July Updates

Our Summer Evening Programme has got off to a fantastic start. Our first outdoor meeting was in the beautiful town of Dollar. Many of us met up armed with cameras and enjoyed a pleasant evening stroll through the streets, along the banks of the river Devon and up into the Glen.  Beautiful images of historic buildings, woodland flora and even striking looking park benches were taken. The following week saw us in South Queensferry where we had an opportunity to photograph the iconic Bridges and take in the wonderful views of the Firth of Forth. The weather forecast had not been promising, however, towards the end of the evening the clouds lifted and the light was stunning giving rise to some fantastic late evening shots with a dramatic sky. The ancient cobbled streets of Culross saw a group of us enjoying the stunning views across the rooftops and down onto the shore. A fantastic outing with a camera to take atmospheric shots of times gone by and then a walk along the shoreline for a few seascapes.

Towards the end of last month we had the opportunity to share our images with each other at a Zoom meeting. Shots taken at our recent meet ups and from the two set topics which are set each month were submitted by members and then shown at our zoom meeting. Recently our set topics were Bokeh and Animals. It was really great to see the images we had all taken and have a good chat about them. Such a great way to pick up tips and advice on how to improve our shots.

 If you would like to learn more about our camera club and our Summer evening meet ups and even becoming a member please get in touch by email to our secretary


This month’s photograph was taken by Duncan Robertson on our recent  meet up at South Queensferry :   ‘Two Bridges’

Here comes Summer! Our Summer Programme this year will be an exciting combination of Summer Evening meet ups and monthly Zoom meetings too. We will be meeting up at a variety of locations in the area to practice our outdoor photography in small groups. The opportunity to once again safely meet up to take photographs is fantastic. Just having a chat, discussing our photography and sharing tips and advice in person will be wonderful and something we have all missed over the last year. These meet ups are fantastic for beginners and experts alike. The idea is to provide an opportunity to get out and about, take photos and learn from each other and of course to have fun. We live in an absolutely fantastic area which lends itself to a wide variety of locations which provide wonderful photographic opportunities. This means there is a fantastic variety of locations on our meet up list, a few examples being, waterfalls and caves at Alva Glen, the scenic village of Aberdour, The Falkirk Wheel, Elie Harbour, and with some luck hopefully an amazing sunset from the top of East Lomond, plus many more beautiful locations to meet up and take our cameras.

In addition to our summer evening outings we will also have a Zoom meet up every 4 weeks to share our recently taken photographs and have a catch up. To provide some inspiration throughout the Summer there will be two topics set at regular intervals for us to work on. The Summer Programme begins on Thursday 20th May with our first Summer Zoom meeting.  The first two inspirational topics which have been suggested are : ‘Odd Numbers’ and ‘Watercourses’  At our Zoom meetings we can share our interpretations of the two regularly set themes and/or any other images we have taken recently and would like to share with club members.

If you would like further information about joining our friendly little club and joining in our Summer Programme please email our secretary :   mailto:secretary@kinrosscameraclub.org.uk 

This month’s photograph : ‘Reflections’ by Mags Stewart


Award winners!

With the judging of our Annual competition last night by Roy Smith from Ayr, we have now completed all of our competitions for the year. The results of the League and announcement of Most Improved Photographer and Member of the Year were made at the Club Night last night and are now available on the website. Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to everyone who enters our competitions and the Jane Turnbull for coordinating all our competition entries. Trophies will be collected in, engraved and distributed in due course. Let’s hope we get to meet for our annual dinner and prize giving in a few months time!!

April forthcoming events

Our line up of events for April looks very exciting. We begin the month on the 1st with our very popular Picture a Quarter where we enjoy seeing photographs our members have taken over the last 3 months. It is always a very relaxed enjoyable evening chatting about where we have all been with our cameras and seeing the interesting things we have snapped.  We have our Annual Competition on the 8th when we welcome judge Roy Smith DPAGB AFIAP Hon SPF from South Ayrshire to join us via Zoom and give his appraisal and constructive critique of our images.  On the 15th April we are very much looking forward to a Zoom presentation by David Garthwaite a skilled fine art photographer from Leeds. David specialises in Black and White Landscape, architecture, portrait and product photography. On the 22nd April we welcome Colleen Slater a creative, macro photography specialist from Brighton. Colleen has an interest in the smaller things in life, whether insects or flowers, her evocative atmospheric and intimate images draw attention to the ordinary, often unnoticed things in the everyday world. Her latest images reveal close up details found in the urban environment.

Picture of the month for April is ‘Cold and Steamy’ by club member David Hatton

David Garthwaite

We are very much looking forward to having David Garthwaite talk to us about ‘Fine Art – A Workflow’ on the 15th April and in advance of his talk we can all have alook at his photos on this site http://www.dgshot.uk/ . Hopefully this will allow us to improve our own workflows especially for those of us interested in Fine Art Photography.

March preview

Kinross Camera Club

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Kinross Camera Club is a very friendly group and welcomes everyone interested in photography whether you are experienced or a beginner or would just like to meet up with others with a similar interest. We would love to see you at one of our club nights on Thursdays which are held via Zoom at 19.30 ( virtual doors open from 19.20 ) If you would like to join the club or find out more about what we do, please contact secretary@kinrosscameraclub.org.uk

We have a great line up of evenings in March. We begin the month with talks by club members Bill Paton and John StClair. Bill will be treating us all, using his fantastic images, to journey with him to Australia and John will be entertaining and inspiring us all with a talk called ‘Another Photo Miscellany’.
On the 11th March we have our League 3 Competition judged by Charles Summers and on 18th March we will be welcoming an exceptionally talented amateur photographer Joe Gilhooley from Loanhead, Midlothian to present his talk ‘If I Can Do It, So Can You’. Our annual joint meeting with Scotish Wildlife Trust will be held on 25th March. This year we are very excited and honoured to be welcoming Moira Gardner FRPS from Fife to present her talk ‘Wildlife of Costa Rica, Peru and Ecuador’. We are very much looking forward to seeing her stunning images of exotic wildlife and to hear first hand about her incredible photography adventures to South America.

This month’s image : European Timber Wolves by Dave Martin

Start of new season

Our 2020-21 season has got off to a great start this September. On our opening night on the 10th we were treated to a preview of the new Syllabus, we announced the winners of all of last years trophies, and Stewart Niven gave us an excellent slide show of a circumnavigation round Iceland.

Our first external speaker was Neil Scott on the 17th. Neil is well known in Scottish photography being an SPF judge and a long serving member of both the Edinburgh Photographic Society and Midlothian Camera Club. His talk ‘In my mind’s eye’ was a thought-provoking and visually rewarding exploration of his approach to creating images.

‘Virtual’ syllabus for 2020-21

In these times of coronavirus we have had to adapt how we function. As a result we are unable to meet physically so we have developed a fully online ‘virtual’ syllabus. Our meetings will be using the Zoom video conference software.

We have been using Zoom very successfully since lockdown started in March and we continued meeting in that way right through the summer. Attendance has been very healthy and it has been a wonderful way of keeping in touch with each other and up to date with our photography.

You can find out what’s in store for the new season on our Syllabus page.