Fotospeed talk, Monday 11th September,

Good evening all,

It was good to see everyone back on Monday with lots of usual faces and a lot of new (welcome to you all).

We kick the main season start off with a talk about Screen and Print Calibration (from Fotospeed) and how to get the images you see on your computer screen to match your print outs. Fotospeed will also discuss about paper options for home printing etc. and usually offer discounts on Paper / ink purchased on the night (so bring some money just in case). From the previous talks we have had from them, the evenings are usually entertaining and very informative and can very often solve a lot of your home printing problems.

See you all Monday in our new home (room 4 this week) for a 7:30pm start. I will be there from 7pm this week to let members in if you arrive early.

Shaun (programme secretary)

Severn Beach trip – Sunday 30th July,

Good evening,

Sorry I haven’t been in touch about the summer events much, its been a hectic summer with family events on Sundays when we were due to meet. I did make it to the Cotswold Wildlife Park but didn’t see any others there. Hopefully some of you did attend as it turned out to be a great day out and I took approx. 500 Photos during the day!

For all those that are attending next week (weather permitting) can I suggest that we meet in Severn bridge near the bridge on the waters edge around 6pm to have a wander around and find a good composition that you are happy with. If any of you need help, give me a shout as I will be there to lend a hand and get some photos myself (fingers crossed).
Sunset is 09:01, but this will be behind the Welsh hills, so the best light on the bridge should be around 8 – 8:30pm.
Low tide is scheduled for 07:00pm approx. so the mud should look fresh and pristine for hopefully some nice reflections of the bridge with its lights on in the setting sun!
Hope to see some of you there and keep your fingers crossed for a decent evenings photography!


5 in 10 – 27th March.

Calling all club members – including all new members.

Please bring along some images (digital or print) for essentially a “show and tell” evening on the 27th March (the programme says up to 5 images but bring more if you wish – if time permits we can show more than just the 5 requested).

Tell us about your favourite photos (they don’t even have to be yours), why you took them (if you did), what makes you tick, what you enjoy about photography and what you don’t enjoy etc.

Get feedback from all the club members rather than just an individual judge. Receive praise and constructive ideas that you may not of thought about on how to improve the images shown (if they need it).

You don’t need to worry about resizing the images for projection, as its not a competition, we can show them in any format you choose!

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to e-mail me or speak to me on Monday evening

Shaun – Contact me through the club website if you don’t have my e-mail address.

Monday 13th March – A talk by Richard Olpin LRPS.

Monday 13th March – A talk by Richard Olpin LRPS.

“One of the best nights of the season” and “Brilliant evening” were some of the comments received at the end of presentation by Richard Olpin last night.

Richard explained himself as a “maverick”. He shoots what he enjoys and does not really care about what others think of his photos! Well, I believe by the comments received that we all enjoyed his presentation last night, from his early photos as a 9/10 year old through to where he is now. A journey of landscapes, creative, monochrome and portraiture (and a combination of all of them together). He showed us some exotic locations that he likes to take his models (deep into unused tunnels and abandoned buildings), lighting techniques, funny stories about location shooting with nude models and his outlook on the uses of Photoshop (including some basic techniques he uses) and how the old masters like Ansel Adams used the darkroom in the same way that modern day digital photographers use Photoshop. Who says they got it right in Camera? “If Ansel Adams were alive today, you can guarantee he would be using Photoshop”!

All in all a thoroughly enjoyable evening. We will be seeing Richard back in the coming seasons for more of his talks going by the reaction from the club members last night….Excellent stuff!

Advanced flash evening Monday 23rd Jan 2017

For those that missed it we were treated to a great evening by Kevin Joynes Creed last night on the uses of advanced flash techniques. Kevin treated us to the uses of off camera flash, high speed sync, first and second curtain flash and strobe (multi flash). Another great night at the club! Thank you Kevin for your time and patience in explaining how to set up and use these techniques. A thoroughly enjoyable evening.


Next week we have the battle against Cheltenham and Stroud (at Cirencester). This is an interclub competition between the three clubs to see which club will be victorious. Fingers crossed for Cirencester!

12th December EGM and Members critique,

logo-fbNext week we have the planned EGM to discuss the extension to the clubs programme for this year and looking forward to the future. Please come along to have your say and have your vote counted.

I also wish to discuss the programme so far and what people wish to see for the continued and 2017 / 2018 season so I will be handing around a short survey to get a general consensus on what people like and dislike so far? The more feedback I get the better, so please come along.

We are also planning a members critique of images after the break. Please bring along any images (digital or print (mounted or unmounted is fine)) that you would like some feedback on from the club as a whole. Some positive comments on how (if possible) to improve the image can go a long way!

See you all next Monday.