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Shaftesbury Camera Club welcomes all photographers, whether you have decades of experience or are new to picking up a camera.

For those just beginning in photography, we offer a chance to learn by spending time with others who are passionate about their art. While for those with more experience, the club is a great place for inspiration and motivation. And it doesn’t matter whether you use a small compact camera or a big single lens reflex – we’re regularly seeing fantastic images taken on a smartphone!

A small group workshop

We cater for all levels of interest – beginners to very advanced/professional – and offer additional workshops and photo visits throughout the year.

Our meetings are usually held on two or three Thursdays a month, from September to May, in the Royal British Legion Hall on 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 can also use a small side meeting room for short (45 minute) informal workshops prior to normal club nights, for one-to-one or small group sessions on a request basis.

Membership is just £35 for the season and you can participate in two meetings before deciding if you would like to join. Visitors are welcome for up to three evenings a season at £5 per evening.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have now moved to running our meetings online using Zoom videoconferencing, including the first few months of our new 2020-2021 season starting on 3rd September. Zoom meetings will continue on a fortnightly basis until it is practical to resume meetings in the Royal British Legion Hall.

Our Zoom meetings normally open at 7:00pm for 7:30pm start and usually last for 1 to 2 hours with a short rest break. There are opportunities for general chit chat, questions etc.

Members enjoying a photography outing

If you are interested in joining our friendly club, please contact us now by email, phone or web form using the ‘Contact Us’ link above.

Contacting us early means we can ensure everything goes smoothly for you and you are included in our planning right from the start. We’re offering potential new members an informal phone or Zoom chat before the 3rd Sept, so you know what to expect during regular Zoom meetings and can ask any questions as well as chatting with a few of our members to ‘break the ice’. We’re happy to help with using Zoom on PCs, Macs, iPads, or smartphones.