In light of the Covid-19 situation, as of April 2020 the Committee foresees that we will not be able to host any in-person meetings before December 2020 at the earliest. The Committee is actively exploring how to run a programme of virtual events until our normal activities can restart. Have a look at our diary of events on the Covid-19 hub page for details.
For the time being we have decided to retain details of the programme here on the web site – but please understand the context in which we are presenting the information.
You do not have to be a member to attend our normal events. Simply turn up on the evening for a taster of what we can offer.
TUESDAY 1 SEPTEMBER 7.30 at the Museum
a different kind of PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY
Matthew Seed, a Cheshire-based professional photographer who works at the very top of two seeming different photographic practices, explains how he applies his talent and the skills he uses in his advertising work to take breathtaking images of horses that frequently reduce their owners to tears. Definitely a night to remember.
“A modern day George Stubbs”The Independent newspaper
In his advertising practice Matthew is recognized as one of the most proficient and skilled professional photographers and technical lighting experts working today. This has secures him long term commissions with both UK and international premium brands and publications and you can see examples of his work at www.mspstudio.co.uk He is often featured in specialist magazines and delivers photography and lighting master classes for colleges, universities and private clients across the UK, frequently road testing what is considered the finest, professional photographic equipment in the world for Hasselblad cameras and Broncolor lighting. And when he’s not doing that, Matthew has develop a parallel photographic practice and is also frequently dubbed as “the world’s best horse photographer” by those in the equine world who recognize how far he has advanced the genre by combining his talent with the skills he has mastered in his commercial practice.
TUESDAY 8 SEPTEMBER 7.30 at the Church
HOW TO SHOOT FOOD (Demo evening)
Despite having such a prestigious speaker we are at the Church tonight where we can use the kitchen so Jonathan can prepare some dishes and demonstrate how to present and light food so you capture images that really make your mouth water.
Expect to go home hungry!
Chester-based Jonathan Thompson is one of the UK’s leading food photographers working with brands, growers, restaurants and book publishers to create striking images that help grow their businesses.
TUESDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 7.30 at the Museum
Hand in night – ‘1st OPEN’
ULTIMATE SMARTPHONE PHOTOGRAPHY
Adrian McGarry ARPS
“A master session from a master iPhone photographer – I loved it!”
They say the best camera is the one you have in your hand at the time – and tonight Adrian McGarry will inspire you by introducing techniques that will improve your smartphone photography skills regardless of whether you are a beginner or an experienced photographer.
TUESDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 7.30 at the Church
MAKING IT PAY AS AN INDEPENDENT PRESS PHOTOGRAPHER
Previously a regional press photographer, Craig Colville now works full time as a professional photographer working freelance for a diverse portfolio of clients across the region covering sport events, news, tourism and public relations. And when he’s not got a camera or video recorder in his hand, most likely you’ll find him on a sailboard.
Tonight Craig explains how it’s still possible to make a career as a freelance photographer and shares some of his images that help him pay the bills.
TUESDAY 29 SEPTEMBER 7.30 at the Church
1ST OPEN COMPETITION
TUESDAY 6 OCTOBER 7.30 at the Church
TO BE CONFIRMED
TUESDAY 13 OCTOBER 7.30 at the Church
RULES & OTHER MYTHS OF COMPETITION
Sue Clark, an avid (and perhaps slightly maverick) photographer based in North Wales, uses images from her own extensive portfolio to explain why it sometime pays to break the rules and follow your own intuition.
TUESDAY 20 OCTOBER 7.30 at the Museum
Hand in night – ‘2nd OPEN’
MASTERING THE ART OF MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY
Manchester-based Tony North is fascinated by life’s small things – insects like butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies, and flowers and fungi.
Tonight Tony will explain how to overcome some of the common issues that frustrate those of us intent of improving our macro-skills such as finding and getting close to the subject, minimizing movement and choosing the appropriate and depth of field – while trying to achieve a successful composition. He will also explore some of the common pitfalls in post-processing macro images.
TUESDAY 27 OCTOBER 7.30 at the Museum
INTER-CLUB PRINT BATTLE
The perennially popular annual competition between camera clubs and photographic societies across Cheshire, the Wirral and North Wales.
Come early to be sure of a seat!
TUESDAY 3 NOVEMBER 7.30 at the Church
2ND OPEN COMPETITION
TUESDAY 10 NOVEMBER 7.30 at the Church
Members share the background of their entries into the 1st and 2nd Open Competitions. What worked, what didn’t and what will they do differently next time?
TUESDAY 17 NOVEMBER 7.30 at the Church
Hand in night ‘NATURE’
An opportunity to view some of the winning images from recent LCPU competitions.
AUTUMN IN THE KARAKORUM
Club member Lakshimish Teranahalli shows us what it’s like in some of the highest mountains in the world during autumn.
TUESDAY 24 NOVEMBER 7.30 at the Museum
LEE MILLER: FROM VOGUE TO DACHAU
Elizabeth “Lee” Miller, (1907 – 1977), was an American photographer and photojournalist, who first became a fashion model in New York in the 1920s and then moved to Paris where she became a fashion and fine art photographer. During the Second World War, she was a war correspondent for Vogue, covering events such as the London Blitz, the liberation of Paris, and the concentration camps at Buchenwald and Dachau.
Being a great photojournalist is a matter of getting out on a damn limb and sawing it off behind you.Lee Miller
Dr Lynn Hilditch is an independent researcher in visual culture based at Liverpool Hope University with research interests that include the depiction of war and destruction in art and photography, representations of the Holocaust in the visual arts, and the socio-historical representation of gender in twentieth-century popular culture. She has published work on various aspects of visual culture, including representations of aesthetics and war, surrealism and photography and is a recognized authority on the photography of Lee Miller.
TUESDAY 1 DECEMBER 7.30 at the Church
TUESDAY 8 DECEMBER 7.30 at the Museum
CAPTURING THE ESSENCE OF SPORTS EVENTS
Steve Fleming is an award-winning photographer with a passion for cycling. Together these two interests have enabled him to build a career as a photographer supplying images worldwide for a variety of clients through Getty Images and Alamy.
Tonight Steve shares some of his stunning sports images and explains some of the research and planning needed to capture successful images at sporting events.
TUESDAY 15 DECEMBER 7.30 at the Church
Another opportunity to view some of the winning images from recent LCPU competitions.
+ GETTING YOURSELF OUT A TIGHT SPOT
Club member Richard Barrett steps through his favourite workarounds for creating extra space between your subject and the edge of the frame so judges never again mark you down.
TUESDAY 22 DECEMBER 7.30 at the Church
CHRISTMAS SOCIAL + COLLECTING CLASSIC CAMERAS
Club member Patrick Faleur talks us through his growing collection of classic cameras – and shows some of the images he has taken with them … and then you can get stuck into the mince pies and sausage rolls.