We do not have a record of the exact date but Photocraft Camera Club was formed in the early 1980’s. The founder members started the club with the aim of enjoying their photography and developing it at their own pace in a friendly social environment. Today, the club continues to run in the same friendly way.
The club is made up of members of all levels – from novice through to expert – and provides a fun and safe environment in which to further develop photography and post-production editing skills. We try to be a little different by approaching the subject in a more relaxed and light-hearted manner, with the social interaction and friendly banter amongst like-minded club members being as important as the work presented.
Photocraft meets on a Wednesday from 8:00 – 10:00 pm at St Elpheges Centre in Stafford Road, Wallington, September to June. During the months of July and August, we take the time to get out and enjoy photography.
We normally meet weekly on Wednesday evenings from September to June, our meetings start at 8:00pm, but people tend to gather from 7:45 pm when the doors open.
What on offer at the Club? We offer a varied programme of events that take place throughout the year and full details can be seen in our programme.
Talks by highly regarded speakers. Our guest speakers are accomplished photographers with fascinating back-stories. Professionally presented and richly illustrated, the talks regularly transport us world-wide and immerse us in a great variety of different photographic genres. You can get a taste of our previous guest speakers from our blog.
Practical Evenings: One of the best ways of enhancing your photo skills is to watch demonstrations of different techniques and then have a go yourself. We draw on the expertise and special interests of our own members and then try it out there and then.
Knowledge Sharing: There’s lots of accumulated knowledge amongst our members, about how to take good photos. We enjoy learning from each other and getting tips on how to present our photos as effectively as possible.
Photo Walks: It can be fun photographing with a group. We discover interesting places to photograph locally and in London and beyond and arrange photo walks for our members on weekdays and weekends.
Competitions: We run print and Projected Digital Image (PDI) Competions. Entering competitions is a great way of receiving independent unbiased comments on your photos. Most of our competitions feature qualified specialist judges, who will give you constructive feedback and guidance about the standard of your photography. Entry into any competition is purely voluntary.
Social: We enjoy taking photographs. We try hard to make the best photos we can and to constantly improve, but, ultimately, we are just passionate about photography. It’s great to be amongst like-minded people, but we try not to become too serious or boring.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you welcome beginners?
We welcome anyone to the club regardless of their ability or experience.
What does membership cost?
A year’s membership of Photocraft costs £65 per member or £95 for joint membership. A concessionary rate of £25 is available to any person who is under 24 and receiving full-time education or, is receiving income or disability benefits. There are no other attendance fees to attend the club.
When does my membership expire?
Membership of Photocraft lasts for 12 months and renews on the anniversary of your joining. Our automated membership system will send an email to you 28 days before your membership is about to expire and again 7 days before the expiry of the membership fee has not been paid. Should it slip your mind then 28 days after the expiry date a final email reminder will be sent to you?
Can I try out a meeting or two?
You will probably want to come and see us before committing to joining us. Why not just come along one Wednesday evening and introduce yourself? If you contact our membership secretary beforehand we’ll make sure that there is someone looking out for you to make some introductions. So please feel free to come along for up to three consecutive club meetings before deciding whether or not to join. To contact our membership secretary click here.
When you join, we’ll ask you to complete a simple form to tell us something about yourself.
Are there any restrictions?
Under eighteen years of age, you must be accompanied by an adult
Do I need an expensive camera?
No, the club is for all levels of photographers. We have a wide range of members who have a vast range of equipment. All our members have digital cameras and some members still maintain an interest in film cameras. Some members have point-and-shoot cameras and produce fantastic images, competing on a par with those using mirrorless and digital SLR cameras. We also see great images taken on smartphones.
There is a tremendous wealth of knowledge within the club about photographic equipment, and if you’re thinking of buying a new camera, there are plenty of people willing to share their experience and expertise.
How to Join
- Click the Join Us button
- Complete the application form, then send it
- A short time later you will receive an email, follow the link in the email, sign in, and complete the application by indicating payment type.
- Currently, payment is by bank transfer or cheque
- A membership welcome pack will be sent once payment has been received
- When signed-in you have the option to set a password from the Your Membership page
PLEASE DO NOT JOIN AGAIN IF YOU ARE RENEWING YOUR MEMBERSHIP
Photocraft Camera Club is well known in South London photographic circles. We are members of the Surrey Photographic Association (SPA) and through them are affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB). Member of the Federation of South London Photographic Societies (SLF). Through these affiliations, we have the opportunity to enter inter-club competitions as well as competitions at the county and national level.