Club Programme for 2018 – 2019
We have an exciting programme of events, competitions and great lectures this season, put together by our Programme Secretary Bruce Deacon
Highlights of This Year’s Lectures and Talks
Tuesday 9th October 2018
Landscape Photography: Making it Happen
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
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
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
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
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)
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.
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
My Photographic Journey
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.
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