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Welcome to the web site of Mid Calder Camera Club

About the Club

Interested in photography? Why not come 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, 30 Cousland Terrace, Seafield, EH47 7AS

What’s on at Mid Calder Camera Club?

The next club meeting is on Wednesday the 28th February at 7:30pm in the Institute Hall, Mid Calder.

**** Tonight’s meeting has been cancelled due to the adverse weather. Keep warm folks. Good excuse to practice still life πŸ™‚ ****


Recent News

Sunday 6th August

MCCC at Modern Art Whitburn
We’ve been very pleased to be given the opportunity to exhibit the work of many of our members at Modern Art Whitburn. Around 40 pieces are currently on display, with 18 members represented.
We’d like to thank Modern Art Whitburn for the opportunity and say a big well done to everyone who has prepared prints – they all look fantastic.
Prints are on display until the weekend of the 19th August, so if you’d like to take a look, pop along soon (and why not pick one up to take home with you?).
Modern Art Whitburn
Modern Art Whitburn 2

Sunday 28th May

Dougie organised a days photography down the East coast, this time heading down the east coast. By all accounts it was a great success and the weather was good too!! What’s next?

Wednesday 24th May 2017

Annual General Meeting
May I express a huge Thank You! to everyone who attended the AGM. It really was great to see so many members supporting the future of our camera club.
And with the end of another year the AGM voted in the new executive committee.
Stepping down from the committee are Bob, Martin and Petra. Thank you for your time and commitment to keep the club running this year.
It gives me great pleasure to welcome Matt, Neil, Peter and Sheila who have taken up positions on the new committee. Details of the new executive committee are here
To round off the night winners of last years image of the year were presented with their new trophies.
Well done to Keith Laidlaw, Petra MacKay and Peter McCaig (who sadly wasn’t present). Roy Pritchard also received his time share of the Advance PDI of the year.

Wednesday 17th May 2017

Image Of The Year
Many thanks to the members who came along to make this such a fun night.
Rather than one persons opinion the majority ruled and that’s how the grand prizes of the year were decided!
Congratulations to the winners tonight but an even bigger thanks to the 29 individuals who put in images for appraisal throughout the year. Without your participation, tonight would not have been so much fun. The quality of the images being produced by members has been fantastic!

Mid Calder Camera Club: Season 2016-17 Image Of The Year
“3” by Roy Pritchard

Wednesday 10thΒ May 2017

Portfolio and Equaliser Competitions
Are very own Gordon Scott was judging this competition. It’s a challenge to judge at your own club and I’d like to congratulate Gordon for getting through unscathed! Well…
Anyway, Thanks to everyone who got involved in both these competitions this year. I thought the entries were great despite what the judge said πŸ˜‰

Winner of the Portfolio competition was Roy Pritchard with his four images taken using ICM.

Winner of the Equaliser competition was Jim Reid

Wednesday 3rd May 2017

Thank you to all who attended tonight. We took the opportunity to discuss and decided the themes for next years appraisals and the summer Scavenger Hunt. everyone should have received details of these by email. If you haven’t please let me know. Gordon encouraged feedback from members, what topics would you like more information on, the type of hands-on/practical things that would be of interest. This will help him develop the syllabus and fine tune it for next year. Remember that this is our club and we always welcome input from members.
The final Small Print Challenge of this season had another clear winner with those present. Congratulations go to yet again to Richard MacKay for his interpretation of the theme “Spring”.

Spring by Richard MacKay

Wednesday 26th April 2017

Due to the Institute Hall’s floor being relaid we had a night out around Mid Calder. We had a good number of members coming along for the evening. Not the greatest of light but good to get out together.
Thanks go to Roy for one of his images from the evening.

Monday 24th April 2017

West Lothian inter-club Competition
This year the Inter-club was hosted by Livingston Camera Club. Not only did they provide a very yummy buffet but also some stiff competition!
The results were as follows:
Armadale – 223
Linlithgow – 237
Mid Calder – 254
Livingston – 257
So we came a close 2nd again!
Special shout out to Gary for our only 20! and to Gary, Margaret, Jim, Gordon and myself for a collection of 19’s and 18’s.

19th April 2017

Appraisal #4
Many thanks to Nancy MacArthur who stepped in at short notice to appraise our members entries.
Congratulations to all who did well! However the final appraisal also decided the winners of the Projected and Print competitions for this season.
Digital (Projected) Images
1st. Place Beginner : Sheila Colthart
1st. Place Intermediate : Peter Baird
1st. Place Advanced : Sam Hanlon
Printed Images
1st. Place Beginner : Sheila Colthart
1st. Place Intermediate : Richard Mackay
1st. Place Advanced : Gordon Scott

This means that Sheila will be battling it out in the Intermediate section next season and Peter and Richard are now in the Advanced section! Well done guys πŸ™‚
Can I just say a big “Thank you” to everyone who got involved over the year.

