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Studio



The studio group provides RA photo club members with access to a fully equipped studio within the RA Centre for the conduct of portrait, figure, glamour, art nude, still life, and table-top photography. It is located in the lower level of the of the east wing. The studio is accessible to studio group members, except when the RA Centre is closed. It is also accessible to all club members when accompanied by a studio group member.

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Nov/22


Studio - Leaders 2022 - 2023

Studio Manager-Rick Harris
Studio Manager
Rick Harris
Studio Assistant Manager-Nathaniel Mallet
Studio Assistant Manager
Nathaniel Mallet
Workshop Leader-Wilfred Oberthier
Workshop Leader
Wilfred Oberthier

Digital Scanning & Calibration Resources

Note: The information below is under review and will be updated in the near future. Sept/22

Overview

The Digital Resource Group is the place to come for your training, scanning and calibration needs.

Members of our group can borrow from our large library of photography books and DVDs. With well over 100 DVDs, we cover the gamut of General Photography Techniques, Color Management, Flash Lighting, Lightroom, and Photoshop. Check out the Training DVDs & Books Tabfor the complete list.

We have hardware and gear that we loan out to members, including a 35mm Slide and Negative Scanner, a Lens Calibrator, plus Monitor and Printer Calibrators. Click on the Gear to Loan out Tab.

We also have a Digital Lab located at the RA that has a very high-quality flatbed scanner that will scan up to 8x10 size, a 35mm slide negative scanner and a computer with CS3 and excellent scanning software.

We have automated the booking system for the room. Click the Digital Lab Tab to see the details.

To make it fair for all members, the items will be loaned out for one week at a time, except over the summer when they are loaned out for one month.

Digital Lab

The Digital Lab is located upstairs just past the Laurentian Room and before the Boardroom.

The Digital Lab is available all year, 7 days a week, (except Xmas day, Boxing Day, New Year's and Good Friday). New members of this group must attend (regardless of their level of experience) a briefing session to explain the particularities of the equipment and various accepted procedures of operation. This session is available on request. Please email: DigitalManager@raphotoclub.ca to set this up.

Bookings are divided into 2 hour slots from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm. There is a limit of two time slots per day. To book the room click this link Booking System and change the dropdown to Digital. If you click on the calendar and nothing happens make sure the dropdown is changed to Digital. The key can be picked up at the east desk.

In the Digital Lab we have a Nikon Super Coolscan 5000 ED 35mm slide/negative scanner (4000 dpi resolution).

New this year is a Epson 750 Pro flatbed scanner, the first flatbed scanner with ground breaking 6400 dpi resolution and unique fluid mount capabilities for photo studio applications. It has an enhanced optical system (High-Pass Optics) consisting of anti-reflective lens coatings. A high-reflection mirror provides the highest level of image quality and helps you achieve faster scans. In addition, the Dual Lens System from Epson optimizes each scan, automatically selecting from two lenses for the desired scan resolution.

The computer in the Digital Room is loaded with CS3 and in addition has on it:

  • Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 (special effect filters)
  • Nik Dfine 2.0 (noise reduction software)
  • Nik Sharpener Pro 2.0 (software for sharpening photos)
  • SilverFast Scanner Software - SilverFast® brings out the maximum quality from any device and clearly exceeds the results of the manufacturers' software. Although SilverFast is designed for professional image editing, it's so easy to handle the software that even beginners can create brilliant pictures using the intelligent automatic functions and the integrated QuickTime movies. SilverFast is available for Mac and Windows and is usable as a stand-alone software, as well as a Photoshop plug-in.

Gear to Loan Out

Scanner

A second Nikon Super Coolscan 5000 ED was purchased with the intention of letting Digital Resource members take it home. New members of this group must attend a briefing session (regardless of their level of experience) to explain the particularities of the equipment and various accepted procedures of operation. This session is available on request. To book this seesion please Email: DigitalManager@raphotoclub.ca.

