing and distributing my work.
For now at least offerings will be limited to duotones from the "Paris...Je t'aime" book plus my other two favorite subjects, trees and water.
To date there are two dozen Parisian images up: in order that FAA can make large, high quality prints, the files are at full resolution and take about forever to upload (or so it seems). I shall keep you posted as soon as the rest are online.

Hoping everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving holiday.  Gobble, gobble!

Posted October 26, 2013

The next video meeting has been posted in the Video Division (on the sidebar).

Posted October 13, 2013

The Annual Dinner  will be held at Rails Cafe (615 E.Schreiner St) on December 10th in place of our regular December meeting.  It will be a buffet with pork and chicken and the cost is $17.50 per person.  Cash bar will be available.  6:30 pm for social time, 7:00 pm for the Dinner Buffet.  Friends and guests are invited.

Please give your money to Larry Cook, Treasurer, at the November meeting or mail it to his home at 106 Thunder Road, Kerrville no later than November 25th.  Checks should be made payable to Hill Country Camera Club.   As a perk, the club treasury will pick up the gratuities and tip.

The annual slide show will be presented.  If you want to submit images for the slide show, please give Vince Rifici a disc (or thumb drive) with 20 related images at the November meeting, which is the deadline for submissions.  Members only please.

Posted October 9, 2013

Last night's meeting was very exciting.  SJ Derby and Cheryl Gochenour gave a demonstration of how they handle and photograph the rescues at Freeman Fritz Animal Shelter.  With live animals!  For a short video of last night's activities click HERE.

Posted September 28, 2013

The People's Choice ballot count for Photoquest 2013 is now posted on the website.  To see the winner, and the other votes, Click on 'Photoquest 2013' on the sidebar and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Posted September 6, 2013

The Ribbon Awards (Judge's pick) for Photoquest 2013 have been announced on the website.  Click on  'Photoquest 2013'  on the sidebar and scroll to the bottom of the page.  I will post the pictures of the winners as soon as they are available.

Posted July 4, 2013

Shown below is a letter from Dr. Robin Clark asking our members to send her sample photos that she can use in her presentation 'Is Photography Art?'  This presentation will be given at the KACC on September 28th in the downstairs classroom.  Dr. Clark was our judge for the Photoquest 2012 and has given an excellent presentation at our club meeting.  I hope we can help her out.

Hi, Vince....
I'm bothering you instead of Deb Johnson (since she's laid up w/her recent surgery and a bad case of sciatica) to ask if you would post (in the HCCC website newsletter) my request for sample photos to use in my upcoming Photography talk at KACC. The talk (Title: "Is Photography Art?") will coincide w/the Photoquest 2013 show and will be held on September 28th, 10:00-12:00 Noon at KACC. I am preparing a Powerpoint presentation that will feature numerous examples of photography, ranging from professional works to casual snapshots. The examples will be shown, briefly critiqued, and discussed with a view toward identifying qualities that are most often found in two-dimensional fine art photographs. I thought I'd ask if any of your members might be interested in contributing samples of their work for my Powerpoint talk. The photos don't have to be high resolution for Powerpoint (so no danger of 'copyright infringement') and I'd give full written credit (on screen) to each of the participating photographers and their work.
I'd like to gather 'a pool' of photos from which to choose for the presentation. I've already got a number (including a couple of my own), but am hoping to broaden the range of artists, subjects, techniques, etc. to make it a little more interesting. I will also be using several photos from famous photographers (Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Edward Weston, etc.). Members who contribute photos can send them to me electronically (at this address)....but, be sure to tell them to include a note with ALL 'copyright' information (title, photographer's name, year....and to please identify the subject matter if it's not already part of the title).
I would also appreciate you and/or the club passing word of my presentation to other organizations and interested parties in the area. I'm sure you and/or your members have contact with those in other clubs. It would be a great chance for them to come attend the photography presentation (downstairs) that morning and then see the Photoquest 2013 show (it'll be hanging upstairs) afterward. If they want to know about my credentials, please tell them that I am a retired university professor, hold a Ph.D. in Fine Arts from TX Tech....and am a photographer, myself.
Many thanks for your help! All pertinent info about my various presentations can be found on the KACC website under the 'Education' link.
Robin (Clark)
Robin E. Clark, Ph.D.
716 Wheeler St.
Mason, TX 76856-3000
Phone: (325) 347-0608

Posted May 15, 2013

Three of Hill Country Camera Club members won a cash award and title in the Kerville Main Street Photography Contest. 

