Programme 2018-2019

Hi, We’re currently on our summer break and will be back in September. If you would like to see what we’ve been up to this season please see below. In the meantime if you would like to contact us please drop us a note via our contacts page.  

This season’s amended 2019 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 venue in Macclesfield Library.

September 2018

Monday 10th – Introductory Evening

Kevin our president will be opening the 2018-2019 season and introducing the camera club to new members.
There will a brief discussion on the various cameras formats available today (full frame, cropped, micro 4/3rds etc).
Following on from last year’s fun with disposable cameras, Vince will be opening this exciting and fun challenge for the new season.

Monday 17th – Aspects of Photography

Our first interactive evening of the new season a “round the table” session with three streams of discussion including:

  • Composition
  • ISO & Noise reduction, basic image processing
  • Preparing for competitions.

Monday 24th – ‘Kenya’ – Keith Barber

Our first speaker of the season – Keith Barber (FIScT LRPS) will be talking about his experiences in Kenya.
You can see some of Keith’s work here

October 2018

Monday 1st – Preview Evening

Tonight we will be selecting images for external competitions.
This was a very enjoyable evening last year and comes highly recommended especially for newcomers as there are many examples of great photography to be seen!

Monday 8th – ‘Landscape, Theory and Practice’ – Brian Law

Our very own Brian Law will be talking about the process of landscape photography.
You can see some of Brian’s work here

Thursday 11th – Robertshaw Trophy

Our first external competition of the season.
This is an additional night on Thursday where we will compete in the hotly contested Robertshaw trophy.
This will be hosted by Leek Photographic Club.
Details to follow nearer the event.

Monday 15th – Open Digital Photographic Image (DPI) Competition

Our first internal competition of the season, where we will invite you to submit your own digital images of any genre or subject.

Monday 22nd – To be Confirmed

Unfortunately, our regular venue Macclesfield Library is not available on this date.
If we have sufficient interest we may plan a club outing, we have a few ideas on the go, but suggestions are welcome.

Monday 29th – Post Processing

Denis and some of our other members will be presenting post processing techniques using for example Abobe Lightroom and Nik Efex tools.

November 2018

Monday 5th – ‘Light Painting’ – Stephen Elliot

Light painting with Stephen Elliot or alternatively you could consider this as more ‘Waving lights around in the dark’!
More on Stephen’s other work can be found here

Monday 12th – Still Life Workshop

In anticipation of our second competition, this week there will be a workshop on still life photography and including styling of the images.
Details of format and presenter(s) to follow in due course.

Monday 19th – ‘Creative Differences’ – Jane Lines

Jane Lines (MPAGB BPE5* LRPS) will sharing her intriguingly titled presentation “Creating Differences”.
More information about Jane and her work can be found here

Monday 26th – High Peak Trophy – or – Short Talks

Our second external competition of the season is the High Peak Trophy.
This will be hosted by Stalybridge camera club – details to follow.
For those of you who don’t have the urge to whiz over to Stalybridge for the comp there will be some short talks by members in the Library.

December 2018

Monday 3rd – Still Life Print Competition

Our second internal competition of the season, where we will invite you to submit your own prints in the Still Life genre.

Monday 10th – ‘Undiscovered Burma’ – Stephen Coyne

Stephen Coyne (CPAGB BPE(1)), a retired head teacher, freelance photographer and former club member makes a welcome return and will be helping us discover some undiscovered aspects of Burma!
You can find out more about Stephen and his work here

Monday 17th – Social Evening

This week we will be organising the customary club Christmas social evening which is a great chance to have an enjoyable chat over a meal and a few drinks.
This will also include a quiz – ‘Where in Macclesfield’ organised by Kevin Blake.

Monday 24th – Christmas – No meeting

Monday 31st – New Year – No meeting

January 2019

Monday 7th (Gawsworth) – Short Talks By Members

Some of our own members have generously agreed to share their knowledge and experiences.
Topics will follow in due course.

