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

COST: $15.00 / PER PERSON

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

COST: $15.00 / PER PERSON

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

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 member, Bryan Vandenburg.

Bio:

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 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.

Bio:

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.

APC Featured Photographer of the Month – Richard Cousineau

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 Program Director – Contests and Clinics, Richard Cousineau C.E.T.

Bio:

I grew up in Northern Ontario and still love the outdoors. During the last 30yrs as our kids grew up we traveled to most of the popular Ontario Provincial Parks in the summer for many fun camping weeks capturing many photographic memories along the way.

I have always been interested in photography as far back as I can remember playing with cameras and anything mechanical or electrical which always intrigued me. When I was in grade 9, I set up my new High School dark room as well as one at home. In the film days I used to buy bulk 35mm and load my own film cans to over capacity.

When I first started to work after college I was fortunate to get to travel to many remote and isolated locations of Canada to repair Microwave communications antennas as well as climbing some microwave towers up to 500 ft and experienced a bird’s eye view of landscapes seldom seen except from that those vantage points.

  • How would you describe your photography style?
    I enjoy capturing photos of landscape, macro and wildlife photography as well as being an avid hiker and love to capture the story along the way.
  • Which photographer is your biggest inspiration?
    I do not follow or been inspired by any photographer, I subscribed to many publications in the last 35-40 years and basically made a note of something of interest that is well photographed and reflected on if I would ever like to experience this for myself and capture it in my own way.
  • How long have you been interested in photography?
    I have always been interested in photography as far back as I can remember playing with cameras and anything mechanical or electrical which always intrigued me.
  • What was your first camera?
    Not sure, Ricoh XR series, Minolta X-700, and my first auto focus: Maxxum 7000 when I found out that I needed prescription glasses to capture in focus photos for some reason.
  • What  is  your  dream  photo  trip?
    During the last 3 years my wife and I have experienced spectacular views from many mountain tops like Mt Washington, Kilimanjaro and the bottom of the Grand Canyon capturing these views with my camera gear in my backpack.

You can view some of Richard’s work at https://www.flickr.com/photos/13458776@N00/albums

APC Featured Photographer of the Month – Carol Painter

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 will be featured and we will provide a glimpse into their photographic life.

This month, the featured photographer is APC member , Carol Painter.

Bio:

Carol has been a member of the Ajax Photography Club since 2014. She is very active in the club and has also voluteered her time co-organizing our fall retreat to Sumac.

  • How would you describe your photographic style?
    I really don’t have a style per say, I enjoy spending time with Nature and my camera. I like to be creative with nature.
  • Which photographer is your biggest inspiration?
    I don’t have a specific photograher. I do get a lot of inspiration from fellow club members as well as from members from my other photography group.
  • How long have you been interested in photography?
    I have always enjoyed photography, especially when I had children. I have tons of photos of my kids growing up, but they are just pictures. I really started getting more into photography about 8 years ago. I still have a long way to go and lots to learn.
  • What was your first camera?
    My first camera was a film Instamatic, when it broke I didn’t have one for years. When I met my husband he had a Canon film 35mm, which I took over. I then got a Canon Power-shot which was pretty good. But as I grew I knew I wanted more so I purchased a Canon T2i and grew to a Canon 70d.  Still waiting for my dream camera, but all in time.
  • What is your dream photo trip?
    My dream trip would definitely be to Alaska or Iceland.

You can view more of Carol’s work on our Meetup page.

APC Featured Photographer of the Month – Kathie Waterhouse

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 will be featured and we will provide a glimpse into their photographic life.

This month, the featured photographer is APC member and program director – membership, Kathie Waterhouse.

Bio:

I pored over the photos in Look and Life magazines when I was a child. While I don’t remember the stories, I can still recall many of the photos. The ability to capture a moment that speaks to a viewer intrigued me then, and still does today.

