Frequently asked Questions & Answers

The Club

1 Who can join the club?
Age 16 and above are all welcomed; you just need a keen interest in photography.
Please note though that until the age of 18 the member must be accompanied by an appropriate adult at all times.

2 Do I need to have an expensive camera?
No, anything that can take a picture - from a mobile phone to a professional top of the range camera is fine.

3 What is the cost of joining the club?

The first visit to the club is free. The current membership fee is £70 payable each September but reduces if you join later on in the Winter e.g. In January the cost is £40.

For new members joining the club the 1st year membership fee will be £50 which can if required be paid in 2 instalments.

Past members of the club re-joining, can also pay the reduced amount for the 1st year as the "feel" of the club may be different now we will be using a broadband connection in the hall and it may not suit everybody.

More Info About The Club.

Barnstaple Camera Club has been in existence since the early 1920’s meeting every Thursday throughout the year (apart from public holiday). It’s a very friendly club, with a mixture of genders - 17 females, 20 males (mostly aged 50 + but now have a handful of younger members) . Abilities of the members range from the “point and shoot” camera to some of the more professional range of DSLR’s and mirrorless cameras on the market. With a mixed range of knowledge, skills and abilities within the members, we can give advice on cameras, computer systems (PC and Macs), and photo manipulating software and of course just how to take an image with your camera and transfer that image onto your computer system.

Our Winter Programme (September to April), consist of a variety of speakers, competitions, fun and training evenings. The evening commences at 1930 hours but many members arrive a little earlier so they can chat to other members . For the last 2 years we have not met at the clubhouse due to Covid but have zoomed from home and this has been very successful. We are aiming to recommence physical meetings in the hall from next September, but will still have speakers & judges via the internet as this provides a wider range for the club.

We normally have a 10-15 min coffee/tea break halfway through the evening that provides another opportunity to chat to the committee/members.

Our Summer Events Programme (May to September)
During the summer period, members meet most Thursday's and this includes walks to various parts of North Devon both in the evening and during the day. These walks are popular, provide an opportunity to get out with your camera, take images, talk to like minded individuals, and visit some of the interesting areas around Barnstaple. Members attending the summer walks have in the past stopped to have a pub meal. This has not yet restarted since Covid but is an option for those attending. We have also arranged days out for the members. Past events include visits to West Country Wildlife Centre, Point-to-Point and Speedway events.

Training sessions on software such as Photoshop, Lightroom and Affinity can also be provided.

There is no membership fee for the summer period but some activities eg Westcountry Wildlife Centre do incur a charge.

Directions to the hall can be found here just click this link.