With the next Open Theme DPI upon us, here are the images that were submitted for the last internal digital projected image competition.
With the next Open Theme DPI upon us, here are the images that were submitted for the last internal digital projected image competition.
Last Monday saw us hold yet another great Studio Night, I hope you all had fun and got to shoot in a live studio set up. A lot of work goes on behind the scenes to allow us to enjoy these evenings so we all owe Beatrice a huge thank you. On the night Paul, Chris and Rob were on hand to provide excellent advice on set, a big thank you to those guys as well. Our brilliant and talented friend Lisa Jayne brought along what seemed to be an entire wardrobe of hats, outfits and sparkly knick-knacks for us to dress our models in. Our models for the night; Roisin, Lianne and Protea Misstery, were awesome. I’ll put some links below so you can all pay them a visit.
So what’s next….well we’d love to see your images from the night so please post them up onto our Facebook page and send them to us to post here in our members galleries. For those of you that were studio virgins we hope that you got plenty of thrills from the evening and it has inspired you to want to do more !
Monday September 21st at 7 45pm
We are going to have a very special night.
On the agenda the living legend that is
BOB NORRIS APAGB EFIAP
What can be said about this man.
Currently the President of the East Anglian Federation, Bob has been a major figure in the EAF for donkeys years. Likewise at Ware & D PS where he has been a member for 37 years. Loads and loads of wonderful photographic images, tips, anecdotes and just general all round knowledge which he will be sharing with you.
It’s going to be excellent!
We look forward to seeing you!
Monday September 14th
How To Use Your Camera
A very interesting and entertaining evening evolved on Monday and from the feedback everyone really enjoyed themselves. Lots of information being shared round, given and received, so many thanks to everyone involved for playing your part.
It would appear more of this would be appreciated so we will try to find ways to fit it into the programme. However, we do have a full and exciting season ahead and we will find plenty of avenues to develop and enjoy our photography.
Just look at this week’s event!
28th September 2015
Bea has a very exciting and
interesting evening planned for
Don’t forget to keep up to date with what’s happening in the club, locally, in the EAF, and in our big national and international world through the PAGB by checking the websites regularly.
You should also make sure you subscribe to their newsletters!
…and one last thing!
A useful video from YOUTUBE
The Stevenage Photographic Society kicked off its 41st year last night with the start of its 2015/16 season at our trusty community centre on the London road. It was a largely informal night and great to see so many regular faces returning for the new season and even more wonderful to see a good few new ones too! We offer our newcomers a warm welcome and hope that you all enjoy the club and get a lot out of it.
Our very own vice-chairman Mr Tony Brooks introduced the rest of our committee to the group which was followed by a brief rundown of whats to come with our extensive programme that has been put together by our talented programme secretary and news letter editor Mr Chris Thurston. Our exhibition secretary Chris Pike broke some amazing news about our planned exhibition this year, as he has secured space at the Gordon Craig theatre in town for the princely sum of nothing! So start putting all your images together as we have a real chance of absolutely packing it out with all your wonderful work. Don’t let him down! We had a quick run down on the new website and it’s new features which hopefully the club will embrace. A few of the members have already started uploading images so that we can get an impressive gallery going with members having their very own page if they wish!
So with the season underway, we are looking forward to all the events in store with the lectures, monthly competitions, studio nights, tutorials, advice, natters, and social nights. Welcome back everyone, (and newbies) and see you all next week for our collaborative ‘How to use your camera’ group session. Don’t forget to bring your cameras!
It’s that time of year, summer is all but done and September is upon us and so with it the new season starts. Last season saw a few changes to club nights and this season may see a few more.. We have lectures, competitions – internal and external, studio nights and much more to look forward to. It is always exciting to see new images and the quality that our members can produce. I’m sure we all want to be winning some plaudits and of course bragging rights especially in the external competitions..it’s about time SPS had some engraving done so…it’s up to us folks, we have the talent, we have the quality..let’s go win some trophies ! Of course though our main objective is to enjoy what we do, share some knowledge/share some laughs and try not to cry (even if a judge is just plain mean/blind/doesn’t like beards/scared of contemporary/longs for the days of slides..or any other reason to score you a 12/20).
