Welcome to the Crystal Lake Camera Club

The Crystal Lake Camera Club, located in Crystal Lake, Illinois, was started about 1980 to provide our members with the opportunity to enjoy the hobby of photography and improve their photographic abilities.

The Crystal Lake Camera Club’s mission is to welcome photographers of all skill levels and interests and to help them grow through a nurturing environment, which provides and promotes good techniques and practices, educational workshops, photographic opportunities, challenging competitions, and open discussion set in a fun and friendly atmosphere.

Our club is a member of The Chicago Area Camera Clubs Association (CACCA), an active group of about 40 clubs. Winning prints in our competitions are entered in their monthly competitions.

Our meetings:

-- first Tuesday of each month
-- 7:00 P.M
-- Home State Bank, Community Room
611 South Main Street, Crystal Lake, Illinois

We cordially invite you to join our group, whether you are a novice or a professional photographer, and visitors are always welcome. Membership is open to all who have an interest in photography as a hobby. Members may elect not to compete and still enjoy all the other activities of the club.

To join the Crystal lake Camera club, please print the application form found at the link below and bring the completed form to the next meeting. Annual dues are $25 to be paid by January each year.

Directions to the Meetings:

Google Map


Crystal Lake Camera Club Membership Application Form

Competition Entry Forms


For the new sizing rules for DPI competition, click on the Competition Guidelines tab above



Calendar of Meetings/Programs


November 10, 2020--7pm, Zoom meeting. Presentation: Joanne Barsanti, Getting Creative with Your Photography

In this totally revamped presentation, Joanne Barsanti will provide a few tips for getting those creative juices flowing, going behind the scenes with some recent creations for a look at the tools, techniques, and thought processes that go into the making of her photomontages. Finally, she will talk about the specialty papers that she uses, and the new directions that her work is taking today.

This image, There is Hope, part of Joanne's presentation, was created as an inspiration piece during the pandemic sheltering.


December 1, 2020--7pm, Zoom meeting, DPI Competition

January 5, 2021--7pm, Zoom meeting, Presentation: Jeff Stipes, Creating Digital Photo Albums


How do I join a Zoom meeting?

What you will need to do is go to the App Store and download the Zoom image.pngapp on your laptop, phone or computer as long as it has a camera and microphone. Almost all laptops and cell phones do but flip phones don't. If you have a PC and a newer monitor, you will see a small camera on the monitor.

July 2020 Newsletter

While we are all self isolating, Grace suggested that CLCC members submit their photo websites for all of you to look at. So here are a few that have been submitted:

Rich Bickham

Doug Frey

Peter Pelke

John Williams

Val Simich

Sandy Wittman

Norm Kopp

Other useful sites suggested:

The Best National Parks to Visit—Virtually

30 Amazing Photoshop SECRETS, TIPS, and TRICKS (You Probably DON'T Know!)

and there's this:

Photos: Life in the Coronavirus Era