Club nights are when the majority of the club gets together, usually every other Friday evening during the season. The club members start to arrive from 7 pm onwards for a 7.30 pm start to the activities. There is a tea, coffee and biscuits break roughly half way through the evening which normally finishes around 9.30 pm. The meetings currently take place in the gymnasium of Woodlands primary School in Carnoustie. The gymnasium provides ample space for lighting setups and different work areas to be set up. There is plenty of seating available and the club has a digital projector, screen, PA system with radio microphone, a lightbox and IT equipment. Prints can be displayed on the lightbox and the projector is used for displaying digital images, videos and lessons by speakers.
On various evenings during the season, the entries for competitions are submitted for judging by an external judge, usually from another camera club or photographic society in the surrounding area. The judge will then return to display all the entries, giving a critique of each image and its score. These scores are to win trophies or contribute to awards at the end of the season. It can be very interesting to see how different individuals perceive images and score them. A lot can be learnt from the critiques.
As well as competitons and speakers, the club night may consist of club members giving presentations and lessons on subjects such as digital editing and manipulation. Images have to be prepared for external display so an evening may consist of framing or judging the Annual Carnoustie Gala childrens photo competition.
There is always plenty going on, but there is always time for a chat, to get a few tips and hints off members and to enjoy the social aspect of the club. We welcome anybody with an interest in photography, with any level of skill and with any equipment. If you are interested in joining the club, get in touch with us and we will arrange for you to visit and see what it is all about.