The Palmerton Camera Club has had a busy beginning for the 2010-2011 year.

Besides the regular meetings, they had the opportunity to observe and photograph raptor banding on the Blue Mountain, courtesy of the Monroe County Environmental Education Center.

A photo show at the Filbert Bed and Breakfast in Danielsville was a big success.

In November they had a family portrait session at their home base, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Palmerton.

Families got professional quality portraits in exchange for a donation to the Palmerton area food bank.

Later in November the Club traveled to the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia for a photo shoot.

And in keeping with the holiday spirit, they spent a cold evening taking pictures of the light displays at Phifer's Ice Dam.

Coming up in January is a 'new' camera clinic at the Palmerton Library.

On Saturday, Jan. 15, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., members of the Palmerton Camera Club will be available to offer individual help to anyone trying to learn how to use that new camera they got for Christmas.

Actually, the camera doesn't have to be new, just confusing to the user.

This is a free program and open to anyone.

Please bring your camera and the manual. It may also be helpful to bring sample pictures.

These pictures don't have to be printed, they can be on your memory card or a flash drive.

Questions don't have to be limited to how to work the camera.

You may want advice on how to improve your photographs overall, or how to save them to the computer, or how to print them.

While most of the Club members are not professionals, they are good at finding solutions to problems.

The next regular meeting will be January 27, 7:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 5th & Lafayette, Palmerton. Featured will be Harry Brown's travelogue on the "Land O' Lakes". The mini lesson will be about evaluating images.

As always, the meeting is free and visitors are welcome. Call 610-826-7285 for more information, or visit our website at www.palmertoncameraclub.squarespace.com .