The recent Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann held in Mullingar provided many wonderful opportunities to practice their photography. Indeed, many excellent photos have been posted on social media and printed in local and national newspapers. If you have been inspired by any of these photos and want to become a better photographer, learn more, meet others who share your passion and make new friends, well why not join the Mullingar Camera Club.
Mullingar Camera Club is all about enjoying photography and helping each other to improve our photographic skills. Whatever your level, there is always something to learn. We try to promote creativity through photography, share and critique our members’ photographs, educate and improve technical skills, and spread our passion for photography. Our first return meeting after the summer break is scheduled for Wednesday, September 07. We meet twice a month on Wednesdays and our meetings are held at the Mullingar Arts Centre, starting at 7.30pm and ending at 9pm. Our annual subscription is €60.
What happens in a typical meeting? The simple answer is all sorts of things related to photography. Some meetings may feature a guest speaker, contest, image sharing, workshop, photo shoot, or other photo activity. Our club participates in several competitions. Sometimes we focus on nature or landscape, while other times it can be portraiture, street photography or something else. The bottom line, however, is that the members decide the tone and direction of the club.
Members can also take advantage of our studio facilities, including our digital darkroom, where they will have computers, scanners (for prints, negatives and slides) and a high-end A3 printer.
In Mullingar Camera Club you will find people who know more than you and others who may not know as much. This is a good thing. You can learn a lot from the more experienced and accomplished photographers in the club and, if you have technical expertise in any area, you can teach the less experienced what you know.
Although photography can be a solitary activity and you can derive great pleasure from it, you will learn and progress faster with the support of others. Membership of the Mullingar Camera Club can challenge you and force you out of your comfort zone, but the end result will be an improvement in your skill set.
Each year, the club hosts an exhibition of members’ photos taken over the past season. This year, the exhibit runs in the Atrium of County Buildings from August 30 through September 9. If you would like to attend, we would love to meet you.