How can you tell if the photographs you have been taking are as good as you think they are?  One of the state’s outstanding photographers will answer that question when the Essex Photo Club launches its 66th season on Thursday, September 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Caldwell Community Center in a program open to the public without charge.

     John Sandstedt of Dayton, N.J., will give an illustrated slide lecture on how the amateur photographer can best take, evaluate and present his or her photos.  The informational program will be the first in a series being presented at the Caldwell Community Center by one of the state’s oldest camera clubs. 

     Founded in Caldwell, the club draws members from Morris and Passaic Counties as well as the immediate West Essex area.  Arrangements to shift the club’s meeting site to the Community Center were made by Dawn Healey, club president, and center officials.

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     The club meets twice monthly from September through May, usually on the first and third Thursdays of each month.  The opening meeting this season was pushed back a week because of the Jewish holidays but the schedule will return to normal on September 19, when the club holds the first in a series of monthly competitions.  Those meetings are also open to the public, although the competitions themselves are open only to club members.

     “We open the competition meetings to the public,” Ms. Healey said, “because the critiques offered on every entry by the judges we engage are themselves instructive to anyone interested in photography.”

      Judging the first competition will be Joseph R. Thomas of Verona and Howard Knauer of West Orange, two former club presidents with a combined total of 40 years of experience for the NJ Federation of Camera Clubs.  Janet Markman of Caldwell is the club’s competition chair.