As camera clubs closed their doors for the summer break the Isle of Wight Digital Imaging Group (IWDIG) continue to keep the Island Photographic Community focused 50 weeks a year.

If you live on the Isle of Wight and have an interest in photography, where can you pick up the latest photography news, equipment reviews, photography techniques, practical events and qualified tuition?

If you’re focused on photography, set your summer sights on the IWDIG.

IWDIG was formed in 2004 to provide a friendly, social meeting place for people with an interest in photography and to fulfil a requirement that appeared lacking in many ‘camera clubs’ – to educate its members in the arts, skills and business of photography.

Our belief is that no one is too young or too old to learn and enjoy photography.

As IWDIG enter our 8th year, we continue being progressive and keep up with current trends by providing information, training and advice for all those with a keen interest in photography from the amateur enthusiast to the seasoned professional.

We promote photography in a broad and accessible way and deliver practical educational courses and events for members and non-members throughout the year.

If you want to turn your pictures into more than just holiday snaps, share ideas and listen to a large network of knowledgeable photographers, a visit to the IWDIG at Dimbola Lodge could help you achieve something a little different.

and we offer so much more …

Whether a complete beginner, enthusiast, aspiring professional or seasoned photographer, we provide practical photography sessions to suit all.    We dont close for the summer and have weekly meetings every Wednesday throughout the year at Dimbola Lodge. 

We also provide qualified tutor led courses in the latest digital photography technology, software and workflow.  In fact we are the only venue on the Isle of Wight where you can learn all about the latest versions of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and take a specific course from a qualified tutor. 

The location is idylic, as Freshwater Bay is full of photographic possibilities not least Dimbola as the former home of the first lady photographer Julia Margaret Cameron.  Generic photographic facilities are not a problem as we have access onsite to a fully equipped professional studio and darkroom.

We do not buy into the historical genre of monthly in-house/interclub competitions.

Our  photographic mission includes;  assignments and tasks which are geared to appeal to those who are new to photography as well the established photographer seeking an outlet for their creativity. 

We feel the broader spectrum of engaging photographers to go forth daily, weekly, monthly to take new photos is the way to go. 

We could be the first Eco Friendly photography club on the Island?  

  • As the first photography group/club on the island to recognise the future of photography and use a digital projections within our weekly meetings, we were also first with a website too!
  • As IWDIG meet 50 weeks a year and members travel from across the Island, they initiated their own car liftshare scheme. 
  • As forward thinking photographers we dont waste any paper or inks printing out photographs for monthly competitions. 
  • As photography is subjective, we neither raise our carbon footprint or deplete funds  by paying for a Camera Club Circuit Judge to tell us ‘where’ and indeed ‘if’ we are going wrong.  

With a membership base of 40 + photographers, we are our own judge, and such is the nature of our friendly camaraderie we regularly critique our peers without fear of favour or offense,  just  friendly banter.

And last but not least in the spirit of sharing photography, the IWDIG sponsor the annual Isle of Wight Photographer of the Year Awards and Exhibitions )

We feel the IWDIG will appeal to ALL levels of photographer, from the raw beginner through to the professional.  If you have just acquired a new camera and are wondering whether we might be good for you … just come along and see for yourself.

The IWDIG meets every Wednesday 7:30 – 9:30 pm at Dimbola Lodge, Terrace Lane, Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight, PO40 9QE. For further information please contact us through this website.