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.


Water Jump

Our speaker on 15 October covered his entire photographic journey for us. While Peter Milsom has achieved EFIAP Gold, DPAGB & BPE4* his first achievements were in athletics. Staring at the age of 12 he spent 18 years in athletics both as a competitor and a coach. This gives him a profound understanding of track and field which certainly shows through in his images.

On 8 October, Ken Fisher treated us to another of his entertaining and informative talks on post-processing delivered in his own inimitable manner.

Reality is Over-rated

The Deep

27 September was our first try at hosting a speaker on Zoom, and it turned out to be a real treat!

Catherine Knee LRPS logged into our session as soon as it opened at 7pm so  those of us who were also early had a great chance to chat with her before the actual talk started at a nominal 7:30. As a result we all felt as if she had been a member of our club for years and it was difficult to add anything in the formal introduction!

Magic Window

The advertised content of our meeting on  10 September was subject to more than the usual variation. Acknowledging that the intended content might have a limited audience, members had been invited to submit more of their summer and lockdown images for discussion.

Starting with the training aspect, Peter Sykes showed two detailed videos covering Canvas Re-sizing in Photoshop and DIY Mount Cutting. These will be posted on the club web site under Tutorials and additional videos on Image Re-sizing using various software will be added in due course.
They can be found in the Tutorials section - Link. Members need to log on first before following the link.

Thursday 3 September marked the opening of a brave new world for the club - Zoom meetings! Despite a few glitches, it was really nice to see people after so many months' enforced isolation.

"Midge" by Doug Jarvis

Everyone was in good spirits and four members posted images from the last few months which they talked us through.


Our friendly and informative meetings run from September to May, and are normally held at the Upper Bolton Social Club (Idle Road, Bradford, BD2 4JN) on Thursday evenings from 7.30pm until approximately 9.30pm.

Note that currently the meetings are held over Zoom - use Contact Us if you want to join in.

You can find our syllabus for the year under the BPS Events section. Prospective members are welcome to attend a meeting free of charge before (hopefully) deciding to join us.
Our members have a wide range of photographic interests, experience, and equipment. You can see examples of our photography in the Gallery section. 

Do you want to get to grips with your camera, learn photographic technique, get advice?

Join us on Thursdays (Sep–June), and get more from photography. Try a few meetings free.
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On 16 April 2020 we held our first formal competition 'evening' during the lockdown by internet methods. All entries were submitted by Dropbox or email and forwarded electronically to Stephanie Cook, our judge. Stephanie was good enough to provide a written critique for each image submitted together with a score and placings for each competition.

In another world, we held our last live meeting of the 2019-20 session on 12th March. Emma Littlefair-Shepherd gave a very personal  talk on how she has pushed her photography to the limits.

One of these limits is the tendency for her children to run away when she wants to take a portrait shot, having already seen what she can turn them into!


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 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.