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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 16 January

Annual General Meeting

 Please support the Club and hear what we achieved last year and our plans for 2020. 

 23 January

Open PDI Competition No 1

The Judge is Will Stead

 30 January

Trophy Presentation Night

Ian Aldcroft, President of the L&CPU presides over our annual presentation night to award all our winners from 2019.

 6 February

Open Night

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

This will be in several groups and will cover:  mount board cutting, Lightroom presets on three laptop computers, and one set up to take Macro / tabletop images.

After the break we will to show how to focus stack, using the macro images taken earlier

13  February 

Lecture

Jemery Malley-Smith delivers his illustrated lecture "Scottish Wildlife"

Jeremy is also a photographic judge within the Lancashire & Cheshire Photographic Union (L&CPU) for quite a number of years, bringing his own distinct style of judging, constructive critique and humour to each event judged. As a judge, he is now an accredited judge within the L&CPU and also currently hold three photographic distinctions: LRPS (Licentiateship of the Royal Photographic Society), DPAGB (Distinction of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain) and BPE2* (British Photographic Exhibition awards)

Jeremy is a member of Blackburn Camera Club, and the prestigious and very successful Wigan 10 Foto-Club

 20 February

Open Print Competition No 1

The Judge is Gordon Bartley

27 February 

Portrait Session

Graham Currey shows us how to take portrait photographs.

Not only is Graham a qualified L&CPU Judge and Lecturer, but he is a Professional Photographer, Model, Web Designer, and Actor.

Graham will be modelling in the style of "Film Noir"  while teaching us portrait photography skills.

  5     March

Open Night

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

This meeting will be a portrait night, showing how to use two lighting set ups. Please bring your camera and charged batteries to gain the maximum enjoyment.

This is aimed to develop on the skills learnt with Graham Currey on 27 February.

   12     March

Lecture

Audio Visual Evening

John Smith and Jill Bunting return to give us advice on creating an audio Visual sequence

19   March 

Open PDI Competition No 2 

The Judge is Brian Dunseath

26    March

Theme Competition No 1 

The Theme is "The Colour White"

The Judge is Simon Ray

    2      April 

Open Night

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

In response to members requests, we will be going 'Back to Basics', looking at when to use Aperture Priority, when to use Shutter speed priority, and when to use full manual mode settings. We shall also be discussing the pros and cons of using jpegs and the benefits of shooting in RAW

After the break several members will be highlighting their best, and worst, photographic equipment buys.

     9    April

Bury Battle

Bury host the first 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 venue will be at The Function Room, Fishpool Liberal Club, Nelson Street, Bury, BL9 9HX

There will be limited activity at our club for those members not able to travel to Bury and for any new visitors

  16     April

Open Print Competition No 2

The Judge is Alfred Brown
    23      April

Lecture

Andrew Brooks gives us his illustrated lecture "The Constructed Image"

Andrew Brooks is a Manchester based photographer who has worked with many clients over the past fifteen years in the UK and beyond. He has wide experience across many types of photography with a focus on landscapes, interiors, people photography and creative retouching.

    30      April

Lecture

Gary Gough presents his illustrated lecture "Regurgitated Photography Nonsense on YouTube, and Photography Myths".

Gary is a profeessional photographer who also has a very popular YouTube channel.

His love for photography continues to grow and that at the end of the day is why he does what he does.

His clients like the uncomplicated approach to his photography. He likes to keep things simple and let the clients tell the story to the camera.

His mission statement is: to create beautiful timeless images that reflect the meaning of everyday life. Photography should be special pieces of fine art to dress your walls.

       7         May

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 be discussing filters, the effects they achieve, and when and how to use them.

After the break there will be  practicle sessions on three laptops on 'the Power of Curves'

      14         May 

Audio Visual Competition No 1

The Judge is Sheila Giles

     21       May

Open PDI Competition No 3 

The Judge is James Hardy

      28         May

Theme Competition No 2  

The Theme is "Abstract"

The Judge is Mike Lawrence

       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

A photograph taken by one of our members

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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/

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