The Olympia Camera Club  serves Thurston County, Washington and surrounding areas.  Our purpose is to learn how to be better photographers through sharing, teaching, guest speakers, and field trips.

Our club includes photographers of different skill levels and with varied interests.  You will enjoy the camaraderie of interacting with those at your own skill level or with similar interests.  You’ll also have opportunities to grow and learn from club members who have more advanced skills.

We’re Now Meeting on ZOOM!

Due to COVID-19,  in-person meetings of the Olympia Camera Club are canceled until further notice.  We are now scheduling virtual OCC meetings and will be releasing meeting information as it becomes available.  Watch this space.

Members – Be sure you vote by the 28th of each month
for the monthly

NWCCC Traveling Image Competition.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 – Practical Photography – This month we will hold a round-table discussion. I want to get your input about what worked this past year, what didn’t work, and what you would like to see in the next year, in the hopes of providing good input for whoever takes over Practical for the upcoming year. Also, bring your questions about anything photography related. Questions can be about post-processing, camera settings or techniques, how to expose for tricky situations, flash photography,………or ANY photo related question you may have.

Tuesday, May 18 – Member Sharing – The theme will be Macro Photography. However, if you do not have a macro lens that’s okay. Feel free to submit close-up photos.

Saturday, May 22 – General Meeting – This month we have Mike Moats to give us some insights into macro photography.  Mike will cover the most important equipment for macro photography, how to control depth of field, a little about composition, and subject matter.” Mike is a professional macro photographer and Tamron ambassador. It should be a good one. Please note the change in meeting date.  There will be no meeting on our regular 4th Tuesday.

All meeting are on the Zoom Platform.

Meeting Link:
Members, if you have misplaced the link to the teleconference, you can find the link posted in the “Members Only” area on the OCC Webpage.

If you are not a current member of the Olympia Camera Club but would like to join our “virtual” meetings, please visit the Membership page of our website and choose an option for paying your annual dues.  Once you have joined, you’ll receive a “Welcome Letter” that will include the link to our meetings and access to the Member’s Only Area of this website..

Virtual Field Trips

No field trips are scheduled at this time due to COVID-19.  Instead we will conduct a series of virtual field trips in the monthly newsletter and with Field Trip Galleries.

Your Favorite Places

Who knew that we would have virtual field trips for over a year!  You can join us in June by reviewing your existing photographs for your favorite place to photograph. Maybe it’s been a while. Maybe it was yesterday. This month, you get to pick your favorite place and share it with us. Enjoy your walk down memory lane. Soon we will all be traveling and photographing again.

Images are due by June 3, 2021.  Members may contribute up to 5 images per person to the newsletter for each virtual field trip, but you may also upload up to 10 of your images to the club’s website gallery by logging into the website and choosing ‘ADD IMAGES TO GALLERIES’ from the Member’s Only Area.

Guidelines for Images
Please size your images to 2048 pixels on the long side and reduce the file size to 2MB or less. Put a watermark on the image and title each image. Example for the title: Milky Way over Mt Rainier_Pam Hoaglund. Please send the images as an attachment to an email to

Upcoming Virtual Field Trips – These are the basic topics and due dates for the upcoming months of 2021.  Watch the newsletter and calendar email announcements for additional information on each topic.

June 3 – Favorite Places to Photograph
July 8  – Beaches
August 5 – State Parks
September 9 – Mount Rainier (Sunrise, Paradise)
October 7 – Waterfalls
November 4 – California
December 9- Mount St Helens

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