Monday, August 21, 2017

Next Meeting - Monday 28 August 17 - 11.00am

Hi Everyone,

On Monday, we'll start off with the Show and Tell segment of your photos taken at the last photo shoot on the Heritage Trail. If you haven't already done so, please send us up to three photos from that shoot. If you couldn't be there, you may have some 'heritage' shots from your own archives, you'd like to include.
Regent Theatre
Brisbane Arcade
Brisbane City Hall
The main topic on Monday, presented by Diane, will be on the entitled How to photograph Reflections and avoid unwanted ones.

We'll discuss different sources of reflections: Water, glass, shiny surfaces, after rain. We'll also look at how to eliminate reflections when photographing through a window or when people are wearing glasses.


Saturday, August 5, 2017

Next Meeting, Monday 14 August - 10am (NOT 11.00am)

Hi Members,

On Monday the 14th, it's Logan Show day and the library will be shut. We're going on a photo shoot into town where we'll follow a Heritage Trail.

We'll meet at 10.00am in the Queen Street Mall, corner Albert Street at the Kiosk.

See map

Diane and I will pick up the 9.00am bus no 555 at the Hyperdome which gets us to Elizabeth Street just around the corner from where we'll meet. To find out more about each heritage site, click the link.

Check out the details of the Heritage Trail. CLICK HERE Not everybody will follow the whole trail, just do as much or as little as you can manage.

Here are some pics of some of the sites,

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Our Meeting Yesterday

36 members and friends attended the Canon LEAP meeting at Elements Living, yesterday. It was a fun morning with many trying out Canon's latest equipment and printing A3 photographs they took around the village.

Here is what happened..

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Next Meeting, Monday 24 July - 2017 at Club Elements

Hi Members,

On Monday 24 July, we meet NOT at the library but at Club Elements, 224 Dennis Road, Springwood. There is plenty of parking in Dennis Road, right outside Club Elements.

Canon Australia is coming to exhibit their new range of photographic Equipment and for us to use it. There will be no sales of equipment. Instead, Canon will give us a photographic  challenge to do, either with your own equipment, or with equipment they supply for us to play with.

Come and join the U3A Camera Club and Canon Australia at Canon's LIVE LEAP event, so you can join other LEAPers out in the real world and take your photography further.

What is LEAP? Leap is a new program pioneered by Canon, It is all about taking your creativity further by driving you to capture images that are unlike anything you’ve shot before.
More Info:

Do I need a camera? We will have a great range of cameras for you to play with, including the latest Canon EOS 80D, EOS M5 and EOS 5D Mark IV, as well as many others.  We’ll also have a bunch of nice Canon glass to try out on the day.  Of course you are welcome to bring your own as well.  Don’t forget your memory card.

For those not familiar with the Elements Village, it is situated at the very end of Dennis Road at one of the entrances of Daisy Hill Forest. There is plenty of parking in the street right outside Club Elements, the community centre.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Next Meeting - Monday 10 July 2017 - 11.00am

Hi Members,

Are we all ready for a new term? We start on Monday with the Show and Tell segment, topic being Portraits, following our last meeting. So please send us up to 3 photos of your efforts.

The main Topic
"When we think about taking a photo, what are we trying to achieve? Why do we focus on one subject matter rather than another?" Several of the members of the Camera Club who went to Hawaii in May have organised a selection of their photos to show why they have focused on an image and what they were trying to achieve in that photo!
Trevor Aim: Capture the silhouette of an image
Trevor Aim: To show DOF. F8 and getting down low


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Next Meeting - Monday 12 June 2017 - 11.00am

Hi Members,

We'll start off on Monday with the Low Key photographs of members. If you haven't already done so, please send us up to 3 photographs of your low key shots.

Then, we have guest speaker Danielle Lancaster, Director of Bluedog Photography. Her topic will revolve around PORTRAITS.

Danielle is a multi award winning freelance photo journalist. Her work has appeared in many print publications such as RACQ - The Road Ahead, Courier Mail, Sunday Mail and many more.

Danielle also runs many photographic workshops and photographic tours both in Australia and key destinations round the world.

 We are very happy to have Danielle come and talk to our club.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Next Meeting, Monday 22 May 2017 - 11.00am

Hi Members,

We'll have a look at your Show and Tell submissions. So send us up to 3 (Yes, three) creative photos that could include conceptual, surreal or prop assisted photographs. Let your imagination run wild.

The main topic on Monday will be LOW KEY photography. Low-key photography is a terrific challenge for both novice and the experienced. A low-key image is one that contains predominantly dark tones and colours. Like high-key images, they convey atmosphere and mood. But where a high-key image feels airy and light, a low-key is usually dramatic and full of mystery.

