Syllabus

The Bolton Camera Club meets weekly throughout most of the year and gives a very warm welcome to visitors and new members. We have been sharing a passion for photography since 1884 and are more than happy to share with you, whether your interest is in film or digital, audio visual or more technical aspects of photography. 

Our Syllabus continues to reflect the wishes of our members by being a mix of informative lectures, internal competitions, and external competitions with other local camera clubs, all with the aim of developing photographic skills while having fun.

We hold an Open Night on the first Thursday of most months where we hope these evenings will be a great opportunity for members to learn and develop new skills shown to them by our more experienced members. The topics are selected from ideas put forward by our members.

Our monthly Open Competitions are held on the third Thursday of each month, and are for the fun and enjoyment of our members, and all members are welcome to submit images. Judges from other local clubs give their constructive comments from which we can all learn and improve.

Our Themed Competitions are held on different nights to the Open Competition, so please check the syllabus for the dates and topics.

We also arrange Days Out for our members to a wide variety of locations during the year. Our more experienced members pass on help and advice to  members who are new to photography, and we hold a competition at the end of the year for prints and projected images taken  on these days out.

All our meetings are conducted in a very friendly atmosphere, and both visitors and potential new members are always welcome. 

Meetings are on Thursdays. All meetings will start at 7.30pm prompt.

 

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19   March 

After discussions with members of our Club Council and in the light of recent government information regarding the Covid-19 outbreak, it is with  great sadness that we have contacted all our members to confirm our intention to temporarily close the Club until further notice.

It is important that we must consider the health and well being of all our members, and follow Government advice. 

Several of our judges and lecturers who were due to visit us over the next few weeks have already cancelled. The planned inter club competitions with North Cheshire PS  and Bury PS on April 9th have already been postponed, and sadly some of our members are already in self isolation.

We have contacted all our guests to cancel their visit to our club. The government recommend a  12 weeks period, so I hope we can restart our meetings in late May, but the exact date will be confirmed later.

I hope we can keep in contact via emails in the mean time. We intend to continue to publish Club eNews weekly to keep you up to date with matters photographic.

Keep well, and keep in touch.

26    March

 No meeting

 2 April 

No meeting

   9  April

No meeting

  16 April

No meeting

  23 April

No meeting

    30 April

No meeting

 7  May

No meeting

 14  May 

No meeting

  21  May

No meeting

      28         May

We hope to reopen as usual tonight. We will confirm nearer the time

       4        June

Open Night 

 

This year our Open Nights have strong emphasis on learning and developing skills from other members, in a relaxed and fun environment.

We will have three presentations on:

Histograms, how to read and understand them 

Long exposure, looking at camera set up and how to master this creative function

After the break we will have a presentation on HDR techniques, showing how to use it, when to use it, and post processing

 

      11       June 

Lecture 

 

Gisela and Craig Philip Szlatoszlovek give us their lecture on "Street Photography" 

 

     18       June 

Open Print Competition No 3

The Judge is Bob Robinson

    25       June 

Lecture 

Melvin Nicholson presents his new lecture "Captures Curated" 

Melvin lives, breathes and sleeps landscape photography and to be able to share his passion, enthusiasm, and knowledge with others is for him, a dream come true.

Since turning professional in early 2014, he has been very fortunate to mix landscape photography with another of his passions, travel.

      2        July

Open Night 

This year our Open Nights have strong emphasis on learning and developing skills from other members, in a relaxed and fun environment.

We wil be holding an open discussion on Street Photography, looking at the legality and ethics of this topic. This follows on from the lecture by Gisela and Craig Philip Szlatoszlovek on 11th June. 

After the break several members will inform and discuss their five favourite photographic items or techniques.

 

      9       July

Lecture 

Alison Taylor presents her lecture "My Monochrome World" 

Alison's passion is for coastal photography, and she loves exploring the Yorkshire National Parks, Lake District, and Scotland. She is comfortable working in colour and monochrome as the situation suits, although this talk will showcase her monochrome photographs and the stories behind them.

      16       July

Open PDI Competition No 4 

 

The Judge is Wendy Stowell

 

      23       July

Swinton  Inter Club Competition

We host this years annual competition between our two clubs

The Judge is Nick Hilton

       30        July

Theme Competition No 3 

The Theme is "Candid"

The Judge is Joan Gauld

   6    August

Open Night 

This year our Open Nights have strong emphasis on learning and developing skills from other members, in a relaxed and fun environment.

We will have an illustrated lecture on how to convert a colour image to black and white. 

After the break we will be shown post-editing techniques for 'Bridge to ACR to Photoshop  workflow' and 'Lightroom to Photoshop roundtrip workflow'

 13  August

Charity Auction Evening 

Our Annual Auction to raise funds for our President's Charity, which this year is the Bolton Hospice.

Please bring in items for sale on the night.  They do not have to be of a photographic nature.

This is a fun evening to raise funds for a worthy cause 

 20  August

Open Print Competition No 4 

 

The Judge is Keith Barber

 

27   August

Inter club    3-way competition 

We host this competition between Wigan PS, Bolton Digital PS, and ourselves

The Judge is Christine Widdall

 3 September

 Open Night

This year our Open Nights have strong emphasis on learning and developing skills from other members, in a relaxed and fun environment.

Tonight is "Play Time" 

Please bring your cameras and charged batteries. We will be doing high speed photography, including balloon popping, water drops, and splash photography by dropping small  items into water.

10  September Lecture 

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown give us their lecture on "Underwater Photography" 

Nick and Caroline are a husband and wife team of underwater photographers, photo-journalists and authors.  They both have honours degrees from Manchester University, in Environmental Biology and Biology respectively, with Nick being a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and has a DipEd in teaching.  Caroline has an MSc in Animal Behaviour. 

They are multiple award winning photographers and along with 3 books published, feature regularly in the diving, wildlife and international press, as well as being the Underwater Photography Editors at Scubaverse.

 17   September Open PDI Competition No 5 

 

The Judge is Jane Lines

 

 24 September Theme Competition No 4 

The Theme is "Song Titles" 

We will also need the name of the artist / group who sung the song

The Judge is Alf Myers

   1    October

Open Night 

This year our Open Nights have strong emphasis on learning and developing skills from other members, in a relaxed and fun environment.

"Before and After" 

Four members will compare the  image taken by their camera to their  edited image. This will show the editing techniques they use. 

  8    October

Geoff Davies Competition 

This competition is for mono prints on the subject of Street Photography.

The Judges are Gisela and Craig Philip Szlatoszlovek

 15 October

Open Print Competition No 5

 

The Judge is Nick Berentzen

 

 22 October

Bury Battle

We host the second of two rounds of the competition between our two clubs.

For this competition both clubs enter 10 PDI and 10 prints, all by different members.

The Judge is Rob Hockney 

 29 October

Lecture 

Mike Oates gives us his lecture on "Astrophotography"

Mike’s interest in astronomy stems from his childhood when he was very interested in the Apollo program. He only got actively involved with astronomy in 1985 with the return of Halley' Comet. As Mike was already very interested in photography, to the extent of processing his own photographs, he instinctively turned his camera to the sky. His first astro photographs were of the comet, even they were not much more than faint smudges on the negatives they meant a lot to him. In Jan 2000 he turned his attention to discovering comets, and so far Mike has discovered 144 comets!

 5  November

Open Night

This year our Open Nights have strong emphasis on learning and developing skills from other members, in a relaxed and fun environment.

We will split into three grouips round laptops and create and use 'Actions' in Photoshop. 

After the break we will have a refresher on "how do you do that" in Photoshop / Lightroom. This will be organisaed during the year to allow flexibiltiy of a repeat session or a new session, depending on the demands from our members

12 November

Lecture 

Brian White entertains us with his lillustrated lecture "Wildlife Journeys"

 19 November

Audio Visual Competition No 2 

 

The Judge is Sheila Giles

 

 26 November 

Theme Competition No 5 

The Theme is "Trees"

The Judge is Adrian Lines

3 December 

Open Night

This year our Open Nights have strong emphasis on learning and developing skills from other members, in a relaxed and fun environment.

Light Painting.

This sesion will be held outside in Leverhume Park, weather permitting.

A smaller demonstration / exercise will be held in the club meeting room for those members with walking difficulties.

Please bring your camera, charged batteries, and tripod to gain maximum benefit.

 

10 December 

 

Details to be confirmed

 

17 December 

Annual Quiz 

Our Annual Quiz night for our members and their partners.

This quiz is lighthearted and fun, and  is not just about photography!

Please bring your wife / husband/ partner to join in the fun

24 December 

No Meeting

  

We wish our members and readers a Merry Christmas.

 31 December 

No Meeting 

We wish our members and readers a very Happy New Year.

We look forward to another full year of photographic fun and enjoyment.

Our Syllabus for 2021 will be published here nearer the time

 

7 January

 Days Out Competition

Details to be confirmed.

14 January   Annual General Meeting

Please support the Club and hear what we achieved during 2020, and our plans for 2021.

Our Syllabus for 2021 will be published here nearer the time

A photograph taken by one of our members

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Mathers display

We are grateful ot the manager and staff at Mathers for allowing us to display prints. Please click here for info.

Don Isherwood Images

In memory of Don Isherwood many of his PDI can be viewed on this Flickr page. Click this link to view them:   https://www.flickr.com/photos/185386260@N06/

Early history revealed

The early history of Bolton Camera Club has been researched and current findings are visible here.

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