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Royce Howland Lecture & Workshop – May 23, 2015

As part of the Lethbridge Photography Club’s ongoing efforts to bring in speakers and new material for our members, Valentina Tkachuk has arranged to have Royce Howland of Vivid Aspect Photography in Calgary to present a lecture and host a hands-on workshop on May 23, 2015. Royce specializes in fine art photography of landscape, architecture and travel subjects. He is an excellent instructor with a wealth of information to share. You can view more about Royce and his photography on his website, The lecture and workshop will be held at the Crossings Branch Library on the west side (click here for a map).

  • The lecture will start at 9:30 am and will run until 11:00 am, and is free for all to attend.
  • The hands-on workshop picks up after the lecture and continues through until 5:30 pm and is limited to 15 spots, available to paid Lethbridge Photography Club members only. There will be a $30.00 registration fee.

For those interested in attending, there will be sign-up sheets at the April 16th regular monthly meeting at CASA. Again, the hands-on workshop is limited to 15 spots. A $30.00 registration fee for the hands-on portion is due when you sign-up.

On The Edge, Abraham Lake - Valentina Tkachuk
On The Edge, Abraham Lake – Valentina Tkachuk

More information about the hands-on workshop If you sign up for the workshop, you must also attend the morning lecture as Royce will expand upon topics covered in the lecture and it will benefit you when we go out to take photos. The hands-on portion will include:

  • Location shoots
  • Shooting assignments
  • Guidance on location
  • Review of your photos upon returning to the Library
  • Post-processing suggestions

What you should bring:

  • Your usual camera gear and a tripod
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • A laptop to view and your photos

The hands-on workshop will include additional lecture time followed by location shoots around Lethbridge with Royce Howland.  Royce will provide shooting assignments and guidance at the location shoots. After, the group will return to the Crossings Branch Library and review and discuss the assignments and shots taken.

If this interests you, we encourage you to be at the April meeting to put your name down. Remember, spots for the hands-on portion are limited to 15 club members, so be there early to get your name on the sign-up sheet. It will be an excellent all-day session with a professional photographer who we hope will inspire you and provide you with many tips for great photography. More information will follow in May.

Please contact Valentia Tkachuk at for more information.

Lake O'Hara - Valentina Tkachuk
Lake O’Hara – Valentina Tkachuk

Monthly Theme – March 2015 – Purely Abstract

For March’s theme of ‘Purely Abstract’ we saw a total of 16 submissions. The images shown below are from those Club Members who have chosen to share their images online. Clicking an image will show a larger version of the image and EXIF information (if available). ‘Purely Abstract’ is a theme that is fairly open to interpretation, but a good general explanation could be:

Abstract photography concentrates on shape, form, colour, pattern and texture. The viewer is often unable to see the whole object. The subject of the photo is often only a small part of the idea of the image. Viewers may only know the essence of the image subject or understand it by what is implied.

You can read more about abstract photo in a short article over at Photokonnexion. Comments from the evaluation group that were read aloud at the March meeting will be added just as soon as they become available.

Monthly Theme – February 2015 – Fire

For February’s theme of ‘Fire’ we saw a total of 14 submissions. The images shown below are from those Club Members who have chosen to share their images online. Clicking an image will show a larger version along with the comments from the evaluation group that were read aloud at the February meeting, as well as comments from the photographer and EXIF information (if available).

How to Submit Images for the Monthly Theme

Every regular monthly meeting held by the Lethbridge Photography Club has a theme that paid members are invited to submit one image for (with the exception of June). These images are then evaluated by other members in advance of the regular meeting and their comments and critiques of the submitted images are then read aloud to the membership. Discussion is welcomed and encouraged as the images are presented to the membership at the monthly meetings.

Images are to be submitted via email to typically by 11pm on the Sunday before the next regular meeting.

Image Size

For optimal presentation as our meetings, we ask that images be sized to be no smaller than 1200-pixels on the smallest side. Compose your your image as you wish, but do ensure that the overall size is large enough.

Our digital projector has a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. Images that are smaller than that projector’s resolution will be enlarged when displayed and the image quality will not be optimal.


After images have been submitted, an evaluation meeting is then held the day after the deadline, typically on the Monday before the regular meeting.

We encourage members to attend these evaluation meetings as a way of learning how to critique images and further discussion of photographic technique and vision. Each image submitted is discussed and constructively critiqued. Comments are noted and will be read aloud at the regular meeting when the images are presented to the membership.

Print Themes

While the majority of our monthly themes are digital, we feel that the print is still an important part of photography. We typically have three to four print themes each year.

To participate in our print themes, we have a few guidelines:

  • Be a paid member in good standing.
  • Prints can be any size you like. Bear in mind that larger prints may present better than a smaller print.
  • Prints do not need to be framed. If they are framed, please remove the glass.
  • Whether your print is matted is up to you.
  • Unframed prints should be firmly mounted on a stiff backer board so they can stand upright.

Prints need to be brought to the meeting before 6:15pm so we can get them organized for judging.

Club Year-end – June

Our annual theme for June is an open theme where you may submit images as you please.  For our year-end meetings, we deviate from our usual and accept both digital and print submissions. All submissions will be evaluated by the membership as a whole at the June meeting, with discussion about the images.

We invite you to submit images in any of the four following categories:

  • Print:  Single image
  • Print:  Series-of-Three
  • Digital:  Single image
  • Digital:  Series-of-Three

For the Series-of-Three, the images should belong together. By this we mean belong in the sense that they are of the same subject, subjects that balance, contract, or complement each other.

Print Submissions should be brought to the regular meeting on the third Thursday in June by 6:15pm.

The deadline for digital submissions will be the night before the regular meeting.

Themes for the 2015-2016 Club Year

September 17 – ’Open’
October 15 – Three
November 19 – Memories (prints)
December 17 – Glass
January 21 – Food
February 18 – Old
March 17 – Blue
April 21 – Dreams (prints)
May 19 – Sign of the times
June 16 – ’Open’ (print and digital)

July – no monthly meeting during summer break
August – no monthly meet during summer break

Past Themes

2015 – February – Fire (digital)

2015 – March – Purely Abstract (digital)

2015 – April – Textures (prints)

2015 – May – 10 Second Exposure

Welcome to the Lethbridge Photography Club

The Lethbridge Photography club meets the 3rd Thursday of every month, except July and August, for regular meetings and various times throughout the year for casual meetings and field trips. Workshops and seminars may be held throughout the year as well. Check out the tabs at the top to explore our club and our calendar! For more info about our club, click here.

Be sure to click the Follow button in the sidebar, and to join our Facebook group or view our Facebook page.

Membership Fees

As with previous years, your annual membership fees are due at the September meeting. Annual membership is $50 and $35/year (Sept-Aug) for students. At the February meeting dues are reduced to $35 for regular membership and $20/year for students.

See you all, new and old members alike, at upcoming meetings.