Posted May 15, 2013

The results of our 2nd Annual Outside Judged Competition is posted on the website.  Scroll down to 'HCCC Outside Judged Competition' and click on 'Results'.

Posted March 15, 2013

Our interim president, David Jackson, held a captivating workshop and demonstration at our March meeting.  The presentation was entitled 'Portraits with One Light' and illustrated how to shoot formal portraits using only one light and a 3'x3' white foam board reflector.  Amanda was our model, a very attractive and petite woman employed by the Kerrville Police Department.  Amanda is also active as a circuit Roller Derby contestant.  Club members took some very fine portraits that night.  Our thanks to David and Amanda for making the evening a huge success. 

Posted March 3, 2013

Here's a couple of photo contests you might be interested in:
From the LBJ Wildflower Center:

From Texas Parks & Wildlife Department:

Posted January 28, 2013

For complete information about the 2013 annual outside judged competition, click on 'OUTSIDE JUDGED COMPETITION' on the sidebar.  Entry deadline is March 31, 2013.

Posted September 7, 2012

The Photoquest 2012 award winners have been chosen.  For details, click on Photoquest 2012 on the sidebar.

Posted September 6, 2012

Astronomers are bringing an 18" Obsession telescope to the Observe the Moon Night in Cleburne September 22. The telescope will view the nebulae and galaxies. If there is anyone you know who likes or is learning astrophotography, please let them know about it.
What: International Observe the Moon Night
When: Saturday night, Sept. 22, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: Chisholm Trail Outdoor Museum, west side of Cleburne on Hwy 67 toward Glen Rose. Watch for the silhouettes of a trailride. Email cleburnecameraclub@gmail if more directions are needed.
Astronomers will be on hand, as well as camera club members and naturalists. Free moon pies.
Free - Everyone welcome

Posted Aug 22, 2012

Fotoseptiembre/Inceptions is a photography show  and competition by our new affiliate Schreiner University. 
HCCC  members have been invited to enter their competition which is a themed showing entitled “Inceptions”.

If you want to enter photos for the 'INCEPTIONS' exhibit sponsored by Schreiner University the deadline for submissions is Sept 5th for e-mail and Sept 8th for drop-off.  Complete details can be viewed HERE.

Posted Aug 14, 2012

Joe Skymba has an extensive assortment of Lens Caps (front & rear), Lens Shades, Filters, Step-up & Step-down Adapter Rings, etc. which he is offering for sale at very attractive prices.  The items will be on the 'Sale" table at tonight's meeting.  You can contact Joe at or 367-3441.

 Posted Aug 1, 2012

Hello Mr. Rifici,


We are announcing the opening of the Texas Photo Ranch and it is our most sincere hope that you will let your members know.  We have 5 photo blinds that have water holes and are fed year round. Hundreds of species of birds visit along with mammals.  The ranch has everything from brush to wetlands and birds to alligators.  Custom tours are available.  Please take a look at our website and come visit us soon!



Wade Grassedonio



Posted July 21, 2012

For those of you interested in outside competitions, check  'Other Outside Competitions' frequently, as new items are added almost weekly.  A new one is posted right now.

Posted July 11, 2012

Carol Murawski has photo equipment for sale, due to her husband's death.  Tripods, Light Stands, Lights & reflectors, etc.  Call:  830 367-7250

Posted July 11, 2012

Jim Leovile, friend of David Jackson, is looking for someone to photograph 10 to 20 paintings for a website.  Please call:  928-5659

Posted June 24, 2012

Photo Exhibition by Vicki & Coyne Gibson:
"Faces of Freedom - Honoring Those Who Served"
 Kerr Arts & Cultural Center,  July 10 - Aug 5
Everyone is invited to attend the Artists Reception on Saturday, July 14, 1-3pm
(Proceeds from the exhibit benefit Wounded Warriors Project)

Posted May 13, 2012

The Video Division of the HCCC is now being formed.  If you are interested in learning more, please click on VIDEO DIVISION on the sidebar.

