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Welcome to the web site of Mid Calder Camera Club

About the Club

Interested in photography? Why not com along to Mid Calder Camera Club on a Wednesday evening?

We are a friendly club with an interesting and varied syllabus. We cater for both film and digital workers, beginners, and experts. We meet every Wednesday from 7:30 pm to 9:45 pm, September to May in The Institute Hall, Market Street, Mid Calder (opposite the Tonino’s and The Black Bull Pub). More information about the club can be found here. You can also find out where we are located here.

Join Mid Calder Camera Club

Membership places are now available! Any new member will be considered for membership to the club as soon as their application form is received. An application form can be downloaded from HERE
Please print the form, complete it, and bring it along to a meeting, or send it to:

MCCC Membership Secretary, 239 Raeburn Rigg, Deans EH54 8PL

Photography Exhibition


In association with West Lothian College, Mid Calder Camera Club are delighted to announce an exhibition of members’ photography. “Passionate About Photography” showcases the work of our members from the Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced sections of the club.
The exhibition is open to public viewing from Tuesday 19th April at the Creative Centre, West Lothian College.

What’s on at Mid Calder Camera Club?

The next club meeting is on the 25th May at 7:30pm in The Institute Hall, Mid Calder

Mid Calder Camera Club – Annual General Meeting
All members are invited to attend the clubs AGM. This is an opportunity to have your say into how the club is run.
Want to be on the committee? …… Come along and volunteer.

Recent News

Wednesday 18th May 2016

Image Of The Year Season 2015-2016
Following the judge having to withdraw at the last minute we did things a bit different this year. I and most others enjoyed the evening though I’m sure some members thought is was all wrong!
What we did find out was which were the members favourite images of the year.

Congratulations to the Image of The Year WINNERS!!!

After all the this year appraisals and competitions I am pleased announce that Val has been promoted to the Intermediate section and Grant, Dave McG and Alisdair are now in the Advanced section. Well done to you all.

Wednesday 11th May 2016

A number of members attended for another outing to explore the photographic potential of Mid Calder.

Wednesday 4th May

Seven members made it along this evening to take images around Mid Calder.
The weather wasn’t great and the light disappeared quickly. However, it was good to get out and take some photos.

Wednesday 27th April 2016

The annual Portfolio & Equaliser Competition
Congratulations to this years winners.
Portfolio : Four images that are held together by a cohesive theme.

Winner: Grant Collier – “Shorething”

Equaliser : For the Ross Alpin-Smith Trophy. An image from the Calders.
Winner: Alasdair Thin – “Five sisters of West Calder”

Tuesday 26th April 2016

4 Way West Lothian Inter Club Competition
This Year it was hosted by Linlithgow Camera Club at Springfield Community Wing, Springfield Primary School, Linlithgow.
A very narrow defeat tonight at the West Lothian Inter Club Competition hosted by Linlithgow Camera Club. After the judges had made their deliberations it was our arch rivals Livingston who will rule the West Lothian Roost for the coming year after a 1 POINT victory over Mid Calder. It was all square after the mono pdi section with a tie on 83 points each with Gordon’s Bamburgh Beach shot judged top image with 19 points.. Livingston edged ahead by 2 points after the colour pdi section with Petra’s Sunset on Lewis and Jackie’s Well hello there top scoring with 20 points each. We managed to claw back one point in the print section with another two of our images scoring 20 points Junes Lilly shot and Crossapol Sunrise from Sam H.but in the end it just wasn’t enough with Livi on 266, MC on 265, Linlithgow on 230 and Armadale on 226.
Thank you Gordon for your report.

Wednesday 20th April 2016

The second and final PDI appraisal of the year!
Judged by Dougie Allan the winners were as follows.
Beginner: Peter McCabe
Intermediate : David McGeachie
Advanced : Roy Pritchard

Both Roy and Margaret scored 20’s, Roy getting 2!
Congratulations to the winners!

As this was the 2nd Projected appraisal this year I can announce that the final results for this seasons Projected Appraisals are as follows:
Beginner: Val Roberston
Intermediate: Grant Collier
Advanced: Margaret Lothian & Roy Pritchard

Well done to you all and everyone who has entered images over the last year.

Wednesday 13th April 2016

The subject of the evenings entertainment was Audio Visual Presentations.

