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 Thursday 23 February we were treated to a twinkling talk on photographing the night sky by David Bishop from the Bradford Astronomical Society.

A whole new universe was opened up as he explained how to  get images of distant objects - double stars, galaxies and nebulae many of which are not visible to the naked eye. Also 'nearby' objects like the moon, eclipses, transits of the sun and amazing alignments of planets were all shown.

The third Trophy Night for Digital Projected Images took place on 9 Feb 2017, with the usual atmosphere of anticipation and enthusiasm.  Our judge was Sally Sallett, familiar to us already and warmly welcomed.  Her informative and constructive comments were listened to with great interest.
There were 87 images altogether -  12 for the Percy Lund Novice All-Rounder Trophy, 26 for the CE Lawson, Creative Processing Trophy and 49 for the VB Lloyd Trophy - for Photojournalism, Action or Sport.
Abandoned junkshop typewriter, Still life - Graham Binns

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.







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.











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.

Whilst clearing our archives, I came across this video produced by one of our former members. I gives a short history the early years of photography.

The original files were for a Pictures2Exe composition, which I have converted to AVI format.

History Of Early Photography

You will have to right click on the file and save it to your computer before palying.



Our third print trophy evening of the session took place on Thursday 17th March. Both the JW Murray Trophy for best Monochrome Pictorial print and the Walker Trophy for the best Colour All-Rounder were on offer. Although the number of entries was modest, the audience was treated to a very considered appreciation of each print by our judge for the evening, Tony Caunt LRPS from Bradford Camera Club.

The JW Murray Mono chrome trophy was won by Andrew Holland with his 'Saltaire by Night' (see above). He also gained Third place with 'Between Two Mills' another night study of Saltaire. Don Crabtree prevented a clean sweep by taking Second place with his atmospheric winter print 'Frozen'.

A full house of club members from the 10 participating clubs enjoyed an evening of excellent photographs competently judged by Erica Oram from Sheffield. The standard of photography is getting ever higher this being reflected in the high number of 20's Erica awarded. Although a few BPS members attended, those who didn't missed an eloquent judge espousing the merits of some stunning images. Members really must make an effort to attend these Interclub meetings, they will learn a lot.

On the evenig, BPS came 7th with the highest mark of 18 received by Rais for his image "Bradford Mirror Pool From Above". Our other entries were "Bowled" by Alex Daniel 15 and "Christmas is comming" Andrey Withey also 15, Don Crabtree's "Light from above" received 16 as did the final image "Clash of the Titans" by Kyle Smith. 

Our overall position is 9th with 268 points, The final round will be held on Saturday 16 April at Castleford. Set Subject: "Planes, Trains or Automobiles" and the set theme: "Record" plus 3 other general images.


Thursday February 18th saw our 3rd DPI Competition judged by Colin Williams

In the V B Lloyd Trophy Photojourmalism Action and Sport saw first place taken by our new member Alex Daniel with an image called 'Bowled'. He also took 2nd place with 'Speed' and 3rd place Don Crabtree with 'Up for the ball'.

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