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Join us March 24th for a Seminar with Ian Plant


UNLEARN how you see the world

UNDO your perception of reality

UNLEASH your creativity

A camera changes our perception of reality in several significant ways. See the way your camera sees.

Technical choices can transform your subject profoundly and artistically.  Then consider other important factors such as perspective, position, composition, light and moment.

Join Ian for this enlightening and exciting seminar as he shares his insights about the use of composition, storytelling and light to make photos that grab attention and never let go.

March 24, 2018

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Illinois Valley Central High School

  1300 West Sycamore in Chillicothe, IL

Eternal Mirror ©Ian Plant


World-renowned professional photographer Ian Plant is known for his inspiring images and dedication to capturing the beauty of our world. Ian’s mission is to inspire and educate others in the art of photography. He is a frequent contributor to many leading photo magazines, managing editor of Outdoor Photography Guide, a Tamron Image Master and the author of numerous books and instructional videos.

You can see his work at

Ian Plant

Tickets are on sale now.

The three ways to buy a ticket:

  1. Online with a credit card – Go to our seminar page
  2. At a Peoria Camera Club meeting with cash or check
  3. Mail a check – You can download the Seminar flyer here

Learn more at our seminar page >> CLICK HERE or follow the menu tabs above.

You won’t want to miss Peoria Camera Club’s event of the year!

Nature 3 and Open 3 Results

Best of Show, Second and Third place images and are the first three photos in each category. The rest are accepted images. Congratulations to the winners! You can see all competitions here

Open 3

Nature 3

3/6 Program: “Experiencing Vs Seeing, Using Your Senses for Better Images” by Hank Erdmann

Hank Erdmann is making a special trip from Lockport, IL to give us his presentation “ Experiencing Versus Seeing, Using your 11 Senses for Better Composition” Hank has been with us in the past and we are very fortunate that he was willing to make the trip all the way down here.

From Hank’s Blog:Experiencing Versus Seeing; Your 10? Senses and Image Making

Experiencing nature versus just seeing nature is what brings us as human beings to truly cherish it. By paying attention to our five human senses; vision, hearing, touch, smell and taste and to our five artistic senses; feeling, awareness, contrast, beauty, and simplicity, our photographs can start to match our awe and love for the natural world and share those feelings with those who view our images.1496247057610-ydbxejh50od-6c985fd62d8e7cce4214f2de1e568ebf

At some point in the progression of becoming an artist, and more specifically a photographer, we understand that seeing and documenting subject matter is not enough no matter technically proficient one is. At some point we realize we need more than just technical skill to make images that offer the viewer feeling and inspiration. Eventually we learn that there is more than going to a place or scene, holding up the camera or cell phone and pointing it at a subject and clicking the shutter button.  We either learn enough of the technical side or nowadays with advances in photographic equipment and in software, we just ignore that side and let our gear and software do OUR work for us.  I’d make a case that wouldn’t be prudent but that’s another argument and another article for a later time.  As we progress in our artistic life and grow as an artist, we start making the effort to learn more on the aesthetic side of the equation versus that on the mechanical and technical side. 1496246407454-ewlaaoc9lk-6c985fd62d8e7cce4214f2de1e568ebf

      Hope to see you at the meeting tonight.
     7-9pm, First United Methodist Church

2/27 Program: “Drones and Still Photography” by Dave Vernon

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David Vernon will do a presentation on drones and still photography at our February 27th meeting.
From David’s website

I wear many hats. I am a commercial, portrait, and fine art photographer living and working in Central Illinois.

I picked up and began using my first camera when I was eight years old. For all of those years, photography was a companion who was either a half step ahead or behind. There were years where I was deeply immersed and there were years when other things in a busy life intruded. In all that time, this companion sat on the edge of my life waiting patiently to capture the moment when the light of recognition clicked on over my head. During that time, I’ve come to understand two things: that my art is what makes me truly happy and that life is too short not to follow one’s passion.

      Hope to see you at the meeting tonight.
     7-9pm, First United Methodist Church

Portrait Photo Shoot on Saturday Feb 17, 2018

Studio Lighting Photo Shoot on Saturday

February 17, 2018

Our photo shoot is this Saturday, February 17th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. We’ll provide the set ups, models, and a variety of props. The workshop is open to Peoria Camera Club and KodaRoamers Club members only. The workshop is free but to help cover model and refreshment expenses we are asking for a maximum donation of $10 per person. Refreshments will be provided in the morning and many restaurants are nearby for lunch.

We’ll be setting up on Friday, Feb 16, starting at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, We will break for lunch from 12:00 PM to 1:00. We could use some help setting up Friday and packing up after the photo shoot Saturday. Please let me know if you will be available to help

The workshop is from 9 am to 4 pm – First United Methodist Church- 116 NE Perry Ave, (Corner of Main and Perry) Peoria. Room 215. Use the church entrance facing Perry.  Parking is in the lot on Perry across the street from the church. Park in the area designated as church parking. 

2/20 Meeting Schedule and Reminders

The February 20 meeting will be showing the results of the Open 3 and Nature 3 competitions.
2/20 is also the deadline for the Photojournalism 2 and Nature 4 competitions. See the  Club Contacts  page for handler emails. We were light on Nature 3 submissions, so it would be great to have a good turn out. This will be judged by a PCC member.
Upcoming  speakers:
2/27: Dave Vernon
3/6: Hank Erdman
4/3: Jason Reblando
      Hope to see you at the meetings!
     7-9pm, First United Methodist Church

PhotoChatter January 2018

Some of the highlights in this issue…

Upcoming Events and Reminders………………………………….. 1
Slonneger Award Winner Announced……………….……..…… 1
Wanted: Your Input for Future Programs …………..…..….….. 2
PCC Studio Portrait Workshop……………………………..……… 3
Eagle Days and Forest Park Nature Center Photo Contests…… 4
Competition Winners………………………………………………. 5-8
2018 PCC Spring Seminar ..…….……………..………………… 9-10

Click here for the newsletter Photochatter_January 2018

Nature 2 Results in gallery

The results for the Nature 2 competition can be viewed here and on the 2017-18 season results page. Congratulations to the winners and accepted images

(you can see who won by rolling over or selecting the image.)

Nature 2