Club Programme for 2018 – 2019

This programme is free to all members – join here.  Talks are also open to visitors, when space is available.
Please see the calendar for up-to-date details and visitor charges

We have an exciting programme of events, competitions and great lectures this season, put together by our Programme Secretary Bruce Deacon

Events Calendar Agenda (click to expand or contract)
Nov
20
Tue
Competition: 3 From 6
Nov 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

Members’ Evening – 3 From 6 Image Interpretation

Prior to this evenings event, participating club members will have chosen three from 6 given images and applied whatever techniques they desire to the images to improve/alter/manipulate/create  etc.  These images will then be projected on the evening and the authors will summarise what they did and why.

 


Part way through most evenings there is a short refreshment interval 

Unless otherwise specified meetings are held at Scott Primary School, Hawk Drive, Bedford MK41 7JA

The large hall has modern video and audio facilities


This event is free to BCC Members: Visitors £3.00 pp (refundable if you join the club on the evening)

Visitors

Visitors are welcome at most club events. Whilst members may invite an occasional guest to club meetings, it is expected that guests who make repeated visits will seek membership.  Forms for this purpose are available from the General Secretary or Membership Secretary. See our Membership page for more details

Competitions

Please note: only fully paid-up or honorary members may submit entries to competitions


 

Nov
23
Fri
Competition: Inter Club
Nov 23 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

3-Way Interclub Competition

Biggleswade – Gamlingay – Bedford

Members are welcome to attend the judging evening which will include entries from Bedford CC and other clubs.

Nov
27
Tue
Talk: Paul Mitchell – Woodlands
Nov 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

Woodland Ways

Speaker – Paul Mitchell FRPS  –

Paul will share some of his inspirations, influences and thought processes when capturing woodland scenes, an aspect of landscape photography which most people find notoriously difficult. During the evening he will also impart some of his compositional tips and techniques to create images that have gained him many awards and accolades.

www.paulmitchellphotography.co.uk

www.lcuk.photo

www.arenaphotographers.com/portfolio-items/paul-mitchell

 

 


Part way through most evenings there is a short refreshment interval 

Unless otherwise specified meetings are held at Scott Primary School, Hawk Drive, Bedford MK41 7JA

The large hall has modern video and audio facilities


This event is free to BCC Members: Visitors £3.00 pp (refundable if you join the club on the evening)

Visitors

Visitors are welcome at most club events. Whilst members may invite an occasional guest to club meetings, it is expected that guests who make repeated visits will seek membership.  Forms for this purpose are available from the General Secretary or Membership Secretary. See our Membership page for more details

Competitions

Please note: only fully paid-up or honorary members may submit entries to competitions


 

Dec
4
Tue
Competition: Points of View
Dec 4 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

Internal “Points of View” Club Members Competition

  • Judge – Graham Heywood DPAGB EFIAP/p FBPE
  • 6 x PDI’s only – 1 x image for each of the six themes
  • Final entry date 27 November 18

 


Part way through most evenings there is a short refreshment interval 

Unless otherwise specified meetings are held at Scott Primary School, Hawk Drive, Bedford MK41 7JA

The large hall has modern video and audio facilities


This event is free to BCC Members: Visitors £3.00 pp (refundable if you join the club on the evening)

Visitors

Visitors are welcome at most club events. Whilst members may invite an occasional guest to club meetings, it is expected that guests who make repeated visits will seek membership.  Forms for this purpose are available from the General Secretary or Membership Secretary. See our Membership page for more details

Competitions

Please note: only fully paid-up or honorary members may submit entries to competitions


 

Dec
11
Tue
Christmas Social
Dec 11 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

Christmas Social

Details to be announced

Members Only

Dec
18
Tue
Competition: Monochrome
Dec 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

Internal Club Members Competition

Subject – Monochrome

  • Judge – Peter Prosser APAGB
  • Maximum entry per member – 2x Prints and 1x PDI or 1x Print and 2x PDI’s
  • Final entry date 11 December 2018
  • Counts towards the seasonal points competition

 


Part way through most evenings there is a short refreshment interval 

Unless otherwise specified meetings are held at Scott Primary School, Hawk Drive, Bedford MK41 7JA

The large hall has modern video and audio facilities


This event is free to BCC Members: Visitors £3.00 pp (refundable if you join the club on the evening)

Visitors

Visitors are welcome at most club events. Whilst members may invite an occasional guest to club meetings, it is expected that guests who make repeated visits will seek membership.  Forms for this purpose are available from the General Secretary or Membership Secretary. See our Membership page for more details

Competitions

Please note: only fully paid-up or honorary members may submit entries to competitions


 

 

Jan
1
Tue
Be A Judge
Jan 1 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

Members Evening

“Be a judge for the evening” – full details to be announced. 

