Category Archives: Misc

Local Photo Clubs & Groups

There are quite a few photo groups and clubs around town. Some are well-established, while others have come together within the past few years with the help of sites like Flickr, Instagram, and Meetup.

Meet, mingle, learn, and grow!

The Central Ohio Photo Group

Our mission is to have fun while we develop our photographic skills by sharing ideas with each other. We have presentations at our meetings covering various aspects of photography. We also do several photo shoots a month. We go to great lengths to keep costs down, so people can spend their money on equipment. We do not have dues and operate on donations from members. Keep an eye on the Meetup page for updates.

Meetups: presentation, go shooting
Frequency: a couple times a month

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Columbus Area Photographic Society (CAPS)

Imaging, editing, gadgets, fellowship, and fun…that’s what Central Ohio Photographic Society (COPS) is all about! Photography, like many arts forms, benefits from constant practice, and reflection, and here at COPS we make every effort to help you down that path.

Meetups: meet or go shooting a couple times a month

Search Facebook for the name of the group and request membership.

Columbus Creative Photography Group

We are a community of photographers dedicated to our personal and professional development as artists and artisans. Our members respect the importance of both digital and traditional photographic processes and recognize that in this rapidly growing digital age, creativity is what sets us apart!

Meetups: meet and/or go shooting a couple times a month

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Columbus Studio Photography

Get comfortable with studio photography. Typical shoots include four photographers, a professional model, studio costs, all lighting equipment, sets, props and instructor. Each photographer pays $35 to share the costs of a shoot. We also have specialty shoots such as multiple models, body painting, etc. which might carry different prices. Sessions are typically scheduled in Grandview Heights.


The Focus Group

A diverse, curious and enthusiastic group of amateur and pro photographers, founded by Abdi Roble and Bill Nieberding in 1998. We meet monthly and usually have a guest speaker followed by image sharing. We also do photowalks, field trips and exhibits. Non-members are welcome to stop in!

Membership: $30 individual, student $15 (currently discounted 50%).
 second Friday of the month at the Upper Arlington Municipal Building

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IGers Columbus

This group organizes outings for local Instagrammers. Follow  @igerscolumbus to find out more!

Lens & Leaves Camera Club

The Lens and Leaves Camera Club was set up by the metro parks back in the 70’s. It is a nature club mostly meaning our competitions must be nature only unless we specifically say we can have the Hand of Man in our competitions. Nature only means no domestic animals, fences, barns, people, jet trails, cut trees showing the cut etc. We have two competitions every month, one digital and one prints.

Membership: $20/year
Meetings: second Thursday of the month at Blacklick Woods. Non-members welcome to attend!

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Ohio Photographic Adventures

We welcome anyone interested in learning more about photography and improving their photos. Our goal is to learn together and have fun! Most of our events are tours, photo walks, and hikes where we can share ideas, tips, and techniques in an informal setting. Many events will be free, some will have a fee. In-depth classes may also be offered.

Meetups: meetings, classes, and/or shooting a couple times a month

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Professional Photographers of Central Ohio

The Professional Photographers of Central Ohio is an organization affiliated with the Professional Photographers of America. The organization was established to elevate the standards of professional photography, to promote and have good fellowship among its members. It is also to serve Columbus and the surrounding territory with the finest professional photography services possible.

Membership: $25-105/year
Meetings: $15/meeting for non-members, second Monday of the month, at Berwick Manor Restaurant

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Westbridge Camera Club

Learn, share, and sharpen your photographic skills. The club is for photographers of all levels, from beginner to advanced. Twice-monthly meetings alternate between Program Night, dedicated to learning a particular topic, and Competition Night, where members show their work for competition (non-members are welcome to attend, but cannot compete). They also host image discussions, photographic outings, and opportunities to exhibit your work.

Membership: $25/year
Meetings: first & third Wednesdays, September-May, at Griswold Center in Worthington

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Midwest Fall 2014 Photo Contest

Midwest’s Fall Photo Contest’s theme is FOOD PHOTOS.

Send us your sizzling steak shots, textured tortillas photos-whatever images of food that inspire you! Food Photography can elicit thoughts of texture, taste and smell-all through one visual image. Show us your images that conjure culinary celebrations. Grand Prize winner will receive a Bowens Gemini 400Rx Lighting Kit. Perfect for lighting any food set-up from menu shots to recipe photos.

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ImageOHIO 15 Submissions


ROY G BIV Gallery for Emerging Artists is now accepting submissions for ImageOHIO 15, a statewide, juried exhibition of the best photographic, video and new media art in Ohio. Juror Benjamin Montague (Assistant Professor in Photography at Wright State University) will select the exhibiting artists. Entries are limited to artists living in Ohio or from Ohio. The selected artists’ work will be exhibited from January 20 – February 20, 2015, at the Fort Hayes Shot Tower Gallery.

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We’re Aliiiive!

Sorry we’ve been so quiet—dismal weather seems to bring everybody down. But now that summer is creeping closer, there’s so much going on! Columbus is host to a whole slew of festivals, gatherings, and events. Not to mention all the educational opportunities provided by Midwest Photo Exchange, Metroparks, and more. Take a class or go on a photowalk with other photographers. Check out the events page to find something fun to photograph or learn near you! Everything we’ve added in the events section is within an hour’s drive of Columbus. We pull our information from various sources, so double-check availability or registration requirements on an event’s website.

MPEX Spring Photo Contest

Midwest Photo Exchange announced their Spring Photo Contest:

Spring is a great season for street photography. The snow and ice are melting, the sidewalks are clear, and people are happy to be out in the temperate weather. The theme for our Spring Photo Contest is good old-fashioned Street Photography. Submit your best images in outdoor public spaces. Buildings and storefronts are acceptable, but our judges tend to prefer street portraits and images brimming over with life and humanity. Happy snapping!

Our Spring Photo Contest is sponsored by Nikon! NIKKOR lenses have been redefining lens technology and setting the standard for good glass for 80 years, and the NIKKOR 50mm F1.4G is one of the best lenses for street photography, hands down.

Grand Prize: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm F1.4G ($500 Value)
Second Prize: Nikon Coolpix S5200 ($130 value)
Third Prize: $50 MPEX Gift Card

Get the details and enter the contest


Hi there, and welcome to PhotoColumbus!

We’ll be live soon, blogging and posting about all kinds of photo insights and resources for photographers (and anyone else who’s interested) in Columbus, Ohio.

Stay tuned, as we’ll be upgrading in steps.

The first blog you’ll see is Hindsight is f/22. Its aim is to be a collection of lessons we’ve learned recently, usually from a shoot. It’s better to learn from someone else’s mistakes, right?