An Evening With Don Komarechka

Our friends at the Saugeen Shores Camera Club are pleased to present an evening with photographer Don Komarechka. Don’s presentation called “Vision Beyond Seeing” will be held at the Bruce County Museum on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 7:30.




Learning By Doing Resource Roundup

A week ago, Saturday, Jan. 21st, the OSCC hosted a “Learning By Doing” workshop with an emphasis of computer editing software. Members brought in their laptops, photos to edit, and picked each others brains on a variety of topics – software packages, photo organization, specific editing techniques, and much more.

One-on-one, peer-to-peer instruction at it's best! Photo by Rob Cotton
One-on-one, peer-to-peer instruction at it’s best! Photo by Rob Cotton

A big thanks to all the participants and the organizers for make it a success. A special thanks to Juergen for being the driving force behind the event, and also for bringing power for our computers (by way of his extension cord collection) and power for the participants (by way of his chocolate collection).

Julian demonstrating B & W conversion methods on his now famous manufactured pastoral scene. Photo by Greg McMillan.
Julian demonstrating B & W conversion methods on his now famous manufactured pastoral scene. Photo by Greg McMillan.

Many topics were discussed and we’ve gathered a few of the resources that came up for your viewing pleasure below.


A demo of this popular software is available from Adobe. You will need to sign up for an Adobe ID (this is free). Denise has supplied a few of her favorite Lightroom resources:

Adobe Online Help tutorials.

Adobe’s official Lightroom You Tube channel

Julieanne Kost – Lightroom and Photoshop tutorials. Covers older versions of LR as well… scroll down.

Photoshop Tutorials by PHLEARN

Windows Live Photo Gallery

An organizer with basic editing capabilities. An older version is freely available from Microsoft, and here’s a basic introduction to the software. The latest version was a part of the Windows Essentials 2012 suite, which is no longer available for download and is no longer supported.

Focus Stacking

A couple programs were shown, the freeware CombineZP (links to Internet Archive, the software authors site is nonfunctional) and the pay program Zerene Stacker. Another options is Helicon Focus. The full Photoshop also has built in stacking tools. Both Zerene and Helicon have free 30-day trials.

General Resources

There is a free digital photography course available on ALISON. It may be the same as this course by Dan Armendariz from the Harvard Extension School, which has video lessons available on YouTube (no sign up).

Members of the Bruce County Library system will have free access to, which boasts over 1700 instructional photography videos. You can sign in using your library credentials  by following the link at the Library website.

A Message From the President

Maureen and I wish everyone in the Owen Sound Camera club a Very Merry Christmas and an excellent New Year.I have met so many people at the Camera Club that have become friends, many have become very close friends like family, and one became my family.

Christmas time is a celebration for family and I wish your time with family is truly a celebration.

People travel at this time of year and I pray you all travel safe.

Next year 2017 is going to be very busy and will be a great year for our club.

So enjoy your holidays, take lots of pictures and we will see you January 3rd, 2017.

Randy O’Hara

President, OSCC

Some Helpful Resources

Sometimes we get requests from folks to share links to their websites and recently we received an email about an article that may be helpful to people, members and non-members alike.

You will notice a new link in the Links section down the right side of the page to a site dedicated to helping people solve tech problems related to photography. The information in the article is for those using Mac and Windows, and is for all levels of expertise.

Disclaimer: The Owen Sound Camera Club is sharing this link as an act of kindness and camaraderie to fellow photography enthusiasts. Since the information on the site we’re sharing with you is not from the writers and contributors from the club, the OSCC will not be responsible for any issues that may arise related to the acquisition and/or use of the products or information contained within the site. There shouldn’t be any issues, but we felt we had to add that.

