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.

 

   

   Date

 

 

     

     

         

        

     

 

Subject

    

    

    

     

 

  

                 

                Speaker 

 

         

        

     

                 

 

 

 

 

20 June

     

 Print     Competition   No 3       Open

       The Judge is Ian Stewart

27 June

     

 

 Lecture

 

     

 Justin Garner "Macro Photography"

We will explore the small world of macro photography.  This will cover flowers, plants, insects and small objects how Justin photographs them.  It will include equipment that he uses and techniques such as photo-stacking. 

4 July

     

 

 Open   Evening

 

       

This Open night will be a Critique evening, and members are invited to bring in on the night some prints and or pdi on a usb memory stick. These could be linked or themed in some way, or not, as the authors so wish.

These will be shown and discussed in small groups, either via one of the laptops the club owns, or by looking at the prints.

This is an ideal way to have your prints  and/ or pdi seen by your fellow members, and to have positive comments and feedback given to you, all in a friendly manner.

In the past we have found this type of evening boosts the confidence of many members, and we all have different opinions on what is, and is not , a good image. As with a judge you can ignore the comments, as they are opinions after all, but often ideas and suggestions will arise to give food for thought for you to consider in the future.

11 July

     

 

 Lecture

 

       Colin Jarvis "Getting an M.A. in Photography and Landscape Photography

18 July

     

 

 PDI     Competition   No 4       Open

       The Judge is Mike Davis

25 July

       Theme   Competition   No 3        

 

This competition is for both Prints and Projected Images.

 The theme for this competition is "The Colour Blue"

 The Judge is Nick Hilton

 

     1         August

     

 

 Open   Evening

 

       Learn and develop new skills from our more experienced members.This meeting will be a series of themed portfolios from some of our members for general comment and critique

      8         August

     

 

 Charity   Auction   Evening

 

     

 We raise funds in support  of our President's Charity "The Bolton Hospice"

Please bring in items to sell on the night, not necessarily of a photographic nature

    15       August

     

 

 Print     Competition   No 5       Open

       The Judge is Brian Law

     22       August

     

 

 Lecture

 

       Paul Sanders "Photo Journalism: My Experiences as The Times Picture Editor"

    29       August

     

 

 Lecture

 

       George Franks "High Speed Flash Photography"

5    September

     

 

 Open   Evening

 

      This meeting will be a constructive critique evening conducted with small groups of images which members bring in on the night. These can be prints of any size or PDIs. We wil have several computers able to show and edit images, as well as tables on which to place prints. Our more experienced members will offer constructive comments and advice.

12  September

     

 

 Lecture

 

       Toni Pioli "Composition"

19  September

     

  

 PDI     Competition   No 5         Open

       The Judge is Daryl Giles

26  September

       Theme   Competition   No 4        

 

This competition is for both Prints and Projected Images.

 The theme for this competition is "Food"

 The Judge is Keith Barber

 

3        October

     

 

 Open   Evening

 

     

 Members are invited to bring in some prints or pdi to present and comment on, ideally on the theme of "photos I like but judges might not like."

    10      October

       Geoff   Davies   Competition      

 

This competition is in memory of Bolton photographer and past president of this club Geoff Davies

 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.

 The judge is Craig Philip Szlatoszlavek

 

   17      October

     

 

 Print     Competition   No 5       Open

       The Judge is Jeremy Malley Smith

   24      October

     

 

 Inter Club   Competition

 

     

 We host the second round of this year's competition against Bury Photographic Society.

The Judge is Adrian Lines

   31      October

     

 

 Lecture

 

       Stephen Lewis "Time Lapse Photography"

7    November

     

 

 Open   Evening

 

       Tonight will be a mock judging evening. Several anonymous images will be projected and members asked to judge and comment on the them.

14  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.

 

21  November

     

 

 Audio Visual   Competition

 

       The Judge is Mike Lawrence

28  November

       Theme   Competition   No 5        

 

 This competition is for both Prints and Projected Images.

 The theme for this competition is "Water"

 The Judge is Tillman Kleinhans

 

5    December

     

 

 Open   Evening

 

      This meeting will be a constructive critique evening conducted with small groups of images which members bring in on the night. These can be prints of any size or PDIs. We wil have several computers able to show and edit images, as well as tables on which to place prints. Our more experienced members will offer constructive comments and advice.

12  December

     

 

 Inter Club   Battle

 

     

 We host this competition against two local camera clubs, the like of which you have not seen.

 The Judge is Jeremy Malley-Smith 

19  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!

26  December

     

 

No meeting

 

      We wish our members and readers a Merry Christmas and a very Happpy New Year
 2  January 2020      

 

 

 

       

 

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

Our Syllabus for 2020 will be published here nearer the time

 

                 
                 

A photograph taken by one of our members

News Flash

Three Way Comp

To read the review and see who won, please click here

Bury Battle March 2018

To read the review and see the scores of this inter club battle please click here.

NCPS Competition

To read about our best ever result please click here.

Trophy Presentations

Our Trophies for 2017 competitions were presented by Garth Tigue, L&CPU President. To see who won which trophy, please click here.

AV Comp November 17

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

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