Like to Join Us?
There’s no pressure to pay a subscription immediately – come to a couple of meetings first to see if our club is for you. If you’d like to join, the annual membership fee would be payable – currently $60/yr adults, $40/yr for Students, or $80 for families (fees are prorated if joining from January on wards).
We meet twice per month, almost always on Mondays, from mid-September through May, at 7.15pm, normally in Room 217 of Dupuis Hall, on Queen’s University campus. Other days and locations may be used. See our Club Events page for more information.
The main Queen’s University location that the club uses has wheelchair and elevator access. In the case of our normal location in Room 217 of Dupuis Hall, the wheelchair access is from Clergy Street, at the Northern end of the building, with the elevator situated inside the main entrance (Division Street) lobby: the door on Clergy Street needs to be opened from the inside.
The Club’s main meetings are held in Dupuis Hall, near the corner of Division Street and Union Street on Queen’s campus, generally on the first and third Monday of each month.
Please note that we concentrate on photographic images and almost never discuss particular cameras or other hardware involved*. If you are a potential member, we cannot guarantee to ‘teach’ you how to use your camera – some self-help, studying and reading is essential and there is a lot of guidance to be found via the ‘Learning’ part of the menu above. Of course, members have many different camera makes and models and if you are new to your camera you are bound to find other members who will willingly give guidance on particular features that you may be unsure about.
* = It’s another ‘plus’ for digital cameras – photo clubs in pre-digital days spent an inordinate amount of time discussing the relative merits of different film, lenses, developers, fixers, enlargers etc.
What we can do, gradually, is introduce new photographers to different styles, effects and composition ideas and then discuss the technical issues. Current members range from students to retirees, and from very experienced photographers to novices.
We are quite liberal in our interpretation of photography, and encourage experimentation at all stages of the process of making a picture. Categories in our competitions are for Prints, Pictorial and Nature (digital). The club does not ‘compete’ with other clubs except in a very friendly way with an annual ‘multi-club’ meeting. However, as a member club of CAPA, we forward our best work for national competitions. Critique of your images by our judges is optional.
The aim of the Kingston Photographic Club?
- To provide an environment for members to compare their work
(Competitions, Exhibitions, ‘Show and Tell’ etc.)
- Challenge members to try new kinds of photography
(Themed competitions and challenges)
- Provide a place for members to learn more about their hobby
(Presentations, website learning, critique)
We have a varied programme of speakers, a large annual exhibition, outings, friendly slide and print competitions, a monthly online competition, a regular newsletter and, perhaps most importantly, the opportunity to discuss your problems and successes with like-minded people. You will also find a plethora of learning material on the Workshop page of this website, and we also have Learning Assignments for you to try.