Joining the Richmond Hill Camera Club
The Richmond Hill Camera Club is a group of photography enthusiasts ranging in skill levels from Novice to Master.
Membership provides you with access to our regular meetings, guest speakers, social events, and competitions (optional but encouraged). In addition, you will be able to join evaluation groups, field trips, and workshops (for a nominal fee when applicable).
Currently our meetings are held on Zoom. Once the covid-19 pandemic has abated, we will open up to more in-person events.
Come join us to improve your photographic skills!
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Registration for the 2021-2022 club season for new members will open on June 7, 2021
Location and Times
From early September until mid May the club has activities most Monday nights. We normally have two regular club meetings each month at which we have guest speakers who give presentations on various photographic topics. Each month the schedule is slightly different so it is important to check the calendar on this site. Our meetings include a social break during which we mingle, socialize and enjoy light refreshments.
Regardless of skill level, we all learn from our guest speakers, by viewing images from our club competitions and members’ portfolios and most of all, from each other.
For more details on all of the club’s activities, please read the “activities” section below on this page.
For this year’s dates, please click Events->Calendar.
Meetings and Workshops are held at Bond Lake Arena/Oak Ridges Recreation Centre, upstairs in the Norm Taylor Room. There is an elevator for the physically challenged. The meetings start at 7:30 pm and run until approximately 10:00 pm. Most workshops start at 7:00 pm. Evaluation group sessions are held in members’ homes or local meeting places, as arranged by each evaluation group.
You do not need to bring a camera or any other equipment unless it is specifically mentioned in the meeting description for that date.
Our members represent all age groups (18 & older). Their experience levels run the gamut from new-to-digital to very skilled; yet we all learn from one another.
Most club members are using digital equipment – from good quality point-and-shoot cameras to sophisticated digital SLR’s.
Most members use some sort of image editing/manipulation program. Photoshop and Lightroom are the most popular, but other applications such as Aperture, Picasa and Gimp are also used. Again, members’ expertise in the use of these varies from beginner to expert, and we all share tips and techniques.
When new members join, we discuss their skill level with them and slot them into Novice, Intermediate, Advanced or Masters skill groups for the purpose of competitions.
- Most of our meetings feature a guest speaker or a club member talking about some aspect of photography. For a list of all activities for the current year, please click Events->Calendar.
- At some meetings there is a short “Tips and Tricks” session. (For a sampling, please click Tips and Tricks).
- We schedule some “Workshop” sessions, mostly held at the club premises, for smaller groups. We require participants to register and pay an additional fee to cover our costs for these workshops.
- Evaluation Groups are small groups which meet periodically in members’ homes or local meeting places to look at and offer opinions on each others’ images.
- Special Interest Groups are run by club members who teach and share their knowledge of various photography related subjects.
- During the club season, we conduct friendly competitions for digital images and/or prints, which are judged by trained judges from outside the club. The print competitions are “photographers’ choice” of subjects. A topic is set for each of our digital competitions, and images may be entered as either “Assigned Topic”, “Pictorial” (i.e. no special topic or “photographer’s choice”) or “Natural Things” (nature-type subjects). Winners are selected in each of the Novice, Intermediate, Advanced and Masters levels. For a sampling of the placing images from recent competitions, please look at the Gallery menu.
- After each competition, one meeting is spent viewing the images and learning from the judges’ comments.
- We hold one photo essay competition each year and encourage our members to put together digital slide shows. There is also a non-competitive “story book” evening where members’ short 3 to 5 image photo stories are presented, strictly for our own entertainment.
- We also have an annual Nature Trophy Competition, which is restricted to images that meet a more rigid set of “nature” rules.
- Throughout the year, usually on weekends, we have field trips to various local places or activities of interest. Currently planned trips are listed under Events->Field Trips.
- We occasionally display some of our prints at the Richmond Hill Public Library. The most recent Library display was for the month of June, 2013. In April 2009 we held a gala print evening at the new Richmond Hill Performing Arts Centre. 118 of our prints were on display for the month of April, garnering lots of interest and rave reviews from the public.
- At the final meeting of each year, in May, we have a banquet with a presentation of awards and displays of images created during the year. This evening features a great meal and a silent auction and raffles which raise funds for our a charity.
- The club owns a Spyder colorimeter and a ColorMunki which are available for members to borrow – for further information, members may log in and see the membersOnly area.
- We have an internet discussion group for the club, and a facebook group – for further information, members may log in and see the membersOnly area.