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.

On 15th September, our meeting on software techniques was well attended.

Jason Feather started us off with a demonstration of the power of Snapseed and Circle on a mobile phone. Most of the image adjustments familiar to Lightroom / Photoshop users are availble in Snapseed at the flick of a finger on this free app -how can you do without it? For the rich, an expenditure of under £2 will get you Circle which offers enormous creative possibilities - supply your own imagination.

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!



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

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. We look forward to meeting you!

RPS Advisory Day at Wakefield 18 June 2016

Hazel Mason FRPS assisted by James Frost FRPS


Hazel is an RPS judge and had been judging actual applications in Bath the previous week. She is a GP living in the Scottish borders. One of the spectators, who has attended a number of these advisory days, said that this was the best, most constructive and friendliest he had seen.


RPS Marking

Main considerations are:

1.       Presentation      A cohesive 11th image must be created by the panel.

2.       Camera Work    Illustrate that you can deal with lighting, contrast, highlights and shadows.

3.       Digital Errors       Colour management, edges, intrusion of background   in post processing.

4.       Seeing                  Cropping, viewpoint - be different.

5.       Thinking               Seeing a picture creatively - avoid 'just a snap'.

Remember the lighting will be very bright. It shows up errors. Choosing a small print size tends to conceal errors but they will look even more closely. Everything must be on a 400x500 mount, all the same colour. Most failures recently have been due to digital errors in post-processing.

There will be five judges and a majority vote will be needed for a pass.


Comments on The Single ARPS Entry

There are five possible categories for an ARPS entry. 15 images on a theme. Read the rules carefully! A statement is required to link the images. Don't over-promise and keep it short. You don't have to use the full maximum limit of words.

The 'Travel' category is trying to create a sense of 'place' or a 'journey'. Avoid images that could have been taken anywhere.

Don't alter the 'truth' of the image. You can modify it, even HDR, but the result must look natural.

B&W can work well but there must be a uniform tone throughout the set.

Pictures of people walking away are OK but not too many.


Comments on the 16 LRPS Entries

These generally applicable comments came up during the advice given on the individual entries:

1.       A panel of all birds is allowable but there must be variety of size in the frame, activities etc.

2.       Sharpness needs to be on the eyes of all humans and animals.

3.       Matt paper reduces luminosity. Gloss shows bright colours better, also semi-gloss. Textured paper is a no-no for nature prints. Titanium paper suits some images and not others e.g. looks blue in B&W. You can vary papers within a panel but in a purposeful way. Don't let it look accidental.

4.       Make sure skin tones look natural.

5.       Epson 600 printer has a very good internal B&W conversion.

6.       You will NOT fail on the panelling if all the images are perfect.

7.       One waterfall is enough in a panel. Two street views are OK if they are different in closeness.

8.       Different formats e.g. landscape, portrait, square and panoramic can be used but their placing must produce a pleasing pattern in the overall panel.

9.       Images need to look dramatic, not ordinary.

10.   Avoid blown-out highlights and detail-less shadows. Blown-out shine on metal is OK as it's natural. Also blown-out sun is OK provided it is a small area.

11.   Be careful not to produce unnatural artefacts in post-processing by over-use of sharpening, clarity or noise-reduction. e.g. bright halos, chromatic fringes.

12.   Proper, deliberate rim-light is fine.


Tom Heggie        21 June 2016

Due to a variety of reasons, the number of members and spouses who went on the trip reduced to only seven. Then because of the weather, the two island trip was amended to be only land on one (Health and Safety - slippy causeway).

Still that did not deter us from getting some fantastic shots of the birds and a few seals from a distance. Paul and Graeme have already posted some images on our Facebook page.



By gum those Terns are vicious little birds protecting their nest.







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.

On Thursday evening, 19 May 2016, Bradford Photographic Society members were treated to another excellent speaker in the form of YPU judge and professional wedding photographer David Goodier. 

David gave us an informative and amusing talk about the advantages of gaining 
a licentiate distinction with the respected Royal Photographic Society (LRPS). 
Important advantages of LRPS raised included challenging ourselves as 
photographers through learning new techniques, the importance of planning and 
timing and improving our photographic skills overall. 

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. 


April 28th's meeting saw the competition for the club's Audio-Visual Trophy and, as an innovation, a competition for images taken on a mobile phone. Both competitions were voted on by those present with the AV competition run first.

Graeme Mitchell won with his production 'Images from Days Out in the UK', Gerry Gorman was second with 'Can We Fix It' while third place was shared by 'Malta' and 'Caught by the Storm'. There were five entries for the competition this year and an impressive amount of work had been put in by all entrants - our thanks to them all for a very entertaining contest.

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.

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