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 $25 per year. CACC is affiliated with the Photographic Society of America (PSA). 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 Area Recreation District (CARD) Building, 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.

2018-2019 Meeting Schedule

Collinsville Area Camera Club has a new meeting format for the 2018-19 year. This year photo critiques will be digital and all cash competitions will be print. There are three types of meeting formats; speaker, cash competition and digital critique. Speaker meetings focus on a guest speaker with a designated meeting topic. Cash competitions will be prints with a designated judge and cash prizes to the top three placing photos. Digital critiques focus on members digital photography with member group discussion.

May 8, 2018 – Speaker Chuck Parr/Digital Photo Critique
June 12, 2018  – Speaker Joe Roti Roti/Digital Critique
June 19, 2018 – Photoshoot-4:30 Villa Marie Winery
June 26, 2018 – Executive Board Meeting
July 10, 2018 – Speaker Pat Patsloff/Digital Critique
August 14, 2018 – Speaker Dick Glass/Competition Print
Sept. 11, 2018 – Speaker Lois Adomite/Digital Critique
October 9, 2018 – Dave McWhirter/Water droplet Photoshoot

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

October 31, 2018 – Photoshoot/Halloweeen @ the Zoo/Facilitator Cheryl Pride
Nov. 13, 2018
– Speaker John Locus/Grab Bag Cash Competition
Dec. 11, 2018 – Holiday Potluck Party at CARD
January 8, 2019 – Thom Downey/Photoshop
February 5, 2019 – Executive Board Meeting
February 12, 2019 – In-House Photoshoot
March 12, 2019 – Speaker Nancy Parker/Digital Critique
April 9, 2019 – End of Year Meeting/Cash Competition

Cash Competitions:  This year we will have a three cash competitions. Be sure to check your e-mail or attend club meetings for more details on these three cash competitions.

Grab Bag Competition:  This year we will be doing the grab bag competition again. New details for this competition will be announced at club meetings.

Digital Critique and Cash Competition (Print) Meetings

For the 2018-19 year, CACC photo critiques and judging are a little bit different than previous years.  Last season, 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 us at photo critique meetings to share your ideas and have fun learning together!

Cash Competition (Print) 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.

Photo shoots for the 2017-2018 calendar year are being organized differently than past years.  We are asking our members to assist with coming up with photo shoot locations and events to attend.  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 call 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.

CACC Members Photography