Club night summary – 29th November

Our final PDI league competitions of the year, with ‘open’ and set subject ‘heat’ were held this week.

The competitions had another great response of entries with 111 Images initially put forward. In order to enable sufficient meaningful critique from our visiting Judge Steven Galvin, the numbers were reduced to 32 in the open and 29 in the set subject, a total of 61, giving each author their first choice in each competition.

The competitions provided some Interesting Images in particular the set subject with the various interpretations of ‘heat’.

It was great to see a number of our newer members scoring high in both competitions.


Studio Workshop Evening – BTS

This week Ant held the second of the beginners sessions on studio portraiture at West Herts College. Ant demonstrated using a “Beauty Dish” modifier to create evenly lit head and shoulder shots of our model for the evening Emily Miller

Gordon surprised as all by producing a violin at the end of the session to create some wonderfully creative images with Emily. Of course we could resist having a play on it and sadly I confirm there were no natural violinists amongst us!

A well attended and enjoyable evening and our thanks again to Ant for another superbly organised session.

Club night summary – 21st November

As part of our celebration of ‘Croxfestweek’ we held an open evening at the club. A chance for the members to have some of their talented work shown and displayed to visitors at the club.

Beth in full flow. Image curtsey Alan Rhodes

In addition to a PDI screening of some of the entries into this years competitions we were given presentations by members Mike Brankin giving us an Interesting talk on his recent travels showing some great Images. Our youngest member Beth Christie displayed her successful panels for her GCSE’s and spoke of her journey using a film camera. Tom Chesterton also showed an entertaining ‘AV’ of Salcomb Estuary.

A nice social evening celebrating the diverse creative talented members we have.

Steve 🙂

Club night summary – 14th November

Our theme for our workshop evening this week was ‘experimental lighting’ presented by ‘Ant’. A really good Interactive evening including the use of powerful patterned backdrops with projected lights. This was made all the more effective by visiting model ‘Emily’ who was her normal professional self, enabling some great shots to be obtained by the members.
Another great evening in our diverse season programme of events.


Studio Events Update

Please speak to Ant or John if you would like to attend any of these session.

Thursday 14th November Creative Lighting Workshop
Bring your camera and strange lights as we experiment with unorthodox lighting and colour.  Special guest to be revealed on the night!

Location: Croxley Community Centre
Available Spaces: Unlimited / Cost: Free

Tuesday 19th November CroxFotoFest Studio Session
This session will make the most of a very simple light set up allowing beginners to try their hand at high fashion with the brilliant Emily Miller.

Location: West Herts College
Available Spaces: 6-8 / Cost: £15:00

Saturday 23rd November Advanced Studio Session
You take control of your studio session.  Working in pre-booked hour long slots, our photographers will create their own studio lighting, choose the model’s outfits and direct them accordingly.  Be confident, be bold and create something unique!  Joining us for this session is the very talented and versatile French model & actress, Miyala Caldin  Not sure about the cost?  Buddy up with a pal and share a slot, max 2 photographers per slot.NB:  Technical support available throughout the day.

Location: West Herts College
Available Spaces: 6 slots available, 2 hours MAX booking.
Cost: £60:00 per hour (Payment is needed in advance to secure your place)

Tuesday 26th November Intro to Studio Session at West Herts College – Session Two: The Beauty Magazine Shoot
This week we use 2 lights to shoot magazine quality beauty headshots with Emily Miller

.Location: West Herts College
Available Spaces: 6-8 / Cost: £15:00

Tuesday 10th December Intro to Studio Session at West Herts College – Session Three: That 90’s Calvin Klein shoot
The fabulous Rayne Swan makes her debut at Croxley Camera Club as we aim to recreate Calvin Klein’s iconic images of the 1990’s.

Location: West Herts College
Available Spaces: 6-8 / Cost: £15:00

Club night summary – 7th November

This week we had a great talk and enjoyable presentation from Chris Shepherd entitled ‘London Light, London Life’. Chris shared many excellent Images he had taken in London, a lot during his lunch breaks from his workplace in the City.
With good humour he explained the locations and occasions he had taken the shots.

He also shared his mantra and approach to photography, explaining that the more practice and use of his camera the more competent he became. He felt the reverse also applied, that by not taking pictures on a regular basis was detrimental to his creative craft, hence his almost daily lunchtime photography sessions.

An Inspiring enjoyable night. – Steve

See more of Chris’s images here

Club night summary – 31st October

A ghostly tail – Steve Bailey

This week we celebrated Halloween with our own ‘spooky’ studio night, a workshop evening where members brought along their cameras and spooky materials to photograph.
During the evening we explored ‘painting with light’ using long exposures and used some of the Halloween themed materials to great effect.
A good evening, where we all enjoyed the Interactive workshop and creative use of the themed night. – Steve

Club night summary – 24th October

Our first print competition of the season featuring ‘Open’ and set subject ‘people at work’ judged by Kathy Chandler. We had a good response to entries with 35 prints in the open and 33 in the set subject.

Once again some great Images were produced by the members giving the judge another difficult task of choosing the eventual winners on the night.
It is appreciated the extra work in producing a competition finished print over PDI’s but hopefully the rewards of personal satisfaction on the finished item outweigh the extra effort.

We also received the results from our first external competition of the season held at Park Street CC during the evening, where we learnt we had finished 7th but only 3 points behind the winning Club. We look forward to the next external competition.


Club night summary – 17th October

This week we held our Autumn social, a chance for members to share some of their Images with the group and talk about photography experiences. A good social evening complemented with nibbles and drinks and some excellent cakes provided by Vanessa.

In addition, we covered preparing for our forthcoming Triptych competition by viewing  and discussing examples of previous entered Images, to help the newer members understand the concept.