Welcome to Collinsville Area Camera Club

The Collinsville Area Camera Club is a photography club for beginners as well as experienced photographers to meet regularly, share ideas and information so all can improve their images and have fun learning together in an informal atmosphere.  The club holds regular meetings, various photo shoot outings, and regular print and digital photo critiques.  Membership dues are $20 per year. The Collinsville Area Camera Club is located in Collinsville, Illinois, just outside of the greater St. Louis, Missouri area.

Collinsville Area Camera Club meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Collinsville Parks and Recreation Activity Center, located at #10 Gateway Drive, Collinsville, IL 62234 (Map Link), in Eastport Plaza across from the Gateway Convention Center. After meetings, feel free to join us at Culver’s in Collinsville (Website Link) for an after meeting treat and fun photography discussion. Guests are always welcome to CACC meetings!  Please stop by and join us for a meeting.

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2020-2021 Meeting Schedule

**Covid 19 Update (10/18/20)**: Due to Covid 19, CACC will not be meeting until further notice. Updates will be on here, so check back for future openings.

Collinsville Area Camera Club is still working on the 2020/21 calendar schedule. Stay tuned for more details, check back here, and check your e-mail. There are two types of meeting formats; speakers and critiques. Speaker meetings focus on a guest speaker with a designated meeting topic. Critiques focus on members photography with member group discussion.

May 12, 2020

June 9, 2020

July 14, 2020

August 11, 2020

September 8, 2020

October 13, 2020

– schedule subject to changes. Check e-mail for updates.

November 10, 2020

December 8, 2020

January 12, 2021

February 9, 2021

March 9, 2021

April 13, 2021

Digital and Print Critiques

CACC photo critiques and judging are a little bit different than previous years.  CACC members were asked what they would like to see differently for photography critiques and judging.  Club members expressed the need and desire to discuss members photography in a small group setting.  As a result, the CACC Board decided to change the way we are critiquing members images.  We have added open photo critiques involving the entire audience to the meeting schedule.  This format is to engage discussion with our membership to improve upon our images.  Photo critiques are an excellent way to get feedback on your work and a great way to practice discussing photography.  Join in on photo critiques to share your ideas and have fun learning together!

Print Critique Directions

1. Please submit up to two color prints and two monochrome prints per Print Critique meeting.
2. Mount your printed images on stiff material like board, foam core or a photo matte.
3. Put your name and title on the top left on the back of the image so photo handlers know which direction to place your image.
4. Place your images on the front table in the meeting room before the Print Critique meeting begins.

Digital Critique Directions

1. Please submit up to two color images and two monochrome images per Digital Critique meeting.
2. Size your images to 1000 pixels on the longest side. For sizing assistance, please see Resizing in Elements.
3. Name your file with your First and Last name, image title and save your file as a jpeg file.
4. E-mail your jpeg files to digital@collinsvilleareacameraclub.com
5. Submit your images by 5:00 p.m. the Monday before the Digital Critique meeting.

Photo Shoot Outings

Photo shoots are outings to local areas or local events to take photos and spend time with CACC members.  Photo shoots usually last around two hours and may include lunch or dinner somewhere nearby afterwards.

If you have ideas for a local photo shoot, or know of a good event to attend, please contact the CACC president with your idea or bring it up at a CACC club meeting. We will be communicating photo shoots for this calendar year via e-mail to current paid members and at club meetings.  So please stay tuned for upcoming photo shoots to come!

All photo shoots have a designated person as Facilitator.  This person organizes the photo shoot, keeps the list of those planning to attend, and is the contact person for that photo shoot.  If you plan to attend the photo shoot, please sign up for it at a meeting or contact the Facilitator that you plan to attend.  If your plans change, please contact the Facilitator and let them know you are not able to attend the event.  If you are in need of a carpool for an event, please let the Facilitator know so plans can be made ahead of time.

When you attend a photo shoot, please be sure to bring proper equipment and items you may need.  Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes, bring bottled water, sunblock, cellphone, rain gear, etc. and anything else you may need while out photographing.

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