Click here for revised Program Brochure (PDF).

Until further notice, all meetings will be held online using ZOOM as our video conferencing platform.   ZOOM invite

with be sent to members 7-10 days before each meeting.   

Guests are welcome to attend any of the Speaker Presentation; a fee of $10 will be charged for those who are

not Trillium or NFRCC members.

For guests and NFRCC members, email [email protected] for ZOOM meeting invite information. 

Note that some events may be cancelled if restrictions to social gathering remain in effect.   

The Program Brochure may not contain the latest information.  Check back from time to time to see what’s new. 

Any changes to the Program will be posted on this page immediately.  


Apr 8, 2021

There will be no meeting on May 4.   The AGM meeting will be combined with the Awards Night on May 11.

Apr 1, 2021

There will not be an invited speaker at our AGM Meeting on May 4.

Mar 1, 2021

Christopher Siou’s Bio and Images added.

Feb 3, 2021

Two new speakers added to the Program.  Larry Frank on March 23, 2021 and Christopher Siou on Apr 27, 2021. 

Scroll down to see the details.


January 5, 2021 – 7:30 pm – Speaker: Kas Stone. A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words.

Presenter Bio

Kas Stone  is a professional photographic artist based on Nova Scotia’s Atlantic coast, where she is inspired by the

wild scenery and moody weather right outside her door. Kas has a long history of teaching and writing about

photography, with articles and images published in Canadian and British magazines. Her most recent book is

called Pictures vs Words: A Photographer’s Approach to Titles and Other Useful Text. Visit Kas and learn more



About This Presentation

We all know the expression “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Words and images are two different ways of

telling stories and expressing our feelings about a subject. One appeals visually, the other linguistically, to different

areas of our brains to get their message across.  However when words and images are used effectively together

pairing a compelling photograph with a clever title or interesting backstory – their impact can be truly inspiring.

In this thought-provoking presentation, professional photographer and author Kas Stone explores the connection

between words and images, the arguments for and against using them together, and she will offer tips and

exercises to help you create effective titles for your images.

January 12, 2021 – 7:30 pm – Clinic No. 3 results. 

All entries will be shown.  Images, scores and awards will be identified. Comments on some of the images will be provided.

January 19, 2021 – 7:30 pm – George Kourounis. Documenting Earth’s

Extremes: Getting The Shot & Staying Alive.

Explorer & photographer George Kourounis shares hair-raising tales from his many worldwide expeditions to
photograph storms, volcanoes and other natural disasters. He’ll also give you tips on how to use bad weather
to your advantage, how to protect your gear, and how to stay safe in the worst conditions imaginable.
George Kourounis is an award winning explorer, global storm chaser, television presenter, and Explorer
In Residence for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. He specializes in capturing Mother Nature’s
temper tantrums on camera and in the process he’s traveled to 75 countries on all 7 continents, hosted 50
episodes of the “Angry Planet” TV show, climbed mountains in North Korea, and earned Guinness World
Record while leading a National Geographic expedition to Turkmenistan. When not travelling the world,
George calls Toronto home where he is the Chair of The Explorers Club Canadian Chapter. 
George’s website is :

January 26, 2021 – No Meeting.


February 2, 2021 – 7:30 pm – Speaker: Bob Fisher. Street Photography.

Bob’s Bio

At his core, Fisher is a storyteller. Whether it is through a single image, a series of images, or his documentary

films, Fisher wants to tell stories that, he hopes, will engage the viewer. In his client work as an architecture and

infrastructure photographer, his job is to tell the stories of his client’s projects. With his street photography, Fisher

tries to show the interesting in the mundane of everyday. Sometimes there will be humour. Sometimes the

subject-matter will be very serious. Sometimes a photo will piss people off. Sometimes a picture will bring

back a memory. In all these cases an emotion will be evoked in the viewer. That is the key. Fisher’s objective

is to try to make photos that matter. Fisher is an award-winning photographer and documentary filmmaker.

He has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows and has been a CONTACT exhibitor. He is

also the author of four books on photography, three through publishing houses and one self-published.

Presentation description

Street photography is about telling stories. What you shoot is vastly more important than what you shoot it with.

