Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I have to be an experienced photographer to join your club?
We were all beginners at one time. Ashbourne and District Camera Club welcomes everyone, new photographers and the more experienced. Our more experienced members are always willing to offer help and advice if asked.


  • Do I have to enter all the competitions?

Not at all. Entering competitions can be fun and a good way to improve your photography by listening to, and interpreting, comments given by the judge. You can enjoy the competitions and perhaps learn more by just being at the meeting on a competition night.

  • Do I have to own an expensive camera?

No. Somebody with a compact camera can produce as good a photograph as another person with a single lens reflex (SLR). When you want to achieve more than you can with your compact camera, that is the time to invest in a more advanced camera, such as an SLR, which is more versatile. Experienced members are always on hand to advise you before you purchase new equipment.

  • I would like to improve my photography, do you run courses?

We do not run formal courses on photography but members often give talks on various aspects of photography, both basic and more advanced. Members have also found they learn a lot by coming to meetings and seeing the work of other photographers, as well as chatting to other members and visiting speakers at the end of the formal meeting when tea/coffee is available.

  • Do you have to be a member to attend a meeting?

You are welcome to come to any meeting as a visitor. If you decide to join you will be eligible to enter the club competitions.

  • Has everybody changed to digital photography?

Most of our members have digital cameras but there are still a few members who use film cameras because they prefer to produce slides.

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