Portrait Evening

On March 10th Cliff is arranging a portrait evening. This is a fun, practical workshop for everyone.

There will be 2 or more setups with off-camera strobe lights where you can practice photographing the models.

If you would like more information I have put together some notes to explain what happens and how you can get the most out of the experience.

Portrait Shoot Evening Notes (PDF)

Any questions please ask me, Cliff or Jim Boud

Photographs in the local newspaper

We have been approached by Hannah Richardson who is the community reporter with the Bedfordshire Times and Citizen newspaper.

The newspaper always includes a “Reader’s Photograph” on the “Readers’ Letters” page and she asked if BCC members might like to send in the occasional photograph to be considered for this purpose.

There is no payment but the picture would always be credited.

Images can be sent by email to: editorial@timesandcitizen.co.uk with “Reader’s Photograph” in the subject line. Images should be sent in jpeg format and they should be about 1Mb in size.

For further information you can contact Hannah directly

Bedfordshire Archives ‘Filling the Archives Gap’ Project

Bedfordshire Archives Greensand Country Photo Project


The County Archives are looking for photographers to take part in a project to create a research resource by capturing record quality photographs of the Greensand Country.

Through a series of three workshops you will find out what is needed and help to curate an exhibition at the end of the project.

Between workshops, you will get out and about capturing images.

The workshops will be held at the Greensand Trust’s Working Woodlands Centre, Maulden Wood, Haynes West End, MK45 3UZ from 9.30am to 12.30pm on:

Saturday 29th February – meet Archive staff, discuss what makes a good archive photograph, decide on target images

Saturday 14th March – progress check – discuss images captured so far

Saturday 18th April – select images for the Archives and the exhibition

During May the exhibition of selected images will be in place as part of the Greensand Country Festival

To take part, see Linda Swain for more details or contact the Archives on 01234 228833 or archive@bedford.gov.uk to reserve a place

Philip Lepper Trophy

Philip Lepper Trophy competition 24th March 2020 – theme:  Abstract


The rules for scoring the Philip Lepper Trophy have changed this year and reverted to how it was scored in past years.

The winner will be the person who receives the highest score over three images.  That is, the scores you receive for your three images will be added together and the total score will count towards the final rankings.

To have a chance of winning this trophy, you will need to enter the maximum three images.

Good luck with developing your ‘abstract’ skills.

Backup Talk Slides

A copy of the relevant slides from the short Backup talk to be given on 28th January 2020 are here…


There are links to two backup apps (Macrium Reflect that I use and Easus which I have not used but is recommended by Ask Leo) plus the links for various articles by Ask Leo (he makes good sense.)

This talk was not a comprehensive discussion and only from a Windows 10 home user’s point of view, although a similar approach applies to Apple users.






Seasonal Points Competition

The closing date for our next seasonal points competition is midnight tomorrow, 28th January so if you haven’t yet added your images – 2 prints and 1 PDI or 1 print and 2 PDIs  – now is the time to do so.

This is an open competition so there are no limits other than your imagination.

Let’s see a good number of entries in the competition on 4th February.

Architects’ Association Trophy 2021

Just to make sure you have plenty of advance warning of next year’s Architects’ Association Trophy competition the theme is going to be ARCHITECTURAL SILHOUETTES.

You will receive a theme brief with further information in good time for the competition.

Architects’ Association Trophy

Happy New Year!

Just a reminder that our next club competition is the Architects’ Association Trophy to be held on Tuesday 14th January 2020.

Don’t forget, the theme for this competition, set by Graham Wright of the Architects’ Association, is ‘Consensus in Architecture’ with the following explanation:

Modern Architecture has often been criticised as being insensitive, terms like ‘….it looks like a prison building….’ and ‘… it’s a carbuncle…’ have often been used. Good Architecture should not simply copy the neighbours but be compatible, good neighbourly and respectful designs. Architects do not work in isolation to design buildings which all also have to be approved by various bodies. We see the resultant compromises.  It is my view that consensus Architecture should meld the new with the old.

Enter your PDIs (a maximum of 3) by the closing date of 7th January.

Looking forward to seeing some imaginative and creative images.