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.

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'.

Thursday 21 January we were treated to a report from the P.A.G.B in the from of a DVD.
A total of 1470 image were seen from 98 clubs. Two image were from our members Brian  Shackleton and Micheal Myers. Both were worthy enteries .

Most image were of the creative and artistic mode.

Overall it was very interesting and in enlighting . 

Nick keighley

Bruce Pickering, a BPS old boy, with the assistance of his wife, who managed the projected images, provided us with a most interesting and entertaining evening. Bruce, who specialises in wildlife photography, spent the first part of his presentation demonstrating the various pieces of kit and comfort gear that he uses during the sometimes long wait that is required to catch the desired image. He imparted many useful tips for the would be wildlife photographer, such as using extension tubes on long lenses so as to increase the image size by bringing the focus point closer than the lens would otherwise allow.

This was promised by all who had listened to Oliver Wright to be a good evening. They were slightly misleading - it was an excellent evening.

Oliver presented his talk with a mix of humour, factual and technical information. His images were from his latest year of photography - hence the title "My Year". Most of the images were taken in the north of Sweden and showed the beauty of the country in the dark wintry nights.

1st of October was our second training evening of the year - this time on Still Life photography.

Four of our memebers put together differing still life set-ups for us to practice our skills on all the time thay were offering advice on alternative ways of producing a good image.

Rais shoed us the difficulties of taking images of objects on reflective surfaces, and using additional lighting to get the best out of the scene.

The last meeting of the 2014-5 session was our President's Evening on 28 May.

First on the agenda was the Image of the Year competition. Digital versions of the winners of all the internal club trophy competitions for the whole 2014-5 session were shown and those present voted to chose the winner. At the first vote it was a three-way tie. The second vote resolved Brian Shackleton's "Kingfisher" as winner with "Shimla Mountains" by Balwinder Kaur and "Lunch Break, Haworth Wartime Weekend" by Graeme Mitchell as equal second.

On Thursday 21st May we were treated to a fascinating journey through Bill Johnson's considerable print-making life. Telling us that he has made three times as many prints in ten years of digital printing as he did in forty years in the darkroom, he proceeded to show us a selection of the impressive results - with commentary.

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

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