Lets do this people..have a great season.
With the new season about to start in September, we are pleased to have launched our new website! The club would like to thank our previous hosts for looking after our website for us for so long! The new site will go through a number of changes as the season progresses and we hope that all our members will enjoy using it!
This last Monday saw the final SPS gathering of the season!
The club met for our AGM which ended with the members voting for our committee members for the next season. I for one retained my position as web guru and internet genius! Largely the committee members has remained the same with a couple of exceptions. Our very own Arthur Ash has stepped down as club vice chairperson after long and distinguished service, and we all thank Arthur for his time, effort and commitment that he has shown the club over many years and hope that he continues to enjoy the clubs programmes.
Tony Brooks steps in as our new vice chairperson having relinquished his position of social secretary which has been appointed to Jo Sowden. We wish Jo a very warm welcome to the committee and look forward to all that she can offer. Chris Pike has also taken on the unenviable task of organising the clubs exhibitions which enable you all to show off your photographic skills whilst promoting the club!
The evening ended with prize giving for the various competitions that have been run throughout the season with our winners being immortalised on the various cups and trophies. Very well done to all our winners!
So that’s it for the season, we wish everyone an enjoyable bank holiday weekend, and hope you all enjoy your summer break and we look forward to seeing you all for the new season come September! For those of you who can’t wait that long, then come along to our more informal summer season programme! Chris Thurston will keep you all up to date as usual with his newsletter and we hope to see as many of you as possible during the summer programme which kicks off on Monday June 1st at Fairlands Lakes for a nice photo walk with Des. The summer itinerary is as follows. (this will of course be updated on the website calendar programme.)
John Crouch – Featuring Rob “Steampunk” Ryder
Thomas Ashley – Winner
John Crouch – With help from “Jason” aka Simon Cooper
I must tell you a funny story about this picture. One of our kitchen knives had gone missing for several weeks. It’s in a knife block, so it’s loss was noticeable and irritating. I was blaming Nic and Hilary. We were all puzzled. When this picture popped up last night, I remembered what I had done with it. It was in my props bag.
John Crouch -(my favourite)
Winner – Thomas Ashley – Miss Minoes
Judge – Dr John Law – Top Bloke!
The Oscars 2015 last night were a resounding success and terrific fun. Dr John Law treated us to an hour of his own wild and wacky photographs before judging the Movie Poster Competition. He did a marvellous job and kept us entertained all evening. He enjoyed the whole concept of the competition and declared that he couldn’t remember when he had had so much fun at a camera club. If someone could remind who did Pulp Fiction and Red Shoes I will update the page. Well done to all who entered. Really good fun. Congrats to Thomas for winning the prestigious Oscar and to Mick and Clare who picked up a Dr John Raspberry each. Many thanks to Adele for popping all that popcorn.
Our last PDI competition of the season was held on Monday February 2nd and was judged by the lovely Barbara Lyddiatt. Barbara was a new judge to our club and it turned out that she had killed two birds with one stone while in Stevenage by visiting an online friend who lives in the town. Her friend, Sheila, runs the Stevenage Freegle group that some of you may have heard of. It’s a handy recycling group that find new homes for unwanted items.
I have delayed posting this review of the evening as I have been waiting for the images from the authors that won a twenty. They are still not forthcoming, so here are the winners anyway. They all got a twenty. It would have been nice to see their images as well, but I can’t post what I haven’t got. Well done to them and indeed to all who entered.
Dr John Law UPI ZEUS UPI 4 CROWN FRPS MFIAP
was on fine form last night for our print competition. He describes himself as a “Counter Conformist” and he certainly lived up to his own handle. When faced with a themed competition, he looks for “Hard Bits”. That is the actual foreground, background and in between ground. Then he looks at the “Soft Bits”. Lighting and treatment. But, most of all, he looks for the “Wow Factor!”.
He is a very entertaining judge who has critiqued more than a million images in his time.
