The most Northerly Photographic Club in Mainland Scotland
Thurso Camera Club is a member of the Scottish Photographic Federation and has been in existence since the 1950’s. Membership tends to run at around 25 members per Annum and the club tries to run a balanced programme throughout the year with two schedules ‘Winter’ and ‘Summer’, we’ll get to that later.
· We know that when potential members show up on the first night that they may feel a bit awkward and not know what to expect (we’ve all been there ourselves).
· We do try and make new faces feel welcome, one of the main reasons we open in the winter season at 7pm for a 7.30 start is to allow members (and visitors) the time to speak to each other, ask questions and supply answers.
· If you feel left out, introduce yourself, ask a question over a cuppa – you know what I’m getting at I’m sure, we don’t bite.
Some things you may not know:
· You don’t need to bring your camera along to every meeting during the winter Season although we do tend to have a couple of nights where we have studio sessions, the supplied programme schedule will tell you when these nights are.
· The club is not a training course on how to operate a camera, but you will pick up lots of tips and ideas regarding the composition of images and best camera settings etc. from the other club members, it is a learning curve. We’ll pick up tips from you as well. We all tend to bounce ideas off each other and hopefully become better at capturing that perfect image we all aspire to.
· The type of camera (Compact or D/SLR) that you own doesn’t matter, it’s what you can do with it and the results you obtain. Since the world moved on to Digital imaging the cost of photography as a hobby has greatly reduced, no more printing 24 or 36 images from a film to discover 90% of them are either blurred, people with eyes shut etc. With digital you normally have an instant opportunity to review the picture on the screen and if it’s flawed, retake the photo – Cool or what?
The Summer Schedule:
· Consists of meeting on the first and third Monday evenings of the month (May to August). Members meet at the Surf Café at Thurso Harbour and those who wish to can head out to a predetermined location (car sharing if possible) for an evening of location photography. You also get an idea of how others would deal with a subject (composition/camera settings etc.)
The Autumn/Winter Schedule:
· This consists of meetings on the first and third Monday evenings of the month (September to April). We meet in Miller Academy Art room, access via Princes Street entrance (down the slope, through the gate next to the building and walk along the rear of the main building until you reach the stairs leading to a stand alone building). The lights will be on so feel free to come on in.
The Autumn/Winter Schedule (continued):
· The season starts with the Selection process for club entries for the Annual ‘Highland Challenge’ an interclub head to head competition. – Members submit their best images for consideration as part of the club’s entry to the competition between camera clubs across the Highlands. In the past this has involved Orkney, Shetland, Thurso, East Sutherland, Dingwall, Cromarty, Inverness and Nairn. An excellent opportunity to see the work your fellow members produce.
· The evenings normally consists of guest speakers talking about images that they produce whether it’s work related or just for the sheer enjoyment of creating the image.
· On one or two evenings we may decide on a studio evening (Portraiture/Pet Photography/Still Life etc.). In January 2010 we all headed to Scrabster Harbour for an evening of Night Time Photography which went down a ball.
· The now infamous ‘Critique’ raises it’s head again – members bring along photographs that they are pleased with (OR not) and a panel of Club experts(?) discuss their photographic merits and any changes that make the images even better.
Where can you find Thurso Camera Club 24/7?
On the world wide web – http://www.thursocameraclub.co.uk
(I’m sure there will be a link from the clubs website by the time you read this).
Club updates and reminders throughout the year – http://www.caithness.org Photographic Forum Look under Thurso Camera Club Winter Season/Summer Season (whatever is applicable at the time) this is continually updated throughout the year, so should be within the first two pages and shall tell you what is coming up at the next meeting OR any last minute changes to the programme or Venue.
That’s about it folks, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask and we hope to see you at our next meeting.
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