Photo Equipment Swap and Sale

Open to both Members and Non-Members


Do you have photo gear you no longer need?

Are you looking for something to fill a gap in your camera bag?

Or, do you just like finding bargains?

If so, come to the Shenandoah Photographic Society’s Photo Equipment Swap & Sale.

  • If you want to swap or sell, there will be a $10 fee for table space, payable at the door.  There’s no charge if you simply want to browse the offerings and maybe take home a prize.
  • If you’re swapping or selling, bring your old cameras, lenses, filters, lights, tripods, photo  books, and other gear, then make a deal.
  • You’ll be able to swap or sell in person or in absentia via the honor system while attending one of the seminars.
  • If you do plan to swap or sell, contact Norm Reid ahead of time at so we’ll know how many tables will be needed.

So bring your used gear or simply show up.  Let’s make a deal!

Where:    Bethel Lutheran Church

                 2077 North Frederick Pike, RT 522

                 Winchester, VA 22603-4132

                  Entrance at the left rear, of the church

When:       Saturday, June 15, 10-3:00.


Seminars and Photoshoot--Co-Sponsers Mountaineer Photo Excursions

Seminars-- Click links to learn more and register


Personal Travel Photography - What I Photographed During My Summer Vacation   (Saturday: 10:15a - 11:15a) 

Do you see photos that make you want to visit all those beautiful locations? You look at other people's photos, and wonder why your's don't look interesting, or fun, or have that punch? Let us help!

When we plan one of our excursions, we put a lot of hours into investigation before we ever put feet on the ground. When you are planning an excursion of your own, whether it is a family vacation, a business trip (with your camera at your side), or a weekend photo adventure, your planning will make the difference between bringing back amazing photos and what might have been. Travel photographers have a goal: to tell the story of a place. You want to capture the mood of the location, regardless of conditions. Regardless of crowds, poor weather conditions, or other challenges, your goal is to return with images that will share the story of your trip. Not merely documentation, but you want to capture the adventure!

Critique Your Own Images & Beat the Competition!    (Saturday: 11:30a - 12:45p) 

Join instructor Amanda Haddox for an excellent program on "Learn to Critique Your Own Photographs & Beat The Competition!"  Amanda will walk you through various judging points often used by various photography clubs and organizations, and what they mean. You will learn to critique your images, using the established composition tools and her personal knowledge and experience; mistakes to avoid; how to get your photographs noticed, and more!  Amanda has served as a judge for various photography clubs, fairs and organizations, including the Nature Visions Expo.  

Original 50 Shades of Gray: Black & White Photography   (Saturday: 1:30p - 2:45p) 

Over the years, with the advent of color film and then later digital imaging, many have feared that the days of black and white imagery were a thing of the past. Fear not, fine-art quality black and white pictures can still be captured and be as compelling as they always were.  Our class will start off with a review of the black and white photography of days past with an eye on what has and has not changed in approaching black and white compositions. If you have any experience with black and white film, you have memories of filters, and contrast, and of the zone system. While these tools may seem dated, they, in fact, are the foundation for how we are going to look at black and white in the digital world.  We will then focus (no pun intended, okay maybe) on the digital camera itself and its role in generating black and white captures. There will be some surprising revelations in this section, and ultimately you will come to realize that the digital camera may just be the ultimate black and white photographer's tool.  


Where:    Bethel Lutheran Church

                                    2077 North Frederick Pike, RT 522

                          Winchester, VA 22603-4132

                                            Entrance at the left rear, of the church

Berkeley Springs Photoshoot-- Click to Register



Berkeley Springs WV Photowalk  (Sunday;  8:30a - 2:00p) 

This will be an educational photographic walk through historic downtown Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. We'll meet at Walmart Parking lot on Rt. 50 1/4 mile west of its intersection with Rt. 37. We will meet across from the Bojangles Restaurant (130 Crock Wells Mill Dr., Winchester), and car pool to Berkeley Springs. Our photowalk will begin at Berkeley Springs State Park, located in the center of town. Once you have parked, we will gather at the gazebo in the City Park. The town square and other attractions in the historic community will be on our itinerary. This will include the train depot, the Star Theater, as well as various stores and other locations. We may even get a peek at the unique Berkeley Springs Castle!  We'll conclude our photowalk with a trip up to the Panorama Overlook 

About Our Co-Sponsers

Who Are Also  Our

Class Instructors and Guides

Mountaineer Photo Excursions is about teaching and learning in interesting, exciting and attractive locations.  We have a full schedule of events already in place for 2019, with additional locations being planned out to 2022, which will be our 10thyear of teaching workshops!  Whether you like the beach, the mountains, history, wildlife, waterfalls, or just visiting somewhere different, we have a workshop that will fit your interest.  We don't just take you to beautiful places...we teach you to have a better understanding of how to use your cameras, as well as new photo techniques, to preserve and share your adventures! Learn more at 


Ron Gaskins, owner of West Virginia Fine Photography, is known for illustrating the stories of others, as well as his own; documenting events, from conventions to firefighter training; and capturing images of wildlife, such as Rocky Mountain Elk in Kentucky and Blue Heron just down the road from his home. His photography and written work has been published in tour books, newspapers and magazines, including Wonderful West Virginia and Country Roads Journal. He has been selected as Resident Photographer for the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, and as the Artist in Residence for the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.

Amanda Haddox, through her own In My Mind’s Eye photography business, has created some of the most striking landscape images from West Virginia and across the eastern United States.  In addition to her love for the scenery of the Mountain State, she enjoys photographing lighthouses along the east and west coasts, along with the Great Lakes.  Her work has appeared in magazines such as Shutterbug, Lighthouse Digest, and Pacific Standard, on West Virginia State Park brochures, and has been used in textbooks, as book covers, on websites, and in local newspapers.

SPS Open House


        Saturday 6/15/2019          Bethel   Lutheran Church

10:00  Open House starts/Greeter    

10:00  Sale/Swap open      

10:15    Travel Photogrsphy Seminar     

11:30    Critique Seminar     

 1:30     B&W Photography Seminar             

 3:00  End of events for the day


 Open House includes:


Print display of current SPS members  works    

Video Display of SPS annual winners   2016-2018      

Sale of SPS members' prints      

Access to club history and   information via website     

Brochure for prospective new members