Cranleigh Camera Club

CCC is a small friendly club catering for people of all ages and photographic abilities and is affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain through the Surrey Photographic Association.

If you enjoy photography and may be looking to improve your photographic skills, or wish to share your photographic experiences with other like minded people, then please come along to one of our meetings. The "About Us" tab above provides more information about the club and how to find us.

Monthly roundup of club activities during February

The month commenced with David Eastley LRPS judging our third round Mono print and PDI competitions. He was very observant and gave good reasons for his comments with a spread of scores between 6 and 10.  Inevitably his scores pleased several members and disappointed others but it is important to always have faith in what you produce and to keep on trying. We all have different tastes and it would be a dull world if we all agreed with everyone else.

The following week members had a chance to view their work under competitive conditions and receive suggestions and ideas for improvement from fellow members. Using an image editing programme we were able to demonstrate how cropping, brightness and contrast control could make a difference to PDIs and provide a valuable opportunity to fine tune the images prior to competition.

On 15 February, seven members (Pete Baldrey, Miles Thompson, Bev Pegram, Elizabeth Bulley, Bill Thornton, Chris Flood and Ann Smith) each gave us a presentation of their set of themed images and provided us with an enjoyable, sometimes humorous  and varied programme.

This month we also held an outdoor event involving a further trip to Denbies vineyard and, lucky to be blessed with good weather, we had the opportunity to walk around the grounds and grab a few more photographs.


The main purpose of the visit to Denbies was to see an exhibition of landscapes and still life in the photo gallery and it was interesting to compare both the different styles of photography and how club members felt about the images on view.  Whilst several of the table top images had been produced using textures in the background, many of the landscapes demonstrated the advantages of getting up and out early to capture misty conditions.  Afterwards we discussed all this and more over a welcome coffee.

We ended the month with the fourth colour print competition on the set subject of Solitude.  The judge, Steve Kingswell ARPS AFIAP, gave a fairly lengthy critique of all the colour prints and brought out many points as he saw them.  It soon became clear that he was very unforgiving of any images containing any hint of digital noise!  Solitude was not an easy subject to photograph and many of the competition entries on the night received fairly low to middling marks concerning the ability of the image to demonstrate compliance with the set subject.

Next presentation by external speaker - 5 April 2018

John Nathan ARPS will be giving a presentation: A long way south.

Over the last few years our annual travelogue has taken us to Oman in a 4x4 and to China. This year's journey is taking us 'A long way south'  as John Nathan takes us through the Falklands and South Georgia to the Antarctica.

Members are welcome to invite a guest for a nominal cost of £2.