 


Part way through most evenings there is a short refreshment interval 

Unless otherwise specified meetings are held at Scott Primary School, Hawk Drive, Bedford MK41 7JA

The large hall has modern video and audio facilities


This event is free to BCC Members: Visitors £3.00 pp (refundable if you join the club on the evening)

Visitors

Visitors are welcome at most club events. Whilst members may invite an occasional guest to club meetings, it is expected that guests who make repeated visits will seek membership.  Forms for this purpose are available from the General Secretary or Membership Secretary. See our Membership page for more details

Competitions

Please note: only fully paid-up or honorary members may submit entries to competitions


 

Jan
8
Tue
Talk: Compose Yourself – Jonathan Vaines
Jan 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

Compose Yourself

Speaker – Jonathan Vaines  LRPS CPAGB

An introduction to some of the key compositional elements of photography.

After we have all begun to understand the basis of our cameras we often find composition a mystery.   It certainly improves any photograph but what is it?

In this talk Jonathan will show some of the key “rules” of composition and how to apply them.

Composition is a development of a photographer’s seeing eye.  The talk will be supported with both PDI and Print images.

 


Part way through most evenings there is a short refreshment interval 

Unless otherwise specified meetings are held at Scott Primary School, Hawk Drive, Bedford MK41 7JA

The large hall has modern video and audio facilities


This event is free to BCC Members: Visitors £3.00 pp (refundable if you join the club on the evening)

Visitors

Visitors are welcome at most club events. Whilst members may invite an occasional guest to club meetings, it is expected that guests who make repeated visits will seek membership.  Forms for this purpose are available from the General Secretary or Membership Secretary. See our Membership page for more details

Competitions

Please note: only fully paid-up or honorary members may submit entries to competitions


 

Jan
15
Tue
Competition: Architects Association
Jan 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

Internal Club Members Competition

Architects Association Trophy

Subject – “Architecture for People”

  • Judge – Adrian Stone
  • Maximum entry per member – 3 x PDI’s only
  • Final entry date 8 January 19

 

 


Part way through most evenings there is a short refreshment interval 

Unless otherwise specified meetings are held at Scott Primary School, Hawk Drive, Bedford MK41 7JA

The large hall has modern video and audio facilities


This event is free to BCC Members: Visitors £3.00 pp (refundable if you join the club on the evening)

Visitors

Visitors are welcome at most club events. Whilst members may invite an occasional guest to club meetings, it is expected that guests who make repeated visits will seek membership.  Forms for this purpose are available from the General Secretary or Membership Secretary. See our Membership page for more details

Competitions

Please note: only fully paid-up or honorary members may submit entries to competitions


 

Jan
19
Sat
Competition: Interclub Digital
Jan 19 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Whittlesford Interclub Digital Competition

Starting time  to be advised

Members are welcome to attend, Bedford CC will be competing in this competition

Highlights of This Year’s Lectures and Talks

Tuesday 9th October 2018

James Abbott

Landscape Photography: Making it Happen

Derelict Barn at The Roaches in the Peak District (Staffordshire)

 

James Abbott  is a landscape and portrait photographer, freelance photography journalist and editor specializing in photography techniques, tutorials and reviews.  If you can think of a subject, he has probably photographed it !

In this talk James will explain his approach to landscape photography and how both getting things right in-camera, and the editing process are equally important elements of his workflow. In the second part of the talk, James will walk you through the process of shooting and editing focus stacked landscape images with a live Lightroom and Photoshop demonstration.

Tuesday 23rd October 2018

Portrait Photo Shoot

“Live” models and a selection of props and lighting/equipment will enable members to practice portrait photography.

David Smith of Frog Labs Photography will be on hand throughout the evening to give advice and help. 

(Club members only)

Tuesday 30th October 2018

Justin Minns

East Anglian Landscape

Justin is a landscape photographer and workshop leader who has been working with the National Trust for several years. His images have been widely recognized in photographic competitions including Landscape Photographer of the Year.

Over the last few years his landscape photography has gone from being a healthy obsession to a profession. This presentation, illustrated by images of East Anglia, will pass along some of the things learnt along the way with the emphasis on the input of the photographer rather than the camera.

