Annual Photographic Exhibition

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Members of Chester Photographic Society will be showcasing prints from their 2018-19 season at

St Mary’s Creative Space
St Mary’s Hill, off Castle Street, Chester, CH1 2DW

The former Church of St Mary-on-the-Hill is a Grade 1 listed building which will be open as part of Heritage Open Days.

Fri 13th & Sat 14th September 2019 10am – 4pm Free Admission

Mike Reed

We are sorry to report that Mike Reed died on Tuesday 16 July at the age of 87.

Mike had been a member of Chester Photographic Society since 1973 and had held many posts on the committee. He was a Hon. Vice President of the Society in recognition of his contribution over many years. He was an A.R.P.S. and a well-recognised Lecturer and Judge in the L&CPU. He represented C.P.S. on the L&CPU Committee for a few years and his contribution resulted in him being granted a life membership of the L&CPU.

Graham Latter, president, spoke on behalf of all members: “A great loss to the club and I have many memories of chats and advice from him over the years. My condolences to Eileen and their family.”

There will be a memorial service at Rowton Methodist Chapel at 11.30am on Tuesday 30th July followed by refreshments at Rowton Poplars Hotel.

Portrait Workshop

Eleven members went along to the National Waterways Museum in Ellemsere Port on Saturday 8 June for a Portrait Workshop led by Manchester photographer Sam Chaloner.

We spent some time examining some of “The Greats” of portrait photography over the years, and learning about what motivated them, before getting into the practical tutorial on how to achieve good quality portraits.

Sam had brought along two professional models who very kindly and patiently allowed us to practice our new skills, in the mini-studio he had set up as well as using natural light in the museum. Since it was raining, we were limited to working indoors which nevertheless allowed plenty of scope for interpretation.

Word has it that the models were convincingly upstaged by one of our very own. We will let you judge for yourself.

Abstract Architecture Walkabout – Sunday 28 April

Six of us made it to Manchester and enjoyed a somewhat tiring day of hoofing it around the city interspersed with much-needed breaks in coffeeshops.

We were blessed with fine weather and sufficient cloud cover to make it worth digging out the neutral density filters to do some long exposures.

So expect to see some dramatic – and perhaps even surreal- architecture images in competitions next season.

LCE Falconry Workshop

London Camera Exchange Chester and Sony will be holding a hands on event at Chester falconry and Nature Gardens with brand ambassador and wildlife photographer Luke Massey whose work has been awarded in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year as well as winning Travel Photographer of the Year’s Wildlife category 2016 and the Wildscreen Panda award for Emerging Talent in 2018.

Along with demonstrations and talks from Luke during the day attendees will also have the opportunity to try the very latest Sony equipment and have a chance to try and capture that perfect shot of the Cathedrals birds of prey in flight.

The event is open to photographers of all levels and is not limited to just Sony users so why not bring your current kit along to compare. Tickets for the event are £25 and booking can be done in store or by contacting LCE Chester on 01244 326531.

Opportunity to photograph dancers at Theatr Clwyd

National Dance Company Wales have an upcoming show in Mold, called AWAKENING, which will be at Theatr Clwyd on 15th and 16th March. Before the evening show, they have a ‘Watch Dance Class’, which is an opportunity for amateur photographers to come and take pictures of dancers in class. It is ‘free’ if you purchase a ticket for an evening show but you must reserve a place in advance as there are a limited number of spaces available.

Click here for further details.

Your chance to get you disappointing images reassessed

We’ve all got images that we think are truly wonderful, – but which judges pass over with barely a mention.

Well don’t trash them in a fit of frustration. Next season we are having an interactive session with an experienced judge who has only recently moved into the LCPU patch. First he is going to discuss his experience of judging giving you plenty of opportunity to air some of your gripes and grievances. Then he wants to reassess around 20 images that in competition have failed to live up to their creator’s expectations. And again, he wants you to discuss why you think it should have done better.

So don’t tear up or dismantle your disappointments. Put them carefully to one side and they may get picked out for reassessment in what should be a really interesting evening.