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This 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 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 .
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.
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.
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