Our season runs from mid September to the end of May each year (about 35 weeks). We meet on Thursday evenings from 7.30pm through to 9.30pm at Baptist Hall (High Street) in Tring.
We provide a varied programme that is suitable for all levels of experience. Our main aim is to have fun while learning about photography.
Activities are based around a number of broad groups:
These are typically knowledge-sharing workshops, run by and for club members. the topic may be about a certain technique; mastering camera equipment; or helping each other to prepare for a future competition. We're always looking at what type of images we can take, what competitions can be entered, and overall, how to take great photos. Recent workshops have included Night Photography and still life.
To bring new ideas and learning, we select several external speakers each year to talk about their specialist area . Past speakers have covered Nature, Landscape, Flash photography and Post-Processing Techniques. Most of our speakers are professional photographers, However we also learn through other imagery, such as having an artist paint a landscape whilst explaining their composition decisions as build the painting..
Each year we have eight competitions, a mixture of Print (displayed on boards) and Digital (projected onto a screen with our high quality projector). Members proudly share their photographs (proudly but anonymously) and we all score each other's work. Usually a more experienced member then talks about the images – providing praise, encouragement, guidance and positive suggestions. Occasionally we ask an external judge to review our work. These competitions are core to our learning and we encourage all members to take part.
We all enjoy using our cameras – that’s what it’s all about – so wherever possible we create situations where we can have some hands on time. We've haunted the streets of Tring, but also experimented with a night shoot in Berkhamsted; a summer evening at College Lake or indoors at Temperance Hall practicing Still Life. We are privileged to live in such a beautiful area and encourage members to make the most of the opportunities.
We arrange a number of events that enable us to get to know each other better. Some involve photography, some just for fun.
Outside of the main Thursday evening Programme we encourage members to meet at weekends or other evenings to enjoy events related to photography. This may be a workshop run by a member on venturing into the manual settings of your camera; a trip to the Annual Photographic Show or a dawn shoot in a park. We've been floating the idea of finding somewhere suitably dark to try our hand at star trails!