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Photography Links

Recommended Local Photo & Video Shop
Helix Camera & Video
100 N Walnut St.
Itasca, IL 60143
Ph: (312) 421-6000

Check their website for photo classes & group outing photo shoots, Arlington Race Track, Wildlife Center & a whole lot more.

Click here for HELIX Camera & Video

Click here for amazon.com

Click here for nikon.com

Click here for bhphotovideo.com

Click here for adorma.com

Click here for shutterbug.net

Click here for kenrockwell.com


Reference Books

Barnes & Nobles Book Stores

The Photographer's Handbook
John Hedgecoe
The New 35mm Photographer's Handbook
Julian Calder & John Garrett
A Simple Guide To Digital Photography
Bill Corbett
Make Your Own Digital Photo Scrapbook
Friedman & Fairfax
The Digital Photography Manual
Philp Andrews
The Digital Photography Workbook
Simon Joinson

Photo Shoot Locations

Anderson Japanese Garden

318 Spring Creek Road

Rockford, Il 61107

(815) 229-9390

Reasonable Entry Fees


Adults - Seniors - Children

Offers an excellent restaurant at Guest Check-in

55 minutes west of Elgin, IL

No Tripods Allowed

Mono Pods Allowed & Recommended

Fabyan Vila Museum
Tours of Fabyan Home 1908-1939
House Remodeled by Frank Lloyd Wright
Featuring the Japanese Garden
1925 South Batavia Ave.
Geneva, IL 60134

Camp Contigny Park
1 s. 151 Winfield Road
Wheaton, IL 60189

Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022

Mississippi Palisades State Park
16327A IL-84
Savanna, IL 61074

Starved Rock State Park
2668 East 873 Road
Oglesby, IL 61348

Shawnee National Forest
Herod, IL 62947

Matthiessen State Park
2500 Illinois Route 178
Oglesby, IL 61348

Chicago Lake Front
Chicago River Tours
Chicago Downtown Architecture

Click Here for Chicago Photo Link

Brookfield Zoo
8400 West 31st Street
Brookfield, IL 60513

10 Speed Bike Wheel
Geneva, IL Dam


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Researching or Purchasing
Photo Equipment

amazon.com - bhphotovideo.com -  adorama.com

Go online to Amazon, B&H, or Adorama for price comparison.

B&H offers excellent review, specifications, and accessory suggestions for photo equipment.

 Online B&H, and Adorama are excellent to purchase new and used equipment.
B&H, Adorama & Nikon website are recommended to purchase refurbished photo equipment as well.

Refurbished equipment is 100% returned to new factory spec plus all functions are 100% tested, always offered at a lower price than new in the box.
Buying new or refurbished, it is wise to purchase the extended warranty.


Basic Required Photo Equipment
Required Print Processing Equipment

DSLR Camera - Cell Phone Camera - Tablet Camera
PC - Laptop - Photo Printer - Photo Paper
Basic Photo Printers Generally Print 4x6 - 5x7 - 8x10 Prints

PC or Laptop can connect direct to the DSLR camera, Cell Phone or Tablet by USB cable generally supplied by the manufacturer or by Wi Fi to download your photos for printing. Check your camera, cell phone or tablet manual to see if Wi Fi is an option.

Some printers have a SD memory card slot allowing removal of the SD memory card from the camera to be inserted into the printer to download photos for printing. Read your printer manual for instructions.

Photo Paper can be purchased from Walmart, Sam's Club, Best Buy, Office Deopt or online.

PC or Laptop Photo Software

Basic software generally comes with a digital camera or
your photo printer.

Other advanced photo software is available to allow a broader range of touchup processing as listed below.

Adobe Photoshop Elements for Beginners & Amatrurs
Adobe Photoshop CS and Lightroom for Professionals


Additional Plug-in Software
De Noise and Simplify
Topaz Labs
low cost - easy to use
Photoshop Elements & Photoshop CS

Click here for topazlabs.com




Recommended Photo Printer

Epson Photo Printers

Create 4x6 - 5x7 - 8x10 Prints

"WWP shoots exclusively with Nikon cameras & lenses"
"Our opinion is that Nikon offers the best quality & versatility"

In 2019 we now have cell phones & tablets that take some very nice photos. But if you wish to have a bit more versatility you may wish to add a high level point & shoot camera or an interchangeable lens DSLR camera to your photo equipment arsenal. 

The photos displayed on the WWP website were taken with the following listed Nikon cameras & lenses owned by WWP.

Nikon DSLR D70 - D90 - D300 - D500
Nikon Film 35mm  F100 and N80

WWP Straight Lenses

10.5mm f2.8 G ED AF DX
35mm f1.8 G AF-S DX
40mm/macro  f2.8 G AF-S DX
50mm f1.8 G FX/DX
85mm f1.8 G FX/DX

WWP Zoom Lenses

12mm - 24mm f4 S DX
14mm - 24mm f2.8 G ED DX
18mm - 35mm f3.5-4.5 D AF ED DX
28mm - 105mm/Macro f3.5-4.5 D FX/DX
18mm - 300mm f3.5-6.3 G ED VR DX
70mm - 300mm f4.0-5.6 D AS DX
200mm - 500mm f5.6 AF-S SWM VR ED IF DX

DX Format and FX Format

DX or FX Format refers to the size of the cameras image sensor.
DX Format sensor size is 24mm x 16mm
FX Format sensor size is 30mm x 24mm
FX Format is approximately the size of 35mm Film

Match DX lenses to DX format camera bodies
Match FX lenses to FX format camera bodies
Many FX lenses will work on a DX format camera body
DX lenses do not always work on FX camera body

Tripods and Adaptable Monopods
used by WWP

Vanguard Tripod / Alta-Pro 263 AT
Vanguard SBH-300 Ball Head
Vanguard SBH-250 Ball Head

Adaptable Monopod Benro A48FD with 3 leg lock base
Sirui 20X Ball Head

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