This page updated  February 23, 2024
Slideshow from January 11, 2024 Evaluarions 

From September through June we meet twice monthly, usually on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 7:00 - 9.00 pm either on Zoom or In Person at the Vernon Community Arts Centre.
 


Our first meeting of each month is our Evaluation night presented using Zoom.
Most of our members have found that the evaluations online give the viewer a much better experience.


Members submit images on set themes for constructive feedback and evaluation by fellow club members.

Having your images evaluated helps you the maker, develop and improve as a photographer.
Evaluations can assist you in learning about image capture techniques and processing details from others.
That way you can apply these insights to your own image capture and processing.


Please refer to our Image Submission Guidelines for details.
Please submit your evaluation entries to the club general email address -  [email protected] 

Evaluation Topics may be sent in at anytime during the year.
Download a PDF copy of the Evaluation Topics to hang on your wall!
You do not have to wait until the last minute to submit your images
If you have an image that suits the topic for an upcoming evaluation, feel free to submit your image early.
Images may also be changed out at the makers request up until the evaluation deadline.


Our Education meetings are mainly in person.
A few may be on Zoom depending on the nature of the topic, or the location of the presenter.

Education nights may include guest presentations, workshops, hands-on projects and photo challenges, etc.
There are many nights when we suggest you bring your camera - see the descriptions below.


Our meeting in December is a members' showcase and pot luck supper, held at the Vernon Library meeting room.

Our last meeting in June is normally a gathering at a local location for a photo opportunity and socializing as we head into the summer.


Outings
We also have a number of outings - normally once a month.
Details on the outings is posted on the outings page.


Other Educational and photographic Opportunities.
We receive offers that VPC members may be interested in taking advantage of - follow this link to the page

Scroll down to the bottom of this page to access links & Info about the meetings we have completed.

March 14/24 Evaluation meeting Topics Zoom
A - Power
B - Rusted & Busted
C - Mirrored
D - Open
March 28/24

Education Night - Hands on at Arts Centre- 7PM start

Tonight two club members Suzanne Pask and Richard Hues will be sharing some of their wonderful images of Africa and will be discussing their respective trips in an interview-style format with David Guscott. This should be a fascinating evening.

April 11/24 Evaluation meeting Topics Zoom
A - Seasons
B - Tender
C - Multi-Exposure
D - Open
April 25/24 Education Night -  Zoom - 7PM Start
 

Photographer JP Stone will be presenting his talk
"Storytelling for Photographers”

Great storytelling can help your audience connect emotionally with your images. However, understanding how to weave a narrative into your photography can be confusing.
How can one photo tell a whole story, with a beginning, middle, and end?
Using examples from his cultural photography work in Mexico, JP Stones explores different ways to improve that emotional connection.


Including how myths and character archetypes can be harnessed for better storytelling. Working with narratives won’t just change the way people engage with your photos, it will fundamentally change the way you create them.
Because that narrative can also be used to guide decisions on posing, composition, lighting, and color.
Focusing your creative decisions and ensuring you create cohesive work.

JP Stone has presented for professional organizations and camera clubs across the US, Mexico, and the UK.
His work has been featured on the cover of multiple publications, including Good Light Magazine.
He’s been teaching his Photo Workshops for close to 10 years.


 
May 09/24 Evaluation meeting Topics Zoom
A - Close-up
B - Streets
C - Shaped by nature
D - Open
May 23/24

Education Night - Hands on at Arts Centre - 7PM start
The May 23 rd meeting will be “My Image your Edit”.

The May 23 rd meeting will be “My Image your Edit”.
This meeting will be an interactive session and we would love to have all members involved.
An assortment of images will be made available for you to download in April.
After downloading, you can complete some image editing on your choice of the available images and then submit them to the club.
Please use our standard submission guidelines when you send them in.


You can edit and/or create composites however you want in whichever editing program you use.
Up to four edited images may be submitted to the club by the deadline, which is May 16 th.
We encourage you to be as creative as you like with your editing.


This is a superb opportunity to learn from each other and to improve both your creative and technical skills, as well as having a lot of fun.
We hope EVERYONE will participate.
All images will be compiled into a slide show and Club members will have ample opportunity to discuss the various edits and reveal the editing steps that were used.
Additional details and a link to the image downloads will be available before May to give time to complete the project.


**Please note, no AI can be used for this exercise**

June 13/24
 
Evaluation meeting Topics Zoom
A - Patterns
B - Weather
C - Floral
D - Open
June 27/24 End of the Year - Hands on at Arts Centre - 7PM start

Photo Rally – On location

We’ll split into small groups and will be following clues to find our subjects or challenges to photograph, then meet up later to compare.

The details are still being planned but this will be a fun, interactive, and creative way to finish up our year.

  2023/2024 Completed meetings and Evaluations
September 14/23 Introductory / welcome to our new season meeting
We did a Photo Challenge Polson Park - See the results here.
September 28/23 The long awaited return of Geoffrey Shuen and a presentation of his Macro work.  
A sample of Geoff's work can be seen on his Flicker page
The following morning Sept 29th there was an outing to the Swan Lake nature reserve with Geoff for an enjoyable time.

 
October 12/23 Evaluation meeting Topics
B&W (Not monochrome) - Nature Minimalist - People in Places - Open
October 26/23 Education Night 
Back to Basics - A great presentation by Bob, Lois & Glennis on the basics of using your camera.  Everyone can always use a refresher now and then!
November 09/23 Evaluation meeting Topics
Music - Artistic - Water - Open
November 23/23

Education Night
Hands-on Creative Workshop.

Members visited the different stations set up in the room to create images based on the following themes - A great time was had by all with no end of creative ideas shared between the members:
-Shadow
-form
-harmonious and contrasting colour
-patterns
-selective focus
-composition

November 30/23 - ZOOM - More on AI will be posted in the upcoming months.

 

Special Club Presentation by Sheldon Boles - November 30th - Zoom
Sheldon Boles, who had filled the role of CAPA competition chair for many years, has
spent many months researching generative AI systems and closing examining ongoing AI studies at universities in North America and Europe.
He spent time outlining the difference between ‘content-aware’ and ‘generative AI expand.
Exploring how international photographic societies are addressing the challenges of AI
generative images.

And outlining CAPA’s efforts to provide clarification and guidance to its members
regarding AI generative images.
This is a subject that is causing VPC to change how we accept submitted images for use in our monthly evaluations.
Along with how CAPA and others are dealing with this.
Bottom line on AI is that ALL ASPECTS of any image submitted to VPC or to CAPA must be 100% captured and created by the maker.
No in-filling or out-filling by the AI aspects of software.
December 14/23

Around 30 members and spouses attended our Annual Members Showcase and Christmas Pot-Luck Social.  Held in the Vernon Library Meeting Room
A great time was had by all and many of us consumed way too many good things to eat.
Thanks to all the came and contributed.

January 11/24 Evaluation meeting Topics
Trees - Curves - Transportation - Open
A total of 89 images were submitted - Thank you everyone.
January 25/24 Education Night -  Zoom
Wildlife Photography
Photographer Jason Kazuta from Beau Photo in Vancouver discussed
Wildlife Photography - A sample of Jason's work is available on his Flicker page
February 08/24 Evaluation meeting Topics
Texture - Frozen - Night - Open
February 22/24

Education Night - Hands on at Arts Centre- 7PM start

Thomas Haslinger shared a 'slideshow' of some of his amazing macro, insect, and bird images. His engaging and informative presentation is posted on our YouTube channel at this link.
PLUS

Members helping members workshop.

Small group Q&A and discussion on Your camera and equipment - lots of great ideas and information was shared about various camera techniques.