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. You can also find us on the Cranleigh Camera Club Group Facebook page on the internet. (See "Useful Links" on this page to access our Facebook site.)
The Cranleigh camera club, in common with other clubs, will operate in virtual form via the Zoom web conferencing programme, at least up until Christmas when this will be reviewed again in line with Government guidelines at the time.
The link to enable members to log in will be sent prior to each club meeting.
Roundup of recent club activities
5 November - Photographer Paul Graber gave an excellent presentation Why do we still shoot monochrome? In the old days one had to choose black and white or colour film and you were then stuck with the result. Despite expectations that monochrome might die out in the digital era it still remains hugely popular. He investigated the reasons for this by discussing some iconic images from the twentieth century before moving on to a selection of his own images and discussing how best to process pictures to obtain good monochrome capturing the mood the photographer wishes to convey. He uses Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to do this with the help of additional software including Nik and Topaz AI. After the interval Paul gave a live demonstration of his monochrome conversion techniques using some pictures sent to him earlier by Cranleigh camera club members.
The following images, copyright of Paul Graber and reproduced with permission, is a sample of Paul’s own photography seen during his presentation.
12 November - David Smith, SPA Chairman, returned to the club this season to judge our 2nd PDI Colour open and set subject (Culinary) competitions. He gave an excellent critique of the 34 entries, equally split between the open and set subject sections, and awarded a maximum score of 10 to two images in each competition. In addition two images in the open and one in the set subject were awarded 9.5. Congratulations to Pete Baldrey and Chris Flood for their winning entries in the open (Natalia and Street portrait of an elderly man) and to Angela Karney and Ann Smith (Mixed spices and Spaghetti) in the set subject competitions.
19 November - Presentation: Around the world in 66 days. Dave Brooker, ex-CCC chairman and honorary club member, gave a photographic insight of his 2019 trip. While he originally planned an AV presentation, broadband speed issues while using Zoom meant he had to revert to a slideshow. This late change did not distract from the quality of the fine photography on show and the very interesting subjects and places visited. His tour started in Dubai before moving on to Singapore, New Zealand (North and South islands), Australia (Melbourne and Sydney), Hawaii, and finally the USA (San Francisco and New York). We were entertained with a wonderful selection of spectacular landscapes interspersed with indigenous flora and fauna and interesting architecture and iconic landmarks, which no doubt will have whet many members' appetites for putting some of the places he visited on their own photography bucket list.
The following images, copyright of Dave Brooker and reproduced with permission, is a small sample from his presentation. From left to right: Bay Sands Singapore; Coromandel Peninsula NZ; Porters Pass NZ; Sydney Harbour Bridge.
26 November - A workshop for members who brought along their PDIs for critique and improvement suggestions by other club members. A total of 54 images were discussed in a non-competitive environment and no doubt some of these images, maybe with some further revision, will be submitted in future club competitions.