February 4th Meeting

Next month we welcome Mat Coker of Acorn and Oak Family Photography.

Mat is an accomplished Photographer who specializes in taking real portraits of Families.

Mat’s portraits are authentic and dynamic, and while they may appear candid, it is obvious that there is a plan and a method to bring order to a chaotic situation.

This quote from the Acorn and Oak website says it all.

“I photograph families because I know exactly what these moments mean to you – from kids and reunions, to 50th anniversaries and 90th birthdays – they mean the same to me.”

Mat is also a teacher and this should be an exciting and very relevant presentation as he shares his tips for creating dynamic group and very personal portraits.

The critique Theme for February is “Awkward”.

Please upload to the Theme Gallery and don’t forget to send images to Ron Viscosis at rvtrains@gmail.com.

Meeting Reminder

The next meeting of the Brighton Photo Group will be on January 7th at 9:30 am. The featured presenter will be Gilles Bisson who will talk about Black and White conversion. As usual there will be a slideshow of member’s images and a critique of digital and print images.

Submit you images for the slideshow to Ron Viscosis ( rvtrains@gmail.com) early and please add some images to the Theme upload. The Theme for this meeting is ‘Times gone by‘.

January 7th Meeting

For the first meeting of 2020, we have Gilles Bisson who had to cancel in November.

The January 7th date gives everyone time to recover from the Holiday activities and get ready for another exciting year at the Brighton Photo Group.

Gilles took up photography seriously after retirement and is a member and contributor to many local area clubs. He attributes his growth as a photographer to club participation … interacting with other club members, participating in club activities and trying to improve by practicing on a continuous basis….. ie..learning from his mistakes.

“Photography is my excuse to go out and enjoy nature” … “it’s a never ending work in progress”. 

At the November Meeting Gilles will present: Black and White Images – A different medium to appreciate our photography. 

Gilles will focus on how to identify images that have a good chance of converting well to B&W with some tips on successfully converting images. He will go through some of the photos that he has converted …with a few technical issues thrown in.

The Theme for this meeting is “Times Gone By” and you are invited to upload to the Theme Gallery of bring a print in for positive critique by one of our esteemed judges.

To submit to the member’s slideshow, send images size maximum 1MB to Ron Viscosis rvtrains@gmail.com. A maximum of 5 images is suggested.

After Tim’s excellent presentation, we should all know how to limit the image size and put our names on the images.

At the last meeting the 2020 executive was elected

  • Chair Joe Leduc
  • Vice Chair John Zefara
  • Past Chair Marie Mitchell
  • Treasurer Harry Kranenburg
  • Secretary Sandy Wharry

So enjoy the Holidays and see you all in the NEW YEAR.

Meeting Reminder

Just a friendly reminder of the next Club Meeting next Tuesday (December 03). Mike Gaudaur and Tim Whitehouse will entertain us and don’t forget to bring some grub.

The uploads for the Theme Critique is looking pretty lonely right now and the 3 images submitted could use some company. The Theme is ‘Solitude’.

If you are having difficulty uploading, email me at ian_dickinson@cogeco.ca.

See you at the Meeting.

December 3rd Meeting

At this meeting we have a Tag Team of Mike Gaudaur and Tim Whitehouse, both well known BPG members.

Mike will demystify the Histogram. Understanding how to interpret the image histogram is key to getting better exposures and better images.

Tim will explain how to properly resize images especially with regard to submitting for our meeting slideshows. He will also show how to easily and tastefully provide the author’s identity on these images.

These were two of the top ideas requested on the survey asking what members would like to see at future meetings and we have two well qualified volunteers to answer these questions.

The Critique Theme for this meeting is ‘Solitude‘. You may bring your printed images for display on the board or you may submit through the web page upload. The password for submitting is ‘lighthouse‘. Please continue to ignore the error messages when you upload. Repairing this is challenging and may be with us for a while, but the images are uploading.

As usual we invite submission of up to 5 images for Ron’s slideshow. These images need to be smaller than 1MB in size. Submit to Ron Viscosis at
rvtrains@gmail.com
at least 1 week before the meeting to give Ron time to prepare. Tim will be talking about resizing images and adding your name at this meeting, so the process may be made a bit clearer if you are unsure of the best way to do this.

With Christmas around the corner we will provide an early opportunity to start celebrating. Members are invited to bring treats and snacks for an extended coffee break which will provide an opportunity for socializing and gaining weight. Remember not to bring for the whole group as everyone will be contributing and you have to take back what is not consumed.

See you all at the meeting .

Revised Agenda for November 5th Meeting

Due to a family emergency, Gilles Bisson will not be able to present at next Tuesday’s Meeting. At short notice, Brighton Photo Group member Ian Dickinson will present ‘How to make a Photo Slideshow’.

The presentation will cover generic themes: how to select images that show well, how to sequence images for maximum effect, how to select, convert and add music. Timing and transitions will be discussed.

Technical issues and application choices will be covered but not in excruciating detail.

