If you are interested in joining our friendly club, please contact us by email, phone or web form now.  We can then include you in our plans and we’re  happy to help you with Zoom on PCs, Macs, iPads, phones, etc.  We cater for all levels of interest – beginners to very advanced/professional – and will be offering additional workshops and photo visits. 

SCC meetings for the first few months of our new 2020-2021 season will be held using Zoom.  Zoom meetings will continue on a fortnightly basis until it is practical to resume meetings in the Royal British Legion Hall, Shaftesbury.

Zoom meetings normally open at 7:00pm for 7:30 start and usually last for 1~2 hours with a short rest break (stay logged in!).  There are opportunities for general chit chat, questions etc.  Watch for details on posts below and changes by email. 

Zoom log-in details are emailed to members one or two days ahead so please check you have these to hand on each Thursday.

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Our caption photograph is of Gold Hill, Shaftesbury in the snow.  This was the setting for a TV commercial in 1973 for Hovis  featuring a Boy on a Bike set to Dvorak’s New World Symphony that has since been voted “Britain’s favourite commercial of all time”.  You can view it on YouTube by typing this link into your web browser  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Mq59ykPnAE – you can skip the advert at the beginning after a few seconds.

The Shaftesbury Camera Club was formed in September 2010 to fulfil the need for a open photographic club serving Shaftesbury and surrounding villages and towns although local groups had been active as long ago as the 1960’s.   Starting with just a few committed members and no equipment or funds, our present club quickly established itself with a full programme and grew almost immediately to more than 30 members and is now over 40 members strong.  Following some generous donations and raffles, the club acquired a high specification digital projector, screen, competition software, light box and other equipment all within a few months allowing us to fully embrace the digital age.

Our membership now ranges across the full spectrum from novice through to professional and an accredited photographic judge.  Member’s photographic interests are wide, as is their camera equipment which ranges from simple compacts to full feature SLRs, and some members still use film.  New members are always welcome, whether they be novices or more experienced.

Our meetings are held in the Royal British Legion Hall, Coppice Street, next to Tesco.  This hall is very comfortable and fully equipped for up to 60 people and is well appointed with a kitchen.  We often use a small side meeting room for short (45 minute) informal workshops prior to a normal club night for one-to-one or small group sessions on a request basis.

Please be warned there is now a strict Tesco camera-enforced parking limit so do not use their car park for club nights! 

Each season we have a very full and varied programme featuring invited speakers, internal and external competitions, as well as more practical sessions aimed at improving both camera skills and image post processing.  We have already established an “Annual Star Night” each year when we invite a leading professional photographer to give us an insight to their photographic life and interests.  In 2014, another new venture was an international “friendly battle” with a similar photographic club in New Zealand, namely Waikato Photographic Society about 70 miles south of Auckland.  Also in 2014, we became a member of the Western Counties Photographic Federation and thus also affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain.  Membership of the WCPF allows both the club and individual members to extend their photographic interests and activities to wider competitions, exhibitions and salons as well as eligibility for photographic distinctions.

In 2015, we held our first public exhibition over the May Bank Holiday in the Gold Hill Museum and were so encouraged by feedback that it has become an annual event extending to a full week, and very much encouraging members to present mounted prints.  Our exhibition is very much a “Members Exhibition” in that all members who wish to participate can do so: we have no “hanging committee”.  To date we have always managed to accommodate every entry, generally touching the hundred mark.

Our annual “Photographer of the Year” competition forms the basis of our Shuffell Trophy.  This trophy was created during 2013 in recognition of the encouragement Kelvin Shuffell gave during the formation of the Shaftesbury Camera Club in 2010 and his generosity in purchase of equipment for our new club.  Kelvin sadly passed away in October 2014 but we were pleased that he was able to follow the establishment of our club for several years and able to occasionally participate.

You can view our history with this multi-page version of our past programmes
(opens as a PDF in a new window)

Shaftesbury Camera Club featured in a full page article in September 2014’s issue of Dorset Life which may be read here…

From Cine Unit to Camera Club…

Our current club was formed in 2010 in order to fulfil the need for a club open to everyone that fully embraced the digital age as well as traditional media.  However before that,  Shaftesbury had been home to several different clubs and groups.  We are grateful to Ken Howe, one of our current members, for tracing this history back to it’s beginnings in 1964 some fifty years ago as summarised below…

It was around 1964-5 that Ron Parker, a keen cine amateur, put an advert in the Shaftesbury Contact asking fellow interested persons to form a unit/club.  So was born Shaftesbury Cine Unit which in a few years time (around 1970) was joined by still photographers and became Shaftesbury Cine and Slide Unit, a club meeting in Christy’s school (now Linden Park).

Individual and joint films were made along with internal competitions and other clubs.  Due possibly to a change in the Education Authority’s policy new premises were sought to meet and an approach was made, and welcomed, in 1974 to Shaftesbury Arts Centre with a meeting room and use of the theatre for public shows etc.  The group became established as the Shaftesbury Arts Centre Camera Group.

Notable “projects” of these groups were:-

– Covering   Shaftesbury’s Twinning with Brionne in 1973 both on film and slide, both with sound, commentary in English and French. These were taken over to Brionne and shown there.

– In 1977 events around the Queen’s Jubilee were recorded mainly on slide with music recorded of Shaftesbury Town Band.

– In 1978 a programme “Caring for your Health” was made in slide and sound.

Eventually Cine dropped out and prints and slides were the principal media.

In 2010 most members moved and subsequently formed a new and fully independent club meeting in The Royal British Legion Hall.

K.G.H.  2015

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