When and where does the club meet?
Meetings are every Monday from 19.15, with a 19.30 start until around 21.45 from September until May. These sessions cost £2.50, which includes refreshments in the break. Meetings are held at Viney Hill St. Swithins Sports and Social Club (GL15 4NF) and there is plenty of parking on site.
During the summer the club meets every second Monday of the month at the Rising Sun in Moseley Green and we regularly have group trips out.
How can I become a member and how much does it cost?
I am unsure if a camera club is the thing for me, can I come along for a session to give it a try?
Yes. All those interested in becoming a member can attend two sessions before deciding whether to join as a full member, just send us an email beforehand letting us know that you will be attending.
Who runs FODCC?
Forest of Dean Camera Club is made up by its members and run by the committee. The committee consists of around 12-14 members who meet regularly to organise the club and to deal with all the admin. Committee members are elected at the end of the season at the AGM.
What do you do at FODCC?
Weekly sessions on a Monday consist of a variety of different things. The majority of evenings are filled by external speakers who come in and show us prints/digital projections of their work and explain the work that they do with the opportunity to ask questions. Other evenings include member’s evenings where we bring in our own prints/digital projections and get feedback, practical evenings where we might set up a studio for example and have a go with lighting, kit evenings and also competition evenings. We also have an annual battle with Gloucester Camera Club.
Summer meetings are more general where we catch up and have a drink. However we usually bring our cameras along and organise dates out. Every now and again members will also spend an evening or a Saturday out somewhere however this is up to members to organise between themselves as it is not a formal occasion.
What competitions can you enter being a member?
FODCC runs an internal competition during the season. This consists of around 6 rounds with colour and monochrome sections both printed and digital images. Images are then sent away to an external judge who then visits the club on a competition evening and gives feedback on each image, allocating a score out of 20. and allocating first, second, third, highly commended and commended. The points are added up throughout the year then at the end of every season trophies are awarded.
The club also receives regular emails about national competitions which are forwarded on to members and the exhibition secretary will also make announcement about upcoming local/national exhibitions.
How do I prepare my images for printing?
A basic guide to resizing and converting your images to a colour profile can be found under the documents heading.
Who do I send my D.I. entries to for club competitions?
Entries for the digital images category in any FODCC competitions are to be sent to Anna Fellows at firstname.lastname@example.org.