Most people have the use of a camera, whether it’s a feature of their phone, a compact or a digital SLR. It’s also easy to convert your photos to prints, either using High Street photolabs, or at home with free or cheap software. Never before has photography been so popular and accessible. Sharing your photographs with friends is enjoyable and can lead to a new appreciation of what makes a good image, and the various techniques that can be used to improve your skills. This can range from hints about composing the picture before you take it, what the buttons on the camera actually do, and how to get the best out of your software.
Founded in 1978, Abingdon Camera Club (ACC) has now been going for more than 40 years. We have a published programme of events featuring a range of activities to give variety and interest to members, whatever stage or level of skill they are at. These include:
evenings when members or guest speakers show and talk about their pictures;
practical evenings to improve your photographic skills and techniques;
sessions on how to use software to improve the final picture;
trips out to take pictures at a particular venue;
and various competitions, digital or prints, which you can enter if you want to.
We are also active in the local community. We hold print exhibitions during Oxfordshire Artweeks and for the last several years have organised a photo competition during the Abingdon Arts Festival. We have also photographed various events for the golden anniversary of All Saints Methodist Church, and helped with the ‘Abingdon in Bloom’ presentation. Our fundamental belief is that the more we practice taking pictures, and sharing them with others with a similar interest, the better we all get.
Our members range from some seriously good photographers to near beginners, all with one aim – to improve at their hobby in an enjoyable atmosphere. Whatever your level of expertise, type of equipment, or particular photographic interests, you will be very welcome at our meetings. You don’t even have to own a camera to become a member; just have an interest in photography!
Our meetings are held every Thursday from September to May, in the Methodist Church Hall, Dorchester Crescent (off Appleford Drive), Abingdon OX14 2AQ, situated behind the Boundary House Pub, Oxford Road, where there is a handy bus-stop.
See the map below for our precise location. (Green arrow marks the spot!)
Meetings start at 8.00 p.m. and finish at around 10.00 p.m.
For more information on becoming a member, see our Membership page.
If you want to find out more about us, why not come along to one of our meetings? We charge a nominal fee for visitors towards the cost of room hire and refreshments.
Here’s a useful map – click to zoom in/out or get directions.