Upcoming Speakers

2023-2024 Season

"Seeing in the Dark, Night and Milky Way Photography" Presented by Silvana Della Camera. March 13, 2024 6:30-8:00PM


Ah, night photography. The night is rich with color, much richer than what our eyes perceive. We have poor night vision, but our digital cameras can see very well in the dark. Modern digital cameras are capable of capturing the intense pallet of the city at night and the delicate hues of the Milky Way. We chase the light from sunrise to sunset. However, we don’t need to shelve our cameras after the colors of the sunset disappear. That’s when the magic begins. Let your camera expand your night vision and be prepared to be amazed.


A software engineer by trade, Silvana began her fascination with photography as a very small child. The early fascination turned into a lifelong obsession. Decades later her passion never faltered, but her view of the world evolved. Photographing what the eye can't perceive is what she loves best to capture.

Past President of the Stony Brook Camera Club, she is the recipient of many photography awards. Her images have appeared in Lighthouse Digest, Yankee Magazine, and the Boston Globe, and were featured in Nikon’s 100th birthday celebration. She has presented and judged at camera club councils, camera clubs, and art associations throughout the US.

Silvana helps others expand their own photographic vision through her photography workshops, photo walks, photo tours, private instruction, and club presentations on various photography topics including infrared, Milky Way, black & white, nightscapes, deep space photography, and time-lapse. She challenges photographers to consider that there is much more in a scene than what is visible to the human eye and to tap into the power of their cameras to discover it.

To her, life is best summarized by the quote “Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death.” – from the 1958 film “Auntie Mame”.

Web site:        https://silvanadellacamera.com/


Registration:      https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUtcOupqD4jGNXzjDLGjA6jHk3E-FUQfTS5

"Composition: Shooting with Intent" Presented by Mark Battista. April 10, 2024 6:30-8:00PM



Mark Battista, Artist and Fine Art Photographer, will share his insight on composition to create images that tell a story, effectively communicate an idea and express an emotion.  Come explore ways of taking your photography to a whole new level through the use of compositional strategies to create more visually impactful images. Mark’s years of training and working as a painter has influenced how he arranges elements in his photographic images. Discover ways of composing inspired by master painters of the past and learn how to apply those skills to your photographic imagery.

Topics covered include:

  • Line
  • Shape
  • Color
  • Value
  • Creating a focal point through contrast of tone, color or area of focus
  • Point of view/ framing a subject
  • Balance and visual weight vs. "Rules"


Mark Battista is a painter and fine art photographer specializing in portrait and still life photography. He graduated from Paier College with a B.F.A. and an M.S. in art education from S.C.S.U. He recently retired from teaching art after 35 years.

He is a sought-after speaker who has presented across the US bringing insight and inspiration to painters and photographers.

Mark's artwork and photography has been internationally recognized and has won awards from organizations such as the Salmagundi Art Club in NYC, the New York Center For

Photographic Arts, the American Artists Professional League and the CT Watercolor Society. He recently won the Grand Prize and Second Place in an international exhibit through nyc4pa.

He is represented by the Salmagundi Club in NYC.

Mark recently published two eBooks on Still Life Photography and composition which helps others create images with impact and meaning.

Web site:        https://www.markbattista.com/