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The Vernon Camera Club presents “Photos that tell a story”

From the left are press photographers Chris Wyman and George Leroy Hunter of Straus News, and Dennis Dalelio of North Jersey Media Group shown working for their respective newspapers during the Mountain Creek Snow Plow Luau and pond-skimming event, held at the resort on March 23, 2014. Photo Courtesy of Dr. John T. Whiting.

On Monday, June 2, the Vernon Camera Club is pleased to offer an afternoon with three area press photographers: Chris Wyman and George Leroy Hunter of Straus News, and Dennis Dalelio of North Jersey Media Group. The three photographers combined have sold literally thousands of news photographs through their respective clients and their work will be familiar to Vernon residents by way of the weekly newspapers The Advertiser-News and AIM Vernon.

They will cover advanced photographic techniques and theory as well as their “tools of the trade” and anecdotal reflections on what can and will go wrong during a photoshoot. The three will talk about a variety of camera and composition techniques for capturing great pictures and improving photographic skills. Those attending who have questions about their own equipment should bring both their camera gear and their camera’s user’s manual.

B&H Photo has provided free catalogs and door prizes for the event. Theme- and series-based slideshows of the photographers’ work will be shown during the presentation.

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Wyman has been working as a press photographer for seven years for Straus News, North Jersey Media Group, NJ.COM, and The Jersey Journal. He is a former camera product specialist for Leica Camera where he completed comprehensive theoretical and practical photography studies at the Leica Technical Center and then went on to teach photography to camera technicians. He also taught camera courses for the Paramus Community School. After his first full year as a press photographer he entered the New Jersey Press Association’s “weekly newspaper” photography competition and won three out of 33 possible annual awards. He is also a consulting technical writer, illustrator, and photographer specializing in electro-optical systems for industry, transportation, and law enforcement.

Hunter is a longtime press photographer specializing in sports. During his school years, he gained experience in still photography and video work for stage and music productions. In addition to his work for Straus News, he has worked as a photographer for several national and international companies, all the while keeping up with the latest photography trends from the film era to the digital age. His diverse and well-known photography clients include America Online (AOL), Big Time Magazine, Chuck Mound Performance Training, NJN Publishing, North Jersey Media Group, the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce, The Alternative Press, and Ultimate Athlete Magazine. He will speak mainly about the challenges of sports photography.

Dalelio has eight years experience working as a freelance photojournalist for North Jersey Media Group and is also a multiple winner of the New Jersey Press Association’s annual photography competition. He also has worked as a self-employed freelance photographer for over ten years. He has over a dozen years experience teaching photography courses at the Paramus High School, including traditional black and white photography, digital photography, Adobe Photoshop, and digital video/filmmaking. He also taught photography for the Chai Project Adult Education Program of New Brunswick. He is a multimedia artist as well with numerous ongoing shows at venues in New Jersey, New York, and beyond.

At the end of the program the guest speakers will critique the members’ monthly project with this month’s theme being “Photos that tell a story.” The presentation is open to the public and will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Vernon Senior Center, located at the rear of the Vernon Township Municipal Building on Church Street in downtown Vernon.

The Vernon Camera Club is now in its second year with about 25 regular members of varied levels of experience and expertise ranging from beginners to advanced photographers. The club meets monthly and is always looking for new members. Each month features different guest speakers. For additional information, contact Barbara Laufnick at 973-875-1170 or via email at

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