APC October Meeting – Award winning photographer, Argen Elezi

The Ajax Photography Club is proud to welcome, nature and landscape photographer, Argen Elezi as the guest speaker for our October members meeting.

Tuesday, OCTOBER 24TH, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Ajax Community Centre – HMS Room
75 Centennial Rd., Ajax, ON
Doors open at 6:30 PM

Argen Elezi is a Toronto based photographer who’s passionate about capturing the beauty of nature. From a young age, he loved to draw and paint, and that continues to drive his inspiration with photography today.

After completing his business degree at York University, Argen decided to switch gears and study photography at George Brown College. But it wasn’t until he began to travel and explore unique and scenic locations in Canada and around the world that he was able to find his personal style as a photographer and discovered his passion for nature and landscape photography.

His work has been featured by Canadian Geographic, Lonely Planet, The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, and The Huffington Post, and he has worked with a number of recognized brands, including Fairmont Hotels, Arc’teryx, and Canon Canada.

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

Please note: There is a $10.00 guest fee for all non-members attending this event.

6:30 – 7:00: New Members Membership Registration
7:00 – 7:15: Upcoming Event Info
7:15 – 8:00: Part One
8:00 – 8:15: Break 50:50 Ticket Sales
8:15 – 9:00: Part Two along with Q&A
9:00 – 9:30: Adjournment, Closing remarks.

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

APC Featured Photographer of the Month – Mara Holdenried

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With the start of the new APC season in full swing, we are excited for the return of our Featured Photographer of the Month.

Looking for some photographic inspiration? Well, look no further than the current members of the Ajax Photography Club. Each month a different APC member will be featured and we will provide a glimpse into their photographic life.

This month, the featured photographer is APC member, Mara Holdenried.


Memories of my father always include a camera and photographs. He photographed/documented our family’s life in Latvia, Germany and Canada. I remember him being a member of a camera club in Niagara Falls. His joy in sharing photos and his passion for learning has made a powerful impression on my life. I have inherited that bug for documenting life…. my family’s and my organization, NYAD.

I studied commercial art at OCA (OCAD now) and photography classes were part of the courses. I remember wandering the streets of Toronto… photographing scenes and people, developing film and printing b&w photos. On graduation in 1969, my first job was at a photographer’s studio. A number of years later I achieved a diploma in Early Childhood Education and am still working at NYAD (Not Your Average Daycare) at this time. Since 1979, I have use my photographic abilities to document the children, the teachers and activities taking place in our child care centres. For family and friends I have created photographic books and DVDs of travels and happy times throughout the years.

Joining the Ajax Photography Club has given me the opportunity to learn, to share, and given me the incentive to get out and take photographs of the subjects I love and challenge me… birds and animals.


  • How would you describe your photographic style?
    Through my photography style, I try to tell a story. This is always not through just one photo but through a series of photos, a few or more.
  • Which photographer is your biggest inspiration?
    I loved the portraits of Karsh, the landscapes of Ansel Adams and of course the works of Annie Leibovitz. My library is filled with many photographic books of horses and African animals taken by so many fantastic photographers.
  • How long have you been interested in photography?
    Photography followed naturally on my love for drawing and writing in my younger years. Now, while still working, the camera and nature are my passion and challenge.
  • What was your first camera?
    My first camera, which I still have, is a little Baby Brownie Special. At OCA I had a Mamiya film camera.
  • What is your dream photo trip?
    I have travelled through many parts of beautiful Canada, a little of USA and Europe but my dream trip would be to get back to Africa. I was in Kenya & Tanzania in 2006 and South Africa in 2011. Since childhood Africa has always called to me. I am not sure where I would go now. Several countries call to me and the big cats.

You can view more of Mara’s work on our Meetup site.

Upcoming APC workshops and classes

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The APC continues to provided 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: Creative Landscape Photography with Michelle


Rotary Park Pavilion
177 Lake Driveway West, Ajax, ON



This introductory course is designed to improve your skills as a landscape photographer.


This course will explore the world of landscape photography. We will review recommended gear and camera settings to improve our landscape images. We will start with reviewing some basic techniques and then discuss how to handle some special landscape challenges. 


• Camera gear for the landscape photographer
• Common camera settings
• How to choose a location
• Using a polarizing filter
• Shooting panoramas
• Using a neutral density filter
• Composition tips
• Bracketing for increased tonal range
• Special considerations
o Waterfalls
o Mountains
o Snow
o Beach
o Lakes
o Sunny day
o Cloudy day


•  Camera Basics: Participants should be comfortable with the functions of the camera.

• Exposure &  Composition : Participants should have basic knowledge of the Exposure Triangle and Landscape Composition

• EQUIPMENT NEEDED:  Camera (DSLR, Mirrorless or Point and Shoot), Tripod, Shutter Release (if not you can use your 2sec self timer), Filters (Circular Polarizer or Graduated optional), Fresh Batteries and Memory Cards.

