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Last updated: January 17, 2017

March 31, Apr. 1 and 2, 2017

The Time for Learning is here

Western NY and Southern Ontario's best resource for learning is only 11 weeks away. 
World-class speakers and hands-on workshops give you the very best educational experience possible in a three-day extravaganza of knowledge, excitement, and great fun. 

This year, the Expo is growing again! Featuring an even more impressive lineup of programming for the best dollar value you will find anywhere. Hands on workshops and this year 10 Tracks so there is something for everyone.

Need inspiration? Check out some of this year's speakers at www.canamphotoexpo.com 

This week get to know Rick Sammon, a Canon explorer of light photographer sponsored by Canon USA

His program: "Creative Visualization for Photographers" on Friday night is free and open to the public
Canon Explorer of Light and award-winning photographer Rick Sammon loves his day job. A tireless, prolific and inspirational image-maker, Rick, called by some “The Godfather of Photography,” is one of the most active photographers on the planet – dividing his time between creating images, leading photo workshops, and making personal appearances. Rick’s enthusiasm for digital imaging is contagious. He is a man on a mission – a mission to make digital photography fun, creative, exciting and rewarding for others.
Rick’s latest books are Creative Visualization for Photographers and Evolution of an Image.
While Rick describes himself as “evolving,” he hesitates to categorize his work. “I’m an A-to-Z type of photographer. I do it all – and I enjoy the freedom of not specializing.”
With nearly 40 years of experience, this self-taught photographer has many accomplishments – and many more anticipated for the road ahead.  As Rick suggests, “When you are through changing, you are through.”
Visit with Rick at www.ricksammon.com. Rick can be contacted at ricksammon@me.com.

Friday - Keynote - Creative Visualization for Photographers

In this informative and fun-filled presentation, Canon Explorer of Light Rick Sammon will begin by sharing his people, wildlife, landscape and travel pictures from around the globe – illustrating creative visualization for photographer.

For every image, Rick will share a photographic technique, digital darkroom tip, or a photo philosophy. He will cover composition, seeing the light, controlling the light, playing with the light, HDR, setting goals and getting/staying motivated.

This is not just a slide show of pretty images. Rick is here to share what he’s learned over his many years as a professional photographer.

As Rick “takes” us on a visual journey through the exciting world of digital photography, he will share some of his favorite Lightroom and Photoshop enhancements.

To Register:  CanAm Photo Expo Registration

This year offering both Full convention passes and one day passes.

We also due to technical issues with our web site have extended the early bird discount and special NFRCC member discount until Jan 31st at midnight.

Lightroom and Printing Workshops

Trillium Photographic Club,

I know that camera club members are often looking for learning opportunities, so I'm hoping that you will consider sharing the following information with your members. This winter I'm offering a series of workshops covering Lightroom and the wide subject of printing digital images.

There will be 2 'sets' of Lightroom workshops, which will ensure that program users get a firm grasp on both the cataloguing and image development benefits of the program. Each set will be split into 2 separate 6-hour workshops, which will be held 1 week apart:

Lightroom 1: The Library Module .... Getting Organized
February 4 and March 25
Lightroom 2: The Develop Module
February 11 and April 1

I'm offering the printmaking workshops in 2 formats:

Digital Printmaking: The Basic

Designed for those photographers who don't print their own work, but want to learn how to properly prepare their images for printing either on their own printer or through an outside printing service.
An 8-hour workshop on February 25 and again on March 11.

Digital Printmaking: The Whole Gamut

An in-depth, hands-on workshop designed to give photographers a solid foundation for optimizing their digital images for printing. We will cover all aspects of fine art printmaking starting with an understanding of 'Colour Management' and ending with high quality photographic prints using the latest printer technology and media.
2-day 8-hour workshops on March 18 & 19 and again on April 8 & 9.

For full workshop details, including registration information and price, please follow this link to the 'Workshop' page on my web site: http://leifpetersen.ca/workshops/ then click on the highlighted button for each workshop.

Thanks very much for your consideration,

Leif: lhpviking@hotmail.com

Leif Petersen Fine Art Photography
141 Cromwell Ave., Oshawa L1J 4T5


VG Photography Tours is pleased to announce their new
Newfoundland Photography Experience Tour!
July 1st to 12th, 2017:

Would you please advise your members?

We start with a bang - literally, on July 1st. This is Canada’s 150th birthday and that night we will be setting up on the shores of Quidi Vidi Lake for fireworks photography...and that is just the start of what is sure to be our best yet Newfoundland Photography Experience Photo Tour! Please join us, July 1st to 12th, 2017:

We follow up the fireworks shoot with a full day of photography in and around the St John's area; Signal Hill and then Cape Spear, the continent's most easterly point.

