NPC Outing - March 4th

NPC Outing - March 4th - Portraits With Studio Lights

Date:  Wednesday, March 4th
Time:  1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Place:  Town Park Recreation Centre, 62 McCaul Street, Port Hope

Cost:   $10 per photographer. Limited to 16 photographers, 4 per studio setup.

 If you are interested in attending as an observer/assistant, please let us know, as space is limited.

What: We will be creating 4 setups for participants to try their hand at shooting portraits with studio lights. No experience/equipment, other than your camera, is required. We currently have 3 female models and 1 male model confirmed.  As we did at the Natural Light Portrait Shoot in September, the photographers agree to provide the models with a selection of photos for their efforts (within two weeks of the photoshoot). We will have a model release signed, allowing for our use of the photos for non-commercial purposes. 

Please email Sandra at if you plan to attend and reserve your spot as a photographer or as an observer/assistant.

Organization of the shoot:

March 2nd:   

·       Confirmed photographers will be provided some basic instructions prior to the outing in order to arrive at the outing ready to shoot.

·       Photographers MUST provide camera and experience details via email to Sandra and Jeannie upon confirming spot as a shooter so groups can be finalized.

March 4th:

·       12:30 p.m. Setup team will arrive and prepare the studio locations.

·       1:00 p.m. Models and Photographers will arrive, settle in, and wait for instructions.

·       1:15 p.m. Photographers will be given some basic instructions and assigned to their studio location, where they will remain for the duration of the shoot. This gives the photographers a chance to capture images of each model.

·       1:30 p.m. Everyone in place at their station and Shoot #1 begins. Each shooter has a 10 minute shoot with the model at their station and then will observe other photographers taking their turn.

·       2:20 p.m. Models rotate to next station and Shoot #2 begins. Each shooter has a 10 minute shoot with the model at their station and then will observe other photographers taking their turn.

·       3:10 p.m. Models rotate to next station and Shoot #3 begins. Each shooter has a 10 minute shoot with the model at their station and then will observe other photographers taking their turn.

·       4:00 p.m. Wrap up - Photographers have had the opportunity to shoot 3 of the 4 models and we can end the shoot here. However, if we are not running late, and someone would like to photograph the model they missed, we can see if we have time and if the model can accommodate.
Equipment Required:

·       camera, batteries, cards, etc., tripod, if desired (not necessary).

·       lens is personal choice. Popular focal lengths for indoor portraiture are usually in the 50 to 105mm range. That said, many photographers shoot wider angle for creative reasons and the same can be said for telephoto ranges. Please keep in mind, we have a space constraint in our room and a full body shot of a 5’6” model with a 200mm requires at least 40 feet from camera to model.

·       If you have a reflector to bring, please bring it and any props that you feel would add to your shoot (scarves, hats, flowers, etc).



NPC Outing - February 16th

NPC Outing - Milling Around Millbrook - February 16th

This Sunday, February 16th, our outing will start at 10 am at the Toronto Rd carpark in Port Hope.  We will head north along County Rd 10 towards Millbrook.  This scenic road through the Northumberland Hills passes by a mill and river in Canton, Perrytown Church and cemetery, Maple Crescent horse farm, Twin Pines Alpaca Farm and Mill (farm store is open on Sundays), a sugar shack, and a closed and seemingly forgotten store and gas station in Garden Hill.  The short drive to Millbrook offers many opportunities for landscape photography along County Rd 10 and on some of the smaller side roads.

Millbrook is a small village whose main street is frequently used in TV and movie shoots due to its historic architecture.  With the coming of the 407 and a large new subdivision this village may be on the verge of change.  There is also a stream, mill, and mill pond in the village along with 3 churches and some historic homes.  Lunch will be in Millbrook at 12:00 at Moody’s.  Contact Sandra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to be included in the lunch reservation.

Following lunch photographers have several options.  You could continue north through the hills.  Continuing north takes you to Emily Provincial Park.  Turning east at Mt Pleasant takes you past the Cavan swamp area. 

Going west from Garden Hill on County Rd 9 takes you on a hilly route near the Brimacombe ski area.  Going east you can head to Bewdley and Rice Lake where there will be ice huts and fishermen.    Unfortunately, the motorcycle races usually held on Sundays in Bewdley will not be on.  The drive along County Rd 9 east of Bewdley is also scenic.

If any photographers are willing to submit their photos to be used by Millbrooke BIA,  Sandra can give you the contact information.

Any images taken of the motorcycle races in Bewdley on other Sundays can be submitted to the February outings.   


February 11th - NPC Outing

February 11th - Outing with Elisabeth La Fontaine - Playing With Bubbles!

Where:  Town Park Recreation Centre, 62 McCaul Street, Port Hope – large meeting room

When:  February 11th 1:30-3:30 pm

What:  Four different activities will be set up for some bubble play with your camera.  All materials will be provided but you will need to bring a tripod.  A macro lens, extension tubes, or reversing rings are recommended.  The cost is $10 per person and the outing is limited to 16 participants.  Contact Sandra Peters at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you wish to attend.  Bring your own refreshments, if needed.






February 3th - Join us for David Newland

February 3th - NPC's Speaker - David Newland 

We have a very special evening in store for us at our next meeting. David Newland, a singer, songwriter, and adventurer, will be doing his presentation on the challenges of photography on an expedition ship. He will even be performing a song or two!!  

Please use this link to learn more about David.

Our volunteers thank you for bringing your own coffee mug.



NPC Outings - January and February

NPC Outings - there are 3 coming up!

January 18-19 - Dogsled Racing at Pinestone Resort in Haliburton

We will not be arranging a car pool for this event.  Due to the weekend ice storm a decision will be made on Tuesday (Jan. 14th) regarding the suitability of the trails.

