Although we're delighted to be having physical meetings again, the option of online presenters has allowed us to spread our net wider and bring something new to our members.
For this presentation Jayne Odell will be talking about her journey toward her RPS Fellowship. We can look forward to seeing some fantastic images and hearing all about how Jayne Odell, became Jayne Odell FRPS.
Details of the online meeting will be sent out to paid-up members in advance of the night.
PLEASE NOTE - THIS IS AN ONLINE MEETING, THERE WILL BE NO PHYSICAL MEETING IN CHRISTCHURCH
For our first tutorial night of the season you can look forward to some of our more experienced members sharing some tips, techniques and images to help you develop your photography.
Within the Committee we’re always looking for ideas as to what to present, to ensure we’re giving our members what they want. If there’s a particular subject you’re interested in, just let one of the committee know and we’ll see what we can organise.
Our second competition of the year is the ever popular and competitive Landscape competition. As with the other competitions this year we will be asking you for up to 2 digital images and 2 prints.
Our judge on the night is Sarah Kelman who’s been a regular visitor to our club over the last few years and always has some great feedback for all of our photographers.
Details about the landscape competition can be found here https://www.hitchincameraclub.org/2016/06/19/landscape/, however why not check out previous year’s entries here to get a feel for the type of images to consider https://www.hitchincameraclub.org/2019/10/17/landscape-competition-2019/.
As with all competitions your digital entries need to be in no later than midnight on the Sunday before the competition, and prints need to be in 1 week before.
On the 16th of September our Chairman Andy announced 2 subjects for the Assignment night, and tonight we get to see the results of your efforts. As always we'll be asking our members to tell us a little about their photos which gives us a great (and rare) opportunity to really talk about photography
As usual we'll be asking you to send in up to 6 digital images answering the 2 subjects, these need to be in by midnight on Sunday 24th.
If you're not sure what an assignment night is, why not look here Assignment Nights – Hitchin Camera Club or better yet use the search feature in the top right of the screen to search for "Assignment" and you'll find updates on all of our previous events.
Having been with us just 2 weeks before, Sarah will be returning to the club with a lecture entitled 1,000 miles of ocean where she'll be telling tales of a sailing voyage crossing the Atlantic and sailing around the Caribbean and up the eastern seaboard of America.
As always from Sarah I'm sure we can look forward to some amazing photos and some brilliant stories.
Our next competition of the year is the relatively new Monochrome competition. As with the other competitions this year we will be asking you for up to 2 digital images and 2 prints.
Our judge on the night is Mark Buckley-Sharp who’s rapidly becoming one of our most popular judges.
Details about the Monochrome competition can be found here https://www.hitchincameraclub.org/2017/04/24/monochrome/ however why not check some previous year’s entries here to get a feel for the type of images to consider https://www.hitchincameraclub.org/2019/11/07/monochrome-competition-2019/
As with all competitions your digital entries need to be in no later than midnight on the Sunday before the competition, and your print the week before
We recognise that we not only have some great photographers within the club, we have photographers with great stories to tell. On a “Members’ minis” night we throw the floor open to anyone who’d like to do a short presentation (5-10 minutes) on a photography related subject of their choice.
There are lots of people within the club who’ll help you get your presentation ready and will help you with any technical issues you have, and the camera club member’s are a great audience who really want to here what you’ve got to say.
If you’d like to speak simply let a committee member know.
Although many of our events are lectures or Competitions where we take the time to study the images we're shown, we also aim to run at least one practical session during the year were we'll encourage you to bring along your cameras and have ago.
Last year during lockdown Steve managed to organise an amazingly successful event online, so this year when we can get together in a larger room there should be lots of opportunities for a fun evening.
Also keep an ear and eye open for the Assignment Night subjects for the 6th January!
For our final competition before Christmas we have the first of our changing subjects “Lines”. This year we'll be asking you to submit up to 2 digital and 2 print images
Our judge on the night with be Thomas Peck.
Here’s the definition of Abstract we’re going to be using for this competition.
Leading lines, pattern lines, bus lines even theatrical lines. How will you choose to address the subject of lines?
As with all competitions your digital entries need to be in no later than midnight on the Sunday before the competition and your prints the week before.
You can learn more about the changing competitions here Changing Competitions 2021-22 – Hitchin Camera Club
For our final lecture of 2021, Alison Jenkins will be returning with her presentation entitled "Our Photography, work & hobby ", where she'll be talking about how much of her life is devoted to creating images.
Our Happy New year event will be an assignment night, on the 25th November the next 2 assignment night subjects will have been announced so tonight we´ll be able to look at your images.
As always, we encourage our members to enjoy each other´s images and share in the learning process, so feel free ask questions, and share hints and tips.
You can find out more on Assignment nights here... Assignment Nights – Hitchin Camera Club
Remember to get your images in by midnight on Sunday the 2nd January.
One of our regular competitions is People and Portraits, and it’s always a popular event. As with the other competitions this year we will be asking you for up to 2 digital images and 2 prints.
Our judge on the night is Thomas Peck who’s visited us a number of times in the past.
You can find the competition definition here https://www.hitchincameraclub.org/2016/06/19/people-and-portraits/ however if you look back through the previous years’ entries you’ll get an idea of what sorts of image do well.
