Introduction to the Club by Graham Roberts..

“We like to think that Sulgrave Camera Club provides an opportunity for anyone to come along and enjoy improving their photographic skills. Whether you use an iPhone or a fancy DSLR you should find our sessions engaging and enjoyable. We have monthly evening meetings in The Star and occasionally have location shoots.

If you think our group is for you please contact me via the link below.

[email protected]


See Club Members at a Photo Meet. 

Next Zoom meeting of the Camera Club: Wednesday 7th October at 8.00 pm.

The next Zoom meeting of the Camera Club will be on Wednesday 7th October at 8 pm when we will be looking at the results of the monthly challenge. The challenge was “Three” and it will be interesting to see how members have interpreted the brief.

The Camera Club is open to anybody who is interested in photography, whether you have a DSLR or a mobile phone.

Some of our previous challenges and photographic projects can be seen on this website page.

For details please contact Grahamro[email protected]

Graham Roberts writes (September 2020);

As the social restrictions have now eased we have been looking to organise some photo shoots recently and have had two very successful events, one at Sulgrave Manor and a second at Mill Hollow Barn – our grateful thanks to David and Judith Thompson who made us feel welcome. It was very satisfying to be able to meet fellow club members, share some ideas for compositions and discuss techniques. The zoom meetings will be continuing but now on a monthly basis and, whenever practical, further photo-shoots will be organised.

Our next event will be a Zoom video meeting on 2nd September, we intend to share some of the resulting photographs from the photo-shoots mentioned above and will be discussing topics with the objective of sharing and improving our techniques.

Each month we set ourselves challenges, a recent challenge was to take photographs in a “Colour of choice”. We had some really nice entries, some of these have been posted on the Sulgrave village web-site so it you would like to take a look, go to for a small selection.

Our current challenge is to take photographs in monochrome and it will be interesting to see the results at our next Zoom meeting.

 If you have an interest in photography and would like to join our group, contact details are given below.

[email protected]

Graham Roberts 

See here for a recent addition to Members’ Galleries


Graham Roberts writes (August 2020):

At our last meeting the weather was kind enough to allow a club portrait shoot in The Manor grounds, a welcome change to get outside as a group after many weeks of ZOOM meetings. We started earlier than normal to take the best possible advantage of the evening light and, with some members volunteering to be models, the plan was to exploit the location as creatively as possible. We intend to review the resulting photographs at a future meeting, but if the weather continues to be on our side we will be taking advantage of some more outdoor photo-shoots in future weeks, carefully managed to respect social distancing.

At an earlier meeting we held a technical talk on focus and reviewed the monthly challenge, “Colours of Choice”. We had a lot of entries from members and some of these will be posted on the Sulgrave Village Website in the near future, look for them on
If you have an interest in photography and would like more information about Sulgrave Camera Club, contact below:-
[email protected]

Click here to see the entries in the June “Colour of Choice” competition.


At our most recent meeting Dominic told us all about one of his favourite photographers, Mario Testino, the international fashion photographer.  His work has often been seen in the top fashion magazines such as Tatler and Vouge, we all picked up some ideas and handy tips from the manner in which the photographs were taken and an interesting conversation on the art of portraiture followed.

We then had our own critique session with members showing their own photographs. We discussed style and composition and learn from each other,  we can see how our photography skills are improving through sharing ideas.

At our next meeting we intend to look at Focus;  how should you focus your camera to get the best possible sharpness? There are lots of different techniques and suggestions from the rule of thumb to the highly technical and we will be talking these though.

Each month we set ourselves a challenge and the most recent subject was “shadows”. See here for an album of some of the contributions.  Our current challenge is  “Colour of choice!”, we are looking forward to see how this exercise is represented in the photographs submitted.

If you’re interested in photography and would like to participate Sulgrave Camera Club is meeting whilst “socially distancing” via Zoom video conferencing every two weeks on a Wednesday evening.

