All posts by Julie Dodge

Landscape and Deep-Sky Astrophotography

Please join us for this weeks program, Landscape and Deep-Sky Astrophotography in the Heartland with Central Illinois Landscape Photographer, Joshua Rhoades. Tuesday, March 26, 7-9pm

Operating out of his home and taking advantage of the relatively dark skies of Elkhart, IL, Joshua uses multiple telescopes and specialized cameras and equipment to capture ancient light in his deep-space astrophotographs. During various times of the year, Joshua goes mobile with his equipment, finding inspiration in the beauty of Elkhart and surrounding areas and composing beautiful (and arguably typical) midwestern scenes beneath the starry sky. Joshua will be speaking about the processes and techniques used to create deep-space and landscape astrophotographs and will be providing a look at the specialized equipment used, including several different types of telescopes.

If you love the midwest landscape, including old barns and farm trucks, you’ll enjoy experiencing Joshua’s creative vision come to life and viewing his portfolio of award winning images.

First United Methodist Church, 116 NE Perry Ave, Downtown, Peoria. Guests are welcome. Please arrive before 7pm.

Exploring the World of Drone Photography

Seasoned drone pilot and photographer, Keith Folken, will cover time tested advice in the exciting world of drones to help you get your photos “off the ground”.

During this two hour program, Keith will discuss:

  • Why get into aerial (drone) photography?
  • Buying tips – what gear should I consider?
  • Planning your shoot
  • First Flight – Getting Started
  • Taking Photos and Video
  • Post Processing Tips
  • Rules – Legal and Ethical
  • Question & Answer

Keith is one of the most creative photographers and videographers in the Peoria area. We hope you’ll join us this Tuesday, February 26, 7-9 pm to see the amazing work Keith has been doing and experience Drone Photography from a new perspective. Guests are welcome.

First United Methodist Church
116 NE Perry, Peoria, IL

To learn more about Keith Folken Photography, check out this link to Keith’s Facebook page.


Whether you’re framing a photo for yourself, family, friends, an exhibition, or you’re selling your artwork, learn how to “Frame Like a Professional”.

Club Member Julie Dodge will share her experiences and lessons learned on framing using both ready-made and custom frames. If you’re overwhelmed with decisions, Julie will help you sort through the framing options and enlighten you on what supplies are needed to “do it yourself”. You will learn how to: select the right frame, size your photos, size and cut a mat and mounting board, mount your print, select the right glass and hanging hardware, and “put it all together”.

If you want your photographic artwork to make an impressive statement on the wall and stand out from the crowd, this is a program you won’t want to miss. Hope to see you!! Tuesday, Feb 5, 7-9pm. First United Methodist Church, downtown Peoria.

Artists Reception – PCC Member Show

Please join us for a special Artists Reception on Saturday afternoon, January 19, from 2-4pm in the Foster Gallery at the First United Methodist Church.

This photographic exhibit titled “Inspiring Sights and Images Around Us” highlights the printed works of 19 Peoria Camera Club artists. Featured works include a collection of 42 photographs in color and black & white. The b&w exhibition is themed “Black & White on Gold”.

Please invite your family and friends so together we can celebrate the inspiring photographic artworks of the Peoria Camera Club. This event is open to the public.

Foster Gallery
First United Methodist Church
116 NE Perry Ave
Peoria, IL

The Art & Philosophy of Landscape Photography

Dan Anderson, a landscape photographer from Ellison Bay, WI, will present a program on The Art & Philosophy of Landscape Photography on Tuesday, January 29, from 7-9pm.

Dan will discuss what a landscape photograph “is” and “is not”, the various “types” of landscape photography, and how the “philosophy, emotions and style” of the photographer “work in harmony” to create a work of landscape art.

The discussion of what goes into creating a piece of art will touch on necessary camera techniques and the frustrations that may occur when working in this style of photography. Topics will be illustrated using Dan’s personal portfolio of images.

Examples will also include recent images made with his new photographic tool — a drone. There will be time for questions regarding his new camera platform, drone photography.

You can view more information about Dan and his work on his website,, and on his Facebook page

My Time With The “Burnside” Lens

Have you ever wanted to try out a new lens, but you’re not ready to make a commitment?  Peoria Camera Club member Marcia Straub qualified to borrow a lens from LensBaby and did just that!!