Ian Dickinson is best known as a bird photographer but he tries other genres as well. Ian started serious photography after retirement 11 years ago and is a member of 4 area camera clubs, learning something different from each. He does slideshows for his own and family entertainment, and also for sharing at camera club meetings.

Please note from the previous announcement, that there will be an AGM and elections at the November 5th meeting.

Also if you did not get the previous announcement, the theme for critique is ‘Panning’. Each member is allowed one image for critique and can upload from the home page. Uploading requires a password and the password is ‘lighthouse’.

November 5th Meeting

Our special presenter this month is one of our own – Gilles Bisson. Gilles took up photography seriously after retirement and is a member and contributor to many local area clubs. He attributes his growth as a photographer to club particitation … interacting with other club members, participating in club activities and trying to improve by practicing on a continuous basis….. ie..learning from his mistakes.

“Photography is my excuse to go out and enjoy nature” … “it’s a never ending work in progress”. 

At the November Meeting Gilles will present: Black and White Images – A different medium to appreciate our photography. 

Gilles will focus on how to identify images that have a good chance of converting well to B&W with some tips on successfully converting images. He will go through some of the photos that he has converted …with a few technical issues thrown in.

Annual General Meeting. The AGM will be held after the break. At the last meeting Harry outlined the spots that are available. Please come prepared to participate and volunteer.

The theme for November is Panning. Upload your photos through the upload page or bring a print to place on the board. No way is preferred but note that there is still an error message when uploading which should be ignored. We are working to resolve this.

Member’s images for a slideshow should be sent by email to Ron at rvtrains@gmail.com at least a week before the meeting.

If you can, please come early to assist with setting up the chairs and tables.

Happy shooting.

October 1st Meeting

This month the Club welcomes Leslie Abram as our guest speaker.

“Secret lives of small creatures in your garden”

Leslie is a naturalist, environmental advocate, teacher, and photographer leslieabramwho lives north of Brighton, Ontario. Leslie’s goal with her photography is to ignite people’s curiosity about the amazing living things that share our earth. Ultimately, she hopes to encourage people to get outside, look closely, and reconnect with nature. She has had a keen curiosity about the natural world since she was young- and still wants to learn everything about each little creature she finds. She has built an extensive wildlife
garden on her property to encourage critters to come to her. Leslie shares her discoveries about the natural world in her blog entitled “Wildlife of Eastern Ontario” found at www.leslieabram.com. Here, she uses photos and stories to teach about everything from predatory insects, to owl pellets, to butterfly gardens. She also serves as a regular guest blogger for Nature Canada.

Leslie won the Canadian Wildlife Federation Reflections of Nature Photo Contest in the “flora” category for one of her water drop flower photos. Her photo was one of 10 featured at Canadian Wildlife Federation’s “Wild Art” Exhibitions in Vancouver and Ottawa.

“Look closely. You never know what you might find.”

Leslie is an amazing photographer and speaker who has previously enchanted the Club wit a presentation on her technique for water droplet photography and this promises to be a great meeting.

Please note that membership renewals are due at this meeting. Dues are $35 per member.

After the break it is the turn of the club members to participate.

Send images to Ron Viscosis for him to create a member’s slideshow. Ron’s email address is   rvtrains@gmail.com

The monthly theme for critique is “Deserted”.  Members can participate by bringing a print for display or by uploading an image using the upload monthly theme image button on the Homepage.

Each member should submit only 1 theme image for critique either by print or by uploading. Additional images can be placed on the other boards for critique.

 

Remember to bring a coffee mug for coffee during the break.

 

 

 

 

February 2019 Wrap-Up

            Marie welcomed 39 regular members and four guests to our February Meeting. She was followed by Lewis who introduced club member Joseph Leduc as our guest speaker. Joseph’s presentation, titled Photography 101, was a college course in photographic principles, shooting tips, and down home philosophy on creating images with a “wow” factor. Hopefully we’ll be able to post his talking point slides on our web site in the near future. However, there were some significant points that we should implement immediately:

1.    After every shoot, return all of your camera settings to your normal neutral starting point. That way you won’t inadvertently leave some unwanted settings on your next shoot.

2.   Before clicking the shutter, think through what you want your image to be and

set your ISO, shutter speed, aperture, colour balance (etc.) accordingly.

3.    When you’re at your location, plan your shoot as if you will never return (ie. Don’t do the “oh well” I’ll get it the next time).

            After the break, Ron ran the members’ slide show, which never ceases to amaze us at the incredible talent in this club. Next, Mike critiqued member “theme” submissions (Love/Romance). A total of 7 theme and 7 other images were on display. Apparently we do have an Internet connection at the hall, so next month on line submissions will also be encouraged for critique.

            Last month the 50/50 winner was posted incorrectly. It was actually John Joaquin who went home with the loot, and this week’s winner, Peter Gorski, went home $25.00 richer.

            The theme for March is “Hands”

Good shooting all.