February 14 2017

Our February 14th meeting brought out 54 members and 2 guests.

• President Carson Plant opened the evening with this thought:
“I read the other day that the quickest way to make money at photography is to sell your camera.”

• Our featured speaker for the evening was long-time Club member Nelson Harrison who presented an extremely comprehensive tutorial on Backing Up Our Images, which detailed some of the threats to our digital images and how to mitigate them. We want to thank Nelson for his time and efforts, and especially for making the ten page hand-out that accompanied his seminar.

• Next up were Jim Pollock and Keith Blackwell who discussed different ways to fire an off-camera flash. The methods included flash triggers like Pocket Wizard and Cactus, wireless flashes by Canon, Yongnuo and Godox, as well as those Canon and Nikon cameras that support optical flash firing.

For a quick review of the optical flash method, check out this step-by-step instruction page on How to Trigger an Off-Camera Flash with the Pop-up Flash

• Carson Plant finished up the meeting by talking about the different lenses he uses to capture his images. He showed us examples of photos and discussed the focal length range of each lens used. Thanks Carson. It’s always interesting to learn some of your methods.

• Our next meeting will be held on February 28th when:
– Dave Noordhoff will explain How To Safely Clean Your Camera’s Sensor
– Dave Stewart will be featured in What I Shoot
– The results of our most recent Photo Competitions will be announced
– Members will have the opportunity to display some of their favourite prints


Once you have mastered the techniques, flash becomes the most amazing, controllable light: an unlocking of creativity in all photographic situations.


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January 24 2017

Our January 24th meeting brought out 56 members and 2 guests.

• President Carson Plant opened the evening with this thought:
“In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little, human detail can become a Leitmotive. (translation – associated with a particular person, idea or situation)

• In an informative and well-researched tutorial, Vince Gagnier told us How Take Better Pictures In The Snow, where he explained why our cameras under-expose a bright scene and how to correct the situation in-camera and in post processing.
Are you still a bit confused about Exposure Compensation? If so, check out this article on How to take control of your exposure. It’s worth the read.

• Catherine Dawson was the subject of our What I Shoot feature where she showed the rest of The Club her fine collection of nature, landscape, table top and travel photos. Thanks Catherine! We all enjoyed your presentation.

• The results from our latest photo competition were announced, with Ric Aarssen (24), Mary Craig (23), Jana Smith (22, 22), Amy Simpson (22, 22) and Margaret DeClerk (22) getting the highest scores for the Novice group’s Angular shots.

Gavin Stuart (25), Dave Noordhoff (24, 23), Martha Gilliar (24), John St. Pierre (23, 22), and Harry Arneill (23) got the top marks among the Intermediate, Advanced and Salon shooters in the Trees category.

You can see some of the top scoring images from the evening’s competitions on our Club Photos page.

• Mike Blazek discussed and dissected several of the prints that were brought in for display, with the makers explaining where and how their photos were made. If you’d like to share one of your favourite prints, your next opportunity will be at our February 28th meeting. As is often the case, the quote of the evening came from Les McCracken, who said about the print he brought in, “It may not be any good, but they always know it’s mine.”

• Carson Plant announced that The William St. Café has agreed to host a gallery of our photos for sale and display. Details are still being sorted out, but in the meantime you can send your ideas for the prints you’d like to offer to Gavin Stuart at gcstuarts@yahoo.ca.

• Club members were treated to two brief slideshows that featured some of our best “Cell Phone” pictures, as well as some of the more interesting photos taken at our Light Painting workshop on December 13th.

• Our next meeting will be held on February 14th when:
– Nelson Harrison will teach us How To Back-up Your Photos
– Carson Plant will be featured in
What’s In My Camera Bag
– Keith Blackwell and Jim Pollock will give us a demonstration on
Why And How To Use Off-Camera Flash.


“Pictures come from light. Interesting pictures come from interesting light.”


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January 10 2017

Our first meeting of 2017 was attended by 49 members, including 3 new ones.

• President Carson Plant reminded us of Five Key Skills For A Photographer:
1 – Know your software.
2 – Get the basics right.
3 – Be flexible.
4 – Study other’s work.
5 – Practice.

• To help fund her trip to Uganda, Patty Arsenault is offering a 2017 calendar that features beautiful nature photos from Rondeau Park. Patty’s mission will build a house, feed a village, support five schools and bring clothing and medical supplies. If you can help her out, contact Patty at farlikins@gmail.com

• The evening was devoted to learning how some of our more experienced members go about processing their images.

– Paul Schmoldt reminded us of an extremely powerful and free photo editor called FastStone, where he demonstrated how to batch resize, batch rename and create a slideshow. You can get your own copy of this amazing piece of software at www.faststone.org

– Carson Plant showed us a few of the features of Photoshop and a similar yet very capable program for Mac and Windows called Affinity. Available for a one-time price of $69.99, this photo editing software is definitely worth looking into. For more information, check out the Affinity web site and this Affinity For Beginners YouTube video.

– Chad Barry walked us through how he organizes, tags and processes his work in Lightroom. To learn more, see this YouTube video on 10 Things Beginners Want To Know How To Do in Lightroom.