For more information, contact [email protected]


Notes of Meeting held on 20th May 2020

We now meet twice a month by video and at our most recent meeting we had an enjoyable evening with contributions from three of our members who took us on a photographic trip around the world.

First Finland, way up into the arctic north in both late summer and early spring in search of the Northern Lights.  There was quite a contrast, from lakes and forest scenes in late summer to snow covered landscapes in spring.  It is quite difficult to photograph snow scenes and even more challenging to capture the Northern Lights, both patience and a tripod is needed to get a memorable photograph.

Next we had a trip around the USA, including cityscapes from the Empire State Building, street shots in San Francisco and landscapes in Colorado. Camera angles, close-up work and long lenses needed to capture some stunning images.

Finally the session finished off with some really nice images from Japan, showing the skilful and delicate traditional buildings intermixed with the modern architecture and some insight into the Japanese way of life. Some great composition techniques were shared, examples with leading lines drawing the eye into the scene, or creating symmetry to give balance to the photograph and using alternate point of focus to add interest.

Seeing all these different images was a great opportunity for us all to discover more about composition and photographic techniques.

We closed the evening with a discussion on future topics and our current challenge, “Shadows” a photographic representation of light and dark, the results to be shared at the next video meeting on Wednesday 3rd June  8.00pm, when we will also be demonstrating editing techniques and some of the software available to help us achieve that special photograph.

If you are interested in sharing your photographs, perhaps learning a little bit more about technique, come an join us.

Graham Roberts

Contact me on [email protected]

See here for Members’ Favourite Photographs 2019

See here for March Photo Challenge  –  “Reflections”

April Meeting 2020

Graham Roberts writes:

For the very first time eleven members of Sulgrave Camera Club held their April meeting using the ZOOM APP. All went very well as members became more and more proficient using this technology.

Chris Jackson gave a very enjoyable and informative presentation on how to shoot Panoramas. Mostly using his own photographs he clearly explained the techniques and advantages of multi-image Panoramic photography. His results were stunning giving us all the incentive to have a go as soon as we can. Chris Behan informed us of free software that can be used to help create Panoramic pictures.

Not surprisingly our monthly challenge is to photograph in and around our own homes. The idea is to give ourselves the incentive of looking at a very familiar location with a fresh creative photographic eye. Neil Higginson showed some pictures of his own home to give an idea of what can be achieved. We will take a look at all club members pictures at our May Zoom meeting.

We are hoping to have a ‘ Top Tip ‘ each month. This month was, what do you do if ‘ ERROR ‘ flashes on your camera’s LCD screen ? As there was no information in the Nikon handbook Neil Explained a procedure that should cure the problem.

Our next full meeting will be in early May when there will be presentations on ‘ My Favourite Photographer.’ There will be more subjects yet to be decided that will be of interest to photographers of all skill levels.

If you are interested in photography, at whatever level, and would like to join like-minded people – for more information contact

[email protected]

March Meeting

Graham Robert writes:

At the March meeting of our club we put away the gadgets and technology and a number of our members talked about “Our Favourite Photographer”. All photographers, either landscape, portrait, wildlife or sports have their own style and it was interesting to share these styles. We look forward to re-visiting this topic in the future. We also viewed the photographs taken for our winter challenge – “Reflections”. Some very good images have been produced and it is intended to show these on the Village Website in due course, look for the Camera Club page.

Regarding future meetings we are, of course, having to curtail these in view of the Coronavirus. We are exploring ideas to keep our club going and maintain the enjoyment for all. There may more in the next newsletter if our ideas work out.