January 25 - Polar Bear Plung - Campbellford - 12 noon 

Any other photos taken that day in the Campbellford area are also eligible for the Outings slide show – eg Healey Falls, Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge, Downtown Campbellford.  Lunch reservations will be made at Antonia’s Bistro following the plunge.  Let Sandra know if you wish to be included in the lunch reservation.  (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

February 9 – Orchid Show Toronto - Toronto Botanical Gardens

On Sunday from 9 am-11am a special time is reserved for photographers with tripods.   Because a limited number of tickets are available it is important to buy your tickets early ($20). They may be purchased on-line at 

Those wishing to carpool should contact Sandra (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and be at the Toronto Rd carpark by 7:45 am.


NPC Outing - February 1st

NPC Outing - February 1st - Carlos del Junco at Port Hope United Church

Here is a new Outings opportunity. Carlos del Junco is a world class harmonica player. He has toured parts of Europe and western Canada numerous times. Carlos has captured 8 Maple Blues Awards for being the best harmonica player in Canada and has won 2 gold medals at the Hohner World Harmonica Championship in Germany! He will be joined by his band, Carlos del Junco and the Blues Mongrels. Tickets are available for $30.00 for his show at Port Hope United Church, 34 South Street, Port Hope, L1A 1R8. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and doors open at 6:45 p.m. on February 1st. Bryan Marjoram is helping promote this show and Carlos agreed to let us buy tickets in advance at a reduced rate of $20.00 if at least 10 members, spouses or partners attend. Here is your chance to see some very talented musicians and take photographs at the same time, no flash please. To purchase tickets for $20.00 per person, notify and pay Bryan Marjoram by January 18th at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


January 4th & 5th, 2020 - NPC Outing

NPC's First Outing of 2020 - January 4th and 5th - Rogers Hometown Hockey in Cobourg!

Happy New Year!  Our first outing of 2020 will be on the weekend of January 4th and 5th when Rogers Hometown Hockey comes to Cobourg.  A number of events are happening throughout the weekend so we should have a good variety of images in our Outings slideshow.  We will not meet formally as a group for this outing.


NPC Speaker January 6, 2020

January 6th - An NPC Presentation by Donna Edmonds




December Outings

Two NPC Outings for December

December 4th - T.H.E.E. Farmer Parade of Lights –Night Photography 

This very popular event takes place on December 4th north of Bowmanville. T.H.E.E. Farmer Parade of Lights is an annual celebration of Christmas in the country with a parade of decorated farm equipment. The farmers from the community say thank you to friends and neighbours for sharing the roads, year round, with slow moving vehicles and farm machinery by lighting up the night with a gorgeous display of Christmas spirit. We will not be meeting together to attend this outing. You may need to park off the parade route. A flashlight may be handy for walking and seeing your camera settings. Please think about wearing something reflective. In the nearby area you may also want to check out the lights on the homes on Old Scugog Road (south of Taunton Rd.)

Click on link to view parade map.




December 18th – Art Gallery of Northumberland and Christmas Lights of Cobourg

At 2:45 we will meet at Victoria Hall to shoot the current exhibit, Pink Field, Blue Fog. The gallery is free, but a donation of $5 per person is suggested. When the gallery closes at 4 pm we will spend time shooting the downtown area, harbour, and Victoria Park at twilight. We will then meet at 6:15 at Castle John’s (900 Division St.) where there is a Wednesday half price appetizer special. Please let Sandra know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to be included in the reservation for Castle John’s.


NPC Outing - November 25th

NPC Outing - Light Trails Photography in Cobourg - Monday, November 25th

At the most general level, photographing light trails involves finding a spot where you’ll see the light trails created by cars, securing your digital camera, setting a long exposure setting on your camera, and shooting at a time when cars will be going by to create the trail of light. 

DATE: Monday, November 25th at 6:00 p.m. Alternate date due to poor weather conditions is Tuesday, November 26th at 6:00 p.m.

LOCATION: We will meet in front of Victoria Hall in Cobourg at 6:00 p.m. for the beginning of this outing. Free parking on Covert Street behind downtown area. We'll stay there for about 30-45 minutes and then head to the Nagle Road bridge over the 401. Follow Division Street north to Densmore Road (stoplights – KIA dealership). Turn right for about 2-3 km (the road changes to Danforth Road). Take a left at Nagle Road and the overpass is just ahead about 300 metres. Park along the shoulder of the road on the far side of the bridge. Afterwards we can stop in for a beverage at Turtle John's. It's a 5 minute drive and we can go together. Follow Nagle to VanLuven Road (4 way stop). Turn left and another left at the corner (Highway 45 South). Turtle John's is about 100 metres on your right.

Things to bring:

*Tripod to avoid camera shake (or a beanbag or something to stabilize your camera).

*Remote, if you have one or know how to set your camera timer so you can avoid camera shake.

*A small portable flashlight to check your camera settings and also to warn cars that there are     photographers in the area.

*Extra camera battery stored in your pocket for warmth.

*Dress according to the weather.

Light trails can also occur when you drink 10 beers within a 2 hour period and try to drive home on the 401.



Just a quick note! They are still filming for a Netflix series downtown Cobourg tonight so there are some road closures this evening.
Today's filming schedule: Monday, November 25th
· King Street West, near 19 King Street West, from 11:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.
· Third Street, between King Street and Albert Street, and King Street, between Hibernia Street and Albert Street, from approximately 6 p.m. until 12 a.m.
Road closures include:
· Third Street, between King Street and Albert Street, from Monday, November 25th at 1 p.m. until Tuesday, November 26th at 7 a.m.
· King Street, between Albert Street and Hibernia Street, from Monday, November 25th at 6 p.m. until Tuesday, November 26th at 12:30 a.m.