Wednesday 6th April 2016

First Wednesday of the month meeting was held in the Black Bull as usual.
The Print Challenge theme for this evening was “Ties” and the unanimous winner was Alison. (I’m still waiting for the image to upload Alison!) Congratulations!!!
As this was the last members night at the Black Bull Alison has a few months to come up with the Theme for the first Challenge of next season.
The rest of the night was devoted to Pecha Kucha presentations from a good selection of members. A great opportunity to see other members images and lots of fun.

Wednesday 9th March 2016

Our guest speaker was Campbell Skinner whose presentation was titled “My Journey in Photography”.

Wednesday 2nd March 2016

Another members night at the Black Bull and there was a good number of members made it along.
Roy won the Black Bull Print Challenge and has set the theme of “Ties” for next month.
Roy - Still figs
Theme – Food / Drink
A number of members got up to give a talk on a selection of images they had brought with them and Martin gave a presentation on the theme of composition.
I do enjoy being able to see the images that club members have been taking. An enjoyable night.

Wednesday 24th February

Our guest speaker was Steve McGonnell whose presentation was titled “Photographing Flowers”. He shared his experience and skill in how to capture flowers at their best.

Wednesday 17th February 2016

The 2nd and Final Print appraisal of the season!
Charlie Summers judged our 2nd and last Print appraisal of the year and I can now announce the winners for the 2015-2016 season.
Beginner : Val Robertson
Intermediate : David McGeachie
Andvanced: It’s a tie! Well done to Margaret Lothian and Petra Mackay

Congratulations to the winning photographers. We’ve had some great entries this year.

Wednesday 10th February 2016

Peter Paterson FRPS MPAGB MFIAP was the guest speaker at tonights meeting with a talk entitled “Photography My Way“.
A very healthy number of members, new and prospective members and the odd guest enjoyed a rich and varied selection of Peter’s images. Sponsored by Fotospeed, Peter had a large number of prints from many genre’s which kept members enthralled all night. Starting from his early Prints produced from film he took the audience on a journey through his development of his image making up to his most recent work. Many of the images were captured during Peter’s many foreign photographic jaunts North America, Iceland ,Greece and Vietnam but it was the images from Scotland which were the highlight of his work.
In particular Peter’s FRPS panel of sand patterns captured with an IR converted camera and then coloured in Photoshop were a particular highlight. Members had a chance to examine at close hand some of his images and see examples of the range of Fotospeed paper.
Many thanks to Gordon for the feedback and the other members that took the time to email in feedback.

Wednesday 3rd February 2016

Held in the Black Bull we had an equipment night with a range of members bringing along some of there kit and giving a wee presentation on why they like it. Well I thought it was fab! From portable speedlight setups, ring flash, fish eye lens, to a bendy thing with lots of uses. We really had a good turnout too with some new and past members coming along.
The monthly Black Bull Challenge Print was won by me! Next months theme is Food and Drink.
Theme: In A Garden

Wednesday 27th January 2016

Our guest speaker on the night was Billy Currie.
Billy is a landscape photographer whose work is well published. He runs workshops for beginners to advanced throughout the UK but mainly in Scotland. Can I suggest you have a look at his website here.
Well I haven’t spoken to anyone who didn’t really enjoy this speaker. An interesting insight into how Billy goes about his craft. We really have been fortunate with the quality of our guest speakers this year.

Wednesday 20th January 2016

Our second Photoshop night of the year.

Wednesday 13th January 2016

Inter club Competition – Mid Calder v Livingston
Some great images entered this year and Livingston were the winners. Congratulations and well done to Livingston Camera Club.

Wednesday 6th January 2016

Xmas Night Out
Tasty food and good company with fellow camera club members.
I won the Print Challenge! and set the theme for next month which is “In A Garden”.

Wednesday 16th December 2015

Social Night at the Institute Hall
There was a reasonable turnout for our pre xmas social evening in the Institute Hall. Nice to have a bit more time to have a chat with other club members.
We also presented the trophies to our winners from last year. Unfortunately Jackie M. who won both Beginners categories could not attend. I did manage to capture the other winners for a special Winners photo.
Congratulations again to Gary, Margaret, Jackie W and Petra.

MCCC International Daily Newspaper


Appraisal and Competition Images

All Appraisal and Competition images can only be viewed by our members in the MCCC Gallery - here (password required).

Flickr Group

The club has set up a Flickr group for members. Click here to view and to get permission to join.