The Kanata Seniors’ Centre Camera Club (KSCCC) offers you the opportunity to learn more about how to use your camera to the best advantage as well as how to use computer software to enhance and share your images.

We normally meet on the morning of the first Friday of each month (although statutory holidays such as Easter will require a change of date). Both beginner and intermediate level photographers attend these meetings, however beginners need not feel intimidated. We’re a very social club full of helpful people. For more photographic help, visit our Get Help page. No questions are too basic – we recognize the need to be able to walk before you can run with your new recreation hobby.

We share our photos, go for shoot-outs and generally enjoy a good time associated with photography. When we can, we are proud to offer presentations by professional photographers to encourage and inspire our members in their photographic endeavours. We want to make this a learning experience and will show videos on various techniques ranging from photo composition to software to enhance photo images, and we encourage members to continually take photos to improve their skills.

Membership in the camera club is free with membership in the Kanata Seniors’ Centre.


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May Gallery Now Online

AAA by Earl Reinke

AAA by Earl Reinke

The gallery of images from May’s  The 3 As: Aged, Antiqued or Abandoned assignment is now online here.

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Monahan Pond Photowalk Gallery Now Online

Group Shop by Sue Carey

Group Shot by Sue Carey

The gallery of images from the Monahan Pond Photowalk is now online here.

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Photographing Glass

Note that this article originally appeared in the May 2016 issue of the shutterBUG.

Photographing glass can be an exciting, and sometimes frustrating, exercise. When light strikes a glass object three different things can happen: 1-light can be transmitted; 2-it can be reflected; and 3-it can bend (refraction). These three unique properties of light need to be considered when attempting to photograph a glass object.

There are two main techniques for photographing glass. The overall goal of either technique is to define the contours at the edges of a glass object. Each technique is defined by the way light is seen at the edge of the glass, either as black lines or as white lines.

Black Line Photography

Black-Line Glass Vase by Ron Pierce

In black-line photography, a light source is placed between the glass object and a light-coloured (or white) background. The light from the source is reflected off the background towards the back of the glass object. When the light passes through the glass object its intensity is reduced at the edges of the glass, resulting in dark (or black) lines around the edges. This technique is relatively easy to do, needing only basic lighting and equipment.


White Line Photography

White-Line Glass Vase by Ron Pierce

White-line photography is a bit more challenging. In this case, a black background is placed behind (and underneath) the glass object. Two light sources, either diffused floodlights or soft boxes, are placed so that light strikes the glass object at obtuse angles. Using pieces of black cardboard, you can adjust the amount and angle of light falling on either side of the glass object. Most of the light will be transmitted through the glass, resulting in a black (or very dark) image. However, some of the light striking the edges of the glass will be reflected and refracted (bent), resulting in white lines that will highlight the contours of the glass object.

whitelineIn reality, when photographing glass, all three properties of light come into play (transmission, reflection and refraction). It’s a fun exercise, but there are some challenges. Fingerprints, lint, dirt and dust will all be clearly visible in the resulting image, especially in white-line photographs. Clean glassware and working environment will aid in reducing the amount of time spent removing dust from the image with Photoshop!! Not all glassware can be used; glass objects that are very thick, highly opaque or darkly coloured will not photograph well. Be careful of extraneous light sources; don’t spend hours on the perfect setup only to realize that you forgot to turn off the studio’s overhead light or forgot to close the window blinds!!

For more detailed information, and more complicated setups, see this article on the Sekonic web site.

If you have questions, please email me here.

Ron Pierce


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Table Top Photography

TTP by Ron PierceAt our meeting on June 1, Ron Pierce gave an excellent presentation on Table Top Photography. You can review his notes here.

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Tabletop Photography

TTP by Phil Tughan

Here are five videos I chose with tips on tabletop photography:

Phil Tughan

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Portrait Workshop Reminder

A new day is dawning. The Portrait Workshop will be held Thursday, 31, May, at the Kanata Senior’s Centre, starting at 9:30 or before, if you are able to help with setup. We will be there from 9:00 – 2:30.

It is open to all camera club members either to help, to photograph or to take portraits. Timing is at your convenience; registration is not necessary; bring your camera; practice, learn, have fun, meet new friends

There will be five different portrait areas set up with different equipment. Come and experiment and see what works best for you.

Hope to see you there.

Sue Carey

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Beaverbrook Library Display

Front Shot rev1Thanks to Ed Lascelle for organizing, to Anne Jones for helping with the setup and the props (lovely glass pedestals), for Sue Carey for loaning the great old cameras, and to all who contributed images. Unfortunately there wasn’t enough space to use them all.

The display will be there until Monday June 11th.

The club has been invited  to provide a display for the fall  (early Oct for 2 weeks).

The library is very pleased with the display . This is great exposure for the club..

Annes Edge Shot

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Monthly Meeting June 1st

Back to the Field by Barrie Nichols

Back to the Field by Barrie Nichols

The last Camera Club meeting of the 2017/2018 season will be held on Friday, June 1st at 9:15 a.m.

Our meeting will include:

  • Introduction to Tabletop Photography by Phil Tughan
  • Simple Lighting Setups by Ron Pierce
  • Macro Setup with Ring Light by Frank Knor
  • Slide show of Member Images from the 3A’s, Aged, Antiqued or Abandoned Assignment
  • Slide show from the Monahan Pond Photowalk
  • Review of Chosen Photos
  • Announcements and Closing Remarks

Your images for the assignment and the Monahan Pond Photowalk must be emailed by noon on Friday, May 25th to be included in the slide shows. For details on how to submit photos including formats and titles go to our Galleries page.

The next Portrait Workshop is scheduled for May 31st, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  For more information click here.

The Camera Club meeting normally scheduled the first Friday in September has been changed to Friday, August 31st.  The assignment for this meeting is  Summertime Favourites / Tabletop Photography and pictures from this assignment will be shown at the August 31st meeting.

See you at the meeting.

Your Camera Club Executive

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April Gallery Now Online

Ice Breakup by Ko Fung.jpg

Ice Breakup by Ko Fung


The gallery of images from April’s  Spring assignment is now online here.

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2018/2019 Monthly Photo Topics

During the May 4th meeting, Ron Pierce will be explaining the monthly photo topics for our 2018/2019 season. You can find them on our Gallery page here.

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