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. Our Competition nights start at 7.30 pm, all other  meetings during 2017 start at 7.45 pm prompt.                                             From January 4th 2018 all meetings will start at 7.30pm prompt.

 

   

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23  November       

 

Lecture

 

     

"Earth Wind and Flight" by Maxwell Law

Maxwell Law is a nomadic photographer who tends to migrate with the birds. Most images he takes are in the outdoors and include a mix of birds, natural history, landscapes and people in the context of travel. He will present an eclectic mix of images from Orkney to the Algarve and a few hopefully from further afield (taken in the summer of 2017).

He will include insights into ‘ways of seeing’, the importance of ‘figure and ground’, and offer his view on what makes photography pleasing to the eye.

30  November       

 

Theme Competition No 5

 

       Judge: Terry Hewitt

 The Theme for the Prints and PDI tonight is "Weather"

7    December 

     

 

Open Evening

 

     

 Learn and develop new skills from our more experienced members.

 Critique Evening: A single activity evening .

 Members are invited to bring in some of their prints or PDIs for critique by fellow members, in small groups led by some of our more advanced members.

14  December       

 

Fun Evening

 

       An evening of Festive fun with Tony Redford
21  December       

 

Quiz Night

 

     

 Our Annual Quiz night for our members and their partners.

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

28 December        

 

No meeting.

 

       We wish our members and readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
                 

2018 

 4 January

       Days Out Competition      

 

This is for prints and PDI images taken during a Club Day Out in 2017.

 The judge is Dave Bibby

 

    11      January

        Annual   General   Meeting      

 

Please support your club at our Annual General Meeting.

 It is your chance to have your say in the way the club is run, and to vote for the members of the Club Council for 2018

 

  18     Janurary      

 PDI   Competition   No 1    Open

       Judge: John Fletcher
  25      January        Presentation   Evening      

 

 Our Trophies and Award Certificates for the 2017 competitions will be presented by Garth Tighe, President of the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union.

 This ceremony will be followed by a showing of the top scoring PDI from our members in 2017

 

   1      February      

 Open   Evening

     

 Learn and develop new skills from our more experienced members.

We will be hold another opportunity to use our light painting equipment, in Leverhulme Park if it is not raining.

Please bring your camera with a fully charged battery and tripod.

   8      February

       Lecture      

 

 Margaret and John Sixsmith present their lecture on "Pure Nature"

 This talk on "Pure Nature" contains hints and tips on all aspects of nature photography from macro to long lens work, plants, animals and birds by two of this regions best wildlife photographers.

 

 15     February      

 Print     Competition   No 1    Open

     

 

Judge: Nick Berentzen

 

  22     February        Lecture      

 

 Alan Angel "Practical Portraiture"

 Alan will demonstrate how to how to take Studio Portraits.

 

        1          March      

 Open   Evening

     

 

 Learn and develop new skills from our more experienced members.

This will be a multi activity evening with practical tuition on Macro photography, mount board cutting, and light painting. 

 

        8          March        Lecture      

 

Neil Hulme "Moments in Mono"

Based in the north west of England, Neil Hulme is a self-taught black and white photographer often using long exposures to focus on the essential elements of the scene before him. There is a beautiful simplicity in the minimalist approach to his work which produces an air of calm and serenity, allowing the viewer to feel the sense of solitude he is attempting to convey. The subtle and perfectly balanced use of monochrome tones and contrast add much to an other-worldly mood and sense of abstraction in his interpretation of the landscape.

 

      15         March         PDI   Competition   No 2    Open      

 

Judge: Cy Newton

 

      22        March        Theme   Competition   No 1      

 

 This competition is for both Prints and Projected Images.

 The theme for this competition is "Red"

 The judge is Mike Davis

 

     29         March

       Inter Club Competition      

 

We travel to Bury for the first round this year of our inter club competition.

 The venue is The Function Room,Fishpool Liberal CLub, Nelson Stree,t Bury, BL9 9HX

 There will not be a meeting at our club this evening as today is Maundy Thursday.

