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. .

Editing Photographs for Competition

Have you ever wondered what it takes to edit photographs for competitions? If so, then the next meeting of Photogenesis being held Wednesday, September 28, 2016 is one you should attend. During the evening, members and guests will learn simple editing techniques to improve photographs and make them ready for competition. Even if you are not interested in entering competitions, learning the tips and techniques will improve your photographs. The meeting which is held at Riverwalk Community Center in Naperville and starts at 7:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome regardless of their expertise in photography. Come join us for the fun.

New Season Starts on Wednesday – Take a Photo Tour

After 3 1/2 months off, Photogenesis starts its 2016-2017 season on Wednesday, September 14  at 7:00 p.m. at the Naperville Riverwalk Community Center, Room 205, 305 West Jackson Ave., Naperville . This is always an exciting time of the year and the new season should provide a great balance of educational programs and competition. So what is on tap for Wednesday?
Ever think about taking a guided Photography Tour with a professional photographer? What is it all about? Learn on Wednesday as members who recently took such a tour share tips and ideas on making the most of a guided photo trip. They will tell you the secrets you should know and things to avoid. They will share many of their photos and explain how they were taken. This is a must see if you have any interest in  photo tours or just interested in seeing an outstanding travelogue.
PhotoGenesis Camera Club, “Naperville’s FUN photography club,” welcomes all people who have an interest in photography. Whether you have a point and shoot camera, a cell phone camera or DSLR, you will find that PhotoGenesis has something to offer.  We welcome everyone regardless photography skill level or knowledge.  Come check us out.