4th Dec 2018
A return visit from Fujifilm
We welcomed Shannon Meddings from Fujifilm for another in-depth look at their excellent range of compact, mirrorless system and medium format digital cameras. She arrived very well equipped with the complete range of cameras and lenses, and all of it was available for trying out and demonstrating.
She also presented some of her excellent photography achieved with the Fujifilm system, answering many question about the advantages of switching to a smaller, lighter camera outfit for all types of photography.
30th July 2018
The Photography of Water in Motion
Photographic water features, and capturing effects with water
Members of the club were welcomed to Bill’s home and garden where he had constructed a varied and creative array of clever equipment to make water more interesting to photograph than simply running out of a tap !
Luckily no cameras came into close contact with this deadly enemy of electronics, but some of the members did suffer mild dampness …. Bill himself was resolute in his generosity of making sure everyone captured some very impressive images and we are all looking forward to seeing all the results at the next meeting ….
16th July 2018
Black & White Photography plus Photographing Water
Black & White Photography plus Photographing Water
This well-attended regular meeting had two topics of coverage. Firstly, Robert spoke about the basic principles and ways to approach black & white photography, illustrated by many classic and beautifully shot examples of the genre.
Bill, who is hosting our next meeting in the garden of his home, showed us examples of his excellent work with capturing water in motion, achieved using some very cleverly constructed equipment for the purpose !
2nd July 2018
Successful Photographic Printing Workshop
A return visit to the club by Colin Hulley of Permajet, who brought an impressive array of printing technology to show members how to achieve the best photographic print quality with a home printing set-up. Many members had their own images printed by Colin while he demonstrated how to adjust and calibrate print settings, how different print processes worked, and the finer details of colour profiling were explained and shown on-screen. Many examples of Permajet’s excellent, very wide range of papers were used, with them all available as sample prints, and much knowledge of how to achieve successful prints was certainly learned during the evening.
18th June 2018
Long Compton Visit
Evening Trip to Long Compton
The club went on an evening visit to the beautiful Cotswolds village of Long Compton, Warwickshire, in the hope of taking a winning photograph for Long Compton’s first ever photographic competition and exhibition. The weather stayed kind, but dark clouds started rolling in later in the evening, leading to some good sky backgrounds. Who knows, one of the group may of taken a winning photograph!
4th June 2018
Photo Editing Software tutorials
Any Camera Club ethic should be to encourage its members to help and support each other with any areas of their hobby that they need to gain more experience of and this is very true of all the software available for digital photo editing, retouching and image enhancement.
Three of our members presented small workshops of their previous images and experience of working with Adobe PhotoShop, Adobe Lightroom and Snapseed, an excellent app that runs on tablets and smartphones. Much hands-on experience was gained and more understanding of this fast-moving area of photographic technology.
21st May 2018
Portrait Training Day
With a couple of lighting kits, and some willing internal models we started looking into the basics of portrait photography, lighting equipment and how settings on your camera or lighting rig altered the outcome of the image.
The session aimed to help in our preparation for a future event where we hope to rent a studio and use professional models. We rounded the meeting up with a short review of a few members photographs, covering everything from graffiti, deserts to sunsets.
Monday 7th May 2018
Abstract and Effects
This was our first meeting at OYAP’s excellent new centre in Old St Edburg’s School, we called on the skills of a number of creative members in our group who showed us their great techniques for achieving striking abstract and effects photography with milk, soap solution food dyes and water - and some clever lighting.
9th April 2018
Cake and Fruit Still Life<
A very enjoyable evening taking photos of tasty cakes and colourful fruit and veg. Lots of different backgrounds were provided and it was interesting to see how members achieved different results by using lighting techniques or more low key approaches. And of course there was the cake to eat at the end of the evening!
5th June 2017
Basics of Exposure
One of our members, James undertook a session explaining the basics of exposure.
James helped other members to understand the basics of how exposure works by using ISO, aperture and shutter speed. A copy of the presentation can be viewed from the link below. Please remember that the images included in James presentation are not to be used elsewhere.
22nd May 2017
Several of the Camera club members descended upon a small village known as Tackley.
Tackley is a village and civil parish beside the River Cherwell in Oxfordshire and it is about 6 miles west of Bicester. The members decided to take small figures and cars and position them in areas around the village so that they could be photographed.
Several pictures were posted to our Facebook page.
8th May 2017
Matthew Hick LRPS
Matthew Hicks LRPS gave the club a great talk on how to go about obtaining a distinction from the RPS (Royal Photographic Society)
Matthew helped to explain from start to finish, on how the process works in completing a distinction such as LRPS. There are several other Societies that have similar processes in regards to distinctions and some of these were mentioned.
If you are interested in finding out more then please have a look at the RPS website. They have a wealth of information on their site in regards to the different levels of distinctions that are available, along with some great portfolios pertaining to RPS members.
26th April 2017
Some members paid a visit to Evolution Reptiles at the Fairfax Centre in Kidlington.
We were allowed access to the shop after hours to photograph some of the amazing reptiles that the shop has to offer.
Pete Milligan (The owner) and Dee Costar were on hand to help the photographers get the shots that they wanted. They have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to all aspects relating to the world of reptiles.
More info in regards to the shop can be found on their website.
3rd April 2017
Monday evening saw one of our members Jocke Selin giving the club a very interesting talk about HDR (High-dynamic-range) Photography
The HDR technique is often used in photography to help reproduce a greater dynamic range of luminosity than is normally possible with standard digital photographic techniques. The aim is to present a similar range of luminance to that experienced through the human visual system. The human eye, through adaptation of the iris and other methods, adjusts constantly to adapt to a broad range of luminance present in the environment. The brain continuously interprets this information so that a viewer can see in a wide range of light conditions.
HDR photography is often achieved by capturing and then combining several different, narrower range, exposures of the same subject matter.
If you would like to view a PDF ver of the presentation given by Jocke then please use the link below to download a copy. (Please note this is for your personal use only and it is not to be used for other means)
See you all in a couple of weeks.
27th March 2017
Bicester Aikido Club
Last night was an additional Bicester Camera Club event of which was hosted by The Bicester Aikido Club in Langford. Ten members of the BCC went along to watch and photograph the guys and girls of the Aikido Club going through their routines. Some of the images have been posted to the Facebook page already and I am sure there are more to come.
21st March 2017
WoW what an amazing evening. A big thank you to Lynne and Sue for taking the time to set up loads of different areas with all sorts of weird and wonderfull things crying out to be photographed up close. As always the regulars were on hand to help where needed and a big thank you also to Matt, whom is hopefully a potential new member for helping advise some of the club members on so many aspects of macro photography. Some members have already put some of their images up onFacebook Page and also our Flickr Page If you havent already please put your images up on to one of the social media sites so that other members can get to see your fantastic photography. See you all in a couple of weeks.
6th March 2017
Yet another well turned out event with well over 20 members turning up. The community room at Tesco was magically turned into what could only be described as a mini studio, with several areas housing a multitude of different props that were just waiting for the members to photograph. Several regular members were on hand to give advice as and when needed. Some of the images from the evening can be seen on our Facebook Page and also our Flickr Page.