About Our Club

Who are we?

Leighton Buzzard Photographic Club (LBPC) is a friendly and supportive group of people with a common interest in photography.  We range from enthusiastic beginners to experienced and knowledgeable photographers (and everything in between).

LBPC is the only camera club in Leighton Buzzard and has been going in its present form for over 30 years.  It has over 60 members and has a record of success in inter-club competition.  This year we finished second in the Chilterns Association of Camera Clubs Rosebowl Competition for projected digital images.  (The CACC covers 39 clubs.)

We have a broad-based approach to photography which covers digital photography, computer processing of images, projected digital images, printed images, and audio-visual presentations.  There are even some members exploring the traditional skills of film photography and darkroom printing.

How To Join Our Club

If you are thinking of joining us at Leighton Buzzard Photographic Club, you are welcome to come along to one or two of our meetings (NB due to the current Covid-19 health crisis our meetings are online via Zoom) free of charge.

Then if you like what you see, you can become a member. If you want to confirm that a meeting is taking place as advertised you can check by sending us a message at Contact Us.

Membership of the club is currently £60 per year. In addition, there is an entry charge of £3 per meeting to cover tea, coffee and a raffle ticket.

Annual Subscription Standard £60 full season; £35 half season
Annual Subscription Concession £50 full season; £30 half season
Annual Subscription Family £100 full season; £55 half season

What we do?

We provide a varied programme of activities running weekly through the photographic season (from September through to the following June).  See our Club Programme Here.  The programme is designed to appeal both to those who are new to photography and to the more established photographer seeking an outlet for their creativity.  During the year we try to cater to as many members as possible and no two weeks are the same.  Events range from practical workshop evenings and competitions to lectures and presentations from members or guest speakers.  We also have some social evenings.

Our overall aim is to help everyone get the most out of their photography.  And the various activities enable members to

  • Expand their knowledge and experience,
  • Develop their skills,
  • Try new things,
  • Improve their photography, and
  • Have fun.

Practical workshop evenings may take the form of demonstrations (eg, of off-camera flash or computer processing), opportunities to try different types of photography (eg, still life or portraiture in a studio setting), roundtable discussions of prints or digital images, or Q&A sessions.  We even have the occasional photographic outing (eg, night photography in Milton Keynes).  We also organise groups to go on external courses.  They all offer opportunities for members to share their knowledge and experience, so all can learn new techniques and/or skills.

Competitions (both internal and inter-club) offer members the chance to compare their images with those of other photographers, take in the critique and commentary of judges, and get objective feedback on their work.  See [Link to Competitions] for more about competitions.

Lectures and presentations may be either members showing photographs from trips and experiences or expert guest speakers talking about their genre of photography, their latest adventure, or explaining techniques.  Again, they provide members with opportunities to learn and improve.

We are always looking for new members of all ages.  It doesn’t matter whether you’re a complete beginner, an enthusiast, or even a professional photographer (of which we already have one or two).  You will always be made welcome.  And we don’t obsess about our equipment.  So don’t feel you need to have an expensive camera to join.

LBPC is a great place to broaden your photographic horizons with a group of like-minded people and, most of all, have fun!

What We Get Up To

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Competitions

Challenge yourself by entering our competitions and receive valuable guidance and feedback to help you develop your photography

CHALLENGE YOURSELF

Many competitions (both internal to LBPC and external) are held throughout the year. Experienced judges provide feedback on images and other valuable guidance to help you learn and develop your skills.

Talks

Enjoy illustrated talks by accomplished photographers and other guest speakers about a variety of topics to be inspired or learn something new

LEARN SOMETHING NEW

Guest speakers, covering a wide range of photography-related topics, will expand your knowledge, open your mind to new possibilities, and inspire your creativity

Practical Evenings

Enjoy the experience of participating in a supportive environment, where members share their knowledge to encourage and develop your skills.

LEARN NEW SKILLS

Practical evenings enable members to help each other to learn more about their cameras, how to improve their photographs, and many other aspects of photography, in a fun environment.

Workshops

Experience hands-on practical workshops, covering many different styles and genres, to help you improve your skills as a photographer

LEARN NEW SKILLS

Workshops, in which small groups of members can learn more about lighting, shooting and many other aspects of photography, offer great hands-on opportunities to tap into the extensive skills of our more experienced members and professional photographers.

Walks

Get some fresh air! Walks are organised throughout the year for members to bring their cameras and shoot varying subjects.

ENJOY THE OUTDOORS

Walks organised throughout the year (both within the club and externally) to explore a range of different photo opportunities and provide opportunities to enjoy shooting in a supportive and sociable environment.

Knowledge Sharing

All our activities provide the opportunity to learn new skills and techniques and ask the questions you need answering

LEARN NEW SKILLS

Whether it’s camera technicalities, shooting techniques, organising and editing images, mounting prints, expanding your range of skills, or whatever, there is usually a more experienced member who can help you out.

Social

Meet socially to talk and share ideas and images

GET SOCIAL

We meet socially to talk and share ideas and images.  And the Club funds a Christmas Party (with entertainment) and a Summer Social at the end of the season when the club trophies and certificates are presented to competition winners.

Audio Visual

The Club has a small but passionate group of Audio Visual enthusiasts.

GET CREATIVE

Learn from our enthusiasts how to create whole sequences of images presented against the background of a soundtrack