Photography Club to Host Program Night, Competition, Hands-On Workshop

The Newtown Bee, January 6, 2017

To ring in the New Year, Flagpole Photographers Club members are inviting the local photographers to join them for the club’s January events, which include a program night and a competition.

This month’s program night will be a casual roundtable discussion to answer photography questions. Attendees are encouraged to bring their cameras, the club noting, “No matter how long you’ve been taking pictures, we all still have questions.”

The roundtable will be held, free of charge, on Thursday, January 12, beginning at 7:30 pm, at Newtown Senior Center, 14 Riverside Road.

The assigned subject for January’s competition night, on Thursday, January 26, is “Leading Lines.” Leading Lines are lines that lead the eye into another part of the photograph: a road, fence, bridge, railway, river, etc.

Members compete in a different assignment each month, as well as in three additional categories: Open Digital, Open Color and Open Monochrome. While the competition is only open to members, the public is invited to listen to critiques and learn about photography.

The competition night will begin at 7:15 pm, and will again be presented at Newtown Senior Center.

For those who want to learn more about their camera, next month’s program night will be “Know Your Camera,” on February 9, complete with hands-on demonstrations by club members. As with meetings and other presentations, there is no charge to attend. The workshop will begin at 7:30 pm.

Mark Ashbolt, president of Flagpole Photographers, said February’s event is part of an ongoing offering by the club.

“In January and February, we always provide free classes for everyone to help them better preserve precious moments through photography,” said Mr. Ashbolt. “We’ve found that early in the year many people have new cameras or phones and they are eager to learn how to take better photos.”

Flagpole Photographers is a local nonprofit group that enables members to share their images and expertise, to learn and grow in their photography, and to enjoy the camaraderie of fellow photographers who come from diverse backgrounds, with photographic skills ranging from beginning novices to professionals.

New members are always welcome. Membership allows entry into the monthly club competitions, participation in workshops and field trips, getting involved in community programs, and taking part in annual exhibits.

Dues are $35 per person or $55 for a family. Students may join at no charge.

Additional club information including meeting dates, calendar of events, member galleries, and workshop information can be found at For more information contact the club at