I hope that you're all doing well and keeping healthy.
I just came from a long walk and with the sun shining and birds singing one thing was clear to me -- Spring is here!
Given the reality of social and physical distancing it's highly unlikely that we're going to have a physical camera club meeting at the library anytime soon. But this doesn't mean that we need to stop photographing completely.
A while back David Eaton sent me an email suggesting that we have a spring challenge by going out and photographing the flowers of spring as well as anything that captures the mood of spring. I think that we should absolutely get our cameras out and do this. You can choose to capture flowers, if you wish, or just the changing landscape as it transitions from winter to spring. Things are now in the process of blossoming, so this is a perfect time. From what I understand the York Regional Forest, as well as other trails (for example, Sheppard's Bush) are once again open to the public.
If you've already received this newsletter please accept my apologies for getting it a second time. As it turns out a number of people did not receive it when I sent it out yesterday so I'm trying again after making some changes to the email settings. Thanks for your patience.
I hope that you are all keeping well during this difficult time.
To brighten your day a bit it seems that NIKON is offering free online photography classes for the entire month of April. These classes are normally priced anywhere between $15 to $50 each.
The Aurora Public Library is closed until April 6, due to the COVID 19 outbreak. Consequently the next APL Camera Club meeting, scheduled for Thursday March 26, is cancelled. I will send out another email if I have any more information. Let's hope that this will pass quickly.
Just a quick reminder that the next camera club meeting is scheduled for tomorrow (February 27) between 7-9 pm in the Magna Room of the Aurora Public Library.
As of now only a few people uploaded images to the Monthly Challenge Gallery. It would be great if everyone tried to upload something by tomorrow. Here's a reminder of what the challenge is this month:
For this month's challenge you are to upload two photographs, the first in its original state, and the other, the same image but after it's been edited. You can edit the photograph in any image editing program that you wish. Your goal, of course, is to use the editing software to make the image the best that it can be using whatever tools are available to you. The way you edit the image and the tools that you use is completely up to you. When uploading your image to the monthly challenge gallery you should upload the original image as well as the edited image so that we can look at them side by side.
For the monthly challenge you are to upload two photographs, the first in its original state, and the other, the same image but after it's been edited. You can edit the photograph in any image editing program that you wish. Your goal, of course, is to use the editing software to make the image the best that it can be using whatever tools are available to you. The way you edit the image and the tools that you use is completely up to you. When uploading your image to the monthly challenge gallery you should upload the original image as well as the edited image so that we can look at them side by side.
This is a quick reminder that the next APL Camera Club meeting will be held on January 30, between 7-9 pm in the Magna Room of the Aurora Public Library.
For this meeting we're planning a hands-on workshop on editing your photographs. We will have stations set up throughout the room and we'll take you on step-by-step journey showing you how to take your photos from blah to wow...
Everyone is welcome to participate in this workshop but we are asking all participants to do the following:
Bring 3-4 of your own images to edit.
Your images must be on a USB flash drive. Please do not bring images on SD cards, as we have no way to put them on the computer.
If you have your own laptop please bring that along, as we have a limited number of library-borrowed laptops to use.
Please download and install Adobe Lightroom on your laptop. Make sure that you download the Lightroom Classic version, as this is the one that we'll be using for the workshop. Adobe will allow you to use this software for 7days. I recommend downloading and installing 2-3 days before the meeting. You can download the Adobe Lightroom Classic here.
Given the nature of this meeting an RSVP would be appreciated.
The next meeting of the APL Camera Club will be held on January 2, between 7-9 pm in the Magna Room of the Aurora Public Library.
The following is on the itinerary:
(Presentation) The Importance of Editing Your Photos (Before & After) -- Rhodri Ford
(Presentation) Exemplars of before & after editing of photos previously submitted by members to the Monthly Challenge -- Steve Morley
(Presentation) On how to be more motivated and inspired -- Ronen
Photographer of the Month -- Chris McCaw
Monthly Challenge Critique -- Minimalism
Please submit your minimalist image to the Monthly Challenge Gallery ASAP. Here is a definition of what minimalist photography is as found on Wikipedia:
Minimalist photography is a form of photography that is distinguished by extreme, austere simplicity. It emphasizes spareness and focuses solely on the smallest number of objects in the composition process.
Thank you to everyone who attended the first meeting on November 14.
As I mentioned then, we will be having two meetings this month with the next scheduled meeting being on November 28 between 7-9pm in the Magna Room of the Aurora Public Library.
Given the close proximity of the two meetings this month I suggest that we do something that we haven't done for a couple of years -- have a holiday social. This will give us an opportunity to get reacquinted and chat with one another about our photographic adventures. If you have any questions about photography gear, or if you're working on a photography project, come and share your ideas in an informal and friendly atmosphere. We'll also have a Q & A session where people in the know may be able to answer your questions.
As far as food is concerned, what's a party without some snacks? I suggest that everyone contribute a small snack-type food that we can munch on -- a bag of potatoe chips, cookies, whatever you see fit. Be prepared to take whatever is left over back home with you.
I'm going to ask people for an RSVP just so that we know how many people we can expect.
We will not be having a meeting in December, as it falls on Boxing Day. The next official meeting after November 28 will be in January 2, 2020.