Kingston Camera Club ~ join the club

PUBLISHED: 19:57 11 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:50 20 February 2013

Kingston Camera Club ~ join the club

Kingston Camera Club ~ join the club

This month, we meet the members of Kingston Camera Club, which has been going for well over a hundred years, to find out what the members get up to each week...

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine August 2012

This month, we meet the members of Kingston Camera Club, which has been going for well over a hundred years, to find out what the members get up to each week...

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Name of club: Kingston Camera Club
Person interviewed: Sue Buller
Role: Publicity officer/lecture programme secretary
Been a member for: Since 2005
In a nutshell: Amateur camera and photographic enthusiasts meet weekly to enjoy discussing all aspects of photography, cameras, lenses, computer image editing and which latest photographic exhibition is worth seeing all in a friendly, informal atmosphere. In club competitions, these keen photographers have the chance to display their work and have it rated by a visiting judge.
What made you decide to join? The purchase of a digital single lens reflex camera.

When was the club set up?
The club was set up in 1893 when photography was becoming very popular. A group of camera enthusiasts met and decided to start a photographic society.

How many members do you have?
Around 50.

Where do you meet?
At St Johns Ambulance HQ in Athelstan Road, Kingston on Thames KT1 3BE every Monday evening, 7.30pm for 8pm, until approximately 10pm. We have a tea and coffee break at half -time.

Whats the best thing about being a member of the club?
For me, it provides a weekly meeting that cheers up the long winter months. The talks and images shown by visiting speakers are informative and entertaining, and club competitions provide the arena to show your own work. Constructive criticism on pictures that could be improved, as well as acknowledgement of well-taken, interesting or unusual images gives motivating encouragement to get out and use your camera more. Attending regularly, and over time, it helps to improve photographic skills. Our annual exhibition at Kingston Art Gallery (Saturday November 3 to Saturday November 10) is another chance to show the residents of Kingston the impressive talent of our club photographers.

Do you find being surrounded by like-minded individuals inspiring?
Yes, you learn how to avoid mistakes and hear ideas about how to produce more stunning images, and generally good hints and tips on all matters to do with cameras. New members also gain encouragement from the praise of fellow members when they attain good marks in a competition.

Have you got links with other clubs?
Yes, especially Malden and Molesey camera clubs, as well as Richmond and Twickenham Photographic Society. Kingston is a member of the Surrey Photographic Association, which has over 50 member clubs in the south of England, with whom we have many links.

Whats the most interesting story from the groups history?
When digital cameras were new, and film and slides still dominated the photographic industry, it was the oldest member of Kingston Camera Club, aged 88, who was the first of our photographers to enter a digital camera print into a club competition!

and the funniest?
In the days before mobile phones, the guest speaker still hadnt turned up by the appointed time of 8pm. The clubs lecture programme secretary dashed home in her car to telephone him, but found he had already left home. On returning back to the club, the speaker (who had eventually turned up only five minutes late) was in full flow with his talk, and the programme secretary just decided to walk to her seat, saying: Im so sorry Im late!

When is your next event that is open to the public and/or potential new members?
New members will receive a warm welcome when they come to a club meeting on a Monday. They can attend for free for two evenings before deciding if they wish to join. Visiting our exhibition in November is also a useful introduction to the club.

Describe your club in five words...
Friendly, visually creative, educational and fun!

  • For more information on Kingston Camera Club, call Tim Morland on 0208 541 0126 or visit the societys website at

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