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.

Photogenesis – Excellence in Photography

Photogenesis Camera Club of Naperville is a member of Chicago Area Camera Club Association (CACCA). Approximately 40 clubs are members of CACCA with clubs stretching from Rockford to Indiana. Many, like Photogenesis, are located in DuPage County. One aspect of CACCA is competition.

Every month clubs send images to CACCA where they are judged in Interclub Competition. Score are tallied and maintained each year. Then, at the end of the year, clubs with the highest scores are recognized for their achievements. Photogenesis received two significant awards for the 2015-2016 season.

In Digital Projected Images, Photogenesis received 2nd Place among all clubs. In Large Color Prints, which measure 16′ X 20″, Photogenesis took 1st Place. This is a tribute high caliber of photographers who make up Photogenesis. Congratulations to all contributing members of Photogenesis.

Interested in seeing some outstanding images? Look on this web site for examples of award winning photographs. Better yet, attend Photogenesis’ next competition being held Wednesday, February 8, 2017 beginning at 7:00 p.m. You will see top images being judged for technical correctness, visual appeal and overall impact. Images will be projected onto a screen where all aspects of the image can easily be seen. Winning images will compete in the Interclub Competitions held by CACCA.

Photogenesis welcomes all adult photographers at all levels of knowledge and experience. Come check us out.




View CUBA – An American’s Perspective

Within the last few months, Cuba tourism has opened up to American citizens. Wonder what it’s like to visit Cuba? Wonder what photographic opportunities exist? Wonder what challenges you face in organizing such a trip? These questions and others will be answered at Photogenesis  Camera Club’s next meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 25, 2017 beginning at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Naperville Community Center, 305 W. Jackson Avenue , Naperville, IL 60540.

Photogenesis member, Mike Baker, recently traveled to Cuba and was one of the first Americans to do so since the travel ban was lifted. He will present many of the photographs he took and share what it was like to be in Cuba. He will also give tips and ideas to anyone looking to travel to Cuba. Following his presentation, Mike will answer questions. This should prove to be one of the most exciting meetings of the year. 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.


DPI Competition to Feature Great Photographs

On Wednesday November 9, 2016 PhotoGenesis Camera Club of Naperville will hold its second Digital Projected Image DPI competition of it current season. Members will have the opportunity to show up to four images of their choosing. These images will be projected onto a screen from a computer and scored by outside judges.

The competition is an opportunity to see some outstanding photographs as well as learn about PhotoGenesis Camera Club. Visitors are always welcome.

PhotoGenesis is Naperville’s fun Camera Club and is geared to all photographers regardless of skill and equipment. Come join us for the fun beginning at 7 p.m. .