The WDCC has a varied selection of events throughout the club year, that generally fall into the following categories. For a full list of this years forthcoming events, please see our events programme from the menu above
We aim for 3-4 professional lecturers for the club year, and invite them in to talk on a wide ranging set of subjects. We usually choose our lecturers based on other club recommendations, or by reputation. Our guest speaker events tend to be the more popular evenings
In the 2015-2016 club year we welcomed
George Steele LRPS CPAGB BPE1 who gave us his "Strategy For Sharpness" lecture
Dave Butcher, leading UK landscape photograher, who gave us his "City Lights" lecture
Michelle Mansley from Warrington College who presented a lecture on Astral Photography
Fran Hallsall, another award winning landscape photgrapher who presented her lecture "Seeing Is Believing"
Robert Millin DPAGB BPE5* EPSA UPI Hermes LRPS EFIAP/s from reknowned club Wigan 10 Foto Club who gave us a great insight into the world of "Competitive Photography"
For the 2016-2017 we look forward to welcoming Cheryl Hamer LRPS and three other guest speakers yet to be annouced.
There are 4 club competitions per year. Top 5 placings score points, and the points are accumulated over the 4 competitions with the highest scorer being named Photographer Of The Year. Competitions are open to all fully paid up club members, but are not mandatory.
Studio nights take on a couple of different formats. We have "model" nights were we split the evening into two sessions, and employ an amateur or professional model to pose for us, under our studio lighting rig. The other format we commonly use for studio nights is still life type setups where we have a number of different stations around the room with various still life and lighting setups for members to try.
For more details of our studio nights, check out the Events Menu.
Workshops can be similar to the still life studio nights, but tend to be more hands on with instruction and guidance from experienced club members. Again these can be on a variety of subjects.
Once or twice a year we like to get out on the road as a group and visit somewhere of photographic interest. The club survey indicated that bulk of members are prepared to travel 20-40 minues, with many saying they are willing to travel for up to an hour for the right location.
Outdoor and walkabout shoots usually start by assembling in the GYCA car park at 7pm sharp (but check with the Calendar on the Events page). We are about 3 minutes from M6 Junction 20/M56 Junction 9. Bus stops are located nearby, close to Chester Road / Dog & Dart pub. Many members share transport or can provide lifts where necessary.
Recent walkabouts have been Lymm Dam, Warrington Town Centre, Liverpool City Centre, Salford Quays, Grappenhall Walled Gardens, and the Woolston Eyes Nature Reserve. 2016-2017 walkabout dates are fixed in the events diary but locations have not yet been agreed.
LCPU Folio Nights
The WDCC is aligned to and a member of the Lancashire & Cheshire Photographic Union (LCPU). Their folios (a selection of LCPU competition entries from across the region) tour the affiliated camera clubs over the course of the year. On these nights we perform our own critques of the images and have discussions about what works for us, and what doesn't.
Member's Work Nights / Critiques
Members are invited to display and talk about their own images. On Critque nights, those members that are open to the idea can submit their images for constructive critique from other members.
Sometimes our lecturers are from closer to home and we draw upon the various skills and talents from within the club, and have members talk on varied subjects for which they have a great enthusiasm.