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In 1948, Hasselblad offered its first medium format camera, Edwin Land first marketed the Polaroid camera and the Candlewood Camera Club was established. Since that time, we have seen the invention of TTL metering (1964), the C-41 color process introduced (1973), the introduction (and later the failure of) the disk and APS film cameras, the first autofocus SLR system (the Minolta Maxxum in 1985), the release of Adobe Photoshop (1990) and the first digital SLR (the Kodak DCS0100, a modified Nikon F3 in 1991).

While the photographic world has changed dramatically since 1948, one thing has not; the members of the Candlewood Camera Club continue to gather on a regular basis to learn new skills, share the results of their photographic efforts and their love of photography. Just as photography has changed, the club has also changed through the years. Our use of darkrooms has become virtually extinct and most are now using some form of the digital “lightroom.” We have endured the fun (and yes, sometimes contentious) transitions from black-and-white to color (although black-and-white is still alive and well!), from slides and color negatives to digital images and digital projection. We have also had our share of discussions regarding how much digital optimization (or dare I say “manipulation?”) could be done in a darkroom.
Through it all, we still love the magic of creating images and sharing them with our friends, families and the world via the Candlewood Camera Club. We continue to be excited as our images appear (perhaps on a screen rather than in a darkroom tray) and we behold our creations at our regular meetings and competitions, which persons of all photography skills are invited to attend.
Candlewood Camera Club meets twice each month, on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday, from Late August through June.
The first meeting of each month is set aside for competition between members’ color and black & white prints and digital images. Knowledgeable judges from outside our club critique the photographs and provide helpful suggestions. The photos are presented anonymously and only the winners names are announced. Members are free to join in the competition or simply enjoy the other photographers’ work.
The second meeting of each month varies, ranging from instructional sessions to field trips to photo shoots and workshops.
Please be our guest at any of our meetings. Regardless of your photographic skill level, you will learn, become a better photographer and make new friends along the way.

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  • david s

    Is the meeting open to newcomers this coming Tuesday night? I would like to sit in to see if I would like to join.

    • kevinr


      Meetings are always open to newcomers. Please come by and take a look at our club. Tuesday’s meeting is our competition night, so you will be able to view our members photographs and see how competitions work.

      Kevin Rabito
      Past Club President

  • News from North Haven Camera Club – Nature Photography Seminar
    Contact: Bill Dillane, bill.dillane@northhavencameraclub.com, 203-640-4711
    Web page for seminar: http://www.northhavencameraclub.com/events/
    Please share with your membership. Thank you.

    North Haven Camera Club will present a full-day nature photography seminar called Roamin’ with Roman, with professional nature photographer and author Roman Kurywczak, on Saturday June 9 at Whitney Center, 200 Leeder Hill Dr., Hamden.

    The morning session, from 9:00 until 11:30, will include topics “Photographing the Nighttime Landscape”, and “Taking Your Macro Photography to the Next Level”. Afternoon topics, from 1:00 to 4:00, will be “Photographing Wildlife: From Portraits to Flight”, and “For the Love of Landscapes”.

    Roman Kurywczak has given countless lectures and hands-on workshops across the country, with topics covering landscape, macro, bird, and wildlife photography. As the author of several instructional eBooks on nature photography, Mr. Kurywczk says he strives to share his passion for photography as others have shared with him. For more information about Roman Kurywczak, visit his website at roaminwithroman.com.

    Hunt’s Photo and Video is sponsoring this seminar, and will have representatives to demonstrate and sell equipment.

    Cost for the full day seminar is $30 for North Haven Camera Club members, and $40 for non-members.

    Registration and payments by PayPal, credit or debit cards are required in advance at the club’s events page: NorthHavenCameraClub.com/events.

    For more information about this all-day nature photography seminar, call 203-640-4711.

    • kevinr


      Thanks for the information. I will post it on our Facebook page.


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