– Dave Noordhoff shared his methods of obtaining the wonderful images he captures in the American Southwest by taking into consideration some of the things that we should all remember when we’re taking photos: Research the location, Pre-visit the location to find the best vantage point, Research the best time to shoot, Consider the best f-stop to capture the sharpest image, Choose the best lens for the job, Will there be any movement in the scene, Know your equipment.

Thanks to all of our presenters for job well done! The pieces of information you shared are valuable learning tools that will help the rest of us advance as photographers, and that is the reason will all come to the Chatham Camera Club.

• Our next meeting will be held on January 24th when Vince Gagnier will present a workshop on How Take Better Pictures In The Snow. Scores from the latest CCC Photo Competition will be announced, with the Novice group showing their Angular photos and the Intermediate, Advanced and Salon members displaying their shots in the Trees category. Catherine Dawson will be featured in What I Shoot, and we will all have the opportunity to bring in some of our favourite prints for display and discussion.


You will be remembered by the images you create, not the gear you use.

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December 13 2016

50 members and 1 guest took part in our Light Painting workshop hosted by Mike Blazek and Carson Plant. Carson started the evening off by explaining how to use the work stations provided, while Mike discussed the proper settings to be used. (ISO 100, f-16, 30 second exposure) The rest of the night was spent helping each other with camera settings and taking photos using the described light painting technique. The meeting was our first “hands-on” session of the season, and by all accounts, was extremely enjoyed by all who participated.

You can see some more photos of our seminar on our Club Photos page.

We want to thank Carson and Mike for setting up this tutorial and for leading us in one of the most fun meetings in recent memory. Also a special thanks to Patricia, Mary and Tere for our break-time snacks.

• Our next meeting will be held on January 10th when our in-house presenters will be:

– Carson Plant: Photoshop Post Process / Workflow Demo
– Chad Barry: Lightroom Post Process / Workflow Demo
– Dave Noordhoff: What I Considered When I Took These Landscape Images
– Paul Schmoldt – FastStone Demo: Batch resizing of Images and Creating a slideshow


A well-developed photographic style is like a fingerprint – unique to the photographer. Develop your style by using your own judgment and taste, not by consulting others.


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November 22 2016

64 members and 2 guests attended our November 22nd meeting.

• Chris Jorgensen paid tribute to the late Frank Vadovic by reminding us of his kindness and willingness to help others. After hearing a couple of amusing stories about Frank, we saw a brief slide-show of pictures of him at various photo outings followed by a moment of silence.

• Chad Barry and Keith Blackwell explained How And When To Use Mirror Lock-up, a method of raising your camera’s mirror to avoid camera shake caused by mirror slap. Several of our more experienced members helped those who had never used this feature before.

• The Club was treated to a Travelogue by Bob Allen that featured his photos from a vacation in Portugal. Bob’s shots of the beautiful buildings, local food, coastal scenes, flowers, birds, transportation and cityscapes, put this destination on our list of places to visit. Thanks Bob! Well done!

• The results of the first two CCC Photo Competition were shown.

– The Novice’s Black And White entries were reviewed, with Margaret DeClerk (23 pts), Mary Ellen Plouffe (22 pts) and Rick Aarssen (two marks of 22 pts), attaining the top scores.

– The Intermediate, Advanced and Salon members were judged on their Clouds shots with Reagan Smolders (24 pts), Jim Pollock (24 pts), and Dave Noordhoff (23 pts) leading the way. For their Waves pictures, Tere Deslippe (23 pts), Mike Blazek (23 pts), David Barr (23 pts) and Dave Noordhoff (23 pts) got the most points.

– In the second contest, the Novices were judged on their Clouds images with Pat Beaton (24 pts), Jana Smith (23 pts), Bill Henry (21 pts) and Mary Craig (21 pts) scoring the highest. For the group’s Waves shots, high scores were given to Pat Beaton (23 pts), Bill Henry (21 pts), Mary Craig (21 pts) and Jacqueline Gruska (21 pts).

– The three other divisions were graded on their entries in the Angular category, with Carson Plant (23 pts), Keith Blackwell (23 pts) and Paul Schmoldt (22 pts) achieving the highest results.

Some of the evening’s best photos can be reviewed on our Club Photos page.

Our next Photo Competition will be reviewed on January 24th, 2017 when the Novices will show their Angular pictures and the Intermediate, Advanced and Salon members will display their entries in the Trees category. Competition photos are to be submitted to Gavin Stuart at: gcstuart@mnsi.net by Midnight, Sunday, January 15th

• Many of our members brought in their prints for display and discussion. If you’d like to join the fun, your next opportunity will be on January 24th, 2017.

• Our next meeting will be held on December 13th when Carson Plant and Mike Blazek will lead a workshop on Light Painting. Bring your camera, tripod, remote trigger and an LED flashlight to this meeting and learn this fascinating technique. We’ll have some of these items on-hand if you need one.

• Just a quick reminder to check out our Buy / Sell page to find out what equipment other Club members are looking to purchase or no longer have a need for.


Photography is no more about cameras than mathematics is about calculators.


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