The Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union Archive

A North Lancashire Farmer @ Sam Thompson

A North Lancashire Farmer @ Sam Thompson

This week John Allanson joins us to take us on a journey into the L&CPU archives.

The Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union (L&CPU) is one of the largest photographic societies in the World and Lancaster has been a proud member for many years.

The archive is a vast collection of images from different photographic societies in the region spanning many decades. Of particular interest to us, the archive includes images from our own Sam Thompson who was a member of Lancaster Photographic Society in the 1920s.

If you have an interest in local history or indeed the changing face of photography over the last centry this is sure to be a facinating evening.

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 One Results

Competition OneThis week we have the result of our first members’ competition of the year.

Our judge this evening will be Ken Ainscow, President of Lytham St. Annes Photographic Society. Ken 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.

This was one of our open themed competitions which means entries may be of any subject the author chooses. It’s a real chance to share our photographic interests with each other.

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.

Out with your camera! or L&CPU Portfolio

This week we’re offering two options!

Out with your camera!

We’ll have a selection of activities for those wanting to spend the evening making pictures.

They’ll be a low light photo-walk in Lancaster City Centre and another opportunity to win a custom bowl with your still life lighting skills.

L&CPU Portfolio

The Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union logo

The Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union

If you don’t fancy venturing out into the evening then stay indoors for a lively critique of the latest the Lancashire & Cheshire Photographic Union (L&CPU) portfolio. 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.

Instructions

We’ll be making pictures this week so don’t forget to bring your camera! Also since we’re going to be shooting outside in low-light a tripod and a warm, dry coat is recommended.

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.

An Evening with David Nightingale

This week we have our keynote speaker for the season: the internationally acclaimed, award winning photographer and instructor David Nightingale.

David and his wife run Chromasia which specialises in online Photoshop and photography tutorials. He is a skilled photographer and specialises in using post-processing to take images to the next level. He’ll be joining us this week in a lively discussion about his art, post-processing, and the difference between the image you capture in the camera and the image you create in the computer.

As well as on Chromasia you can find his teachings in many other places such as on Udemy with The Art of Black and White Photography, on CreativeLive with Dramatic Post-Production and in printed form with his book Practical HDR: A complete guide to creating High Dynamic Range images with your Digital SLR.

David has been featured on Scott Kelby’s Guest Blog Wednesday, Flush the Fashion and PetaPixel.

View a sample of David’s work.

Our keynote evenings bring some of the best photographic talent to Lancaster and this is no exception. If you have even the slightest interest in Photoshop or post-progressing then this is an evening not to miss.

Instructions

This week is also the deadline to our first competition of the year! Please bring your selected images in on a USB stick and give them to John Metcalfe. Find out more about our competitions.

Meeting details

Everyone is welcome and this special evening is free of charge for members. If you are not a member then tickets are available on the door for £6 or you can join for £30 which covers this evening and the entire year.

Lighting Workshop – Portraits and still life

Lighting WorkshopThis week we have our first hands-on session of the season and it’s all about lighting.

We’ll be looking at how we can use artificial light in your images. Where to place the light and what effects you can create with it to bring out the best of your subject.

Instructions

Bring your camera!

Also, if you have any spare desk lamps bring them too!

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.

Welcome Back! It’s the start of the 2014/15 season!

LPS LogoHello Everyone

Our new season is about to start on September 17th at 7.30pm, same venue as last season.

The first night, as always, will be fairly relaxed with members having time to get reacquainted during a slightly longer refreshment break. The plan is to give members chance to show four images each which you can tell us about if you wish. To avoid complicating things you can size your images at our usual size though our new projector will allow us to increase image size for our forthcoming competitions. Please keep it to just four images on a USB thumb drive so everyone has a chance to show some pictures.

I look forward to seeing you all.

Mike

You can find full details of all our upcoming events on the Lancaster Photographic Society 2014/15 Programme.

Instructions!

Bring along up to four images on a memory stick that you’d like to talk about and share with everyone. Let’s see what everyone has been working on over the summer break.

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.

Photographic Society Exhibition Opens This Weekend

The 2014 Lancaster Photography Society Exhibition opens this weekend. This year we Annual Exhibition 2014return to St. Nic’s shopping arcade in the unit facing Next.

The exhibition is open each Saturday and Wednesday from 10am until the 20th of September.

On show this year we a selection of prints showcasing some of the best images taken by members of the society.

Come along and see the photographs. Meet and get advice from the photographers. See how Lancaster Photographic Society can help you take better pictures.

Where
St Nicholas Arcades
Lancaster Gate
Lancaster,
LA1 1NB – find this on google maps

When
August – 23, 27, 30
September – 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20

Summer BBQ

This weekend Mike and Sally hosted the Society Summer BBQ to great success.

It was also a chance to say farewell to our friends Vic and Sheenagh Crumley who will soon be leaving Lancaster for adventures new. Between them the Crumleys have taken on almost all of the committee’s posts over the years. Their efforts and passion and have played a large hand in making the Society the success it is today.

The Lancaster Photographic Society Summer BBQ 2014

The Lancaster Photographic Society Summer BBQ 2014

Stay tuned to the website, facebook or pop an email to us for news of any events, trips and meetups. Our regular Wednesday night photographic meetings will return on September 17th.

Award Winners 2013-14

Elk by Ruth Wood

Elk by Ruth Wood. Winner of this year’s Best Colour Image in the Projected Image Competition

The Society recently held our annual award dinner for the 2013–14 season at NICE in Lancaster.

The President, Sally Anderson, presented trophies to winning members as follows…

Photographer of the Year Competition

The Fred Johnstone Memorial Trophy for Photographer of the Year
Mike Atkinson and Sheenagh Crumley
The Centenary Trophy for runner up Photographer of the Year
Dave Moorhouse

Annual Projected Image Competition

The Anderson Trophy for the Best Colour Image
Ruth Wood
The Past Presidents’ Trophy for the Best Monochrome Image
Allan Hartley

Annual Print Competition

The Syd Cumbus Trophy for the Best Print of the Competition
Sheenagh Crumley
The Bob & Kath Marsh Trophy for the Best Monochrome Print
Sheenagh Crumley
The Ruth Berry Trophy for the Runner-up Best Print and Best Colour Print
John Metcalfe
The Alan Cooper Trophy for the Best Landscape Print
Mike Atkinson

Other Awards

The Ron Atkinson Trophy for the Lancaster and District Competition
Dave Moorhouse
Beginner’s Cup for Most Promising Member
Joe Marshall

Congratulations to all of our winners this year.

It was gratifying to see such a good result for Sheenagh who will be departing for pastures new over the next couple of months and will be sadly leaving the Society.

We have much to be proud of with a bumper crop of competition images this year and many of those from new members.

You can see many of the images from this year’s competitions on our competitions gallery.