Bracknell Camera Club Programme 2020-2021

Our 2020-2021 Programme will be run using Zoom until at least end December 2020. The joining details for members will be published in our weekly Parish Notes.
All the Club’s  Zoom Sessions will open at 7.15 PM and will start promptly at 7.30 PM.
The Programme will be kept under review as the season progresses to take into account any changes in COVID-19 advice and the availability of lecturers or judges.
The Club’s Programme is available as an A5 booklet- click to download here.
The Internal PDI Competition has 5 competition evenings with the last round on January 11th 2021. The Clive Harrison Trophy has been moved to April 26th 2021. The Internal Print Competition has been suspended in the first part of the season.
If you are not a member, look for this button to book a place on one of our Zoom talks (places are limited). The cost will vary on the talk and would be a discount on our subscription fee should you decide to become a member of the Club.

This latest update was on 7th September 2020 .


Date Lecture Speaker/Judge
7 *Members Evening*

Introduction from Chairman, Alan Edwards

“Nowhere to go …” a short AV from Daan Olivier about how the permanent residents on the English canals experienced lockdown

External competitions – Paul Hendley

“Infrared journey” – a short AV from Alistair Balharrie on his infrared journey so far.

Internal Competitions – Peter Terry

14 “Adventures of a Duchess”

“Join Flo for an evening of adventure as she talks about her obsession with abandoned buildings and she shares her photography from her escapades around the world.

Plus hear about her obsession with Seaforts and how she came to spend her birthday being winched up onto a 7-storey WW2 gun tower in an evening dress and tiara!”



Margaret McEwan (Flo)


PDI (and laptop needed)

21 “Still Life, Allegory, Vanitas and Momento Mori”

A history of and the difference between still life and its variants in art and photography.


Rojer Weightman




28 PDI round 1

All categories



5 Building blocks to success

A look into what it takes to create successful wildlife images. Educating and inspiring the audience with tales from the field, tips, tricks and lessons learned from mistakes made along the way.


Back Garden Safari

Wildlife photography isn’t all about telephoto lenses and flying halfway around the world. Follow this story of how an iPhone photo of a fox was the catalyst for a project that resulted in one of this most successful images to date, all the while gaining an understanding of how a little time and persistence can result in wonderful wildlife imagery, without the need to leave your home. 

Richard Peters



12 PDI Round 2


All categories




19 “Why do we still shoot monochrome?”


Paul will talk about ‘Why monochrome now?’ ‘What works in monochrome?’ and ‘How to produce good monochrome’.


Paul Graber


PDI (and laptop needed)


26 “What makes a great image”

This evening Caroline will take a critical look at some of the best images that the Club has produced recently. Many are images that the Club considers to be good enough for external competitions against other SCPF clubs. Most of these images will have scored 9.5 or 10 in our internal club competitions.


The idea is to help us all understand what National judges look for in an image in inter-club competitions and to highlight areas where our top images may be lacking. To further help our understanding, Caroline has selected images of a similar genre from other clubs so that we can compare and contrast them with our images.


As outlined last season, the Club is striving to improve the photography of every member and thus make us all more satisfied with the images that we produce. It is also another step towards helping the Club compete more successfully in external competitions.



Caroline Colegate ARPS APAGB


2 “Shooting Sculptures”

Taking images of other people’s art is a fascinating and rewarding aspect of photography with its own technical challenges and opportunities for artistic expression.


Jeff will inform, enlighten and encourage us to approach this source of images with our own interpretation.

Jeff Lawrence LRPS CPAGB


PDI & Print

9 PDI round 3


All categories





16 “Photographers and their images”

“A look at some of the images which have become well known over the 170 years since photography was invented, ending with a look at how this history influences club photography today.”


Rod Bird





23 SCPF PDI League


Bracknell is in Division 2 of the SCPF PDI League and will compete against seven other SCPF clubs (hosted by Bracknell).

30 “Ramblings of a so-called street photographer”


“David describes what/who had  influenced him and the story behind the images.  The majority of the images are of complete strangers that he approached during his wanderings.


During the talk he also will describe some his amazing experiences on the streets.


Most of his photography takes place in the Shoreditch/Spitalfields area and in the talk, he describes the benefit of re-visiting a particular location in order to get under the skin of a place. “ 


David Cantor


(and laptop with PowerPoint needed)

7 PDI Round 4


All categories

The next to last round



Eddie LORD


14 “Why DSLR”


Mark will give a fascinating insight into the real world battle between DSLR & Mirrorless Technology. If you are thinking of “making the switch” this is a great way to find out more with lots of hints & tips!

In terms of kit, Mark has a set of ‘go to’ lenses. He uses the Sony G 24-105mm lens for documenting his family life. He also uses the FE 90mm f/2.8 macro lens, not for close-ups but for portraits.”

