Welcome to Cardiff Camera Club

Website Update: Following the Committee’s decision to give the website a makeover we have now reached the final stage of redevelopment. We appreciate your patience and understanding whilst the upgrade has taken place and hope to have everything running smoothly in readiness for the start of the new club year and AGM in October.

Newsflash! Newsflash! Club exhibition now open. 

Our club exhibition which which was kindly opened by Julie Morgan, Assembly Member and Cliff Emery, President of the Welsh Photographic Federation can be seen at the Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay.  It closes on the 27th September.

Thank you for visiting the official homepage of Cardiff Camera Club. The club was founded in 1896 and is one of the oldest in Wales. Whilst we are very proud of our heritage we endeavor to keep pace with the ever changing technology and advancements that modern photography presents. 

We are proud to be affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain through the Welsh Photographic Federation. 

Membership is open to adults who share our passion for photography regardless of their ability. Our regular Thursday night meetings start at 7.30pm and last for 2 hours. Why not  join us ?  

You can sample what the club has to offer and view the events we have planned, or just come along to our clubroom at Rumney Partnership Hub, Llanstephan Road, Rumney, Cardiff CF3 3J. Your first 3 visits are without any obligation to join.

If you have some further questions that need answering please contact us or refer to our  FAQ’s  

In the meantime why not take a look at the images (below) which we have selected for this month’s ‘Spotlight’

I look forward to meeting you in the clubroom soon.

Stephen Willcocks
President 2017


Club Night 14th September 2017. Presentation by Fred Davies AFIAP, AWPF
Photography takes many forms and tonight we were treated to something a little different. Fred Davies a former President of the club shared with us some audio visuals he had compiled in recent years. Each video consisted of a series of still images set to music. Fred told us a little about the process involved and the importance of gaining the required music licence if the video was be shown in public. Fred explained that he now uses ‘Pictures to Exe’ software which is available for those using windows. (Mac users can get the same results using i’movie). It is also possible create a slideshow of still images set to music in Lightroom.

Castlerigg Stone Circle taken by Michael Barnes AWPF

Fred started with a delightful film about Castlerigg, a neolithic stone circle near Keswick offering stunning panorama witht the mountains of Helvellyn and High Seat set as a backdrop. It was evident from the start that setting music to a series of snapshots opened up the images considerably. 
This was followed by two very colourful films taken at a RHS Flower Show in Cardiff, and also of the bluebells at Wenallt Woods.  Fred explained that many of the films he takes have been taken with a compact camera sometimes using a tripod but sometimes not. Mostly he used a zoom lens typically 28-300mm.

We then moved overseas with a film taken of Abbey of Sant’Antimo In Tuscany , which at that time was Benedictine monastery, and one also taken of the Grand Canyon which he had digitalised from some old slides. There were also films taken closer to home in Bath on a wet and miserable day, at Appleby Horse Fair, Northumberland, and in London during a 24 hour photographic challenge.  The undoubted favourite amongst many of those present was a film of industrial heritage taken at Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum (also in the Lake District) which Fred used to  showcase the different textures that rust produces.
In proposing a vote of thanks Trevor Waller spoke for all of us when he highlighted Fred’s mastery of lighting, (not easy when you are trying to blend similar images which may have been taken at under very different lighting conditions), his willingness to take images in often challenging circumstances, and to turn even mundane scenes into entertaining videos. 
We are grateful to Fred for taken us on this journey and introducing members, many for the first time, to the pleasures of creating and audio visual sequence set to music. 

Click here for more information about playing music in public places (inc community clubs) and the Limited Manufacture Licence (a low cost way of licensing music onto cd/dvds for playing in public settings.

Club Night 7th September 2017. Presentation by Margaret Collis ARPS, Hon.EFIAP, DPAGB, APAGB, AFIAP.
Our new season got off to a good start with an entertaining presentation by Margaret Collis ARPS, Hon.EFIAP, DPAGB, APAGB, AFIAP. Margaret is a former president of the Western Counties Photographic Federation and a very experienced photographer, specialising in travel photography. Her talk was entitled ‘Indonesia and Post Pourri’ which proved to be an eclectic mix of images and different genre taken across the globe. 
Margaret is rightly regarded as a travel photographer, first and foremost. She has that instinctive ability not only to capture the essence of different cultures and their history but also their unique landscapes, architecture and traditions without being twee or touristy.
The importance of preparation and using local knowledge (and resources) to good effect, and also of making sure to print images on the right printing paper was emphasised throughout.  Margaret discussed what makes a good image and shared some of the techniques she uses to give her pictures the edge – especially when putting a panel together. 
In the second half Margaret entertained us with an array of digital images many of which were minimalistic in content often enhanced by rich textures and strong colour tones. 
Despite traveling the world to pursue her hobby Margaret recognised that you can still take good photographs closer to home especially if you look for the unusual such as images of ‘headless’ people where the emphasis was, for example, on their feet and/or hands rather than on their face.  
In summing up Margaret said the essence of photography for her was the need to enjoy it, have fun along the way and produce images and which mean something to the photographer.
We are very grateful that Margaret was able to be with us and give such an entertaining talk especially as she is soon to retire from the club circuit after many, many years dedication to her art.
We wish her well in all that she does. 

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