Two old Friends
The Artist's Studio


Friday, May 5, 2017

Next Meeting - Monday 5 May 2017 - 11.00am

Hi members,

Telling a story in a photograph, was the challenge for Monday's Show and Tell segment. If you haven't already done so, please send us a couple of shots for us all to admire. Send them to

The Main topic on Monday will be CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY. We'll discuss conceptual photography, alternate reality and photography using props. We will include in the discussion how creative photography can be done with or without using post processing programs.


Monday, April 24, 2017

Today's Meeting

Hi Members,

With the change of our address and email addresses, it was inevitable that some Show and Tell pictures got missed, so here they are:

Jan Silcock's two pictures of Depth of Field
Jan S - Pic 1- 1/640 - f:2.8 
Jan S - Pic 2
Here are Janine Meyer's photos
Janine M - Pic 1 - 1/50 - f:2.8
Janine M - Pic 2 - 1/50 - f:2.8
Diane presented the main topic which is very important for serious photographers, HOW TO TELL A STORY with photography. She says it is not enough to have a technically perfect photographs perfectly composed. Following her mantra, Diane says "A good photo should evoke emotion, tell a story and engage the viewer." After having studied a number of professional photographers, Diane showed a few examples. To tell a story, start off showing an establishment shot.

Show an establishment shot
Set the scene
A mid-shot shows the subject matter
Don't just show a portrait. Show the subject in action
Show second subject in action
Showing details
Showing details
Use different perspectives
Add a closing shot to the story
The challenge for next meeting now: Send us one or two photographs telling us a story. The next meeting is on 8 May. Good luck with the challenge.
After a long ride, a glass of wine goes down well

Monday, April 17, 2017

Next Meeting - Monday 24 April - 11.00am

Hi Members,

Welcome to a new term. We meet again next Monday. Remember the challenge for the Show and Tell. Send us two photos showing two different DOFs (Depth of Field) from our discussion at the last meeting.

The main topic on Monday, presented by Diane, will be HOW TO TELL A STORY WITH PHOTOGRAPHS. By now you would know that Diane's mantra is: “A good photo should evoke emotion, tell a story and engage the viewer.”

On Monday she will discuss how to tell a story with one photo or with two or more photos. It is not enough to have perfect composition, light, focus and all the other technical skills. We must strive to engage the viewer by getting them hooked on the visual story.


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Term Break

Hi Members,

We are presently on a term break and we'll meet again in Term 3 on Monday 24 April at 11.00am at the Logan North Library.You'll find Merv's notes on BACK TO BASICS now in the Lesson Notes on the right.

In the meantime, keep your shutters clicking. Remember the challenge for the Show and Tell segment for the first meeting: Send me two photos, with different Depth of Field settings.


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Next Meeting - Monday 13 March - 11.00am

Hi members,

How did you like the talk on Abstract Photography at the last meeting. So, consequently the challenge for the Show and Tell will be Abstract Photography. Please send me a couple of your best shots. Let your imagination go wild for this one.

Send your images to before Saturday night.

The main topic on Monday, will be presented by guest speaker John North, who is going to tell us  about the Australian Photographic Society and how can share our images. John will also mention another useful organisation, the Australian Portfolio Photographic Society. 

These photographic societies hold international competitions which allow you to show off your photos to a world-wide group of members. 


Friday, February 24, 2017

Next Meeting Monday 27 February - 11.00am

Hi Members,

Sorry for the delay. On Monday we start with the Show and Tell Segment on Natural Light. If you remember, the challenge was to send us two photos using different natural light sources.

If you haven't done so, please send a couple of photos to be included. Send to


The lack of figurative references allows the viewer to explore the image in greater depth, lending their own meaning to the work, which creates a deeper connection with the audience. (Megan Kennedy)

Photography basics are light, shade, texture, tone and line. Abstract photography emphasises these. 

Something different.


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Next Meeting - Monday 13 February - 11.00am

Hi Members,

Following John Rogers' talk on travel photography, at the last meeting, the challenge for the Show and Tell. Send us two photos of the most exotic places you've ever been to. Send two photos to

The main topic. presented by Diane will be THE USE OF NATURAL LIGHT in photography.

Photography is a visual communication. A good photograph should tell a story, evoke emotion and engage the viewer. The purpose of a photograph is to communicate visually.

Communicating Visually
Light is one element to which we must pay particular attention so as to communicate visually effectively. Light and composition are the most important elements of photography. After all the meaning of the word “Photograph” comes from the Greek; photo = light and graph = to draw. So photograph = to draw with light.