Camera Club Members Share Tips on Exposure, Technique

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Byline: Janet Stoodely Daily Herald Correspondent

Des Plaines Camera Club

Meets: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. the second and fourth Monday September through May, at the Prairie Lakes Community Center, 515 E. Thacker St., Des Plaines.

Dues: $20 per family.

Contact: Norb Wrobel (847) 699-2837.

Let's say you want to take a picture of something small. Something really small. Something really, really small, like a fingerprint or a snowflake.

You know that that old "Swinger" Polaroid camera you have in the back closet won't cut it. Now what?

A good place to turn might be to the Des Plaines Camera Club. Twice a month photo-fanatics from around the Northwest suburbs gather at the Prairie Lakes Community Center in Des Plaines to talk exposures, film, lenses and equipment.

The Des Plaines Camera Club is one of 34 area camera clubs that belong to the Chicago Area Camera Club Association (CACCA). CACCA members benefit from its pool of speakers and technical expertise.

Monthly speakers give members the latest information on everything from new equipment and available accessories to techniques on mounting and developing your own prints. More advanced techniques are also covered, including micro-photography.

Club president Norb Wrobel, 62, of Des Plaines says one of the main purposes of the club is sharing information and photographic techniques. Another is to support and encourage new enthusiasts. New members are always welcome.

As a way to foster new talent and to recognize the notable achievements of its members, the club holds monthly photo competitions.

"It's not cut-throat competition," Wrobel said. "If you do submit something you can always come up and talk to the judges to find out why he gave you those points."

Members are judged by other area CACCA members. And in turn, members of the Des Plaines Camera Club will occasionally act as judges for other clubs.

In addition to competition and speakers there are frequent field trips for members. Traveling to different locations, usually within 2 1/2 hours of Chicago, members are able to try their hands at shooting different subjects under different conditions. In the past the club has taken trips to Navy Pier, the Adler Planetarium, a wildlife preserve in Peoria, Starved Rock and have even set up before dawn in downtown Chicago to catch the sunrise over the city skyline. …