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.

Icelandic Sunset

On 21 January, Peter Sykes gave us a very interesting insight into life in Iceland.

Since his brother lives there, the perspective was rather different to the usual tourist view. Certainly the scenery was as striking as you'd expect with plenty of impressive images.

All the way from his home in Lytham St Annes, Pete Colley told us all about photographing the night sky on 14 January. And what a lot of practical information there was!

Illustrated with his own stunning images, Pete provided a stream of tips on equipment and techniques for best results on different aspects of the night sky.

The Corn Exchange, Leeds

Our first Zoom meeting of 2021 took place on 7 January when Richard O'Brien presented a great tutorial on photographing architecture.

His basic premise was that you don't need expensive special equipment or privileged access to get superb architectural images. He proved that in spades and showed us his entire process, as he said, from exposure to edit.

His equipment comprises a Pansonic G9 (modern Micro Fourthirds) with a 7-14mm f/4 zoom lens and a 12-60mm F/3.5-5.6 zoom lens. Plus a tripod, an L-bracket and one secret weapon.

Our last meeting before Christmas, on the 17th December, was our traditional battle with Bingley Camera Club. We were lucky enough to have Ray Brammall ARPS EFIAP/s DPAGB APAGB BPE3* as our judge for the evening.


Each club had submitted 30 digital images which were randomly mixed and judged on the night.

Finally we found a newspaper photographer to talk to our club! Been trying for years!!

Alison Jenkins ARPS DPAGB BPE1* from Ware, in Hertfordshire delivered her fascinating talk to us on 10th December. She followed a decade as a driving instructor with four years as a professional photographer before returning to IT , accepting that it offers a better livelihood these days.

Of course weddings formed part of the business plan but Alison tried to impart her own individual style.

Love Lane

A Mountain Sky

On Thursday 3 December, Paul Bingham began by saying "I am not really a photographer". First speaker at our club to say that! We soon saw through the pretence, though,  and I have to tell you that he really is quite a photographer.

He told us that his whole attitude to life is coloured by his love of mountains and birds. He's what you'd call a real "Birder". I believe that is a sort of religion involving pilgrimages etc.

Our Second competition evening by Zoom took place on 26 November. Consistent with our policy of using judges from far-flung exotic places Mike Barnard LRPS ABPPA BPE2 from Bridlington presided.

Warning that he would be judging the quality of the images, not their titles, Mike nonetheless provided plenty of constructive feedback. A neat idea for using gradients on corners to tone down backgrounds was new to me.

On 19 November our meeting was devoted to presentations by seven members of a set of five images on a theme which they chose themselves. As usual this wide brief was fulfilled in a number of different ways.

Don Crabtree's theme was the guide who conducted us round the Haworth workshop of the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway last year. He had taken a number of shots of this undoubtedly photogenic subject and demonstrated how backgrounds can be controlled to improve the presentation of a portrait.

Our 12 November meeting was a new type of critique for our club at several levels. Lee Sutton  BPE5*, DPAGB, EPSA, EFIAP, LRPS, ADPS, GPU Cr3, GPU Zeus officiated and gave us his opinion on the images as a competition judge. Using Zoom, and with a select number of members submitting images, a very useful two-way conversation developed on each image. He also took the amazing step of doing a rough edit on each image to illustrate his comments!!

Lee's standard opening question was "Why did you take that shot?" which gave several of us pause for thought. Not before time!

Tulips Norfolk

Justin Minns, who made his name with his landscapes of East Anglia, gave us a fascinating insight into the development of his photography on Bonfire Night. He distilled his findings into ten tips which he illustrated very well with his images, giving us the not-quite-good-enough versions before the final finished product.

Roger Hance FRPS AFIAP DPAGB BPE5* from Essex was our speaker on 29 October. He had kindly stepped in at fairly short notice but personified the potential that Zoom offers to allow us to book great speakers from anywhere in  the country.

"Nutchatch 2" by Martin Cosgrove (20)

October 22 was not just our first competition evening of the session, but also our first using Zoom. It was a great success, due, in large part, to our judge for the evening Louise Langley from Nottingham. The meeting started by congratulating Louise on getting married (she was booked as Louise Walton) which is a major achievement  in these times of Covid!

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

These are emails received into BPS from persons/companies offering photography related courses, competitions, exhibitions, etc.