You do not have to be a member to attend our events. Simply turn up on the evening for a taster of what we can offer. Please note we may occasionally ask for an entrance fee to cover the expenses of particular speakers.
Tuesday 4th September 2018 at 7.30 pm [Museum]
Hot Images From The Edge
Brian is a photographer, architect, educator and adventurer based on the Wirral. Afflicted with Wanderlust for over 30 years, he has been fortunate to travel to over 55 nations and territories in Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, and further afield to the High Arctic, Geographic North Pole and Antarctica, to capture landscape, wildlife and travel images.
Brian runs courses on Improving Your Photography, Wildlife and Travel Photography, the Anthropocene, Our Changing World, Wilderness Exploration, the Visual Arts and the History of Early Photography. He has presented to audiences throughout the UK, and in Germany, Italy, Hungary, Cyprus, Spain and Finland. His images and articles have been published in travel brochures, international websites and UK photographic journals and lifestyle magazines, including Cheshire Life in April 2013.
In this talk, we travel down the river Nile from the Great Pyramids in Cairo to the temple of Ramses ll in Abu Simbel in Nubia, with Brian’s images of the wildlife, colourful landscapes, stunning architecture and the mystical Egyptian Gods who ensured the life giving properties of the River Nile.
Tuesday 11th September 2018 at 7.30 pm [Church]
Plus members mini-lecture : ‘How To Create A Custom Brush in Photoshop’ by Sue Champion
Tuesday 18th September 2018 at 7.30 pm [Church]
Light Fantastic II
Gordon Bartley ARPS
This old-fashioned ’35mm slide’ presentation is suitable for mixed audiences, but does contains images of aircraft, steam railways, and cruise ships and also includes some landscapes, seascapes and some natural history. Gordon will also add on the images of his trip on HMS Illustrious at the end. ‘Light Fantastic II’ has been viewed by three audiences to date, and has been well received.
Tuesday 25th September 2018 at 7.30 pm [Museum]
⊕ COMPETITION HAND IN NIGHT – OPEN 1
Managing colour and quality for prints and photo-books
Dr Tim Daly
Tim is the Deputy Head and Senior Lecturer in Photography at the University of Chester where he teaches on all levels of the BA Photography programme with special responsibility for practice based modules, and also contributes to the MA Fine Art programme.
His special interests are production and publishing which was at the core of his PhD dissertation and he has also published a number of books about photography and printing.
Tuesday 2nd October 2018 [Museum]
Time travelling through Chester
Local historian Paul Hurley explores the fascinating history of Chester through photographs and illustrations. Paul has written Chester Through Time with Len Morgan, Chester Pubs, again with Len, Chester in the 1950s and Chester in the 1960s, A History Tour of Chester and Chester in 50 Buildings.
Tuesday 9th October 2018 at 7.30 pm [Church]
Competition – Open 1
Tuesday 16th October 2018 at 7.30 pm [Church]
Taking the next step
Dianne Owen FRPS
Dianne received her ARPS & FRPS in 2008 in Visual Arts. Her work is focused on adding art of her to the images she processes. They depict the emotions and experience that she felt during the process of taking the image. She loves pressing the button on the camera just as much a seeing a print emerge from the printer as she only works in prints. Her work is printed on Hahnemuhle Fine Art Papers as “it’s the paper that matters”.
This talk is mainly focused on Creative Photography achieved by adding photographic textures and images to the images in Photoshop. The prints cover a wide range of subjects ranging from Still Life, Landscape to Digital Art, all with a creative touch. Various images in the talk are from the Creative Workshops that Dianne does.
Tuesday 23rd October 2018 at 7.30 pm [Museum]
⊕ COMPETITION HAND IN NIGHT – OPEN 2
RAW Nature: Images Uncovered
Oliver Smart is a wildlife photographer and ornithologist having studied at the University of Birmingham. His passion for nature and interest in photography captures the diversity of wildlife from behind the camera. As well as scores of magazine covers, his images have been published in the national press, nature magazines, books and wildlife guides. He is also represented by RSPB Images.
