Club News - August 2018

Welcome to the Wetherby & District Camera club newsletter.


We have an exciting program (including 12 lectures, 3 practical nights and plenty of competitions) lined up for the 2018-2019 season, so now is the time to contact your friends, family and colleagues interested in photography and invite them along.


Last year, the opening evening saw quite a number of potential new members turn up on the night so please introduce yourself and make them feel welcome. This is really important as we often only get one chance to attract new members.


View the 2018-19 program.


We will soon be starting the process of formulating the program for the 2019-2020 season. This is your chance to influence the program next year. If you’d like to join the program group or you have ideas for next years program please get in touch with a committee member.


11th September First Club night of the season

Our opening meeting will be the 11th September 2018 (as we are starting a week later than normal) at St James’ Church Hall, with a chance to show a sample of your Summer PDI images, so please bring 5+ along on a USB stick.

We will be displaying a variety of A4 and A3 prints showing a range of Member's images. There will be examples of 'before and after' prints showing the effects of software manipulation. Also illustrated examples of projects, an explanation and prints of 'themes' we refer to in our competitions.

We will have a presentation (and assessment/discussion) of the submitted images after tea time.


17-21st September Window Display in Specsavers window all week

For the 7th year in a row Specsavers are sponsoring the club and happily allowed us to put a display in their window the week of 17-21st September. If you are passing, please take a look and if you happen to be in the shop let them know how much it is appreciated.


18th September Oliver Wright “The last 12 months”



Oliver is a professional photographer with time split between Leeds and Abisko (Sweden), where he works full time as a photography guide. He is extremely passionate about photography and is multi disciplined in numerous photographic subjects. For the last four consecutive years his wildlife and macro work has been in the British Wildlife Photography Awards. He has also been in the national press numerous times and BBC Wildlife, New Scientist, Digital Photography and Grand Designs magazine.   Judging by some of the images on Oliver’s web site, we are in for a treat.


Subs are due this evening.


25th September Practical “Night out in Wetherby”

Don’t forget to bring your camera along.


13th October 2018 Annual Exhibition at Wetherby Town Hall

This year we have a full day booked in Wetherby Town Hall for our annual exhibition. This is an important event to help promote the club and we'd love to see you there. This will be an informal event with tea/coffee/biscuits/cake etc, where we have an opportunity to display mounted photographs from members and hopefully a slideshow on a TV. It starts at 10am and ends at 4pm. If you can spare a bit of time to come down and help promote the club, talking to visitors and handing out programs, please contact a committee member.


Summary of Summer Trips

We organised four Saturday, all day, outings this year. The idea has been to encourage Members to be involved in different styles and subjects at the varied locations in Yorkshire. The trips have taken us to Wharfedale, Wensleydale, Calderdale and the coast around Robin Hoods Bay.

Each has its own challenges and, with some guidance and encouragement, has hopefully improved our understanding, observation and techniques in capturing images. Perhaps the only disappointment was the low turn out and it does lead to questions as to the usefulness of this type of event whether it is the locations, subject matter, duration or suitable days. If you have any ideas for future events, please chat with Ian Butterworth.


Gibson Mill,


Lone Tree,


Red Flags,

Robin Hoods Bay



All images - Ian Butterworth

Excelle magazine

In the Excelle magazine there is a nice piece about the club by Brian Cooper on page 13.


Competition Entries

The first competition is the Ingram (Open) on 2nd October. Members can submit up to 2 entries in each of the “colour print”, “black & white print” and digital competitions. DPI Images should have a maximum resolution of 1600 x 1200.   In practise, this usually means resizing the landscape orientation to 1600 wide or the portrait to 1200 high, thus keeping the aspect ratio.


Don’t forget, prints don’t have to be A3 mounted and in past years A4 mounted images have often done just as well.