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.

Thursday 19 October saw the first BPS competition night of the season, for Digitally Projected Images.  Our judge was Howard Tate (MA Phot ARPS AFIAP), one of our favourites. We had more images than usual, 159 altogether from 21 authors.  We were all very pleased to see this amount of participation, if a little concerned about squeezing everything in.


There was a good turn out from members.  Rais called order and got proceedings rolling quickly.  Howard kept his comments succinct but full of valuable advice.  He even managed to include useful tips for users of Photoshop and Lightroom.  His criticisms were obviously not always agreed with but he gave them respectfully and constructively, drawing on his considerable depth of knowledge and wealth of experience.  Members could be heard expressing their appreciation for what they had learned. And I learnt that a JCB is a Joe Cornish boulder in the foreground.

12th October's meeting saw an interesting talk on the often lauded photographers paradise of Cuba. Ex-BPS president Paul Richards had entered a competition run by a leading UK photography magazine to win an all expenses paid photographer-led trip to Cuba.

                     Havana Harbour

Paul had long forgotten entering the competition when he got an email saying he had won a prize and giving a contact number.  As would all sensible people, Paul put it straight into the trash bin fearing an obvious scam. Later a follow up phone call from a leading photography tour company convinced him that he had indeed won a fabulous trip to Cuba.

Imran Mirza was a member of our club some years ago. He has become an established professional photographer and was kind enough to come back on 5th October to describe his journey. It was a very frank, warts-and-all account leading to the title of his talk, of course.


Our first practical evening of the year was on 28 September when the club took on Still Life. With a total of five still life set-ups provided, there was a reasonable choice and space for everyone to have ago at each one.

21st September saw our first speaker of this session. Paul Richardson, whose work can be admired on YouTube, has been involved in time-lapse for some time, working professionally in the field for the last four years. He came all the way from Manchester to spread the time-lapse gospel to an eager Bradford PS audience.

Our second meeting of the new session, on 14 September, was held at the Silkwood Studios in Cleckheaton. Despite a good turn-out, with some discipline imposed, everyone had a fair go at photographing the model in each of her three outfits and set-ups using the studio lighting. Inevitably everyone tried available-light shots too.

'Rushpast' by Steve Swiss

Our first meeting of the new session, on 7 September, was very well attended. There was an impressive number of potential new members, a number of whom had brought their summer images to show.

Combined with the images already submitted by members into the Dropbox, we had about 200 images to show. Tom Heggie's suggestion of using half of each person's images was shouted down and we set out to show the lot!

Image of the Year - 'Honister Pass' by Graham Binns

On 29 June our President, Rais Hasan LRPS LDPS, had a very busy evening!

Before the main business of the evening, he  acknowledged members' achievements in external competitions and qualifications during 2016-7:

·         David Hopkinson won the Mabel Bruce Trophy for the best Architecture print from the YPU

·         Graham Binns won a Certificate of Merit from the YPU

·         Kyle Smith became a Qualified Member of the Guild of Photographers

·         Rais, himself, was awarded the Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society

The club trophies were then presented.

The Trophies

'Plug Hole' by Graeme Mitchell

On 22nd June, we saw the results of our June Project. Of the five teams who started out on this project, four produced final results with imaginative sets of images for some very difficult topics. Each team explained their approach and the background to each image. After careful consideration by the members present, a vote gave a clear victory  to Team 2 - Zulfi Ali and Graeme Mitchell for their set on the topic of  'Aperture'.

A new endeavour began at the 1 June meeting when we set up the June Project. Intended to take advantage of our extended season this year, the Project involves teams each preparing a slide show on a theme. These will be judged against each other on 22 June by the club members.

Teams and themes were drawn from a 'hat' and the results were:-

On 18 May we had our final competition night of the year. There were two competitions, one for the best audio-visual presentation and one for the best image taken using a phone or tablet.  Both competitions were judged by a vote by the members present.
There were 7 authors entering the phone/tablet competition, with up to 4 image-entries each.  The winner was Gareth Nolan with an image of the beautiful Waswater in dramtic weather, shown above.

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.

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