Off Camera Flash Studio Workshop Feb 8th

As you will know from the club programme, in February (Tuesday 20th) Cliff is organising a practical studio shoot. This will be a great opportunity to bring your cameras and take portraits, from face to full height shoots. The plan is to build three separate sets in the school hall, each with its own lighting.  There will be one or more models at each set.  You can move between sets, connect your camera to the lights and conduct your own shoot. 

Prior to this evening I am offering to run a preliminary studio workshop for any member interested in gaining some experience of a studio shoot before this event.

This preliminary workshop will be on Thursday 8th February at Cople Village Hall, 7pm to 9.40pm.

The evening is open to any member who wishes to learn or refresh the basics of flash photography using both flashguns (AKA speedlights) and studio lights. 


Mail to BCC may bounce

We have had one report that a member was unable to send their PDIs to the normal mail box. Instead they received a “bounce” message.

When you send in your images (for a PDI or Print competition) please do check you get back the automatic “received” confirmation. If you get a bounce or do not see the confirmation after 60 minutes please let me know the details


Free Photographer Academy Offer

Just received this that I thought BCC members might like to have…

A free 12-month membership offer for the The Photographer Academy

It’s British, carries over 2,000 video tutorials, regular online webcasts and magazine (PDF.) You can upload one image twice a month for a professional critique held online.

Their email follows…READ MORE

Three from Six Submissions

I hope you have been working hard on the “3 from 6” event. Your chance to play havoc with other people’s images. Change them, improve them, have fun or just make them different. What will you do?

The details and where to find the images are here

Select up to three, mess them about and upload the finished image(s) to me at  by 14th November.

I’ll prepare a running order and ask each of you to tell the other members what you did to create your image and why.


Prepare now for the “3 From 6” evening

On November 21st the club has a Members’ Evening, the “3 From 6” event.

Prior to this date participating club members will have chosen up to three from six given images and applied whatever techniques they desire to the image to improve/alter/manipulate/create etc.  These final images will then be projected on the 21st November and each author will have the opportunity to summarise what they did and why.

This is not a competition and neither is it an exercise in showing off how good you are at Photoshop, but it is an opportunity to show how you have approached each image. Is it already perfect? Would a mono conversion improve it? Would you straighten, crop or remove parts? Highlight and darken areas? Would you change it completely; add a new sky, overlay a texture, turn it upside down? Go mad, surprise us, everyone has their own ideas, fly your own kite, anything goes.


Welcome Evening Oct 3rd

Message from Bruce…

Tuesday 3rd October 2107
“Welcome Evening and Summer Events Competition”.
An AV presentation of the exciting Programme of Speakers and Club Competitions for the new 2017/2018 season, followed by the “Summer Events Competition” to be judged by the membership.
An evening not to be missed!


Photoshop Evening – Sept 19th

John Pegram PS Evening

Hi Everyone

On Tuesday 19th September at 7.30pm (start) in Scott Lower School, I will be running a Photoshop tutorial evening. Covering Sky Replacement, Overall & Partial Enhancement and Halo Removal. This tutorial will be suitable for both Photoshop & Elements users, so if you have a laptop please bring it along.

A small charge of up to £3 p/p, depending attendance numbers, will be made. Refreshments will be available at halftime break. Doors open at 7pm to enable setting up for a 7.30pm start.

Look forward to see you on the 19th.


John Pegram


Points Of View Announcement

Bruce has announced the POV for Sunday 15th October 2017.

Last year’s POV was a brilliant success and I am sure this year will be too

Details in Points of View Competition (new link)

All 2017-18 members are invited to compete. If you are interested please read the PDF and let Bruce know ASAP if you intend to come and whether you would like to have lunch in the pub at 3pm

Bruce’s email is 

Portfolio Links

As you know the BCC web site has a Members’ Portfolio page where the club shows the world your own representative image selection. This page displays the high standard all BCC members achieve. It is one of the pages that people first open when gauging the quality of a camera club.

However it has been falling behind the times. For practical reasons we limit it to just 10 images but they are inevitably not kept up-to-date and they are not always displayed how you would like them to be.