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!
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.)
- 1st June – 19:30 – Fairlands Lakes photo walk with Des.
- 8th June – 19:30 – Back to basics with Chris Thurston – (Venue to be confirmed)
- 15th June – 19:30 – Ware photo walk taking in the church & river.
- 22nd June – Social evening at The Crown.
- 29th June – Country walk with Des.
- 6th July – Summer BBQ – The White Horse – Burnham Green.
- 13th July – 19:30 – Bowling!
- 20th July – Q&A Session with CT/PM/TA. (Venue to be confirmed)
- 27th July – Ruby Murray – (Curry night – details TBA)
- 3rd August – Bank Holiday (Newly invented – now cancelled – evening TBA)
- 10th August – Members choice!
- 17th August – The largest parish church in Herts – St Mary’s, Hitchin.
- 24th August – Old Town, Stevenage photo walk (period building) (pub crawl?!)
- 31st August – An actual Bank Holiday
- 7th September – NEW SEASON! WOOHOO!
A very important announcement from
As part of a larger fund raising event I am going to get my beard and hair cut. Not trimmed but severely chopped. The purpose of this is to raise funds for the St John’s Hospice in Moggerhanger.
The event on the 24th of January is part of a larger fundraising challenge where Matt Givertz and his ex-wife, Sarah, will be driving a 1968 Morris Minor Traveller (Albert) to Mongolia and back.
So sponsor me now or come along to the event on the 24th January 2015 at Potton Market Square and watch the action as it unfolds and, if you want to donate even more, have go at helping the cut! Hair and beard cutting will start at around 1pm and go on for as long as it takes.
For more information on the event or to find out about Albert’s adventure go to Albert’s web site or Albert’s Mongolian Adventure on Facebook
Thankyou for your support
Ron has sent this link if you would like to sponsor him having his hair cut off. Don’t forget your balaclava, Ron!
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.