12th April 2017

Our speaker tonight was Zul Bhatia who entertained us with his presentation “The Serengeti National Park, Tanzania”. Having been visiting twice a year for 40 years now, Zul knowledge and love for this wildlife haven was enthralling in its detail and images.

5th April 2017

Pecha Kucha Night
The challenge tonight for members was to present 20 images and to speak to each one for only 20 seconds. It was also the next instalment of the Small Print Challenge.

2nd April 2017

Club outing – East Neuk of Fife
A very enjoyable day for those that got up early to catch the tide at St Monans on this Sunday morning. They were rewarded by a glorious weather throughout the day in which to explore the coastline.

1st April 2017

Another great studio shoot with models from Miss West Lothian.
Many thanks to all involved. Good to see that most of us were still smiling at the end πŸ˜‰

29th March 2017

This week we had a presentation from Gordon on the latest changes in Photoshop CC. He had picked up these tips when he attended the recent photography exhibition in Birmingham.
Then we had refreshments and lots of chatting πŸ™‚

22nd March 2017

Social Evening
We had a social evening tonight with guests from Livingston and Armadale camera clubs.
There were a number of AV presentations a live presentations and a chance to catch with enthusiasts from around West Lothian. The time just went too fast!

15th March 2017

Night Photography Around Mid Calder
By all accounts this was a successful night for those who ventured out on the night. Thanks to Peter, Dougie and Gordon for some of their images from the night.

8th March 2017

The Thoughts of Chairman Steve
The club’s chairman Steve Collier gave a presentation of his photography which reflects his love of France and his eye for still life.

1st March 2017

Another members night in the Black Bull.
And the winner of the Small Print Challenge was Andy! Congrats to Andy for this fine take on the theme “Street”.

Andy has chosen the theme “Colours” for next months entry.

The rest of the night focused on using a consistent colour workflow, choosing the appropriate colour space and ICC paper & ink profiles with the aim of achieving consistent high quality print output. Wow! My kind of night. Well I did the presentation so that’s hardly surprising.

22nd February 2017

In a change to the syllabus we had another still life night and this proved popular. I think there was 8 different still life setups using a variety of lighting providing members with lots of opportunity to explore not only the technical aspects of still life but (what I find more difficult!) the creative aspect. This was a fun night.

15th February 2017

Appraisal 3
Congratulations to Roy, Gordon and Richard for scoring highest in this appraisal.
I thought our appraiser on the night, Doug Berndt ARPS, did a good job in offering good feedback on the entries. However Doug did adhere to the SPF’s “Nature” guidance which caught a number of members out.
It is getting very close in both PDI and Prints in the Intermediate and Advanced sections. Only one appraisal left. I can hardly contain my excitement! Lol, isn’t this fun πŸ˜‰
Remember you can check out the entries on the clubs gallery.

8th February 2017

Many thanks for Dougie Cockburn for organising A night with lights.
Using the clubs equipment Dougie demonstrated how to set up the equipment, balance the lighting and take photographs. The demonstration also involved putting everything away!
This was an informal night with lots of opportunity to discuss the use of lights. I got the impression that those members attending enjoyed the evening and I hope we all got something out of it.

1st February 2017

We had an informal image night tonight. Members brought along prints and digital images to share with others.
The monthly Small Print Challenge theme was “Seascapes”. The winning entry was from Richard.

He has chosen “Street” as the theme for next month.

25th January 2017

Tonight there was a chance to look at the images that were successful in the PAGB Small Cup Competition last year which Mid Calder Camera Club entered. Waiting for feedback but I can imagine it may be along the lines of “when does a photograph become graphic art?”

23rd January 2017

Interclub Competition – Livingston CC v Mid Calder CC
I’m waiting for a report but I can say we won!

18th January 2017

Many thanks to David Queenan for his informative presentation this evening. David showed just how beautiful the local area can be when you are prepared to invest the time. I’m sure we all learned something to encourage us to get out and take photographs. I’ll just have to set my alarm clock a bit earlier!

You can find his website here.

11th January 2017

Digital Darkroom Night
Another Photoshop night.

