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Smith Mountain Lake Photo Club

A club where all ages, experience levels, styles, and equipment preferences are welcome.

The first Monday of every month at 7:00pm, you'll find the members of SML Photo Club gathering to socialize with one another, learn about new photography techniques, and share/receive feedback on some of their work. Celebrating its 5th year, the club was formed under the umbrella of Smith Mountain Arts Council in order to add a branch offering that catered to area shutterbugs.

When the pandemic hit, meetings were forced into an online format. The upside to that though, says group leader John O'Connell, was that the group was able to have speakers from all over the country join them to share their experience and expertise. Even when in-person meetings resume at the Moneta Branch Library (in April or May), they plan to continue to offer the online zoom option of attending for those who prefer it.

In addition to the meetings, field trips to practice and learn from each other are scheduled throughout the year. There are also monthly club themes that are meant to encourage people to step outside of their comfort zone and try something new!

John stressed that there is zero experience required to join the club, and many seasoned members are happy to mentor those who would like to learn! “If you have a cell phone with a camera that you use," John says, "then you're a photographer." Come join with others who share a similar passion - no dues required - and be inspired to look for and capture the beauty that is all around us!

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