2400 Steps

I have now sent out an information tome to everyone who has put their name down for this event, to be held on Tuesday August 21st at 6.30pm.

If you haven’t received this please let me know ASAP.

If you still wish to add yourself to this elite group (we are only accepting clever and handsome people from now on) please email me with the message “Please, please, pretty please, add my name to your event, I wouldn’t want to miss this summer highlight for anything.” and I’ll happily send you the full spec.




2400 Steps – LAST CALL

Several misguided members have already signed up for the 2400 Step evening. If you haven’t done so yet please do so now so I can arrange a suitable padded location for us all.

Easy to do, just take 24 photos, and only 24, no more, no less, each one only after walking 100 steps in any direction of your choice. You can do this alone or holding the hand of a friend.

More info click here

Don’t worry, your shoes won’t look like those above, it can all take place in or near Bedford town centre.

Start at 6.30pm on Tuesday August 21st from the designated meeting place

At the end (probably about 7.30 or 8pm) take your camera to the designated watering-hole so we can take a copy of your 24 images.

These will be printed and we will meet again 2 weeks later (Tuesday September 4th, 7.30pm) with your prints, for a drink and to compare results.

The cost for taking part in the first half (August 21st) will be £3.50 to cover the printing cost

If you can only make one of the two evenings you are still welcome, please let me know which evening you wish to come.

For those that have already signed-up (and had back an acknowledgement from me) full details will be sent to you soon. Anyone else who doesn’t want to miss out please send me your name ASAP so I can reserve you a space.

Looking forward to hearing from you


email: dev@colink.co.uk


2400 Steps

A summer event with a difference, held over two evenings. It is both light-hearted and challenging.

The first half is on Tuesday August 21st.  We meet in Bedford town centre at 6.30pm

The task is easy. Walk 100 steps in any direction your choose, take one photo from that point, walk another 100 steps, take one photo, repeat until you have walked 2400 steps and taken 24 photos.

This should take 60 to 90 minutes. 2400 steps is less than the distance from Bedford Town Bridge to the Suspension Bridge and back again.

N.B. Photos are taken in JPG, only ONE photo is permitted at each stop, no post processing.

At the end we copy your 24 photos to a laptop. We will have these printed for you (24 prints at 6″ x 4″) ready for the second evening.

The second half is on Tuesday, September 4th. This is the review evening. It will be a social evening, possibly at a local pub. You get back your 24 prints. Over a drink (or two) we compare prints, ridicule discuss the shots taken, justify your choices, problems overcome and lessons learned. Leave your ego at the door, it could be embarrassing.

Cost to take part: expected £3.50 to cover the printing


The walk is an extension of one used on photographic degree courses. It forces the photographer out of their comfort zone. You will find yourself in a position, or facing a subject, that you would not normally consider viable. You will have to think carefully about the shot. You only get the one chance at each stop. Choose your composition and exposure with care.

After a while you may start forsaking the norm and begin experimenting, looking for weird patterns, reflections, shapes and obscure lines.  At least that was my excuse, you think of your own.

You will, almost certainly, take some dud shots and more unusual and interesting compositions.

You will learn by thinking through your composition, solving your problems and how other members tackled theirs.

You can walk this on your own or as a pair. Pairs are good; you’ll discuss potential shots, try to take different shots to each other and encourage your other half not to cheat!

This is NOT a competition. There is no prize or glory for the best shot. You are expected to return with some shots that didn’t work and some unusual pictures, perhaps the more weird the better. If your pictures are good club competition shots you may well have missed the whole point.

Are You Up For It?

If you wish to take part let us know. Send an email to ian@colink.co.uk with the message “I may seriously regret this decision but please include me in on the 2400 Steps event

We will send you more details on how this all works, locations, hints and tips and, to prove we are not quite as evil as you may think, tell you where you can, ever-so slightly, bend the rules.


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 intcomppdis@bedfordcameraclub.co.uk 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 intcomppdis@bedfordcameraclub.co.uk 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!