Weekly Newsletter 18th January

On Tuesday we were delighted to welcome Ralph Snook ARPS, EFIAP, DPAGB with his talk on the various routes to photographic distinctions. This was informative and included the images Ralph had considered and ultimately selected for his own successful DPAGB Panel. After the break we asked for some feedback on our own images, this provide an unbiased independent positive assessment with a few hints on slight improvements. We all had an enjoyable evening and came away with ideas of how to further perfect our photography and maybe consider striving for some form of distinction.

Ralph also advised that the regional WCPF Members Exhibition is now open for entry, this is a good forum to enter to gauge our images against some of the best across the south west. The entry comprises 3 print classes (Open, Mono, Nature) and 4 PDI classes (Open, Nature, Creative, Photo Travel). If you are interested in entering, then talk with our WCPF representative Brian Sweeting on his return.

Next week sees our Monthly Competition, Prints-Altered Reality and Digital-Black & White. If the subjects challenged you, then it should be an interesting evening seeing what the judge thinks of all our pictures. Please give Mike Birbeck FRPS, FBPPA, FDPS a warm welcome as he has agreed to judge for us following the non-availability of Adrian Lines.

Future events

Tuesday 30th January when Darren Hillman will share his knowledge on the use and capabilities of Adobe Lightroom. This should be both informative and interactive, enabling many of us to finally get upto speed and more capable in the use of this software.

Tuesday 6th February is a portrait night where we will have some models and lighting setup for you to experiment in this field of photography. Additionally, Keith Robbins is intending to return so that we can also practice with the flash heads and trigger technology discussed in his lecture a few weeks ago.

Finally, you are reminded that although it’s mid-January, photographic opportunities are all around us be it migrating birds, the extremes of weather or those special lighting moments at dusk, dawn or just after a storm. To help members build their portfolio of images for next season’s competitions, the subjects are listed below.

Bridgwater Photographic Society Monthly Competitions 2018/2019

DatePrint SubjectDigital Subject
Nov’18Macro/close upFantasy
Jan’ 19OpenBlack and white
Feb’ 19Somewhere in SomersetOpen
Mar’ 19ActionWeather

Regards Martin