APC June AGM and Year End Gala with photographer, Richard Martin

The APC is excited to have world-renowned photographer, Richard Martin as guest speaker for our June year-end gala..

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 at 7:00 PM
St. Francis Centre for Community,
Arts and Culture
78 Church St SOUTH, Ajax, ON
Doors open at 6:30 PM

Welcome, all APC members and photo friends for a fun-filled photo evening with food and refreshments. Our June year end AGM and Photo Gala will be held Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 at 7:00 PM at St Francis Community for the Arts and Culture. Doors open at 6:30 PM.

Agenda for the evening:

• 6:30 pm Doors open – Lobby Year end print contest display and
slideshow in the main theatre
• Announcements & Exec Election
• Guest Speaker Richard Martin
• 3rd Photo Clinic Results Slideshow
• Social time with fellow memebers.

Richard Martin Bio:

A long-time contributor to Photo Life magazine, Richard pursues photography as a medium of visual expression. He is best known for his unique vision with a personal style characterized by a strong sense of composition, colour and the use of light. His work combines an architectural love of geometry, pattern, and texture with a painter’s sensitivity to colour, light and composition.

Well known for sharing his enthusiasm, creative vision and passion for the medium, Richard continues to inspire participants with his annual photography and visual design workshops in his native Kingston, Ontario since 1990. He also conducts workshops, tours, and seminars around the world, including Cuba, Mexico, Sicily, Venice, Tuscany, Provence, Ireland, and Morocco.

Thank you to all the executive team, volutners and all who helped make this year a great success. Let’s celebrate another amazing year of The Ajax Photography Club.

To see more info on Richard’s photography and workshops, please visit his website at www.richardmartinphoto.com

APC members can RSVP to this meeting via our members only Meetup site HERE

(Volunteers to help clean up after the meeting is greatly appreciated)

Upcoming APC workshops and classes

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The APC continues to provide great educational and creative workshops/events to take your photography to the next level. The following is a list of upcoming classes available to our APC members.

For more info or to RSVP, please click visit the corresponding links below. All links will direct you to our members only Meetup site.

APC Class: Off Camera Flash with Fencing Athletes

TUESDAY, June 5th, 2018 – 6:45 PM

Rotary Park Pavilion
177 Lake Driveway West, Ajax, ON


Fun with Off Camera Flash Technical and Demonstrations: Subject Model: Fencing Duels with two members of the Ajax Fencing Club. Two Backgrounds will be set up for static posing of the Athletes, all using your Canon, Nikon, Godox and Youngou flashes:

What you will Learn:

  • Manual Settings, adjusting power
  • Using Lightstands & Modifiers
  • playing with softboxes, gels, diffusers
  • Using Remotes: pocket wizards, generic remotes
  • Putting on light stands and flash attachments
  • Using Umbrella Diffusers and other Modifiers
  • Rapid Repeat Multi-Exposure.
  • Demo: Rapid exposure to freeze subject arms moving
  • Will make a checklist so all can participate

Skill Level: Intermediate, Must be comfortable with features on the camera and speed light. Please bring your camera, external flash, fresh batteries, formatted memory cards, remotes, light stands and umbrellas if you have some.

Workshop: Capture Intent 5_Summary session

TUESDAY, June 12th, 2018 – 6:45 PM

Chartwell Parkway
1645 Pickering Parkway · Pickering, ON


This workshop is focused on the first steps, the capture stage of making an image. This is for photographers who wish to more strongly Capture their Intent. Your Intent is what you want your photo to speak to people as they are viewing the image.

The topic is Summary for all of the 4 Intent topics.

Content: The workshop will be Light on lecture and Heavy on Photo examples and healthy discussion. “All us are smarter than any of us, So the value all goes up when you share.” – Seth Godin. Group discussion will be interactive and provide strong learning opportunities for seeing each of the elements at work within the photos.

Benefit: Members will recognize how and Why the use of the Elements in photos is strong and will be able to compare strengths and weaknesses of these elements in photos. Members will be comfortable applying these elements in their photos to capture their intent more strongly.

Levels: Advanced/ Intermediate/ Novice, the workshop is applicable for all levels. Michael & Roy will lead the sessions. No specific equipment is needed.

APC Featured Photographer of the Month – Bryan Vandenburg

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Looking for some photographic inspiration? Look no further then the current members of the APC. Each month a different APC member will be featured and we will provide a glimpse into their photographic life.

This month, our featured photographer is APC member, Bryan Vandenburg.


