June 2020
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Workshop Evening: Critiquing Images

Thursday 4th March from 7.45pm on Zoom
Ahead of our upcoming 'Peer Reviewed Competition', Cat & George take us through some tips and tricks to prepare us to be the judge!
Photo Credit: Mike Loose

From the Chair..

What makes a great photograph? An age old question and one that is in continual debate. It’s a bit like naming your all time favourite music tune, it’s very difficult, because it depends on your mood at the time of choosing.

Emotion often plays a part in a great photography Image and is regularly mentioned by competition judges when they say they are looking for an emotional connection or for the picture to tell a visual story.  Of course technical ability and presentation are also key elements in the process.  I guess finding the perfect formula is what keeps our quest of Improvement fresh and gives us all the Inspiration to keep producing new Images.

New Inspired Images were very much in evidence at our latest PDI league competitions    with 70 Images entered into our set subjects of ‘Lines’ and ‘Creative/ Experimental’. Once again our talented and creative membership let loose with a variety of diverse images which met the subject criteria.

Some outstanding Images were produced and within the higher scoring Images awarded by visiting Judge Alan Colegrave was 20 points scored by our very talented Gordon Calder for his excellent Images in both competitions.

Thank you to everyone who entered the competitions, making it a really enjoyable night and congratulations to the higher scoring authors on the night.  This was the penultimate PDI league competitions, further adding to the nights Interest of points accrual within the leagues.

Member Blogs

Cat's Corner!

This week, Cat Humphries shares her thoughts on why our images are more than just a competition image…

"This week I was invited to judge a monochrome competition at one of the local camera clubs. Being asked to comment on images is always and honour and so I decided that I should do a bit of homework in advance of the competition to make sure I was up to the task.

The club chairman had given the advice for their members to “feel free to experiment, not only with black and white images, but also sepia, cyanotype or shades of any other colour.” This echoes our own club’s rules..."

To read the rest of Cat's blog post, click the LINK to view it on the club website.

Croxley into new External Competition!

Tring & District Camera Club have launched a new interclub competition that celebrates the growing interest in the genre of ‘Intimate Scapes'.

Croxley will be one of 12 clubs in the CACC region taking part. Each club will enter 5 Intimate Scapes, each taken by a different photographer.  A sixth ‘tie breaker’ image will also be supplied and this can be taken by another photographer, or one of those chosen for the main 5 images. There will also be a prize for the best club and the author of the best image. The first competition evening is set for Thursday 24th March 2022 and will be held at The Baptist Hall in Tring. Up to 6 members of each participating club are welcome to attend.

So what is an 'Intimate Scape'?  Let's look at the brief...

"An intimate scape is one in which you’re selecting and isolating one small part of a scene that captures your interest and presents an ‘intimate feel’. It might be a smaller part of a wider scape, it might also be a smaller composition that focuses on shapes, lines, colours, textures or patterns. It is a view of a scene in which any object of focus, is surrounded by its context."

The final list of Participants are:
Croxley, Ealing, Field End, Harpenden, ImageZ, Kidlington, Leighton Buzzard, Maidenhead, Oxford, Pinner, Princes Risborough, Wallingford, Woodley & Tring.  No Watford or Amersham!

More to follow.

Photo credit: Fin Simpson

Coming Up...
11th March
Print Competition
Set Subjects: Industrial and Circles

18th March
Peer Reviewed Competion
Results Evening

25th March
PDI Competition
Set Subject: Open

1st April
No meeting

8th April
Print Competition
Set Subject: Open

15th April
Online Talk
Natasha J Bella- Remote Photoshoots Worldwide

17th April
Ballet Photo Walk
We join Ayla Rose for Ballet Photography in London

22nd April
PDI Trophy Competitions
Landscape & Portrait Cups

29th April

6th May


Ballet Photowalk, London

17th April 2021

Following this evening's Government announcement confirming that groups of up to six will be allowed to mix outdoors from 12th April, we are confident that this event will go ahead under the strict 'Rule of Six' guidelines.

For any questions, or for further information, please contact Anthony.


Photo Credit: Creative Instincts 
Open Our Autumn/Winter 2020/21 Programme
Want to see images from our competitions? 

Visit our gallery pages

Peer Reviewed Competition
18th March 2021

On Thursday 4th March, Cat will be leading a workshop on image analysis. Photography is both an art and a science so we’ll be exploring what to look for when critiquing images, along with our emotional connection and reactions to photographs. This will be an interactive evening where we will all become judges, analysing and scoring images online during the Zoom session and reviewing the results together.

Then in March we’ll be running our first Peer Review competition so we can use the judging techniques we have learnt. Here's some key dates to put in your diary;
Peer review competition open in PhotoEntry Now
Critique workshop materials available in Members Area Now
Critique workshop evening 4th March
Peer review competition close on PhotoEntry and online judging opens    7th March
Online judging closes 14th March
Peer review results revealed 18th March

For more information, please check out the blog on the club website.

New Event - Online Talk

Remote Photoshoots Worldwide by Natasha J Bella
15th April 2021

Natasha talks to us about the development and progress of remote photoshoots, which is a way for models and photographers to work together over long-distances.  Remote, or 'virtual' photoshoots have become popular in the last 12 months as photographers all over the world have found their hobby curtailed by Covid-19 restrictions.

Based in her Leeds studio, she has worked with over hundreds of photographers from Slovenia, Finland, France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Israel, Thailand, Singapore, Canada, China & the USA.

