Special Interest Groups

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are exactly that. Groups of photographers with a common interest in one or more types/genres of photography. A SIG is usually formed from the grass-roots with someone volunteering to lead the group and communicating the purpose of the group to other members.

Leaders will typically come to a group consensus on the various group activities. For instance – meet on zoom or in person? How often to meet? What days/times? Learning activities? Sharing and discussion of photos? etc. Signing up for a SIG is entirely optional, but so much more can be learned due to the combined knowledge of the group.

The SIGs took a backseat during the pandemic, and most of them temporarily disbanded; but they are slowly making a comeback! Check out the tabs below for more detail on existing SIGs.

Steve Pedersen and Al Popil will again facilitate the Night/Low Light/Light Painting – Special Interest Group (SIG) for the St. Albert Photography Club during the 2023-2024 season.

This SIG is designed for all levels of photographers who want to improve their skills and learn how to take stellar images in low light, at night, or while using various light painting techniques.  All club members are welcome to join this SIG. This SIG is an excellent excuse to get out of your normal comfort zone with your camera and experiment using manual settings and not relying on the camera’s presets to do it for you.

Photographs taken after dark of landscapes, cityscapes, or under the night sky have greater depth and emotional quality. They can portray a sense of emptiness or abandonment that the daytime photographer of the same location might not have. The use and creativity of light painting techniques are also something we like to mix into our shoots, making every image unique and fun.

We will meet at least once per month (weather permitting), which is typically on a Friday or Saturday evening. 

All new participants in this SIG will be required to attend our classroom training (~3 hours) where we will discuss the theory, practice setting up our cameras in the dark, and discuss/practice some techniques.  If you attended this classroom training last year, you will not be required to attend it this year.  It is still encouraged that everyone comes out to refresh and practice before we hit the streets.

If you have any questions, please contact Steve or Al directly.    

Rick Teal and Dave Rodwell will partner up again to lead the Landscape – Special Interest Group (SIG) for the St. Albert Photography Club during the 2023-2024 season. There are no pre-requisites to join and all club members are welcome.

We welcome photographers of any level with a passion to shoot the great outdoors, to improve the skills they already know and perhaps learn some new ones along the way. We’ll talk about camera settings and what are some of the best practices in different types of locations. We’ll touch on some post processing and critique one another’s work.

We meet once a month, in person if we have a room available, via Google Meet if not, usually the third Monday of every month. Saturday outings around the Edmonton area are periodically planned and we try to have an all-weekend excursion somewhere in the province. We went to Drumheller last year.

If you have any questions, please contact Rick or Dave directly.

More information coming soon!

We encourage our members to start their own SIG!

There are many other possibilities for subject matter to start your own SIG with fellow members. This list is not inclusive. There might be other genres not listed here that interest a group of members.

  • Basics of Photography (e.g. Exposure, composition, camera settings)
  • Basics of Printing
  • Wildlife
  • Street
  • Macro
  • Abstract