Enchanted Lens Camera Club

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December's Speaker:
David Swindler

December’s Speaker: David Swindler
Topic: Various Types of Photography in the Southwest (Big Views, Small Scenes, Slot Canyons, Winter/Fall, Drone, Wildlife, Milky Way, Moonscapes, Storm Chasing, etc).

David Swindler is an award-winning landscape and wildlife photographer.  Among others, he has been recognized by International Photography Awards, Siena International Photo Awards, Sony World Photography Awards, International Landscape Photographer of the Year, and National Geographic.  He received a degree in chemical engineering and worked in the semiconductor industry specializing in optics and photolithography. In 2014, he left his day job to follow his true passion. He has traveled to some of the most remote regions of the world and has extensive experience photographing a wide variety of subjects and conditions. He finds great satisfaction in helping others learn photography, especially in the wild desert environment near his home in Kanab, UT.  David is an expert in night photography and loves to get out and shoot the starry night skies. Catch a glimpse of David’s work in the slideshow, and follow the links below to see more!



December Judges:
Jim Collar and Judy Beard


December’s Judges: Jim Collar and Judy Beard Exhibition Theme: Motion

Jim Collar

It’s been more than 60 years since Jim purchased his first 35mm camera! In the intervening years and well before the advent of digital photography he taught himself photographic and darkroom techniques including black & white developing/printing, color slide processing and color print making, – skills and knowledge that have served him well even in the digital age. Jim’s photographs have won numerous awards in competitions and international salons for which he credits mentoring received in a large and active camera club. He has served as a judge for ANMPAS as well as other salons and exhibitions. In addition to years of support from many talented photographers, Jim counts Guy Tal, Jennifer Wu and Tom Mangelson among contemporary photographers who have most influenced his work.

 Judy Beard

Judy Beard enjoys photographing most anything but is especially drawn to nature — wildlife, birds and flowers. She has lived in Arizona, New Mexico and now Moab, Utah which has also influenced her photography of  southwestern life and landscapes. Her photographs have been accepted into ANMPAS and Insight shows in Albuquerque and her bird photographs have been published in a calendar sold in Utah national parks. She appreciates continually learning about art in general and specifically photography. She is a member of NANPA and PSA and has been a member of ELCC since 2006.



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Club Activities

Monthly Speaker

Each month we feature someone who is an expert in some aspect of photography.

Monthly Photo Exhibition & Critique

For members only, your images will be critiqued and ribbons awarded by an experienced professional photographer or an advanced club member.

Casual Critique (TBD)

Mid-Week Marauders

We meet once or twice a month at a photographically interesting spot. Very enjoyable. and a;lso a way to learn from others.  Sometimes we go to lunch after the shoot and that is icing on the cake.


Join us for a members only opportunity to improve your photography! For the beginner and the experienced photographer, our programs have something for everyone.

Our Meetings

Join us in September 2022 as we begin activities for our new 2022-2023 club year. We will have various types of meetings which include in-person meetings at the Jewish Community Center (JCC), hybrid/Zoom meetings, and Zoom only meetings. Our monthly speaker and exhibition meetings are held at JCC. Mid-Week Marauders are monthly outings. Mentorship meetings are mostly held monthly.

To request information about attending any of our meetings, click at the bottom of this page to request more information.

Yearly membership dues are $50.00 for individuals and $75.00 for couples.

Anyone interested in the practice of photography is eligible for membership.

Membership entitles you to:

  • Mentorship and Workshops
  • Monthly Local Photo Outings
  • Monthly Exhibition and Photo Critique
  • Communicating with Members via our Email List
  • Portfolio Project Participation

Schedule for 2022—2023

Monthly Speakers

September 1st
(Zoom Meeting only @ 7 PM)
Speaker: Susan Seibert
Topic:  Photos from the Field

October 6th
(JCC/Hybrid Meeting @ 6:30pm)
Speaker: Liam DeBonis
Topic:  How Photography Saved My Life: Finding Purpose in Photojournalism

November 3rd
(JCC/Hybrid Meeting @ 6:30pm)
Speaker: Larry Gunn
Topic: Fundamentals of Drone
Photography & Composition – Using Cognitive Photography and Dynamic Symmetry

December 1st
(Zoom Meeting only @ 7 PM)
Speaker: David Swindler
Topic: Various Types of Photography in the Southwest (Big Views, Small Scenes, Slot Canyons, Winter/Fall, Drone, Wildlife, Milky Way, Moonscapes, Storm Chasing, etc.)

January 5th
(Zoom Meeting only @ 7 PM)
Speaker: Colleen Minuik
Topic: TBD

February 2nd
(Zoom Meeting only @ 7 PM)
Speaker: Sue Forbes 
Topic: The Lessons and Challenges of Expedition Photography Around the World

March 2nd
Speaker: Rob Shea
Topic: Infrared Photography

April 6th
Speaker: TBD
Topic: TBD

May 4th
Speaker: TBD 
Topic: TBD

June 1st
(JCC In-Person Meeting only @ 6:30pm)
Speakers: Maria Baca/Helen Johnson
Topic: Portfolio Project Showcase Presentation

Exhibition Judges

(Members only)

September 15th
(JCC/Hybrid Meeting @ 6:30pm)
Judges: Rozanne and Todd Hakala
Assigned Topic: T Stands for …

October 20th
Judge: John Courtney
Assigned Topic: Minimalism

November 17th @ 7:00 pm  (Zoom only)
Judge: Kirk West
Assigned Topic: Wildlife

December 15th @ 7:00 pm  (Zoom only)
Judge: Judy Beard and Jim Collar
Assigned Topic: Motion

January 19th
Judge: Klaus Priebe
Assigned Topic:   “A Unique view of New Mexico- What makes New Mexico land, landscapes,  &  culture special, unique views of our state that are seldomly seen. “

February 16th
Judge: Emily Mount
Assigned Topic:   Lines

March 16th
Judge: TBD
Assigned Topic: TBD

April 20th
Judge: Greg Basco
Assigned Topic: TBD

Mentorship Topics

 (Members only) 

September 20th
(Zoom Meeting only @ 7 PM)
Mentor: Sara Leikin
Topic: Introduction to ELCC and Photographing the Balloon Fiesta!

December 6th
(In-Person Meeting at
Dekker, Perich, Sabatini Bldg
@ 7PM)
Mentor: Helen Johnson
Topic: (ICM) Intentional Camera Movement

January 10th
(In-Person Meeting at
Dekker, Perich, Sabatini Bldg
@ 7PM)
Mentor: Mark Werner
Topic: Infrared

February 7th
Mentor: TBD

March 7th
Mentor: TBD

April 4th
Mentor: TBD

May 9th
Mentor: TBD