Learn about Marcia’s six-week adventure shooting with the “Burnside” Lens last summer and how she shared her images with an international audience on social media. You’ll want to hear all about “The Traveling Burnside Project” directly from Marcia, including how she earned the attention of the president of LensBaby!

If you’re curious about the capabilities of the Burnside Lens, other LensBaby lenses, and her new Sony mirrorless camera, this is a program you won’t want to miss.

Did she purchase the lens after the trial? Find out Tuesday, Jan 8, 7-9pm.

Member Print Exhibition at Foster Gallery

Peoria Camera Club and the Foster Gallery at First United Methodist Church will host a Photographic Print Exhibition that will be on display January and February, 2019. The exhibition, titled “Inspiring Sights & Images Around Us” is an opportunity for club members to display (and possibly sell) some of your inspiring photographs, and promote our club.

The large gallery will feature color images, while the small gallery will have the theme black & white on gold. To participate, email your intention to participate to Jeanette Kosier by Dec 4th.

Print Specifications & Preparation

  • Each PCC member may display up to 2 prints. If not enough, or too many prints are turned in, the committee may ask for more entries or return entries at the discretion of the Exhibition Committee.
  • The theme is “Inspiring Sights & Images Around Us”
  • Prints must be mounted, matted and framed
  • Minimum overall frame size is 11 x 14 inches
  • Maximum overall frame size is 26 x 26 inches
  • B&W images must have a black narrow bordered frame
  • Panoramas are acceptable; length must be between 14 & 26 inches.
  • Metal prints and Canvas wraps are permitted (framed or unframed). The overall size must fall within 11 x 14 and 26 x 26 inches.
  • All prints must be “ready to hang” with hanging wire.
    If you have a print that you want to exhibit which does not meet these specifications, contact Jeanette.
  • Attach a completed form (on website) to the back side of each print. If you desire to sell a print, enter the selling price in space provided; otherwise enter NFS (Not For Sale).
  • Wrap your prints in heavy paper or bubble wrap to protect them during transportation. Label your wrappings so they can be used to return your items in good condition.

Key Dates & Event Information

  • Entry Deadline – 
Dec. 4, 2018 — email Jeanette by the 4th if you plan to participate.
  • Titles Due – Jan 3, 2019 — send title(s) of your work to Jeanette by January 3rd and indicate if Color or B&W.
  • Turn-in – Jan 8 — Prints may be turned it at any PCC meeting on or before the deadline. If you need to drop them off before, please leave at church office and contact Jeanette so they can be secured. Photos will NOT be accepted after Jan 8th.
  • Hang Prints – Jan 9
  • Exhibitor’s Reception – There will be a Saturday reception for exhibitors, family and friends, to be announced.
  • Print Pick-Up – TBA.

Exhibition Committee & Contacts

  • Jeanette Kosier — or 309-685-1624.
  • Rich Seeman — or 309-361-8902.

Christmas Banquet


Please join us for the Annual Peoria Camera Club Christmas Banquet and an evening of socializing, friendship, and sharing.

Tuesday, December 18
6:00 – 9:00 pm
First United Methodist Church

Baked & fried chicken, ham, drinks, and dinner service will be provided. Please bring a dish to share.

Club member Pete Anderton will present a Travelog photography program from his travels in the Northwest: “Alaska to Yellowstone”.

If you haven’t signed up yet, please email Jeanette Kosier to be added to the list to ensure there’s plenty of food and table settings.

Birding & Blogging Along the Texas Gulf Coast

Brian Doerfler, an avid birder and wildlife photographer from Brimfield, IL, will present a program on “Birding & Blogging along the Texas Gulf Coast” this Tuesday evening at Peoria Camera Club, 7-9p.

When not exploring the remote corners of Jubilee State Park, Brian and his wife enjoy traveling about the country in search of new sights and wildlife. Brian is also a long time blogger running multiple sites on wildlife encounters and social behaviors.

During this program, Brian will share his photography and birding observations from their multiple trips to the Texas Gulf Coast region. Brian will also include advice on blogging, insights on his digital image workflow and how those images are then featured on his blogs.

Whether you’re a birder, lover of wildlife, or you prefer to shoot other subject matter, Brian will enlighten you on how you can get more out of your photography by sharing photos and stories from your travels through blogging.

