Programme for 2017/18
This is our closed season and we start again with our first meeting on Wednesday 5th September.
Next season's programme is being worked on and will be published before the beginning of the season. To see what we did last year click on the link below.
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September 2017
Wed 13th
Alton Camera Club

Welcome to Alton Camera Club

Season preview and enrolment.

An open evening with an opportunity to meet our members.

See what we're about and find out what we do.

Our treasurer will be on hand to collect members' subscriptions: still just £42.

20th Speed and Motion

"Speed and Motion"
with Paul Dunmall

An evening in two halves: The first is based around sport with tips & hints on how to get better shots. The second uses some of the same techniques in other areas of photography and showing creative shutter speeds.

27th Practical session

Practical Session and EGM

The EGM is to approve the accounts for the 2017/18 season and to discuss proposed changes to the His and Hers competition.

4th Clive Chater

PDI Competition: League 1

First round of the League competition

Judge: Kev Sandall

Reminder: image dimensions are now 1600x1200.

Entries by preceding Sunday. Please email them to: .

PDI entries: 2 Colour or Mono

11th Alton Town Hall

"Photography in Alton"
with Tony Cross

Tony was Curator of Alton's Curtis Museum for some 30 years and provides the historical background relating to images of Alton since photography first came to the town. Tony will also remind us the people who have contributed to the fascinating body of work which exists today.

This is the final evening for submission of your Safari entries.

18th Print competition

Print Competition: League 1

First round of the Print League

Judge: Sue Sibley AFIAP ARPS CPAGB

Titles and a PDI copy of each image needed by preceding Sunday. Please email them to: .

Print entries: 2 Colour or Mono.

Tues 24th

Keith Hunt Audio-Visual Competition

This competition is hosted by Woking PS and will be judged by Walter Benzie Hon FRPS.

Alton usually compete and there can be up to twenty sequences shown in the evening.

This event is at Woking PS, Parkview Centre for the Community, Sheerwater Recreation Ground, Blackmore Crescent, Sheerwater, Woking, GU21 5NZ. No access from Devonshire Road; signed to Sheerwater Recreation Ground. Starts 8pm but you are advised to arrive earlier.

25th Alton Camera Club

Sixtieth Anniversary Event

Members and their guests only. Starts 8pm.



PDI Competitions: League 2
and the first themed challenge: "Silver &/or Grey"

Second round of the League competition and the separate themed challenge competition; subject: "Silver &/or Grey".

Judge: Andrew Mills MA (Photo) ARPS LBIPP

Entries by preceding Sunday. Please email them to: .

PDI entries: 2 Colour or Mono, 2 themed


"Creating Audio-Visual Sequences"

15th SCPF League

SCPF PDI League, Division 3

Judge: David Mendus

64 images from 8 clubs within the Southern Counties Photographic Federation.

Alton will be pitted against Gosport CC, Horndean CC, Overton CC, Petersfield PS, Spectrum CC, Viewfinders of Romsey CC and Wokingham &EB CC.

22nd Meadow Brown Butterfly, Roy Daisley

"Better Landscape and Macro Images"
with Chris Button

Chris specialises in atmospheric landscape and close-up wildlife images.

29th Print competition

Print Competitions: League 2
and Tony Berridge Panorama Cup

Judge: Gordon Brown ARPS

Titles and PDI copies needed by preceding Sunday. Please email them to: .

Print entries: Up to 2 Colour or Mono and up to 2 Panoramas


A hands-on introduction to Photoshop



Sue presents an introduction to Photoshop with a demonstration including different types and uses of layers, cloning, composites, saving images for prints and projection and many other useful techniques. You can bring a laptop to follow along (in small groups) and suitable images to work with will be provided.


The full version of Photoshop will be used for the talk but any recent version should be OK. Photoshop Elements will handle most of the techniques shown but may not be suitable for use on the evening, however, you can download a 7 day trial full version from the Adobe website.

13th Safari 2017

Safari Results and Social Evening

Find out how everyone else interpreted the tasks, the answers to the questions and, of course, the overall winner.

Hosted by Steve Kirkby.

20th, 27th

Christmas Break

No meetings

January 2018

PAGB Awards

We will be showing a large number of images which have scored in the passing range at Credit, Distinction and Master level for the PAGB awards for photographic merit. It is a chance to see some really great images and to obtain a clear understanding of the standard required to achieve each of the merit awards. Something to aim for?

10th Film Titles

PDI Competitions: League 3
and the second themed challenge: 'Film Titles'

Judge: Zaid Meherali

Entries by preceding Sunday. Please email them to: .

The topic is changed to 'Film Titles' as next week's talk is more appropriate to the originally chosen set subject. 'Get in Close' is now the set subject for the 3rd Challenge competition.

PDI entries: 2 Colour or Mono for League,
2 themed 'Film Titles' for the Challenge trophy

17th Chrome Horn, Colin Vincent

"Getting in Close"
with David Harris LRPS CPAGB

He'll be explaining what equipment he uses and various techniques including focus-stacking.

24th Print competition

Print Competitions: League 3
and Kay Stickland Portraits

Judge: Chris Hutchinson

Titles and PDI copies needed by preceding Sunday. Please email them to: .

Print entries: 2 Colour or Mono, 2 Portraits


Three-club Audio-visual Evening

Alton CC, Windlesham & Camberley CC and Ludshott PC share their members' audio-visual work.

At Windlesham and Camberley CC


Practical Evening

Various activities; bring your camera and tripod for the full experience.

