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. Club activities are currently cancelled due to Covid 19.

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Well . . . it’s been a long while since we have been able to meet. The CARD building has been shut down and we have all been reluctant to meet in large groups. We hope that hasn’t kept you from continuing to shoot and broadening your skills as photographers. Too bad we haven’t been able to enjoy seeing one another and sharing our best pictures.

Since our officers’ terms have long expired a few of us got together to act as an informal steering committee to discuss how we would restart club activities. Our intention is to continue the club. CACC has been around since 1977, supporting our hobby, advancing our skills, and providing a way to socialize with others who share our interest in photography. It seems worth continuing.

As vaccinations increased and restrictions eased, we considered restarting photo shoots and club meetings. Unfortunately, just as things were improving the Delta Variant has dealt a setback to those plans. As we move from summer into the fall and winter, more activities would be indoors. We are not sure many of us would feel comfortable resuming indoor meetings. It seems there are still too many unknowns to assure we can restart and continue to meet without the need to pause again.

So, here is our thinking . . .

Time is short to organize activities, photo shoots, and speakers before this fall. With fall and winter, most activities would need to be indoors. The consensus was that with the uncertainty as to how the virus will be affecting activities this winter it would be best to wait until Spring 2022 to restart club meetings and activities. We do have several very good speakers who have committed to a presentation as soon as we can restart meetings.

We will plan on restarting club events in April, 2022

In the meantime, we feel the need to keep in touch and encourage members to shoot and share their images. We are continuing our website and will launch a Member Gallery where you can share some of your best and most memorable digital images. Members would submit a set of images to be posted on the website for everyone to enjoy. Stay tuned and check your email for more details on the online Member Gallery. We will email our members with directions for the gallery photo submissions. Stay Tuned!




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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