Check out Brian’s wildlife photography in their gallery at and related blog at


Understanding CICCA and Entering Competitions

What is CICCA?
CICCA is the Central Illinois Camera Clubs Association, an umbrella organization that comprises 12 camera clubs located throughout central Illinois. Each club has representation through a member on the Board. The purpose of CICCA is to share knowledge among the clubs, and sponsor competition salons where member clubs (fall) and individuals (spring) can compete with their digital images and prints for ribbons, medallions, and bragging rights.

What are the Competition Salons?

    The fall salon is for “member clubs” to compete against each other to see which club has the most distinguished photographers for a particular year.
    Members submit images and the CICCA rep selects which images to enter for the club competition. All images entered are not guaranteed to be shown, however, we try to ensure at least one image for every member is selected.
    This is your chance to compete against “individual members” of other clubs and see how your images stack up. All images each individual enters will be shown.
    Members who receive an “acceptance” or “honors” in the individual competition receives a ribbon, and “best of show” for each category receives a medallion coin.

What Kinds of Images can I Enter?


– Nature photography embraces the entire physical and natural world and thus encompasses nature in all its forms.
– The emphasis for this category is on aesthetics and creating a fine image with great impact while maintaining a natural quality.
Altered Reality
– The emphasis for this category is on creativity and creating a fine image without any restrictions on manipulating the original image or images.

Number of Digital Entries:
• No individual member, regardless of the number of clubs of which he or she is a member, may submit more than eight (8) total digital images.
• Each member club may submit a maximum of fifty (50) images combined between the three categories.

Digital Image Size:
• Digital images should be sized to 1400 x 1050 pixels.


Monochrome Prints
– Small & Large. A monochrome print is one color or different shades of one color; a single-tone print; or black and white print.
Color Prints
– Small & Large. A color print is made either by a regular color photography process, including inkjet printing, or hand coloring or tinting.

Small prints
(all categories) may be any size up to 8×12 inches in either dimension, mounted on an 11×14 inch mount board.
Large prints
(all categories) may be any size larger than 8×12, but no larger than 16×20, mounted on 16×20 mount board.

Number of Entries:
• No individual member, regardless of the number of clubs of which he or she is a member may submit more than eight (8) prints to the CICCA Fall Salon
• Each member club may submit up to 50 prints in the monochrome category and 50 prints in the color category, any combination of small and large.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I enter the Same Images I’ve entered before?
• Members cannot use the same basic image in multiple categories, such as entering a color version in the digital category, then a monochrome version in print.
• No entry previously “accepted” in any CICCA Fall Salon, may be entered in subsequent Fall Salons. It may be entered in a Spring Salon providing it has “not” been accepted in a previous Spring Salon.

How does the Judging work?
Each category is judged by three judges and each image is given a score. The “top third of the scored” images are classified as “accepted”. The “top third of the accepted” are “honors”. From the honors, the judges select the Best of Show

When do we View the Results and Winning Images?
After each salon, each club receives a disk of all the accepted, honors and medallion winners that will shown at one of our club meetings, followed by awards and recognitions. You can find out sooner by attending the all-day judging session.



Go to CICCA website for entry forms to submit your entries.

Prints Due, in-person by Tuesday, Oct 23
Turn-in with completed forms to Tom Ruhland

Digital Images Due, Friday, Oct 26, by midnight
Complete forms on the CICCA website and email images and forms to Tom Ruhland (

CICCA Website

Contact Tom Ruhland, Peoria Camera Club CICCA Representative



CICCA Fall Salon Judging Event

The Champaign County Camera Club is pleased to invite the CICCA Clubs and their members to the 2018 Fall Club Salon to be held at the Urbana Free Library at 210 W. Green Street, Urbana  (just West of Lincoln Square Mall on the corner of Green Street and Race) on Saturday, November 10, 2018. Library doors (South side) open at 9AM.


Peoria Camera Club

Peoria, IL

Champaign Camera Club
Urbana, IL

Kodaroamers Camera Club
Bloomington, IL

Quad Cities Photography Club
Moline, IL

Springfield 35 Camera Club
Springfield, IL

Streator Pictorialists
Streator, IL

Decatur Camera Club
Decatur, IL

Galesburg Camera Club
Galesburg, IL

Photography Unlimited
Princeton, IL

Shutterbug Camera Club
Burlington, IA

Morris Photocolor Club
Morris, IL