Posted May 10, 2012

Please don't miss the upcoming field trip to Flatonia, Tx. on May 19.   Flatonia offers one of the few dedicated rail-fan photography pavilions in the United States.  At the Flatonia Rail Park, the Union Pacific Railroad has a 4-way junction which allows trains from east/west to switch to north/south routes, one of the few 4-way junctions left in the USA.  30 to 40 active trains pass through this track section daily.  For more complete information, scroll down to FIELD TRIPS on the sidebar and read all about it.

Posted May 9, 2012

HCCC JUDGED COMPETITION sidebar has been revised to add the photographs (with judge's comments) that were not shown in the talking slide show.

Posted May 4, 2012

Two new topics have been added to the sidebar; GULF STATES CAMERA CLUB COUNCIL COMPETITIONS that shows the entries & scores for the monthly contests, and OTHER OUTSIDE COMPETITIONS, that lists photography competitions that are open to anyone, throughout the world.

Posted April 24, 2012

The award winners of our First Outside Judged Competition are posted on the website.  Go to HCCC JUDGED COMPETITION on the sidebar, and scroll down to RESULTS.  A talking slideshow with the judges comments will be presented at the May 8th meeting.  To view a 'sneak preview' of the talking slide show, go to HCCC JUDGED COMPETITION on the sidebar and find it on the content menu.

Posted March 18, 2012

Club Ed classes in Photoshop Elements is being offered now.   The next class will be on Wed, March 21st at the Auld Center on 2nd Street in Kerrville.  Time is 6 to 9 pm.   For Course description, click on PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES on the sidebar.

Posted March 3, 2012

'Take Better Vacation Photos' is a class being offered this coming Saturday at the Kerr Arts & Cultural Center.  It's a two hour class and the cost is only $15.  Learn tips and techniques from two instructors who have traveled the world taking pictures.  Complete information is shown on the sidebar under PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES.

  Posted February 25, 2012

This is a reminder for all members who would like to participate in our first outside judged competition.  Open to members only.  Entries will be received by E-mail only.  The closing date is March 31 (FIRM).  You may enter up to 4 images of any subject, straight or manipulated.  They must be true photographs, not created by hand.  Composites are OK.  Please read and adhere to the instructions listed on the sidebar under HCCC JUDGED COMPETITION.

Posted January 14, 2012

If you want to see the 2011 Annual Dinner slide show (if you missed the dinner), go to <2011 Annual Dinner Slide Show> on the sidebar.  May take a few minutes to load.

Posted January 11, 2012

Mark Sims, Official Photographer for the upcoming County Fair, is looking for a few photographers to shoot pictures of kids with their animals.  Mark will pay up to $100 for a day's shooting  The Fair is on January 19 & 20.  For information call 201-247-7670 or e-mail

Posted January 11, 2012

Camera Equipment for Sale

If anyone is interested in bidding on the entire package call, John Aceti  257-1432,

Posted December 17, 2011

New Meeting Location!      New Meeting Location!
Starting in January 2012 we will be meeting at the Kerr Arts & Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett St., Kerrville, on the 2nd Tuesday each month at 7-9 pm.  Entrance is at the downstairs stairwell to the left of the main front entrance stairs.  There is also an elevator accessible from the rear entrance through the Avery Gallery.

Posted December 14, 2011 (Photos of Dinner by David Jackson)

Our annual dinner at Billy Gene's was a huge success.  We had 50+ persons attending and the excitement was at an all time high!  Thanks to SJ for arranging the dinner.  Everyone enjoyed the slide show.  Twenty seven members contributed images for the show.  Dave Jackson took the following photos of the event.




