October 10 2017



Our October 10th meeting brought out 54 members and 2 guests.

• After his opening remarks, President Carson Plant introduced our Guest Speaker, award winning competitive photographer Norm Ullock who gave a presentation called Composition from Shot to Art. Norm pointed out that as a photographer you are at the mercy of the real world and you must develop skills to solve the visual puzzle presented to you when shooting by aligning visual elements in a pleasing way. In his slide show, Norm showed us tools to develop our skills to take control of creating good compositions. The members of the Chatham Camera Club wish to thank Norm and his wife Helene for making the trip from Oshawa to Chatham. We thoroughly enjoyed your presentation.

During his talk, Norm referred to book by world class photographer
Ian Plant called, Visual Flow: Mastering The Art Of Composition.
For a YouTube version of Ian’s guide, check out this video.

• Kellie Watson shared her vacation memories from Colorado and a cruise up the Rhone River in France. Thanks Kellie. You did a great job.

• Carson Plant showed us the photos he took at this year’s London Air Show that featured shots of WW II vintage aircraft, modern jet fighters and of course The Snowbirds. As always, he nailed them all.

• Competition Manager Gavin Stuart reminded us that the deadline for submitting photos for our first competition of the year is midnight, Sunday, October 15th. E-mail your pictures to gcstuarts@yahoo.ca

• Our next meeting will be held on October 24th when Guest Speaker Adam Harpula will present his tutorial on Posing And Lighting. We also invite everyone to bring in one of your favorite prints for display and discussion. Don’t be shy. We’d love to see your work.


You rarely see successful photographers complaining about what others are doing.
Instead, they are forging their own paths.


Whether we want to admit them or not, here are
Five Uncomfortable Truths About Photography



September 26 2017

Our first meeting of the 2017 – 2018 season brought out 50 members and 3 guests.

• President Carson Plant determined that the auditor’s report of the Club’s finances will be available in October.

• Vice-President Tere Deslippe introduced the Club executive:
– Carson Plant – President
– Gavin Stuart – Vice-President and Competition Manager
– Tere Deslippe – Vice-President
– Reagan Smolders – Treasurer
– Barb Ferran – Secretary
– Catherine Dawson – Welcoming Manager

• Jim Pollock gave a presentation that reminded the membership that the Club’s monthly photo competitions had something in common with the TV show Who’s Line Is It Anyway?. We learn by taking on new assignments and “The points don’t matter.”

• Competition Manager Gavin Stuart reminded us how to submit our competition photos to him. The schedule can be found on our Meeting Schedule page and the instructions for sizing our pics can be found on the Instructions for Submitting Photos for Competitions page that is linked from our Home Page.

• Tere Deslippe told those in attendance that once again this year the Chatham Camera Club is sponsoring two photo magazines that are available at the Chatham Public Library, Digital Photo Pro and Outdoor Photographer. To read either of these publications on-line you can apply for a virtual library card at the Chatham-Kent Public Library web site.

• Tere also presented an excellent slide show of photos taken from The Club’s summer walk-abouts that featured member’s images from gatherings at R&M’s Cars And Coffee, model shoots at LeClairs Grey Stone Cottage and Maple Leaf Cemetery in Chatham. Thanks for the memories Tere!

• Carson reviewed the lineup of guest speakers that are slated to appear this season, noting that we have some excellent pro photographers scheduled to speak on a variety of interesting topics.

• Kellie Watson shared her vacation memories from Colorado and a cruise up the Rhone River in France. Some technical difficulties hindered the slide show and therefore we will try it again when the bugs are ironed out.

• Carson reviewed some of the twenty prints that were brought in for display. Many thanks to those who participated. We’re looking forward to the next opportunity on October 24th.


Don’t turn to luck to get the photographs you want, or to explain the amazing photographs you see around you. Great photography happens when a photographer is prepared, patient, inspired, and hard-working.


To improve your composition skills, have a look at this
Introduction To The Rule Of Thirds

2017 – 2018 Season

We are gearing up for our new season and would like to invite all of those who are interested in photography to check us out. This year we will continue to learn from pro photographers, guest speakers, experienced Club members, workshops and photo assignments. Membership is $40 for the year, but you may attend two meetings free of charge to see if we’re a good fit. We meet at Evangel Community Church, 76 Sandys St. Chatham (back door), at 7:00pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. All 90 of last year’s members would love to meet you! See the Meeting Schedule page for more info.