Club Trips, Workshops and Events


This section will update you on all forthcoming trips and events as soon as we have them agreed and confirmed. Details regarding meeting places and times can be obtained from Rob Dawson if they are not on here. If you have any ideas or thoughts about trips and/or events that may be of interest please don't hesitate to suggest them to our Joint Social Secretaries Dave Batho and Rob Dawson or for that matter any of the committee members, we value your input.


All Trip dates are provisional and dependent on weather and sufficient number of members confirming their attendance.

8TH APRIL 2018
Hours: 12-4pm

Stafford based NORSE DRAGON ARMOURY will bring us an exciting photoshoot opportunity at Lilleshall Abbey in Shropshire.
There will be 5 reenactors at this event, plus Birds of Prey, in the beautiful , picturesque and atmospheric surroundings of the Abbey.
Reenactors are to include Phil Bruce. graham Currey. Heidi Leake. Tammy April Chancellor and 10 year old Faith Breese.
Faith Breese is the 10 year old Norse Dragon Queen of Queens and the others are her Heathen Army.
Faith is currently one of the most sought after child models in the U.K. and has a wealth of experience which includes Three New York fashion week assignments plus others in Paris and Rome in 2017.
For the trip to go ahead, we need 15 club members to attend.
The investment for this fabulous afternoon will be £25 per person. If we manage to get 20 we will get another reenactor.
Please let me know ASAP if you wish to attend as I will need to take deposits to secure this event.
It WILL NOT RUN if there is not at least 15 club members attending.
There will be opportunities to photograph the landscape around the Abbey too. So hopefully appealing to most.

27th January 2018
Liverpool street photography workshop for Stafford CC members

Join a professional street photographer in Liverpool city centre – the people, the bars, the shops, the waterfront, the work, the play . . . we will explore the city’s rich character and photographic ‘hot spots’ and you will learn some invaluable techniques and tricks of the trade from a highly experienced photojournalist. You’ll learn to shoot quickly, unobtrusively and producing distinctive images with style and wit.
Workshop content:
Understand the importance of developing your own style as a street photographer and how to conceive and undertake ‘projects’.
Learn how to spot a photo opportunity in an every day street scene.
Understand the components of a great street image.
Conquer your fear of photographing strangers.
Become invisible and shoot your environment quietly and unobtrusively.
Learn the technical aspects of street photography: equipment, composition, exposure, light and focus.
Maximise the potential of your camera when photographing buildings and urban landscapes.
Learn how a professional street photographer sets up his camera for fast and accurate shooting.
Learn how manual focusing can speed up your work and make you more effective as a street photographer.
Learn how to photograph safely in difficult situations or areas and how to interact effectively with the public, the police and other officials.
Understand some of the key legal and ethical aspects of street photography.
Learn how to react positively if people are questioning, challenging or offended.
Course Tutor:
Your course leader for the day is Brian Lloyd Duckett, a well-known London photographer and professional street photographer. Prior to setting up a successful commercial and editorial photography business, Brian has worked as a press and agency photographer on the streets on London and many other UK cities. Brian teaches as a Visiting Lecturer on photography degree courses and is a member of the BPPA (British Press Photographers’ Association), the AOP (Association of Photographers) and the IFJ (International Federation of Journalists). He is a member of #Awakening, a collective of documentary photographers across Europe.
Brian has a very relaxed yet informative teaching style and offers lots of individual, hands-on coaching. His latest book ‘Mastering Street Photography’, is published by Ammonite Press and is a comprehensive street photography manual.

Contact details for more information
Rob Dawson : 01785 623190 : Mob 0773299052 email
Graham Argent : 01785 660793 email
Andy Bridge: 01785 662259 email
John Simpson email
Here you can find information about future club trips - decided as the season progresses -, as well as workshops and other events organised by the Club.
Street Photography Workshop in Liverpool

Street Photography Workshop Liverpool

What a great day we had wondering the streets of Liverpool with our tutor, the professional street photographer Brian Duckett and his assistant Alex. Despite the weather, we had a lot of creative ideas and found a lot of inspiration around us, in faces, colours, patterns, situations. Brian was a great tutor and guided us through the streets of Liverpool city, talking to us about projects, themes and street photography in general.
We are looking forward to our next trip!

