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Competition Night (7:30 PM PST)
Digital Theme: Leading Lines Entries Due: January Return of Results: November
Esquimalt Lagoon Alt Tuesday AM Field Trip (10:00 AM PST)
Photoshoot:  Esquimalt Lagoon.  Whether you look south to the strait, or north to the lagoon, there is always something to shoot here.  Visiting foul abound.  Herons fish, seagulls dive, paddlers ... paddle.  Great light, great views.  Let's hope we don't get rained out like last year, although I did get a nice rainbow shot and a very blurry seascape through the rain on my windshield.  Lunch after at Six-Mile Pub. Please register to receive follow-up information on any changes and to receive notification if a weather-related cancellation is required.
VCC New Member Orientation (7:00 PM PST)
Victoria Camera Club Orientation for New Members Presented by Pam Irvine at Camosun College - Building and Room number not known at this point. Watch Calendar. Welcome New Members! Join me as we  review all aspects of being a member of this wonderful photography club.  This session will provide an overview of each of the program activities offered to club members, such as internal/external competitions, field trips, workshops and special interest groups. In addition, participants will see a demonstration on how to access the various resources available on the VCC website, including how to upload images into a gallery or competition.  Registration for this event opens December 7th at 9 am.
Creative SIG Meeting, discussion about making the invisible visible, creative challenge, image and editing sharing (7:00 PM PST)
NOTE: Room 338 Fisher Building, Camosun College Lansdowne Campus. Theme: Discussion led by Kevin Keliher on making the invisible visible, creative challenge, editing and image sharing  Details: In the Art of Seeing (2011) Zelanski & Fisher write “A good photographer works very consciously with elements and principles of design, not merely recording the outer world but selecting and manipulating that which is photographed, yielding a true work of art.” Join us as we explore (or have a conversation about) how we make the invisible visible. This may include discussion on composition and photo editing. The group continues the Creative Challenge this month. We select a saying and challenge ourselves to create images that respond to the saying either  (1) by using images already in our catalogues or  (2) by photographing a scene that we create. The saying for January is Bent out of Shape.  We hope to see lots of images as a result of the challenge. We also invite you to bring other creative images that you wish to share. Bring them on a USB/memory stick as as jpegs or as layered .psd or .tif files. Also bring your work in progress if you want comments or help with your creative process.
Presenters Night: Tony Paine - “Getting the Most out of Today’s B&W Photography” (7:30 PM PST)
Guest Speaker:Tony Paine Topic:Getting the Most out of Today's Black and White Photography Website:www.tonypainephoto.com Details:Tony is a photographic artist who makes and prints Black and White images that tell a story or capture some unique perspective from his many travels or just around home.Tony will show images and speak to his techniques of B & W conversion into sophisticated artistry inspired by George DeWolfe (a student of Ansel Adams) of the Santa Fe Workshops. Tony is a member of the Cowichan Valley Camera Club, and formerly a member of the Etobicoke and Mississauga Camera Clubs and the print based Toronto Focal Forum. He is a very knowledgeable, skilled printer who uses a 24 inch Hp Z3100. Prior to moving to Cobble Hill 4 years ago, Tony lived at Mississauga Ontario where he was a member of the Etobicoke. As Competition Director at ECC I was involved in the selection, training and evaluation of judges. He has taken the CAPA and PSA judging courses.
Fraser Delta/Richmond Birds *** POSTPONED*** (7:00 AM PST)
Take part in a full day trip to Delta/Richmond to photograph over-wintering ducks and shorebirds as well as Short-eared Owls, Northern Harriers and others.  Thousands of birds arrive in the Fraser Delta at this time of year, so there's lots on offer for wildlife photography enthusiasts.  Locations will depend on where the birds seem to be and may include Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary (incl Sandhill Cranes and the elusive Black-crowned Night Herons), Brunswick Point and Boundary Bay. Long lenses of min 300 mm focal length recommended.  Meet on the 7am Ferry in the Cafeteria, drivers need reservations! This field trip will be hosted by Richard James.  Registration is required, please contact Richard by e-mail to sign up:  rich@rjassociates.ca Carpooling will be facilitated, for those who are interested.  Please indicate if you wish to be a driver (and take X number of passengers) or if you need a ride.  Cost of ferry, reservation and gas will be shared equally by all participants in each carpool grouping. We have worked out the approx. costs which will vary depending on how many people are in each vehicle (includes cost of reservation + vehicle + passenger fares): 1 car, 2 passengers: $110.25 each + gas contribution 1 car, 3 passengers:  $85.13 + gas contribution 1 car, 4 passengers: $72.57 each plus + gas contribution Please dress warmly, with good waterproof footwear.  Please pack a lunch and enough snacks and water for a full day trip. *This trip is weather dependent, please check your email for updates and cancellation notices the night before.