In that vein, Fisher’s presentation on street photography concentrates on the mindset, approach, philosophy

and history of street photography rather than any technical, or technological aspects of photography. Often

asked what he uses to shoot his street photography, his answer is: a camera. The presentation is a

culmination of 20 years of street photography and is based on a blog essay series he wrote in 2016.


February 9, 2021 – 7:30 pm – Clinic No. 4 results.

All entries will be shown. Images, scores and awards will be identified. Comments on some of the images will be provided.

February 16, 2021 – 7:30 pm – Members’ Evening.  Recreate a famous artwork as

inspired by Getty Museum’s Project.

Deadline for Submission: Feb 12, 2021.  Submission Guidelines and Instructions to be sent out via email the

week of January 11, 2021.

February 23, 2021 – No meeting.
March 2, 2021 – 7:30 pm – Speaker: Jeff Vogan. Sports Photography.  


Jeff Vogan received his first camera as a graduation present in 1987.  His passion for sports photography started

when his young son started playing sports. It wasn’t long before other parents, other teams, clubs and leagues

started requesting photos.  He started shooting for some of the industry’s premier photography companies.  

Jeff started SPORTDAD Sports Photography and in 2016 became a full-time sports photographer.  In the

presentation Jeff will talk about his journey, experiences and the lessons learned along the way.  It won’t be

simply a slideshow of sports photos, but will focus on technique and workflow that will be helpful to

photographers of any genre.


Jeff’s web page:


March 9, 2021 –  7:30 pm – Movie night arranged by Patrick Mohide.

This evening Patrick will show movies about the Great Canadian Photographers.  

Group discussions after the movies.

March 16, 2021 – 7:30 pm – Clinic No. 5 results.

All entries will be shown. Images, scores and awards will be identified. Comments on some of the images will be provided.

March 23, 2021 – Speaker Larry Frank.  Why You Should Never Think Out

of the Box … (there’s a better way)



A) Firstly, this is not an “about me” talk. It’s an “about you” talk.

B) I will ask you to look within and ask yourself, “am I a creative person?”

C) With respect to your photography, why you should not think “out of the box.”

D) How a 90 minute seminar, when I was 23 and a very neophyte photographer, led me to producing a Time

Magazine cover. It wasn’t rocket science. Nothing creative is rocket science.

E) I will define and discuss the Visual Rhythm of an image; what Warhol saw in a can of soup, what Michelangelo

saw in a block of stone. Again, not rocket science and most importantly, not thinking out of the box.

F) Examine your images. Do they bring you joy? Do they have the essential ingredients for optimal visual

communication to the viewer? Will they be able to say, “wow, I got it!” moments after viewing?

G) Creating faux mattes for your images which save you $$ at the framer plus creative techniques that have

propelled my career.

H) Going forward, how to recognize the visual “hot buttons” which take the photographer (you and me) to

the (some say the illusive) gateway to creativity. What makes you a  photographer as opposed to a person

with a camera?

I) How to turn a stumbling block (relying on your intellect) into a stepping stone (listening to your heart). Like

I said, it ain’t rocket science.

J) Through my humble desire to make more communicative and knock-out images, my advice is to START BY STARTING.

Larry’s Bio

Larry Frank: photographer, traveler, writer, Photoshop instructor, digital retouch artist, motivational speaker and

forever a student. Apprenticed at New York’s prestigious studio, Robert Crandall Associates, where, at the age

of 23, he designed and photographed a cover for Time Magazine (see article “On Producing a Time Magazine

Cover,” (


In New York, wrote, directed and produced a film short, “It Takes A Phone To Cry,” which poked fun at NY Tel’s

abysmal service and played in New York’s art cinemas. His short film caused the New York Phone Company to

disconnect his phone service. He threatened with a sequel film.  Among other projects in the late sixties, he wrote, 

photographed and produced what has been called the first music video, “The Only Living Boy in New York,” for the

duo Simon and Garfunkel.


Larry spent 24 years with Nikon Canada as manager of their Professional  Division;  has  advised,  consulted  

and instructed photographers ranging from forensic to fashion, managed Nikon’s Olympic and Commonwealth

Games projects, pioneered the Nikon School of Photography and the Flash Course and has presented these

one-day photo seminars, in addition to others listed below, to over 130,000 professionals and photo enthusiasts

across Canada.


Other seminars include “Silver to Silicon” and “The School of Travel Photography and Travel Techniques,” 

“Speedlight University” (in person and online),  presented throughout Canada, Australia, Jamaica, the UK, and

throughout Asia, including China, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Thailand.