As with all competitions your digital entries need to be in no later than midnight on the Sunday before the competition, and prints the week before..
Having been with us on the 13th for our People and Portraits competition, Thomas Peck will be returning straight away with a presentation of his photographs.
In this lecture Thomas will be sharing, his knowledge of architectural photography and showing us his photos.
Once again we'll be asking our more experienced members to share their insights and techniques with the club.
We're always keen to welcome new presenters and presentations, so if there´s a subject you´d like to talk on for 30-40 minutes, or a subject you like to learn about then just ask.
On the 3rd of February we'll be welcoming a new judge, Richard Burn, to the club to judge our second Open competition of the year.
As always with the open competitions, and subject and any style is allowed, and the points earned will go to the overall championship titles.
As normal with the Open Competition we'll be looking for up to 2 digitals and 2 prints, which must be in by the Sunday before, and the week before the competition night respectively.
If you´ve been holding off on entering a competition, the Open is great place to start. You´ll find some hints and tips here How to Submit Competition Entries – Hitchin Camera Club
On the 10th February we’ll be having one of our home grown events – a Members’ Mini night!
As you can guess from the title for this evening we’ll be asking members to do a short (5-10) minute presentation on a photography related subject of their choice. We often don’t know what we’re going to get with these events until the night, however they’re always enjoyable and fun evenings.
Don’t worry about producing a professional quality Power Point presentation, all we need from you is good story! and if you’re not used to presenting Online, we’ve plenty of experts who can guide you through the process or even run the presentation while you speak.
If you would like to present simply Steve Granger or one of the other committee members to arrange a slot.
Former club member and now award winning professional wedding photographer Rafe Abrook will be returning to club with his presentation "Bangers and Flash!".
Over the years Rafe has been a regular contributor the club and his presentations are always well received so we should be in for a great evening.
If you´d like to know more about Rafe's professional photography why not visit his website https://www.rafeabrook.co.uk
For this competition we’ll be welcoming back on of our most familiar judges Naomi Saul.
For the Panel competition we’ll be asking you to combine 3 separate photographs into single image, and we’ll allow each member to enter 2 sets of 3 images. What your images are and how you combine them is entirely up to you, however the images should have a common theme and make a cohesive set. The panel competition is Digital only.
You can find information about the Panel competition here. Don’t forget of course you can look back through previous competition entries in either the “What’s New” pages, or within the competition menu.
As with all competitions your digital entries need to be in no later than midnight on the Sunday before the competition.
We'll also be announcing the 2 subjects for Assignment Night 3 on the 7th April.
For this evening one of our longest standing members Greg Covington will be presenting - Details to be announced
Posponed from last season Mark Buckley-Sharp will be helping us all with the many facets of printing.
Paired with our "Lines" competition Lines competition – Thomas Peck – Hitchin Camera Club , we'll be asking one of our newer Judges Alison Jenkins to return to judge our "Shooting Wide" competition.
Here we’ll be asking you to demonstrate your skill whilst shooting with a wide angle lens.
You can find more about the changing competitions here Changing Competitions 2021-22 – Hitchin Camera Club
Tonight we’ll be having one of our home grown events – Our Members’ Present
In our Members’ Minis evenings we ask our members to give a short 5-10 minute presentation, however for this evening we ask our more experienced members to give a 30 minute presentation covering some aspect of photography in greater detail. Although we ask members to present on a subject of their choice, if there’s something you’re particularly keen to learn why not approach a member of the committee with your idea and we’ll see if we can find a volunteer!
If you would like to present simply Steve Granger or one of the other committee members to arrange a slot.
In this lecture John Wade will be giving an introduction to the fascinating world vintage, antique, or simply "old" cameras. This lecture was postponed from last season due to the nature of the presentation, and is one I´m particularly looking forward to seeing.
It´ll be interesting (or perhaps worrying) how many of the cameras our member's will remember using.
Our final Assignment night of the year will on the 7th April. As usual our Chairman will have announced the subjects 6 week's in advance (24th February the night of the Panel competition), and we´ll have the opportunity to discuss each other's images.
We are pleased to announce our final competition of the season will be “Natural History”, and we'll be introducing a new Judge to us Dave Hipperson.
As always the Natural history competition is Digital only, therefore you’re allowed up to 3 entries, and you’ll be competing for the Evelyn Bromfield trophy as well as the final points for the season.
Remember in HCC we use the more open “nature” definition. You can find out more about the Nature competition here https://www.hitchincameraclub.org/2016/06/19/nature/
For our last lecture of the year we'll be inviting Ben Pike to visit us, to present on Street photography. We´re used to seeing Ben as competition judge so it should be fascinating evening to see his photography
Every year we hold our AGM to bring the members up to date with what’s been going on in the club over the last year, tell the members what’s coming up for the next season and get the members input on how they want the club to be run. I’d therefore ask you all to attend this important meeting.
We’ll be publishing the Agenda 2-3 weeks before the meeting, and would ask that if there’s anything you’d like to discuss you raise it in writing no less than 1 week before the meeting.
We should also be presenting trophies from the club´s competitions on this evening, and we hope to be running a charity auction too.