April 10, 2023 – “Where to Photograph” by Sheri Sparks
Our meeting on Monday April 10th will be a presentation on “Places to Photograph”, with suggestions and photographs from the presenter. The program will be presented by award winning photographer Sheri Sparks at the Wheaton Public Library Room 2B. One of her awards include recognition as the Chicago Area Camera Club “Photographer of the Year”.
Sheri is a former President of the Chicago Area Camera Club Association, and presently serves as an officer in the Photographic Society Of America Chicago Chapter. In CACCA she is presently Coordinator of the “Creative Digital” Individual competitions.
Previous Programs this Year
March 13, 2023 – Photojournalism
- The program for this meeting will focus on Photojournalism. This program will be presented by Central DuPage Camera Club member Ron Szymczak. Ron won the Annual Award in the Chicago Area Camera Club Association. This was a Chicago-wide interclub Photojournalism competition. This competition was based on submittals of photos in the discipline of Photojournalism throughout the club year. Ron is a long time member and Past President of CDCC. He is a consistent award winner for his photos in CDCC as well as the Chicago wide Chicago Area Camera Club Association. He will discuss the equipment he uses and will cover tips and tricks for photojournalism shots. There will be time for Questions and Answers. You can see some of his photos on the Flickr link on this website.
February 13, 2023 – Photo Improvement
The program for this meeting focused on practical tips, techniques, and methods to improve capturing as well as processing photos. Senior members shared the techniques, composition decisions, settings, etc. on how they captured images, and how it was processed. How to use Topaz and “On One” software for processing were discussed. Questions and discussions were fielded. Attendees could also offer a photo to discuss possible improvements and get feedback. Any photographic topic was open for discussion and questions. This was a good chance for members to exchange information and learn new techniques.
January 9, 2023 – Alaska and The Arctic Photo Expedition
The program for this meeting focused on the adventuresome photo expedition undertaken by Central DuPage Camera Club member Kasey Mueller. Kasey has experience as a professional photographer including as a photographer for Equestrian Magazine. She is a consistent award winner for her photos in our Central DuPage club as well as the Chicago Area Camera Club Association interclub competition. She is involved in a group that champions wildlife conservation especially bears in the wild.
Kasey visited Alaska and the Arctic in October and November 2022. She presented a brief history of her photography journey and described her passion for conservation photography as a focus. She will discuss the equipment she uses and covered tips and tricks for nature/wildlife shots. Questions and Answers followed the presentation. You can see some of her photos on the Flickr link on this website.
Professional Photo Evaluations – November 14th
The program for this meeting focused on professional evaluation of photos provided by our members. Katherine Sifers, the Chair of the Photography Program at the College of DuPage was our guest educator in person at the Wheaton Public Library. She made a presentation on the best methods to evaluate photos to obtain the best images. Photos that had been submitted by our members for evaluation were shown and our guest educator provided comments and suggestions. All attendees had the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the photos.
Katherine Sifers is a photographer and installation artist who exhibits her work locally, regionally, and nationally. Her work is held in private collections and in the permanent collection of the Brady Gallery at the George Washington University. She is an Assistant Professor and the Chair of the Photography Program at the College of DuPage. http://katherinesifers.com/
Wide Angle Photography – October 10th
The program for this meeting focused on Wide Angle Photography by nationally known photographer and teacher John Pedersen. He is based in Portland Oregon and has given many presentations to camera clubs across the country. In his presentation he discussed the equipment he used and provided tips and techniques for wide angle photos. He provided a range of his beautiful photos of the Oregon and Washington states and other wide open landscapes that he photographed. There was time for Q and A. https://johnpedersenphoto.com
Event Photography – September 13th
This was the first meeting of the club year and covered an introduction to the year’s activities. The program portion for this meeting focused on a presentation by Trish Whelan of the Wheaton Park District, regarding event photography. Trish is the Creative Services Manager for the park district and is responsible for obtaining photographs of the districts events, which are used for publicity, brochures, and on the districts websites. She described techniques for obtaining the best images for these purposes. The Central DuPage Camera Club has an arrangement with the park district to provide volunteer photographers for selected events. She provided details regarding a year long photo contest for our clubs members. WPD will select the winner for the best photo of the events photographed by our members.