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.

At 10:30 on Saturday 10 January over a dozen BPS members met nine members of the White Rose Yorkshire Steampunks at the Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley. Braving the high winds and negotiating road closures, most people eventually arrived.

Our first meeting of 2015, on 7 January, was entitled 'Many Visions'. Since members brought their work on memory sticks, as requested, there was some delay in collating the images. However this gave Peter Sykes the opportunity to run his much anticipated tutorial on the operation of the BPS web site. Even those of us who thought we knew about it discovered hidden depths in there! Hopefully everyone will now be able to fully access what is a very valuable facility.

For our last meeting of 2014, held on 18 December, we hosted a battle with Bingley Camera Club. Each club submitted 15 prints and 15 DPIs which were shuffled and presented to Brian Hemsworth CPAGB for marking. Since marks were not revealed until the end, everyone was kept guessing as to which club had won. A glitch in the scoring spreadsheet gave a rather distorted impression of the outcome on the night. Once discovered and corrected afterwards, it was still a win for BPS but the scores were much closer with both clubs scoring 256 for the prints while Bingley got 257 for their DPIs to Bradford's 267.

Our second Trophy Night for projected images went fairly smoothly. The judge was Gerry Padgett from Wakefield.


The Bronze Statuette for novices was won by Tom Heggie with an inviting scene, "Como Water Colour". Second place went to Baljinder Gill for "Pair of Ducks in Flight" and third was "Monet's Haystacks, Giverny" by Tom Heggie.


The D Bates All-Rounder Trophy was won by Don Crabtree for his set of 4 images: "Swan's Head",

 "Portrait of Cole Best", "Wet Afternoon" and "Bradford Cathedral interior" (which scored a 20). 

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Members of BPS were treated to a double bill at the last meeting on 27th November with Shelia and Dave Coates displaying prints from all over the world.
Running commentary from Dave explaining the history of each print with the occasional comment from Shelia added an amusing story. Both Shelia and Dave are very well established photographers and judges, having accredited themselves with substantial photographic qualifications.
An interesting night from a very accomplished partnership whose enthusiasm for photography would clearly never fade.
Image shows Shelia and Dave with President Tom.


On the morning of Saturday 22nd November an intrepid group of our more waterproof members  assembled at Leeming Reservoir. The  select group were shown the opportunities for landscape images in this interesting location by Steve Swis who's striking landscape images have graced many a club competition. 

On Thursday 20 Nov , there was a return visit of Oliver Wright, a very talented young man who gave us all an excellent evening. From his wild life shots to his macro shots of insects, they were superb! His shots of the aurora borealis were amongst the best we have seen.

You can see more of Oliver's images at

A good night for the BPS at the Interclub on Saturday 14th Novemebr at the Eldwick Memorial in Bingley. We came second with 92, one point behind the winers Leeds Coop with 93. Congratulations to Michael Myers for his 'Young Blackbird after Fledging' which received 20 as did Brian Shackleton's 'Kingfisher' . Sandra Cockayne brilliantly scored 18 for 'Jens Vought Leading the Race Through Swaledale' (Tour de France) and 19 for 'Golden Rolling Morning Mist' (which features in the rolling header for the web site under another alias). Andrew Holland's Saltaire received a disappointing 15. The judge did not like the sky, apparently!


Our first competition evening for prints, on 13 November, was certainly eventful! Our judges for the evening were Helen and Roger Smith from Cleckheaton.

The first competition judged was the Greenwood Trophy, an open competition for novices. This was won by Balwinder Kaur with her striking landscape 'Shimpla Mountains'. Both second and third places were taken by David Hopkinson with his prints 'A Steep Descent' and 'Lincoln Cathedral, Angel Chair to East Window' respectively.

The second competition was the Norman Stow Trophy for Applied prints. Since the judges had judged the entries against the current YPU rules for 'Applied', which covers 'Record' and 'Natural History' but omits the 'Photo Travel' category included in the BPS rules, 11 of the 39 prints were excluded from the competition. It was decided to let that decision stand rather than have the prints re-assessed on the spot so that the rejected prints can be re-used in future competitions.



Thursday’s 6th. November meeting saw presentations by three of the Society’s most experienced members.

The evening’s headline act was Don Crabtree on composing our photos. Don brought a lifetime of expertise not only in the field of photography but also from his vast experience as an accomplished oil and watercolour artist.

Don began by laying out some of the universal “rules” of composition, covering the Golden Mean, Leading Lines, Horizon placement, Picture Balance, and Framing.

Don demonstrated these principles with diagrams drawn on ProAm envelopes (now charged at a £1 each, so take them back and avoid the charge) and reinforced these with some stunning examples of photographs from his own outstanding photographic archive.

  1. Tom Scatchard Memorial Trophy – Record
  2. Norfolk Trophy – Natural History
  3. J.F. Mather Trophy – Open Mono or Colour Pictorial

Competition Judge – Dave Burgess, MA (Photography), ARPS and YPU Executive event Secretary, from Pontefract.

Don Crabtree did the honours of introducing the Judge to BPS’s for DPI competition.  Team role - Steve Swiss DPI Secretary and, Graeme Mitchell in charge of projector display for competition entries.

Judge had copies of images in advance for him to review.

'What I use' was about more than cameras. Several members told us about their own introductions to, and motivations for entering, the world of photography.  Then about the cameras they began with and how and why they moved on to better kit, relating it to the type of photography they were interested in or became involved with.  But we also heard about accessories, especially tripods, and there was a fairly detailed exploration into the science of camera bags.

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