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)
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

Jan
22
Tue
Talk: Leica – Dr Tom Peck
Jan 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

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

Speaker –  Dr Tom Peck

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.

 


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
29
Tue
A Husband and Wife Affair
Jan 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

Members Evening – A Husband and Wife Affair

 

 

Club members Paul and Filly are both not only landscape photographers but they also enjoy portraiture and sport.

Followed by many on social media, this has led to requests to run landscape photography workshops which have proved to be very successful in this past year. They regularly meet with other photographers from around the country, sharing opinions and different views on landscape photography.

This talk is mainly aimed at how to, first of all, get your image right in camera and the thought process behind the image to achieve the look you have in mind. It includes the use of filters which is a very big part of landscape photography and some editing tips.

They will also be talking about their adventures and mishaps and hope that you will find the talk both educational and entertaining.

They have recently been appointed as ambassadors for NiSi filters (NiSi review)

 


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


 

Feb
5
Tue
Competition: Open
Feb 5 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

Internal Club Members Competition

Subject – Open

  • Judge – Jonathan Vaines LRPS CPAGB
  • Maximum entry per member – 2x Prints and 1x PDI or 1x Print and 2x PDI’s
  • Final entry date – 29 January 19
  • 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


 

 

Feb
10
Sun
EAF Club Championships PDIs
Feb 10 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The EAF Club Championships will take place for PDIs on 10 February 2019 and for prints on 10 March 2019, both at 10am at The Fulbourn Centre, 31 Home End, Fulbourn, Cambridge CB21 5BS.

The club shall be entering the competition again this year and trying hard to get through into the final round in both categories.  The Championships are one of the best places to see top quality images from other camera clubs throughout the EAF region, as the standard is very high indeed – and of course you get to come along and support your club, so what better excuse for a day out!

Tickets cost £8.50 for each session, (PDI/Print) including morning and afternoon refreshments but you’ll need to bring your own lunch.  The closing date for ticket applications (which need to be submitted through the club) for both sections will be the club meeting on 8th January to allow the club to complete and submit the application form to the EAF.  Please let Sara Reay  (sarareays@gmail.com) know whether you’d like to attend either or both events and let her have your ticket money by 8th January at the latest.

Richard Burn, President, Bedford Camera Club

Feb
12
Tue
Composition Appraisal (Changed Event)
Feb 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

Please note, due to a health issue, for which we wish our previously booked speaker a speedy recovery, this is a change to our programme.

Jonathan Vaines - It's a Man's World

Jonathan Vaines – It’s a Man’s World

Following a very interesting, entertaining and informative talk from Jonathan Vaines on January 8th we welcome him back to offer a “Composition Appraisal Evening”.

Jonathan will discuss the compositional elements of images using members own work – not judging nor scoring, but simply critiquing the images based on all the points he highlighted on his previous talk.   
 
The evening will be interactive with questions throughout to allow everyone to explore, read and understand the compositional value of their image.
 
He may also offer other examples of composition elements.
 
We are not aware of anything like this having been run before, it will be new to both Jonathan and us. We know Jonathan well so we are certain we will learn a lot both from Jonathan and the audience discussions.
 
We will be asking for an image from each member for Jonathan to discuss. We will also accept an image from any guests who attended his January 8th talk assuming they would like to return for this follow up evening.
 
Please don’t upload your image yet, more details on when/how will be published soon

 


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


 

Feb
19
Tue
Talk: Thoresby Mine – Chris Upton
Feb 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

Thoresby – The End of the Mine

Speaker –  Chris Upton ARPS

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”.

Chris Upton – one of Fuji’s top X-Photographers

Chris Upton – web site

 


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


 

Feb
26
Tue
Competition: Shapes
Feb 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

Internal Club Members Competition

Subject – “Shapes”

  • Judge – Colin Southgate FRPS DPAGB
  • Maximum entry per member – 2x Prints and 1x PDI or 1x Print and 2x PDI’s
  • Final entry date 19 February 19

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


 

Mar
5
Tue
Talk: Photographic Sublime – Dr Tom Peck
Mar 5 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

The Photographic Sublime

Speaker – Dr Tom Peck

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

 


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


 

Mar
10
Sun
EAF Club Championships PDIs
Mar 10 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The EAF Club Championships will take place for PDIs on 10 February 2019 and for prints on 10 March 2019, both at 10am at The Fulbourn Centre, 31 Home End, Fulbourn, Cambridge CB21 5BS.

The club shall be entering the competition again this year and trying hard to get through into the final round in both categories.  The Championships are one of the best places to see top quality images from other camera clubs throughout the EAF region, as the standard is very high indeed – and of course you get to come along and support your club, so what better excuse for a day out!

Tickets cost £8.50 for each session, (PDI/Print) including morning and afternoon refreshments but you’ll need to bring your own lunch.  The closing date for ticket applications (which need to be submitted through the club) for both sections will be the club meeting on 8th January to allow the club to complete and submit the application form to the EAF.  Please let Sara Reay  (sarareays@gmail.com) know whether you’d like to attend either or both events and let her have your ticket money by 8th January at the latest.

Richard Burn, President, Bedford Camera Club

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 29th January 2019

Paul and Filly Bonito-Brook

Club members Paul and Filly are both not only landscape photographers but they also enjoy portraiture and sport.

Followed by many on social media, this has led to requests to run landscape photography workshops which have proved to be very successful in this past year. They regularly meet with other photographers from around the country, sharing opinions and different views on landscape photography.

This talk is mainly aimed at how to, first of all, get your image right in camera and the thought process behind the image to achieve the look you have in mind. It includes the use of filters which is a very big part of landscape photography and some editing tips.

They will also be talking about their adventures and mishaps and hope that you will find the talk both educational and entertaining.

They have recently been appointed as ambassadors for NiSi filters

Tuesday 12th February 2019

Composition Appraisal – Jonathan Vaines LRPS, CPAGB

Please note, due to a health issue, for which we wish our previously booked speaker a speedy recovery, this is a change to our programme.

Jonathan Vaines - It's a Man's World

Jonathan Vaines – It’s a Man’s World

Following a very interesting, entertaining and informative talk from Jonathan Vaines on January 8th we welcome him back to offer a “Composition Appraisal Evening”.

Jonathan will discuss the compositional elements of images using members own work – not judging nor scoring, but simply critiquing the images based on all the points he highlighted on his previous talk.   
 
The evening will be interactive with questions throughout to allow everyone to explore, read and understand the compositional value of their image.
 
Jonathan may also offer other examples of composition elements.
 
We are not aware of anything like this having been run before, it will be new to both Jonathan and us. We know Jonathan well so we are certain we will learn a lot both from Jonathan and the audience discussions.
 
We will be asking for an image from each member for Jonathan to discuss. We will also accept an image from any guests who attended his January 8th talk assuming they would like to return for this follow up evening.
 
Please don’t upload your image yet, more details on when/how will be published soon
 

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