A "golden medal" day
13/05/2017 Club Trip to Canoe Competition

The Club’s Trip to Holme Pier Point on Saturday 13 May, was a huge success.
The weather was perfect for sports photography, not too bright, not too overcast. There was lots of action on the white-water rapids, with competitors setting off every 30 seconds and friendly photographers from other local Photography Clubs all happy to share their knowledge: most notably Malcolm Cook (EFIAP, BPE3*). It was an easy 5 minute walk from the car park to the course and loads of places to ‘shoot’ the paddlers
The event was hosted by Stafford and Stone Canoe Club, which is recognised as one of Europe’s foremost Canoe Slalom Clubs. They have a continuous history of producing world class paddlers, including most recently in the Rio 2016 Olympics where Joe Clarke won GOLD in the K1M
The races on Saturday were the qualifying heats for the English Championships and English Regional Championships.
We also ‘bumped’ into Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, who has over her career she won a total of 16 Paralympic medals, including 11 golds, held over 30 world records and won the London Marathon six times between 1992 and 2002. She was watching her daughter competing in the Canoe Slaloms
Thanks for organising another great Club Trip, Rob.
Holme Pier Point Competition Club trip 2

Club Journal # 13 Derek Doar and John Simpson Landscape Workshop in the Peak District

Great landscapes and an amazing sky for our workshop in the Peak District! Thank you very much Derek Doar and John Simpson for all your advice and tips, as well as friendly approach and patience! We learned and practiced HDR and bracketing, tested filters and had a go at editing the shots taken. A great walk and day out, with an incredible weather. Looking forward to the next one!

Derek Doar & John Simpson Landscape workshop, Peak District (3) 11/09/2016

Club Journal # 11 Carl Wright Street Photography Workshop 5th & 18/06/2016

Club members enjoyed two excellent workshop with Carl in Birmingham city center. We covered a huge range of photography techniques and subjects, including using shutter priority for creative images, building panoramic images, improving composition, using the exposure lock (AE lock) function, use of the Manual function to achieve more creative images...and so much more.

Carl Wright Street Photography Workshop (1) 5th June 2016

Carl Wright Street Photography Workshop (2) 5th June 2016

Club Trip Journal # 9 Owl Experience on Cannock Chase, 24/04/2016

A great day out on Sunday, 24th April, shooting owls with out cameras on the Chase. Thank you Andy and little owls for your time and patience! It was lovely to see so many of us out there and exchange tips and ideas.

Owl experience on Cannock Chase

Owl experience on Cannock Chase 2

Club Journal #7 17/10/2015

Lumsdale Valley

A beautiful day at Lumsdale Valley, in the Peak District! Great weather, great colours, great to meet and take pictures. Everybody had the chance to practice and learn something. We are looking forward to the next trip! Thanks Rob for organising it!

Vince Dovey

Club Journal #5 19/07/2015

Club Trip to Shelsley Walsh

Club Trip to Shelsley Walsh

On the 19th of July we had the next club trip to Shelsley Walsh hill climb and 40s weekend in the Malvern Hills.

This time 4 members went to what turned out to be after a wet start a very good day with planty to see and photograph. The aim of the event is a race up a hill against the clock. There was also a 40s style event with singers and dancers. During the day we were entertained by a stunt plane and a fly past by a Spitfire.

Vince Dovey

Club Journal #3 30/05/2015

Biddulph Grange Camera Club Trip 30th May 2015

On a bright and sunny Saturday in May, a party of members from Stafford Camera club embarked on a photography expedition to Bidulph Grange gardens in Stoke-on-Trent. The day went extremely well with some great images being taken, also the weather was very good.

Bidulph Grange is a National Trust property and the gardens are very well laid out with each ‘‘Garden Room‘‘ being named after a country and this country being picked up in the planting and statuary.

Speaking for everyone who went, we decided that it was a perfect day.

Vince Dovey

Club Journal #1 28/02/2015

Images of club members on the trip to Coobes Valley

On Sunday February the 28th a group of 7 intrepid explorers including our leader Rob from Stafford camera club descended on Coombes Valley RSPB reserve in the heart of the Staffordshire moorlands.

The day started off with a mixture of sun and drizzle and got worse as the day went on. The bird sanctuary was interesting even though the presence of birds was almost non-existent apart from a couple of black birds and a couple of tits.

After exploring the RSPB reserve and having coffee from the machine it was decided to make our way to second port-of-call namely Thor’s Cave.

Thor's Cave (also known as Thor's House Cavern and Thyrsus's Cave) is a natural cavern located at SK09865496 in the Manifold Valley of the White Peak in Staffordshire.