Tuesday AM Field Trip - Abstract (10:30 AM PST)
Theme: Abstract - Cancelled because of snow - But go outside in your own neighborhood or have an indoor shoot and take photos to post on the Tuesday Gallery, Thanks This is a VCC February competition theme. Abstract images are conceived or imagined outside of ‘reality’. They can encompass a huge variety of subject matter, take us out of our comfort zone, make us question what we see, or invite us to enter another realm.   Please register to receive follow-up information on any changes and to receive notification if a weather-related cancellation is required.
Members' Night (7:30 PM PST)
Members' Night Details: You are invited to stake out a 10 minute time slot to present your images or a short learning session. Check out the guidelines at the Documents & Files How-to section of the website and make your submission well in advance.
Fundamentals of Black and White Photography (1 of 3) (9:00 AM PST)
This workshop will be a series of 3 Saturday mornings - January 18th, January 25th and February 1st, 2020.  Register for the 1st session only and you will be registered for all 3.  Please do not register unless you can attend all 3.  It would be appreciated if those who have previously attended Ed's B&W course wait 3 days to register to allow those who have not attended to do so.  It may be full but it would allow others who have not had this opportunity, to expand their skills as well.  Thank you for your consideration. This workshop is for everyone who wants to take their photography to the next level. Learning how to produce a great black and white image will require you to truly understand all the fundamentals. Black and White photography has been at the core of photography since its inception and understanding it will enhance your colour photography as well. Creating an excellent black and white image will challenge your skills and requires a specific focus starting with the visualization of the image, taking the image and finally editing to a final print. In this workshop we will cover the following topics: 1. How to see in monochrome 2. Exposure for good data captures 3. Tone mapping for monochrome 4. What images work in monochrome 5. Raw Conversion of monochrome images 6. Editing techniques for monochrome 7. Preparing an image for printing This workshop will be presented as a lecture series and participants will be expected to complete assigned homework. In class demonstrations will include RAW conversion in Lightroom and final editing in Photoshop. There will be no laptop necessary to take this class. Session one will include a photo session (outdoors, rain or shine) so please bring your camera. Our goal will be for each participant to produce a black and white print. Printing will not be done in class and recommend having Terry Zlot print your image.  This is not mandatory but will be a good exercise to increase your conf
Do you Macro (1 of 2) (7:00 PM PST)
Presented by Lorna Zaback. Register for January 20th and you will automatically be registered for January 27th. The Objectives of the workshops are to explore the basics of macro and/or close-up photography, including some hands-on practice and gentle critique. Although Lorna will do some exploration of focus, depth of field, lighting, etc., this will not be an advanced technical workshop. Audience:  Novice or intermediate, this workshop is not intended for advanced photographers or those who have a lot of experience with macro photography.  Capacity:  Min #: 4 - Max #: 10 2  Part Series:    Series 1 will be part lecture and part hands-on practice (indoors). There will be a simple assignment for participants to prepare for the 2nd session.   Series 2 will be a review of participant’s assignments with some feedback/gentle critique. Equipment:   Series 1 will require a camera, a tripod is essential and LiveView would be helpful.  No macro lens is required but a long focal length lens would be helpful (100 mm is sufficient).  Participant’s cameras should have enough pixels to allow for significant cropping.   Knowledge:   Familiar with camera operations, including manual focus, preferably in LiveView.   Not essential but helpful:   a) Knowledge of depth of field  b) How to import photos into a post-processing program. This workshop does not cover how to use post-processing software. Registration opens December 21st at 9am.
