Report of Bradford Photographic Society Meetings

The reports of the meetings held by Bradford Photographic Society

On 3 November our training session led by Andy Holland at Opus Studios attracted fourteen members. Our model was Lizzie Farrar who contributed a lot to the shots we got by using her experience to produce great poses and responding well to individual's ideas.

Andy set out to demonstrate the use of  four studio lights and a white background to produce for different effects. First we tried the high-key set-up with a white background, then a grey background followed by a dark background and finally a artistic rim-lit effect. Everyone had a turn using their camera with the studio flash, posing the model and choosing their shots.

This Thursday 27th. saw the first of this year's competitions.   Being contested were the Tom Scatchard Memorial Trophy for Record photography, the Norfolk Trophy, Nature, and the J.F.Mather Trophy, Pictorial images. All three competitions were for DPI images and there was a very respectable entry of 91 images from 11 society members.


The Judge for the evening was Tony Caunt LRPS of Bradford Camera Club who’s previous visits had been so appreciated that he had merited a recall (something not extended to all judges and speakers).

With thirteen members submitting up to ten images each, there turned out to be 113 images offered for critique in our first critique session this year! Subjects ranged from children to artistic abstract including action and architecture, landscape and street.

Thursday night, 22 September, our members were treated to a really interesting talk on working towards photographic distinctions by Sally Sallet ARPS CPAGB BPE2*. In this talk she told members how to achieve awards from the Royal Photographic Society, Photographic Alliance of Great Britain and British Photographic Exhibitions at all their different levels.


Street Photography – John, Bridget and Freya Gill September 8 2016

John presented with support from wife Bridget and daughter Freya. The talk was illustrated by photographs from all three family members. One interesting point was the three different focal lengths used – John close-up at 28mm, Bridget 28-105, Freya mostly 105 and upwards.

John showed a variety of styles from the family and much to his obviously amused chagrin some of the biggest applause came for Bridget and Freya’s photos. It was an obvious source of interest for us to guess (usually accurately) who had taken the picture.

Thursday 1 September saw the first meeting of the new session. An impressive fourteen members altogether showed their work. So, with most submitting ten photographs, commentary on each was necessarily brief. It is always fascinating to hear the story behind an image. Some seriously stunning work was on show and we will no doubt see many of these images again in our competitions.

Treasurer Mathew was gainfully employed taking subscriptions with his impressive pre-printed receipts.

Along with a nice catch-up chat, it was a great start to the 2016-17 year!



The club ended its 2015-6 session on 26 May as usual with the President's Evening. Rais Hasan, our new President, stamped his personality on the meeting immediately by appearing in a very smart suit complete with collar and tie.

As part of the initial announcements, Rais revealed that the YPU has asked BPS to host the YPU Assembly in 2019 or 20. This set off much discussion and it was agreed to take a vote at the end of the evening. He also stated his targets for his two year tenure of the presidency to be:

·         Improving the diversity of the Club

·         3 Members achieving LRPS

·         Improving the members' health

together with greater sponsorship and grant support.

Next was the tea break enhanced, for the occasion, by an impressive variety of self-catered food and drinks.

The trophy presentation ceremony followed with sixteen trophies presented.

A gorgeous evening on Thursday 12th of May was spent by four teams of BPS members indulging in a photographic Treasure Hunt. Each allocated a colour, the challenge was to was to present a set of five images with that colour as their theme.

Don Crabtree acted as judge and he had a difficult task with a similar standard offered by all the sets. It was encouraging that Don considered that no set was complete rubbish - but slightly surprising since the whole exercise took about 90 minutes from finding suitable subjects to presenting the finished set complete with any desired post-processing.












Macro Training Evening on 5th May was well attended with many contributions from different members, in the way of small objects and creatures to photograph, various interesting accessories - from DIY, through modestly priced, to expensive - and most importantly the sharing of their skills and experience. 


Richard Egan FRPS April 21 2016

Richard started by describing his approach as light-hearted and fun, and this proved to be so in his highly-stimulating presentation. Whilst his approach might be light-hearted, however, it obviously involves considerable time and effort to produce the quality of work that he showed to us.

It felt like majority were enthused from 'many vision' session last night (14th April), with 40 entries.

There were some classic and inspirational entries, which also included adventure of poundstretcher.

"Whitby Pier" - Winner - Jason








2nd. Graeme, 3rd. Kenn.

Thursday 21 January we were treated to a report from the P.A.G.B in the from of a DVD.
A total of 1470 image were seen from 98 clubs. Two image were from our members Brian  Shackleton and Micheal Myers. Both were worthy enteries .

Most image were of the creative and artistic mode.

Overall it was very interesting and in enlighting . 

Nick keighley