Report of Bradford Photographic Society Meetings

The reports of the meetings held by Bradford Photographic Society

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.


John Gill in Action by Graeme Mitchell

With his title reflecting the conditions in the ex-mining towns, John Gill's talk on 30 January was a master class in street photography. Starting with street scenes in Castleford where he lives, John has followed  his theme through a number of run-down coal towns, the homeless in the cities and into the equally run-down sea-side towns.

Tonight Ken Fisher gave an excellent presentation on Lightroom and Photoshop.

Ken had a way of putting over the different acpects of Lightroom and Photoshop by likening the actions to everyday objects - even to soap!

Explained that Lightroom should be looked upon as the main point of image correction, then then if further work was required to pass the image from Lightroom to Photoshop if further work was required.

He showed the advantages of using smart objects in Photoshop in order to preserve the original image when working on adjustments and adjustment layers. Especially using smart filters and masking.


On February 9 2019 Lewis Speight came from Olympus to demonstrate the new range of OMD cameras (nothing to do with the 80’s group).

The new OMD E-1 Mark ll is claimed to be 58% smaller and 41% lighter than comparable Canon or Nikon cameras because of the extra-small sensor. It can also be hand-held for around 5 seconds even at very slow speeds and still remain sharp.  Other features include some built-in processing features such as Curves.

The pro-capture feature also takes up to 35 shots before the shutter is pressed and can reach up to 60 frames per second after that. Despite being small the OMD E-1 Mark ll is claimed to be virtually indestructible.

At approximately £2800 upwards (but with 10% discount for BPS members at Leeds Jessops) the new range is not cheap but most members saw it as good value.

Training Evening - Photoshop

 November already! On the first, Peter Sykes, our President, treated us to a tutorial evening on Photoshop. As requested by members, the emphasis was on the latest selection techniques offered by the widely used CC version of this popular image editing software.

 Essentially the task was to select things with a difficult boundary.

 The first example involved replacing the background of an orchid by making a selection based on a colour range.

 Orchid before and after

The first DPI competition of the 2018-19 session took place on 17 May with Frank Lodge as our judge for the evening.

With thirteen members putting entries for the JF Mather Trophy, nine members enteringing the Tom Scatchard Trophy and 34 entries in the the Norfolk Trophy it was quite a busy night for the judge.

JF Mather Trophy was won by Graham Binns with -

Force Aura (20)
34   Force Aura









13th September brought our first training evening. Considering the glamorous nature of the subject, 'Mounts, Rules and Competitions', there was an impressive turnout! Experienced members helped to highlight important aspects of the rules by way of constructive comments from the floor during the presentations.

These ranged from explaining the methods of mounting photographic prints to setting out the image size limits for the various competitions the club is involved in. Although all this information is detailed in the club rules, available on-line for everyone to see, it proved useful to explain why some of the restrictions exist.