For me, photography is a form of relaxation.  I can spend hours wandering around, trying to capture the beauty that surrounds me. On the technical side, I’m learning how to use Lightroom effectively.  Recently, I’ve become interested in Luminar and Aurora. I try to spend a few hours each week dedicated to reading photography books, photographing whatever is around me, experimenting with the post-processing software, and making notes – or as I call it ‘camera school’. The best part is trying to put into practice what I’m learning

 

  • How would you describe your photographic style?
    I think my style is best described as ‘evolving’. I started by trying to capture the antics of the birds and squirrels in my garden.  That progressed to photographing the garden itself.  While I still am fond of photographing flowers, especially roses, I’ve spent hours in photographing the wildlife around me wherever I go.  The more I’m out there trying to capture the beauty and power of nature, the more I want to improve.
  • Which photographer is your biggest inspiration?
    I’ve learned an incredible amount from the many talented members of the Ajax Photography Club. I’m inspired by the photographers who present each month at the club, especially Christoph Fischer, Don Komarechka, and André Gallant.
  • How long have you been interested in photography?
    I began to take a serious interest in photography when I retired in January 2012.  I joined the APC in 2015.  That was definitely one of the best decisions I’ve made. I’ve taken many of the classes and participated in the photo clinics and competitions.  There is always something to learn and keep me interested.
  • What was your first camera?
    My first camera was a Kodak Instamatic. I was more fascinated by the flash cubes than by the actual camera. Later I had a Minolta 35mm, which, regrettably, I never learned to use properly.  I don’t think I ever took it off the automatic or program mode. Afterward, I had a few digital point and shoot cameras.  When I got my first DSLR in 2014, I promised myself I would learn to use it properly.  I still struggle with manual mode, but as I practice more, I’m getting better at it.
  • What is your dream photo trip?
    There are so many places in the world I want to visit.  South America has always been a dream destination.  A South African safari would definitely be high on my list.  And ever since I studied ancient history in high school, I’ve wanted to visit the ancient sites of Egypt. Later this year, Walter, my husband, and I will be crossing the Panama Canal.  I’m really looking forward to that.

You can view some of Kathie’s work on her Flickr page: HERE

APC January – February Newsletter

The January / February 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 Jan-Feb (PDF)

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

APC Featured Photographer of the Month – Jennifer Lalla

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 will be featured and we will provide a glimpse into their photographic life.

This month, the featured photographer is APC member, Jennifer Lalla.

Bio:

Photography has always been an interest of mine, and has developed even more since digital cameras came on the market.  While I was growing up, my family always had a camera and taking photos was regular occurrence.

My first digital camera was a Lumix purchased back in 2010, which introduced me to selective focus – I was hooked!  My DSLR was purchased in 2014, but I was in the middle of my professional designation program and didn’t have time to learn to use it in any mode except auto.

In early 2016, my designation program was ending, so I decided to join the Ajax Photography Club to be around like-minded people and to learn more about photography.  Since joining the club, I have learned that there is so much more than landscape photography!  Learning new styles and skills has transformed the way I look at the world – now I see potential photos everywhere I look.

  • How would you describe your photographic style?
    I definitely fall under the “work in progress” level of photography and am still defining my style.  Currently I would describe my style as Big – as in I like to take macro shots to make small things look big, and I love using my ultra wide-angle lens to take big photos of landscapes.  This will likely evolve as I continue to learn new skills and enjoy new techniques.
  • Which photographer is your biggest inspiration?
    This is a tough question.  I don’t follow a lot of photographers, but I do enjoy discovering those who present at the Ajax Photo Club meetings.  One of the more influential photographers for me has been Don Komarechka because he piqued my interest in macro photography enough that I bought a proper lens and gave up the extension tubes.
  • How long have you been interested in photography?
    I’ve been interested in photography since I was a teenager, but I would honestly say that it never really became a true interest until late 2014.  Having the proper equipment makes a big difference.
  • What was your first camera?
    My first camera was a little point and shoot 35 mm that I received as a Christmas gift in my early teens.  I spent a lot of money buying and developing film.
  • What is your dream photo trip?
    I have two dream photo trips that I would like to take – New Zealand and Africa.  However, I would also love to re-visit some previous destinations and re-take photos with my new skills.  Sometimes I look back at photos and think “if only I had used this setting, or framed the shot in this way”.

You can view more of Jennifer’s work on our Meetup site HERE