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. Please note that there is usually a £3 charge for non-members attending guest speakers (tea/coffee etc. provided)- see full programme for details.
For the forthcoming 2018-2019 club programme we will be welcoming the following guest speakers
John Smith (APAGB, CPAGB), and Jill Bunting (CPAGB) who will be exploring "Audio Visual Presentations", merging photograph and sound
A talk on band/event photography by Matt from Wilkinsons in Warrington
George Franks who will be giving us a presentation on "Still Life and Product Photography"
Previous guest speakers have included
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"
Cheryl Hamer LRPS who gave us her lecture "
Adrian McGarry who gave us an excellent lecture about iPhone photography and pixel painted art
Martin Berry brought the Warrington Photographic Society's collection on Lantern Slides, a fascinating look at the history of the society captured over the last 100 years or so.
Bob Dennis from Bebington Photographic Society gave us a lecture on "What A Judge Looks For" and then came back later in the year to put his advice into practice and judged our "Groups" competition.
There are 4 club competitions per year. There is a slight change to our scoring system this year. Top 5 placings score points, but only the highest scoring image per entrant scores (in each discipline - prints and digital images). Also points are scored for each entry. 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.
In addition, one member will be named as "Most Improved Photographer Of The Year". This is usually based on competition performance from one year to the next, and subjective opinion of the committee on images shown on member's work nights, and club social media.
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.