Two Photographers

One of the best sources of inspiration is to look at art and in particular to look at other photographer’s work. The same building that houses the Kanata Seniors Centre also houses the Kanata Civic Gallery which displays the excellent work of many local artists (including camera club member and Mentor Ann Williams). Two of the artists are photographers.

Karen Bell


Karen is new to the gallery and has 3 large pieces hanging in the show currently on display. To see more of her work, go to her personal web site.

RicharD Murphy


RicharD is a resident of Beaverbrook and participates in the Kanata Artists Studio tour to be held April 30th and May 1st. To see more of RicharD’s work go to his personal web site.


Camera Raw Defaults & Image Resize

During the February meeting, John Williamson showed us how to:

His notes that explain how to do both have been added to the meeting resources list on the Meetings page under February 2016. They can also be accessed buy clicking the links above. Thanks for the excellent presentations and notes.


(not) Professional Photo Tips

Contrary to the name, Joshua CrippsProfessional Photo Tips channel on YouTube is a great collection of short instructional videos that all of us can watch and learn from. Some of the topics he covers are basic for example his recent video: What is a Stop?” and some are more advanced like: “How to Use a 10 Stop Neutral Density Filter for Long Exposure Photography“.

Take a look. If you find any other sites you’d like to share with the rest of the club, please let us know at

Catherine Easton Slideshows

At the February 5th meeting, Catherine Easton showed 2 slideshows she had made. The first was done using the PicturesToExe program (Essentials: $69, Deluxe: $129) and the second using Microsoft’s free program Windows Movie Maker. Note that this was the first slideshow Catherine created with Movie Maker.

Well done Catherine and thank you for sharing.

If you have a short (3 minute or less) slideshow you’d like to share at a future meeting, please let us know by emailing us here.



Photo Walk Postponed

From Ken Wilson:

Regret due to heavy snowfall we will have to postpone the photowalk planned for the Old Quarry Trail on Fri, 19 Feb.
We will discuss in committee and select a new date based on available weather forecastĀ information. Regret postponement.Ā 
Stay tuned here for a new date and time.

New Photofocus Podcasts

The Photofocus Podcast “network” has changed their monthly schedule to the following:

  • Questions and Answers with Rich Harrington & Scott Bourne to air on the 7th
  • Inspiration with Scott Bourne and Marco Larousse to air on the 14th
  • Photographer Interviews with Ann Barry to air on the 21st
  • Photography gear with Scott Bourne and Marco Larousse to air on the 28th

Download them and listen while you’re doing housework, stuck in traffic, at the gym …

Between the podcasts listed above they also have frequent blog postings.

Google Kills Picasa

Google announced today that effective May 1 they will no longer develop the desktop version of Picasa, their photo editor and cataloguer. Pictures stored in Picasa albums will be moved to Google Photos. More details in this TechCrunch article.

Get Photography Help

If you missed our recent “Learn your camera” workshop, don’t despair. Before every monthly meeting the Mentors are available to help you with issues you have with your camera. They are also there to help you improve your photography with ideas on composition and post processing. Between meetings they can be reached by phone and email.

One-on-one help is also available from the Seniors Council Computer Tutors on topics such as:

  • transferring your images from your camera to your computer
  • organizing your images
  • backing up your images
  • processing your images using Photoshop Elements or Picasa,
  • sharing your images using web sites like Flickr (used for the club galleries)
  • making slide shows

One hour sessions can be booked at the front desk for $8. Three one hour sessions can be booked for $20.

Old Quarry Trail Photo Walk

Were you inspired by Phil Tughan and IanĀ Buchanan’s wildlife pictures from the Old Quarry Trail? Want to try your hand at taking some of your own? Want to do it in the company of folks who know where to find the local wildlife?

The Camera Club is holding a photo walk on Friday February 19th at 08:00 AM.

Meet at The Old Quarry Trail parking lot (NCC Parking Lot P5) on Eagleson just south of the intersection with Hazeldean.


At the last meeting, Phil Suggested you bring carrots to hand feed to the deer and seeds to feed the birds. Phil says “It is also a good idea to bring some bird seed as the small birds will eat out of your hand and provide some good photo opportunities. The birds seem to like sunflower seeds the best, but you can get general wild bird seed at Bulk Barn.”.

If we have to reschedule due to issues with the weather, come to the blog for updates.