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

March 2, 2021--7pm, Members will receive a Zoom invitation. Lisa Langell will be presenting High Key Photography

Lisa Langell is a wildlife photographer, instructor, tour guide, with some very unique skill sets that she loves to share with other enthusiasts.

One of her many specialties is High-Key nature photography, creating images that can be powerful, evocative, and often ethereal where there is a dominance of white or bright tones, that sells like crazy! She has vast experience in interior design and knows what people like to hang on their walls.

High-Key is just one example of re-imaging nature photography for today's interiors. High-Key style images can be amazing-looking, but sometimes take thoughtful editing to make them stand out and shine. These techniques can be a good choice for prints that you will love for your home, office, gifting giving, or selling.


April 6 - Competition & Show & Tell

May 4 - Abstract Photography with Rich Bickham


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