GRIPS meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month between September and June, except on holiday weeks. We invite guest speakers to talk to our members about different photography related interests and topics. We try to provide a wide variety of speaker covering technical aspects of photography and post processing, talks about photographic journeys and inspiration.

2017-2018 Brochure

Guests are welcome to attended meetings. For more information see our guest policy

TopicLocation, Date, and TimeDetails
Opening NightMonday, September 11, 2017
Philip Sun | Work The LightMonday, September 25, 2017Philip’s presentation "Work The Light" has four segments. The program is specially designed to help camera club members to better understand the concepts of light, and train their visual senses toward seeing the light. Once they have mastered the technique on how and where to look for the light, they will begin to see a lot more interesting subjects that they normally would have passed up on.

Segment A: How and where to look for light

Segment B: Understanding the concepts of light

Segment C: How to make use of nature's elements to help enhance the image quality

Segment D: Post processing on images that were taken in unfavorable lighting conditions
Doug Johnson | Photo EssaysMonday, October 23, 2017Not Just a Slide Show…

This presentation will not only describe the features of slide show software but also will illustrate a process that goes into creating an effective (i.e. non-sleep inducing) way of sharing your images as a Photo Essay.

Doug will discuss:

  • Software choices – from Lightroom to Producer

  • Building your story – storyboards and selecting images

  • Creating the show in your software

  • Editing choices – Transitions ~ Motion ~ Layers ~ Sub Titles

  • The Audio Track – Selecting music ~ Voice Over ~ Audio Editing

  • Titles and Credits

  • Sharing and output

The objective is to provide the audience with a better understanding of the power of Photo Essays (and their cousins) as creative tools to entertain your audience and display your work.
Terry McDonald | Shaping Landscapes and Nature PhotographsMonday, November 13, 2017Terry McDonald is an artist, author and educator, working in fine art landscape and nature photography. He approaches photography as both an art and a craft: a solid grounding in technique frees him to explore a variety of visual styles. As a photographer, his goal seems simple enough: capture and recreate the inherent art in nature. However, nature is not always so accommodating and that’s when it becomes interesting! His work has been published in Canada and England and is in private collections across the country, in Europe and Australia.
Round 1 Competition ResultsMonday, November 27, 2017
Christmas SocialMonday, December 11, 2017
Jason Di Michele | Printing Your ImagesMonday, January 8, 2018Jason is a fine art photographer from Milton, Ontario who specializes in nature and abstract photography. His creative vision is fuelled by his love of the outdoors and explorative nature. Jason’s photographic passions include landscapes, abandoned places, wildlife and abstracts. He immerses himself in all aspects of art and is involved in every facet of its creation from initial capture to printing and framing.
Tina Weltz | Portrait PhotographyMonday, January 22, 2018Tina Weltz first opened Calla Studio in 2000 and has been at her current studio on Howard Ave in Elmira since 2004. Tina is a graduate of Sheridan College and in 2010 received her Masters of Photography from the Professional Photographers of Canada.
Brian Thompson | PhotojournalismMonday, February 12, 2018Brian has been a staff photographer at the Brantford Expositor newspaper for 31 years. Along that journey he has managed to collect 11 Ontario Newspaper Awards in the last 11 years. He's going to share that journey with us along with some of his personal photography work. He started photographing as a teenager on a Kodak Pocket camera and in his career began shooting primarily black and white film, developing and making prints himself, progressively transitioning to shooting digital. He is the current President of the Brant Camera Club.
David Seldon | Wildlife PhotographyMonday, February 26, 2018David will be speaking about the techniques he uses to photograph birds and some of the equipment that he would recommend such as lenses and flash. He will discuss using a tripod - or not. David will talk about blinds of various types and how do they help.  He is a big believer in the absolute importance of backgrounds and will share his tips for getting an attractive background.  David will show us how he attracts birds to a perch by using food and calls.  He will also talk about the importance of knowing the habits of the birds you want to photograph.
Juraj Dolanjski | MacroMonday, March 12, 2018Holy Macro: Instructional Lecture / Workshop: Let’s get closer into the world of macro including super-macro. Oh I do not have a macro lens, you say...let that not stop you. Reverse a lens, use 2 lenses? What is that? What equipment and creative alternatives are available to the photographer? Explore with him a creative world that many miss ever seeing.
Tom Vogel | ArchitectureMonday, March 26, 2018Spend an evening with Tom as he unpacks his 'bag of tricks' and shares useful techniques on his favourite niche... Architectural Photography. We challenge you not to be inspired.

Tom Vogel is not a photographer. He’s a storyteller. It just happens that photography is his favourite medium for telling stories. This has led to a colourful career where he specialises in architectural and life portraiture, spherical panoramas, HDR imagery, theatrical events, global diaries, social media presentation and virtual/augmented reality for mobile devices. The list continues. So does his curiosity for all things photographic.

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Wayne Waddington | PhotoshopMonday, April 9, 2018Wayne will begin with a segment on basic Photoshop. During this time he will talk about new additions to the software program, and he will also discuss alternative software programs, some of which, like Gimp, are free and he will point out similarities of use. Questions will be welcome at any time, allowing this presentation to be more informal - audience participation is welcome!
Round 3 Competition ResultsMonday, April 23, 2018
AGM and Jerry Soltys | Jerry's Adventures with the Little Yellow TentMonday, May 14, 2018For the first half of the evening, Jerry will present her photographs from the interesting and lesser-known places in Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Nevada that are very seldom visited and are relatively unknown or hard to get to.  In the second half, after intermission, Jerry will be showing photographs from some interesting places and talking about them and the associated adventures while visiting them.  One such place is, for example, the famous Wave, that not many people get to see due to restrictions and Jerry will document the hike there. Because it is not just the Wave - the hike there is also very interesting, but people usually don't pay attention to surroundings because they are aiming for the main attraction.  Jerry visited the place four times before it was so famous, on her subsequent visits; she was in no hurry to get to the Wave and took the time to explore the surroundings on the way there, which is also incredible.  Mind you, if she had an accident nobody would ever find her there. J Some of the places that Jerry may share images from are The White Sands National Monument in New Mexico, where she camped on the sands, Bisti Wilderness in New Mexico, Paria Canyon wilderness in Arizona as well as many more.
Hilarie McNeil-Smith | 'HILARIZING' Creating Altered RealityMonday, May 28, 2018Hilarie will present several slideshows of her creative work both manipulated and in camera. She covers a variety of subjects.  The use of some popular plugins will be discussed.

A segment of 'before and afters' will show just what can be done to play with your pixels. Hilarie will openly share with you some of her creative techniques to transform images into works of art and will edit several images from beginning to end using simple photoshop techniques.
Season Closer and Year End Competitions ResultsMonday, June 11, 2018
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