New! Mentoring Program!

If you would like to be a mentor or be mentored, send Laura an email with this information:

  • To be a mentor – what brand of camera you know, how much time you can spend (could be as little as 1 hour a month), and what kind of photography you can help with (camera basics, people, nature, night photography,  landscapes, sports, events etc)
  • To be mentored – what brand of camera you have, how much time you would like, and what kind of photography you want to learn (camera basics, people, nature, night photography, landscapes, sports, events etc)

Once Laura has a list, she will send you and your mentor an introductory email – after that you make plans between you.

Contact the COPS president via Facebook or by email to

Mini Workshops at the Film Factory Feb 23

Don’t forget! Tuesday’s meeting will be at the Film Factory, 1126 Richter St., across from Calona Wines. The meeting will start at 7PM. There will be mini workshops. Here’s the description from the Program Director:

Multiple workshops will be running concurrently in separate spaces, each running 30 minutes. You will be asked to remain at your chosen workshop until it is time to switch. Each member can attend 3 workshops. PARTICIPATION REQUIRED!

1) Print Transferring – by Lynda Miller. Learn how to transfer your images onto anything you want! … $5 materials fee for this workshop – everything will be provided.

2) Everything you always wanted to know about editing but were afraid to ask! – by Onno Kok
– bring your images on a memory stick, and ask your specific questions about editing in Photoshop Elements and Lightroom. For example: How do I use the Gradient Filter? How can I take the unwanted twig out of this image? How can I change the colour of this dress?

3) You be the judge! – lead by Laura Carbonneau. Are you interested in learning how to be a member judge at our Image Critique nights but too nervous to make the plunge? At this workshop, you will practice judging an image, with support from the other potential judges. You must bring three images on a memory stick (for someone else to judge) to participate in this workshop.

4) Shoot an awesome abstract! – leader TBA. Bring your camera and have some fun shooting oil and soap, creating cool abstract effects.

5) Show off! – by Joan Dolson. Learn how to create a slideshow of your awesome images (using Lightroom) to wow your family and friends.

• your camera
• $5.00
• 3 images on a stick for practice judging, and
• images on a stick for editing questions.

Please note – we will NOT be meeting at the EECO Center as we usually do for this event. Guests are welcome!

Viewing COPS Calendar on Your Cell Phone

When you view the COPS calendar on your mobile device, there is no option to go forward to the next month due to the limitations of the calendar plug-in when the website is viewed in “Mobile Site” mode. There are 2 ways to get around this and see events for the next month:

  1. Select “COPS Events List” from the website “Events” menu. This will show you the next few upcoming events.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “View Full Site”. This will display the calendar with navigation buttons.

First Evaluation of 2016

The deadline for January submissions is January 5th.

The “Theme” category topic for the first evaluation is “Motion in a Still Image”. This is a CAPA theme and some images will be submitted to CAPA for the club completion. Here is  the description of this theme given by our Associations Coordinator:

Create a photograph that illustrates motion, The photograph must give the impression that motion is occurring or about to occur be it frozen or happening. Like a Skate boarder suspended in the air, a rodeo rider with his legs blurred but nothing else while riding a bull or bronco, windmills with their blades blurred while spinning, a golfer at the end of his backswing, pan shot of a bird in flight or just zooming in or out while taking a photograph at a long shutter speed.

The rules of Minimal Manipulation competition apply, no filters, no presets, with the exception of Sharpen. For this competition, you are be allowed to use Motion Blur and Circular Blur as well as masked layers of the same photograph where you have applied theses two blurs, liquefy is allowed as a support to the blur if needed. Example: you want to apply a motion blur to the background but not the subject, you can create a layer, apply the motion blur and then mask out the blurred subject or vice versa.

The criteria for all other  categories (creative, nature, portrait) remain the same as usual. Only the “Theme” category has special requirements as outlined above.

Note that starting in January, 2016 we are asking members to submit ONLY ONE image per email. See the Revised Submission Procedure post for further details.