2019-2020 Schedule Available!

We’re happy to report that we have completed our preliminary agenda for our 2019-2020 speaker series! You will find our updated meeting schedule here. To learn more about our upcoming speakers, please continue below:


Kim is a founding member of the guelPhonography mobile photography contest which ran from 2012 to 2016. She’s a web designer, iPhoneography aficionado and aspiring drone photographer. She’ll talk about her go-to apps, ‘app-stacking’, techniques for turning photos into paintings and sketches, mobile photography accessories and more.

Although “phoneography” is not new, many of us are not using our phones to their full potential  there are always new things to learn.

Bring your questions along – she will be happy to answer them!!


Norm Ullock is a member of the Oshawa Camera Club and is a founding member of their Competition Committee. In 2014 Norm initiated the concept of improving the competition & judging process for the Oshawa club. This entire initiative has now become the standard for O3C (OCCC) competitions.

Norm is currently also the Judge Chair for O3C where he serves to bring together O3C member club Competition Directors to share common successes and problems so that all clubs can improve their process for Competition. He has created and implemented several tools and guidelines to assist member clubs.

Since he began his initiative at his Oshawa club, some of what he has created and written for O3C is:

  • The O3C Scoring Analysis for judges and host club feedback
  • Judge’s Training Courses for new and experienced judges
  • The Program for JIT Training and Mentoring of JITs
  • Club Executive Responsibilities for training new judges
  • Guides for selecting members to become new judges
  • Use of Flash policy for Nature images
  • Competition Director’s Guide
  • Co- wrote the new Mentor’s guide
  • Tracking reporting for who is using which Judges

He also manages the O3C Judge pool and is responsible for accrediting new judges.

Norm is also an award winning photographer. He has been OCC Runner up Photographer of the year twice and Photographer of the year for OCC twice. In 2018 he was runner up for the OCCC Open Challenge, Photographer of the year.


Mary Ann & Ray Anderson have been members of the Toronto Camera Club since 1993.  Traveling for over 35 years, photography has always been part of this couple’s itinerary.  The pair has visited over 40 countries.  They are particularly attracted to independent travel and exploring less traveled parts of the world — areas that have not yet been spoiled by tourism.  Their curiosity is about the landscape and the culture of each country they visit.   Their goal is to bring something new and different to every show they create – something you don’t see in usual travelogues.  Their current shows incorporate a mix of photo, video, drone and time-lapse images.  Ray and Mary Ann are frequently invited to share their travel photography tips and audio-visual shows with camera clubs and other groups throughout the GTA and Ontario. 

Presentation to include:

Namibia:  A Desert Adventure

Located in southwest Africa, Namibia is a true wilderness.  One of the least densely populated nations on earth, it is a land of limitless horizons, endless desert and dunes, fascinating wildlife, and nomadic cultures.  It is also home to the largest population of cheetahs in the world.  

Iceland:  Pure and Rugged

Iceland is a volcanic island located in the North Atlantic Ocean.  Icelandic landscapes are shaped by the forces of nature and offer black sand beaches, snow-capped mountains, and staggering waterfalls.  Iceland’s nature remains mostly unspoiled as the island is scarcely populated.

Wonders of Asia

Volcanos, festivals, people and landscapes from Asia including the countries and states of Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, Laos, Indonesia, India, Ladakh and Bhutan.


Guelph Country Club – Social evening and competition



An award winning photographer and photo educator.  Primarily interested in landscapes, he travels the world seeking out beauty in those wild and remote places on earth that still remain untouched by civilization and where nature commands ultimate attention.  Self-taught as a photographer, he spent time with Freeman Patterson, Canada’s renowned photographer, to lealrn the art of making great photographs.  His training as a graphic designer continually shapes what he sees through the lens in order that elements such as light, shape and colour all work in harmony. His never-ending search for of-bet adventures have led him to explore the Himalayas of Nepal and Ladakh, along with South America’s Patagonia.  He feels right at home paddling his canoe or hiking in his backyard, the country of Canada.

As a photo educator, his goal is for students to come away with not just better photographs, but a better understanding of photography, better compositions and most importantly, a skill set they now have and can use on future adventures.

Photography After Dark:  Night and Star Photography
With the rapid advance of digital camera technology, today’s cameras are capable of producing images that were not possible even just a few years ago. This talk is designed to show you how to get started with taking photos of the night sky.

Topics to be covered:
• gear requirements
• planning your shoot
• camera settings
• finding focus and getting sharp images
• calculating exposure
• shooting star trails
• light painting techniques


Maggie and Julian love photography and they indulge their passion around home in Canada and whenever they travel.  They cover most genres of photography and are always looking for new ways to express themselves photographically.  Their work covers travel, people and abstract.  Their galleries consist of a mix of fine art images and images that are part of a larger story. 

