CUBA-The Return!

Cuba. Some have referred to it as the new photographic frontier. What is Cuba like from the perspective of a photographer? What might I expect to see if I travel to Cuba?  Where are the best photo opportunities in Cuba? These questions and others will be answered at Photogenesis Camera Club’s next meeting, “CUBA-The Return” is scheduled for Wednesday, September 12, 2018 beginning at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Naperville Community Center, 305 W. Jackson Avenue , Naperville, IL 60540 Room 206.

Award winning and published professional photographer, Mike Baker, a member of Photogenesis Camera Club, recently traveled on his second trip to Cuba. His multi day trip produced a treasure trove of photographs many of which he will share on September 12. “CUBA-The Return,” highlights of his trip, is inspiring and motivating, thought provoking and often very humorous. Following his presentation, Mike will answer questions. This presentation will be exiting and fun is the kick off for Photogenesis Camera Club’s new season which runs September through May. Don’t miss it.

Photogenesis Camera Club of Naperville is open to all adults interested in photography regardless of their level of photo experience or knowledge. We are the “fun” camera club of like minded individuals who share experiences, offer information and instruction on photography principles and encourages each other to achieve the levels of satisfaction and pleasure that photography brings. All visitor welcome. Join us for the fun.


Mars Opposition – July 27

Mars in the Spotlight – July 27

(Story from: Mother Nature Network)

Mars will be ‘only’ 35.8 million miles from Earth on July 27, its closest approach since 2003. (Photo: NASA)
The crown jewel of celestial events in 2018 is undoubtedly the opposition of Mars on July 27. On this date, the red planet will not only be closest to the Earth, but also directly opposite the sun and in full illumination. While some oppositions are closer than others, this one is extra special.

“This will be the closest Mars has been to us (about 35 million miles) since that great Mars pass in 2003,” said Regas. “We’re planning events around that date called ‘Marsapalooza’ to celebrate and show people views of the red planet.”

While 2003 may not seem that long ago, that Mars opposition was the closest the planet has come our way since the year 57,617 B.C.! The July opposition will come within 97 percent of that historic close up or a distance of only 1.2 million miles further away.

You won’t see the red planet this close again until Sept. 15, 2035, when it will be only 35.36 million miles from Earth.

Planning to photograph Mars during its opposition? You will most likely need to use a telescope to get the best results. But some of you might have some photographic equipment that will give you reasonable results. Give it a try. Meanwhile, plan to look to the night sky in a couple of weeks for a great view of Mars.

Here are some web sites that explains the opposition in detail.

How to Photograph Fireworks

Summer is a perfect time of the year for photographers. There are so many  opportunities for photography during this time including Independence Day. Have you ever wanted to photograph fireworks but don’t know how?  Below are a few tutorials that should help you capture the fun. The sources are Canon – Nikon & National Geographic so there is surely a source for you to embrace. Good luck shooting the fireworks. Be safe. Have fun.
From Canon
From Nikon


Photogenesis completed another successful year a few weeks ago. The club is now on a summer hiatus for the next three months. Photogenesis resumes Wednesday, September 12, 2018. A special evening is planned to welcome the new season. Watch this blog for additional information around mid August. Meanwhile, enjoy the summer and the many photo opportunities it presents. Be safe and have fun. Keep clicking.

Layers, Masks and More

What are layers and masks and how can they help me become a better photo editor? Ever wonder this? If so, come to the next meeting of Photogenesis Camera Club on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 beginning at 7:00 p.m. A presentation on these concepts and other editing techniques will be given. Whether you are a beginning editor or experienced one, you will find many inspiring ideas that will improve your editing possibilities. Come join us for the fun. Photogenesis is open to all adults interested in photography regardless of their expertise, experience or equipment. See you there.

Creative Editing…It’s a Snap!

Are you good at taking pictures but not editing them? Does the thought of photo editing send shivers down your spine? Do you wish you could know basic editing skills and techniques? Well, then the next Photogenesis Camera Club meeting is for you. A presentation for anyone with little or no photo editing experience who wants to learn editing quickly and easily will be featured. We will be demonstrating creative editing that anyone can learn. The process is simple, fun and can be taught in as little as 15 minutes.

Adobe Elements editing program has all the tools for making great looking photos. The learning curve is short. You will leave the evening knowing how to create photographs that zing, sparkle and have pizzazz.

Join us for the fun on Wednesday, March 14 beginning at 7:00 p.m. Photogenesis Camera Club is opened to all adults interested in digital photography, regardless of age, experience or equipment.

Hope to see you.

“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.