Cirencester Camera Club
Cirencester Camera Club was founded in 1939 and has been an active and vibrant club ever since.
Our members have a wide range of photographic interests and experience, so there is always someone on hand to help with advice on technique, equipment or processing.
A series of illustrated talks take place throughout the year given by highly regarded speakers on a broad range of subjects. In addition, members can take part in Competitions, both within the Club and against other Clubs in the area. These provide an excellent opportunity to submit images and receive constructive feedback on your work from qualified judges – a great way to learn how to improve imagery and processing.
There are also practical evenings, often supported by local professional photographers, where members learn more about various aspects of photography such as portrait lighting, street photography, image processing software etc. – more experienced members share their knowledge in a safe environment, so no worries about asking that burning question.
The club also supports The Churn Project, promoting and supporting their fundraising efforts and making donations where possible.
Of course, this hasn’t been a normal year. Our season (usually September to May) was cut short in March and we had to take stock of what we could and couldn’t do.
With many members shielding, in addition to being in lockdown, we increased the content of our weekly member’s newsletter (Vignettes), opened a WhatsApp group to allow the community to chat, share images and ask questions, and we introduced a ‘Summer Cup’ with 5 monthly challenges to get people thinking and photographing. We also took the opportunity to revamp the website and can now showcase member’s own work in our ‘Galleries’.
The start of the 2020/21 season has seen us create an online version of the club, via zoom, and it’s been rewarding that we’ve seen high numbers of members participating each week. We’ve continued our programme of speakers, and online competitions have proved to work well – we have even created our own club online voting system. We’ve now created an adaptable model that means our members can participate however the regulations tighten or relax. The online format has also encouraged us to form a small tuition group to help members achieve an RPS qualification.
Whatever your age, skill level, or particular interest in photography, there is always a warm (even if virtual) welcome at Cirencester Camera Club.