Welcome to Bracknell Camera Club

Workshops
Here is the schedule of workshops for the 2017/18 season. Workshops can be booked from August 2017 - details to follow.
IMPORTANT: These workshops are only available to fully paid up club members.
Non-members or guests are not able to attend under any circumstances.
07/09/2017 8pm Start
New Members’ Evening
An opportunity for new members to find out more about the camera club. There will be an outline of the club’s programme for the coming season, including details of the workshops that are available to help members improve their photographic skills, particularly those members relatively new to photography. Details will be provided of how the club’s competitions work, who to talk to for specific areas of advice, and information on some of the clubs Special Interest Groups and activities. All you need to know about settling in and getting the most from your membership of Bracknell Camera Club.
Run by: A selection of Camera Club members - Jon Sawyer, Steve Buesden & Alistair Balharrie
21/09/2017 8pm Start
Camera Basics
A beginners overview of the functions of a camera and how to get the best out of it. This workshop aims to help you to understand how the basic functions interact with each other and how to manage them to achieve the best images.
Run by: Jeff Lawrence
28/09/2017 8pm Start
Print Mounting
“Cut, Paste - what a picture!” How to mount prints for presentation and competitions. Demonstrations of equipment and techniques, and then an opportunity to mount one or two of your own prints in time for the first print competition of the season.
Run by: Ruari Cumming
05/10/2017 8pm Start
Informal Photo Critique Session 1
As the title suggests, this session is an opportunity to have some of your images reviewed and discussed by some of the other members in the club. Please bring three images to be reviewed on a memory stick, which should ideally contain nothing else. Filenames should take the form of 1-author's name, e.g. 1-name, 2-name, 3-name. Even better, especially for MAC users, you can email them to external-competition-secretary@bracknell-camera-club.co.uk no later than 24 hours before the start time. The image files should be in jpg format in sRGB colour space with dimensions no greater than 1400x1050 pixels. Please aim to have a title for each image, it's good practice for competitions.
Run by: Jon Sawyer & Alan Edwards
12/10/2017 8pm Start
Photography workflow - Capture
The first of three workshops looking at photography workflow, from capturing through processing to presentation. These workshops are aimed at new and existing novice members and maybe some intermediates wishing to refresh their “basics”. An opportunity to see how some of the more experienced members practice their art. This workshop will look at Image capture and cover equipment, and image composition, exposure etc. This will be an interactive session with lots of opportunity to ask questions.
Run by: Jon Sawyer & Steve Buesden
19/10/2017 8pm Start
Photography Workflow – Process
The second of three workshops looking at photography workflow, focusing on processing and improving your image. This session will cover some of the software available, talk about how to store and safeguard your images and demonstrate some of the basic image adjustments available in the software. This will be an interactive session with demonstration of some software packages and opportunity to ask questions.
Run by: Jon Sawyer & Steve Buesden
26/10/2017 8pm Start
Photography Workflow - Presentation
The last of the three workshops looking at photography workflow, focusing on presentation. Having got your images how you would like them, now is the time to present them in the best possible way. This session will discuss the various ways of showing your images including projection, printing and mounting, Photobooks, Audio Visual and web sites such as Flickr. This will be an interactive session, so bring your examples of your own presented images with discussion and feedback.
Run by: Jon Sawyer & Steve Buesden
02/11/2017 7.30pm Start
Studio Session 1 - Studio Equipment and Working with Light
This workshop is aimed at people who have never used professional studio lights before, or as a refresher for those who need one. We will be working without a model for this first session, to familiarise you with studio equipment, light modifiers and their effect. Please note the higher cost to cover additional expenses.
