Isn’t it demoralising when you ring Technical Support with a computer problem and they say, “Thank you for calling Technical Support. This call may be recorded for training purposes and so we can play it back at company parties for laughs.”
Well, Camera Club members do not need to be demoralised when asking about camera problems. We have a mentor system whereby experienced members can give you advice or help with your camera. Our meeting on 29th October is an evening especially for new members and beginners covering camera problems and a critique of print difficulties. Our more experienced members are always willing to give help and advice when asked.
Our website, www.fordingbridgecameraclub.org.uk contains our new programme. It is the usual mixture – talks by visiting top photographers. These are coupled with opportunities to show your work on top quality equipment and have it constructively commented on by experienced photographic judges. Visitors are always welcome to regular meetings for a small charge.
In addition to our regular meetings, we devote many evenings to those who want, as a group, to set themselves new challenges and then to review the results collectively. Our speakers at these group meetings are some of our own club members, and in the coming season include: Alan Forder, a specialist in Wildlife and Countryside Photography; Dr Barry Senior FRPS, will be showing us the key skills in Photoshop; Extreme Macro will be covered by Terry Turner and other club members. These additional sessions have proven to be very popular and have added strength to our work but are only open to club members.
Finally, it is also demoralising for me to realise that I’ve reached the age where any train of thought often leaves the station without me.