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Improve your flower photography


Now (or whenever Spring starts) is the time to improve your flower photos. Spring and summer offer huge potential to shoot stunning plant and flower portraits. Whether it’s in your garden, a public park or even on the side of the road, there are plenty of fantastic photos for the taking. In this guide, there are 25 top flower photography tips for you. Use them, and watch your photography, erm... blossom. Sorry. 1 Macro lenses If you’re interested in close-up flower photography

2018 Kingston Photo Club Awards Dinner


A great night for the Kingston Photographic Club! Thank you to everyone who joined us in celebrating our 50th anniversary. KINGSTON PHOTOGRAPHIC CLUB AWARDS 2017-2018     Vern Napier Camera’s Award –Pictorial Photographer of the Year  1st        Tanya Elson 2nd           Judie Goldie 3rd        Clive Elson 3rd       Mary Ann Wamboldt Dorothy Benson Trophy - Nature Photographer of the Year  1st             Janis Grant Harrison Burbidge Memorial Award -

Top Ten Tips for Portraits


  Natural light Natural or available light can produce beautiful and flattering portraits, and many photographers prefer its subtlety to flash light. However, there’s an art to controlling it so you get the best results. Try and avoid direct sunlight, because it can create hard and ugly shadows on faces. Working in areas of open shade, try using a reflector to bounce light back onto your subject. It’s easy, relatively inexpensive and can give your portraits a professional look. You

How to Shoot Night Landscapes


Most photographers tend to undertake their landscape assignments in the daylight hours, and the hours immediately prior to and after sunrise and sunset are often held up as the best time to get interesting light. However, more adventurous photographers will also find that many landscapes work just as well in the dark of night. Photographing images at night by shining a torch ('flashlight') at your chosen subject using the technique known as ‘painting with light’ is actually a relatively simple

A Little more on Composition


The Ubiquitous - and Much Derided - Rule of Thirds It's been the favourite 'rule' of camera clubs since photographs started to imitate 'art'. Imagine that your image is divided into nine equal segments by two vertical and two horizontal lines. Try to position the most important elements in your scene along these lines, or at the points where they intersect. Doing so will add balance and interest to your photo. Will they look old-fashioned and appear to have been set up in some way? Yes, very

Composition – The Very First Rules


Before I took my first photographs on my own camera (a Coronet 44, I think), at the age of 12, I hadn’t ever considered or learned about composition. I thought it only had something to do with painting.... and it was certainly something our Art teacher kept rattling on about. I disregarded composition entirely. Then there came a point where I began intuitively arranging my subject into what seemed 'better balanced' places. There again, I had no idea about shutter speeds and apertures – and I'm

Good Composition is a Key Element of Good Photographs


Good Composition is a key element of good photographs yet is something that is hard to define. Instead of looking at composition as a set of ‘rules’ to follow – view it as a set of ingredients that can be used to make a great ‘meal’ (photograph). Alternatively, think of it as a set of ‘tools’ for the construction of a great image. The key is to remember that in the same way as a chef rarely uses all the ingredients at their disposal in any dish – a photographer rarely uses all of the

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The members of the Kingston Photographic Club, of Ontario, meet twice-monthly or more, September to May. The membership broaden their photographic interest from the knowledge of speakers, competition judges, our meetings, other members and this website.

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