Run by: Alistair Balharrie & Steve Buesden
09/11/2017 8.00pm Start
Informal Photo Critique Session 2
As the title suggests, this session is an opportunity to have some of your images reviewed and discussed by some of the other members in the club. Please bring three images to be reviewed on a memory stick, which should ideally contain nothing else. Filenames should take the form of 1-author's name, e.g. 1-name, 2-name, 3-name. Even better, especially for MAC users, you can email them to external-competition-secretary@bracknell-camera- club.co.uk no later than 24 hours before the start time. The image files should be in jpg format in sRGB colour space with dimensions no greater than 1400x1050 pixels. Please aim to have a title for each image, it's good practice for competitions.
Run by: Jon Sawyer & Alan Edwards
16/11/2017 8pm Start
Portfolio & Panel Advice
Gaining either an RPS or PAGB distinction is an exciting (if not nerve racking) activity and is an automatic step up from the usual club competitions. Want to know more about the thrill of the chase? Then com along with some of your best work (either A5/A4 prints or JPEGs) and we will talk you through the process and give you a feel for how your work compares with the standard required. It's not compulsory to bring work if you just want to be an observer.
Run by: Caroline Colegate
23/11/2017 8pm Start
Macro and Close-up Photography
In this workshop we will explore the field of close-up and macro photography, covering the advantages and limitations of various techniques. We will mostly address the selection of cameras, lenses and attachments for these techniques, paying particular reference to lighting requirements and focussing problems. There will be opportunities for hands-on exploration of several of the techniques discussed and some time for discussions of suitable matter for close-up and macro, and the use of specialist software for post- processing. Bring your camera, appropriate lenses and a tripod.
Run by: Jeff Lawrence & Mark Perkins
30/11/2017 7.30pm Start
Studio Session 2 - Model Shoot 1
This workshop is aimed at people who have never used professional studio lights before, or as a refresher for those who need one. We will be doing various lighting set ups and backgrounds over the two workshops. These workshops will give you the opportunity to experience, albeit for a limited time period, working with a professional model in an actual local studio environment. Please note the higher cost to cover additional expenses. Please note that this could involve Lingerie or Nudity depending on the theme of shoot.
Run by: Alistair Balharrie
07/12/2017 8pm Start
Converting to Mono - Tools/ Plug-ins
Mono images are the new colour. In this workshop we will work through the process and tools to achieve the best results.
Run by: Jon Sawyer
14/12/2017 8pm Start
Compositing
Creative photo editing merging multiple images to create stunning images often impossible to create in camera. Understand what tools are available and how to manage layers and other effects.
Run by: Noel Hannon
11/01/2018 8pm Start
Creating Photo Books for beginners
The most important aspect of photobook design, apart from the storyline, is editing and sequencing of images. This will be a hands-on workshop to help develop these skills.
Run by: Brian Steptoe
18/01/2018 7.30pm Start
Studio Session 3 - Model Shoot 2
This workshop is aimed at people who have never used professional studio lights before, or as a refresher for those who need one. We will be doing various lighting set ups and backgrounds over the two workshops. These workshops will give you the opportunity to experience, albeit for a limited time period, working with a professional model in an actual local studio environment. Please note the higher cost to cover additional expenses. Please note that this could involve Lingerie or Nudity depending on the theme of shoot.
Run by: Alistair Balharrie
25/01/2018 8pm Start
Creating AVs
“From the Cutting Room Floor” Creating AV shows for beginners. Ever wondered how to create those stunning AV sequences? Well now is your chance to find out and it's so easy!
Run by: Ruari Cumming
01/02/2018 8pm Start
Action Photography and Spot Colour Editing
This workshop covers motorsport and aviation photography, including night shoots, with a view to producing prints and AVs. Ron will be looking at the approach to each event giving hints how to find the best locations to capture the best images. Ron is happy to deal with specific requests if you let him know well in advance. He can also advise the techniques to create action images with spot colour in post processing.