Larry has authored five instructional CDs: Visual Rhythm, the science of visual communication, Stolen Moments 

and How I Stole Them, candid people techniques, an homage to my mentors Cartier-Bresson and Ken Heyman, 

The School of Travel Photography and Travel Techniques, and Silver to Silicon I and II.


Larry as written articles for several photo magazines and has hosted several photo expeditions for Adventure

Canada to the Arctic, The Antarctic, Newfoundland and Labrador, Greenland and Baffin Island, Tierra del Fuego,

and Scotland.  He has been Keynote Speaker at the Canadian Photo Educators Forum in Toronto and the 

Canadian Conference Of Photo Educators plus many photo and law enforcement/forensic oriented conventions.  

Larry has conducted his “Assignment” photo workshop in Havana and has presented courses “Portrait

Photography” at Sheridan College and Magazine and Editorial Photography at Ryerson University and is a 

past member of the Digital Photography Advisory Board at Georgian College.


Another rewarding project has been with Lowepro camera bags and packs. He helped start the company and has

been responsible for bringing these products to the world market.


At this point in his career, Larry is in “giving back mode,” coaching young and not so young photographers and

sharing what he’s learned.


Larry’s website is :

March 30, 2021 – No Meeting.


April 6, 2021 – 7:30 pm – Speaker: Marilyn Cornwall. From Snapshot to

Great Shot in Garden and Flower Photography.

Marilyn’s Bio

Marilyn is a gardener and photographer living in the heart of the Niagara Peninsula with its vineyards and

orchards.  Photography became a full-time endeavour just over ten years ago.  Her working life was spent

in information management, business design and organizational performance improvement.


Marilyn considers herself an opportunistic photographer.  Exploration, discovery and surprise are part of her

artistic process, and spontaneity is a key aspect of the experience.  She is drawn to shapes and patterns in

the world of colour.  She looks for something new to discover in the ordinary.  Most of her work involves

flowers and gardens:  She is a lifelong gardener and appreciator of the living world.  She is also attracted

to opportunities for abstract images and find these in the dumpsters, rust and decay in the urban

environment.  With a background in IT,  she enjoys manipulating and transforming images in post-processing

software and filters.   She will be share her top techniques with you in her presentation.


Here are the links to her fulfillment site at Fine Art America and to the marilyncornwell website.


From Snapshot to Great Shot in Garden and Flower Photography

Find out the tips and techniques of floral and garden photography and enjoy photographs of beautiful

flowers and wonderful gardens along the way.  Learn how to tell a story with your floral and garden images.

Included is Marilyn’s own garden story with her Toronto garden’s antique conservatory greenhouse shown

through the seasons.  The emphasis is on the techniques for great floral and garden compositions rather

than technical aspects of cameras and equipment.  You will learn the techniques by touring public and

private gardens that are designed well.  In these gardens a good image becomes much clearer to the

average person.   Gardens include Longwood,  Royal Botanical Gardens, and private properties.


April 13, 2021 – No Meeting.
April 20, 2021 – 2nd Critique Night for Images.

Experienced club members will offer constructive commentary on members’ images.  This is to be a learning experience, so submit images where you want answers and not images that might be your best work.

April 27, 2021 – Speaker Christopher Siou.  Travel and Nature Photography.

Christopher Siou has been a long time member of the Toronto Camera Club, serving as the Nature Chair, Weekend 
Outing Chair and also the current President of the club. He has won awards in O3C, CAPA and International Salon 
competitions. He also regularly judges O3C club competitions as wellas doing workshops and presentations. He is 
a 'traditional' photographer, influenced by National Geographic style images, and his work is mostly based on his 
travels, with an emphasis on nature landscapes and wildlife.

In this presentation, he will cover his recent trips to China, Iceland & Antarctica. Like everyone else, he cannot wait 
to do more travels just as soon as it is safe to do so!

Sunrise, Yunnan, China

Iceberg Beach, Iceland

Antarctica Cruise

Christopher Siou

May 4, 2021 – No Meeting.
May 11, 2021 – 7:30 pm –  Annual General Meeting. Election of Officers, CAPA Results.  Annual Awards Night. 

This is the last meeting of the 2020-2021 season.