The Aperture Photography Group (APG) was formed in 2016 with aim of providing a non-competitive environment where photographers could come together to learn, improve and share their interest in photography.
It doesn’t matter whether you are a complete beginner or more experienced, we want you to get involved in what we do. For beginners, we want you to ask questions, because it’s the only way to learn. If you are more experienced, we ask you to share your learning and help those who have only just started out on their photographic journey.
The APG meetings are held every two weeks, on a Thursday evening in The Saracen’s Head pub in Little Brington (Main St, Little Brington, Northampton NN7 4HS). Meetings start at 8pm and usually last two hours.
Typically, we try to cover a number of topics during each meeting. One of the key aims of these meetings is to share our images with each other. We do not have competitions, as our view is that photography is an art and the only person you need to compete with is yourself. We want to encourage all members to share their work, so that we can both enjoy it and provide constructive feedback.
Practice, practice practice!
If you want to learn photography, or improve from your current level, regular practice is very important. The first step is to become at one with your camera; understand how it works, how it can be set up to get a range of different effects. Our regular outings are an opportunity for you to practice your skills in Seeing and Taking photographs. The more expert photographers in the APG have all agreed to help the beginners at these sessions, so everyone can come back having learned new skills and taken some good images.
Unlike many camera clubs, we want to teach our members how to be better photographers. Many of our meetings will include an element of training, or will encourage you to discuss images. We also have a dedicated training centre in Little Brington, where we can teach up to 8 members the various key skills required to become a photographer.
That's not all, we also provide access to a range of training videos which can be accessed from this website.
The group is open to everyone, regardless of photographic ability. All we ask is that you have an interest in photography and would like to improve your photographic skills or assist others in improving.
No. You are welcome to come for free to two of our meetings before making any commitment to join.
Currently our annual membership is a flat rate of £25 per year. Membership runs from the first week in January to the last week in December each year. Members who join part way through the year pay a discounted rate.
If you have any questions regarding your specific camera, then yes, please bring it along with you for advice. On normal evening sessions you will not need your camera unless specifically stated. We do hold portrait sessions, technical sessions, photographic walks and outings where your cameras will be required. You will be informed ahead of time if they are.
Any! We are dedicated to helping people improve their photography no matter what camera they decide to use. We have members who use film cameras but in the main digital imaging has taken over. Phone camera, point and shoot or top end professional cameras; they can all take a good image in the right hands. We very much welcome newcomers to photography, even if they have not yet purchased their camera.
We've tried to give you a flavour of what the Aperture Photography Group, is all about, but if you need more information about us, please drop us a line.
The Saracens Head, Main St, Brington, England NN7 4HS, United Kingdom
We meet every other Thursday at 8pm.
Please see our Calendar for details of the next meeting.