Bookham Camera Club and/or its members are affiliated with the following groups.
- Surrey Photographic Association Bookham Camera Club is affilliated to the Surrey Photographic Association which provides a forum for amateur photography, through 51 member clubs and societies in Surrey and beyond. The SPA has a FaceBook group which you can join, and a special closed group for exchanging equipment.
- PAGB Bookham Camera Club is affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain.
- The Royal Photographic Society Founded in 1853 ‘to promote the Art and Science of Photography’, a mission it continues to this day in the United Kingdom and through its considerable overseas membership.
- FIAP The International Federation of Photographic Art, FIAP is an affiliation of operational members, the national associations of photography. FIAP counts more than 85 national associations in the five continents and represents the benefits of nearly one million individual photographers.
Photographic exhibitions we recommend.
- TimeOut photographic exhibitions list
TimeOut London has a great list of recommended exhibitions. Please let us know if this list gets out-of-date.
- Sebastião Salgado: Genesis
The world premiere of Sebastião Salgado: Genesis unveils extraordinary images of landscapes, wildlife and remote communities by this world-renowned photographer. 11 April - 8 September 2013. £10.
We recommend you visit the following galleries to see great photography.
- The Photographers' Gallery The Photographers' Gallery's six-storey premises on Ramillies Street features gallery space, a bookshop, print sales room and café. It hosts the annual Deutsche Börse Photography Prize among contemporary and fine art photography exhibitions, as well as a programme of talks and events.
The club books talks by a wide range of speakers. Here are a few that have made an impression on us. (Dear speaker: if you are not here it doesn't mean we don't like you!)
- Bob Webzell ARPS AFIAP EFIAP has visited the club on many occasions as a speaker and judge. Bob was awarded distinctions by the Royal Photographic Society in 1999 and 2001. He was also awarded distinctions of FIAP in 2011 and 2012 based upon his success in international exhibitions. He is a past president of Brighton & Hove Camera Club. Bob lectures and judges throughout the south of England. He exhibits and competes internationally and two thirds of the images on this site have been accepted in international competitions. Sales of images from this site profit the charity Serian UK, enhancing educational developments in Tanzania.
- Mike Deverell. After gaining a broad grounding in general photography through the City & Guilds course, Mike soon began to channel his energy and passion into nature photography. Being born and bred in the beautiful and unspoilt county of Somerset, his love of the natural world has been a part of him since his childhood and this shines through in his work.
Here are some professional photographers whose work we recommend you check out.
- Steve McCurry is a professional photographer and author of several photography books. His iconic photo, Afghan Girl, graced the cover of National Geographic and was named one of the 100 Best Pictures of the magazine. McCurry has been recognized with some of the most prestigious awards in the industry, including the Robert Capa Gold Medal, National Press Photographers Award, and an unprecedented four first prize awards from the World Press Photo contest, to name a few.
- Leon Neal "An ever-growing archive of bumbling nonsense from an English press photographer". Actually - great images and commentary from an AFP photographer.
There are a great many photographic competitions all the time. The following few are worth a mention.Training
Useful training and education resources.
- Creative Live run a wide range of online workshops covering a range of photographic topics. These can be 1, 2, 3 day or even a whole week courses and at present there is a 28 day course underway.
All courses (except the current 28 day one which only the first 5 days can be watched free) can be viewed live free (and on rebroadcast for the following 24 hours) and the content is generally excellent.
The hook is that the content is so good and as few people can watch for 6 or 7 hours a day for several days, having sampled the content for an hour or two here and there, it is very tempting to actually buy the courses - which are not cheap but actually are probably pretty good value given the content.
Highly recommended, though the presentation style is very American which takes a bit of adjusting to. Nevertheless, for some free viewing as and when you can, for those courses that interest you, it is unbeatable value (free) ...and you only buy if you really like what you see. There is also the opportunity to interact and ask questions and enter viewer forums during the live broadcasts.
Recommended by Paul Winstone.
Here's a collection of books that we recommend.
- Photography - The New Basics is an up-do-date, comprehensive, and easy-to-read guide to the whole gamut of photography. Co-authored by Graham Diprose - who has been a guest speaker at the club.
Here's a collection of other stuff that we find useful and/or interesting.
- Extreme macro
- Photographic Optics In-depth highly technical articles on topics such as depth of field, MTF, bokeh, and destroying misconceptions.
- Photographers' Rights In Law An article from Simon Moran
We would like to thank our clubs' sponsors & partners for their support.
- Photographic Alliance of Great Britain
- Surrey Photographic Association. The SPA publishes a newsletter; feel free to subscribe to it by clicking here.
- The Vineries Garden Centre, Effingham (for supporting the 2011 annual exhibition)
- Park Cameras
- Imber Court Photography Training
- Bookham United Reformed Church hall - where we meet every Thursday.