APLCC Upcoming March 28 Meeting

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This  newsletter contains important information about the APLCC as well as the agenda for the upcoming March 28 meeting.


For those of you at the last meeting, you may recall that Rogers cable was present videotaping the proceedings.  The purpose was to do a profile on our club.  The segment will be broadcast on a program called York Region Living on Monday March 18 at 9:00 p.m.,  so don't forget to tune in.  I will do my best to get a copy of the segment, for those of you who won't be able to catch it on Monday, and post it on the APLCC website.


In an attempt to streamline the club's website I made some changes to the look of the front page.  Specifically, I changed the look of the video players as well as some of the elements on the page.  As sometimes happens when trying to fix something, it's not inconceivable that it may have broken something else.  I'd really appreciate it if members check out the front page and let me know if something isn't working correctly on your browser.  More specifically, check to make sure that the video players are working correctly.  If you do encounter a problem let me know which browser you're using and whether you're on a MAC or PC.


1.  For the people who are new to photography, or for those needing a primer, I will do a brief introduction to camera basics including the relationship and proper use of aperture priority, shutter priority, and ISO.

2.  At the last meeting, the use of sharpening in Photoshop was briefly mentioned.  I frequently use the "Smart Sharpen" tool, whereas others use "Unsharp Mask" or some of the other sharpening tools in Photoshop.  This got me thinking about what exactly is the difference between these  different options and why would I choose one over the other?  To answer these questions I'm going to do a brief overview of how the sharpening tool in Photoshop (and in all photo software) works and how one should use sharpening tools to maximum effect.

3.  Finally, I'm going to do a brief presentation on the workflow involved in making my McKenzie Marsh Afternoon video.  The aim of this presentation will be to illustrate how the proper use of editing tools can transform a humdrum (actually very bad) video or photograph into something that's not necessarily great but at least presentable.


The challenge for March is Repetition/Symmetry.  These two elements are closely linked and it is quite common to find things that are repetitive as well as symmetrical.  Having said that, it is also possible to find repetition without symmetry. Your goal for this month's challenge is to submit an image or images that exemplify repetition, symmetry, or both.  The website is ready to receive your images for this challenge. To get people's creative juices flowing, I put up some images and a couple of videos on the front page of the APL Camera Club website to illustrate repetition and symmetry.

Just a reminder that we will also critique last month's images since we were strapped for time as a result of Steven Rose's presentation.


We haven't had a walkabout for a quite a while.  As mentioned at the last meeting, I propose that our next walkabout be at Reptilia Zoo.  They have a program meant especially for photography clubs where they offer the following:

  • 1 1/2 hour photo shoot with up to five animals
  • Private room
  • Dedicated wrangler
  • Variety of Backdrops, Backgrounds,and Props
  • Unlimited time in the zoo afterwards to photograph the animals on exhibit, take in a show or even see a live feeding.

The only downside to this particular walkabout is that it's not free.  There is a cost of $25 per person, with a 10-person minimum.  The bonus of course is that once done with the private session we can also tour the rest of the zoo for as long as we want.

I'm going to set Saturday April 13 as the date for this walkabout.  I have created a signup for this activity which you can access by going to the front page of the APLCC website or by clicking here.  Please sign up for this activity ASAP so that I can gauge whether or not this is something people are interested in.  I would estimate that this activity will probably take place between 11 a.m. and 5 or 6 p.m.


Looking forward to seeing you all on the 28th of March.