APC September Meeting – Kick off our new season with, Ron Clifford.

The start of the 2018/2019 APC season is just around the corner, and we are excited to have, award-winning photographer, Ron Clifford to speak at our September members meeting

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018 at 7pm
Ajax Community Centre – HMS Room
75 Centennial Rd, Ajax, ON  L1S 4S4
Doors open at 6:30pm

Anyone who knows Ron Clifford knows that while he is a skilled, award-winning photographer, he is first and foremost an encourager, a mentor, and an educator. He has made a career out of encouraging the creative soul in others. As a result of his commitment to building strong communities, he has his work featured around the world and has nearly 3 million online followers. Ron has become well known for his involvement in online and in-person mentoring in photography, life, and business. He is a director of the Google Plus Mentorship Program for Photographers and Is a Master in the online education platform called, “The Arcanum”. Along with teaching online, Ron is also a Photography Guide for One Ocean Expeditions on unique Photography Symposiums to some of the most remote places on earth.

In Ron’s own words;
I’m a visual storyteller. I always say, “Do what you can’t help but do“
and for me, that is to capture the BEAUTY and CHARACTER in the people I meet and the places I travel to. I love to shoot in Nature, especially landscapes and wildlife. Recently I have been very fortunate to be able to build my portfolio of images from the extreme regions of the planet. Both the Arctic and Antarctica. Along with my passion for the natural world, I love to photograph people and I remain a very active portrait photographer with a quaint Studio just north of Toronto in historic Newmarket Ontario, Canada.

I love to explore the natural world, photograph the people in it and teach others to do the same.

I have the best job in the world.

APC members can RSVP to this event on our 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 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 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 Meeting – Landscape and wildlife photographer, Andrew McLachlan

The Ajax Photography Club is proud to welcome landscape and wildlife photographer, Andrew McLachlan as the guest speaker for our March members meeting.

Tuesday, MARCH 27th, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Ajax Community Centre – HMS Room
75 Centennial Rd., Ajax, ON
Doors open at 6:30 PM

Andrew McLachlan is a freelance photographer / writer from Ontario, Canada. For as long as he can recall, he has been fascinated by the natural world. His photography became an extension of that love. If he did not own a camera, he would still be found hiking along dense boreal forest trails, canoeing through wetlands, and observing all nature has to offer. His extensive travels throughout Ontario have resulted in a large, diverse collection of images that feature landscapes and the flora and fauna of the province. In addition to photographing Ontario’s natural world his adventures have taken him throughout the Caribbean and most recently the Amazonian rainforest of Peru. Andrew is also skilled at creating artistic renditions using a combination of in-camera techniques and Photoshop plug-ins to achieve desired results.\

Andrew’s first eBook A Photographer’s Guide to the Ontario Landscape is the first ever-comprehensive guide to photographing Ontario’s vast and varied landscape. There are many outstanding photo destinations throughout the province. In this e-book he has covered many of the best locations; from the remote Abitibi Canyon to Point Pelee, the Ottawa Valley to the Algoma Highlands and beyond, in an easy-to-read, easy-to-follow guide, complete with driving directions to each destination. When he first began photographing the province’s landscape he wished that there had been a resource such as this available at the time. Having spent countless hours searching the internet, studying road maps, and meandering down backroads in hopes of finding inspiring landscapes to photograph, Andrew chose to write this guide to simplify the process for other photographers. While this eBook is about photographing the Ontario landscape, it also has dozens of tips scattered throughout that will guide you to creating stunning landscape imagery of your own, wherever you may live. Andrew has offered this eBook to APC members at a special discount rate of $20. (Cash only, please)

Please note: We will also have results of the March Photo Clinic after the presentation. (approx. 25 mins)

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 February Meeting – Nature and wildlife photographer, David Sweeney

The Ajax Photography Club is proud to welcome Nature and wildlife photographer, David Sweeney as the guest speaker for our February members meeting.

Tuesday, february 27th, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Ajax Community Centre – HMS Room
75 Centennial Rd., Ajax, ON
Doors open at 6:30 PM

David Sweeney was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Growing up in the east end of the city. He has always had a love for nature and natural things.

My introduction to nature photography was through my involvement in the Beach Photo Club and a number of weekend outings to Algonquin that I participated on. I was in love with nature, especially water and waterfalls.

In 2004 after meeting my now wife, I was introduced to Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Reserve and the Wolf Centre. My first visit to the wolf centre was a memorable occasion. The pack was strong and large with more than 7 or 8 adults. I quickly took a fond liking to Ebony and Manitou whom were two most impressive wolves.

I have followed the progression of the pack since those year’s, and have been snapping images quietly since that time.

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 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 January Meeting – Explorer, Adventurer & Storm Chaser, George Kourounis

The Ajax Photography Club is proud to welcome global explorer, adventurer and storm chaser, George Kourounis as the guest speaker for our January members meeting.

Tuesday, JANUARY 23rd, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Ajax Community Centre – HMS Room
75 Centennial Rd., Ajax, ON
Doors open at 6:30 PM

George Kourounis is a renowned global adventurer, storm chaser, explorer and television presenter. Based in Toronto, his efforts to document nature’s worst weather conditions have taken him all over the globe, into places most normal people are fleeing from. Whether it’s a tornado outbreak in Kansas, a monster hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico, forest fires in British Columbia, or even an erupting volcano, he’s usually in the middle of the action with his camera rolling.

His efforts have been seen around the world on the Discovery Channel, National Geographic Explorer, BBC-TV, CNN and of course, his own adventure TV program Angry Planet, which has been broadcast in over 100 countries.

By sharing these adventures with the world, George hopes that he can inspire people to break out of their routines and do something that they consider
a little bit scary.

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)