The Club meets 3 times a month (2nd Tuesday, 3rd Wednesday and 4th Thursday, September through June, with the exception of December which only meets on the second Wednesday. The 2nd Tuesday and 4th Thursday Meetings consist of about 20 to 30 minutes of Club business as needed (up-coming events, committee reports, et cetera). Followed by an evening Presentation with a short intermission, and social. Our Tuesday meeting also features our monthly Evening Favourites competition. The 3rd Wednesday Tech Nights are the education component of the three meetings. Presentations are made by respected photographers, including Club members, and industry professionals alike. We try to vary the subject matter, and level of the presentations to take into consideration the level of photographic experience within the club, so as to meet the interests of all club members. Your suggestions for future presentations, or guest speakers are welcome, and greatly appreciated. Please forward any suggestions to the Presentations Chairperson. Will Datené has been taking pictures since he was 10 years old and is currently shooting for stock and fine art. Will is going to show some of his work and explain how he goes about creating the image. He says ‘it’s all about the story’ and mastering the tools that you have. ‘Diana Durrand is a contemporary mixed media artist working in various mediums including hand coloured photographs in her series – ”Sofa Sitters of Victoria” (with dogs). She is a graduate of UVic and recently moved to Chemainus. She has exhibited as far away as Berlin and Prague, the U.S., Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Victoria and at Excellent Frameworks in Duncan. Her artistry seeks to explore the relationship between everyday things in a way that is both interesting and compassionate. Please visit dianadurrand.com to see more details” . In these sections I use a mix of my images with others submitted from the Etobicoke Camera Club. Attached you will find my list of B&W conversion methods and Photoshop Actions to go with the presentation. Photoshop is ideally suited to these tricks because of the ability to work with layers, masks and actions, although some of these techniques can be done in other software. As an added bonus, most of these methods can also be applied to color images. Bring your laptop if you have Photoshop on it. Even if you don’t have Photoshop you might like seeing my images and what can be done with an artistic approach to Black and White. James is a passionate wildlife photographer, conservationist and sea kayaker. He’s an instructor onboard the Schooner “Passing Cloud” with Outer Shores Expeditions. He was recently the solo featured artist in the Cowichan Theatre lobby with many large canvases showing views of coastal scenery, flora and fauna, abstract nature, and many stunning images around Haida Gwaii and the Great Bear Rainforest. He will be showing some of his images on the screen and prints. He will talk about special techniques he uses in wilderness situations including the use of drones, time lapse, respecting nature, and will lead discussions on conserving wilderness areas around the BC coast. He will also share some basics of stretching canvas for self printing and is happy to answer any questions.” Source.