We have three different type of meetings: Show and Tell, Knowledge Night and Photo Shoots.
Show and Tell
Held every third Thursday, apart from August, these meetings are a chance to share and talk about our images and give and receive friendly, constructive comments and advice. Members are invited to submit up to three digital images (and/or prints at some meetings) on that month's theme and a single Image of the Month of any subject, taken since the previous Show and Tell meeting. Meetings start with refreshments at 7pm in the Baptist Schoolroom, Guilsborough Road, NN6 7AD, then at 7:30pm we start showing the images. Each month's theme is listed below and guidance on how to submit images is at the bottom of this page. Non-members are welcome to attend two of these meetings free of charge.
Taking place usually on or around the fourth Thursday, apart from August, Knowledge Nights are a great way to increase your photographic skills, experiment, or just have some photo fun. They include tutorials, demonstrations and talks on various aspects of photography - some delivered by professional photographers - to opportunities to ask for advice or an explanation about any aspect of photography. Meetings will be held in the Baptist Schoolroom unless otherwise advised and the list of subjects is below. Non-members may purchase tickets to attend talks by speakers.
We try to arrange a couple of visits a year to photographically interesting locations to allow for exploration and practice with like-minded people. Occasionally these are organised with other photo clubs which allows us to meet and exchange ideas and tips.
Take a look below for our meetings and events. You can download a Programme Guide and handy leaflet too.
Up to four digital images may be submitted. Up to three on the monthly theme (see above) that can have been taken at any time, plus one Image of the Month that doesn't need to follow the theme but must have been taken since the previous meeting. These images will be shown and discussed at the monthly meeting.
When submitting digital images please follow the points below:
At the meetings when members may submit prints as well as digital images for the theme, please follow the points below:
Prints must be securely fixed to a robust mount to allow display on a frame and labelled with the title and member's name.
Prints must be no larger than A3 (42cm x 29.7cm) with a mount no larger than 50cm x 40cm.
They must email firstname.lastname@example.org with the image titles, number of prints being submitted and their sizes prior to 2100 hrs on the day before the meeting.
Submit their prints at the Show and Tell meeting by 19:15.
To help inspire you for November's theme of Urban / Architectural we've invited Dave Fieldhouse to talk to us on that subject. Dave's photos are stunning - have a look at his website - and his talk is bound to inspire you.
We're delighted that Astrid McGechan, a Light and Land tour leader, has agreed to talk to us about landscape photography and will invite us to Feel the Land. For a taste of what's come have a look at the beautiful photos on Astrid's website.
Visiting us again after a couple of years, we welcome back Jonathan to give us a talk on composition. Arguably the the most important aspect in photography it’s what turns a snapshot into art. Jonathan’s website contains examples of the impact composition makes.
One of the most requested subjects by our members for Knowledge Night was astrophotography. A couple of us only dabble in it so we asked an expert, Dave Eagle, to come along and give us a talk. Take a look at Dave’s website to see what to expect.
Our annual get together with members of Spratton Photography Group. This year we'll be meeting to photograph the historic and fascinating and Weedon Depot. Afterwards there’ll be an opportunity to relax at the Roman Way Brewery.
An informal Knowledge Night meeting where anyone can come along and ask photography-related questions. Want to know what something means; what's this button for; how do I do this? We'll try and help you find an answer.
For our first photo shoot this year we're off to Everdon Stubbs to photograph the bluebells. Take a picture of a blanket of bluebells; get in close for a colourful close-up or just take photos of trees for October's theme. There's some tips for photographing bluebells on Alan Ranger's website.
As well as being our club secretary Dave has also wowed us in Show and Tell meetings with his beautiful macro photos. He'll be talking to us about how to go about doing this fascinating branch of photography.
The great thing about still life photography is you can do it indoors when the weather is awful – just the thing to do as the nights start to draw in. David Kallmeier and Tony Teague will give us tips in a hands-on session. Come along and have a go in a friendly setting.
This is the major event in our club's year. A two day exhibition of print and digital images in All Saints' church. It's our aim to encourage everyone to submit their photos, whether or not they are a member of a photo club. Have a look at last year's show on our Photo Show page.
The genre of street photography has produced some truly memorable images. But what makes a good street photo and how do you approach this subject? Steve Williams will be giving us a talk to help us answer these questions.
Arguably any photo can be described as a collection of curves, circles and shapes that make up a coherent whole. This month we're looking for images that make a feature of these elements.
Judging by the popularity of wildlife programmes this month's theme should attract a good number of photos. Animals are all around us, big and small, so here’s a great opportunity to use your telephoto or macro lenses. Prints may also be submitted at this meeting.
Some of the most colourful and striking photos are taken around the time of sunrise and sunset - what photographers call the golden hour. With beautiful light on the land and in the sky there should be some great images this month.
You could sum up this month's theme as messing about with boats. But it doesn't have to be a boat - if it floats it's also included which should widen the scope for images that fir the topic for this month's meeting. Prints may also be submitted at this meeting.
It's said that human brains are particularly sensitive to perceiving patterns. This will be an advantage for our members who we're asking to submit images featuring patterns and textures.
Is it a bird, is it a plane? If, like Phil Collins, you can see it coming in the air then, whatever it is, it's a valid subject for inclusion in this month's Show and Tell theme. Prints may also be submitted at this meeting.
Macro and close-up photography opens up a new world and can produce some extraordinary images - fungi and lichens as forests, insects as monsters. To help us David Kallmeier will give us a talk about this subject in June.
We don't hold any club meetings in August, instead we set a challenge for our members that may either be a theme or project. This year's challenge is yet to be set and will be announced at a meeting and shown here.
Here's a chance to dig out the holiday photos - sun, sea sand and, well, more sand: it gets everywhere. But it's not all beaches and suntans; there's plenty of atmospheric images to be taken in the liminal space between water and land. Prints may also be submitted at this meeting.
If you went to our Photo Shoot in May you’ll know that taking photos in woodland can be a challenge as often you can't see the wood for the trees. At this time of year the start of autumn colours can be an incentive to get out with your camera.
Often we move through our urban areas without noticing the buildings and environment. This month is an opportunity to look more closely at our urban landscape. Hopefully the talk by Dave Fieldhouse in May will have provided inspiration. Prints may also be submitted at this meeting.
No theme this month and instead of an Image of the Month, it's Images of the Year. Your favourite three images you've taken this year. And as it's nearly Christmas there's extra nibbles and cake!