Getting the best photographically from your Travels

Getting the best photographically from your Travels with Alan and Julie WalkerThis week’s topic is presented by the husband and wife team of Alan and Julie Walker.

This is not a travelogue but rather an illustrated talk about the planning and execution of successful photographic trips.

Alan is a judge for the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain and they use this inside knowledge to serve as a guide on how to make the most of your travels. This will help you come back with competition images rather than holiday snaps!

See more of Alan and Julie’s images.

Meeting details

Everyone is welcome and your first two meetings as a guest to the Society are completely free of charge. Membership is £30 for the entire year or guests can continue to visit for just £3 per evening.

Astrophotography and Italian Churches

this picture seemed like a good idea at the timeThis week we have two topics; Astrophotography and Italian Churches.

Brian Dootson will join us to speak about his passion for Astrophotography. Astrophotography might seem intimidating but with a little planning, equipment and luck you can capture images of the Moon, the planets and even the Milky Way. Brian will share his images and his techniques on how he creates his astronomical images.

For the second half we will focus on one of our own; John Metcalfe. John will share with us his enthusiasm for Italian Churches. This is an excellent chance to learn a little bit about one of our fellow members as well as see some of the beautiful architecture of Italy.

Meeting details

Everyone is welcome and your first two meetings as a guest to the Society are completely free of charge. Membership is £30 for the entire year or guests can continue to visit for just £3 per evening.

L&CPU Portfolio – You be the Judge!

The Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union logo

The Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union

This week is our final Lancashire & Cheshire Photographic Union (L&CPU) portfolio of the season. These portfolios are made up of images taken from across the many photographic societies that make up the L&CPU and are a good way of seeing what work is currently taking place across the region.

Rather than our usual critique we’ll be putting you in the judge’s chair. If you’ve ever wanted to know what goes into judging a competition then this week is bound to be a lot of fun.

Our print competition of the year is almost upon us and Mike will lead a session on how you can mount your images. If you have any odd pieces of mounting card that you don’t need, please bring them so that people can have a go of using the mount cutter if they wish. One note, don’t bring actual prints as these cannot be done at the evening, but you can go home with the skills to do it yourself and the mount cutter can be borrowed by any members for a payment of £1 for 3 blades.

Mike will also be explaining the themed competition for this time next year – Movement. Be prepared well in advance, so you have opportunities to try this genre of photography if it is new to you.

Meeting details

Everyone is welcome and your first two meetings as a guest to the Society are completely free of charge. Membership is £30 for the entire year or guests can continue to visit for just £3 per evening.

Twelve Months of Nature – Peter Smith

12-months-of-nature-webThis week’s guest speaker is self taught naturalist with a camera Peter Smith.

Peter joins us with with a talk detailing the different photographic subjects you can find in nature throughout the year. From birds of prey, mammals, insects to flora; Peter will show which subjects you can find each month and how you can best include them in your own photographic portfolio.

Peter has a long standing passion for wildlife and has been enjoying recording the natural world for over fifty years; man and boy, slide to digital.

Peter has a real passion for natural history and as well as giving talks he also runs North West Wild Images photographic workshops with Roy Rimmer. Peter and Roy were recently featured in Lancashire Life.

This looks like the perfect evening for anyone who enjoys natural history or who wants to improve their wildlife images.

Meeting details

Everyone is welcome and your first two meetings as a guest to the Society are completely free of charge. Membership is £30 for the entire year or guests can continue to visit for just £3 per evening.

Competition Three Results

Competition 3This week we have the result of our third members’ competition of the year.

Our judge this evening will be David Bibby of North Fylde Photographic Society. David has spent the last week or so with our work and will visit to discuss our entities and award points which will go towards our annual prize giving. David visited the Society as the judge for our 2013-14 season annual print competition.

This is our main themed competition of the year, with the theme being traditionally set by last year’s President. Last year Sally Anderson set the theme of ‘Reflections, Silhouettes and Shadows.’

We hold a number of members’ competitions throughout the year. These competitions are an excellent way to focus our efforts, get a little feedback about our work and improve our photography.

