Competition Aids

Instructions on preparing and submitting images for competitions.

Salt Creek Camera Club

Useful Links

To web sites of interest and useful tools

Chicago Area Camera Club Association - Links to all of the Chocago area clubs which are CACCA members and more.
Photographic Society of AmericaAn excellent organization for education and competition.
Topaz LabsExcellent plug-in software to enhance Photoshop or Elements.
Photomatix SoftwareThe best software for creating HDR composite images.
Matthiessen State Park

A great location for waterfalls and canyons in northern Illinois.

Illinois Railway Museum
A wonderful location - the car barns present some interesting shots.
Garfield Park Conservatory
Great location for plant and flower photography - free admission and free parking.
Cuneo Mansion
Looking for something different?  Try this location for great interiors and gardens.
Lake Katherine
An nice small nature center with a pretty lake.
Waterfall Glen
Now reopened with better trails and a nice lookout
Renwick Lake
One of the few heron rookeries in Illinois...herons start arriving late March to nest.

WRuting PhotosMember Bill Ruting's web site.
Weber House & Gardens
Located in Streator, IL, this looks like a wonder location for Spring plants and flowers.
Messenger Woods
This may be one of the best location for Virginia Bluebells and other wildflowers.  Peak time is generally around Mother's Day.  There is a wildflower guide on their web site.
Dixon Waterfowl Refuge
Another location that may be well worth exploring, although a little bit of a drive.
Volo Bog

Nice nature area with a walkway over the water.

Lincoln Harrison
An interesting web site with some useful information and tips.
MS RAW CodecsThe Microsoft codecs needed to view RAW files in Microsoft applications and in Elements organizer.  Instructions are on the page.