Towcester Camera Club Programme

Towcester Camera Club meets on alternate Wednesday evenings at the St Michael’s Church Rooms in Silverstone from 8:00 - 10:00pm (gather from 7:30). We warmly welcome anybody who enjoys photography as a hobby.
Our members have a very wide range of photographic interests and ability and most find that they thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to share ideas and to learn techniques from each other and from visiting speakers, either before the formal session starts, during the midway break, or at the end of the session.
The Club updates its programme twice a year and aims to cater to a spread of interests, mixing external speakers with informal, participative member sessions.
We are always keen to hear from people keen to show their work or demonstrate new techniques.

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Programme of Events ~ 2018

7th March 2018

John Creland - Light Trails - A Practical Indoor Session


21st March 2018

Chris Forster - The Journey after ABPE (Associateship of British Photographic Exhibitions)

Chris will talk to us about entering National Exhibitions

ABPE and FBPE are awards of British Photographic Exhibitions (BPE) and they are based on the results from entering certain national exhibitions. Chris wanted to show us how these exhibitions differ from normal camera club competitions and how entering them can challenge and improve keen photographers.

The BPE consists of about 20 member exhibitions, organised either by individual camera clubs or by groups of clubs in the same geographical area. Photographers who have already achieved the BPE’s top “Crown” award can go on to achieve the Associateship (ABPE) award and then the Fellowship (FBPE) award and become entitled to use the relevant letters after their name. The awards “are designed to indicate consistent achievement of the highest standard over a substantial period of time”.


21st March 2018

Claire Watson - Animal Photography: Wildlife, Pets and Farm Animals

Claire graduated from the University of Northampton in 2016 where she earned a First Class BA (Hons) degree in Photographic Practice. She also won the 2015/2016 professional photographer animal/wildlife group category in the online Fine Art Photography Awards competition.

Part of Claire’s degree work involved a project to photograph rare breeds of farm animals and poultry in UK.

Claire presented her images in a dramatically striking style with the animals shown against a dark studio background. The idea being that viewers can appreciate the exquisite beauty of the animals and get a sense of the fragility of their endangered states by creating a dark atmosphere in these portraits where the animals appear to be emerging from the shadows of the background.

Claire is not actually on the circuit for presenting talks to camera clubs (….yet!)  but she has kindly agreed to come and show us a selection of her images from this project and her other animal work. She will also explain the processing techniques she uses to achieve her dramatic dark background effect.


18th April 2018

Select for our Annual Battle against Olney Camera Club

Selection of our 20 digital images for the Annual Battle against Olney Camera Club.

All members are invited to submit no more than 3 images for consideration.


2nd May 2018

Annual General Meeting

• A summary of the previous year’s events.
• A look at the Club's Financial position. 
• Time to welcome Members’ ideas and suggestions. 
• Election of Officers - Do consider volunteering for a post if you would like to be involved in the running of the club.

Participation - The formalities will then be followed by a fun photographic challenge! 

Do join in. Full details of what you need to do will be given out later.


16th May 2018

Kirsten Norton - Product Photography

Kirsten is one of our fairly recently members and she has kindly agreed to do a talk for us, explaining her involvement in product photography and to show us some of her work.


30th May 2018

Annual Battle against Olney Camera Club

It is our turn to host the Annual Battle against Olney Camera Club.

Is it also our turn to win? Time will tell……….


13th June 2018

Anne Gray - “Adventure India: A Location Based View of India”

In Anne's previous presentation "Inspiration India: A Reflective Journey", she took a thematic approach to portraying the colour, variety and wonder that is India.

This time, she will present a new set of images from her time living in India, this time using specific locations to give an insight into geography, culture, religion, art ... and the everyday. She may include a glimpse of Sri Lanka, too!


27th June 2018

Arthur Foster ARPS MA - A selection of his Favourite Images

Photographer Arthur Foster comes from a background of newspaper, advertising and public relations image making. For 30 years he has had a comprehensive and award winning career in these fields. He has photographed many well known actors, musicians and sports personalities and has received acknowledgement for these images from the sitters and in various International Competitions including World Press Photo at the Hague in Holland. He has held many exhibitions of his work and teaches aspects of photography at various levels. He also runs Photography Courses.

Arthur will show a selection of framed prints and will talk about his reasons for taking each image, what he intended to portray and why he has chosen a particular style to display the finished work. He prefers to show a smaller collection of his work completed and framed, rather than a more extensive display of many digital images.


11th July 2018

Practical Session

Currently Top Secret!


SUMMER BREAK - Reconvene in early September 2018 (check back in early July for full programme listing)