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 

 

         

        

     

                 

 

 

 

 

14     February

     

 

Key Note Lecture

 

     

 

Nigel Danson  "Landscape Photography"

Bolton Camera Club have booked some key note speakers this year. The first of them will be Nigel Danson on Landscape Photography on Thursday 14th February
In June 2017 Nigel swapped his office seat for full time hiking boots and decided to take up photography professionally and grow his now thriving YouTube channel.
 
His passion is taking photos of landscapes and he has been fortunate enough to travel to many fantastic places.
 
For more information please see his website at  https://www.nigeldanson.com and visit his YouTube channel.
 
 

21      February

     

 Print     Competition   No 1       Open

       The Judge is John Fletcher

28     February

     

 

Lecture

 

     

 

A Practical Portrait Evening with Alan Angel.

To obtain the full benefit of this meeting, please bring a camera and tripod.

 

       7        March

     

 

 Open   Evening

 

       Learn and develop new skills from our more experienced members, who will be discussing editing skills, mount board cutting and basic camera skills.

     14         March

     

 

Lecture

 

       Bernard Longley and Keith Fisher "Audio Visual Evening"

     21         March

     

 PDI     Competition   No 2       Open

       The Judge is Simon Ray

      28         March

       Theme   Competition   No 1        

This competition is for both Prints and Projected Images.

 The theme for this competition is "Technology"

 The judge is George Steele

 

       4 April

     

 

 Open   Evening 

 

     

 Learn and develop new skills from our more experienced members.This meeting will be a practical tuition on table top / macro photography and flash photography, possibly with a tank of water.

Please bring your camera with a fully charged battery, a tripod and flash gun if you have one.

      11 April

     

 

 Lecture

 

       Gary Waidson "Working with Layers"

18 April

       Inter Club   Competition      

 

We compete against Bury Photographic Society, away at Bury 

The Venue is The Function Room, Fishpool Liberal Club, Nelson Street, Bury. BL9 9HX

The start time is 7.30pm

 

 25 April

     

 Print     Competition   No 2       Open

       The Judge is Jane Lines

2 May

     

 

 Open   Evening

 

       Learn and develop new skills from our more experienced members who wil lbe discussing "Layers". This follows on from the recent lectture by Gary Waidson.

9 May

     

 

 Audio     Visual   Compettion

 

       The Judge is Mike Lawrence

16 May

     

 

 PDI     Competition   No 3       Open

       The Judge is Nick Berentzen

23 May

     

 

Lecture

 

       Les Forrester "An Affinity with Monochrome"

30 May

       Theme   Competition   No 2        

 

This competition is for both Prints and Projected Images.

 The theme for this competition is "All Creatures Great and Small"

 The Judge is Bill Preston

 

6   June

     

 

 Open   Evening

 

     

 Learn and develop new skills from our more experienced members.

This meeting will be an outdoor activity in a local location, so please bring your camera and tripod

13 June

     

 

 Lecture

 

       Alf Myers "Street Photography"

20 June

     

 Print     Competition   No 3       Open

       The Judge is Ian Stewart

27 June

     

 

 Lecture

 

       Justin Garner "Macro Photography"

4 July

     

 

 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.

11 July

     

 

 Lecture

 

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

18 July

     

 

 PDI     Competition   No 4       Open

       The Judge is Jim Cunningham

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 to be confirmed 

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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