Posted November 13, 2011

In lieu of our December meeting, we will be holding our Annual Holiday Dinner at Billy Gene's Restaurant on December 13th @ 6 pm.  We will be ordering from the menu and each person will be responsible to pay for their own dinner and tip.  During the dinner we will be showing a one hour slide show of member's photos.  Billy Gene's is located on Junction Hwy in Kerrville, across the highway from Walmart.

Posted November 7, 2011

A new sidebar item has been added to the website called 'Photography Classes.'  Classes offered by Vicki & Coyne Gibson are new for 2012 and are held at the KACC.  The classes start in January 2012.  Check out the new sidebar item for more information.

Posted November 6, 2011

Thanks to Vicki & Coyne Gibson for conducting the Photographers Open Studio at the KACC on Saturday.  The equipment available was 'top notch', including large electronic soft boxes and remote triggers, among many other items.  There was a model present and many members had a chance to shoot real professional studio portraits.  Vicki & Coyne plan to conduct another session in the future.

Posted October 31, 2011

Please bring 25 images on a CD to the November 8th meeting.  These will be used for the 2011 Annual Dinner Slide Show.
They can be images that were previously shown at the club, or entirely new ones.  The best collection would be if they all followed the same theme.
This is the first and last opportunity to enter the slide show.   The show will be presented at the 2011 Annual Dinner on December 13th at Billy Gene's Restaurant.

Posted October 15, 2011

 Don't forget the Photographer's Open Studio at KACC on Saturday, November 5th.  For complete details, see Upcoming Programs on the sidebar.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the World Wide Photo Walk on Oct 1st.  We had a great time in downtown Kerrville!  You can see all our photos HERE.  Congratulations to Bill Morgan, winner of our local contest!  See Bill's winning image HERE.  Bill will receive a copy of Scott Kelby's new book Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It and his photo has been entered in the international contest.   
Thanks to Andy Graham for a great program at the October meeting.  The following photo software programs were mentioned in his talk:
Topaz ReMask
Rays Photoshop/Lightroom/Aperture plugin
Adobe Photoshop CS5


Posted September 18, 2011

The ribbon winners of Photoquest 2011 have been posted on the website.  Click on '2011 PHOTOQUEST' on the sidebar and scroll down to bottom.

Posted August 11, 2011

Photos of the rodeo field trip are posted on the HCCC flickr site.  Follow this link to see some of the images captured by HCCC members.

Posted July 23, 2011

Don't forget the field trip to Painted Churches in Schulenburg, Texas.  It is coming up this Tuesday, July 26th.  Contact Vicki Gibson if you are interested.  Click on 'Field Trips' on the sidebar to see the details and contact information.

Posted July 13, 2011

David Jackson gave an inspiring program last night, showing us his nostalgic images.  Want to know how he created those glowing portraits of women?  Here are two links to the software he used to produce them.  These are Photoshop plugins, and they are free!  Be advised that they will work only on a PC, not a MAC.

Red Paw Media (RPM Beautifier, Technicolor-2)
Xero Graphics (Nostalgia)

David has posted a few of the 'instructional images' on his Flickr account.  Here's the address:

Posted July 13, 2011

Tom Rust's moon photo sparked an interesting discussion at the July meeting. Here's an explanation for anyone not familiar with the 'Sunny 16' & 'Moony 11' Rules...  Click on this link to our Flickr Group Site to see the rules:   Link to the Discussion

Posted July 2, 2011

At the July 12th meeting, a membership survey will be available to help the club make improvements.  Please fill it out and leave it with the secretary on the way out.  Pay particular attention to the call for volunteer jobs needed to run the club efficiently.  An explanation of the various jobs shown on the survey is available on this website under <Articles of Interest>.

Posted June 26, 2011

A new page has been added to the website.  It is shown on the sidebar as 'Directory of Professional Services.'  Any member (professional or amateur) who offers services for a fee can be listed on this page.  If a request comes into the club for a photographic (or other) job, they will be referred to this page.  A copy of the sign-up form will be available at the July 12th meeting, or it can be downloaded from the page.  Only paid club members can be listed.

Posted June 23, 2011

Don't forget!  This Saturday (June 25th) is our field trip to 'By the River RV Park & Campground.'  It starts at 9 am, but if you want to get in earlier, call Vicki Gibson for arrangements.  All the details are listed under FIELD TRIPS on the sidebar.  Some nice scenic landscapes can be taken at this park.  See ya' there!

