Spark Catalogue Photo Contest

Hi All

The Kawartha Camera Club steering committee has decided to change how we pick the photos for the Spark Catalogue this year. It is going to be a club wide photo contest with cash prizes. The following is how the contest will work and the significant dates;

- it will be open to all members of the kawarthas camera club and photos can be of any topic of your choosing.
- each person can submit 2 photos to using the following naming example:  TimC_Spark1 and TimC_Spark2 they should be sized as per month end 1024 pixels on the long side.
- Submission deadline is November 30th 2018. You can start to submit any time after getting this email.
- After November 30th I will go though the photos and number them (if there is 100 photos, they will be numbered 1-100) Once that is done I will put the photos in a folder on dropbox and link the club members to that folder through an email.
- Once members have access they will go though the pictures and pick their 10 favorite photos IE: I liked photos numbered 2,25,41,48,50, etc... Then email their choices to by December 12th,2018
- I will then tally the results and determine what the club members picked as their top 10 photos. At the January 10th club meeting at the JCC I will have a slideshow with the top ten, then members present will vote for the top 3.
- The top three photos will go into the sparks catalogue and they will receive cash prizes, 1st:$30.00, 2nd $20.00, and 3rd $10.00

Note: No submissions will be accepted after November 30th, and no votes after December 12th.

Good Luck To All

Tim Corner

KCC Feels Right at Home!

The Kawartha Camera Club meets in one of the multi-purpose community rooms at the Jewish Community Centre of Peterborough.

Located at 775 Weller Street, the centre offers free, well lit parking after 5pm, and is just a short walk from bus stops at the hospital and Peterborough Clinic. Parking is accessed off Weller Street, just east of Medical Drive. The meeting space is accessed through the main entrance and located in the basement.


KCC Facebook Group

A KCC Facebook Group has been introduced specifically for the club, which is exclusive to our members. It's a great place to post photos and ask for some constructive critique, share photography web links and articles, sell gear, plan photo outings, and engage in photography based discussion with other members.

Involvement in the Facebook group is optional and does not replace our email or website communications on upcoming events or club news.

As always, if you have any ideas or suggestions for the club, please let any member of the steering committee know, or the club's Facebook editor, Linda Cardona. 

Membership email

The KCC  email distribution list is regularly reviewed to ensure that paid members are receiving KCC email messages. If you have paid your fees and provided email/contact information, then you should have received an emailed invitation to join the email distribution list. To activate receipt of the club's emails you need to accept the emailed invitation.

If you haven't seen an invitation, please double check your spam or junk mail folders, as this is a common issue we can't really get around.

If you have not yet paid your current membership fees, you may have been removed from the email distribution.

If you have any questions, please contact any member of the steering committee.

Camera Exposure Simulator

Are you trying to understand the "exposure triangle"?  Canon has developed an online interactive camera exposure simulator that allows users to move sliders which control aperture, shutter speed, and ISO to create the desired exposure and effect. Any brand of camera follows these principles, as long as there are  manual control features available.

There is a written explanation for each slider's use and its affect on the final image. You can experiment in aperture priority, shutter priority, or full manual modes.

Locate the simulator pictured below at:

News Feed for Club Information

In a continuing effort to reach out to club members in a variety of ways, the Kawartha Camera Club has set up this news feed which we're calling "Club News". Not every member uses email, so this is just another medium to get information out to as many people as possible.

We see this area of the website as a place to communicate to members about things such as:

  • event reminders and special notices;

  • photos of the club in action;

  • information about set-up and take-down of our exhibitions;

  • links to related articles and resources for upcoming meetings.

This news feed is not meant to replace email communication to members of the Kawartha Camera Club, but rather it will help organize and centralize our communications to the membership and to potential club members.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please feel free to contact any member of the steering committee.


Ontario Photo Clubs

Since the inception of our club website, we've had a limited listing of camera clubs in Ontario on our Links & Resources page. We have discovered that there are many, more clubs out there so we have created a separate web page on this site to list them.

All of these clubs offer resources on their websites and may assist us in the planning of our own future events and outings. There may also be opportunity for collaboration amongst clubs that are closer to Peterborough & the Kawarthas.

You can discover what other photo groups are up to on the Ontario Photo Clubs page!

KCC Flickr Group

When the Kawartha Camera Club was established in the fall of 2012, one of the first things to be done was to set up a Flickr "Group". For those unfamiliar with Flickr, it is  an image hosting website used to share and embed personal photographs. 

Presentation Given to KCC About the Use of Flickr

Presentation Given to KCC About the Use of Flickr


Flickr also hosts things called "Groups" where an online community is formed around a particular subject. There are Flickr Groups for everything you can imagine, where people can share photos of a common them and engage in discussions with other users.

Our club's Flickr Group currently consists of  members sharing over 1,100 photos. There are also a couple different ongoing discussions that members can take part in.   If you have a Flickr account, then you simply need to navigate to the group and click the "Join Group" button.

The Kawartha Camera Club Flickr Group can be found here:

2019/20 Steering Committee

The previous steering committee had been in office for 2 years. It was looking for fresh, new ideas and replacement members on the committee. Ideally, 5-7 people are required.

The steering committee consists of:

  • Chairperson - Oversees and conducts meetings.

  • Treasurer - Maintains the club financials, accounting, registrations, collection of dues and 50/50 draws

  • Secretary - looks after meeting records, maintenance of members list, name tags.

  • Website Coordinator - Maintains the website and email system and monthly slideshow.

  • Publicity person - Responsible for posters, business cards, car signs, etc. To promote the club and events.

  • Events Organizer - Responsible for determining and scheduling activities and events, monthly outings, and topic/challenge for each meeting. This individual usually calls for assistance from the membership in planning and organizing events.

The steering committee meets once a month for approximately 2 hours. If you have any questions regarding specific duties, tasks, time requirements, etc. of any of the positions, please feel free to contact the steering committee.


Kawartha Camera Club 2019/2020 Steering Committee

Carl Welbourn, Tim Corner, Bob Laing, Carolyn Maxwell, June Shipman, Tom Brown, Gerry Gerling

NOTE: Gerry Gerling and Bob Laing have extended one year for 2019 only. At that time we will look to find replacements for them. Thank-You Gerry and Bob for helping for another year.

Submitting Photos for the Month End Slideshow

On the last Thursday of every month, we meet at the Peterborough Jewish Community Centre to review photos taken throughout the month. We encourage all members to participate in the slideshow and speak about their photos. We want to know what you like, dislike, might change next time or, if you would like some feedback on your images.

In order to allow time to gather and create the slideshow, we ask that all participants have photos submitting no later than 6pm on the Monday before the month end meeting. In circumstances, where members are unable to submit their photos electronically, they can send their photos on a USB memory stick to the slideshow creator ahead of the due date, however this is not the preferred method.

Members are asked to resize their photos to 1024 pixels along the long edge, to ensure that the file size of both the email and the final slideshow are kept to a minimum. There is no visible difference to the photos if they are submitted at a higher resolution.

We also ask that photos are renamed to include your first name and surname initial at the beginning of the file followed by an underscore and the title, e.g. JohnS_closeup1.jpg, JohnS_closeup2.jpg, etc.). This helps everyone know who the photo is from, and more importantly it keeps each photographer's photos together during the slideshow.

If you would like to submit photos for the month end show, please attach the files to an email and send them to

If you have any questions regarding this process please contact Tim Corner at the email above.