Chaiman's newsletter

26th August 2012
After the excitement of the Olympic road race round Box Hill we move gently into the late summer and autumn period with the new 2012/13 season for the Bookham Camera Club starting on Thursday 6th September. As the new Chairman of the BCC I would like to pay tribute to my predecessor, Steve Kingswell for his contribution in leading us through a highly successful season last year.

I joined the Camera Club 2 years ago with the declared ambition of ‘taking a better photograph’. That ambition remains unchanged, and the quality of the images I take today is markedly better than when I joined. That is a reflection of the guidance, advice and support I have received from many members of the club, and particularly from Steve through whose help as I succeeded getting an image accepted into the SPA Competition earlier this year.

From a personal perspective I would like the club to be active, informative, engaging, inclusive and enjoyable. The BCC committee has drawn up an extensive programme of events for the year and I plan to send out a newsletter on a monthly basis to keep you up to date with developments, achievement and forthcoming attractions.

As a reminder, we have an excellent website, which contains details of the club, programme, news and galleries of images from our members. If you haven’t visited the website recently I commend the gallery of images from the Club Outing to Weymouth in July. It shows the contrasts between the Saturday (abysmal weather with lashing rain all day) and Sunday (brilliant sunshine and sunburn). Very contrasting conditions which presented plenty of opportunities for photography.

You can also sign up for BCC web site news updates by clicking here.

On to the programme for September;
Thursday 6 September - Opening Night
An opportunity for us all to meet up, to hear details of our plans for the year, developments with our technology (more of which later) and to share some images. If you have some images of events, holidays to interesting locations or other subjects which you would like to share with club members, please bring them along. Either as prints or digital images, preferably on a USB memory stick. (As a reminder, digital images should be 1400 x 1050 pixels for best effect with our projector.)

If you bring up to a maximum of 12 images (with a bit of latitude for special subjects) that will give the opportunity for a variety of members to participate.

Thursday 13 September - Round Tables
Following the success of the round tables event last year we are running another evening using the same format. There will be a series of tables where you can engage with some of the ‘subject matter experts’ in the club on range of topics; both technical and image related. Do you want an introduction to LightRoom or Photoshop? Do you have some images you would like to have reviewed by one of the judges in the club for advice and guidance on composition etc? Do you have questions about camera equipment, lens selection, macro photography etc? This is the opportunity to bring your images and questions to the club for an informal and informative evening.

Thursday 20 September – Guest Speaker, Trevor Gellard
Our first speaker of the year will be Trevor Gellard. He is a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and is Chairman of their Licentiate Distinctions Panel. He is a returning speaker, having been with us last year and his topic this time is “In Praise of Panels”.

Thursday 27 September – Open Competition
The judge for our first competition will be Ian Brash and this will be an Open subject evening. If you are entering prints, please bring them along on the evening. If you are submitting PDIs, they should ideally be sized at 1400 x 1050 pixels and named according to the convention, Initials, Image Number, Title. For example; RM 1 – Cley Mill

They should be e-mailed to before the end of the Sunday preceding the competition.

One technical change for this season is we will be using Adobe Lightroom for projecting the images. This has advantages in ensuring accurate colour calibration between the laptop and the projector but, it is important you remove any flags or star ratings from images before submission.

Finally, I am really looking forward to the new season of the Bookham Camera Club and to seeing you all at the Bookham United Reform Church Hall at 7.45 on Thursday evenings.

Our first meeting is 6 September and if you know anyone who might like to join our club, or come for an evening to experience what we do, please share this newsletter with them. They will be made most welcome.


Roger Mendham (

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