September 2007 to Present
Jack and Lee Ferrall formed the Tri-City Digital Photography Club in 2006 after realizing the photography group in the Tri-Cities area was dedicated to film photography. Jack and Lee were interested in the ever growing in popularity digital photography. The first meeting, advertised in the Giant Nickel, filled the large room of the Union Gap Street Library and after just two meetings the club moved to the Benton PUD, where we continue to meet today.
Jack and Lee organized meetings and topics that were fun, energetic, educational and offered opportunities to learn at all skill levels. Today the Tri-City Photography Club continues to strive to fulfill this same purpose with meetings that offer a variety of education with key note speakers, small group interaction and the option to have peer consultation and review. All skills and all camera types including cell phones are welcomed.
In September of 2008, Jack, Lee and fellow photographer, Jeff Friberg were attending a photography workshop in Portland when Jack passed away suddenly from a heart attack. The club, devastated by the loss of its founder took some time to recover, but new leaders emerged and the spirt to continue in Jack’s memory prevailed. A board of directors was formed to manage the club business and arrange for speakers and programs. Soon the meeting room was filled again, and the club continued to grow. Ask some of our early members and they will recall with fondness their memories of Jack and Lee, particularly the Star Wars themed meeting that battled RAW vs JPEG.
In 2017 the club name was officially changed to Tri-City Photography Club as the distinction for digital was no longer a necessity. The club continues to meet monthly on the second Thursday, the doors of the Benton PUD open at 6:00 PM with the official program beginning at 6:30 PM and ending at 8:30 PM. Additionally, the board organizes photo-walks and outings.
The photo-walks are scheduled once a month or as a special event occurs and usually last for a few hours. The walks provide members with an opportunity to gather outside of the meeting room to practice and learn new skills, explore new places to photograph in our community and to make long lasting friendship wit fellow photographers. Other outings are planned occasionally for all day events to places in our region.
As of October 2019, the club has approximately 170 members with roughly 65 members in attendance at meetings. Whenever possible, these meetings are also streamed live on our Facebook page to reach all members. Recent speakers, Erwin Buske, Craig Goodwin, Mark Hussein, Bill Rodgers and others provide a wide variety of topics of presentation.
The club encourages members to post photos to our Facebook page for sharing and comment, we also encourage our members to enter photos for the 4C’s regional competition and submit for consideration of Print of the Month. Every few years we also organize a display of member’s work at the Richland Library.
The Tri-City Photography Club is home to beginners and award winners, we believe Jack would be proud of our club today and we encourage you to join our Photo Family.