July 3rd will see us travel to Trinity on the Bonavista Peninsula. From our base in Trinity we have planned an active three days photographing on the Peninsula; Fort Point Lighthouse, Skerwink Trail, Elliston Puffin Colony and Cape Bonavista Lighthouse Provincial Historic Site to name a few. We also have two 'on the water' trips planned looking for whales, icebergs and sea bird colonies.

July 7th we travel to Twillingate where we will spend two full days photographing. This area is known as 'Iceberg Alley' and we’re expecting there will be lots of opportunity to photograph these spectacular mountains of ice under various light conditions. We also have a boat trip planned to get us up close and personal with the icebergs.

July 10th we start making our way back to St. John's, but first we'll travel along the rugged coast, bordering Iceberg Alley (highways NL320/330 if you have a map handy) making stops to photograph along the way, including at the Barbour Living Heritage Village and Deadman's Bay Provincial Park. We will stay overnight at Charlottetown, near Terra Nova National Park.

The next morning we intend to visit Terra Nova National Park for a few hours before we make our way to St John's where we will wrap up the tour and spend the night before we all go our separate ways on July 12th.

Have I piqued your interest? Prices start at Canadian $3,299.00 + GST for double occupancy. Please contact Frank, fvandeven@vgphotographytours.ca for the full itinerary, prices and terms and conditions.

Check out our web site; www.vgphotographytours.ca and like us on Facebook; www.facebook.com/pages/VG-Photography-Tours/819424901441718

Thank you,


E-mail: frank@vgphotographytours.ca
VG Photography Tours, www.vgphotographytours.ca
Travel Professionals International, www.frankvandeven.ca


Please pass this on to your members as they might be interested in entering our 2017 competition as the deadline is February 2017.

The Spark Photography Festival runs through the month of April each year in Peterborough and the surrounding area. This regional photography festival celebrates the joy of photography and facilitates photographers exhibiting their work in a variety of venues throughout the region. In 2017 we are extremely pleased to be celebrating our 5th anniversary.

Each year we run a Juried Photography contest from which 30 photographers images will be printed. matted and displayed in a venue for the month of April. Submit your file and Spark does all the rest. The top four images determined by judges will receive generous prizes provided by our Sponsor HP. Prizes are a his or her Smart Watch for Best of the Show $100 Equivalent HP Printer( ENVY 7640) for First Place, $75 for Second Place (ENVY 5660) and $50 for Third Place (ENVY 4520). Further a photographic book prize of Duane Michaels Storeytelling will be randomly drawn from all entries.

The location of the Exhibition will be in a fabulous newly renovated building in downtown Peterborough, generously loaned to us by Lett Architects. The Exhibition of the top 30 images will run from April 1st to April 30th

Framing your subject is a common tool used by photographers to bring attention to your image. This can be done using a huge variety of subject matter including architectural features of buildings, natural elements such as trees and flowers, contrast between light and dark areas, focus and out of focus areas and even people. In fact "Framing " can be done in a variety of creative ways. Send us your best, creative work that represents Framing.

The deadline for Submissions is: February 1st, 2017 and we are now open to receive entries.

See our website for complete details of the contest and to enter your images.


Best wishes and good luck with you entries

Randall Romano
Chair of the Spark Juried Exhibition

2017 Latow Audio-Visual Festival

Hi ... Paul Sparrow here from the Latow Photographers Guild at the Art Gallery of Burlington.

I wanted to invite the members of your camera club who are working in the AV medium to submit shows for our upcoming 2017 Latow Audio-Visual Festival showcase. The Festival is regarded as the largest annual one of its kind giving photographers the opportunity to get wide public exposure in a premier showcase for the AV medium. Last year the Festival included submissions from across Canada and internationally from the US, Germany and France.

The festival this year takes place on the evening of Saturday April 8th, 2017 again in the main gallery of the Art Gallery of Burlington as part of Latow's major annual Photography Weekend. Typically we have an audience of 150 to 250 people who come from all over Southern Ontario and New York State to view the shows presented. Shown on a theatre size screen with surround sound the concept is to entertain and at the same time give a new appreciation of the photography presented, using the AV medium in unique and imaginative ways by integrating them with dynamic soundtracks.

See the attached pdf for entry guidelines – (submissions are due no later than Jan. 23rd) and please pass this “Entry Invitation” on to your fellow members.

If you have any questions please contact me...
Thanks again and all the best, Paul Sparrow
(905) 523-5665


Photographing people by Larry Frank of the Nikon School of Photography -  how to approach strangers,  candid photography, casual portraiture, street photography, using available light – over 150 situations, examples and techniques. “People like looking at pictures of people.” 

CD now available at THE CAMERA STORE Calgary, CAMTECH PHOTO Montreal and DOWNTOWN CAMERA Toronto - $19.95 – sample pages and reviews: