Upcoming events and happenings

City Camera Walk on Saturday 25 March

Please assemble at 10.30am at the bottom steps of St Mary of the Angels Church, 17 Boulcott Street.

The walk will include inner city and Terrace parks finishing at St Peter’s on Willis Street.

There will be some uphill walking to Kelburn Park and return to Willis Street. 

It is recommended that you wear Sturdy footwear and bring water and snacks. 

Paul Stapp will be your guide for the morning.

Workshop on Portrait Photography on Saturday, 11 March 2023

The workshop on Portrait photography (studio and natural lights) will be run by Alan Raga. This will be held at the Johnsonville Community Collective Hub at 1/33 Johnsonville Rd, Johnsonville from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Please Note:    1. You may bring a friend but there is a cost of $10 for non-club members.

2. Bring your camera, tripod and flash unit (if you have one) and camera trigger mechanism (if you have one) as there will be some hands on exercise.

7.00 pm Wednesday 22nd February 2023

Debbie Rawson will be talking onMy journey in photography”.

Our February club meeting has Debbie Rawson from Pariwhero Gallery (Red Rocks) as our guest speaker. While Debbie may be better known as a musician, she has been pursuing the visual arts since she was 12, when her father gave her a Box Brownie for Christmas.

She graduated from The Photo School in 2007 and completed a post-graduate diploma in Photography and Applied Art at Te Auaha in 2019.

Visit her gallery website at pariwherogallery.co.nz to see some of her work and that of other talented artists she has on display. Her gallery is located at 174 Owhiro Bay Parade and is open at weekends and public holidays from 12- 4 pm weather permitting and by appointment at any time.

I found her work intriguing and I am sure we will all enjoy her presentation.

If you have friends interested in photography, do invite them to join us on Wednesday, 22 February at 7 pm.

7.00 pm Wednesday 25th January 2023

Welcome to an exciting new year of photography with the Johnsonville Camera Club.

This will be combined with our Annual General Meeting where we will approve the accounts, receive  President’s and Treasurer’s Reports, elect officers and committee and determine the fees for 2023.

Please bring along on a memory stick three images that you have taken over the holiday period that you like and be prepared to talk about them briefly.  How you took them, what you like about them etc.

10.30 am Saturday 10th December 2022

For our end of year JCC function, you, your family and friends are invited to come to Zealandia (assemble inside the building) for a walk around Zealandia and then a shared open-air picnic lunch around 12.30 pm.

As some of our members are “Zealandia members” we may all be able to get in for half price and so it is important to meet inside the main entrance at 10.30 am. That does not stop you from coming later on if you so wish.

We will go ahead with this activity wet or fine. Please pack warm clothes and wear sturdy footwear such as sneakers.  

It would be good if we can get an indication of who may be coming and so would appreciate an email indicating this before Saturday, 10 December jvillecameraclub@gmail.com .

7.00 pm Wednesday 30th November 2022

Judy Siers from the Onslow Historical Society will be speaking to us on “How photographers in New Zealand have recorded the history of their communities”. Judy will illustrate her talk with some of the historic images the society holds.

This meeting will be held at the Onslow Historical Society Club rooms at 86 Khandallah Road, Khandallah and NOT at the Collective Hub. We will start the meeting with the viewing and voting on the three November challenges before Judy speaks.

7.00 pm Wednesday 26th October 2022

Bring your camera along as we will be doing some practical hands-on work in place of our speaker.

Also, you will have a further chance to expand your photo book library as the remaining unsold books will be on display.

7.00 pm Wednesday 28th September 2022

For our next club meeting on Wednesday, 28 September, members have all been encouraged to prepare and share on some aspect of photography they have discovered for themselves or on some photographic work that they have been working on.

Those speaking will spend 5 to 7 minutes sharing their experience, with images included.

Feel free to come to the meeting as all are welcome and there is no charge.

7.00 pm Wednesday 31st August 2022 – Gábor Tóth

The Foothills Route : the history of the Wellington Urban Motorway and its photographic documentation, 1966 – 1976

One of the largest and most complex works of infrastructure development in Wellington’s history, this talk uncovers the history of the Wellington motorway, the thinking behind its origin and the controversy surrounding its construction. The talk is based around a set of photographs commissioned by the Ministry of Works documenting the building of motorway over a 10 year period.

About Gábor Tóth

I was born and grew up in Wellington to migrant parents who arrived in New Zealand as refugees following the 1956 Hungarian revolution. I attended Wellington College, Massey and Victoria Universities and lived in London for four years working for The Independent (the then-broadsheet newspaper) as photo and negative librarian as well as liaising between journalists and news photographers. Following post-graduate studies, I worked for Radio New Zealand in their research unit, then began working for the Wellington City Archives in 1997. After four years I transferred within the City Council to become the Local and NZ History Specialist for the Wellington City Libraries where I also look after ‘special’ collections such as rare books, manuscripts, photographs  and heritage database development.

7.00 pm Wednesday 27th July 2022

Becoming an Artist with your Camera

This is the title of a virtual talk by Eva Polak that will feature at our next regular club meeting on Wednesday 27 July 2022.   Eva is a photographer, artist, author and teacher with a particular passion for impressionist photography.  Eva with join us by Zoom in an interactive session that will allow members to ask Eva about her approaches to creativity.

Members of the club that have attended workshops run by Eva in the past, speak most highly of her teaching and her work.  This is a “don’t miss” event and you are welcome to invite other photographic friends to attend.  For non-members, there will be a charge of $10 for attendance.

If you feel your photography is standing still at the moment, I am sure Eva’s presentation will inspire you!

Workshop Saturday 23 July from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Gareth Reeve has kindly agreed to take a workshop on flash in photography by hosting a hands-on workshop on Saturday 23 July  on the same subject at the Collective Community Hub.    It will run from 2 pm to 5 pm.

If coming please bring your camera, flash and tripod plus and flash modifiers like gels/diffusers/umbrellas etc.  Also any light stands.  Don’t  worry if you haven’t got all of this sort of gear as we can share what we have around the group.

Please advise whether or not you are able to attend so we can get an appreciation of numbers by sending an email to Glen or call him on 021 898 412.

7.00 pm Wednesday 29th June 2022

Gareth will be talking about his photographic journey in becoming a professional photographer. He will also cover the use of flash in photography and how one can move into this field without the expense of setting up a full studio arrangement.

Gareth has been a working photographer in Wellington, New Zealand for nearly a decade. He always had an interest in the arts such as painting, sketching and even dabbled in small amounts of photography as a child.

While working for a bank in his early 20s, Gareth quickly rediscovered a passion for photography, spending much of his free time learning the intricacies of photography and eventually cast off his corporate job to become a full time portrait photographer, contracting his services to the family business “Duo Family Photography”.

With the constant stream of portrait work being his main bread and butter, Gareth was also able to take on additional projects which allowed different creative outlets, such as fashion, events, real estate and film.

Gareth has since taken his photography more in the direction of video and film, but the principles and joy of the process remain the same.

For an example of his work look at: https://500px.com/p/gdreeve?view=photos

7.00 pm Wednesday 25 May 2022

Bob Zuur to Speak at Johnsonville Camera Club This Wednesday

The Johnsonville Camera Club is pleased to welcome Paekakariki based photographer, Bob Zuur, as its guest speaker at its regular monthly meeting this Wednesday.  Bob will speak on portrait photography using examples of his own work to illustrate various techniques used in portraiture, such as the effect of lens choice and tips for shooting into the light.   He will also talk about some of the recent projects he has been involved with.  

Johnsonville Camera Club meets monthly at 7 pm on the last Wednesday of the month at the Collective Community Hub, 33 Johnsonville Road.  Visitors are always very welcome.  The club also conducts regular workshops, competitions and meetups.

Bob Zuur has been passionate about photography since his early teens when he photographed for his student newspaper.  He went on to study marine biology and worked for central and local government and conservation groups in New Zealand and Antarctica.  In 2018 he turned professional and is currently the regional coordinator for the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography.

While lockdowns limited his professional work,  he busied himself on some personal projects including Bubbles of Paekakariki, a study of family bubbles during the Covid lockdown and Dogs of Paekakariki, taken of dogs and their walkers during the Level 4 lockdown in 2021.

Black & White Workshop on Saturday 14 May 2022

For details, please see below the “POSTPONED” Black & White Workshop by Mark Berger that was originally going to happen on the 12 March 2022. This will be held at the Johnsonville Community Collective Hub at 1/33 Johnsonville Rd, Johnsonville from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Please Note: For club members, this is free for non-club members there will be a charge of $10 to attend this workshop.

7:00 pm Wednesday 27 April 2022

Some club members are going to share and talk about their photojournalism and documentary photos that they have taken.

We will also be viewing and voting on the monthly challenge images.

7:00 pm Wednesday 30 March 2022

We are fortunate to have Simon Woolf as our guest speaker at our March monthly meeting at the Johnsonville Community Collective Hub starting at 7 pm. Simon will be talking about cellphone photography, a genre he has embraced with enthusiasm in recent times. We are looking forward to an entertaining and informative presentation.

Black & White Workshop on Saturday 12 March 2022


Title: Why Black and White?

Presenter: Mark Berger, black and white photography fan-boy and member of Wellington Photographic Society and Karori Camera Club.

Mark’s presentation will include:

 * Why black and white photography is relevant

 * What makes a strong black and white image? See below.

 * How to set up your camera

 * Quality of light and how to respond

 * Visualising the scene

 * Use of software for b&w conversion and enhancement

 * Resources

 There will be an opportunity for some hands on work.

Click once on the images below to see them enlarged.

7:00 pm Wednesday 23 February 2022

Sample of some of Glen’s photobooks.

Johnsonville Camera Club Meeting of 23 February 2022 will feature photobooks.

As a photographer, do you sometimes feel that you should be sharing your photographs in a more permanent way than fleeting appearances on social media?

At our next meeting on 23 February, Glen Innes will share his experience of producing over 30 photobooks and provide some tips and tricks in devising your own publication.

Members will have the hands-on experience of devising their own page layout for one of Glen’s latest books.

The Johnsonville Camera Club always welcomes visitors and potential new members.   See you there! 

PS.  The venue requirements for the Covid Red Traffic Light setting requires you to show vaccine certificates, be masked, hand sanitise and practice social distancing.  

7:00 pm Wednesday 24 November 2021

Toya Heatley APSNZ on Bird Photography

I came from a family where as far as I can remember there has always been a high importance placed on being creative. Crafts and hobbies, painting and writing were all things that were not only encouraged but indeed there was always a role model to follow.

When I first started playing with photography, I found that seeing a picture and capturing that image in the camera were not as easy as first thought – so I sought learning. The more I learned, the more I explored – I joined local camera clubs and the Photographic Society of New Zealand (PSNZ) and haven’t looked back.

One of the highlights of my journey with photography was being the principal photographer for the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Exhibition which opened in Wellington in 2012, travelled to Christchurch and Auckland before returning to be exhibited at Bowen House in Parliament Buildings in 2013. A more recent highlight has been achieving my Associateship with the Photographic Society of New Zealand in 2018.

7:00 pm Wednesday 17 November 2021

Feedback on the 4th internal competition – Digital

7:00 pm Wednesday 27 October 2021

Deb Anthony is leading a practical session on macro and closeup on 27th October. Please bring  your camera, appropriate lens/es, tripod and flash. If you have something interesting you want to bring to photograph, please do so….anything is useful.

Workshop – Saturday 16 October at 10:30 am

Calling all Johnsonville Camera Club members and other interested people.

Come and join your fellow club members for a pet photography session at the Petone Foreshore this Saturday 16 October from 10.30 am. It will be an ideal opportunity to put into practice some of Suzie Whelan’s helpful tips about dog photography from last month’s club night. The foreshore is a favourite for dog walkers so we shouldn’t be short of canine models and their owners.

Details are as follows:-

Meet me at the car park on the foreshore at the end of Tory Street, Petone at 10.30 am. There is a memorial at that spot.

Choice of lenses is over to you but 70mm to 100mm often work well for portraits. Longer zoom lenses also have their place.

I suggest we finish at about 12.30 pm and then find a nice cafe for a coffee and something to eat.

The long-range forecast for Saturday looks good, but if the weather turns nasty I will email everyone with alternative arrangements on Friday night. To get some idea of numbers please reply to this email or ring Glen on 021 898 412.

I look forward to seeing you there!

7:30 pm Tuesday 12 October – Interclub Competition

At Moera Hall, 105 Randwick Crescent, Moera, Lower Hutt 5010 They will aim to start proceedings at 7.30pm and to allow for physical distancing, and asked that we keep your members attending to 10. If you have not indicated to Glen that you are attending, please do so as there is a limit of 10 members per club.

7:00 pm Wednesday 6 October 2021

Feedback on the 3rd internal competition – PRINT

7:00 pm Wednesday 29 September 2021

Susie Whelan on Pet Photography.

“I am a portrait photographer specialising in anything with “eyes”.  I love to photograph families, children and dogs, preferably altogether! – A bit of a sucker for a challenge.  I am a fully accredited member of NZIPP and I have attained the level of Master of Photography with Distinction.  I am also a member of PSNZ and Associate (APSNZ).”

7:00 pm Wednesday 25 August 2021 POSTPONED

Deb Anthony is leading a practical session on macro and closeup on 25th August. Please bring  your camera, appropriate lens/es, tripod and flash. If you have something interesting you want to bring to photograph, please do so….anything is useful.

Saturday 7 August – Workshop on Sport Photography by Glen Innes

You are invited to meet up at Kawakawa Eatery (469 Adelaide Road in the Berhampore shopping area) at 9.30 am for a coffee and a quick briefing before heading off to Wakefield Park to photograph some soccer action. From there it is planned to head to the National Hockey Stadium for some hockey photos.

If it’s wet (the long range forecast is good) there will be some indoor venues as a backup.

If you haven’t, please let Glen know via jvillecameraclub@gmail.com.

It is hoped that we will finish around 3 pm. So bring some lunch or we could meet back at a cafe for lunch.

Also, the ideal accessory for sports photography is a monopod. The problem with tripods is their bulk and they can keep you rather fixed in one spot. If you bring one choose a spot where you won’t interfere with spectators on the side-lines.

You are all welcome to bring friends along but for non-club members there is a cost of $10.

7:00 pm Wednesday 28 July 2021

At the heart of photography, is the subject. And behind great photographs tends to be a photographer with great knowledge or love for the subject. Cosplay photography adds an extra challenge, as it introduces a person, someone who knows what they want to look like, something that’s very different, other worldly from what you normally shoot, it may even require some fantastical Photoshop skills to make it ‘just right’….

Cosplay, also known as costume play, is a fun way for people to express their love for their favourite characters from films, books, comics, and more.

Our July guest speaker is Dave Roberts, a keen Cosplay photographer. He says cosplay provides an opportunity for taking interesting, character-driven, story-rich photos. It’s also a chance to get creative and use your imagination. Come and learn more about a genre you might not be at all familiar with. You’ll find out just what’s involved and learn how to add more heart to your photography.

7:00 pm Wednesday 30 June 2021

We are holding a “Share and Learn” session where a number of club members will be sharing. (Ideally talking for about 10 minutes and showing about ten images.)

The aim is that the speaking members will have about ten minutes each to share some images with the evening audience. Potentially, they may be illustrating a new genre they have been exploring, or a new technique they have mastered. They may use the images to explain how they were taken and what they like about them, as well as any issues in capturing them etc.

There could also be video.

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm WORKSHOP Saturday 12 June 2021

Following the very successful Food Photography workshop held earlier this year, our upcoming one takes the theme of “Revisiting the Basics.  The workshop will be held at the Johnsonville Community Hub, 33 Johnsonville Road, Johnsonville from 1 pm to 5 pm on Saturday 12 June 2021.

During the afternoon we will review the fundamentals of photographic techniques and camera operation in a way that offers some new insights for even the most experienced of our members. 

Bring your cameras because we want to underpin the theory with practical exercises you can undertake on the day. 

There is no charge for club members but you may invite other photographers that you think will enjoy the event for a nominal charge of $10.

7:00 pm Wednesday 26 May 2021

Glen Butler is an award winning and widely published photographer and filmmaker from Wellington New Zealand; specialising in panoramic, time-lapse, landscape and astrophotography. A passion for adventure takes him to all corners of Aotearoa in his quest to capture the more remote and often unseen raw natural beauty this country has to offer.

7:00 pm Wednesday 28 April 2021

We have been fortunate enough to secure Helen Westerbeke as our speaker for our 28 April meeting at our new venue at the Community Hub.  Helen will be speaking about Street Photography. An extremely talented photographer and engaging and enthusiastic speaker, Helen is a Fellow of the Photographic Society of New Zealand and is currently President of the Hutt Camera Club. This promises to be an excellent night so do come along and if you can, bring along a guest who might be interested in joining our club.

7:00 pm Wednesday 21 April 2021

Come and find out the results of our first internal competition.

7:00 pm Wednesday 31 March 2021

ALL members are encouraged to bring 2 to 4 photos and talk about them in terms of how they were taken or some of the pitfalls they encountered or how the image could have been improved if they did ……..

7:00 pm Wednesday 24 February 2021

Speaker – Brett Jennings on Shelly Bay

Brett will share some images and talk about Shelly Bay.

7:00 pm Wednesday 25 November 2020

Speakers – Wayne Kelsall & Angelos Anastasiadis on their visit to Chatham Islands

Wayne Kelsall and Angelos Anastasiadis will be talking about their experience and sharing some of their images of their visit to the Chatham Islands in September 2020.

Also, George Lazaridis of Wellington Photographic Supplies will be informing us about some of the photographic equipment they have in their store.

7:00 pm Wednesday 28 October 2020 Speaker – James Gilberd

James has been involved full time in photography since the mid-1980s and has been an active professional photographer since 1994. He completed a Certificate of Professional Photography, Wellington Polytechnic, 1987, and a Bachelor of Design (photography major), Victoria University, Wellington, 1997.

He established Photospace Gallery in 1998 – at the time the only specialist photography gallery in New Zealand. He runs it in conjunction with Gilberd Marriott Gallery (est. 2008) and with his professional photography work. Photography courses and workshops are also part of this setup; see www.photocourse.nz

Elinchrom Brand Ambassador. As of October 2019 He proudly took on the role of Wellington Brand Ambassador for Elinchrom and and fitted out his studio with a new set of four Elinchrom ELC Pro HD flash units and accessories, which he joys using.

Photography continues to be his passion as well as his day job.

His main personal photographic interest has been street photography and the urban landscape. Though he has been shooting digitally since 1999, he still shoots film for some projects, both colour and black & white, and he still enjoys working in the darkroom (at least on personal projects). James also curated the J B Turner photography exhibition of Johnsonville at Waitohi Johnsonville.”

1 August 2020

Craig Phillips will present a workshop on digital blending process and if there is time, how to produce a triptych.

WHERE: This workshop will be held in the Johnsonville Community Centre.

There will be a limit of15 people that can attend. Contact the club President
Angelos Anastadiadis at jvillecameraclub@gmail.com


1.     Must have a laptop or tablet which has software that processes your photos.

2.     Must bring your camera.

3.     Must be able to download photo(s) to your laptop or tablet on the day.

June 2020

Adrian Heke has agreed to talk to the club on 24 June at our monthly meeting.

Adrian Heke is a freelance professional photographer from Wellington. He has worked with staff from Wellington Free Ambulance over different shifts to put together an exhibition, prints and publication.  He has photographed work in action and can talk about emotion and documenting a work environment on the front lines.

He is also a free lance photographer able to discuss a variety of work assignment.”

Wednesday 29 January 2020 – Club meeting

Lindsay Keats and Craig Robertson will attend our first meeting of the year to present a selection of Lindsay’s photography and speak about the Fujifilm range of photographic equipment.

Starting at 7pm at the Johnsonville Community Centre.


Announcing The Creative Process for a Winning Photograph Workshop hosted by Bernie Velasco on Saturday 15 February at 1:00 pm at the Johnsonville Community Centre, 3 Frankmore Ave Johnsonville.

Past Club Member and photography expert Bernie Velasco will lead a workshop on The Creative Process for a Winning Photograph.

Bernie will utilize some of his most awarded photographs to help you learn how to create your own stunning and award winning photos, go beyond just entering competitions and learn how to impress the judges with your images.

This workshop is free entry for Johnsonville Camera Club members and $10.00 for non-members.

JCC Activity Schedule 2019 - Rev 10-09

April 13 Workshop : Adobe Lightroom

On Saturday the 13 th April the Johnsonville Camera Club is holding an Adobe
Lightroom – Summary & Workflow Workshop from 1:00 to 5:00pm at the
Johnsonville Community Centre, 3 Frankmore Ave, Johnsonville. The workshop is hosted by Dave Roberts.

Local Photography and Adobe Lightroom expert, Dave Roberts will present Lightroom to you in an accessible and very easy to understand format. Dave will show you how to access and use all of Lightroom’s important tools, when and when not to use them, with super easy to understand step by step instructions anyone can follow.

This workshop is designed for people who already have Lightroom installed on their computer with a basic knowledge of it’s features.

Wednesday, 10 April 2019 at 7:00 pm

At the Johnsonville Community Centre at 7:00 pm there will be feedback on our first digital club competition presented by Patrick.

This workshop is free entry for Johnsonville Camera Club members and $10.00 for non-members.

Friends of the club may enter the competition and receive the judge’s evaluation. To be able to enter, a small charge of $2 per image entered is payable to our bank account


Our method of payment is via internet banking. Our bank details are:

Account NameJVCC
Account Number12-3223-0179718-00

Please use your name as “Reference” when making payment.

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Subscription Fees

Our annual subscription fee for 2020 is $40. If you become a member after 1 July, this subscription reduces to $20. If you become a member of the club in December 2019, this $20 is taken into account in the subscription due for the 2020 year. Unwaged members (e.g. students, senior citizens on New Zealand superannuation) receive a 50% discount on the full member subscription.