I was 12 years old when I bought a raffle ticket from a school mate and won a camera. That was the beginning of my interest in and love of photography. I remembered spending hours in the darkroom, it was amazing watching the gradual development of an image on photo paper as it was immersed in developer. Years later, after many film camera upgrades, digital cameras arrived and immediately spoiled all the darkroom fun. Nevertheless, I have no regrets. It was the switch to digital that made it easy for me to be the photographer for the International Cricket Council-Americas (ICC) for over twenty years. I traveled to Fort Lauderdale, Central & South America, and most of the Caribbean Islands dozens of times to shoot cricket tournaments for ICC. Traveling with about seventy pounds of photo gear & accessories, and working for sixteen hours daily, are no easy tasks but I do get lucky once in a while. Last summer (2017) the tournaments were held in Ontario, forty-five minutes from my home.

  • How would you describe your photography style?
    I do not have a dominant photographic style. I normally shoot the good, the bad and the beautiful, anything that is challenging:- things that are large and things that are small, subjects that move very fast and subjects that cannot move at all – I enjoy shooting sports and sports celebrities. I do not like street photography and taking pictures in the cold. (For me, “cold” is anything below 80 degrees Fahrenheit.)
  • Which photographer is your biggest inspiration?
    No “one” photographer inspires me. I admire and (while a student of New York Institute of Photography) had to study the works of many famous photographers. In addition, the portrait work of Annie Leibovitz; the Pulitzer Prize winners Nick Ut and Kevin Carter for their work as photo journalists are all very interesting. However, I also admire the work of our very own Angela McMullen and Michael Nelson.
  • How long have you been interested in photography?
    I became interested in photography when I was twelve years old.
  • What was your first camera?
    My first camera was an Instamatic (film).
  • What  is  your  dream  photo  trip?
    My dream photography trip is an aerial photo shoot of the National Parks in South Africa.

You can view some of Bryan’s work on our Meetup site.

*Our Featured Photographer post will return in October. Enjoy your summer!

APC May Meeting – Sports, music and portrait photographer, Jon Blacker

The Ajax Photography Club is proud to present sports, music and portrait photographer, Jon Blacker.

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 at 7pm
Ajax Community Centre – HMS Room
75 Centennial Rd, Ajax, ON  L1S 4S4
Doors open at 6:30pm

Best known for his sports, music and portrait work, award-winning Toronto based visual storyteller Jon Blacker is ready to go where you need him, when you need him to get you the still and moving images you need, bringing his gear and his experience working with editorial, commercial and corporate clients in Canada, the United States and overseas.

Among others, Jon has worked with; Major League Baseball Photos, The Canadian Press, Reuters, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Nikon Canada,  and directly with a wide range of bands.

Jon is also the author of Musical Ink, a book of black and white infrared portraits of musicians and their tattoos.  Musical Ink was released through Schiffer Publishing in 2013.

APC members can RSVP to this event on our Meetup site HERE

APC Featured Photographer of the Month – Eileen Nixon

Ajax Photography Club

Looking for some photographic inspiration? Look no further then the current members of the APC. Each month a different APC member will be featured and we will provide a glimpse into their photographic life.

This month, our featured photographer is APC Secretary, Eileen Nixon.


I Grew up in Montreal. Started taking pictures in grade 6. I was always an outdoor person.. Loved camping any chance i could get. Love to travel and take pictures.

  • How would you describe your photography style?
    I have no style. I have a bad memory, so i take a lot of pictures to remember what i did for the day. I do love to caputre nature and caves are my most favorite. Also any sports action shots.
  • Which photographer is your biggest inspiration?
    I have to say my older brother Michael. I took photograhy as his picrtures were always perfect in the camera… and thought it would be easy to do. oh boy was i wrong…. photography is the most fun, but very hard for me..
  • How long have you been interested in photography?
    Over 40 years with the Kodak camera then moved to Minolta series when they came out. Now i use the Sony a7R II… Love it!
  • What  is  your  dream  photo  trip?
    Anything with caves, and over the last few years, I have done Ireland, Milan, Africa, New Zealand.

You can view some of Eileen’s work on our Meetup site.

APC April Meeting – An Evening with APC talent

Enjoy an Evening where we celebrate the talent of the APC.

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Ajax Community Centre – HMS Room
75 Centennial Rd., Ajax, ON
Doors open at 6:30 PM

We are excited to announce that for our April members meeting will be showcasing the work of our very own talented members. The evening will consist of slideshows and presentations from fellow APC members. Slideshows will be on a variety of topics such as nature, travel, wildlife, and much more. Come out and support your fellow APC members. Bring a family member or friend and enjoy the incredible talent in our club.

This is one you don’t want to miss!

APC members can RSVP to for this meeting on our members only Meetup site HERE 

(Volunteers to help clean up after the meeting is greatly appreciated)

APC March – April Newsletter

The March / April newsletter is now available for download. It has everything you need to keep you up to date on the APC season news and events.
You can download the newsletter from the link below. Feel free to share it with anyone interested.

APC Newsletter 2018 Mar-Apr (PDF)

The APC would like to thank newsletter editor, Laurie Taylor and everyone who contributed for their great work.