View our previous award winners from last year.

Meeting details

Everyone is welcome and your first two meetings as a guest to the Society are completely free of charge. Membership is £30 for the entire year or guests can continue to visit for just £3 per evening.

‘Composition and Painting with Light’ with Richard Speirs

Richard Speirs

Richard Speirs

This week we will are joined by Richard Speirs DPAGB BPE2* with his talk Composition and Painting with Light.

Richard relishes club photography and is a popular speaker and judge across the region. He is the ‘Western Area Representative’ for Morton Photographic Society. He has also served as Secretary, Programme Secretary and Chairman.

Richard is a skilled photographer. He holds a Distinction from the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (DPAGB) as well as a Crown Award from the British Photographic Exhibitions (BPE2*).

Despite what camera makers will often have you believe there’s only a few fundamental skills you need to make a good picture. Two of the most important are composition and lighting. Richard will share his skill and experience with us this week to show us what makes a good image and how we can use these skills to improve our own photography.

View a selection of Richard’s work.

Meeting details

Everyone is welcome and your first two meetings as a guest to the Society are completely free of charge. Membership is £30 for the entire year or guests can continue to visit for just £3 per evening.

Project Night – Gallery

The project night was a great success. We covered camera basics, using scissors correctly, flash photography, infra-red, photoshop layers and more!

Thanks to everyone who braved the weather and especially to those leading sessions.

Ruth Pierce managed to get a few pictures of the fun :-)

You can find more pictures, including some of the results by our members on the facebook group.

Project Night!

This week is our Project Night! These evenings are a fun chance for people to share their photography tips and projects.

This time we have sessions on …

Using Your Camera

  • Infra-red Photography
  • Back to Basics – shutter speed, aperture, ISO etc.
  • Explore the buttons on your camera

Software

  • Understanding layers and masks

Projects

  • Creating your own custom Bokeh lens hood – please bring the fastest lens you have for this
  • An introduction to water droplet photography
  • City night time walkabout
  • What’s in you camera bag? – this will only run if people bring some of the different bits and bobs we all carry in our camera bags

You’ll have time to do two sessions during the evening so pick carefully. If you can’t make it to a session you want then don’t worry as popular sessions are likely to return next project night.

And remember, most importantly don’t forget your camera!

Deadline for Competition Three

This week is the deadline for entries for our third competition. Members who wish to submit images should bring those on a memory stick.

This is our yearly themed competition. The theme this year, set by last year’s President, is Reflections, Silhouettes and Shadows.

See Competition details.

Meeting details

Everyone is welcome and your first two meetings as a guest to the Society are completely free of charge. Membership is £30 for the entire year or guests can continue to visit for just £3 per evening.

Planning for Landscape Photography with Lee Metcalfe

Our first speaker of 2015 is Lee Metcalfe with a talk on ‘Planning for Landscape Photography’.

Lee is a Lancaster based photographer with a real passion for capturing the light of dawn and dusk. He specialises in landscape photography, seeking out new locations and waiting for that special moment when ‘the light is right’ before capturing his vision. In this talk Lee will share some of his methods on how he plans his landscape photography and you can put those methods into practice with your own photography.

As many members will recall Lee visited the Society in 2012 with his very well received ‘Perfect Light’ talk. He also exhibited last month at the Ashton Memorial with his ‘Chasing the Light’ exhibition.

You can view a selection of Lee’s work on his online gallery.

Meeting details

Everyone is welcome and your first two meetings as a guest to the Society are completely free of charge. Membership is £30 for the entire year or guests can continue to visit for just £3 per evening.

Christmas Meal and Break

Just a quick reminder to those going to the Christmas dinner…

The dinner is tonight, Tuesday 16th December and will be held at the Borough 3-5 Dalton Square.

Arrive at 7pm, and we’ll be seated to dine at 7.30pm.

There’s no meeting this Wednesday. Our next meeting with be in the new year on Wednesday 7th January: Planning for Landscape Photography with Lee Metcalfe.

All the very best for the Christmas break.