Rithet's Bog Alt Tuesday AM Field Trip (10:00 AM PST)
Photoshoot: The last true bog in greater Victoria, the easy perimeter trail provides access to open pond, wetlands and oak meadows.  Go for the browns and grays of winter.  This is a tough time for the birds, but photographers can always find something.  Park on Dalewood Lane, and meet at the information sign at the corner of Dalewood Land and Chatterton Way. Lunch after at the Med Grill. Please register to receive follow-up information on any changes and to receive notification if a weather-related cancellation is required.
Get Crafty Photographers (7:00 PM PST)
Get Crafty Photographers – Nifty Hacks and Techniques that will Take Your Photography to the Next Level Presented by - Christina Craft   Whether you’re a weekend warrior or you’ve been full-time pro for years you are GUARANTEED to learn new ways to be creative with your camera. Christina Craft will teach you some easy tips and tricks to deal with harsh sun, low light, and making ugly backdrops look pretty. You’ll also learn new ideas and tricks you can incorporate into any genre of photography - from nature to portrait to abstract to fine art or anything in between.  While you'll learn in a classroom setting, you'll have a lot of hands-on practice with each technique. Christina promises a no-fluff workshop that will transform your photography.  Audience:  This workshop is intended for intermediate to advanced photographers. Capacity:  Min #: 5 – Max #: 45 Equipment: Pen and paper, Camera - DSLR or a Mirrorless, with lenses that can be changed.  Lens with a focal length of 24mm to 70mm (zoom - 24-70mm or prime 24mm, 50mm).  Not essential but helpful:  a) Wide angle or fisheye  b) Telephoto (85mm or 70-200mm)  c) Wide-aperture lens (f1.2 to f2.8). Knowledge: You don't need to know how to shoot in Manual Mode, but it is essential you have a good understanding of Aperture, Shutter and ISO and familiar with how they work on your camera. If you have Auto ISO set on your camera I ask that you turn it off.  Please consult Google or your Instruction Guide for your individual camera.
The Finishing Touches (7:00 PM PST)
The Final Touch(es) - with Neil Boyle You’ve taken the perfect image, tack sharp, perfectly composed, histogram shot to the right, RAW format, and it’s a wonderful scene never shot before. Or maybe it’s a JPEG that you really like. Possibly even an HEIC selfie from your iPhone. Now what do you do with it? Come and see what a bit of post-processing can do for you images. Bring 2 images you like (RAW if you have it, JPEG will do, maybe even HEIC), on a USB stick, and we’ll display them on the big screen and post-process them. We’ll try by committee, where I implement suggestions from the photographers present, and I’ll do a second version the way I think best. Software used will be Lightroom and Photoshop, and maybe the Nik suite.
Fundamentals of Black & White Photography (2 of 3) (9:00 AM PST)
This workshop will be a series of 3 Saturday mornings  from 9am to noon,  January 18th, January 25th and February 1st, 2020.  Register for the 1st session only and you will be registered for all 3.  Please do not register unless you can attend all 3.  It would be appreciated if those who have previously attended Ed's B&W course wait 3 days to register to allow those who have not attended to do so.  It may be full but it would allow others who have not had this opportunity, to expand their skills as well.  Thank you for your consideration. This workshop is for everyone who wants to take their photography to the next level. Learning how to produce a great black and white image will require you to truly understand all the fundamentals. Black and White photography has been at the core of photography since its inception and understanding it will enhance your colour photography as well. Creating an excellent black and white image will challenge your skills and requires a specific focus starting with the visualization of the image, taking the image and finally editing to a final print. In this workshop we will cover the following topics: 1. How to see in monochrome 2. Exposure for good data captures 3. Tone mapping for monochrome 4. What images work in monochrome 5. Raw Conversion of monochrome images 6. Editing techniques for monochrome 7. Preparing an image for printing This workshop will be presented as a lecture series and participants will be expected to complete assigned homework. In class demonstrations will include RAW conversion in Lightroom and final editing in Photoshop. There will be no laptop necessary to take this class. Session one will include a photo session (outdoors, rain or shine) so please bring your camera. Our goal will be for each participant to produce a black and white print. Printing will not be done in class and recommend having Terry Zlot print your image.  This is not mandatory but will be a good exercise to
Do You Macro (2 0f 2) (7:00 PM PST)