Images of club members on the trip today to Coobes Valley

On the way there my Satnav decide that it would be a good idea for me to visit the local pub even though I thought it would be a great idea I resisted temptation and met with the rest at the proper car park and we started down a very muddy path, at one point the mud tried to steal one of my shoes, then the rain came down with a vengeance also it got very cold and then the snow started. Half way to the cave the majority decided that enough was enough and started back to the cars. Apart from 2 brave souls who made it all the way to the cave.
Images of club members on the trip today to Coobes Valley

The next trip will be on Saturday 28th of March to Stokesay Castle and then on to Ludlow. It should be a great day out and we hope to see everyone there.

Vince Dovey.
Club Journal # 14 Stafford Camera Club trip to Mow Cop, 28/01/2017

Rain, Rain, Rain, but none of it matters! We made the best of what we had and used the elements in our favour!

Mow Cop trip Jan. 2017 (I)

Mow Cop trip, Jan. 2017 (III)

Club Journal # 12 Stafford Camera Club Guildhall Exhibition 27/08/2016

Stafford Camera Club Exhibition Guildhall 27th August 2016

Stafford Camera Club Exhibition Guildhall (1) 27th August 2016

Club Journal # 10 Studio Lighting Workshop, Cannock 05/06/2016

Club Members thoroughly enjoyed the Workshop hosted by Katy at The Studio, Cannock. Chris Withington was our fantastic Tutor and took us through:

[1] Camera and Lighting Basics
[2] Demonstration Set 1 - with our wonderful model, Ella Winter
[3] Photographers shoot Set 1
[4] Demonstration Set 2 - with Ella
[5] Photographers shoot set 2

We also managed to squeeze in an ambient light set-up using f2 settings on our cameras.

We all came away from the Workshop with some great pictures, but most importantly a much clearer idea about lighting set-ups and we had loads of laughs along the way. (Text and images by Graham Argent)

Studio Lighting Workshop Cannock 5th June 2016

Studio Lighting Workshop Cannock (1) 5th June 2016


John Simpson said:

Just to say that Sunday's studio day was for me a great success, Katy who owns the studio was very helpful. Ella the model was excellent and Chris the pro photographer was more than helpful.
If the portrait day in October goes as good as that it will be top shop.
Well done Graham for your time organising the day .

Gayle Bevan said:

" The studio day was everything I hoped it would be. Great technical tuition from Chris Withington. Perfect studio and model Ella Winter was superb. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and would definitely love to do it again."

Graham Argent said:

" The Studio Lighting Workshop on Sunday went perfectly. Super studio - thanks Katy. Super model - thanks Ella. Super Tutor - thanks Chris.

We learned loads, in a fun , relaxed atmosphere and we all came away with some cracking images. It doesn't get better than that!

Big thanks also to the Stafford Camera Club committee for supporting this training event"

Club Journal # 8 "Paparazzi" for the Rat Pack

Rat Pack 2015

The club received an invitation to photograph the Rat Pack tribute show at the Prince of Wales Theatre in Cannock on Saturday 17th October 2015. The event was attended by Alan Preston, Gayle Bevan and Dave Batho and we acted as resident Paparazzi for the night! The show was very enjoyable and we had to exercise all of our camera skills to get photos under quite difficult lighting conditions. Between us we ended up with more than 500 images which then had to be processed and whittled down to send to the organisers. All in all a very pleasant and educational (camera wise) evening. (Dave Batho)

Club Journal #6 05/09/2015 - Churnett Valley 1940s event

Churnett Valley trip

Club Journal #4 02/06/2015

Club Trip to Salford Quays

On a dismal morning in June, 2 club members and 1 non-member set off on a club trip to Salford Quays hoping to meet up with even more once we got there. Unfortunately the others cried off saying it was just too wet.
It took around an hour to get there and when we arrived it was still rather damp.

Seeing that Salford Quays is a rather large shopping centre, it does not provide enough photography opportunities to last longer than a couple of hours. It was decided between us that we would go on to Liverpool, which was a very wise move as in Liverpool we found the Anglican Cathedral and numerous docks, such as the Albert one to be extremely worthy of our photography skills.

The day once the rain had cleared, after all it is England, turned out to be very good and well worth the effort.

Club Journal #2

A number of our members attended the annual Midphot Exhibition at Oldbury in late March 2015. The standard of photography was excellent since the best work of West Midlands photographers was shown. Several of our members had their images selected.

Midphot 2015

Midphot 2015