Programme 2019-2020


This season’s  short-form programme can be downloaded here.
If you’d like to come to a meeting, see the find us page to help you find your way to our venues in Gawsworth Church Hall and Macclesfield Library.

September 2019

9th – Season Opening & Welcome  

Gawsworth

Committee member Vince Sparks  will be opening the seasons proceedings and will be talking about our forthcoming programme for the new season with a focus on what we do and why we do it.

We will attempt to tailor the evening to the audience on the night and this might include some selected and insightful videos.

Please come and join us to find out more…

16th – Informal Meeting – ‘tog talk

Location to follow

We will be holding an informal evening for the discussion of all things photographic, the idea is to share knowledge and our experiences with each other in a relaxed and enjoyable manner – this may involve a pub and any themes for the night can be “member led”.

Member’s suggestions & input welcomed.

23rd – Camera trends and technology – Vince Sparks

Gawsworth

Committee member Vince will be presenting the state of photographic technology landscape, which is rapidly evolving with the ubiquity of high quality camera’s in smartphones, a trend toward mirrorless camera’s and the advent of computational photography over optical and artificial-intelligence based processing techniques that are pushing the art of the possible.

30th – Thinking Outside of The Box – Valerie Dalling

Macclesfield Library

Our guest speaker Valerie Dalling will be presenting her thoughts and experiences.

Valerie is visual artist who is “inspired by the landscape” you can find out more about Valerie and her art at www.valeriedalling.com.

(interactive – member digital images are also requested for discussion)

October 2019

7th – Street photography – Brian Law ARPS, CPAG.

Gawsworth

Brian is a long term club member, very experienced photographer and associate of the Royal Society of Photography.

Brian will be presenting his thoughts on the genre of street photography, this is bound to be an interesting and insightful evening as those who know Brian, know he “know’s his stuff”.  

You can find out more about Brian and his work at brianlawphotography.co.uk.

14th – Internal Competition 1 – Open DPI (digital image)

Gawsworth

This is our first competition of the year and the them is an open one.

If you are new to photographic competition, taking part is a great way to get high quality feedback on your images – this can be a little uncomfy at first but it really is a great way to improve.

Even if you don’t enter, observing the judging process can really help you “train your eye” and identify the technical improvements you can make in your own images.

21st  – Informal Meeting – ‘tog talk

Upstairs in The Silk Trader, 37 Brook St, Macclesfield SK11 7AD

We will be holding an informal evening for the discussion of all things photographic, the idea is to share knowledge and our experiences with each other in a relaxed and enjoyable manner – this may involve a pub and any themes for the night can be “member led”.

Member’s suggestions & input welcomed

28th – Robertshaw Trophy – External Competition (hosted by Macclesfield Camera Club)

Macclesfield Library

This is an external competition where a selection of our members finest work is pitted in competition against other local clubs.

This an opportunity to see some really inspiring photography from our own members and also from our peers in local clubs.


November 2019

4th – Images are Made not Taken – Brian Law and Alex White

Gawsworth

Brian and Alex will be discussing how images can be “made” or improved and will present some techniques that can be applied to your own images to improve them. 

11th – Adrian McGarry – iPhone photographer and artist

Gawsworth

Our guest speaker Adrian is an iPhone photographer and visual artist who is passionate about motivating others to take the next steps on their smartphone image-making journey.

Adrian’s work shows that making great images is accessible to all with a smartphone these days. 

You can find out more about Adrian and his work at www.adrianmcgarry.com

18th – New Venue Meeting

We’re welcoming in our new venue – Gawsworth Village Hall, details of the new venue can be found on our information page: New venue

We’re welcoming our new venue by having an informal evening where we’ll be reviewing images from club members and also images from other clubs which were part of the most recent external competition – The Robertshaw Trophy. This is an informal evening for discussion of all things photographic, the idea is to share knowledge and our experience with each other in a relaxed and enjoyable manner.

25th – Internal Competition 2 – Open Prints

Gawsworth Village Hall

This is the second internal competition of the year and will be an open themed print competition.

Participation in this competition has all the benefits of feedback as for digital, but will also help show the benefits of printing your photographic art.

Again, even if you do not wish to participate in the competition, it is a great night and you will see some fantastic printed images.

25th High Peak Trophy Competition (hosted by Bramhall Photographic Society)

Bramhall

This is an external competition where a selection of our members finest work is pitted in competition against other local clubs.

This an opportunity to see some really inspiring photography from our own members and also from our peers in local clubs.

There will also be activities in Gawsworth this week for those who do not wish to travel to Bramhall.


December 2019

2nd – Light Painting Evening

Gawsworth Village Hall

We’re having an interactive/practical Light Painting session, so please bring along your camera(s) , tripod, remote shutter release and torch for some fun with light and cameras. 

