Abbotsford Photo Arts Club holds photo seminar

The 35th annual Abbotsford Photo Arts Club photographic seminar is set for Oct. 27 and 28.

The 35th annual Abbotsford Photo Arts Club photographic seminar is set for Oct. 27 and 28.

This is the largest seminar of its kind in Western Canada. Keynote speakers include renowned nature and landscape photographers John and Barbara Gerlach, who will make presentations on both days.

The event is held in two different communities. On Saturday, Oct. 27, the seminar takes place at the Mennonite Educational Institute located at 4081 Clearbrook Rd. in Abbotsford. The next day, it moves to Burnaby at the Michael J. Fox Theatre, 7373 MacPherson Ave.

The first day includes two presentations by the Gerlachs as well as 32 hours of available workshops covering a broad range of topics. As always, a trade show offers the opportunity to view and purchase the latest in cameras, gear, software, and photographic services.

The second day is a relaxed morning and afternoon spent with the Gerlachs. It allows attendees to sit back in the plush theatre seats and soak in the imagery, instruction, and stories of this dynamic duo who have over half a century of experiences to draw from. John and Barbara are adept at conveying the joy and love they feel for nature. The public can register for individual days or take in both. To register online or for more information visit: www.apac.bc.ca.

Photojournalism prof offers course

By day he’s a professor of photojournalism at Mount Royal University – the only professor at a university in Alberta to lecture on the topic.

But on the weekend he’s on the road with his photo show – a one-day course that covers what he counts as the essentials for great photographs.

And he’s bringing his course to Abbotsford on Saturday, Oct. 27.

He’s Richard Erlendson, a photojournalist and professor who specializes in photojournalism.

“My course is not technical in nature. It’s not about learning to use a camera. It’s a course about composition, and using natural lighting. It’s about design, perspective, and strategies photojournalists use in their everyday work,” he says.

What’s unique about his course is that it doubles as a multi-media show about photography.

“In my work as a professor, I’ve created a categorization system – six categories and 100 specific concepts that I illustrate with about 1,000 photographs taken over the past 35 years.

“People who enjoy photography especially like this aspect of my course,” says Erlendson.

Erlendson says its a rich experience for photographers on all points of the continuum.

“Beginners seem to vault forward in their new interest in photography and long-time enthusiasts also report moving their photography to the next level after taking it in,” he says.

Information about the course are available at photocourse.biz, or, check out his website at erlendsonphotography.com.

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