[email protected]

Graham Roberts writes:

At our February meeting we had a good turn out for a demonstration of techniques for Macro or close up
photography. Examples of photographs of insects taken with specialist equipment where shown alongside the more typical methods of capturing close-ups using the standard lenses and equipment used by most keen amateur photographers. Focussing and depth of field were demonstrated and although the topic was quite technical there was a good exchange of questions and some new features discovered in the use of our camera equipment.
As spring approaches we have started to think about getting out and about on some photo shoots to make use of the lighter evenings for photography.
Our near neighbour, The Culworth Snappers, are hosting an evening with Wildlife Photographer Robert Harvey from 7.30 pm on Friday 6th March in Culworth Village Hall for anybody interested, contact details in the enclosed flyer.
The next Sulgrave Camera Club meeting will be on 11th March, at The Star from 7.45pm.

The club is an informal gathering open to any person interested in photography, for details contact [email protected]

Graham Roberts writes:

At our January meeting we set out our plans for the next six months and have an interesting programme of talks, outings and some friendly competitions to keep us busy.

Our talks will include topics such as macro photography, portraiture, and post processing images using software. We also have some photo shoots in mind. As spring approaches we will be capturing the snowdrops and bluebells, another visit to a canal side venue is planned and an opportunity for action photography will provide an opportunity to improve our photographic skills. We also hear of the plans for a number of village events this year, and we are hoping to record these activities throughout the 2020.

Plus, we will be showing off our work on the village website where we have a dedicated page for the Camera Club, look out for some of our favourite photographs from 2019 soon.

If you have an interest in photography come along and join us, we meet every second Wednesday of the month in The Star, from 7.45.

Contact [email protected]  for more details


Graham Roberts writes:

November has been a good month for the Camera Club, our very first project was completed with the delivery of the Sulgrave Calendar 2020, now on sale at the village shop.   The production was a club event on behalf of the Village Shop and all photographs were taken by members, the initial design was by Charlie Ford-Ziemelis and Sharon Ford. Banbury Print and Design turned out to be a good choice as they produced a very professional looking Calendar which many in the village have complimented us on. There are still some calendars available from the Village shop if you do not have one as yet.

At our November meeting we looked back on our first year as a club and an assortment of pictures, we are pleased to find we have all improved our photography skills as a result of sharing ideas and suggestions. We can look forward to the coming year with some new projects to take on and will no doubt be growing our capability further as a group.

As always, many thanks to Steve and Niki for hosting us at The Star

The December meeting is to be a social event.  A new programme of events is to be announced in the January Newsletter

A seasons greeting to all from Sulgrave Camera Club

Graham Roberts

Graham Roberts writes:

At our September meeting we needed to get down to business as the club has been asked to produce a village Calendar!  With nearly fifty photographs submitted we had to find a way of choosing the images for the calendar and after a round of voting we had finalists.  It is now off to the printers to finalise the design and produce the calendar.

At our next meeting we will be looking back on the past year to find out if, as a group, our photography skills have improved.  Members will bring along three photographs taken in the last 12 months which are considered to be better because we have been talking about photography and sharing ideas over the year. This will help to set the direction we need to take for the next 12 months, continually improving and gaining experience from each other.

Two of our members also visited  Banbury’s Traditional Michaelmas Fair,   a good if challenging opportunity for some photography at twilight and into the evening to capture the vibrancy of all the fun at the fair. See Members’ Own Photo Galleries.

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 6th November at The Star starting at 7.45 pm.

For more information about Sulgrave Camera Club contact [email protected]


Graham Roberts writes:

At the end of August the camera club was seen out and about in the village for location shots at the Village Shop and the Star, there  were quite a few photographs taken and we are really grateful to the villagers who turned up to help us by “dressing the scene”. We had a good event which was well supported and all of us had an enjoyable session, hence, at our September meeting there was plenty to discuss when reviewing the pictures taken. As we are all in a learning process, constructive criticism is essential so we can all improve our photographic skills.

As we gain experience and expertise there is often a desire to obtain extra pieces of kit, so we also talked about purchasing telephoto lenses and tripods. I’m sure other camera kit will be discussed in the future.
An idea that has been suggested for the winter evening meetings will be for club members to talk about and show pictures of photographers they personally admire. This can be a very good way of broadening the scope
of our meetings so we will be planning to do this in the near future. Look out for the details in future newsletters if you would like to contribute.

