Club Programme for 2020 – 2021

The 2020-21 programme is being prepared, please check back soon



Club Programme for 2019 – 2020

Normally all events in this programme are free to all members - join here.  Most talks are also open to visitors for a nominal charge, when space is available.
We have an exciting programme of events, competitions and great lectures this season, put together by our Programme Secretary Bruce Deacon

Visiting Speakers' Highlights

8th October 2019

Abandoned Architecture by James Kerwin

In 2014 James began shooting his first abandoned buildings series “Decadence” and five years on he has built up a large portfolio taken in some of the most striking locations in Europe and beyond. His primary focus is capturing the colour palettes, utilizing post-production techniques to develop each complete image

22nd October 2019

Long Exposure Photography by Antony Zacharias

Antony Zacharias is a professional photographer, tutor and author, specializing in long exposure, travel, landscape and architectural photography. His work has been commissioned by clients including Toyota US and Sky Atlantic and published by the Conde Nast, BBC, Guardian, Times and Ecologist.

His work has also won numerous awards and photographic competitions.

12th November 2019

Distinctions Overview by Jonathan Vaines AFIAP CPAGB LRPS

The presentation will run as an open question evening with an aim to give people an understanding of image selection for an RPS Distinctions, Salon Submission & PAGB Accreditation with an understanding of accreditation of salon by PSA, FIAP, BPE etc.,  what the different levels are i.e AFIAP, EFIAP, EFIAP/d2, ARPS, CPAGB etc  and how they work, how to apply, how to record keep.

19th November 2019

A Mindful Approach to Photography by Paul Sanders

Paul Sanders is a fine art photographer, Fuji ambassador, speaker and photography mentor. Paul believes that photography has the power to influence our perception of the world around us, building a sense of appreciation and contentment simply by taking the time to notice what’s around us and how that makes us feel.

Through photography, we can discover a better way to understand ourselves, our thoughts and our feelings and to reconnect with the world we normally rush through.

3rd December 2019

 ARPS My iJourney

Following the POV Competition we have an additional presentation by our long-standing member John Gough ARPS which will centre around his successful ARPS panel 


7th January 2020

Monochrome My Way by Ann Miles FRPS MPAGB EFIAP

An exploration of the different moods that we can create using the monochrome medium. From stark barren snow scenes to dark threatening skies in landscapes.  From detailed architectural studies to soft artistic renderings.

Ann will show several colour images where monochrome is not appropriate. There will be some discussion of the software and techniques available for making the most of your digital conversions.

21st January 2020

The Photographic Sublime by Dr Tom Peck

How the traditions of the sublime in art influence the photography of the past, the present and the future.

Dr Thomas Peck (contributor to Black & White Photography and traces the roots of the English and German traditions of the sublime: “think awesome / fearful vs transcendent / mystical nature,”  and shows how these have influenced the early photographers of the landscape through to the modern day.

With examples stretching from painters like Turner and Caspar David Friedrich and photos from a wide selection including Carleton E Watkins to M Kenna to S Salgado to A Adams to H Sugimoto, plus the author’s own pictures. The presentation is a fascinating insight into a cultural trend which is sure to provoke some debate, especially when we look into the future at how photography and the sublime might continue to interact in the 21st century


11th February 2020

Dave Smith talks about Olympus Cameras

Unfortunately, Shirley Hollis, who was to present her talk entitled "A Moment Captured", has had to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances. In her place, we are delighted to welcome back Dave Smith who will be bringing along some of the latest Olympus cameras and lenses and will give a presentation on the pros and cons of DSLR cameras vs Mirrorless.

Even if you don't use Olympus equipment, we are sure that you will find this presentation interesting and informative about the latest developments in camera technology.

18th February 2020

Creative Nature by Victoria Hillman

Victoria is a wildlife researcher and photographer and author of Forgotten Little Creatures celebrating smaller species by bringing together photography with scientific and historical facts. Victoria is a Manfrotto Ambassador, part of the judging panel for British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA), Bird Photographer Of The Year (BPOTY) and Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Photography Competition 2019 and is a guide for NaturesLens workshops

This presentation looks at Victoria’s more creative and artistic work and covers how she took the shot including lighting and composition, a mix of macro, other wildlife and nature photography.

3rd March 2020

Night and Low Light Photography by Tony Worobiec FRPS

A Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, Tony is a prolific author and fine art photographer with work in the permanent collection of The RPS, The Fox Talbot Museum and in numerous corporate and private collections here in the UK, in Europe, Japan and in The States.

The presentation covers the main technical problems likely to be encountered when photographing in low light and at night.  Many inexperienced photographers think that there are many difficult technical challenges involved with this type of photography, but as we will quickly discover photography at night is no more difficult than in the day.

17th March 2020

Macro Photography by Roger Hance FRPS

This talk shows the various skills and techniques used in the field of Macro Photography – the equipment used and some of the unusual things Roger carries in his camera bag that help him to get sharp images.

The talk covers a wide range of nature subjects including butterflies, moths, dragonflies and damselflies, wild flowers, fungi, frost patterns, cobwebs and much more.