Oliver travels the globe in search of iconic species in their natural habitat, often waiting days to capture the perfect photograph. His wildlife photography has taken him all over the world to countries including Alaska for bears, Antarctica for penguins, Cuba for endemics, Ethiopia for bird diversity, Madagascar for lemurs, New Zealand for landscapes and the Azores for marine wildlife. Oliver’s diary page will keep you up-to-date with his latest trips and expeditions.
Oliver also holds voluntary positions for the RSPB, British Trust for Ornithology and the Avon Wildlife Trust where he is a warden at Puxton Moor nature reserve.
Tuesday 30th October 2018 at 7.15 pm [Museum]
Inter-club Print Battle
The annual competition between clubs across Cheshire, the Wirral and North Wales.
Tuesday 6th November 2018 at 7.30 pm [Church]
Competition – Open 2
Judge: Andy Polakowski
Tuesday 13th November 2018 at 7.30 pm [Church]
Members discussing their Open 1 & 2 competition entries
Thursday 15th November at 7.30 pm [St. Mary’s Centre, St Mary’s Hill, Chester]
Successful Street Photography
Damien is a photographer, journalist and photographic equipment expert, speaker, judge and educator. He has worked in the photographic publishing industry since 1997, including 15 years at the world’s only weekly photo magazine, Amateur Photographer, where he was editor and still writes regularly for DP Review and British Journal of Photography.
He specializes in street photography, but also shoots portraits, landscapes, architecture, natural macro and occasionally even wildlife and weddings. He has judged many competitions, including Chair of Judges for the Open, National and Youth categories of 2017 Sony World Photo Awards, Hasselblad Masters 2018, Take a View (Landscape Photographer of the Year), International Garden Photographer of the Year, Amateur Photographer of the Year, British Heart Foundation Red Heart competition, and The Thames Festival.
Entrance by ticket only, tickets £10
Tickets are available at any of our meetings
Tuesday 20th November 2018 at 7.30 pm [Church]
⊕ COMPETITION HAND IN NIGHT – NATURE
Plus members mini-lecture TBA
On Two Wheels With A Camera
A retired marketing professional, Richard looks after the club’s website and social media. When he’s not taking photographs most likely he’ll be on his bike clocking up an annual 10,000 km cycling around the more remote parts of the UK. He is currently working on his sixth guidebook for the outdoor activities publisher Cicerone – and working towards his first photographic award.
His talk will focus on taking photographs for publication.
Tuesday 27th November 2018 at 7.30 pm [Museum]
Same View, Different Perspective
Mark Gilligan FBIPP LRPS
Mark Gilligan is one of the countries foremost Landscape Photographers. An official Fujifilm Ambassador, he is an accredited, award-winning member of the British Institute of Professional Photography. Mark was made a Fellow by them because of his specialist and original work in the Lake District.
A features writer for many magazines, he has his own photographic series in ‘Lake District Life’ and ‘Lancashire Life’. A member of the ‘Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild’, his work regularly appears in the national and regional walking publications. I first contacted Mark after he was featured in the BBC4 television programme Life of a Mountain: A Year on Scafell Pike.
Tuesday 4th December 2018 at 7.30 pm [Church]
Competition (Prints & DPI) – Natural History / Nature
Judge: AIan Whiston
Tuesday 11th December 2018 at 7.30 pm [Church]
Plus members mini-lecture The Beauty of Water by Cyril Langman
Tuesday 18th December 2018 at 7.30 pm [Museum]
⊕ COMPETITION HAND IN NIGHT – MONOCHROME
Landscape Photography : Lightweight Tools and Techniques
Robin Whalley is a UK Landscape Photographer. When he first became interested in landscape photography, almost two decades ago, he was frustrated by the lack of information. He wanted to progress quickly but everyone who he thought was taking great pictures kept their secrets, well secret. That’s when he decided to study everything he could find about photography and image editing. he also made himself a promise, which was to ‘share what he learned and learn what he did’t know’. It’s what’s made him “a better photographer”.
Robin is also an advocate of ‘lightweight’ photography, feeling that lightweight or mirrorless cameras help with reducing back and other problems experienced in carrying around heavy and cumbersome DSLR kit around.