Speedlights, or, as we used to call them, flashguns, are often an underused photographic tool costing from £25 to £1,000 or more.

Most of us know that we can stick one on the top of our camera and they are great for indoor parties (if you can’t remember what a “party” is, it was a fun group gathering, usually with alcohol, that used to happen pre-Covid days.)

But speedlights are also useful in many other situations. On sunny days, turning day into night, adding catchlights, illuminating a dark corner, filling shadows, adding colour, high-speed photography, darkening backgrounds, highlighting a subject, turning the background black, creative images.

About 4 years ago I gave a talk to the club about speedlights. How they work and ways we can use them.

If you have a speedlight, or are considering buying one, and would like a Zoom “class” on the topic, please let me know. If there is a demand for it then I’ll dust off and update my previous notes and run a few short, casual classes on the subject.

I’ll go over how they work, getting them off the camera, ways we can trigger them, what the specifications mean, how the light behaves, how to measure the light and then some creative ways to use them. It will not be lessons on how to take portraits or still life.

If interested please email me and let me know what days you can’t possibly do.




Seasonal Points Competition Deadline Reminder

… Competition  reminder…

I hope you feel inspired by Andrea Hargreaves talk!

Entries for the first internal seasonal points competition must be submitted by midnight Tuesday October 20th.  This “open” competition can be found on Photo Entry group heading “Seasonal Points 2020-21”. You may submit up to 3 entries with points awarded counting towards your overall season total. Kathy Chantler will Judge the competition at our zoom meeting Tuesday October 27th.

Please Note, only members that have a current subscription are eligible to enter Internal or External competitions.

I look forward to seeing your entries

Have fun

       Ian M.

Ian McKenzie


Photo Opportunity – Birds of Prey

Photo: Ian Whiting

BCC member Paul Curtis would like BCC members to be aware of an offer to go to the Herrings Green Activity Farm and Bird of Prey Centre, Cotton End Rd, Wilstead MK45 3DT  to see and photograph owls and eagles. The offer is for one person 3 hr photoshoot for £25 or three hours for two people £47. The offer is held for 90days from the day you book your place. If you need more information please get in touch with Paul direct on either 01234 270773 or 07794 273552 or email paulfcurtis1@gmail.com.

*Important* Please read, you are the judge!

To all Members of Bedford Camera Club
Judging – Summer Events Competition. The Lockdown Season


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The competition closed for entries on Tuesday night and we would now like to ask members to judge each of the images entered with a mark of 1 to 20 by midnight Sunday October 4th. We will then review the image scores at our meeting on Tuesday October 6th and declare the winner,

 To view the entries and score each image please login into Photo Entry


Competition Deadline Reminders


…A couple of reminders

Firstly, entries for the Summer Event Competition “The Season in Lockdown” must be submitted by midnight Tuesday September 29th.  The competition can be found on Photo Entry group heading Other Internal Competitions 2020-21. You may submit up to 3 entries of any picture taken from March 25th, 2020 through to September 29th, 2020. The winner gets to retain the Summer Events Cup for 1 year.



Points of View Recap

Many thanks to all those who were able to get to the POV event in Sharnbrook over the past weekend.

The weather was warm and sunny both days, so I guess we will be short of a few dramatic storm images

Just to let you know, you need to submit 6 images, one image for each of the 6 themes. Submit all six via the usual Photo Entry website by December 1st.


Points of View this Weekend

This weekend, September 12/13th, the club holds its first event for 2020-21

The Points of View location is Sharnbrook (8 miles north of Bedford via the A6.) You can photograph anytime over the 48 hours of Saturday AM to Sunday PM. All image content must have been taken over this weekend within the bounds of Sharnbrook.

The challenge is to get 6 images, one for each of the 6 themes, see below.READ MORE

Points of View 2020 Announcement

The first event of the 2020-21 program is the Points of View event to be held over the weekend September 12th and 13th.

I have written a PDF with all the details, location, six themes. Please download it and I hope I see you over that weekend.

The PDF includes details of what the POV event entails for those that are new to the competition.

Cliff has also volunteered to lead and assist a group of new members, details in the PDF.

We have the added concern over the COVID issue. I think we can run this event within the guidelines. I have included in the PDF some links to these guidelines and how we should work within them.

Download Points of View PDF

Any questions please do ask

Ian Whiting