Posted June 22, 2011

Now is the time to start thinking about our 2011 Photoquest exhibition at the KACC.   There are only 8 weeks left to decide what photos you are going to enter, and to have them framed (if you're not going to frame them yourself).  Pre-registration is required, and the deadline is August 20th.  All the forms you need to enter photos in Photoquest are available on this website for downloading and printing.  Go to the sidebar and click on '2011 Photoquest.'  The forms are listed at the bottom of the page.

Posted June 19, 2011

Our member, Ron Ivey, gave a very interesting and informative program at last Tuesday's meeting.  Our HCCC Flickr Site Administrator, Vicki Gibson, has posted links to some of the stuff Ron presented at the meeting.  Scroll down the sidebar to the HCCC Flickr Site and join the group for a look at some of Ron's exciting images.  Here are some of the Apps and Websites Ron uses to produce his stuff:

The Flickr App Garden
Here's where to find hundreds of cool/helpful/interesting/fun Flickr Apps.
(You can also find The App Garden under the EXPLORE tab at the top of the page)

Flickriver App
"Flickriver is focused on just one thing – the most seamless and fast photo viewing experience possible, keeping visual overload and bloat to the minimum." (Vicki says - Bottom line: Flickriver is a good 'viewer' on black that allows continuous scrolling through your images. Very cool.).

Flickr Hive Mind App (also HERE)
"Flickr Hive Mind is a data mining tool for the Flickr photography database, allowing search by: tags(keywords); Flickr photography groups; Flickr users, their contacts, and favorites; free text; the Flickr Explore algorithm for interestingness."

Picnik - Photo editing made easy!
(Vicki says: This is a FANTASTIC photo editor. Super easy to use. Does all the basics such as exposure correction PLUS some very creative & fun stuff. Highly recommended.)

Posted June 15, 2011

The list of new Monthly Photo Subjects has been posted for the 2011-2012 season.

Posted June 4, 2011

The club is always looking for new interesting programs to be presented at our meeting.  Over the years we have had many members present their images or show their techniques for taking or making photographs.  If you have an interesting 45 minute presentation, and would like to get on the schedule, please contact the President, Frank Hedges, or the Program Chairperson.  Contact info is shown on the sidebar under 'Officers & Committees.'

Posted May 28, 2011

Term of office for 2010/2011 Club Officers expires on July 1st.  We will have a brief election of officers at the June 14th meeting.  Most of the officers indicated they will extend their positions for another year, but nominations from the floor will still be accepted.  Coyne Gibson is the nomination chairperson so please tell Coyne if you would like to be nominated for a club position.  Ron Ivey is presenting an interesting program and Vince Rifici will project the 'Show & Tell.'   We are still looking for a person to take charge of the prints at the meeting.

Posted May 15, 2011

A new group has been set up on for HCCC members to post their photos and share them with other HCCC members.  The Flickr Group is by invitation only, so when you get over there, just click on the JOIN link to get an invitation.  Here is the clickable address: 

You must be a HCCC member to join, post photos to the group pool, or take part in the discussions.  However, be advised that ANYONE can view your photos and see the discussions (so do not post your email address, phone number, or any information that you do not want to make available to the general public).  If you are concerned about people stealing your photos, make sure your license preferences are set at 'NONE' (meaning: All Rights Reserved).

Vicki Gibson is the Site Administrator for the HCCC Flickr Group.

Posted May 11, 2011

Our scavenger hunt last night was a huge success!  Seventeen members participated and came home with a total of 85 images.  15 images were chosen to enter the final round of competition and 5 winners were picked - one in each of five categories.  Category winners have red borders.  Cash prizes were awarded (the next time you're in China, you can spend it)!


