About

Consett and District Photographic SocietyConsett and District Photographic Society (CPS) was established in 1949 in Consett Co. Durham, England. We have a great mix of young and older members who all share an interest in Photography and Digital manipulation. Newcomers to the hobby will benefit especially from the helpful advice and comments by the more experienced members.

Our policy is to demonstrate there are no barriers and that everyone, young or old, male or female is welcome to join us to find that you don’t have to be a photographic expert to feel at ease to enjoy our hobby. Our members come from all walks of life with many and varied photographic interests and styles. Many of our members joined with little or no knowledge of the finer points of our hobby but they soon found that the friendly atmosphere encourages an excellent exchange of ideas, particularly with the more experienced members.

New members are made to feel welcome and experience the thrill of sharing our photographic achievements, many members enjoy the club activities as a means to meet their friends as well as exchanging their latest photographic experiences. The club meets weekly on Monday evenings at 7.30pm from September to April in Citizens House, Station Yard, Consett DH8 5RL and new members are always welcome.

For further information please contact the club secretary.

History

Consett and District Photographic Society was originally formed in 1949 by a group of keen photographers and their friends. All, of course used film and printed their pictures in the darkroom as there was no such thing as digital cameras or computers and TV only had one channel! Today most Club members, though not all, photograph and print digitally. Some members have compact cameras whilst others have Digital SLRs with a full range of lens. There is however a constant battle over which system is the best, Nikon or Canon, Pentax or Olympus! Even with computers members are split, some using PC’s whilst others have Apples, this makes for some good discussions but really means, if anybody has a problem there is always someone to ask for an answer.

During this time the club have held their meetings in various venues around Consett, including ‘The British Legion Club’ and ‘The Demi Club’ before moving to our current venue, Citizens House in 2001. The club premises are of course Disability Discrimination Act compliant and have wheelchair access.

Over the years membership numbers have fluctuated but recently they have increased, both because Stanley Photographic Society folded in 2004 and some members joined our club and of course the recent upsurge in Digital Photography, as everyone now owns a camera but not many know how to use it! Currently, there are approximately 40 members covering an age range from 20’s to, ??, well, going slightly grey.

We have a varied syllabus which is designed to support, teach and develop members’ skills and also to demonstrate excellence by inviting experienced photographers, both external and our own club members, to show their work. There are a number of practical evenings on both Digital manipulation and photography and also several competitions throughout the year when members can enter to test their progress.

The Club is affiliated to the Northern Counties Photographic Federation, a group of 40 clubs in northern England. This NCPF offers opportunities for Club members to meet and compete over a wider range than they would if they met only within the context of their own club.