Changing from Micro Four Thirds to Sony Full Frame mirrorless cameras has had a big impact on how Mark shoots. With innovative technology such as the Eye AF it enables him to hold the camera anywhere and still get the eye in focus.

He will bring this to life through live demonstrations on the night.

Mark Baber

PDI and tables required



21 Christmas Party and Bring & Buy Sale


Enjoy a chance for an informal evening with other members over a drink and a bite to eat along with a quiz, a book sale and an extended raffle.

Please bring any items of a photographic nature for the sale this evening. Then spend your hard-earned money on the much-prized photographic contributions of other members.

Please bring wads of cash and a glass!


28 No Meeting

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to All!

4 Members Evening


Presentations from Club members


Welcome to 2021!


Welcome to 2021 !

These evenings maybe at the OLC or be using Zoom

Please check with the latest Parish Notes


Date Lecture Speaker/Judge
4 Members Evening


Presentations from Club members


Welcome to 2021!

11 PDI Round 5


For this final round we ask for the submission of a triptych of visually connected images.

Your title will be read out to the judge.





18 Print  Round 1


All categories





25 “Using photography as a means of communication”


“Getting emotion, feeling and atmosphere across in a photograph isn’t always an easy thing to do, but we need to take care to equip the viewer with all the clues required to ensure our message strikes home.

This talk deals with how we take control of what we present, and how we can use colour, exposure and composition to communicate more effectively. “




Damien Demolder





1 “Darkroom to digital”

“Alun will trace the development of news photographs from the earliest times up to the present day’s requirement for instant news.

Alun was the launch Picture Editor of The Independent.”

Alun John




8 Print round 2

All categories


Kevin DAY


15 “Abstract, Pattern and Art in your Eyes”


“What is an abstract? What do you look for when making one?


Photographers often find abstracts difficult to understand. In response, judges often see a fuzzy concept.


Learn about abstract art and the feeling that goes into the shots. Damon’s talk uses a wide range of abstract images.”



Damon Guy




22 “Talking pictures”


“Often the most effective pictures are those that communicate with the viewer, maybe emotionally, and/or aesthetically.  During the core of this lecture I will talk about the actual taking and subsequent production of my pictures, emphasising field and camera craft, composition and location work.”





PDI & Print

1 Print round 3


All categories

Dr Edward Hyde ARPS


8 Nine Clubs Competition


The annual hosting of this prestigious competition which Bracknell has run for many years. This is your chance to see the very best images from Bracknell and eight other local clubs.



15 “The Great Silk Road Today”


“Starting in Xian in China we head for Istanbul following the route of the Silk Road, stopping in Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan including the city of Merv, once one of the worlds’ biggest cities until it was destroyed by Genghis Khan”

David Smith LRPS CPAGB



22 Members evening

The Chris Bradley Cup – when members contribute humourous images that are then marked and given new titles by other members.

Followed by presentations from members


29 Print  round 4

Final Round


All categories



5 Easter Monday – no meeting  







Date Lecture Speaker/Judge
5 Easter Monday – no meeting  


12 “Whiskers & Wings”

“This talk combines Sue’s passions for photographing wildlife with a fairly recent foray into aviation photography.

Seems that the two subjects could not be more different, but strangely the appeal and also the technique seem to have lots in common.”

Sue Morris

PDI & Print

(Laptop required)

19 “Street photography with Olympus, break free from DSLR”


“Jeremy will cover the best practice and approach to street photography.

Later his talk will look at the USP’s of the Olympus range.”

Table needed


Jeremy Sugars


Tables required






26 Clive Harrison Trophy


This is an annual competition for a thematic panel of between three and eight prints. The images should all share a common theme, tell a story or complement each other in some way when viewed together.

Entrants are encouraged to provide a written statement to explain the purpose of the panel or what the images are about.



3 Bank Holiday


No Meeting


Enjoy the break!

10 “Introduction to press photography”


“Cliff will run an interactive session that aims to prepare the audience for when they encounter a newsworthy event.

This will cover what picture editors want, equipment and workflow, legal and ethical considerations and concludes with the stories behind a number of real-life published images and how much they sold for.”


Cliff Hide



17 Best of the Best


The judge will select the best of all the 10s in both PDI and Print competitions.


Awarding 1-2-3 and commendations in both.


Then will choose the best image from both competitions.



24 “Outdoor photography”

“Matthew’s talk will cover all aspects of outdoor photography, from panoramic vistas down to the details and behaviour of the wildlife on our doorstep. “

Matthew Cattell


31 Bank Holiday – no meeting
7 AGM + Margaret Woods Trophy


A chance for members to attend and hear the reports from committee members on how the club has been run during the season and what can be expected from the season ahead.

Then vote for your favourite nature image in the Margaret Woods Trophy.

14 Results of the Exhibition judging


and the presentation of the season’s trophies



6 Next season starts