Category: Empty - Winning Photographer: David Jackson - Empty Barrel



Category: Food - Winning Photographer: Vicki Gibson - Candy Jar



Category: Mood - Winning Photographer: Paul Hinson - Swarming Bees



Category: Structure - Winning Photographer: Darlene Smith - Chandelier



Category: Wet - Winning Photographer: Vicki Gibson - Blue Fountain



Posed April 22, 2011

The Hill Country Camera Club conducted the second session of photography classes sponsored by Club Ed.  Advanced Digital Photography was cited by the students as a 'great class.'  Eight students and five helpers attended the class which ran from 6 to 9 pm.  HCCC member Vicki Gibson instructed the class and was aided by Bob & Diana Nelson, Rick Kaczur, Darlene Smith and Vince Rifici.  The camera club will be conducting another series of digital photography classes in the fall.  Call Club Ed on 830-895-4386 to register for the upcoming fall classes.  Tuition is $39 per session.

Posted April 13, 2011

We had our first meeting at the new location in Wells Fargo Bank on Junction Hwy in Kerrville.  The room was filled to capacity and the audio and visual projections were more than adequate for everyone to hear and see the program.  Looks like we will be staying here, as long as the bank  will let us.  As a bonus, there is a coffee room adjacent to the meeting room, so if we want to serve refreshments in the future, we're all set.  There is no requirement that the meeting end at 9:00 pm.  If necessary, we can extend the quitting time to 9:30 pm.  Hope to see y'all at the next meeting on May 10th.

Posted April 6, 2011

The next Club Ed class will be conducted by the Hill Country Camera Club on Wednesday, April 20, 2011.  This is the Advanced Digital Photography class.  The time is 6 pm to 9 pm at the Auld Center on 2nd Street in Kerrville.  The topics covered will be 'How to Take Better Pictures With Your Camera' and how to utilize some of the advanced features on the camera, such as 'Burst Mode' and different 'Focus Modes.'  There will also be a brief segment on editing images on the computer.  There is still time to sign up for the advanced class.  Call the Club Ed on (830) 895-4386 for registration.  Tuition is $39.00.

Posted April 1, 2011

The Hill Country Camera Club conducted the first of the Spring classes at Club Ed last night. Introduction to Digital Photography had 20 students and 7 camera club members to help the students with their cameras.  Feedback sheets indicated the class was enjoyed and valued by everyone.  Something that needs  improvement is the addition of a PA microphone to be heard above the sound of a noisy air conditioner.  The club will set one up for the next class in April.

Posted March 24, 2011

The club can no longer use the large, wooden light box to view prints for 'Show & Tell'.  When we move to the Wells Fargo Bank next month, we will lose our storage space.  The box is too large for anyone to ferry back and forth from home.  Therefore, we are looking for an alternative way to display prints during the 'Show & Tell' portion of our meeting.  Temporarily we are using a small display easel to show prints, but we are sadly lacking for a way to illuminate them.  If anyone has an idea for any equipment which will fit in the trunk of a car and be stored in a member's home, please send e-mail to the Webmaster.  Would anyone like to take on the job of 'Print Chairman?'

Posted March 22, 2011

The Hill Country Camera Club will be conducting 2 classes at Club Ed.  The 'Introduction To Digital Photography' class will be on Thursday, March 31, 2011 from 6 to 9 pm.  The 'Advanced Digital Photography' class will be on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 from 6 to 9 pm.  If you are interested in attending either of these classes, please call Club Ed on (830) 895-4386 to make reservations.  The Intro class is limited to 15 students and the Advanced class to 10.  If the Spring classes are filled, there will be a repeat in the Fall.  Tuition for each class is $39.

Posted March 19, 2011

For those of you who attended Vicki Gibson's presentations on Portraiture, Perspective Correction, Layering in Photoshop and Applying Texture to Images, all her handouts are available for viewing and download on the HCCC Blog accessible from the sidebar.  Or, you can go to Vicki's blog directly by clicking on the following link:

Posted March 19, 2011

Please remember that from now on we will be holding our monthly meetings on the 2nd Tuesday each month at the Wells Fargo Bank, 301 Junction Hwy, Kerrville, from 7 to 9 pm.  Enter on the Junction Hwy side, take the elevator to the 2nd floor and go to the Community Meeting Room.  Our next meeting is on April 12, 2011.