Interest Groups

Additional Meetings, Outings & Discussions

The Hamilton Camera Club is now offering a variety of different Interest Groups. As a member of the HCC, you can participate in one or more of the Interest Groups as your time and interests permit.

“Meet Up” by Sergey Kockharev licensed under Public Domain Mark 1

Our Interest Groups offer a regular schedule of Zoom meetings with the possibility of outings, image sharing, discussions and learning opportunities depending upon each groups’ specific interests. Each group meets on a different night and offers a different focus but all groups provide an opportunity to dive into the depths of a topic, genre or photographic specialty.

Interest Group

Details

A/V Expertise

“A/V Tool” by Juraj Dolanjski, used with permission
What is it about?

A group of enthusiastic people who would like to learn the more artistic and creative aspects of A/V production; not just the mechanical steps required. We can experiment and explore, everyone on their software and we could provide creative critique how to improve.

When and Where are the Meetings?

The A/V Expertise group meets on the second (2nd) Wednesday of every month on Zoom. See the Resources page for the Zoom meeting information.


Lumix Camera Users

“Lumix Gear” by Juraj Dolanjski, used with permission
What is it about?

A group of Lumix users who would like to learn some of the more of technical aspects of Lumix cameras. Meetings can deal with intricacies of settings, lenses, etc. with the aim of getting the best results from your Lumix. Any questions about problems or difficulties can be addressed in our meetings and there is nothing stopping the group from on occasion short local outing just to try and experiment and have fun.

When and Where are the Meetings?

The Lumix Camera Users group meets on the first (1st) Tuesday of every month on Zoom. See the Resources page for the Zoom meeting information.

How do I join the group?

Simply login to a group Zoom meeting or send Juraj an email.


No Judgement Here

“No Judgement Here” by Gail MacLellan, used with permission
What is it about?

This group will not focus on technical items, rules, or what we should do but rather what we would like to express. Breaking the “rules” is encouraged. Leave everything you know about traditional camera clubs at the door.

The group objective is to (re)discover what brings us joy in our photography. New and experienced photographers are welcomed and encouraged.

Format:
  • We set a photography challenge for the month and we meet to discuss how the challenge made us feel, how we approached it. There is no wrong way to approach the challenge / assignment.
  • The group will discuss the images shown, we will go around the room, so everyone has a chance to speak if they wish to.
  • Thinking outside of the box is encouraged, taking an assignment and spinning it on its head is what we are about.
  • The maker will have the opportunity to discuss their photo, why they chose to do what they did.
A Challenge example:
  • Choose an artist that resonates with you.
  • The artist can be from any medium: sculpting, photographer, painter, textile, etc. Your artist can be famous or unknown.
  • Collect 3-4 images from your artist’s body of work.
  • Create a photograph with the elements (colour, lines, perspective, texture……) that draw you to this artist. It does not need to be a re-creation, but it could be if you would like.
  • Group Discussion: Present the images you collected to the group and explain what draws you to this body of work.
  • The intent is to make us draw out what really resonates with us.
  • This is your choice, you do not have to defend it, just present it
When and Where are the Meetings?

The No Judgement Here Interest Group meets on the third (3rd) Thursday of every month on Zoom. See the Resources page for the Zoom meeting information.


Street Photography

“Steep Alley Market – Hong Kong” by Doug Turner, used with permission.
What is it about?

The name says it all! Discussions (and perhaps practice) on Street Photography techniques, approaches and other concerns along with sharing and deliberating about images. There is the strong possibility of outings and met-ups to practice and try new things learned, oh and to have a bunch of fun along the way.

When and Where are the Meetings?

The Street Photography Interest Group meets on the first (1st) Wednesday of every month on Zoom. See the Resources page for the Zoom meeting information.


Wildlife

“Snowy Owl” by Geoff Dunn, used with permission
What is it about?

The Wildlife group plan to start off by discussing what members of the group would like it to be. The initial suggestion is to focus on birds but since bird numbers have been reduced over the last few years we may decide to expand it to include other limited nature topics including insects and wild animals.

Meeting Format:
  1. Initially would include a short educational video clip (up to 20 minutes) on various aspects of birding photography.
  2. Group discussion on the main points of the video clip.
  3. Showing of members images (4 or 5 max each). The emphasis would be on an appreciative sharing of images with each member discussing where and how they took their images. This should not be a critique process but there could always be suggestions given if the member requests it.
  4. Update on other activities.
Outings:

Hopefully outings will become a regular part of the group activity. However, the timing and location of the outings would depend on the group members’ time commitments and availability.

When and Where are the Meetings?

The Wildlife Interest Group meets on the fourth (4th) Thursday of every month on Zoom. See the Resources page for the Zoom meeting information.

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