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Update Nov 2022
Message from Owen Howell - Owner of Campkins Cameras:

Hi. We found out that this Cambridge Darkroom Meet Up Group was closing soon and we couldn't let that happen! We want these Meet Ups to continue and we will update you later. Photography in Cambridgeshire is close to our hearts - my grandad set up a Darkroom in the loft at Campkins on Rose Crescent in the 1940s and we've now been in Cambridge ever since.

We have an art photo social happening at The Bath House in Cambridge on 8th December and members are more than welcome! https://www.campkinscameras.com/campkins/art-photography-social-meet-up-8th-december/

Update Nov 2020:
I think we have come to the end of Cambridge Darkroom in its current form. 
Being a Social group is not realistic in today's environment and it looks less likely to become the norm again - certainly not for the foreseeable future. 
We also no longer have use of the Maypole, alongside their limited opening and social distancing issues.
If you have suggestions on how we could continue or restart anew let me know.
For now, thanks for all the inspiration and hope to bump into you sometime. 
** Is Cambridge Darkroom new? **

Not totally. Here's the history: 
We've been running since 2011, but we took the name from a previous -now defunct- group. 
The original Cambridge Darkroom was the Eastern region's first and largest gallery devoted to photography and associated arts. Founded in 1984 by a group of local residents who had previously started the first community photographic resource in Cambridge in 1978, it offered a wide variety of shows ranging from major national touring exhibitions to locally sourced work by individual photographers. In addition, it provided film and print darkroom facilities, available for hire by members, as well as workshops and outreach activities involving local schools and community organisations. It lasted for twenty years, finally closing in 2004, a victim of funding cuts by the major arts organisations that supported it. Here's some more info: http://bit.ly/jbe0jg

Upcoming events (2)

PhotoTalks With Street Photographer Matt Hall

Bath House

If you love your street photography then come along to our next PhotoTalks, in partnership with Sara Rawlinson Photography

On Thursday 8th June we are delighted to have Matt Hall give a talk about street photography.

Originally from Cambridge himself, Matt now resides in Cliftonville, Margate, and has developed a unique and captivating photographic style.

Matt will share his photographic philosophy and showcase his work, giving you insight into how he achieves his distinctive style. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and gain valuable tips on how to take your street photography to the next level.

Your free ticket is waiting for you

OM System Focus Stacking Workshop

Bath House

Two start times – 10am and 2 pm.

Where: Bath House 3 Bene’t Street Cambridge CB2 3QN


When: 10:00 – 16:00

In this workshop, we’ll dive into the world of focus stacking, a photography technique that combines multiple images taken at different focus distances to create a single, sharp photo with an extended depth of field.

By using the in-camera features on OM System and Olympus cameras, you’ll learn how to get the most out of your gear and create stunning macro photos that are both in-focus and full of detail.

David will guide you through the focus stacking process step by step. We’ll cover the basics of focus stacking, including how to determine the optimal focus distance and aperture, as well as how to use a tripod and cable release to minimize camera movement during shooting.

We’ll also cover advanced techniques, such as using focus bracketing and how to use stacking software to merge your images.

Whether you’re an experienced photographer looking to improve your macro skills, or a beginner eager to learn more about focus stacking, this workshop is for you. You’ll leave with a better understanding of focus stacking, as well as practical skills and knowledge that you can apply to your own photography.

Register now for a focus stacking workshop using OM System and Olympus cameras, and take your macro photography to the next level!


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