Here is the schedule of workshops for the remainder of the 2019/20 season which can be booked and paid for online.

IMPORTANT: These workshops are available only to club members.

Workshops prices are as follows: New Members Evening – Free  :  Studio Sessions – £15  :  All other workshops – £5

Alternatively there are signing up sheets at the back of the Hall each evening.

Date Time Title & Description Link to Book
19 March 2020 8pm Start Macro & Close-up Photography Book
    In this workshop we will explore the field of close-up and macro photography, covering the advantages and limitations of various techniques. We will mostly address the selection of cameras, lenses and attachments for these techniques, paying particular reference to lighting requirements and focussing problems. There will be opportunities for hands-on exploration of several of the techniques discussed and some time for discussions of suitable matter for close-up and macro, and the use of specialist software for post- processing. Bring your camera, appropriate lenses and a tripod.


With Jeff Lawrence and Mark Perkins

02 April 2020 8pm Start Informal Photo Critique – Session 3 Book
    As the title suggests, this session is an opportunity to have some of your images reviewed and discussed by some of the other members in the club.  Please bring three images to be reviewed on a memory stick, which should ideally contain nothing else.  Filenames should take the form of 1-author’s name, e.g. 1-name, 2-name, 3-name. The image files should be in jpg format in sRGB colour space with dimensions no greater than 1400×1050 pixels, our backup projector resolution. Please aim to have a title for each image, it’s good practice for competitions.


With Jon Sawyer

28 April 2020 8pm Start Camera to Print – with Fotospeed Book
    Our PDI competitions are much more popular than our print. This will always be the case because it is easier and less expensive to submit PDIs. This is ideal for new photographers but we want to encourage more members to enter prints to redress the balance somewhat. There is something special about prints. There is much more subtlety and detail in a print and there is much to appreciate in the type of paper that’s used and its texture. Also when you enter a print in a competition it is much more likely that it will look as you intended whereas the results with PDIs are less predictable – we sometimes hear judges commenting that parts of an image are burnt out! We are keen to encourage more members to develop their skills and confidence so as to enter print competitions and this workshop is aimed at those members who:

don’t submit prints at all but want to know more about how to do it and build up enough knowledge to try it, even if only to outsource their printing,

use outsource print labs, such as Loxley, but might be tempted to buy a printer to print their own work if they thought they might produce better work and knew more about what is involved,

have their own printer but are not sure they are getting the most from it and would like to learn more.

This event will cover:

The best camera settings for printing

In depth look at printer types

The importance of colour management with both the printer and monitor calibration

The best printer setting to use to achieve the best results

Soft proofing and Hard proofing

How to choose the best paper for your print

How Fotospeed can help and the services they offer

They will bring a printer and demonstrate printing during the event. There will be lots of sample prints to view and a stock of paper to purchase at beneficial prices.

07 May 2020 8pm Start Compositing; how to realise a fantasy world in a photograph Book
    Creative photo editing merging multiple images to create stunning images often impossible to create in camera. Understand what tools are available and how to manage layers and other effects.


With Noel Hannan

19 May 2020 8pm Start Photoshop – Masking:  the follow up to Photoshop Selections Book
    A selection isolates part of an image so you can work on that area without affecting the rest of the image and masking is a reversible way to hide part of a layer. In this workshop we will follow up the earlier workshop on making selections and move on to go over the basics of what masks are, how they work and why you would want to use them.

To do the exercises, you will need a laptop (PC or Mac) with a working copy of Photoshop, the later the version the better.


With Jeff Lawrence

To be arranged:

Subject to Demand

  Post processing – working examples 2  
    In this session the workshop leader will edit live your images using their preferred post processing software tools walking through what steps they take and why they have done so. The end result will be their interpretation of the original image. For this to work attendees are requested to mail an unedited image to the leader at least 2 weeks before the workshop.


With Jon Sawyer