We have a diverse range of members of all photographic abilities and ages, including students still at school. We are a friendly, enthusiastic bunch and we welcome new members of all photographic standards, from complete beginners to professionals.
Joining a camera club
If you just fancy photography, then a camera club is the place to be. It’s the ideal place to broaden one’s interests, polish one’s skills, or achieve distinctions. We are a friendly, enthusiastic bunch and we welcome new members of all photographic standards.
Whatever your level of skill, student, amateur or professional, whatever your photographic leaning, and whatever equipment you use, whether a smartphone, a compact camera or the latest DSLR, you will be made to feel at home and have the opportunity to receive advice and encouragement from the wealth of experience that our club members have to offer. To quote one of our members comment to a novice ‘it’s not the cost of the make-up that counts, but how you apply it.’
A number of our established members specialise in a particular technique or a photographic genre, and are happy to share their knowledge and experience.
Members are encouraged to enter their images into club competitions to get the benefit of feedback from qualified PAGB judges on all aspects of photography and ways of improving their picture taking, irrespective of how competitive one feels. Annual exhibitions are also held.
Our programme of meetings, workshops and Special Interest Groups
Most weekly meetings feature either guest speakers or competitions. We have around 16 speakers each season covering a wide variety of topics and genres each season. Each season we hold several Members’ Evenings in which members show us their current projects, images or hints and tips.
In addition to the Monday meetings we run an extensive programme of Workshops, usually on Thursday evenings. They cover a wide range of topics such as informal critique sessions, studio lighting with models and software training mostly on Photoshop and Lightroom etc. These workshops are run by experienced members who have skills in their field.
There are several Special Interest Groups (SIGs) which meet regularly. These groups currently include monochrome (black and white), macro, landscape walking, street photography and one group specifically for new or recent members, designed to help them integrate into the Club.
Help to achieve distinctions for your photography
If you are interested in progressing your photography towards distinctions awarded by the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) or the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB), then there are several members who hold such distinctions and they would be more than willing to give you help and advice.
Several members are judges within the SCPF and will be happy to offer help and advice.
Attend one of our meetings to meet us
If you are interested in joining the club then why not attend a few meetings to find out what it’s like? Non-members may attend most meetings as guests, at a charge of £5 for each visit to the OLC. If you decide to join the club, up to £15 of any payments paid as a guest in the current season will be deducted from your subscription.
Similarly guests attending one of Zoom meetings would be able to deduct the charges from 3 meetings from your subscription in the current season.
How to join
Membership from January for the rest of the season costs just £36.
That’s the equivalent of around £1.50 per meeting. If you join after Easter we offer a reduced membership fee which is available on request.
Students (in full-time education) pay only £10.
There are additional charges for workshops and Special Interest Groups to just cover costs incurred.
For more information or to join the club please contact our Membership Secretary.