I found him to be fairly harsh with some images. Beautiful scenes were rewarded with a lowly 15 for no apparent reason. Anything that didn’t seem like a landscape to him ended up with a 12. Dr John seems very enthusiastic and passionate about photography. He touches and caresses the prints as he looks for their finer points to talk about.
He found his winners.
Andy’s volcanoes exploded with Wow Factor!
Andre scored an amazing 21/20 for his print which was deemed to be “Print of the Night”. Andre is also a genius who needs to be nurtured and encouraged. Dr John pointed out that there is a very thin line btween genius and madness, as if we needed telling. Andre’s picture was reminiscent of a Jackson Pollock masterpiece and the judge was actually speechless as he admired it. Remarkable. Some people thought that Andre had simple snapped a picture of someone else’s art, but what do they know?
The other 20 was won by Alan Brown who chose not to attend again. What could be more important than seeing your pictures win 20’s? Alan is becoming The Invisible Man.
Very well done to everyone who entered. A very good quantity of prints with excellent quality. Presentation was very, very good across the board, too. No one was marked down for poor mounting or scruffy entries. Sara and Andy worked well together. (How come I never thought of getting someone else to call out the titles? Doh!)
A great competitive night. Those scores will be getting exciting now.
This is Brian Conran in his diner.
Did you know that there is a photographic studio in Stevenage that specialises in glamour, vintage and pin up photography. It’s fully kitted out with lights and back drops. All you need is your camera. They are currently offering a 20% discount to Stevenage PS members. If you are looking for somewhere exciting and different to shoot models, ring Brian Conran on 0789 614 2530
Brian can also help with models.
Full Lightling for sets.
Wall booms for Lighting.
Manfrotto Expan backdrop system, vinyl backdrops
(WHITE, GREY & BLACK) 3M WIDE X 8M LONG
Weighted boom arm and heavy duty stands
Beauty dish with honeycomb grid and diffuser
Strip soft-box with baffle, diffuser and cloth grid
3 light stands (light or heavy duty )
Reflector arm and stand
Bowens fit barn doors, including gels and honeycomb grid
Bowens metal snoot
500w Elemental strobe
600w Elemental strobe
Bowens fit reflector bowl (for lights) x2
3 x 300w Stobes
Does anyone remember the BBC’s Points of View programme in the 1960s? Click here for a reminder.
Well this lecture by Chris Palmer is unlikely to be anything like that.
Portrait Photographer of the Year & Photographer of the Year 2013
Will now be held on the same night. Monday May 13th. We will have Russell and Barbie Lindsay to assist in the task of choosing the winners. Let no one be under the illusion that this will be easy. There will be a lot of work to do on that night and we will need an army of volunteers. I need you all there at 7:30, please. We’ll get out tables, print stands, the 35mm projector for lighting and the large print stand. We have the portraits there so they can be put up straight away. We will start judging at 8pm on the dot. We may not be finished until 10:30.
The portraits will be put up first. Bring your POTY entries with you and keep them to one side ready for the switch over at the break. Make sure that your name is on each and every print. Russell will judge the portraits and award the slips and cup before the break. As soon as we break, you will need to grab your portraits and take them away. If you are entering Photographer of the Year, you will need to put up your six prints as you want to see them displayed. Do this before you get your coffee or tea so that the judge can check them out before we start part two. You can see that, if you are entering either of these comps, you will need to be there in person if possible.
Tea break will be no more than ten minutes, depending on the number of POTY entries. Like Russell, Barbie will not get much more than two or three minutes on each entry by my estimate. It should be enough. These guys are good and don’t waste words. They know what they are talking about and their constructive criticism is worth it’s weight in gold.
Some members have been asking about the entry conditions for the photographer of the year competition. I have attached a copy of the up to date rules for you to print out and keep for future reference. Your entry will consist of your six best prints. The judge is looking for technical excellence as well as variety and versatility from the author. Your entry does NOT have to be arranged as a panel, like the Arthur Ash Trophy Competition, but some entrants prefer to show their work like a panel anyway. That is their choice, but you will not lose points if you have different coloured mounts or different sized prints within the mounts. The mounts will have to measure 50cm x 40cm as this is the standard size for all of our club comps and the EAF.