 

5 April        Open   Evening      

 

Learn and develop new skills from our more experienced members.

This will be a small group single activity evening focusing on "Back To Basics" skills.

We will be discussing and looking at Histograms, Aperture mode, Timing mode, Depth of Field and the Exposure Triangle.

This is in response to suggestions and requests from our members.

 

12 April        Lecture      

 

Justine Garner: "HDR Techniques"

 

19 April        Print     Competition   No 2    Open      

 

Judge: Keith Barber

 

26 April      

 

Audio Visual Competition No 1

 

       Judges: Bernard Longley and Keith Fisher
3 May        Open   Evening      

 

Learn and develop new skills from our more experienced members.

We shall be discussing basic editing techniques, including cropping, masking, cloning, healing, and Adobe Camera Raw. 

 

10 May        Lecture      

 

Terry Donnelly "Sports Photography"

Get the inside line from a working professional sports photographer. Terry is an accredited Premier League and English Football League photographer. Other sports Terry photographs include horse racing, gymnastics and motor sports.

 

17 May         PDI   Competition   No 3    Open      

 

Judge: Kenneth Geddes

 

24 May         Theme     Competition    No 2        

This competition is for both Prints and Projected Images.

The theme for this competition is "Macro / Close up"

Judge: Toni Pioli

 

31 May        Lecture      

 

Sue Berrry "Capturing The Feelings That Lie Beneath The Surface"

Sue is passionate about being true to herself and following her own vision in creating photographic images. She will share with us her gallery of black and white images in five slideshows set to music. Her photos range from dark, dramatic and moody to minimalist and light and include landscape, urban exploration, nature, architecture and street photography.

 

7 June        Open   Evening      

 

Learn and develop new skills from our more experienced members.

Critique Evening: A single activity evening .

Members are invited to bring in some of their prints or PDIs for critique by fellow members, in small groups led by some of our more advanced members.

 

14 June        Lecture      

 

 Darrell Oakden: "Composite Images" 

Darrell's lecture will cover how to take picture for composites, choosing elements for composites and techniques for putting them together such as making selections, cutting out, shadowing, lighting and blending.   He will deconstruct some of his images, some of which have received national and international awards, and discuss the techniques he has used.

 

21 June        Print     Competition   No 3    Open        

  

 Judge: Diane Magor

 

28 June        Lecture      

 

 Adrian Almond: “A Man for all Seasons”.

Adrian has always enjoyed getting involved in a wide range of photographic genres and this has allowed him to actively involved with my camera all through the year. Part 1 of this talk will involve an instructive discussion of some of my landscape and seascape images, taken across 5 continents. Part 2, in contrast, will involve military aircraft, steam locomotives, British superbikes, nature, detail and travel imagery.

 

5 July        Open   Evening      

 

 Learn and develop new skills from our more experienced members.

This evening will be a single activity, and we will be looking at and discussing compositional techniques to help improve your images.

 

12 July        Inter Club Competition      

 

We welcome back our friends from Swinton Photographic Society as we host this annual competition between our two clubs.

Judge: Jane Lines

 

19 July         PDI   Competition   No 4    Open      

 

Judge: Adrian Hendley

 

26 July         Theme     Competition   No 3        

 

This competition is for both Prints and Projected Images.

 The theme for this competition is "Portraiture"

 The judge is Nick Hilton

 

2 August        Open   Evening      

 

Learn and develop new skills from our more experienced members.

This will be a multi activity evening and will include a discussion on Night Time Photography and Audio Visual techniques. 

 

9 August        Auction   Evening      

 

Our annual auction to raise funds for our President's Charity.

Bring items in on the night to be sold as any item will help raise funds for this worthy cause.

Any item is acceptable, not just those of a photgoraphic nature.

 

16 August        Print     Competition   No 4    Open      

 

Judge: Rob Hockney

 

23 August        Lecture      

 

 Ian Whiston: The National Parks of East Africa"

 

30 August        Lecture      

 

 Gerry Crowther: Fifty Years on the Road

Gerry is a former national newspaper photographer and he will tell of his experiences of working for the national newspapers from the 1950s. He will show prints of the photographs and explain the stories behind the pictures.

 

6    September        Open   Evening      

 

 Learn and develop new skills from our more experienced members.

We will be holding an evening of photgraphic panels, where some members submit a panel of 5 prints harmoniously linked in some way, for example by a story,

 

13  September        Lecture      

 

Mike Lawrence: Aspects of Pictures to EXE

 Mike is a very knowlegable on all things photographic and in particular on  audio visual presentations using the Pictures to EXE software.

 

20  September         PDI   Competition   No 5    Open      

 

 Judge: Mike Lawrence

 

27     September           Theme   Competition   No 4        

 This competition is for both Prints and Projected Images.

 The theme for this competition is "Sports"

 Judge: Alfred Brown

 

    4       October        Open   Evening      

 

 Learn and develop new skills from our more experienced members.

We will be discussing mono conversions with presentations from three experts to show different techniques.

 

   11     October        Geoff Davis Competrition        

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

 This competition is in fond memory of Geoff Davies, who was a former President of this camera club and a highly regarded photographer from Bolton. He specialised in black and white prints on street photography.

 For the purposes of this competition, Street photography, also sometimes called candid photography, is photography conducted for art or enquiry that features unrelated chance encounters and random incidents within public places. Street photography does not necessitate the presence of a street or even the urban environment. Though people usually feature directly, street photography might be absent of people and can be of an object or environment where the image projects a decidedly human character in facsimile or aesthetic.

Judge: To be confirmed

 

18     October        Print     Competition   No 5    Open      

 

 Judge: Brian Law

 

25     October        Inter Club Competition      

 

 We host the second round of this year of the  inter club competition with Bury Photographic Society

 The judge is Christine Widdall

 

1     November        Open   Evening      

 

 Learn and develop new skills from our more experienced members.

Wwe will be discussing the various points that judges often look for, with a view to further improve the quality of your images.

 

8     November        Lecture      

 

 Dave Mason: "Windows of Opportunity"

 

15    November      

 

Audio Visual Competition No 2

 

       Judge: Bernard Longley and Keith Fisher
22   November        Lecture      

 

 Brian White: "Wild Britain"

 This illustrated lecture contains images taken by Brian of British wildlife often in wild areas, including birds, mammals, flora, butterflies and various insects in their natural habitats. The superb images will be accompanied by Brian’s narrative and stories of his recent journeys from various locations around the UK.

 

29   November         Theme   Competition   No 5        

 

 This competition is for both Prints and Projected Images.

 The theme for this competition is "After Dark"

 The judge is Colin Douglas

 

6     December        Open   Evening      

  

 Learn and develop new skills from our more experienced members.

Critique Evening: A single activity evening .

 Members are invited to bring in some of their prints or PDIs for critique by fellow members, in small groups led by some of our more advanced members.

 

13    December        Festive Fun      

 

 A Fun Evening with Tony Redford

 

20   December        Quiz Night      

 

Our Annual Quiz night for our members and their partners.

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

 

27    December        No Meeting      

 

 We wish our members  a Merry Christmas and a very Happpy New Year

 

 2019   

       3          January

             

 

Welook forward to another full year of photographic fun and enjoyment.

Our Syllabus for 2019 will be published here nearer the time

 

A photograph taken by one of our members

News Flash

AV Comp November 17

To read the review and see the scores, please click here

Bury battle October 2017

To read the review and see all the titles and scores of the latest battle please click here.

Blackburn Extravaganza

To see how we did at this knockout competition, please click here.

Light Painting

To see examples our Light Painting images please click here.

Wigan PS, Bolton DPS Three-way Comp

To read the review, find out who won, and see all the scores and titles, please click here.

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