Lens Calibration Tool

LensAlign is a Focus Calibration System that uses your camera's menu-based AF fine-tune function to match each of your lenses precisely to the camera body. You no longer have to settle for out-of-the-box performance from your lenses. You can now make them as sharp as they can be.

Monitor Calibration Equipment

  • X-Rite I1 Display Pro (this calibrates Monitors and Projectors)
  • X Rite colormunki will calibrate your monitor, projector and printer.
  • Spyder2Pro (this calibration device and will calibrate LCD or CRT monitors).

Photoshop User Magazines

These are available to all Photo Club members from the RAPC Lending Library at the weekly meetings.

Training DVDs & Books

To see the list of titles we have, click on the category and it will expand . For a full description of the DVD or Book, click on the thumbnail.

Digital Resources - Leaders 2022 - 2023

Digital Resources Assistant-Bill Woodley
Digital Resources Assistant
Bill Woodley

Darkroom Equipment Library

Note:  The information below is under review and will be updated in the near future.

Sept/22


The objective of the Library is to support members wanting to pursue the art & craft of film photography without setting up their own permanent darkroom facility by providing darkroom equipment on loan from the Club's inventory.

Membership open to any current RAPC member wishing to borrow items of darkroom equipment. Prerequisite for membership would be possession of sufficient knowledge to use equipment without risk of damage (by virtue of prior membership of RAPC Darkroom Group or other training or experience).

RAPC Darkroom Equipment Group coordinator maintains a list of equipment available and on loan and checks items in and out.

Member responsible for transport of items to/from RA Centre. Pick up/drop off times to be arranged with RAPC Darkroom Equipment Group coordinator.

Loan period: 2 month with possibility of renewal for maximum 2 additional 2 month periods if no other member has reserved the loaned item(s).

Member must sign damage waiver; they are responsible for any damage that goes beyond normal wear and tear.

The equipment is organised into a kit including film developing tanks, an enlarger with lenses, easel, timer etc. as well as print trays and graduates. It is suitable for processing 135 & 120 film and printing from 135 film and 120 film (up to 6x9 negative size) on paper up to 11x14 inch.

For more information please contact the RAPC Darkroom Equipment Library coordinator at darkroom@raphotoclub.ca.

 

Darkroom - Leaders 2022 - 2023

Darkroom Equipment Manager-David Elden
Darkroom Equipment Manager
David Elden

Gallery & Exhibitions


Sept/22

 

RA PHOTO CLUB GALLERY

The RA Photo Club Gallery, operated year round in the entrance foyer of the RA Centre west wing, is a top quality resource for displaying the work of club members. Initiated in 2004 and managed by a volunteer club committee, the Gallery program is open to everyone from seasoned exhibitors to those just starting out in photography.

Exhibits are scheduled throughout the year, sometimes designed around a central theme but also including open displays having no basic theme.  The Gallery & Exhibitions Committee welcomes exhibit proposals from club members either on their own or as part of a group.

The Gallery provides Club members with an opportunity to display their work without great cost.  For those new to exhibiting, it also ensures a user-friendly environment. The Gallery & Exhibitions Committee provides the frames, hardware, and expertise, and members just have to provide the matted prints.


OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY EXHIBIT

Every few years, the Club organizes an exhibit of members' photo prints at the downtown location of the Ottawa Public Library.  Details and information are circulated to all members in sufficient time to encourage maximum participation.


 

Address all inquiries and proposals to gallery@raphotoclub.ca

 

Sept/22

Galleries & Exhibitions Committee - Leaders 2022 - 2023

Gallery Committee Chair-Jane Spencer
Gallery Committee Chair
Jane Spencer
Gallery Assistant-Allan B Cameron
Gallery Assistant
Allan B Cameron
Ottawa Public Library Convenor-Izabel Dabrowski
Ottawa Public Library Convenor
Izabel Dabrowski