Welcome to the third incarnation of Newcastle (Staffs.) Camera Club’s website!
Our club was formed in 1907 and is open to all regardless of age, sex, race, religion, physical disability or ethnic origin. It does not matter whether you are a complete beginner or hold photographic distinctions or qualifications, we all aim to help each other. Ours is a friendly club with around 50 members.
Our members include all age ranges and we would like to attract more young people, since the club’s future depends on the youth of today. There are special rates for anyone aged 16-18. The younger ones amongst us are more "au fait" with computers and electronic gadgets, whereas the older ones are more used to using film and "wet chemistry" processing. The latter may be content nowadays to have their digital images processed by a laboratory.
We have a full programme of speakers who show us their work and are willing to share their knowledge and expertise on a variety of topics. The programme is interspersed with competitions for prints and digital projected images, and we invite judges from far and wide to share their ideas on how work may be improved. Each year we hold an Annual Dinner at which shields and trophies are awarded. We take part in competitions with other clubs within a ten mile radius.
"Fighting for the lead"
Groups of members often attend exhibitions and photographic events in other cities by means of car sharing. Some members are keen on entering photographic exhibitions and competitions, whereas others are content to explore the photographic possibilities of working in the infra-red, taking pictures in 3D, or specialising in wildlife, travel, portraiture and other genres.
Following the award of a grant from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust last season, the club bought a number of digital single lens reflex cameras on which to give instruction. We were also able to to purchase some professional studio lighting equipment and accessories which are used by a newly-formed studio group. At the time of writing, the club has submitted a bid for a grant to enable us to give professional instruction in Photoshop and to continue instruction in studio work.
Links have been formed with a local commercial studio where members have been invited to use the facilities and have been shown the processing equipment used. The studio owner has voluntarily been to the club on Studio evenings and given hints and practical advice to help photographers to improve their pictures.
The club is affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) through the Midland Counties Photographic Federation (MCPF).
Change of venue
In September 2013 the club meeting rooms will change from being the Methodist Meeting Rooms in Merrial St., Newcastle, to Seabridge Community Centre, Ash Way, ST5 3UB. There are several car parks, disabled access and a larger secure storage area.
Whatever your interest, you will find a warm welcome at out club and we hope to have the pleasure of meeting you soon.
Tony Capper, Chairman