“Same-Same-but Different”

 Last month Photogenesis Camera Club held its first ever Naperville Night Photo Shoot. The assignment was simple. Six areas of Naperville were identified and club  members traveled in small groups photographing each area. Members were then given four weeks to edit their favorite photos from the shoot.  
Last week, Photogenesis held a Critique Night where photographers had the opportunity to present their evening shoot images and have them critiqued by fellow members of the club. The diversity, perspective, creativity and variety of photos were outstanding. Truly the photos were “same – same – but different.”
The evening was filled with fun, great ideas, suggestions and praise. One of the most rewarding highlights of the evening was seeing images from some of our newest members and from members who are just learning how to edit digital photos. A gallery with photos from the Naperville Night Photo Shoot has been added to this web site. Scroll down and look to the right side of this page to find the gallery. 
Photogenesis Camera Club is open to all adults interested in photography regardless of their experience, equipment or level of photographic knowledge.  Our next meeting will be Wednesday, December 13th. Photogenesis will host its second Print Competition of the season that evening. Come join us and see the photo works of local photographers. All are welcome to this free event.

Print Competition Coming to Photogenesis

Photogenesis Camera Club’s is hosting a print competition during its next meeting Wednesday, September 27, at 7:00 p.m. The competition is an open subject competition that features a wide range of photographs in various sizes and color. It is the first competition of the new season and will highlight prints ranging in size from 11″ X 14″ to 16″ X 20.” Color prints and black and white prints (known as monochrome prints) will be displayed and scored separately by a panel of judges.  Awards will be given to the photographs earning the most points and an overall Print of the Month will be presented to an outstanding image in each category of color and monochrome.

Photogenesis Camera Club is open to all adults interested in photography regardless of skill level or equipment. Visitors are always welcome and FREE to attend. Come join us for the fun and see some awesome photographs by local photographers.

Photogenesis New Season Begins with Bird Photographer Guest Presenter

Master Photographer Arnold Koenig will present a program titled “Why Am I Always Looking Up?” on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, 305 Jackson Ave. Room 206, Naperville.

In the program, Arnold will show many of his award winning bird photographs and will provide detailed information where to find birds locally and how to photograph them. What is amazing about the material presented is to learn that the majority of his images were taken within about a 15 minute drive of Naperville.

Arnold has been a naturalist all of his life and had been photographing wildlife for over 40 years. He is a published photographer and has won numerous regional and national photography awards including several awards from competitions held by Chicago Area Camera Club Association. This will certainly be an informative and entertaining meeting and one presentation you will not want to miss.

Arnold’s presentation is hosted by Photogenesis Camera Club of Naperville as part of the club’s “kick off” to its new season which runs September 2017 – May 2018. The presentation is open to the public and is a FREE event. Photogenesis Camera Club is open to all adults interested in photography regardless of their experience, equipment or level of photographic knowledge. All are welcome. Come join us.

Solar Eclipse Information

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk

This will be a great photo opportunity. So get out your gear and, of course, your tri-pod. Here are some photo tips for photographing the solar eclipse. And there is a warning too. DO NOT LOOK DIRECTLY INTO THE SUN DURING THE ECLIPSE.


The link below provides information regarding the solar eclipse viewed in Naperville.


Using Multiple Off-Camera Speedlites at Live Events

Have you ever photographed an event in a dark room with “muddy” seemingly non directional lighting? How do you light the room using your flash? You can bounce your flash and fill the side of the room with light but only if the ceilings and walls are white! Will that get the job done? It might but the results may not be so interesting.

Most of the bouncing kills the ambience in the room by flooding everything. Your subject matter may not get the attention you’d like for it to have when everything else around it is as brightly lit too. Is there a better way to control the light to get dramatic results?

YES! A simple and economical solution is to add additional light sources. You can use 1-3 off camera speedlites to carve areas of interest out of the darkness with intentional, controlled, directional light. An on camera flash can be fired or left dormant depending on our intentions. Interested in knowing how to achieve these results?

Attend Photogenesis Camera Club’s next meeting on Wednesday, April 26. Our special guest will be Wes Craft professional photographer and owner of Wes Craft Photography. Wes will share his philosophy, general goals for lighting an event space, and walk us through some practical execution. He will show examples of his event work as well as some lighting diagrams.

Wes will explain how to get outstanding results lighting live events such as weddings, parties and other activities. Dramatically lit photographs can be obtained with 1 on camera flash, 2-3 off camera flashes, and a trigger to fire the flash units. It’s Ok if you don’t have 3+ flashes. You can still get great results with only 2 flashes and a trigger.

This information is helpful to all photographers! The lighting principles covered are universal and can be used to capture sensational photographs. See the photograph below which was taken by Wes Craft. It is an example of what you will be taught. Check out more of Wes’ images at:


Plan now to attend this exciting, informative and fun evening. It is a FREE event and is open to all adults interested in photography regardless of their experience or equipment owned. This will be the last major education/program event with a guest presenter before Photogenesis takes its summer recess. Don’t miss this final opportunity.

Photogenesis Camera Club meets at the Naperville Park District Riverwalk Community Center, 305 W. Jackson, Naperville – Room 206. We begin at 7:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Please join us.


Photogenesis Camera Club of Naperville is a member of Chicago Area Camera Club Association (CACCA). Approximately 40 individual camera clubs are members of CACCA. Monthly CACCA holds a competition in which all clubs compete. Several hundred images are submitted each month . They represent the finest images from some of Chicago Areas best photographers.

One of the categories of competition is Large Color Prints. These images measure 16″ X 20″. Chuck Derus, a member of Photogenesis Camera Club received top honors for his image entitled “Star Trails at Coyote Gulch.” In the final round of competition his photograph was judged overall best and selected Image of the Month for March.

Want to know what it takes to get an award-winning photograph? Click on the link below to find out. Chuck has submitted complete information about his photo adventure. Keep scrolling down after opening the document for bonus photos.

Star Trails at Coyote Gulch by Chuck Derus

Congratulations goes out to Chuck for his excellence in photography.

“Star Trails at Coyote Gulch”  by Chuck Derus

Outdoor flash photography. REALLY?

Does your digital camera have a flash?  If so, you probably use it only when taking pictures of people and most likely indoors. Did you know you can use the flash to light  things outside as well? Want to learn about it? Then join us on Wednesday, February 22 for Photogenesis Program Night. We will explore the use of flash in the field of wildlife and nature photography. Use your flash outdoors and open up a new world of opportunities. And, that’s not all.

There will be a bonus on Wednesday night following the flash photography presentation. A special ” Stick Around Session” on the latest in advanced editing software will be held. That’s right. There’s a new kid on the block.  ON1 Photo Raw is a new image browser, RAW converter, and full-fledged post processing tool.  Let’s kick the tires and take it for a spin. it might be the perfect addition to your work flow.

All of this and more will be held Wednesday, February 22, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Photogenesis Camera Club is open to all adults interested in photography regardless of their experience or equipment.  Visitors are always welcome. Join us for the fun.