Despite all the social media platforms for photographers to share work on the Internet, some York countians belong to a camera club -- one that's been going strong since 1884.
Photographer Lewis Katz, a former southern York County resident now living in Baltimore, considers himself an advanced amateur photographer. He's also a member of the Baltimore Camera Club.
The organization, which allows photo hobbyists to share tips, compare equipment and show off their work, heralds itself as the oldest camera club in the United States.
Jeffrey Wolk owns his own studio in Stewartstown. He, too, belongs to the club, which he says helped him "find the inner artist" in himself.
PHOTOS: Follow Wolk on a photo shoot (Randy Flaum)
Meeting others in the group has helped Wolk get out of his comfort zone, try new things to the point of "actually getting good at them. "
Katz and Wolk understand that social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram and Flickr, are a good way to share work with a large audience, but both men say photography clubs, such as Baltimore's, put them in a much more personalized situation.
Katz adds the club is a place where you get to see people face-to-face and meet the judges who run their competitions.
The photographers are also using the social networks to send out information to the photographic community, but Wolk explains club meetings offer a smorgasbord of pictures and styles to follow.
"Online you might be able to find some artwork," Wolk says, "but you might not be able to sit down with that person in the same informal manner."
The Baltimore Camera Club meets every Thursday evening (every other Thursday during the summer) at the Mount Washington United Methodist Church in Baltimore, Exit 10 off I-83, about 30 miles south of Shrewsbury. To learn more about the club, go to baltimorecameraclub.org.
-- Reach Randy Flaum at rflaum@yorkdis patch.com.