Photography

The Photography Group is open to anyone who is interested in photography regardless of their photographic experience or ability. The group’s key objectives are to help members improve their photographic skills whilst having fun.

If you have any questions about any of the events listed below, please email photography-support@royalautomobileclub.co.uk

Photography Exhibition

We have decided to reserve the rooms at Woodcote Park and Pall Mall for our 2021 Photography Exhibition.

These dates are Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 September at Woodcote Park and Tuesday 14 September at Pall Mall.

There will also be drinks receptions on Tuesday 7 September and Tuesday 14 September, for which booking will be required.

This will be a ‘real’ exhibition, so we need you to think about your selection of up to six images and arrange to have them printed and mounted on 50 x 40cm mountboard.

The deadline to receive these images will be the Saturday 31 July. Pictures can be delivered to either Pall Mall or Woodcote Park clubhouse and addressed for the attention of Karolina Delig. We will accept up to six images from each person, but we do reserve the right to show a smaller number depending on demand. We are keen to show the work of as many members as possible, so please have a look at your best images and decide which you would be pleased to see exhibited in the Club. You might also want to plan to take more photos for the exhibition. When you have decided, either print them now or save them in a folder electronically for printing later.

If you intend to submit pictures, it would be very helpful to know in advance, so please drop a short email with “2021 Annual Exhibition” in the title to: photography-support@royalautomobileclub.co.uk to register your interest. If you have any questions, please send them to the same email address.

There are no set subjects or rules. You may already have images that you prepared for the last exhibition that had to be cancelled. We really do not mind what you send in but we would like to see images from as many people as possible and it is always nice if they have not been seen before.

Just a few notes on the entry requirements:

• All photos must be taken by Club members and entry is free.
• All entries must be mounted as we are unable to display unmounted prints. Images should preferably be mounted on a board of precisely 50cm x 40cm.
• This size will comfortably accommodate an image up to A3 in size, although you may show a smaller photo if you prefer.
• Please do not submit entries with a larger size of mountboard than 50cm x 40cm and make sure to fix thin backing card to protect the print.
• If you are not sure how to get the prints, please click here where you will find the online ordering system very easy.
• To get the mounts you can go to your local framing shop or again shop online here. Order the standard 50cm x 40cm mounts with an A4 or A3 cut out to suit your prints.

Events

The group normally holds events at both clubhouses, as well as at external venues. The lectures are mainly held in the winter leaving the summer months free for members to get out and take photos.

For more information and to book, please visit the Events section of this website.

The current programme includes:

  • Photographing Gardens with Jason Ingram
    Online Event
    Wednesday 21 July, 7.30pm
    Jason Ingram is one of Britain’s leading garden photographers. This talk is about photographing two of Britain’s most famous gardens – Sissinghurst in Kent, and Hauser & Wirth in Somerset. Illustrated by his beautiful photographs taken through the seasons, Jason will discuss how he captures the spirit of these two very different but iconic gardens. He also works with top international garden designers photographing their private projects. Jason won the Garden Media Guild ‘Photographer of the Year’ Award in 2013, 2014, 2019 and 2020, and was also named ‘Features Photographer of the Year’ in 2019 and 2020. Technical tips and tricks will be revealed throughout the talk as he uncovers his working practice in both wide and macro detail, and he will explain how to use natural light to create strong images.
    To book your place, please click here.
  • Welcome Back Social
    Woodcote Park, Cedar Room
    Tuesday 27 July, 7.00pm
    Everyone is invited to come along for an informal ‘welcome back’ reception in the Cedar Room to celebrate our first Clubhouse event since March 2020. The evening is meant primarily as a social event to catch up with other members with a glass of wine in hand. To add interest, there will be a number of interesting displays, including pictures from the popular on-line exhibitions staged during lockdown.
    The Cedar Room has been booked as it is the largest function room at Woodcote Park. We plan to throw open all the doors to enable everyone to make use of the Cedar Lawn as well. The space available should provide the opportunity to achieve a level of social distancing at which you will feel comfortable.
    Wine and soft drinks will be provided. The event is free to members and guests.
    To book your place, please click here.
  • Tour of Farley House and Gallery 
    Chiddingly
    Thursday 5 August, 1.30pm
    Home to the surrealist photographer Lee Miller and her artist husband Roland Penrose, Farley House and Gallery offers a trip back in time to learn of the life of those who lived in or visited this Sussex farmhouse.
    During a one hour, small group, private tour of the house you will be given an intimate insight into the lives of some of the leading figures from the world of twentieth-century modern art.
    This will be followed by time in the gallery and sculpture garden. There will be an opportunity to meet with Lee’s son and biographer, Antony Penrose and to purchase signed copies of the range of books on offer.
  • From pilgrims to proms with Alys Tomlinson
    Online Event
    Wednesday 6 October, 7.30pm
    Alys is an editorial and fine art documentary photographer based in London. She has attained numerous prestigious awards, including the Sony Photographer of the Year 2018 for a five year project exploring Christian pilgrimage sites. Her recent first place in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize was for a series documenting London teenagers who had their proms cancelled due to the pandemic.
    We are very fortunate to have Alys presenting some of her extraordinary images whilst giving an insight into her research, ideas and development of long-term photographic projects.
    To book your place, please email: photography-support@royalautomobileclub.co.uk.
  • Tonbridge AV Group
    Woodcote Park, Cedar Room
    Wednesday 27 October, 7.30pm

