Photography ArticlesThis is Bradford Photographic Society website's teaching and activities section, where you can find advice and stories from members.

Along with reports of our meetings.

We hope to eventually have a good collection of interesting and entertaining articles on different aspects of photography.

Bingley hosted this year's battle on 11th December.


As per last year battle was totally DPI images with there being no print entries. The judge was Colin Williams and was very fair giving some excellent comments..

The night was both disappointing and elating all in one evening.

Disappointment  - To say we were outnumbered in membership turnout is a little understated - their 40+ to our 2 members.

At the half time tea break Binley were slightly ahead 259 points to our 240.

Elated – well you can guess this bit – by the end of the evening we had pulled ahead and the final score was

               Bingley – 492   Bradford PS – 512 - we won.

What a competition evening - it even snowed! The last day of November saw our first print trophy night of the 2017-8 session and it was very well supported. There were 43 entries for the WH Hammond portrait trophy and 44 for the JH Leighton open pictorial trophy. This produced a prodigious workload for our judge, Andrew Rothery, which he tackled with gusto and without skimping on the useful advice or the witty asides.

With Bradford PS as hosts, the second round of this year's Interclub competition took place in St James' Church Hall off Bolton Road on Saturday 25 November.

The judge was Geoff France from Holmfirth whose voice carried well so that everyone could hear his comments without the microphon.

Thursday 23rd. November’s meeting was mysteriously entitled “Art of Metamorphosis”.

The session featured a presentation and demonstration of the work of award winning Pontefract photographer Andrea Hargreaves. As many may be aware Andrea was the most lauded entrant in last year’ YPU Exhibition with 11 Acceptances, 2 Awards and 5 Certificates of Merit.

Our first Critique evening of the year on 23 November was well supported with 75 images submitted by 16 members. It was well attended too. Although one members could not be present to hear the comments on his pictures, the views expressed were still constructive and helpful to everyone else.

'Norfolk Old Grocery Store' by Graeme Mitchell

Our visit to the Bradford Astronomical Society's Observation Site at Sconce Lane on 2 November was not favoured with good weather. Contrary to the optimistic weather forecast,  the cloud was almost continuous, allowing us only a few fleeting glances of the moon.

Rais Hasan LRPS LDPS has excelled himself in the Disabled Photographers' Society Annual  Exhibition competitions on 4 October at the Calumet Photographic Gallery in London.

His Image 'Total Warrior', above, won the  Advanced Open Print competition at their London Exhibition and was the overall Exhibition Winner considering both prints and DPIs.

An evening to get to know more about newer members, the session on 26 October brought out a fascinating array of talent and diverse interests.

Ian Thrilling started us off with his evangelical talk about film photography. No doubt about it, the old kit is fabulous - I had never laid hands on Haselblad before - but both the images and the arguments were impressive too.

Thursday 19 October saw the first BPS competition night of the season, for Digitally Projected Images.  Our judge was Howard Tate (MA Phot ARPS AFIAP), one of our favourites. We had more images than usual, 159 altogether from 21 authors.  We were all very pleased to see this amount of participation, if a little concerned about squeezing everything in.


There was a good turn out from members.  Rais called order and got proceedings rolling quickly.  Howard kept his comments succinct but full of valuable advice.  He even managed to include useful tips for users of Photoshop and Lightroom.  His criticisms were obviously not always agreed with but he gave them respectfully and constructively, drawing on his considerable depth of knowledge and wealth of experience.  Members could be heard expressing their appreciation for what they had learned. And I learnt that a JCB is a Joe Cornish boulder in the foreground.

12th October's meeting saw an interesting talk on the often lauded photographers paradise of Cuba. Ex-BPS president Paul Richards had entered a competition run by a leading UK photography magazine to win an all expenses paid photographer-led trip to Cuba.

                     Havana Harbour

Paul had long forgotten entering the competition when he got an email saying he had won a prize and giving a contact number.  As would all sensible people, Paul put it straight into the trash bin fearing an obvious scam. Later a follow up phone call from a leading photography tour company convinced him that he had indeed won a fabulous trip to Cuba.

Imran Mirza was a member of our club some years ago. He has become an established professional photographer and was kind enough to come back on 5th October to describe his journey. It was a very frank, warts-and-all account leading to the title of his talk, of course.


Our first practical evening of the year was on 28 September when the club took on Still Life. With a total of five still life set-ups provided, there was a reasonable choice and space for everyone to have ago at each one.

The reports of the meetings held by Bradford Photographic Society

Reports of BPS Exhibitions and talks held by others

Articles on the history of Bradford Photographic Society

Reports about Bradford Photographic Society photowalks and shoots

Articles on how to improve photographic techniques

Other articles about Bradford Photographic Society or photography in general

Reports on the various competitions in which BPS is involved