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"Why join a camera club?" we hear you ask.

We know that it can sometimes feel like a bit of a step to join a photography club. We’ve compiled a list of answers to common questions and concerns that our members wished were on the website when they joined!

You don't have to join straight away - you can come along for free for up to three evenings. Contact us beforehand if you like, or just turn up - but be sure to check the programme first!

I’m a complete novice / I’m not sure if my photos are “good enough”. Will I be out of my depth?

Not at all - everyone in the club started as a novice! If you’re interested in photography and want to learn from others and improve then you’ll get a lot out of the events on our programme and the wealth of experience of the members.

I don’t want to enter my photos into competitions or have them judged.

We firmly believe that constructive critique is one of the best ways to improve your photography. There’s nothing like understanding how another person sees and interprets your image. That said, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea - at least at first - so you can use the competitions to see what other people submit and what feedback they get, or enter your pictures for non-scored informal reviews.

I don’t have a top-end camera or expensive lenses.

We’re not snobbish about the camera you use. With a bit of knowlege you can get great results from a point & shoot camera or a decent cameraphone. We can help you to get the most out of the camera equpment that you have and, when you’re ready, help you to understand what you might get out of upgrading.

I'd like some help with my camera

Our members are always keen to help with hints and tips. Why not post a question our Facebook group, or come along to one of the pub social evenings or club nights to chat with other members. Check the programme for more details.

I can’t commit to attending a meeting every week.

We have a varied programme of competitions, speakers, demonstrations and member evenings. It’s fine to pick and choose based on what suits you and the time you have available.

I don’t know how to get my photos from screen to print

Almost all of the competitions have digital and print submissions. Digital is a great way to get started and make some great progress in your photography. We do find that after a few years in the club, members tend to progress to doing more printing as they appreciate the higher quality end result and the extra control they have over the process, but it’s definitey not mandatory!.

I’m ok with a camera but have no idea about digital editing or workflow

Digital editing (with Photoshop or anything else) can definitely help you to get the most out of your photos but it’s not essential. If you’re interested in learning more our members are always ready to share their tips or point you to some great resources.

I don’t know if my photography style is right for a camera club

First of all, congratulations on finding your style! Our members cover just about any style that you can imagine - street, landscape, architecture, portrait, nature, macro, studio, and even drone photography - and it’s always great to see a new take on an old style, or something completely new!

I’ve been to a camera club before and it was a bit old fashioned or stuffy.

NCC certainly has a rich history, going back to 1957, however we’ve always moved with the times. We fully embrace all-things digital and are always on the lookout for what’s new in photography, while appreciating its relatively short but varied history. We also have an informal, relaxed style - we want to enjoy photography together, not take all of the fun out of it.

I was hoping to see something particular on your programme, but you don’t do it.

Our club is run for the members, by the members, and we’re always refining what we do based on member interest. If you’ve got a thought about something we could do please get in touch or come along one evening - we’d love to hear about it.

How much does membership cost?

We have a “try before you buy” policy! Just come along to up to three evenings for free, to meet the members and see what we get up to. If you do decide to join, membership is £35 for the year plus £2 on the door for the evenings that you attend. The membership fee covers the rental of the room and guest speakers and judges. The new membership year starts in February, but if you join part-way through the year it will be pro-rated.

I still don’t know if it’s the right thing for me.

That’s ok - why not just come along to a few evenings for free and see what we're all about. If you want to let us know that you’re coming or check any details you can get in touch via our Facebook page, or feel free to turn up on the night - just double-check the programme first!