Tuesday 27th November 2018

Paul Mitchell FRPS

Woodland Ways

Paul will share some of his inspirations, influences and thought processes when capturing woodland scenes, an aspect of landscape photography which most people find notoriously difficult.

During the evening he will also impart some of his compositional tips and techniques to create images that have gained him many awards and accolades.

Tuesday 8th January 2019

Jonathan Vaines LRPS, CPAGB

Compose Yourself

An introduction to some of the key compositional elements of photography.

After we have all begun to understand the basis of our cameras we often find composition a mystery. It certainly improves any photograph but what is it?

In this talk Jonathan will show some of the key “rules” of composition and how to apply them. Composition is a development of a photographer’s seeing eye.

The talk will be supported with both PDI and Print images.

Tuesday 22nd January 2019

Dr Tom Peck

Leica – Probably the most influential camera in the world, ever

Dr Thomas Peck (contributor to Black & White Photography and OnLandscape.co.uk) traces the history of Leica from
1900 to the present day to show how this brand revolutionised the way we take photographs.

Even today, in the era of high megapixel digital photography, we all still use the basic camera body shapes and shoot the image formats that have their roots in Leica’s ground breaking developments in the early 20th Century.

This presentation is much more than a simple history lesson however. The talk is interspersed with a quiz on famous (Leica)
photographs and their authors, and the presenter shares his own personal history with Leica via a series of portfolios taken with a combination of a modern day M9 Leica and a 1936 screw mount Leica II.

The presenter brings along a selection of Leica memorabilia so the audience can get a chance to experience what a Leica feels like. A 90 minute fun, informative and personal run through of the most influential camera brand in the world.

Tuesday 12th February 2019

Trish Wilcox LRPS AFIAP CPAGB BPE3

My Creative Journey

Trish will explain to members how and why she first began working on creative images, talking about the inspiration behind them and showing the original images which she photographed and how the pictures are built up.

She will explain the software which is used and the use of layers and texture overlays within the different images, as well as the cutting out of figures and the various elements which she used to produce the final completed article.

Toning and composition of creative images will also be included in her talk.

Tuesday 19th February 2019

Chris Upton ARPS

Thoresby – The End of the Mine

Thoresby Colliery, the last pit in Nottinghamshire, closed in July 2015 bringing to an end over 900 years of mining in the county.

This presentation tells the story of how the project came about, how it was shot and the resulting exhibition, AV, book and extensive publicity

A great example of “how to shoot a project”.

Tuesday 5th March 2019

Dr Tom Peck

The Photographic Sublime

How the traditions of the sublime in art influence the photography of the past, the present and the future. Dr Thomas Peck (contributor to Black & White Photography and OnLandscape.co.uk) traces the roots of the English and German traditions of the sublime: “think awesome / fearful vs transcendent / mystical nature,” and shows how these have influenced the early photographers of the landscape through to the modern day.

With examples stretching from painters like Turner and Caspar David Friedrich and photos from a wide selection including Carleton E Watkins to M Kenna to S Salgado to A Adams to H Sugimoto, plus the author’s own pictures.

The presentation is a fascinating insight into a cultural trend which is sure to provoke some debate, especially when we look into the future at how photography and the sublime might continue to interact in the 21st century

Tuesday 19th March 2019

Daniel Trim

My Photographic Journey

Wildlife Photographer

Daniel’s presentation this evening will cover his progression as a photographer, his BWPA award winning photos and some recent projects in Madagascar, the sea bird colonies of Saltee in Ireland and his local hare population.

Tuesday 30th April 2019

Ian Wilson ARPS

The Royal Photographic Society

Ian is a member of Cambridge Camera Club and an assessor on the Royal Photographic Society distinctions panel.

Tonight’s presentation will set out what the RPS is all about, the levels of distinction that can be applied for and the benefits of being a member.

Bedford Camera Club now has four LRPS members and one recent ARPS. Other members of the club are in the process of applying for either an LRPS or ARPS distinction.

As well as Ian’s talk, several club members will explain why they decided to work towards a distinction and what they got out of the process.

Examples of the three levels of distinction, kindly loaned to us by the RPS, will be on display during the evening.

 

Our programme

Lectures and talks from the visiting specialists above.

More great “Member to Member” talks and presentations from our best people where they pass on their knowledge in their specialist areas.

Internal and external competitions to challenge your creativity

Various events including social evenings and fun evenings