The Camera Club organised the photograph competition at the Sulgrave Produce Show on 1st September t and we were really pleased to have over 50 entries. Whilst club members were well represented in these entries we also had non-members participating with some really good photographs so we hope this competition will become a regular feature at the annual show and encourage even more entries next year.

Finally, as a club we are nearly a year old. So, at our next meeting, we shall be looking at photographs taken by members in and around the village during the past year to see what we have achieved during our first
year as a camera club.

Our next meeting will be in The Star on Tuesday 8th October at 19:30 hrs.

If you are interested in photography and would like more information about the Sulgrave Camera Club please get in touch.

For more information contact [email protected]

June 2019 Meeting

After a rainy day typical of this June, the sun finally and somewhat reluctantly decided to show itself on the evening of Tuesday 4th June. This enabled members to take their cameras around the churchyard and stocks area of the village in pursuit of images illustrating the theme of “exploring the way different lighting conditions affect photography”. Samples of these images can be seen on the webpage “Village Images by Village Photographers”.

Some of those taking part can be seen below, on location and viewing the results in The Star:







April 2019 Meeting

The Camera Club were “on location” for the April meeting, members visited Wardington to take photographs of the village which has some interesting cottages, terraced housing and a manor.

Wardington was only 15 minutes from Sulgrave and presented opportunities for some creative photography, we had to think about composition, how to frame the pictures and create depth or a sense of 3 dimensions. The evening light allowed us just over an hour to take the photographs and then we returned to the comfort of the Star to chat through the event over some light refreshments.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 14th May; 7.30 pm in the Star. Our plan is to look through the photographs from the visit to Wardington, plus looking at the entries for the “Best of Spring Photograph”.

Look out for these to be posted on the village website shortly after that meeting.

If you have an interest in photography and would like to join us, please contact Graham Roberts – [email protected]


March 2019 Meeting

Another enjoyable evening at The Star for members of the camera club.  Neil had taken a number of photographs around the village to demonstrate composition and we decided the “rules of composition” should really be guidelines, in many cases the objective should be to produce a photograph that is pleasing, sometimes taking the image a few paces to the left or right, or up or down,  will make a real difference and this is not always following the “rules”

Each month we have a project, March was “animals” and the pictures brought to the meeting were all very good indeed, lots of “Ahhs” accompanied the photographs of lambs, cats and dogs.

We intend to get better at sharing some of these photographs on the village web-site, which Colin is pressing us to do, so look out for the page on the website soon. See new page on the Village Website.

The next meeting will be on Thursday 18th April. Meet at the Star and then to a photo shoot at a location to be advised.

Graham Roberts


January 2019 Meeting

January’s photo theme of ‘ Chimneys ‘ provided plenty of variation so it was fascinating to see how other photographers interpreted this subject.

We welcome new members so if you would like to know more, contact me at [email protected]

Graham Roberts

December Meeting

At our December meeting in the Star we viewed recent photographs that had been taken by us locally. Each photographer presented their work and explained the motivation and aims of each image. In a supportive way as a group we made comments and suggestions that hopefully would benefit us all.

As we are now enduring the short daylight hours of winter we tend to have discussions at our monthly meetings on composition, creativity and technical skills etc., but as soon as we can we intend having more location shoots in the new year.

Graham Roberts

Brackley Visit – November 2018 

Photographs later.

Portraiture Evening – November 2018

Photographs later.

Members at work. 

Banbury Canal Visit – June 2018

See one image from each member chosen for publication on village website.


Members are invited to submit one photo album per month, in pd form not exceeding 2Mb. Subject matter preferably but not exclusively local. Style of the album at members’ discretion.

Graham Roberts

Summer Harvest. August 2018

Fun at the Fair. October 2019

Local Woodlands, August 2020




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