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.