Hertford and & District Camera Club meets at 8:00pm on Friday evenings, from September through to May, normally in St John's Hall (near All Saints Church, d) in Churchfields, Hertford, England. Due to Covid-19 much of our 2020-2021 season will take place online, using the Zoom app. Please Contact the Secretary if you wish to join the club or if you have any membership queries. Information for non-members who wish to join an online meeting is shown in the Syllabus.
Our aim is to help members gain more pleasure from their photography, by improving their photographic technique and by fostering their eye for a picture. Weekly meetings include talks, practical evenings, and competitions in which we can show our images and receive advice.
Visitors and new members are always welcome at any meeting; just turn up on the night and make yourself known to one of the committee members, but do feel free to contact us in advance if you have any questions. Visitors are asked to pay a small fee, currently £3.00 per meeting; bona fide potential new members may attend up to two meetings free of charge.
"You Are Being Watched"
The Club offers mutual photographic help through a varied programme of meetings, enabling us to see the work and techniques of other photographers – including visiting speakers (amateur and professional) and other Club members. Although most of these meetings are not formal tutorials, our speakers are very well informed on many different aspects of photography, both creative and technical.
For less experienced photographers in particular, help and advice are readily available from the broad experience of the other members, who produce colour and monochrome prints and projected digital images. Members use a wide range of cameras, lenses and other equipment from all the major manufacturers to cover subject matter ranging from wildlife to portraits, from architecture to street photography.
"Preparing for Takeoff"
Regular print and projected digital image (PDI) competitions, with sections for both advanced workers and for less proficient photographers, help members to improve their photography. Experienced external ‘judges’ provide constructive criticism of our work. In addition, photo ‘battles’ with other clubs enable us to compare our best photographs with a broader range of styles. We all continue to learn by seeing good (and sometimes not so good!) images.
We hold a public exhibition of our work in a Hertford town centre venue each Autumn. Members are also invited to display their images free in the gallery on this website, and are given access to the dedicated Members' Area here. We post information and updates on our Twitter feed and Facebook page, and also have an active closed Facebook Group for members.
In the Summer break members often arrange an informal programme of photographic and social events. And our occasional newsletter – the Viewfinder – provides information and offers a platform for opinions.
The Club was founded in 1951, and is affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) through the East Anglian Federation of Photographic Societies (EAF). For more information about the Club, its history and its significant events please see the about us page.