9th – B&W Photography – Neil Hulme

Gawsworth Village Hall

Our guest speak Neil, a regular speaker on the club circuit, is specialist in black and white imagery, often with a “fine art” aesthetic.  You can see some of Neil’s stunning images at www.neilhulmephotography.co.uk

16th – Annual Christmas Social

Gawsworth Village Hall

Snacks, nibbles and drinks, with a few informal fun activities thrown in (usually quizzes etc & prizes), Member’s suggestions & interaction welcomed !

23rd – Christmas week – no meeting

Have a great Christmas and hope you get a few nice presents

30th – New Year week – no meeting

Hope you have a Happy New Year


January 2020

6th – Wildlife Photography – Steve Gresty

Gawsworth Village Hall

Committee member Steve will be sharing his thoughts, experiences and if I know Steve (which I do!) some darn fine wildlife photography – this is one not to miss folks.  

13th – Internal Competition 3 – Open Smartphone DPI (digital image)

Gawsworth Village Hall

Following on from Adrian McGarry’s talk on smartphone photography we will be holding our on “mobile device” competition in a digital submission format.

Once again this is a great opportunity to get high quality feedback on your images.

20th – Informal Meeting – ‘tog talk

Gawsworth Village Hall

We will be holding an informal evening  for the discussion of all things photographic, the idea is to share knowledge and our experiences with each other in a relaxed and enjoyable manner – this may involve a pub and any themes for the night can be “member led”.

Member’s suggestions & input welcomed

27th – Judge for Yourself – Alex White

Gawsworth Village Hall

Committee member Alex will be sharing his thoughts and results of his research and experiences into the machinations, motivations of photographic competitions judges with a view to getting more out of the process and improving photographic  output. 


February 2020

3rd – Astro Photography – David Tolliday

Gawsworth Village Hall

Long time club member Dave, who is a very experienced and successful multi-genre photographer will be talking about his exploits with Astro-photography – again this is on not to miss!

10th – A talk on Olive Edis – Val Lear

Gawsworth Village Hall

Commitee member Val will be talking about the female photographer Olive Edis who’s pioneering work in the early 20th century led to her trademark portraiture style.

17th – Informal Meeting – ‘ tog talk

Gawsworth Village Hall

We will be holding an informal evening for the discussion of all things photographic, the idea is to share knowledge and our experiences with each other in a relaxed and enjoyable manner – this may involve a pub and any themes for the night can be “member led”.

Member’s suggestions & input welcomed

24th – Internal Competition 4 – Open DPI (digital images)

Gawsworth Village Hall

This is our fourth competition of the year and the them is an open one.

If you are new to photographic competition, taking part is a great way to get high quality feedback on your images – this can be a little uncomfy at first but it really is a great way to improve.

Even if you don’t enter, observing the judging process can really help you “train your eye” and identify the technical improvements you can make in your own images.


March 2020

2nd – Kriszstina Kobanyai – Photographer & Olympus Ambassador.

Gawsworth Village Hall

Kriszstina is a successful professional portrait photographer and Olympus Ambassador she will be sharing her thoughts and experiences with us. You can find out more about her work at www.krisztinakobanyai.com

9th – To be confirmed

Gawsworth Village Hall

Details to follow.

16th – Informal Meeting – ‘tog talk

Gawsworth Village Hall

We will be holding an informal evening for the discussion of all things photographic, the idea is to share knowledge and our experiences with each other in a relaxed and enjoyable manner – this may involve a pub and any themes for the night can be “member led”.

Member’s suggestions & input welcomed

23rd – Guest Speaker – To be confirmed

Gawsworth Village Hall

Details to follow.

30th – Internal Competition 5 – Open Print

Gawsworth Village Hall

This is the final internal competition of the year and will be an open themed print competition.

Participation in this competition has all the benefits of feedback as for digital, but will also help show the benefits of printing your photographic art.

Again, even if you do not wish to participate in the competition, it is a great night and you will see some fantastic printed images.


April 2020

6th – Annual General Meeting

Gawsworth Village Hall

The club’s AGM is a great forum to see how things have been going throughout the year on a financial and in terms of our direction of travel and to provide feedback to the committee to inform the following seasons planning.

13th – Easter Monday – no meeting

 

20th – Informal Meeting – ‘tog talk

Gawsworth Village Hall

We will be holding an informal evening for the discussion of all things photographic, the idea is to share knowledge and our experiences with each other in a relaxed and enjoyable manner – this may involve a pub and any themes for the night can be “member led”.

Member’s suggestions & input welcomed

27th Annual Exhibition – Opening & Internal Competition League Results

Macclesfield Library

The Annual Exhibition is an internal competition that we hold each year over a number of categories for both digital and print images to celebrate our members work throughout the season.

It is judged by an external photographic judge and the successful images then form an exhibition that is then exhibited in the Macclesfield Library.

The images themselves can be ones use in other internal and external competitions or completely new ones.

Once again its a fantastic opportunity to get feedback on your own images and to see the inspiring work of our other members.  


May 2020

4th – May Bank Holiday – no meeting

 

11th – Season Finale – Social Evening

Gawsworth Village Hall

We aim to end the season on a high-note with a social get-together. Expect snacks, nibbles and drinks, and some informal fun activities thrown.