Run by: Ron Gafney
08/02/2018 8pm Start
Informal Photo Critique Session 3
As the title suggests, this session is an opportunity to have some of your images reviewed and discussed by some of the other members in the club. Please bring three images to be reviewed on a memory stick, which should ideally contain nothing else. Filenames should take the form of 1-author's name, e.g. 1-name, 2-name, 3-name. Even better, especially for MAC users, you can email them to external-competition-secretary@bracknell-camera- club.co.uk no later than 24 hours before the start time. The image files should be in jpg format in sRGB colour space with dimensions no greater than 1400x1050 pixels. Please aim to have a title for each image, it's good practice for competitions.
Run by: Jon Sawyer & Alan Edwards
15/02/2018 8pm Start
Lightroom - open session
Not sure how to get the best out of your Lightroom software? The aim of this session is to try and provide you with solutions to your Lightroom issues and queries. Peter Ellis and John Sawyer will be able to offer you advice on how they use Lightroom to bring out the best from their images. This is not a presentation, it is an open forum, a chance for you to ask questions and to talk about how best to use Lightroom with two of the club’s most competent users. There is normally more than one way to achieve the results you want. So come armed with your images (on a stick) and your questions.
Run by: Peter Ellis & Jon Sawyer
22/02/2018 8pm Start
Using Filters
Filters are often a complete unknown and don't go there topic for many photographers, but can give stunning enhancements to Landscape and other images. In this workshop you welcome away with enough knowledge and confidence to go out and use those filters that stay in your cupboards or camera bags.
Run by: Billy Watson
01/03/2018 8pm Start
Photoshop - open session
Not sure how to get the best out of your Photoshop software? The aim of this session is to try and provide you with solutions to your Photoshop issues and queries. Peter Ellis and Jon Sawyer will be able to offer you advice on how they use Photoshop to bring out the best from their images. This is not a presentation, it is an open forum, a chance for you to ask questions and to talk about how best to use Photoshop with two of the club’s most competent users. There is normally more than one way to achieve the results you want. So come armed with your images (on a stick) and your questions.
Run by: Peter Ellis & Jon Sawyer
08/03/2018 8pm Start
Informal Photo Critique Session 4
As the title suggests, this session is an opportunity to have some of your images reviewed and discussed by some of the other members in the club. Please bring three images to be reviewed on a memory stick, which should ideally contain nothing else. Filenames should take the form of 1-author's name, e.g. 1-name, 2-name, 3-name. Even better, especially for MAC users, you can email them to external-competition-secretary@bracknell-camera- club.co.uk no later than 24 hours before the start time. The image files should be in jpg format in sRGB colour space with dimensions no greater than 1400x1050 pixels. Please aim to have a title for each image, it's good practice for competitions.
Run by: Alan Edwards & Jon Sawyer
15/03/2018 7.30pm Start
Studio Session 4 - Model Shoot 3
Working in the dark projecting patterns onto the human form to create light patterns. Attendees must bring a camera, tripod, wireless or wired trigger for long exposures NOTE THIS WORKSHOP WILL INVOLVE NUDITY.
Run by: Alistair Balharrie
22/03/2018 8.00pm Start
Wildlife Photography
So you see those wonderful images go up in competition evenings and during talks - and wondered how they are taken. In this workshop you will learn. What makes a good wildlife photograph, What is important - or not, where to go, what equipment and settings, post processing.
Run by: Robin Warwick
12/04/2018 8.00pm Start
HDR
HDR can now be done in camera on many new bodies. however there are still techniques that can improve these. Also tools are still available to create HDR post processing. In this workshop you will learn how to use the tools.
Run by: Peter Terry
26/04/2018 8.00pm Start
So you want to be a judge
We all sit in the hall grouning and moaning about the judges performance scoring and commenting on your image (and sometimes others). So put yourself in the hot seat, come along and give it a go. Understand how to access and comment on images and how to score. This is a informal evening of fun, and well worth it if you have not tried it.
Run by: Caroline Colegate
17/05/2018 8.00pm Start
National and International Competitions and how to enter
WE here members gaining acceptances in external competitions. This workshop will take you through how to do it and what types of images may do well
Run by: Ron Gafney