Julian is a CAPA/GTCCC certified judge and he judges at clubs throughout southern Ontario.  Maggie and Julian belong to the GRIPS Camera Club in Kitchener and the Etobicoke Camera Club where they were on the Executive Committee and Maggie is the former President.   Maggie is internationally published and is the recipient of a number of awards including being the photographic illustrator for an award winning book written by Linda Watson called “Facing Death – A companion in Words in Images:”   They use Pentax cameras and process their images in Lightroom and Photoshop.


Much of Juris’ work is about social commentary and documentary photography. Commercial/corporate work is also a major focus for him. The aspect of his photography that he finds the most interesting is the international work that he does and this will be the theme of his presentation.

“The Art of Photographing People and Cultures”

One of the most difficult aspects of photography is photographing people we do not know, under circumstances that we cannot control. The ability to capture a true slice of life from a far off exotic country, or even from your own neighbourhood, is a skill that can be developed and refined. We will talk about going beyond the traditional conventions  of “Street Photography” and “Travel Photography”.   I will share my experiences and techniques that have evolved from 30 years of shooting in over 60 countries and on various assignments…  sometimes with world famous photographers, sometimes hanging alone from remote mountaintops,  and occasionally with armed escorts in questionable areas. There will be lots of stories and examples and insights into techniques that will change how you approach your next “people” shooting opportunity.


Randy has spent over 40 years making photographs, includingworking for commercial and editorial clients.  Randy feels that time and experience is valuable but he realized that better photography came from pushing himself to do personal work, to study good photography and immerse himself in the images made by master photographers throughout history.  Studying the history of pghotography led him to embrace the genre of documentary street photography.  This style of photography requires making candid photographs of people and life on urban streets.

Creating Meaningful Photographs

Ordinary photographs are easy to create, with the availability and widespread use of smartphones.  In contrast, great photographs are difficult to make. They require care and hard work to craft.  Many photographers make the mistake of comparing their work to the abundance of mediocre photographs on social media.  This leads to a belief their work is good when in reality it is simply ordinary.

Creating meaningful photographs discusses the roadblocks that prevent photographers from achieving greatness with their photography.  It also discusses techniques to better your photography such as:  editing, project formulation, looking at master photographers and the importance of positioning and timing, amongst others.

The presentation gives the photographer a process for not only creating more successful photographs but also for simplifying the process and the ability to better facilitate the crafting of exceptional images.


After 39 years of working elsewhere, Nina Kirienko is now a photographer, and graduate of Durham College’s 2-year Digital Photography Program. Nina specializes in fine art, architectural, landscape and event photography. The world is full of fascinating natural and man-made landmarks, many of which tell compelling stories of survival or imagination or both. Her aim is to find and photograph as many of them as she can. When she does photograph people, she most enjoys portraying them in a place or situation that inspires them. Nina Kirienko lives just outside Toronto, Canada. Nice weather will find her in the garden or taking pictures or both. Her goal for the coming year: learning to love winter too (or at least find more ways to escape it!).

rm is an award winning competitive photographer and has been on the Oshawa Camera Club’s Top 10 “Photographer of the Year” list every year since 2012.   His Presentation on Composition Techniques  shows how he, his wife Helene, also a top competitive photographer , and the Great Master Painters use both physical and abstract elements to create compositions that capture viewers eyes. As a photographer you are at the mercy of the real world and you must develop skills to solve the visual puzzle presented to you when shooting by aligning visual elements in a pleasing way You will be shown tools to help you develop your own skills to take control of creating good compositions in all genres.  If you want to jump start your photography, attend his presentation.

In May 2020, Nina will speak to us about architectural photography and event photography, two of her specialties. Nina’s materials include both educational elements to help you get the most out of your photography, along with examples of her own work and the work of photographers we all can aspire to be. Architectural photography is about structural angles and the direction of light. We’ll look at the equipment and settings that set the stage for an architectural capture. We’ll also talk about the compositional options that photographers don’t often consider, along with post-processing options that will make your work stand out. Event photography is about anticipating the unexpected. It’s about being ready for a moment, without staging the moment in any way. That involves equipment and settings that can work in a variety of situations. We’ll look at all the different types of shots that work for an event, from wide-angle to closeup. We’ll also talk about how to be unobtrusive while still getting the shot. And we’ll discuss culling and finishing your work so that you tell a story.

JUNE 17, 2020

GPG slide show – presentations by members