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 9 October, members were invited to bring their images for a Critique Evening so that other members could comment on the work to try and give a varied and positive indication of possible improvements and subjectiveness.


Both senior members and new members were not backword with their comments with some hardy but constructive discussion on some images. However the night came to an end without the President Tom having to intervene.

A glimmer of Autumn sunshine greeted the arrival of our select group to the Bolling Hall Museum in Bradford on Saturday 4th October.

This, our first 'Photo Walk', was not an energetic affair -we just pottered round the museum for two hours. The challenges were more on the photographic side with plenty of dark corners full of interesting objects. However Don was on hand with advice on everything from angles to exposures and the museum were happy to let us use tripods.

On Thursdays 25 sept.the lecturer was Andrew Woolley , who is an all round photographic professional , his subjects vary from weddings to racing cars, his style is outspoken and robust, he brought along a number of framed enlargments in black and white which were quite impressive, he also told a few anecdotes, about his travels abroad, at 830 pm we had a snack break,in which food and drinks were provided by our master chef, Rais Hasan, which was very good. Andy invited us to an evening at his studio in Rawdon. He would organise a model for the evening - if any member is interested can they please contact Peter Sykes as soon as possible. The meeting was chaired by Kath Bonson, and Don Crabtree gave a short vote of thanks, the attendance was around 30 members, and concluded about 9 30 pm.

The meeting title "How I Do It " was as they say -  'Did what it says on the tin'.

Three of our members {Paul, Peter and Steve} gave us an insight into how they use Bridge and Photoshop to manage and enhance their images. Plus we had an impromtu look at Lightroom thanks to Jim.

 Paul - Bridge.

Paul showed us how some of the ways to look at images (RAW and JPG) in Bridge, and went on to demonstrate the use of brushes and gradients to adjust expose and tints of an image.

Our first Training Evening on 11th September was entitled 'Basic Principles'.

Although setting out the sort of basic photographic principles a beginner would need - aperture / shutter speed / ISO - the information went well beyond the basics. In his talk, Paul explained the use of filters, depth of field and post-processing ranging onwards to the choice of cameras and lenses.

The first meeting of the new session took place on Thursday 4th September. There was a good turnout of members and an encouraging number of prospective members also came along -a great buzz to start the 2014-15 meetings.


The Society's annual exhibition was held in the exhibition space of Shipley Library between 1st and 12th July.  With 106 framed images hung by 22 members, the exhibition displayed the range of interests and talents of our members very well.

Bruce Pickering, our speaker on 30 October, stated that the Future was back to film. More people are again taking an interest in film - specially large formats.

He brought with him two plate cameras one a 5”x4” with a 90mm Schneider lens, the other a 10”x8” Karona dating from 1903 beautifully restored. The large bellows was made by a British company.

Both have rise and fall, and tilting fronts, and tilt and shift backs, Bruce explained the way these worked with diagrams drawn out on a white-board.  The brass lens on the Karona camera has no shutter, but inside is separate Packard shutter with Waterhouse stops, and a bulb shutter.

Well our third print competition evening, with two trophies for all-rounders, certainly brought out a fine group of entries on 20th February - and a remarkable result!

First to be decide was the HM Storey Salver for the title of Monchrome All-Rounder with seven sets of four images submitted. Don Crabtree was a clear winner with 75 points for his images 'Gareth', Low Tide on the East Coast near Hunstanton', 'Medieval Idiots, St George's Day 2013' and 'Detail of Window and Table, Boling Hall, Bradford', scoring 20 points each for the last two mentioned.


Our second Digital Projected Image evening on 16th January was another great trophy evening thanks to some impressive work submitted by members and a judge with a sense of humour!

The trophies to be decide were both 'All Rounder' trophies for sets of four images, one from each of the defined categories. The Percy Lund Rosebowl is for 'novices' while the D Bates Trophy is open to all.

Scoring 20 for his image "Joy", 18 for "Bulmer Creels", 17 for "The Unexpected Guest" and 18 for "Cardiff Bay Dragon" gave Gerry Gorman a grand total of 73 to win the Percy Lund Rosebowl. Close behind, both scoring 72 points, were David Hopkins who scored 19s for "Royal Crescent, Bath" and "Seagull" and Baljinder Gill who also had two 19s with "Marbles on a Mirror" and "Lister Park, Bradford".

Michael Myers took the D Bates Trophy with an impressive total of 75 points scoring three 19s for "The Guitarist", "Woodpigeon" and "The Sage, Gateshead" as well as 18 for "Brackendale Mill Pond, Thackley". Three people shared second place with 70 points. Sandra Cockayne's set included "My Other Job is Boxing" which scored 19, Steve Swiszczowski also scored a 19 for "Lunchtime Chat" while Graeme Mitchell had two 19s with "Ingleborough from the Limestone Pavement " and "The Scribe".

Colin Gower, from Huddersfield Photo Imaging Club, was our judge for the evening. His light touch kept us amused and entertained as well as informing us with his helpful detailed comments on each image.


On Thurs 21st November we had an interesting guest speaker Mr Howard Toller, also known as "The Owl Man", come to give members a talk on Owls, also accompanied by "Henry The Horror", a wild Tawny Owl, rescued by Howard.

Henry was found in brambles with an extremely damaged wing, which Howard proceeded to tell us of the rescue. Unfortunately Henry will never be released in to the wild, as his left wing is rendered useless. Howard's talk was interesting, witty, friendly, and above all very informative. He described in detail, using projected images, how an Owl differs from other Birds of Prey or Raptors, and at times, in length, interesting aspects of Owls in general.

Members who attended the meeting asked questions, and were intrigued with what Howard had to say about his passion for Owls and the general upkeep of maintaining rescued birds.

Once Howard had finished his excellent talk, members who brought their cameras, were invited to take images of Henry, who, very obligingly posed for us on the makeshift perch made from logs, leaves, Ivy, and Holly, that we made for him!

An interesting meeting indeed!


For our first training evening of the new session on 3rd October, we tried a new format. The topic was 'Landscape' and members were invited to submit questions in advance. These were packaged into small sets and each set was answered by a volunteer with some experience of the topic to offer.
Considering first the pre-expedition stage, Michael Myers opened the proceedings by addressing the decisions we need to take about the weight of equipment then Paul Richards made us pause to consider our Personal safety and the sort of planning that should go into an outdoor shoot.
Next was 'Getting the Shot'. Don Crabtree took us through the elements of compostion then Steve Swiss demonstated the important effect of light. The need for a tripod and the choice of lens was demonstrated, with hands-on examples, by Imran Mirza while Sandra Cockayne showed her methods for creating impressive skies and sunsets.
After each short presentation, other members were invited to offer their views and any follow-on questions were addressed. Quite a variety of angles and opinions were aired and some useful debate was generated.
The evening was rounded off by Kath Bonson showing us facebook pages and web sites siuted to further study and well as some that are pure inspiration. Links are now available on the members forum.
In all the evening provided some sound information and I would be surprised if anyone, however experienced, came away without some food for thought - a new angle on how you have always done it or a flash of the blindingly obvious, even!
There will be a club outing to put some of this into practice at the end of the month.

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