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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.

On 4th May Andy Withey started the meeting with a short introduction to Instagram where BPS will now have a presence.

Then some of the potential of the ‘PicturestoExe’ programme was demonstrated by Peter Sykes. While many other programmes exist, this remains the most powerful and workmanlike tool for creating a completely self-contained audio-visual presentation that does not need another programme to run.

Our members talk evening on 20 April was very interesting.

First John Shackleton explained his mountain-biking origins which developed his love of the landscape. Via compacts & action cameras, he graduated to his DSLR just before Christmas. Since then his natural sense of composition, coupled with  a commendable determination to catch the golden hours, has won him over 20 appearances on the weatherman's TV slot .

We all look forward to our annual visit from Oliver Wright and we are never disappointed! 13 April was no exception, when we were treated to the story of his year, both photographically and personally. As ever, the images were absolutely stunning and the skill, dedication and passion that goes into making them shone through each one.

Our training evening on 6 April comprised a review of the print images that were hung in last year's Yorkshire Photographic Union Exhibition.

The DVD produced each year after the annual YPU exhibition is set up to allow each image to be studied individually allowing analysis and comment by club members.

On the 30 March we held the 156th Annual General Meeting of the Society, followed by a short presentation showing the images that do well in the Interclub competitions.

'No Backing Off' by Alex Daniel

The AGM saw two trusty officers standing down from the Club Council. Paul Richards stands down from the posts of YPU Representative and Publicity Secretary while Peter Sykes stands down from the Council but will continue as Webmaster. Gerry Gorman and Ian Thrilling were welcomed as new members of the Council.

Last night was the third of our print competitions. In the words of the judge Margaret Southerngton LRPS, "our members do get to to travel to all sorts of places."

Margaret also commented on the great range of images as is usual for the society.

The JW Murray Trophy was the first to be judged.

1st place went to Andy Withey with his picture of Victoria Gate Leeds (20 pts). "It has good shapes and tones, with detail even in the darker areas."

2nd went to GRaham Binns with his picture of "Keswick Clouds" (also 20 pts)

3rd went to Graeme Mitchell with his "Saltsburg Horses" (19 pts)

On 16 March we were privileged to hear a talk by Colin Harding, who was Curator of Photography and Phototechnology at the National Media Museum until last summer. He is now a humble student, he says, but he does not seem to have forgotten much!

It was an impressive lecture full of flashes of illumination (why is it called a camera?) to amusing asides. Apparently William Henry Fox Talbot, who was not known at the time by that name anyway, only developed his photographic process in response to the discovery that his new wife was a much better painter than he was. Not to worry, it was being invented independently by a number of others at the same time anyway! She referred to his original camera as a 'mousetrap'  and the name stuck (see header).

A first for our Society, 9 March saw a joint competition with Stowarzyzenie  FOTSPOT a photography group in Poznan, Poland. Each club had selected twenty images on the topic 'Exoticism'. The BPS images were judged by two Polish judges nominated by FOTSPOT while the FOTSPOT images were judged by a judge nominated by BPS. These operations were carried out separately and the results revealed at our meetings on Thursday.

We started March with a very interesting training evening  on 2nd entitled  'How to Capture Birds'. Our speaker was Michael Myers, a member whose bird images have impressed club members and judges alike.

On Thursday 23 February we were treated to a twinkling talk on photographing the night sky by David Bishop from the Bradford Astronomical Society.

A whole new universe was opened up as he explained how to  get images of distant objects - double stars, galaxies and nebulae many of which are not visible to the naked eye. Also 'nearby' objects like the moon, eclipses, transits of the sun and amazing alignments of planets were all shown.

Our practical session on 2 February gave members the opportunity to wield their cameras and various accessories to their hearts content on 'table top' subjects .

Paul Richards started the evening by giving a short demonstration of a very powerful battery powered portable studio-strength ring-flash system that he found he could get direct from the German manufacturer at an amazing bargain price

Only a day late,  we had our very own Burns Night on 26 January when Heather Burns came to talk to us about her work. Considering that she only started photography seriously four years ago Heather produces some terrific work in the rock music field that is published regularly in the magazines.

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