    A talk for anyone who likes stunning images presented to a musical accompaniment.
    Tonbridge Camera Club is a large, well established and (when conditions allow) very active Photographic Club.
    As it is so large, it has sub groups for those interested in special subjects and one of the best known of these is the ‘Audio Visual Group’. The technology has changed over the years but members practice the art of taking a series of images and putting them to music. The ‘diehards’ of the genre will only use still images but short video clips are also used by others. The results, however, are completely different to a film or video.
    For the Club, two members of the Tonbridge Group will show their selection of short presentations on a wide variety of subjects. For those who are inspired by what they see, they will also give us a brief explanation of how to do it.
  • Principles of Photography with Phil Savoie
    Online event
    Wednesday 10 November, 7.30pm

    Create images with impact! A photographic journey of self-improvement. Learn how to up your photo game with award-winning cameraman Phil Savoie.
    This talk covers topics not often discussed, from the science of our vision, lens testing and optical physics, eyeline and the psychology of perspective as well as the odd location war story.
    The thrust of Principles of Photography is to share easy, practical shooting methods resulting in a noticeable improvement straight away. The aim is to educate, increase visual intelligence  and inspire while having fun doing it. There will be professional tips for participants to grow as photographers in order to produce higher image quality, advance storytelling and to develop artistic acumen. Phil’s images cover all genres from landscape to sport, wildlife, people and astrophotography.
    To book your place, please click here.
  • Interesting stuff with Justin Minns
    Online Event
    Wednesday 17 November, 7.30pm

    Justin Minns is an award winning professional landscape photographer, best known for his atmospheric images of East Anglia. However he has alsotravelled widely and runs photography workshops all over the world.
    ‘A quest to find interesting subjects to photograph is one of the things that keeps me motivated, the question is what makes an interesting photograph, the subject or the photographer?’
    This promises to be a fascinating talk which will hopefully inspire others to improve their photography.
    To book your place, please click here.
  • Thames Log with Chloe Dewe Mathews
    Online Event Wednesday
    24 November, 7.30pm

    British documentary photographer, Chloe Dewe Mathews is well known for her ambitious documentary projects that can take years of preparation.
    Chloe’s new project ‘Thames Log‘ examines the ever-changing nature of our relationship to water. From the source of the river Thames to its mouth, Chloe has photographed people enacting a range of rituals and routines at the water’s edge.
    Over the course of five years she has observed traditional, collective ceremonies as well as privately improvised acts; from ship spotting, mud larking and ceremonial boat burning, to Pentecostal baptisms, coracle missions and teenage rites of passage.
    Chloe will discuss her experiences making this project and her creative process transforming it into a book and an exhibition at the Martin Parr Foundation over the summer.
    To book your place, please click here.