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 Ian 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.

At today’s steering committee meeting Sue Carey reminded us that, if you have a library card from the Ottawa Public Library, you have free access to all 4300 professionally created courses for creatives at Some of that photography topics include:

  • Cameras + Gear (106)
  • Raw Processing (77)
  • Masking + Compositing (67)
  • Portraits (61)
  • Photo Management (53)
  • Lighting (52)
  • Sharing Photos (43)
  • Retouching (40)
  • Printing Photos (24)
  • Color Correction (23)
  • Photography Foundations(22)
  • iPhone, iPod, iPad (17)
  • HDR (16)
  • Night + Low Light (16)

(numbers indicate how many courses are available under each topic)

Normally this access would cost $30 per month.

Just go here to begin.

Old Quarry Trail by Ian Buchanan

If you enjoyed the beautiful images in the album Ian Buchanan showed off at the February 5th Camera Club meeting, you can see more by going to his web site. Hopefully they’ll inspire you to come out to the Old Quarry Trail club “shoot out” later in February. Stay tuned here for the date and time (and a map).

Ginny Fobert

At the May 6th meeting of the Camera Club, Ginny Fobert will make a presentation on her approach to making photographs versus just taking them. If you know you won’t be able to make it to our May meeting or if you’d just like to see Ginny’s presentation earlier,  she’ll be at:

West Carleton Arts Society
Wednesday February 17 – 7PM
St. Paul’s United Church,
3760 Carp Road, Ottawa

Members free, Guests $5

There’s a map here.

For more about Ginny and her work, take a look at her web site.


Explore Your Camera Workshop

Sue helping out

Many camera club members got together on January 13th and had a great time learning more about their cameras.

Under the guidance of Sue Carey, and with the assistance of members of the Camera Club Executive, topics included aperture priority, shutter priority, manual fixed focus, lighting, portraits, spot versus matrix metering, and exposure compensation.

More pictures of participants and some of their results are in this gallery. The handouts are here.

Special thanks to Sue Carey for coming up with the idea for the workshop and for making it happen.