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.

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.

Hot on the heels of the Second DPI Trophy Evening, came the Second Print Trophy Evening on 19 January. This unintended concentration of competitions did not deter members who submitted 22 prints for the Hammond Trophy (Portraits etc), 36 for the Leighton Trophy (Pictorial) and 24 prints for the Storey Trophy ( Monochrome All Rounder).

This gave our judge Elaine Ligo LRPS a considerable challenge which she rose to admirably giving many useful and constructive comments as well as scores.

The JH Leighton pictorial trophy was won by Graeme Mitchell with 'Gatehouse, Markenfield Hall'  (see header picture) with Rais Hasan's 'Tree on the Move' second and Andrew Holland's 'Malham Tree' Third.

We had our second DPI competition of the year on 12th January and as far as competitions go, this one was cracker! Up for grabs was the Bronze Statuette for Novice followed by the D.Bates Trophy for best all-rounder.
The all-rounders feature 4 images in different categories, and marked individually. The person with the highest mark from all four of their images, wins. The Bronze Statuette was the best individual image overall.  

So that's how they do it! Rais and I, aided and abetted by my wife Annette, witnessed the sale of the BPS archive material in 25 lots at Tennants in Leyburn on 4th January. It was a fascinating process for the uninitiated (myself) involving telephone bids and internet bids as well as waves and twitches from people in the room. And so quick! Also there were all sorts of interesting and unusual things on sale too - e.g. a signed second edition of the Origins of the Species by Charles Darwin.

On 15 December a select band of members and partners gathered at Aagrah Midway for our annual Christmas Meal. It is certainly a popular venue  - most of us could not get into their carpark at 7pm. Fortunately there is plenty of overflow parking.

What a gem of a talk! On 8 December, David Pratt treated us to an illustrated talk about the photographic exploits of his father, Christopher Pratt  - yes, that Christopher Pratt of furniture fame. David followed the story outlined in his book entitled 'Christopher Pratt, Photographer', which is out of print but held in the Bradford Library, embellished with personal recollections of his father.

We hosted the Christmas-time traditional battle with Bingley Camera Club on 1 December this year. There was a change in format requiring 30 digital images from each club (instead of the usual 15 prints and 15 DPIs). As a result there was no official 'who is leading at the half way stage' announcement at the tea break and all the drama was kept to the end.


The 24th November saw a most unusual talk that was very well attended. Richard Hardcastle the Chief Anaplastologist at St Luke's hospital treated us to a talk on the subject of cosmetic prosthetics.

On 17 November a collection of intrepid members braved the weather to visit the nearly-complete Sunbridge Wells development in (actually under) central Bradford. Graham Hall, who masterminded the project, showed us round the whole intricate layout. With its seven themed bars and numerous shops connected by beautifully restored tunnels it is enhanced with an extraordinary selection of historic and imaginative objects some leant by local museums.

The meeting on 10 November was re-formatted at short notice as our Greenwood Trophy for Novices could not run for lack of entries. However there were plenty of entries for the Norman Stow Trophy for Architectural  Record prints. David Hopkinson won with his 'West Window, Ripon Cathedral' (see below) . Graham Mitchell came second with 'Historic Houses, Freudenburg, Germany' and David's 'Atlas Fountain, Castle Howard' was third. Continuing to stalk the winner, Graeme's 'Architectural Detail, Allianz Stadium, Munich' was highly commended. Our judge, Colin Williams, gave clear and constructive comments as well as scores. Our thanks to him for a very successful competition.

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.

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