Showcasing the images demonstrating what is possible and the creativity achieved, Natasha will talk us through the technical aspects and follow with a practical demonstration.

This event has been added to the program and represents an additional cost to the club.  The committee would therefore be very grateful for any contributions from members to help cover the cost.  If you would be happy to contribute a small amount to the cost of this event, please do so using the club banking information below;

· Sort Code: 20-91-79

· Account No: 40304166

· Account : CroxleyCameraClub

· Ref: Your surname and 'NJB TALK'

Photo Credit: Ben Ernst


External CACC Competitions

Chiltern's 100 & Phone Photo Competitions now open for entry

Members can enter any image into each competition, subject for both competitions is 'Open' meaning you can enter images from any topic you wish, subject to the maximum images size of 1600 x 1200 pixels.

Entries must be made via our PhotoEntry portal, 'Chilterns Hundred Members Exhibition' has been added to PhotoEntry by the Competition Secretary to allow you to enter your images.

The Chiltern Hundred comp is now CLOSED.

The closing date for the Phone Photo comp is Wednesday 24th March.

Members can enter one image in each.

All judging will be done remotely and the CACC will announce the shortlisted images, so it is a good idea to visit their website regularly to keep an eye on results.  Judging of the Phone competition will be tied into the Rosebowl Final in April.

Photo credit: 'Red' by James Bennet

In the Community


If you're going into any of the shops, eateries and estate agents in Chorleywood be sure to pick up a copy of Chorleywood Magazine's February 2021 Special Edition. It features images of some of the socially distant events covered by our very own Cat Humphries.

In between lockdowns Cat was able to photograph two West End stars performing a Back Garden Busk, she met The Audacious Mr Astley and had A Slice of Saturday Night at Watford Fringe, and finally ended the year chasing a panto dame and a London Bus around the streets of Chorleywood. Hopefully as lockdown restrictions are lifted, she'll be able to go back to being the resident photographer for Rickmansworth Players and hopefully represent us at the return of Croxley Revels later in the year.

Check out some of her wonderful images below.

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Cup Winners Gallery

Congratulations to Cat Humphries for winning both the Triptych Cup & Nature Cup!


How to clean studio backgrounds in Photoshop
By Phlearn

Ant's editing tip, borrowed from the wonderful Aaron Nace at Phlearn.

Did you miss Gordon's excellent presentation on 'No Layers Editing'?  Worry not, it is saved to the member's area for you to digest in your own time.

Just click the link to view it on YouTube.

Gordon Calder

Did you miss Gordon's excellent presentation on 'No Layers Editing'?  Worry not, it is saved to the member's area for you to digest in your own time.

Just click the link to view it.

Paul Mitchell

Did you miss Paul's excellent talk on Landscape Photography?  Click the LINK to watch the recording of his superb Zoom presentation.


Did you miss Mark Pain's excellent talk on Sports Photography?  Click the LINK to watch the recording of his brilliant Zoom presentation.

James Kerwin

Did you miss James Kerwin's amazing talk on photographing Abandoned Architecture?  Click the LINK to watch the recording of his fascinating Zoom presentation, all the way from Tblisi, Georgia!


Club favourite, Glyn Dewis in partnership with Park Cameras shows a step by step video guide how to easily create eye-catching low-key portraits with just one flash.

Click the link to see it for FREE

Scanner Available
Epson V600 Flatbed Scanner

1 x 35mm film tray
1 x slide tray
1 x 120 format film tray
(comes with all leads, not boxed)

Email for more information
Misc. Photography Equipment
Selection of items for sales

1 x Hoodman Cinema Kit
(With Box, contains HoodLoupe 3.0, Cinema Strap & HoodMAG 3.0)

1 x Manfrotto MKCOMPACTLT-RD Tripod with ball head
1 x Logan 350-1 Compact Elite Mount Cutter
1 x Mitre Trimmer
1 x Canon 7D Battery Grip
1 x Lexar Pro-Workflow HR1
1 x Lexar Pro-Workflow Micro SD reader
1 x Lexar Pro-Workflow Compact Flash reader
1 x Lexar Pro-Workflow USB 3.0 hub

Selection of Compact Flash memory cards;
2 x Lexar Platinum II (200x) 8gb
2 x Lexar Pro (800 x) 8gb
1 x Kingston (600x) 32gb

Contact Archie for more information
Studio Lighting Available
Lastolite Lumen F400 Kit

2 x Flash Heads
2 x Lighting Stands
Two lights, two stands, power leads
(No trigger,softbox or umbrella)

See the listing here
Studio Lighting Available
Interfit & Elinchrom Flash Lighting Kit

2 x Interfit stellar 300
2 x Elinchrom D-Lite 4
4 x Lighting Stands
Four lights, four stands, case, power leads
All lights have bulbs.
(No triggers, softboxes or umbrellas)

See the listing here

Member Led Events

Due to current government guidelines and restrictions, there are currently no member led events scheduled.
Croxley Camera Club Committee

Chairman: Steve Bailey
Vice-Chairman: John Flynn
Treasurer: Rod Lacey
Secretary: Denise Noverre

Committee Members
Anthony Highet
Vanessa Lacey
Stuart Craig
George Purchase
You can email the committee directly about any aspect of the club
Club meetings are held at 7:45pm each Thursday (except July and August)
at Croxley Green Community Centre, which is at the end of Community Way
(entrance behind the New Road library). For satnavs, use postcode WD3 3SU.

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