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Parkwood Camera Club

Who are we?
At Parkwood Camera Club you will find a group of friendly photography enthusiasts who are keen to share ideas and help each other improve on their skills. We are based at the Parkwood Community Centre in Gillingham.

Join Us

We are currently welcoming new members. Please follow the “Apply for membership' link below or contact the membership secretary whose email link is on the Join/contact us page.

What do we do?
We are constantly updating our programme of events to cover a wide variety of photography activities and subject areas. The list below is a just a sample - different events and ideas are regularly included with many ideas coming from our members:

  • Regular digital* and print competitions where members are able to showcase their photographs and receive comments on their work (*digital means photographs displayed on a screen using a digital projector).
  • Photographic outings on some club evenings in the summer, a few at weekends throughout the year, and also a few weekends away for those interested.
  • Regular guest speakers talking about a wide range of subjects such as photo editing software through to various areas of photography, e.g. wildlife, landscape, sport, portrait, abstract , macro, etc.
  • Practical demonstrations on subjects like mounting photos/prints, photo editing, and calibrating your computer screen and printer.
  • Group studio sessions using the club’s own studio lighting and backgrounds.
  • We hold interactive evenings throughout the year where members share tips, ideas or just talk Photography.
  • We have our own Flickr Group where our members are encouraged to upload new images and discuss topics. We also hold monthly competitions, whereby members post images into discussion threads, on varying set themes, judged by external judges.
Who is the club for?
Beginners are welcome as are enthusiasts and professionals alike. Currently our members range from beginners through to very experienced enthusiasts, several of whom are semi-professional. People under 16 are also welcome, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to all club events, that is all club meetings and external events (photo shoots, outings etc)

The general public are also more than welcome to attend selected events and activities as detailed in the club’s programme. Please see below for forthcoming events and also please check our full programme by clicking the ‘Programme’ button on the left. Non club members are welcome to attend any event in the programme which includes a "tick" in the ‘P*’ column. To help cover the cost of some events there will be a small charge of £3 payable at the door, unless specifically stated as free in the Programme details.

Our events in the next 31 days (subject to change)
Date Event (Click on underlined text for more details) Event Description Location P*
Mon 28 Aug 2017 Field Trip to the Darnley Mausoleum. Andrew Hayes to lead a field trip to the Darnley Mausoleum (also known as the Cobham Mausoleum) in Cobham woods. If you enter postcode DA12 3BS into google and zoom in to streetview you will see the parking area. Very simple to get to, just off the A2 at the Cobham turning. Meet up at 7PM. The Mausoleum is a 1/4 mile walk up a track from there. It provides a great setting for sunsets and often there are Longhorn cattle roaming around which are very photogenic. Afterwards, we can go to the Darnley Arms which is 0.6 miles away at DA12 3BZ (go back to the end of the lane, turn left then right at the mini roundabout and it is a few hundred yards up on the right). Cobham
Mon 04 Sep 2017 Welcome evening with a slide show of members photographs. A short talk by our chairman to get us started for the new season including a run through of the new seasons programme followed by a social evening. Photographs taken by our members during the last season will be projected during the evening. Parkwood
Tue 12 Sep 2017 A/V Talk by Tonbridge Creative Camera A/V Team. Getting the new season talks off to a great start - a long overdue talk on the art of Audio/Video presentations. Most people do not realise that A/V is possible with the gear they currently use. This evenings talk is by the Tonbridge Creative Camera advanced A/V team. The talk includes A/V presentations and includes some of their gear set-up for Parkwood members to see first-hand what gear captured the images. Parkwood Tick
Fri 15 Sep 2017 Parkwood Challenge - Day 1 Day 1 of 3 shooting for total of 3 images to be entered into the Parkwood Challenge. It is an open theme shot within the set area which this year is within a 5 mile radius of Canterbury Cathedral. 5 miles radius of Canterbury Cathedral
Sat 16 Sep 2017 Parkwood Challenge - Day 2 Day 2 of 3 shooting for images to be entered into the Parkwood Challenge. 5 miles radius of Canterbury Cathedral
Sun 17 Sep 2017 Parkwood Challenge - Day 3 Day 3 of 3 shooting for images to be entered into the Parkwood Challenge. 5 miles radius of Canterbury Cathedral
Mon 18 Sep 2017 Member's print competition/Parkwood Cup round 1 judged by Darren Woolway Bring your prints along on the evening to be judged by Darren. This year as part of the changes made in the wake of the members survey, this print competion will become round 1 of the clubs Parkwood Cup competition for 2018. Note that just for tonight, the images do not have to be properly mounted to be entered. Future rounds will need to be mounted. The 23rd October talk on mounting. will give the info necessary to use the clubs mount cutter to best effect for the future rounds. Parkwood

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