Workshops

Here is the schedule of workshops for the 2019/20 season which can be booked and paid for online.

IMPORTANT: These workshops are available only to club members.

Workshops prices are as follows: New Members Evening – Free  :  Studio Sessions – £15  :  All other workshops – £5

September
26 Informal Photo Critique  – Session 1 Book
As the title suggests, this session is an opportunity to have some of your images reviewed and discussed by some of the other members in the club.  Please bring three images to be reviewed on a memory stick, which should ideally contain nothing else.  Filenames should take the form of 1-author’s name, e.g. 1-name, 2-name, 3-name. The image files should be in jpg format in sRGB colour space with dimensions no greater than 1400×1050 pixels, our backup projector resolution. Please aim to have a title for each image, it’s good practice for competitions.
Run by Paul Hendley
October
3 New Members Evening Book
An opportunity for new members to find out more about the camera club.  There will be an outline of the club’s programme for the coming season, including details of the workshops that are available to help members improve their photographic skills, particularly those members relatively new to photography.  Details will be provided of how the club’s competitions work, who to talk to for specific areas of advice, and information on some of the clubs Special Interest Groups and activities.  All you need to know about settling in and getting the most from your membership of Bracknell Camera Club.
Run by a selection of Camera Club members – Alan Edwards, Gareth Fish, Rose Bradley
10 Printing and Mounting Workshop Book
Learn the essentials of preparing your images as mounted prints for entry into competitions and exhibitions, or for later framing. During the workshop we will discuss commercial print services and sources of materials, equipment and training but mostly we will practise cutting windowed mounts using a variety of equipment. Tools, equipment and all practice materials will be provided free but if you want to make a mounted print suitable for club competitions, you can bring your own print and there will be a small charge for materials.
Run by Jeff Lawrence and Roy Cardrick
24 Post Processing – working examples 1 Book
In this session the workshop leader will edit live your images using Lightroom, Photoshop and other tools, walking through what steps they take and why they have done so. The end result will be their interpretation of the original image. For this to work attendees are requested to mail an unedited image to the leader at least 2 weeks before the workshop.
Run by Alan Edwards
November
7 Camera Basics Book
A beginner’s overview of the functions of your camera and how to get the best out of it.  Gain an understanding of how the basics interact with each other and how to manage for the best image.
Run by Jeff Lawrence and Rose Bradley
December
5 Informal Photo Critique –  Session 2 Book
As the title suggests, this session is an opportunity to have some of your images reviewed and discussed by some of the other members in the club.  Please bring three images to be reviewed on a memory stick, which should ideally contain nothing else.  Filenames should take the form of 1-author’s name, e.g. 1-name, 2-name, 3-name. The image files should be in jpg format in sRGB colour space with dimensions no greater than 1400×1050 pixels, our backup projector resolution. Please aim to have a title for each image, it’s good practice for competitions.
Run by Steve Buesden
12 Photoshop – Selecting & Masking Book
Being able to select objects or areas in a photo is one of the most useful Photoshop skills to have.  A selection isolates part of an image so you can work on that area without affecting the rest of the image and masking is a reversible way to hide part of a layer. In this workshop we will look at several of the many ways of making selections and masks in Photoshop and discuss the benefits, and difficulties, of each.
To do the exercises, you will need a laptop (PC or Mac) with a working copy of Photoshop, the later the version the better.
Run by Jeff Lawrence
January
23 Portfolio & Panel Advice Book
Gaining either an RPS or PAGB distinction is an exciting (if not nerve racking) activity and is an automatic step up from the usual club competitions. Want to know more about the thrill of the chase? Then com along with some of your best work (either A5/A4 prints or JPEGs) and we will talk you through the process and give you a feel for how your work compares with the standard required. It’s not compulsory to bring work if you just want to be an observer.
Run by Caroline Colegate
February
6 Action Photography and Spot Colour Editing Book
This workshop covers motorsport and aviation photography, including night shoots, with a view to producing prints and AVs. Ron will be looking at the approach to each event giving hints how to find the best locations to capture the best images. Ron is happy to deal with specific requests if you let him know well in advance. He can also advise the techniques to create action images with spot colour in post processing.
Run by Ron Gafney
March
19 Macro & Close-up Photography Book
In this workshop we will explore the field of close-up and macro photography, covering the advantages and limitations of various techniques. We will mostly address the selection of cameras, lenses and attachments for these techniques, paying particular reference to lighting requirements and focussing problems. There will be opportunities for hands-on exploration of several of the techniques discussed and some time for discussions of suitable matter for close-up and macro, and the use of specialist software for post- processing. Bring your camera, appropriate lenses and a tripod.
Run by Jeff Lawrence and Mark Perkins
The following workshops will be arranged if there is sufficient demand from Members.  Please sign up at the earliest opportunity to register your interest even if you cannot do a Thursday evening as it may be possible to vary the day of the week of presentation.
Compositing; how to realise a fantasy world in a photograph
Creative photo editing merging multiple images to create stunning images often impossible to create in camera. Understand what tools are available and how to manage layers and other effects.
Run by Noel Hannan
Informal Photo Critique – Session 3
As the title suggests, this session is an opportunity to have some of your images reviewed and discussed by some of the other members in the club.  Please bring three images to be reviewed on a memory stick, which should ideally contain nothing else.  Filenames should take the form of 1-author’s name, e.g. 1-name, 2-name, 3-name. The image files should be in jpg format in sRGB colour space with dimensions no greater than 1400×1050 pixels, our backup projector resolution. Please aim to have a title for each image, it’s good practice for competitions.
Run by Jon Sawyer
Post processing – working examples 2
In this session the workshop leader will edit live your images using Lightroom, Photoshop and other tools, walking through what steps they take and why they have done so. The end result will be their interpretation of the original image. For this to work attendees are requested to mail an unedited image to the leader at least 2 weeks before the workshop.
Run by Jon Sawyer
Studio Session with model shoot 
This workshop is aimed at people who have never used professional studio lights before, or as a refresher for those who need one.  We will be doing various lighting set ups and backgrounds during the workshop. This workshops will give you the opportunity to experience, albeit for a limited time period, working with a professional model in an actual local studio environment.
Please note the higher cost to cover studio and model hire fees.
Run by Alistair Balharrie and Steve Buesden
Wildlife Photography
So you see those wonderful images go up in competition evenings and during talks – and wondered how they are taken. In this workshop you will learn. What makes a good wildlife photograph, What is important – or not, where to go, what equipment and settings, post processing.
Run by Robin Warwick
Working with Filters
Filters are often a complete unknown and don’t go there topic for many photographers, but can give stunning enhancements to Landscape and other images.In this workshop you will leave with enough knowledge and confidence to go out and use those filters that stay in your cupboards or camera bags.
Run by Billy Watson