7th SCPF League

SCPF Print League, Division 3


64 prints from various clubs in the Southern Counties region. Alton CC versus Beaulieu CG, Bognor Regis CC, Disabled PS, Farnborough CC, Salisbury CC, Locksheath & Sarisbury CC and Wimborne CC


Meadows Audio-visual Competition

Judge: John Randall

Please make sure you read the competition rules regarding the eligibility of your AV sequences.

Please bring sequences on USB stick or CD/DVD on the evening. Titles and durations of sequences emailed by preceding Sunday. Please email them to: .

Audio-Visual entries: 2 which may be co-authored


"How Did You Do That?"
with Dr Barry Senior Hon FRPS APAGB

Barry shows some of his prints and demonstrate how they were produced using Photoshop along with a short introduction to using layers and layer masks. The emphasis is on working non-destructively.

Tues 27th

Tuesday Workshop

Practical tuition session with experienced club members - members and non-members welcome. Camera essential.

£5 to cover hall hire (includes tea/coffee/biscuits)

28th Grumps' Life Journey

"Grumps' Life Journey:
Photo Blogging on a Bike"

Steve Gregory's 60th birthday homecoming cycle tour.

The theme for the Print challenge will be chosen this evening.

Weds 7th

Triangular Print Battle

Aldershot, Farnham & Fleet CC v Alton CC v Basingstoke CC.

Judge: Roger Smith ABIPP

14th Night and Low Light

Night & Low Light Photography
with Tony Worobiec FRPS

These areas can present many technical obstacles to the photographer but with the right technique can produce some of the most beautiful results.

Tony provides essential technical and equipment advice for producing successful digital images as well as invaluable post-production techniques.

21st Get in Close

PDI Competitions: League 4
and the last PDI themed challenge:
'Get in Close'

The final round of the League competition.

Judge: Rob de Ruiter ARPS

Entries by preceding Sunday. Please email them to: .

PDI entries: 2 Colour or Mono, 2 themed 'Get in Close' for the Challenge trophy

Sun 25th SCPF Championships

SCPF Championships 2018

The finest Prints and PDIs from clubs in the Southern Counties Photographic Federation. Alton will be competing in both sections.

Judging of the PDIs starts at 10:30am and finishes in the late afternoon.

Hosted by Bracknell CC at Bracknell Open Learning Centre, Chadwick Mews (off Rectory Lane), Bracknell, RG12 7GR.


Easter Break - no meeting

Thu 29th

The Newbury Challenge Plate

Alton CC compete in an invitation print match for 8 clubs from Wiltshire, Berkshire, Hampshire and Dorset. Although we haven't won the plate since 2011, we had the best print in 2015 and 2016.

Hosted by Newbury Camera Club at the Shaw Social Club, Almond Avenue, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 1LU. It starts at 7:30pm and early arrival is recommended. £3 fee (includes half-time buffet).


Easter Break - no meeting

11th Kelvin Perry

Print Competitions: League 4
and the themed Print challenge

Judge: Tony Oliver ARPS CPAGB BPE2*

Theme: "Age & Decay"

Titles and PDI copies by preceding Sunday. Please email them to: .

Print entries: 2 Colour or Mono, 2 themed 'Age & Decay' for the Challenge trophy

Please note that your Presentation Evening menu choices and payment must be received by this date.


Season Critique

A review of members' work from the season where the authors and audience can give their own views on the images we've entered in competition this season.

25th His 'n' Hers

His & Hers

Judge: Brian Burden LRPS

Approximately 30 PDIs from each side.

Friday 27th Presentation Evening

Presentation Evening 2018

Time to dress smartly, enjoy a 3 course meal, see a review of the season and collect those highly-prized cups, shields and trophies.

Our Guest of Honour will be the President of the SCPF: Peter Rocchiccioli ARPS BA (Hons) EFIAP.

Held at the Alton House Hotel, the evening starts 7pm for 7:30; to finish by 10:30pm

2nd Alton Camera Club

Annual General Meeting

Budget, proposals and election of committee.

Your opportunity to have a say in how the club is run.

Proposals must have been made in writing to the for posting on the club website at least seven days prior to the meeting.

Sunday 6th 2‑4pm Alton Walking Festival

Alton Walking Festival Photography Walk

A walking tour of Alton, with members of Alton Camera Club, who will advise on use of cameras, composition etc. based around some simple themes set at various points along the route. To suit all ages and experience levels.

Bring your own camera or smart phone.


Gather at 2pm at the bandstand in Alton Public Gardens (Lady Place car park is the closest but there is a charge for parking, even on a Sunday.)

Sunday 13th The Safari 2016

The Safari

Come and enjoy the pleasant, fun but ever so slightly challenging annual mystery tour of rural Hampshire with your friends and family.

Questions and photographs around and about the local area.

Required items: car, camera, pen & £2. Packed lunch optional.

Starts 10am, Draymans Way car park Alton, behind Iceland.


Sunday 13th SCPF

SCPF AGM and Finals Day

The Annual General Meeting of the SCPF and also the individual Print and PDI competitions for the best images from each club that entered the Leagues.

At the Millennium Hall, Hall Way, Littleton near Winchester.

Unless specified otherwise, all meetings are on a Wednesday evening at the Holybourne Village Hall.
We're open at 7pm for a prompt 7:30pm start. Help setting up the room is always welcome. We finish by 10pm.
Please note that all events and dates listed may be subject to change. Every effort will be made to notify members of any alterations.
If you have suggestions for activities, speakers or would like any further information please contact our .
Guests are welcome to attend lectures and practical evenings for a fee of £5, refundable against subsequent membership fees.
Please volunteer at any club evening.