We have a range of club nights, walks and events to suit everyone’s tastes.

Keep an eye on this page to see what’s coming up in the coming months at Ockbrook Photographic Club!


January 3rd – Guest Speakers Robert and Sharon Prenton Jones on the Art of Composite Photography.

Robert and Sharon are an entertaining double act who have a passion and impressive experience in creating some amazing atmospheric composite images. However, much of the work they do is in the initial staging of the photograph. There is definitely a sense of fun and competitiveness between this married couple.

You can find more on their work at

This will be a Zoom based club meeting – Zoom logon details will be sent closer to the date.

Non members may attend this presentation for a fee of £5.00. Please email for further information.

February 7th – Monday at 7.00 pm – Zoom Meeting with Guest Speaker Richard O’Brien 

Architecture – Exposure to Edit

In this talk Richard explains about the kind of images he likes to take and what he looks for when shooting both internal and external architecture.
He will tell us about the gear he uses and why he uses it, and then cover some of the very simple tricks he uses to help him ‘get the shot’, especially in crowded locations, whilst showing some of his work.
In the second half of the talk, we will have a live demonstration (all questions welcome) where he will be editing some of his images using a combination of Lightroom Classic and Photoshop CC.
All of this is from the point of view of an amateur photographer, but a professional IT and Photoshop instructor. Richard is an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop.
You can find more about Richards work at
Guests are welcome to attend this meeting. Please email for further information.
February 9th – Wednesday – Hopton Hall

Snowdrops are starting to appear and the best place to see them is Hopton Hall. There are also many other things to photograph in the gardens.

Hopton is open for visitors from 1st February until the end of the month.

We have chosen the 9th for our visit on the assumption that the display will be approaching its best.

February 26th – Smartphone Camera Workshop

A smartphone camera workshop in the Peak District with professional photographer Chris Gilbert. Fully Booked.  

March 7th – Monday at 7.00 pm – Club Meeting – Practical Photography Session  

An evening of practical photography in the Ockbrook Village Hall with a variety of objects and subjects to have a go at generating some creative images. Help will be on hand with setup and advice on techniques.   

March 7th to 11th – Photo Break in Alnmouth  

A group photo break in Alnmouth, Northumberland. Fully Booked.  

March 14th – Monday at  7.00 pmZoom Meeting with Guest Speaker Chris Upton

Chris will be giving us one of his amazing presentations and this time the subject is Travel Photography.

This is clearly one of Chris’ photography passions and he has earned a well deserved reputation for his tutorial travel workshops. Chris is an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society and a brand ambassador for Fujifilm.

You can find more about his work at

Non members may attend this presentation for a fee of £5.00. Please email for further information.

Note: The date has been changed from March 7th to 14th to enable all members to attend

© 2012 Chris Upton

April 4th – Monday at 7.00 pm- Club night Practical Session

An evening of portrait and flash photography using other club members as our models.

May 2nd – Monday at 7.00 pm – Club Night Practical Session

Forty minutes to go out and take a picture based on one of the themes presented, then back to the clubhouse for a slideshow on the theme of ‘Spring’ before looking at your best pic of the evening.

May 18th – Wednesday – Photo Trip to Lea Gardens
What to Expect:
Lea Gardens is the home to 500 species of Rhododendrons and Azaleas and May is a great time to see them.  It should be a spectacle of colour and produce some awesome shots.

Getting There:
Lea Gardens is near Cromford and has a post code of DE4 5NX – click here for Google Maps
WARNING – Due to a  number of land slips the direct road from Cromford to Lea is under repair so please do not approach this way.
There are lots of alternative routes, so let your satnav do the work and pick a different route.

Meeting Time: 11am
Admission:  £6 –
Parking: On site and free
Food: There is an excellent café, so there will be lots to tempt you to stay a while, but take a packed lunch if you wish.
Click the following link for the menu

May 26th – Thursday – Photo Trip to Toton Fields Nature Reserve
What to Expect: The Nature Reserve is large enough to have many different types of habitats, so this will boost our chances of finding interesting subjects.

The first meadow area is within sight of the car park so don’t worry if you arrive a little late.

Getting There: Greenwood Community Centre on Chester Green, off Banks Road, Toton, NG9 6LN – click here for Google Maps

Meeting Time: 11am
Admission: No charge
Parking: Free at the Greenwood Community Centre
Food: No catering at the nature reserve, so please take a packed lunch if you intend to stay all day.

May 29th – Sunday – Photo Trip to Tutbury Castle for a 1940s Weekend
What to Expect: This promises to be a fantastic day filled with nostalgia and British spirit!

Fantastic 1940’s music will keep your feet tapping throughout the day and the home fires burning. Living history groups will demonstrate how life was during the war years.

Re-enactors dressed in 1940’s uniforms and civilian dress. British, American, German and Russian soldiers will create displays, show armaments and stage battle re-enactments. Military vehicles will bring the war times to life.

The re-enactors are usually very willing to pose for photographs so don’t hesitate to ask them to pose for you.

Stallholders will be selling civilian and military memorabilia.

Getting There: Tutbury Castle, Castle Street, Tutbury, Staffordshire, DE13 9JF.
Click the following link for their web site

Meeting Time: 11am
Admission: Tickets need to be booked in advance at the following link
Parking: On site and is an additional £1.00
Food: There will probably be catering on site, but take a packed lunch just to be on the safe side

June 6th – Monday at 7.00 pm – Practical Session

This evening we will be messing with magic potions and creating images without even using a camera!  An evening of alchemy lies in store for those who dare.

July 4th – Monday at 7.00 pm – AGM

October 28th – Friday – Whitby 3 day field trip – Fully Booked.