UPCOMING MEETINGS…    Welcome to our weekly Zoom Programme
Meetings open from 7:00 for 7:30 start
(Programme subject to change)

4th June: Z7___  PDI of the Year Competition with guest judge.  
     NOTE: This was postponed from last week. Entries are now closed.
Zoom Challenge #6 DEADLINE (In my garden) is Noon, 4th June

11th June: Z8___ Special Guest Speaker – Joe Houghton “Street Photography”
Joe’s work has been featured in many international publications, books, and by the Royal Photographic Society and the Photographic Society of South Africa.  He is also a Getty images contributor.


18th June: Z9___ Leo Rich: “The Idle Rich Rambles on”
Leo Rich joined his first camera club over forty years ago and has amassed a considerable expertise both as a photographer and judge at home and abroad. He is also a past president of the PAGB to which our club is affiliated.
Zoom Challenge #7 DEADLINE (Something to make us smile) Noon 18th June

25th June: Z10___ AGM, Prize Giving plus…  TBA!

All meetings at 7:00 for 7:30 start.  Meetings usually last for 1~2 hours with short break just before 8pm (stay logged in!).  Watch for details on posts below and changes by email.  

Log-in details for Zoom meetings will be emailed to members one or two days ahead so please check you have these to hand on each Thursday.

If you think you might be interested in joining our friendly club, please contact us by email, phone or web form now.  We can then include you in our plans.  We cater for all levels – beginners to very advanced/professional.

All  physical meetings have been cancelled.  Our new 2020-2021 season traditionally starts in September each year but may be later.

  info@shaftesburycameraclub.org.uk or contact us

Member Western Counties Photographic Federation   §  Affiliated to Photographic Alliance of GB


Shaftesbury’s future radio station is already online
Daily podcasts during the COVID-19 crisis.

thisisalfred.com/update — latest local information –
community support, shops, etc.

We are using Zoom.us as our platform for hosting multi-way video meetings with members and our committee.

Benefits of Zoom for our purposes are:-

  • Free for Participants (and Chris has a host account that removes all time limits)
  • No need for participants to register or enter any email or personal details
  • Easy to set up and join – (just need meeting and pass codes from organiser via email or phone)
  • We have members who can give sufficient technical support to get you up and running on virtually all platforms from smart phones to Windows and Mac (and linux?) desktops. Laptops are ideal as most modern ones have in-built cameras and microphones.
  • Option to share view of desktop plus a further option to permit remote control of keyboard & mouse (but only ever give remote control to someone you have met in person and trust)
  • It just works! For all platforms (Windows, Mac, smartphones, iPad)
  • Superfast broadband not essential
  • Safe – you are always in control – no adverts, spam or nagging

You require some form of webcam and microphone. Most modern laptops have an integrated camera and microphone. (Camera is usually a small diameter hole above the screen). Desktop PCs typically normally use an external camera/microphone plugged into a USB port. If you don’t have a camera/microphone, you can simply set up a smartphone/iPad/Tablet in addition to your PC to give you a microphone and camera link. Also worthwhile having a normal phone nearby in case you need to contact the meeting host (normally Chris) while getting the initial connection.

We recommend everyone downloads and installs the free Zoom cloud meeting app on their device(s) before starting the meeting so you can test it along with your audio and video connection. Ring Chris to resolve any difficulties or to have a trial go.

If any members would like to suggest activities we can set up using Zoom etc., please contact Chris.

Zoom has simplified introduction/tutorials on their web page but even better can be found via Pinner Camera Club who have a page dedicated to Zoom with specific instructions and screen shots for Windows, Apple and iPads. We are very grateful to them for this and their help. They are already running meetings and competitions on-line.

In case anyone is concerned about newspaper reports of security issues with Zoom, please be assured that these do not relate to the way we will be using it.

Quick links…

PDI & Print Entries (members only)
for Prints and/or PDIs

Download Zoom Client

Video, Audio-Video or Presentation files

Affinity Photo Notes




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Zoom.us is the emerging video meetings standard for camera clubs. Local clubs are welcome to contact us to exchange ideas/experiences.

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