4th January 2017

Xmas Night Out

14th December 2016

Social Evening

7th December 2016

Scavenger Hunt II

30th November 2016

Our guest speaker this week is Stephen Cosh
Stephen Cosh from Ayr was the guest speaker last week with a presentation on Street Photography. Steven gave a brief biographical introduction before showing the members examples of his work. He is the founder of β€œThe Leica Meet” an active club of Leica users worldwide
With images from many parts of the world Stephen gave members an insight into his working methods and passed on many hints and tips about capturing the decisive moment. Stephen also demonstrated his Leica cameras and invited members to handle them and even take some shots with them.
He is a committed film user and sparked a debate afterwards about the relative merits of film verses digital.
He also showed members examples of Street Portraiture and gave members more hints and tips about approaching people to take their portraits.
Stephen finished his talk with some information on a photography charity he supports and asked that his fee for the talk be given to them
It was a very inspirational talk which will encourage members to try their hand at the genre of street photography.
To have a look at some of Stephen’s work check his website HERE

23rd November 2016

Gather round for the second appraisal of the year. Tonight we have Charles Summers giving us feedback on the images entered. Again there are PRINT and a PROJECTED sections.
The themes for this appraisal are PRINTS = “Water” and PDI = “Open”
Good luck to all who have entered πŸ™‚

16th November 2016

Lightroom & Photoshop
Club member Martin Clarke had prepared a presentation on Lightroom and Photoshop.
Overcoming the initial technical issues Martin provided his insight into using these tools to manipulate photographs.
It was an interesting and informative evening indeed.

An example of a Before & After:
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15th November 2016

Midlothian Competition
Thanks to those members who travelled to Lasswade to support Mid Calder in the competition against Midlothian Camera Club. Ron Bell was judging the images on the night.
I am please to announce that the result was:

Mid Calder 332 : Midlothian 314

I have to thank Midlothian for their hospitality. A tasty buffet was provided and it was good to have a chat about the images and the judging!
All the images that were entered are available to view in the gallery.

9th November 2016


Venice in 7 days
Long time club member Gordon Scott gave a presentation from his week long trip to Venice in May 2016. Gordon gave us a guided tour of Venice through his photography. It was fascinating to see his eye for a photograph and how he processed his choice images to transform them from the original photograph. Gordon also brought along a large selection of prints on a variety of media for members to view.
Thanks again Gordon.

2nd November 2016

Scavenger Hunt
Thanks to all the members who came along for the first Scavenger Hunt of the year. An even bigger thank you to those members who actually completed it! Well done to all. It would have been a quick night if you hadn’t.
There was another terrific entry for the Small Print Challenge this month. The theme was “Still Life” and the quality and diversity of entries was very good. Very tricky to decide my top 3.
The winner was Margaret. Well done. Theme for next time to be decided.

26th October 2016

Long Lens Time
There was a good turnout to hear various members talk of their experience using telephoto lenses longer than 300mm.

19th October 2016

Our guest speaker was Lindsay Robertson. Lindsay gave an entertaining talk on his journey in photography and how he was able to came to organise an exhibition of Ansel Adams work along with his own! Not only did he show the background behind his latest work but he brought along numerous examples of his prints for us to enjoy.
All in all a great evening. Thanks Lindsay.
Lindsay’s website is HERE

12th October 2016

Appraisal #1 : PRINT=”Open”, PDI=”Landscapes”
Our first appraisal of the year was judged by Ron Bell LRPS of the Galashiels Camera Club.
It was great to see the range of members images. Congratulations to those who got the perfect 20 and thanks to Ron for his appraisal.

5th October 2016

Equipment Night
It was great to see such a good turnout for tonights meeting in the Black Bull.
We started of with a presentation of trophies to the winners of last seasons appraisals and internal competitions. Congratulations to the winners. It should be noted that there are three winners missing from the is photo. Alasdair (Equaliser), Peter (Beginners Image of the Year) and Keith (Intermediate Image of the Year).

A number of members demonstrated tripods, cameras, a Lens Baby a Kessler camera slider and lots of discussion.
The theme for the first A4 Print Challenge of the year was “Numbers and Letters”. We had the biggest number of entries this month with 20 and those presented voted for the winning image.
And the winner was Sam. Next months challenge theme is “Still Life”.

14th September 2016

Alistair Swan from Ayrshire entertained us with his presentation “Window on the World”.
Alistair uses an audio visual format to showcase his work both still and video. From landscape to portraiture he documented time spent in India and Myanmar.

21st September 2016

Bits & Pieces
A night for beginners with a number of short presentations from a few of the clubs experienced members.

September 28th

Dark Edinburgh
Scott Liddell from the Facebook page “Dark Edinburgh” was our guest showing us images from the “Dark Side” of Edinburgh. Scott gave an entertaining presentation going in to how he started and developed this project including the equipment and techniques he uses to capture his images.

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.