Do You Macro?   An Introduction to Macro Photography (Session 2 of 2) Presented by Lorna Zaback. Register for January 20th and you will automatically be registered for January 27th. The Objectives of the workshops are to explore the basics of macro and/or close-up photography, including some hands-on practice and gentle critique. Although Lorna will do some exploration of focus, depth of field, lighting, etc., this will not be an advanced technical workshop. Audience:  Novice or intermediate, this workshop is not intended for advanced photographers or those who have a lot of experience with macro photography.  Capacity:  Min #: 4 - Max #: 10 2  Part Series:    Series 1 will be part lecture and part hands-on practice (indoors). There will be a simple assignment for participants to prepare for the 2nd session.   Series 2 will be a review of participant’s assignments with some feedback/gentle critique. Equipment:   Series 1 will require a camera, a tripod is essential and LiveView would be helpful.  No macro lens is required but a long focal length lens would be helpful (100 mm is sufficient).  Participant’s cameras should have enough pixels to allow for significant cropping.   Knowledge:   Familiar with camera operations, including manual focus, preferably in LiveView.   Not essential but helpful:   a) Knowledge of depth of field  b) How to import photos into a post-processing program. This workshop does not cover how to use post-processing software. Registration opens December 21st at 9am.
Tuesday AM Field Trip - Old & Rusty (10:30 AM PST)
Theme:  Old & Rusty - Rust. It's the product of metal oxidation, which we interpret as everything from a ruined car to a highly sought antique patina. And for this week's Shooting Challenge, you'll capture the beauty (or horror) of rust. Lunch at  Earls Kitchen + Bar - Victoria 1199 Government St, Victoria Please register to receive follow-up information on any changes and to receive notification if a weather-related cancellation is required.
Novice Image Review (7:00 PM PST)
Novice Image Review Presented by Pam Irvine This is an opportunity for Novice members to get a few of their images reviewed by some of the more experienced members of the club.  This is NOT a competition. The images will be viewed and discussed by a team of 3 reviewers and additional input will be requested from the other attendees as well.  You can be anonymous if you wish, but our intention is to create a safe place to honestly discuss your images and help you to improve your photography. We may play around with your image in Lightroom to illustrate techniques that might improve your image. You are welcome to attend to learn from the discussions even if you do not have an image being reviewed.  Registration is not required. Please bring up to 5 images to the review on a memory stick or you can email the images to Pam Irvine at pam.irvine@shaw.ca at least a day before the scheduled session.
Fundamentals of Black & White Photography (3 of 3) (9:00 AM PST)
This workshop will be a series of 3 Saturday mornings - January 18th, January 25th and February 1st, 2020.  Register for the 1st session only and you will be registered for all 3.  Please do not register unless you can attend all 3.  It would be appreciated if those who have previously attended Ed's B&W course wait 3 days to register to allow those who have not attended to do so.  It may be full but it would allow others who have not had this opportunity, to expand their skills as well.  Thank you for your consideration. This workshop is for everyone who wants to take their photography to the next level. Learning how to produce a great black and white image will require you to truly understand all the fundamentals. Black and White photography has been at the core of photography since its inception and understanding it will enhance your colour photography as well. Creating an excellent black and white image will challenge your skills and requires a specific focus starting with the visualization of the image, taking the image and finally editing to a final print. In this workshop we will cover the following topics: 1. How to see in monochrome 2. Exposure for good data captures 3. Tone mapping for monochrome 4. What images work in monochrome 5. Raw Conversion of monochrome images 6. Editing techniques for monochrome 7. Preparing an image for printing This workshop will be presented as a lecture series and participants will be expected to complete assigned homework. In class demonstrations will include RAW conversion in Lightroom and final editing in Photoshop. There will be no laptop necessary to take this class. Session one will include a photo session (outdoors, rain or shine) so please bring your camera. Our goal will be for each participant to produce a black and white print. Printing will not be done in class and recommend having Terry Zlot print your image.  This is not mandatory but will be a good exercise to increase your conf


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