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Club Info

The Elgin Area Camera Club, Elgin, Illinois, welcomes photographers of all levels of experience, from beginner to advanced.   Our members are dedicated to improving their art of photography through interaction with other local photographers and further education.  We provide photography-related programs, competitions, photographic outings, opportunities to exhibit members’ work, and a forum to discuss photography in general and members’ work in particular with people who share the same interests.

Meetings

Club meetings are held from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, September through May. 

The second Tuesday is a program night.  The fourth Tuesday is a competition night.

During the summer months, free programs are offered.  The public is always invited.

Location

Beginning with the September 24th, 2013 competition meeting, the Elgin Area Camera Club meetings will be held at the Presence Saint Joseph Hospital, 77 N Airlite Street, Elgin, Illinois 60123.

To see map click on "Map to our location" in menu bar.

Membership

Membership is open to everyone with an interest in photography. 
Visitors are welcome.  Annual dues are $30.

Contact

Club President, Keith French (click)

2016-2017 Program Schedule

 October 11 - Bill Brown

WHAT MAKES A GREAT COMPETITION PHOTO?

Ever wondered what makes a good, or even great, entry in a photo competition? Are you reluctant about submitting your pictures to competition? Would you like to get constructive feedback prior to participating in one of our monthly competition nights?

The Elgin Area Camera Club offers the opportunity for photographers of all skill levels to learn from an expert on photo cmpetitions, Bill Brown from the Chicago Area Cameral Clubs Association (CACCA), explains how CACCA judges evaluate competition entries, what makes a great image, plus the dos and don'ts of preparing pictures for submission.

Bring along a print or digital image for informal review and critique by Bill and some our most skilled club members.

November 8 - Willard Clay

WHAT MAKES A GREAT PHOTOGRAPH

Photographer Willard Clay will offer a presentation that will focus on great photographs being timeless with the common denominators being that great photographs exhibit authenticity and tell a story about the subject to evoke an emotion in the viewer, incorporate dramatic use of light, and/or capture a decisive moment. To illustrate his points, Clay will have many examples of his work drawn from cinematography, photojournalism, studio photography, and landscape photography.

A former Professor of Botany, Willard Clay has been a full-time photographer since 1982. Specializing in large format photography, he has been the primary photographer for nine coffee table books and been published in myriad calendars, magazines and books, and worked for advertising agencies.

 December 13 - Keith French

CHOOSING THE RIGHT LENS / WHITE ELEPHANT EXCHANGE/SWAP MEET

EACC Club president Keith French will give us the inside scoop on choosing the right lens, from deciding what to purchase to using the right lens for various subjects.

Members are also invited to bring a funny, photo-related gift for the White Elephant gift exchange. Items should be under $20.00 and gift wrapped.  Also, bring any photography related items you no longer need to swap or sell.  Be sure to label items with your name and price.

Everyone is encouraged to bring a snack/dish to share.

Keith has been a photographer since he was in high school. He is now a commercial photographer specializing in food, advertising, portraiture, senior, wedding, product, and corporate photography, and leads several photo tours in Southern Illinois each year. He is the past owner of a retail photography business in Elgin, Card 'n Camera.

January 10 - Bruce Leighty

STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY

Have you ever considered selling your photos to a stock photo agency? Photographer Bruce Leighty has been doing so for more than 30 years and will give us some great advice about getting your foot in the door in this very competitive field, what kinds of images agencies are looking for today, and how to rise above the competition.

Bruce Leighty is a commercial photographer and also the editor at Examiner Publications, a group of community newspapers in Bartlett, Carol Stream, Hanover Park, South Elgin, Streamwood and Wayne.

February 14 -

TBD

March 14 - Hank Erdman

ART VS. TECHNOLOGY

Photographer Hank Erdmann will present "Art versus Technology: Bring the Art Back into Your Photography" exploring the creative spirit, vision and thought process. "While we can't ignore or reject the technical in the digital age, we seem to have done just the opposite, ignoring the creative process while being overwhelmed by new and all encompassing digital technologies," say Erdmann. This discussion will help photographers refocus their efforts back to the artistic side of photography.

Hank Erdmann is a professional natural history photographer and has photographed throughout North America, making the Midwest his primary geographic area of interest. A love of history, especially the maritime history of the Great Lakes, kindles a special interest in the ports, shorelines, islands and natural areas of Lakes Michigan and Superior and their surrounding environs. He is currently working on a book project on the state of Michigan.

April 11 - Rick McCubbin

ZIATYPE

Photographer Rick McCubbin will talk about the Ziatype process, an offshoot of conventional platinum/palladium printing processes. The ziatype process is a printing-out-process which darkens as you expose it, eliminating the need for a wet development. The roots of Ziatype printing go back as far as experiments in 1887 by Captain Giuseppe Pizzighelli and Baron Arthur Von Hübl. Their process has been reformulated in recent years, allowing for a wide range of colors (purples to warm browns, as well as greens to reds), tonalities, and contrasts through the use of various chemical substitutions and additions.

Professional photographer Rick McCubbin has been employing the ziatype process for several years, and will talk about and demonstrate it and bring several examples of his work to show.

May 9 - END OF THE YEAR PIZZA PARTY

Our annual Pizza Party will be held in our ususal meeting room. In addition to pizza, Keith will be looking for volunteers for the next year's club activities. We also will have a swap shop - members can bring in any photography related items to sell or trade.