Latow Photographers Guild

The Latow Photography Guild is a Burlington, Ontario based Photography club open to all photographers in the area.

The above image slider may have cropped a portion of the photo to suit this application, to get a proper view please browse the members gallery to see some amazing photography in all its glory.

Culture Days Event – Intro to Black & White Printing Workshops – Oct 1, 2 – 1-4pm

In partnership with the Art Gallery of Burlington, the first Latow B&W Group program of the 2016/7 season is an introduction to printing in black and white.

This workshop is open to the public.

This is a hands-on workshop that will introduce new participants to the process of enlarging and printing photographic images from negatives in a traditional wet darkroom at the Art Gallery of Burlington. Attendees will be introduced to safe practices in the darkroom, print developing chemistry and equipment and the process of producing a silver gelatin print.

Bring out a black & white film negative to work with. (Don't have any, but still interested? Come out, there are negatives available for learning printing processes as well!

All public participants will be limited to one print per person to ensure as many people have an opportunity as possible. For Latow members, this is also a volunteer opportunity.

Curious what you will find in the darkroom? Check it out on Twitter.

October 4 General Meeting – Presentation by Philip Sun (NOTE – 7:00pm Start)

"50 Ways on How to Improve Your Scores in Club Competitions"

Having been a photographic judge for camera clubs in the GTA area for over fifteen years, I noticed mistakes that were made over and over again by members of different clubs. So that led me to create this show to help the novice to get their feet wet and to submit better images. This program also serves as a refresher for the intermediates and the advanced photographers.

When I am doing a judging, there are seven criteria that come to mind, and they are:

1. Technical Quality
2. Colors
3. Use of light
4. Impact
5. Esthetics
6. Quality of work
7. Presentation

I will go into details with each criteria above. Items 6 and 7 have portions that are involved in submitting prints.

COMING UP SOON: Canadian Heritage Warplane Museum Outing Sunday September 18, 2016

Our first outing for the club 2016-17 year will be a visit to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, located at 9280 Airport Road in Mount Hope,
on Sunday September 18, 10 A.M.  This will be an ideal time to visit as some of the aircraft should be outside providing more room inside the hangar
for our tripods and allowing better points-of-view. We will be registering as a group in order to take advantage of the group admission rate of $10
for adults and seniors. In addition, this arrangement includes a guide and access to some airplanes. The café will provide the venue for socializing.
It is not expensive and has a nice view outside.
We will need attendance of 10 or more members to take advantage of the group rate. 

Please advise Ron Savoline at if you plan to attend.

See the posting under the Groups - Outings tab for examples of images from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.

Effective “Fill Flash” – Tues. Sept. 20th


Flash Fill 2

Ever wonder how to use flash as a secondary light source to reduce contrast and open the shadows.

Our first Digital Group session this year will delve into understanding how flash works, when “Fill Flash” can be used, how to control it’s output and how to make it look “just right”.

- Paul Sparrow



Canada’s 150th & Latow’s Annual Open Exhibit in April 2017


The annual Fireside Exhibit open to all members will have a special theme in 2017, to recognize Canada's Sesquicentennial.

To make this exhibit relevant to the celebrations, and to provide a bit of a fun challenge to members, the theme will be “Canada: an 1867 Perspective.” Images in the exhibit are to show scenes or objects that would be recognizable to people in 1867, although of course they would be contemporary images.

Some potential subjects are: landscapes, buildings, artifacts, and people in period costume. The main requirement is that the subject be recognizable to people at the time of Canada’s birth.

The usual rules for a Fireside exhibit will apply: one piece per member in good standing, art ready to hang, etc. For this occasion, there are two new requirements:

  • Members must indicate 4 weeks in advance that they are planning to submit a piece. If a selection process is needed because there are too many pieces, an impartial juror will be used.
  • Submissions must include a brief text describing the image and how it relates to 1867. Here's an example:

watson's mill, manotick  "Watson’s Mill, Manotick, Ontario. Built in 1860, this mill south of Ottawa used water power from the Rideau River to grind wheat and corn for local farmers. It is one of very few grist mills in North America still operating."




Starting Places

There are lots of readily accessible places to look for suitable images. Some examples are:

  • Pioneer and heritage villages such as Westfield, Bronte Creek Provincial Park, Black Creek (Toronto)
  • Historic buildings such as Dundurn Castle, Griffin House, Burlington’s Ireland House, Bronte’s Sovereign House, Balls Falls CA, Joseph Brant Homestead (not actually that old, but a replica so it would qualify as recognizable), and many churches
  • Neighborhoods with well-preserved heritage buildings: old town Oakville, Niagara-on-the-Lake, historic Mississauga, Cabbagetown and other parts of Toronto (Grimsby’s “painted ladies” would not qualify; they are too new).
  • Displays in museums in Hamilton and Oakville, including the Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology, Hamilton Military Museum, Battlefield House, Ireland House, Joseph Brant, Oakville Museum, etc.
  • Landscapes such as Niagara Falls, Hamilton’s waterfalls, crops in fields, perennial gardens and specimens, Niagara Escarpment, Lake Ontario
  • Several Toronto Museums in old buldings. Check
  • Historic military installations such as Niagara's Fort George, Stoney Creek's Battlefield House, and Toronto's Fort York (check their websites for re-enactments as well).