Club night summary – 20th February

Jim Nemer was our judge for the Print competitions this week featuring set subjects ‘patterns’ and ‘open’.

We had had a total of 62 print entries over the 2 events giving the judge a difficult time in scoring and choosing the eventual winners. He stated that the overall standard of the club prints were excellent.

Thank you to all that entered and congratulations to the high scorers.

The league tables positions are now very tight, with a number of authors hitting great form at this Important stage of the season.

Once again a very enjoyable evening of creative work on display.

View the high scoring images on the Galleries section.


Advanced Studio Session – 21st March

We are thrilled to announce that model & dancer, ‘BOou’ will be joining us for our next advanced studio day.  Working in pre-booked hour long slots, you will create your own lighting, choose Bou’s outfits and direct her accordingly.  Be confident, be bold and create something unique! 

Not sure about the cost?  Buddy up with a pal and share a slot, max 2 photographers per slot.

NB:  Techincal support available throughout the day.

Location: West Herts College

Available Spaces: 6 slots available, 2 hours MAX booking subject to availability.  Time slots will only be released when spaces are filled.

Cost: £65:00 per hour (Payment is needed in advance to secure your place)


Club night summary – 13th February

This week we had a talk presented by Rojer Weightman entitled Still life, Allegory, Vanitas and Momento Mori. Rojer explained the history and explained the differences between Still life and its variants in Art and photography.

The presentation gave many examples of artwork and Rojer displayed a number of his photos where he had interpreted the work and Influences into his own photography.

The style was of paintings by the ‘Dutch masters’ with accent very much on the lighting, giving great atmosphere in all the Images.

A very stimulating topic and well delivered.


Club night summary – 6th February

Food photography was this weeks theme for our workshop. Members were Invited to bring along their cameras and materials (food and props) for a practical evening.

The Inspiration behind the session was to photograph food and also in some cases Incorporate a few tricks to fool the viewers eye by using some alternate materials with the food to good effect eg shaving foam as an alternative to whipped cream etc. Materials often used in professional photo shoots.

Hot Coffee – photo Steve. Props David Eckland including shaving phone for cream and incense for steam.

Thank you to everyone who brought along creative props to make a fun Interactive night. 

A full evening in which Tom also gave a presentation on ‘the effect of light on colour.’


Club night summary – 30th January

An engaging talk given by our guest speaker Kathy Chantler who gave us details about her journey to ARPS distinction from the Royal Photographic Society.

Kathy brought along and displayed her excellent prints which were used in her presentation to the RPS for both gaining LRPS and ultimately her ARPS.

She gave tremendous detail within her Inspiring talk, emphasising the commitment  required to attain the prestigious awards.

Her submitted print panel for her ARPS award was totally original, showing striking abstract art taken from reflections.


Club night summary – 23rd January

Our workshop theme this week was ‘the wonderful world of post processing’ an excellent presentation given by Cat Humphries, with both practical demonstrations and open debates on the various techniques we can use to Improve our Images.

We are very fortunate to have Cat within the club who is proficient in both the use of ‘Lightroom’ and ‘Photoshop’ and an excellent communicator.

Another enjoyable evening of sharing tips and techniques to obtain the best from the chosen software and helping towards ‘successfully fulfilling the artistic intention of our Images’.


Studio workshop summary

Image courtesy of Ant.

Huge thanks to everyone that joined us for our recent studio session, especially the very talented Beth Christie who donned her dance gear and provided us with some terrific images such as the one below.  Everyone will agree that Beth did a wonderful job!

And our next studio session has been confirmed for 18th February – . Intro to Studio – Session Five – The Character Study.

Details in the website’s event list.

Triptych and Nature Galleries Added

Head on over to the Gallery page to see the winning & held-back images from this week’s trophy competitions. Congratulations to everyone concerned.

Triptych Cup

FirstGordon CalderViolin Solo
SecondRod LaceyLincoln Cathedral
ThirdFin SimpsonThree Times a Lady
CommendedGordon CalderFemale Study
CommendedDavid EcklandRead, Steady, Go

Nature Cup

FirstAlan RhodesOn the Prowl
SecondSteve BaileyChinese Water Dragon
ThirdMike BrankinNatural Creeping, Crawling Climbing Tree
CommendedSteve BaileyResting
CommendedIan BennellGannet Love

Club night summary – 16th January

Our first trophy competitions of the season were held at the club. ‘Nature’ and ‘Triptych’ were the themes for the challenge. Another great response of entries from our talented members with a total of 76 Images  for judging, it was a very challenging night for the visiting Judge Alan Taberer. The standard was very high with some well thought out compositions for the ‘Triptych’ and some further wonderful Images presented in the ‘Nature’ section.

Congratulations to the winning authors for their successful Images

Alan Rhodes – Nature
Gordon Calder – Triptych

Thanks to everyone who entered the competitions, making the well attended night really enjoyable.

Steve 🙂

January studio night announced

Intro Session Four – ‘The Dancer’

Our very own Beth Christie steps in front of the camera as we explore a more advanced lighting set up to capture striking dance poses and movement.

Date: 21/01/2020

Spaces available: 5 remaining

Cost: £15 per person

Contact Anthony for more information: