Scarborough Camera Club group shot – by Gail Tucke
By Carol Ufford
Founded in 1961, the Scarborough Camera Club welcomes photographers of all skill levels and interests. The founding members came together because of their love of photography, and the desire to share their passion and to learn from each other. That spirit continues to this day as the club provides a place to learn, share, make new friends and grow as photographers.
The club provides workshops, demos, speakers, and outings designed to inspire, educate, and entertain members. Members can learn new skills and practice their photography in a welcoming, friendly environment.
Meetings start at 7:30 p.m. and are held on two or three Tuesday evenings a month from September to May, in the Warden and Finch area.
Past club meetings include
- a portraiture workshop where members had the opportunity to try their hand at this style. Backdrops, lighting, and models were available, and members moved freely from area to area trying new skills.
- a presentation from a travel photographer who highlighted his trip to Africa. His talk included how to plan and prepare for a photography trip.
- members sharing their skills at meetings, speaking on macro photography, Astrophotography, what to look for in a camera bag and extreme photo editing.
Several times a year the club holds a members’ night – an opportunity to share images with each other in an informal setting.
On club outings, members can interact with each other to learn, socialize, and enjoy the hobby. The club organizes two outings a month. Outings can be topic based such as a recent sunrise shoot at Rouge Beach, where members practised the skills needed for shooting in low light. Or, an outing might focus on downtown Toronto architecture, animals at the Toronto Zoo, or winter ice formations! On all outings, members share their experience and advice with each other.
Four times a year outside experts evaluate member photos, giving constructive feedback. Submitting photos for evaluation is optional, but all members are welcome to see the images and hear the feedback after the evaluation night.
And what is a club without a little food? Twice a year, the club holds social events for members to eat, chat and get to know each other a little better.
There are many exciting events planned for the upcoming year – seminars on camera basics and macro photography, outings including the popular scavenger hunt, plus expert speakers on a variety of topics of interest to photographers new and old.
New members are always welcome. Membership dues are $85/year, or $135 for two adults at the same address. For a nominal fee, potential members are allowed to attend one or two events before joining. If you decide to join, that fee is deducted from the membership dues.