Monday 14th (Gawsworth) – Disposable Camera Challenge Results Night

The one we have all been waiting for the results of the disposable camera challenge and remember folks, it’s not the camera that makes the picture, it’s the photographer behind it!

Monday 21st (location TBC) – Social Evening 

Social meeting and planning. 

Monday 28th (Gawsworth) – ‘Creative’ Digital Photographic Image (DPI) Competition

Our third internal competition of the season, where we will invite you to submit your own digital images of with a “creative” theme.
For the purpose of this completion, “creative” means:
“An image which contains a number of elements which work together to express the image’s subject”.
This does not necessarily mean a constructed or composite image and can equally be more natural where elements in the image work together.

February 2019

Monday 4th  (Gawsworth) – The Vince and Howard Show

The, some say, now near legendary “Vince and Howard Show”.
Being very experienced photographers and jolly nice chaps this is one not to miss!

Monday 11th (Gawsworth) – ‘Doing more with your Camera’

Denis will be leading a presentation on getting more out your camera. This may involve, rotation and pictures that move – you have been warned.

Monday 18th (Park Tavern Library Room) –  Social Evening 

Bring your photo-books, folks!!!

Monday 25th (Gawsworth) – Open Print Competition

Our fourth internal competition of the season, where we will invite you to submit your own prints of any genre or subject.

March 2019

Monday 4th (Gawsworth) – Images from Trips

This evening some of our own members will be sharing images from their travels with you.
Further details to follow in due course.

Monday 11th (Gawsworth) – ‘Thinking Outside the Box’ – Valerie Dalling

Unfortunately Artist Valerie Dalling has had to postpone her visit, but we hope to get her back next season.

Instead we have our own Howard Self stepping up with talks on his recent trip to Spain, Bilbao to Santiago and also his more recent trip to Venice. Not only great images, but also advice as Howard puts it: “In looking at my pictures, I shall also be considering travel photography generally, and what we as “serious” photographers should be looking to get out of it beyond the photographs that most holidaymakers take on their trips”. So please come along to enjoy the images as well as taking on board some sound advice.

In the meantime if you would like some more details about Valerie and her passion for fine art photography and her thoughts on “thinking outside the box”, you can find out more about her and her work here

Monday 18th (Park Tavern Cinema) – ‘Tell a Story’

A challenge to tell a story using just three digital images.

Monday 25th (Gawsworth) – ‘A Photographer’s Journey’ – Tesni Ward

Tesni is an experienced nature and wildlife photographer from Sheffield and will be talking about her ongoing journey in photography.

A champion Welsh and Great Britain Javelin athlete, as well as Shot Putt and Discus she has successfully made the switch to photography winning the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award in 2018.

You can find out more about Tesni and her work not only  here but also here and here !!

April 2019

Monday 1st (Gawsworth) – ‘Your Locality’ Digital Photographic Image (DPI) Competition

We are not joking about this one, this is our fifth and final internal competition of the season, where we will invite you to submit your own digital images of with a theme of “your locality”.
A definition of what we mean by “you locality” will follow in due course!

Monday 8th (Gawsworth) – ‘Unremarkable Scenes Using your Locality’ – Lizzie Shepherd

Lizzie will be presenting on this again intriguing topic.
Judging by some to the work on her website, this presentation will be anything but unremarkable.
You can find out more about Lizzie and her work here

Monday 15th (Outing 7.30pm, location TBC) – Bring your own camera!

Get your shutter fingers ready to shoot folks!

Monday 22nd – Easter – No Meeting

Monday 29th (Macclesfield Library) – Annual Exhibition Opening

This evening we will be opening our 2019 Annual Exhibition at Macclesfield Library to display the some of the best work of our members.

May 2019

Monday 6th – May holiday – No meeting

Monday 13th (Gawsworth) – Annual General Meeting

The final meeting of the year is our AGM, where the committee will lead a discussion on the year to date and next season’s planning.
Agenda to follow in due course.