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 14th May saw the 2015 Audio-Visual Competition evening at the club.  Although only three valid entries were received, there was an interesting variety and a high standard. The winning AV sequence was "The White Rose Steampunks" by Kenn Taylor with Peter Sykes' "Leisure" second and "A Grand Day Out" by Graeme Mitchell  third.

Indeed, the sun did shine upon us when we went to Bolling Hall on Thursday 7th May!  A healthy turn-out of members were able to appreciate the show of blossom which greeted us. The warm, low light provided some interesting figure studies with shadows and the Hall formed a good background for portraits.

We became part of a crusade on Thursday 30th April. Our speaker, Dave Burgess MA Phot, ARPS has taken upon himself to spread the word throughout the YPU that we should all be more creative - and he made a good case!

By re-creating or de-constructing his various images, he demonstrated how to produce 'flowers' by blending multiple rotated images of some fairly unpromising originals which were then combined in very artistic ways.

On Thursday 23rd Richard Spurdens visited the club to deliver his talk 'Landscape to Studio and a few bits between II'.

Richard's talk was illustrated with projected images, reinforced by an impressive display of prints. Before the tea break he gave us a sample of his impressive images of a wide variety of subjects from Northern Lights and landscapes in Iceland through a huge selection of sports - canoeing, skiing, tennis, kite surfing, Tough Guy, cycling and more - to Morris Dancing! These came with plenty of advice on locations an technique.


A good number of members attended in the afternoon to prepare the hall for the evening’s extravaganza. We needed the 2 hours spent trying to sort out the sound system and running through a mock competition to iron out any problems we may encounter on the night.

The evening went well with a good attendance of visitors from the participating clubs. The heavy gang of Paul and Stephen managed to extract lots of cash for the raffle from the visitors with the attraction of a digital microscope as the star prize.

Our third and last print trophy evening of the year was held on Thursday 16th April. The judge for the evening was Bill Johnson ARPS, DPAGB, APAGB.

First came the JW Murray Trophy for the best Monochrome Pictorial Print. This was won by Michael Myers with his 'Grey Squirrel' while Don Crabtree's 'Winter Afternoon' and Tom Heggie's 'Storm Brewing over Canary Wharf' shared second place.

Gold - Kyle Smith

On Thursday 9th we had a Photographic Treasure Hunt. Although the turn-out was relatively small, those who took part agreed that it was a lot of fun and an unusual challenge. Teams were given until 9pm to hand over five images entitled:

1.       Gold

2.       Perspective

3.       Old Blue Eyes

4.       Bright

5.       Food for Thought

The 2nd April saw the 154th Annual General Meeting of the Bradford Photographic Society. An impressive 22 members attended, sacrificing the opportunity to see the 7-way political leaders debate live on television!

The meeting proceeded in accordance with the agenda, taking the pre-circulated minutes of the 153rd meeting as read and approving them. Reports were delivered by the Hon Treasurer, Kath Bonson, the Print Secretary, Tom Heggie, (detail to follow by email), the Digital Image Secretary, Steve Swiszczoski, the Acting Webmaster, Peter Sykes, the Interclub Representative, Graeme Mitchell, and the YPU Representative, Geoff Richards. This was followed by the Presidents report by Tom Heggie who thanked the committee for their hard work during the year which has resulted in a lot being achieved with separate mention for Brain Packer who, although not a Council member, agreed to be co-opted to help with the archive.

'Dawn at LLandudno Pier' by Michael Myers scored 20 for BPS

Our battle with Pudsey Camera Club on 26 March was much anticipated and did not disappoint. The visitors turned up in strength - both in terms of images and people. They were nice and early too, arriving before we had any chairs set out!  Christine Hodgson BA Hons, ARPS, CPAGB , our judge,  had apparently, judged the last battle we had with Pudsey some years ago! She did a great job deciding scores in short order, not having seen the images in advance.

Members were entertained by Howard Tate, Immediate Past President of the YPU, on large prints on 19 March.
Large being A1 and special Panoramic shots with over a 100 images taken - well beyond the 400x500 YPU standard size!

Howard, a judge himself, seemed to have little time for the opinions of other judges and made it clear that the images he took, were to please himself, and to promote his own individual styles, and often broke the rules of composition.

At the Interclub third round on Saturday 14 March BPS came joint 2nd on the night and placed 3rd overall after 3 rounds. The two images displayed both received 20's.

"Bradford at Night" by Kath Bonson and "Drawn Back to the Scene" by Steve Swiszowski.

What set out to be a training evening on Action and Sport Photography on 5 March, developed into something rather unique.

We started off with two short talks by Tom Heggie and Kath Bonson about the techniques for photographing 'planes, bikes and trains' and 'swimming and rowing' respectively. The intention to have a couple of boxers demonstrating shadow-boxing  expanded somewhat as Nick Manners brought along no less than six members of PAT's gym to our meeting.

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.