Join the Club

Join the Club

We’re open to all. It matters not if you are an experienced professional or just like taking photographs, we’ve got something for everyone. Equipment doesn’t matter either. Whether you own top of the range pro cameras or you may just use a smartphone. The main thing is you have an interest, a passion even, for photography and wish to learn more or share with other like-minded photographers

Galashiels Camera Club meets weekly, from September until April, to encourage and improve photographers of all abilities and interests, beginners and experts alike. In summer, we hold monthly evening meets at suitable photographic locations as well as a group outing to somewhere interesting.

Come along to the Red Room, Langlee Community Centre, Galashiels (TD1 2LP) for friendly helpful advice, at 7:30 pm most Wednesdays (see syllabus) and see what we can do for you – just bring an open mind!

CLICK HERE FOR A MEMBERSHIP FORM


Happy faces after a visit to Alnwick

Syllabus includes:

Talks and Presentations

Competitions

Image viewings

Image discussion and helpful critique

Practical nights

Fun evenings

Membership also gives you access to our Facebook page

Membership Fees:

£25 per annum, £20 for concession e.g. Retirees (60+), Full-time student, School pupil

An adult must accompany any juniors, up to the age of 14.

An additional contribution of £1 per night is asked for if you attend a meeting in person. Just pop a pound in the pot as you enter the room and sign the register. (This used to be called ”tea money” but it is just a little extra to cover additional on the night expenses.) If you miss a meeting you don’t pay the pound.

Happy faces at at a club meeting

Night photography in Melrose during a practical night.

FAQs

“Do I have to pay my membership fee before attending a meeting?”

Of course not, why not come along to a meeting or two to see if the club is for you. If you then wish to join, and we hope you do, then merely fill in the membership application form and email it to the club galacameraclub@outlook.com Alternatively, you can hand over the form and membership fee in person at the next meeting you attend. We also accept payment by BACS, details will be given when you send in your application.

“I don’t know anything about cameras, can I still join?”

Of course you can. If learning about photography and photographic equipment is your desire then were here to help. If you just want to meet our members and discuss things photographic that’s fine too. Your degree of involvement is entirely up to you.

“I don’t have a camera, do I need one to join?”

No. A few of our members use a smartphone only. Our members own an extensive range of cameras and associated equipment between them, so if its advice you’re after we can help

“Does the club have studio facilities?”

Unfortunately not, however, we do you have studio lighting and a backdrop which members can use for a small fee. We no longer have darkroom facilities. We do have ColorMunki screen and printer colour profiling equipment for members use.

“I am not a member yet, can I join in a Zoom meeting?”

Of course, if you are interested in joining the club and just want to try it out email us at galacameraclub@outlook.com and we’ll send you an invitation link to join the meeting. We don’t as yet know if we will be having further Zoom meetings. Keep a check on our website news page.

“Given current covid restrictions and possible future Covid restrictions will the club meetings be held at Langlee community centre?”

Now in June 2021, we don’t as yet know if we will be able to hold in-person meetings come September 2021 or if not, when we will be able to hold in-person meetings. The entire 20-21 season however was held via Zoom and was considered a great success, with a few minor limitations. We will know nearer the time if we will be able to meet in person, via Zoom, or a combination of both.

“Do I have to enter the competitions?”

No. Entering competitions is a useful way to improve your photography by getting constructive critique on your images however if you don’t want to enter you don’t have to, the is no obligation. Some members chose not to, preferring to enjoy other member’s images.

“Can I join part way through the year?”

Yes. You can join at any point in the season. Membership subscription drops to half price after the Christmas break.

“Do you have instructional or tutorial evenings?”

Yes. Some of our invited speakers do give instructional content depending on their presentation. They will all be happy to answer questions. Although we don’t offer formal training we do have at least two practical nights per season where we try to engage in hands-on photographic projects. Studio flash work, digital editing, and print mounting are examples. It will vary from season to season. Many of our members will be happy to give hands-on advice too, just ask.

“Can I advertise my used equipment within the club?”

Yes, you can. We have a For Sale section on our website but the first option would most likely be through our Facebook page.

“Is there a social aspect to the club?”

Yes. At the end of each meeting, there is time for a blether over tea and coffee, although that may be restricted for a while yet. We have a quiz night and an evening meal around Christmas time. We plan a summer club outing as well as summer informal monthly outdoor meetings at a photographically interesting location in The Borders