The site is called AnySoftwareTools and you can get there by going to

The 2016 OSCC Picnic

On June 12 we had our annual Camera Club Picnic. This has become a new tradition in recent years and is a great way to reflect on the past season. It gives those in attendance (spouses and partners are welcome to the picnic) an opportunity to socialize and “talk shop”, something we don’t get enough time for at the regular meetings.
This year we met at Inglis Falls where Lynn Reket greeted members with the categories for a photographic scavenger hunt. This is always fun. The idea is to go out and capture your interpretation of each category. The categories this year were “Go With the Flow”, “Stoned (Rocks can be included)”, “Structure”, “Bloom Where You Are Planted”, and “A Tree-mendous Shot”. There were a lot of jokes around that second one.

Once the members got their five photos we met at the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority where Randy, the club’s President, had the barbecue fired up and salads and desserts were aplenty.
Greg put all the photos from the members’ cameras on his laptop and projected them on a screen where we went through them and each member spoke about why they composed the photos the way they did and what they learned on the shoot. Before Randy went to prepare the barbecue, he was able to play paparazzi and capture some of the members as they worked on their scavenger hunt. These photos were also presented in a slideshow while Randy said a few words to wrap up the proceedings.
A great time was had by all and a big thanks to those who helped organize the event, brought food, and to Lynn Reket for preparing the scavenger hunt.

President’s Message

When I became your president last September I wasn’t sure what was in store. Yes, the Tom Exhibit was going ahead, however as far as what else we were going to accomplish, I just wasn’t sure.

The OSCC Planning Committee allowed me to transition into the President’s role effortlessly. Their support and guidance has been tremendous. I appreciate their support and direction. But I also have to thank you, the club members. It’s because of your love for photography and your support that I was able to accept and enjoy being your president.

This season the emphasis was on printing. I also stressed that we need to get out and photograph with our peers, and that’s happening. I am very pleased to hear when members meet up to go out and photograph a sunset, hike the trails, or just go for coffee. This year I am also proud to say I have had members come up to me and ask where they can help and that they want to participate.

But first we must look at what we accomplished:

  • this year we have doubled our membership (again!) and moved into another facility
  • we have a Mission Statement and a Planning Committee Mandate
  • at the start of the 2015-16 season we had a newsletter handed out at the meetings
  • we have our photos back in the newspaper every month
  • Michelle made membership cards
  • with help from members, we developed a new logo, and we have access to apparel that can have the logo on it
  • we introduced member’s profiles at our meetings
  • we exhibited the Tom
  • and I am happy to say that we begun to get discounts from local retailers within the arts community.

Wow! We have accomplished a lot this past season.

Next year we will continue with the emphasis on printing and stress that we need to produce a print to finish off the photographic process. We will do this by having a workshop on Workflow; this will be a couple of hours on a process from capturing an image to storage then to print. Then we will have Geoff from Foto Art come talk to us about printing, common mistakes and tips to make our prints better. Plus we will have an afternoon of self-taught photo editing tips. We did this a few years ago and everyone had a great time with it.

Also we will have a workshop on lighting and one on portraiture, not to mention the short workshops at our meetings. Finally, let’s not forget a photo shoot using actors at the Roxy. So, as far as what 2016-17 looks like, well it’s going to be a busy season.
I want to hear from you about your ideas and suggestions. After all, this is your club and the more ideas, the better.

A enjoy your summer. Play safe and I can’t wait to see you in September.

Randy O’Hara, OSCC President

Allison Arnold’s Work at Chicory Common

OSCC member Allison Arnold will have some of her work on display at Chicory Common Natural Foods and Cafe during the month of June.bowl of fruit

Allison is not just a photographer but a painter as well. She uses her photography as inspiration for her painting. “I paint by looking at the photo,” says Allison, “various angles of the subject and extrapolating various pieces of information into one piece of artwork.”

The Chicory Common is nestled in the heart of West Grey at 110 Garafraxa Street North in Durham ON at the junction of County Rd 4. They’re open from Tuesday to Friday from 9am to 6pm (9am to 5pm on Saturdays). For more information about the cafe, you can visit their Facebook Page.