Below are links to a number of organisations that may be of interest. There are also a section of small ads for photographic kit that BPS members are offering to other members.
BPS is affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain through its membership of the Kent County Photographic Association. We are also members of the Federation of South London Photographic Societies and Bromley Arts Council as well as being a friend of the London Salon. The RPS, PAGB and BPE offer distinctions for photographers whose work is assessed to be of a suitable standard.
BPS is affiliated to the FSLPS and participates in the various inter-club competitions organised by the federation. Entry for FSLPS competitions may either be on a club basis (chosen by the BPS Competition Organiser) or, for their annual Finals' Day are open to individuals to submit their prints, PDIs, or slides. BPS typically hosts one or two FSLPS competitions a year, involving 4 or 5 visiting clubs. These events are listed in the BPS programme..
For more information about FSLPS events, see the BPS programme and the FSLPS web site: www.fslps.org.uk
The KCPA has various functions, including supplying judges and lecturers to its affiliated clubs. It organises inter-club and open competitions, plus an annual exhibition.
For more information about KCPA events, see the BPS Programme, and the KCPA web site: www.kcpa.co.uk.
The PAGB organises competitions on a national basis, and holds an annual exhibition. BPS members' work may be selected to represent Kent in a PAGB competition, if the print/image has done exceptionally well in a KCPA competition.
PAGB awards the following distinctions to individuals upon submission of a panel of work: Credit (CPAGB); Distinction (DPAGB); Master (MPAGB).
See also the PAGB web site: www.pagb-photography-uk.co.uk
The RPS is the oldest photographic society in the UK, and is open to all photographers. It awards the following distinctions to individual members, gained by application and the submission of a panel of work: Licentiate (LRPS); Associate (ARPS); Fellow (FRPS).
For more information, see their web site: www.rps.org.
The BPE offer crown awards, e.g. BPE2* (2 crowns), to photographers who have had a certain number of images accepted in recognised BPE exhibitions. There are about 18 recognised exhibitions (Oct 2011).
For more information, see their web site: www.b-p-e.org.uk
The International Federation of Photographic Art has national bodies, in our case the PAGB, as its affiliates. It offers distinctions through the national photographic bodies, in this case: Artist (AFIAP) and Excellence (EFIAP).
The best site for information is: www.thepagb.org.uk/fiap_1.htm
The RHS runs a number of photographic competitions and exhibitions each year. Details are here.
The London Salon has been established for over a hundred years and holds a prestigious annual exhibition which is displayed in London and around the country. Although it is tough getting an acceptance, if you manage it your work is showing 'distinct evidence of artistic feeling and execution'. Details can be found here.
Local camera clubs: The FSLPS provides links here.
Release Group: Images by three photographers from Selsdon Camera Club and others are here.
Mirage Group: Images from a group of photographers mainly based in the Kent area are here.
Spectrum Photo Art: Images from a group of women photographers including Lesley, Sandy and Nenne from BPS are here.
Clive Haynes: Useful site for digital photography techniques is here.
Linda Pitkin: Linda has given a number of talks on underwater photography to BPS. You'll find some of her amazing images on her web site here.
Glyn Dewis: For tips on retouching images glyndewis.com is very useful, and subscribing to his newsletter is very worthwhile. The videos section contains very useful step-by-step explanations of varoius retouching techniques.
Photography and the Law:Keith Surey's slides are here.
Distinctions and Exhibitions: Cathy Roberts' slides are here.
Adobe's List (14 pages)
Photography Life's list (1 page)
Lightroom Queen's list (12 pages)
Photobooks (21st Jan 2015): Philip Pound's presentation is here.
Abstract Photographers of Note: Photographers mentioned in Caroline's talk on 2nd Sept 2015 are here.
Philip Pound's HDR talk to the BIG group is here.
Barrie Brown's Audio Visual Notes:
Photoshop Playbook: Hundreds of Youtube videos are available to help you with common Photoshop problems. See here for an introduction.
Vanishing point:Cloning objects with noticeable perspective effects can be tricky. This video tutorial explains how to use Photoshop's Vanishing Point tool to do it.
Photoshop Adjustment Layers: If you have cut part of your image to a new layer (Ctrl-J), you may want to adjust the tone, colour balance etc of that layer, and only that layer. One quick way is to bind the adjust,maent layer to the layer beneath it by creating a clipping mask. With the adjustment layer selected, all you need to do is Ctrl+Alt+G, or Layer > Create Clipping Mask or right-click on the adjustment layer and select Create Clipping Mask.
Comments attributed here to members are only a guide and do not represent any form of guarantee.
The Wideangle market operates a sales table for members, stocking a variety of traditional and digital photographic items at very competitive prices. It is usually available at BPS meetings or from David Wood's home. Supplies include:
Batteries, SDHC and CF camera cards, Flash Drives
Bevel mount cutters
Mounting board - see chart for colour options (available at BPS meetings)
50 cm x 40 cm mounts with pre-cut and bespoke apertures
Pre-ordering of some items is appreciated. David Wood's contact details are on the paper programme given to members when they pay their subscription. The price list is here.
Apart from the printer maker's own brand paper, a number of members use third party papers from Permajet, Fotospeed, Hahnemuhle. Generally, profiles are available for their papers for a range of printers, and some companies will make custom profiles if you order a reasonable quantity of paper.
On-line Paper supplies these and other papers, or through Wideangle Market. Robert Smith produces lovely prints on Canson Platine paper, although it is expensive. Somerset Enhanced and Permajet Oyster (lustre) are also worth considering.
Polina Plotnikova uses Paper Spectrum's papers, particularly favouring Cotton Textured Fine Art. They too provide profiles.
There are a number of companies offering pre-cut mounts. However, the carriage costs can be quite high so it is worth talking to other members if you are thinking of getting some so that these costs can be shared.
Fred Barrington and Sylvia Wilbur have been very satisfied with Cotswold Mounts: www.cotswoldmounts.co.uk
Polina Plotnikova is very satisfied with Carters Mounts: www.cartersmounts.co.uk
Steve Wilbur has used thePrintSpace (www.theprintspace.co.uk) in Shoreditch to make large panoramic prints on Fuji Crystal Archive paper. They print on matt, gloss, flex and metallic Fuji Crystal Archive, Kodak metallic and also various papers with their Epson inkjet printers. Images can be uploaded and then collected about 4 hours later.
Wessex Pictures used to be in Croydon, but the nearest branch is now in Leatherhead. They supply trade and photographers with framing, mounting and related materials and tools. Details at: www.wessexpictures.com
Welshot Imaging offer photography courses in the North West of England. Peter Foley has been on their High Dynamic Range (HDR) course which combines HDR photography and HDR processing into a one-day workshop.
Northshots offer wildlife and landscape workshops in Scotland. They have access to specialist hides for wildlife shooting. They also do landscape tours in the Cairngorms and Hebrides. Steve and Sylvia enjoyed their workshop taking in Harris, Skye and Eigg.
Calumet offer half-day and one-day photography courses in London and elsewhere. Steve Wilbur found a half-day workshop by Jayce Clark on Lightroom very good.
Please let Steve Wilbur know the details of any items you wish to advertise here.
The following are items that BPS members are wishing to sell to other members. Neither email addresses nor telephone numbers are given here for obvious privacy reasons, so if you are interested you should contact the advertiser at a regular BPS club evening or a BIG meeting.
No items for sale at present