• With time permitting we will spend more time on Composition, Trouble shooting, Lenses,  Where to focus?  Hyper-focal distance, Tips and Tricks

APC Class: Creative Landscape HDR & Panoramic Photography Capture & Post

TUESDAY OCTOBER 10TH, 2017 – 6:45 PM

Audley Recreation Centre 
1955 Audley Rd, Ajax, ON, Pickering, ON


Learning How to Capture and Create Basic HDR and Panoramic Landscapes:


Objective: To understand how to expose and create interesting and colourful landscape images,  in camera and in the digital darkroom using Lightroom.

Outline:  Concept, Capture and Create

• Understanding the principles and concepts of High Dynamic Range and Panoramic imaging

• Learning to set and take Bracketing images with Camera

• Learning to expose multiple images in a horizontal plane (and vertical) using a tripod

• Importing images into Lightroom

• Using Lightroom to compile bracketed images into HDR composite images

• Using Lightroom to combine multi-planar imagines into one stitched panoramic image

• Editing these images in Lightroom, ( Photomatix & Aurora HDR)

• Looking at Masters,  Trey Radcliffe – HDR, Lois Conner – panoramic photos,   Ansel Adams,  and Edward Weston

Suggested Prerequisites: Creative Landscape Class, Comfortable with using camera features such as bracketing, Basic Composition, General knowledge of Lightroom

Equipment:  Camera (DSLR, Mirrorless, Point and Shoot)  Tripod, Shutter Release, Memory Cards and fresh Batteries,  Pen and Paper,  Laptops if you have with Lightroom installed

You can download a 30 day trail version of Lightroom from Adobe.com.

We will go for a short walk and practice a few HDR shots, and Panoramic captures, for those that do not have laptops are welcome to follow along with others and take notes.

APC September Meeting – New season and we welcome back, Michael Willems.

The start of the 2017/2018 APC season is just around the corner, and we are excited to have one of our favourite presenters back to kick off the new season. Michael Willems will be presenting his topic, “DEVELOPING YOUR STYLE”

Tuesday, SEPTEMBER 26th, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Ajax Community Centre – HMS Room
75 Centennial Rd., Ajax, ON
Doors open at 6:30 PM

Michael will be discussing the following;

BASICS: Why style? What is behind your style? Who else has a recognizable style? Being Recognizable. Elements of style

CREATING YOUR STYLE: Knowing the basics. Breaking the rules. Can you choose your style? Defining your style. Refining your style.

AND THEN FINALLY… Squaring the circle: Style, development, and change.

If you’ve ever seen one of Michael’s presentations, you know this is one you don’t want to miss out on.

Please note: Membership signup and renewals will also take place before our guest speaker, so be sure to arrive early.

For more info on Michael’s photography please visit his website at www.michaelwillems.ca

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

Please note: There is a $10.00 guest fee for all non members attending this event.

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

APC Open House – September 8th and September 22nd

The Ajax Photography Club will be holding two open houses and early registration social meets at Debbie’s Café, 94 Harwood Ave S, Ajax, ON L1S 2H6 on Friday, September 8th, and Friday, September 22nd, from 6:30 – 9:30 pm. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the club and meet some of the members and executive team.

New and returning members can register for the 2017-2018 season at the event. Membership forms can be downloaded HERE

For more info about the upcoming season and what the Ajax Photography club has to offer, please see the attached flyer.

We hope to see you all there.


APC Featured Photographer of the Month – Highlights

Ajax Photography Club

Looking for some photographic inspiration? Well, look no further than the current members of the Ajax Photography Club. Each month a different APC member is featured and we will provide a glimpse into their photographic life. This month, we decided to take a look back at all the great images shared by some of our members. Visit the link below to be inspired.


Note: The featured photographer of the month returns in September. Have a safe summer and don’t forget your camera!


APC June Meeting – Wedding and portrait photographer, Trina Koster

The APC is proud to present wedding and portrait photographer, Trina Koster as the guest speaker for our June members meeting.

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 at 7:00 PM
St. Francis Centre for Community,
Arts and Culture
78 Church St SOUTH, Ajax, ON
Doors open at 6:30 PM

Creative Portraiture Influenced by Master Photographers
Trina Koster is a commercial photographer specializing in portraiture. She likes to make art about people’s lives and loves to find the beauty in each of her subjects while expressing something about their uniqueness. Trina leads a team of experienced, passionate photographers specializing in commercial headshots, artistic portraits, weddings and events.

Over the past 20 years Trina has taught inspiring photography workshops including an annual Photo Cuba trip to Santiago de Cuba!

Evening Agenda:
This will also be our Annual General Meeting. There will be Elections for the Board of Directors and a brief overview of the club financials, as well as plans for the future.

Images from the Year End Print Competition will be on display along with photo essays and the results of the last Photo Clinic (Slide-show).

There will be food and drinks along with some time to socialize. Let’s celebrate the end of another great season of the APC!

To see more of Trina’s photography and workshops, please visit his website at trinakoster.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)