Barbie will also be asked to choose the best single image from the POTY for the Jim Lucas Trophy. This can be from any of the sets and does not have to be part of the winning set. Here are the entries from last year to give you an idea of what is required.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me on this address. firstname.lastname@example.org
In July we have an exhibition at what used to be the Boxfield Gallery in the Gordon Craig Theatre. It is now called Pi Bistro. The exhibition will be on the restaurant walls, so it will get even more attantion than usual. We will require your best prints for this exhibition directly after the POTY Competition. We would like to have at least one from everyone in the club if possible. A maximum of three, please. You can add portraits as well. I will have Arthur at the back table by the window to collect them from you.
Henry was well received at our club last Monday. He showed a selection of his photos from various locations and taken with different cameras and lenses. It would be fair to say that Henry has a penchant for the fish eye lens in particular and wide angles in general. His quirky views of locations were unusual and inspirational. I enjoyed his images and felt that the evening went very well.
An Evening with Henry O’Dwyer
Henry is a good friend of Ron Pickford. I’m afraid I don’t know much else about him. He has agreed to come and talk to us. I’m sure it will be an entertaining and informative evening. Come down on Monday April 29th and find out for yourself.
Portrait Photographer of the Year
was a total disaster this year due to not having a judge. There seems to have been some sort of mix up and the judge, Russell Lindsay, thought he was coming to Stevenage next Monday. Russell and his wife, Barbie, live in Suffolk and it would have taken too long even if they had set out as soon as they realised. Clearly, we need to ensure that our speakers and judges are reminded by email and that we have contact details for them on the night. It doesn’t happen very often, but it is a real nuisance when it does. I do apologise to everyone who came down to the club expecting an exciting competition. Also to all who entered. We had more entries than ever before. The entries have been boxed up and we are going to try and judge them on the evening of May 13th with the Photographer of the Year Competition. Some members asked if they could add their portrait images to this competition. I have to say no, as it wouldn’t be fair to all those that had their sets ready for last Monday. I would like to thank Gary for going through the programme for next year and explaining what we have to look forward to. David made a collection of “Portrait Cakes”. He was going to send me a picture of them, but I haven’t received anything yet. They were very tasty if the one I had is anything to go by.
Eric Saul ARPS, EFIAP, DPAGB, APAGB
Congratulations to all those below who had images accepted by the EAF Exhibition. Good work, Team!
EAF Exhibition 2013
Stevenage PS acceptances
Chris Thurston – Lone Tree – 12
Chris Thurston – An Alternative Fashion – 11.5
Adele Gibson – Rydal Water Tree – 12
Elliot Hook – Still Waters – 12
Elliot Hook – The Second Severn Crossing – 12 (Selected to represent EAF in National PAGB Comp)
Gary Nicholls – Lombok Street Carver – 13 (Selected to represent EAF in National PAGB Comp)
Chris Thurston – Walking the Dogs -12
Chris Thurston – Frosty Teasels -12
Adele Gibson – Symmetry – 13
Adele Gibson – Luskentyre Beach – 12 (Selected to represent EAF in National PAGB Comp)
Lynne Owen – On a Spin Cycle – 11.5
Gary Nicholls – Storm over Bamburgh – 12
Elliot Hook – Brown Hare – 13 – Highly Commended – (Selected to represent EAF in National PAGB Comp)
Jeff Owen – Waiting and Wondering – 12 (Selected to represent EAF in National PAGB Comp)
Tanya Warren – Surface Tension – 12 (Selected to represent EAF in National PAGB Comp)
Gary Nicholls – Saved from her Reverie – 11
Paul Langshaw – Iranian Protester – 12 (Selected to represent EAF in National PAGB Comp)
Chris Thurston – Macabre Night – 12 (Selected to represent EAF in National PAGB Comp)
Chris Thurston – Walking in the Snow – 11
The Arthur Ash Trophy
This popular competition takes place on Monday April 8th, straight after Easter Weekend.