Self Isolation Tut’s

If you are looking for something to do when it is raining (or after you have finished redecorating the house) there are many good, photographic, video tutorials on the net. Some sites worth exploring…


Creative Live – Many paid, classroom style tutorials running from 1 hour to 3 days each. If you purchase a course it can be watched online or the videos downloaded to your PC; I suggest you do the latter as one never knows if the organisation will go out of business. Be aware, some are a few years old, I suggest you find the last page of the reviews to see when the first review was posted, if you are learning a software package, e.g. Photoshop, an old tutorial will be using an older version of the software although the content may still be relevant. They run a daily free viewing of one of their tutorials, usually starting at about 4pm or 5pm and running on a repeat loop until the next afternoon. You can find the current list of free videos being run from the CLASSES > ON AIR NOW menu. They also do a monthly and annual subscription deal whereby all videos are available online for that month/year.


Adorama – This is a photographic shop based in New York, USA. They have many free video tutorials on their Adorama TV YouTube channel. These run from 3 minutes to 90 minutes long.


B&H – This is also a photographic shop based in New York, USA. They have many free video tutorials on their B&H Events site. These are often 60 to 120 minutes long by very well known photographers.


Adobe TV – Many free tutorials on Photoshop and Lightroom


The Photoshop Training Channel – Run by Jesus Ramirez, many free and some paid tutorials on Photoshop, well worth learning new techniques from


The BBC I-Player has interesting programmes on Photography in general, try: The Genius of Photography (5 years old, no longer on I-Player but this archive site has it) and The Age of The Image (also currently on BBC 4)  –  Harry Birrell Presents Films of Love and War  


The Open University has some free courses and articles: Detecting Fake Images  –  Reading Visual Images  –  Designing the User Interface, Text, Colour, Images…  –  Word and Image  –  A Brief History of the Lens  –  Seeing a Life Through a Lens


Many more ideas on our BCC Resources page under TUTORIALS and our BCC How To page


Happy viewing



Bedfordshire Archives Greensand Country Photo Project

‘Filling the Archives Gap’

Just a reminder that the first workshop session for The Archives Project will take place this coming Saturday.

All are welcome to join in, just turn up.

Meet at the Greensand Trust’s Working Woodlands Centre, Maulden Wood, Haynes West End, MK45 3UZ at 9.30am

 Please see the original post regarding the project, sent out on 9th February, for full details.

Portrait Evening

On March 10th Cliff is arranging a portrait evening. This is a fun, practical workshop for everyone.

There will be 2 or more setups with off-camera strobe lights where you can practice photographing the models.

If you would like more information I have put together some notes to explain what happens and how you can get the most out of the experience.

Portrait Shoot Evening Notes (PDF)

Any questions please ask me, Cliff or Jim Boud

Photographs in the local newspaper

We have been approached by Hannah Richardson who is the community reporter with the Bedfordshire Times and Citizen newspaper.

The newspaper always includes a “Reader’s Photograph” on the “Readers’ Letters” page and she asked if BCC members might like to send in the occasional photograph to be considered for this purpose.

There is no payment but the picture would always be credited.

Images can be sent by email to: with “Reader’s Photograph” in the subject line. Images should be sent in jpeg format and they should be about 1Mb in size.

For further information you can contact Hannah directly

Bedfordshire Archives ‘Filling the Archives Gap’ Project

Bedfordshire Archives Greensand Country Photo Project


The County Archives are looking for photographers to take part in a project to create a research resource by capturing record quality photographs of the Greensand Country.

Through a series of three workshops you will find out what is needed and help to curate an exhibition at the end of the project.

Between workshops, you will get out and about capturing images.

The workshops will be held at the Greensand Trust’s Working Woodlands Centre, Maulden Wood, Haynes West End, MK45 3UZ from 9.30am to 12.30pm on:

Saturday 29th February – meet Archive staff, discuss what makes a good archive photograph, decide on target images

Saturday 14th March – progress check – discuss images captured so far

Saturday 18th April – select images for the Archives and the exhibition

During May the exhibition of selected images will be in place as part of the Greensand Country Festival

To take part, see Linda Swain for more details or contact the Archives on 01234 228833 or to reserve a place

Philip Lepper Trophy

Philip Lepper Trophy competition 24th March 2020 – theme:  Abstract


The rules for scoring the Philip Lepper Trophy have changed this year and reverted to how it was scored in past years.

The winner will be the person who receives the highest score over three images.  That is, the scores you receive for your three images will be added together and the total score will count towards the final rankings.

To have a chance of winning this trophy, you will need to enter the maximum three images.

Good luck with developing your ‘abstract’ skills.

Backup Talk Slides

A copy of the relevant slides from the short Backup talk to be given on 28th January 2020 are here…

There are links to two backup apps (Macrium Reflect that I use and Easus which I have not used but is recommended by Ask Leo) plus the links for various articles by Ask Leo (he makes good sense.)

This talk was not a comprehensive discussion and only from a Windows 10 home user’s point of view, although a similar approach applies to Apple users.






Seasonal Points Competition

The closing date for our next seasonal points competition is midnight tomorrow, 28th January so if you haven’t yet added your images – 2 prints and 1 PDI or 1 print and 2 PDIs  – now is the time to do so.

This is an open competition so there are no limits other than your imagination.

Let’s see a good number of entries in the competition on 4th February.

Architects’ Association Trophy 2021

Just to make sure you have plenty of advance warning of next year’s Architects’ Association Trophy competition the theme is going to be ARCHITECTURAL SILHOUETTES.

You will receive a theme brief with further information in good time for the competition.