Tom Schatzky’s Celebration of Life


May 17, 1939 – October 11, 2018

Tom Schatzky, a long time RAPC member, died peacefully in Ottawa on October 11th, 2018 in his 80th year from pancreatic cancer. He was born in London, England at the onset of World War II. His childhood was spent in Church Stretton and Norwich before the family moved to Toronto in 1953.

As a proud Canadian, his adventurous spirit took him to many corners of the world. Tom always had a profound sense of the injustice of the underdog and supported their needs throughout his life.

A lifelong love of choral singing (a member of six choirs), Tom’s other hobbies included photography and outdoor adventures in the Canadian wilderness. He used his irreverent sense of humour and his witty puns to break down barriers and build bridges with strangers and friends around the world. Tom will be missed by many.

Donations in Tom’s memory may be made to organizations which supports refugees and immigrants to Canada.

An informal drop-in reception to celebrate Tom’s life will be held on Sunday, October 21st in Ottawa at the Orange Art Gallery at 290 City Centre Avenue between 4pm-6pm.

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Education Committee 2018/2019 Seminars & Workshops

The Education Committee has scheduled a number of seminars and workshops for the 2018 / 2019 period.  Members can sign up for these by clicking on the Events tab on the RA Photo Club website.  The following sessions are being offered over the next few months:

October 17 – Buying Used Photography Equipment – Tips and tricks to getting some great deals on the internet and at brick & mortar photography stores.

November 7 – Setting Up Your Digital Darkroom – Understanding the equipment, tools and setup that you need to process your digital images.

November 15 – Lightroom Interface and Develop Module – An introductory workshop on using this popular tool to edit your images.

December 6 – Lightroom Develop Module – A deeper dive into the Lightroom Develop Module using more advanced tools and techniques.

January 23 – Techniques & Tools – Making Selections in Photoshop – a look at some of the tools that Photoshop offers to make selections that can be applied to layer masks.

February 27 – Techniques & Tools – Using Photoshop Smart Objects and Smart Filters – using this tool as part of a non-destructive workflow that allows far more flexibility that direct edits to an image file.

More workshops and seminars are under development and will be announced as they are finalized.

Post submitted by Manfred Mueller.


Laura Nel’s Celebration of Life

Written by Jim Robertson, with photos from Edwin Lee

Laura Nel, a long time RAPC member died at 83 years old on September 16, 2018  Eleven current and former RAPC members attended Laura Nel’s “Celebration of Life” on Saturday, September 22 (see attached photos). Several other members were unable to attend due to the effects of Friday evening’s tornado.

The attendees shared memories with Laura’s family and friends at the Celebration held in Courtside B at the RA Centre. Laura’s gentle, non-judgmental, always helpful nature came through in all the sharing. Along with the many spoken memories was an extensive collection of Laura’s photography. Large and small prints, as well as four of the excellent AV shows she created while an active member of RAPC, were on display.

Memories of Laura inviting RAPC members to photograph local birds at her home, and her travels with other RAPC members to China and Africa, brought smiles to many faces.