THIS MONTH’S MEETING – online via Zoom
Wednesday, 17th February at 8pm
David Cantor “Street Portraiture”

This promises to be an exciting evening as David Cantor, an urban and street photographer, won the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2016 and many other prestigious awards. He says:
 “Much of my photography, predominantly street portraiture, takes place in and around the historic Spitalfields area of London’s East End.  The often random approach to my work has resulted in some award-winning images.  My entry for the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2016 was used on the catalogue cover for the National Portrait Gallery 2016 exhibition and for an extensive poster campaign.  Further images resulted in ‘winner’ status in BJP’s Portrait of Britain in 2018 and Portrait of Humanity in 2019. 

This is not a how-to presentation about photographing strangers, more about the stories behind the images and sometimes life-enhancing encounters. That said, I am more than happy to share my approach to street portraiture and answer any questions. I also share my belief that there is much to be gained by developing a deep knowledge of the geography, history and people of a chosen location”.
You can find out more about David on his website here.

Non-members and guests will be welcome and can participate for a modest amount via Eventbrite (here) or Meetup (here).

20th January: Stewart Wall MA ARPS “Flash Photography”
Stewart gave a masterclass, a brilliant and comprehensive presentation relevant to novice and experienced photographers, which he called “Becoming a God of Light – Speedlights and Studio Flash”. He explained it was all about controlling the light whether indoors or outside. He described and recommended various equipment then explained how shutter speed, aperture and ISO affect images. He showed us how to light people in various ways, preferring to keep things simple, often by using only one flash or studio light. He included lots of tips and ideas with accompanying images e.g. using props such as lace curtains or colanders to create interesting shadows on someone’s face. His website is:

Wednesday, 18th March
AGM plus Selection of Members’ Digital Photos for SPA Competition. 
We will have to hold our AGM online again and are back to our usual March date (last year we had to postpone it until June due to the Coronavirus pandemic of course).
It should not last long so will be followed by a projection of our members’ images. The members present will select the best for entry in the SPA inter-club PDI championship on 8th May.  You may remember that this competition was cancelled last year so you can use any photos you had prepared for it this year as long as they have not been entered into any other SPA competition.  We need 16 images for the “Open” category (i.e. any subject except Nature) and 8 for the “Nature” category.
Members will receive an email explaining how to upload their maximum of six images for each.
You can see the complete rules including the definition of ‘Nature’, up-dated in September 2020, on the SPA’s website:
Wednesday, 21st April – online via Zoom, guests welcome
DAVID KEEP ARPS, DPAGB, FBPE, EFIAP “Sports Images with Impact – moving beyond the record shot”
Sports images are very successful on the competition circuit and there’s no surprise why – they almost guarantee an image with impact. In this talk David will share his approach to gaining access, technical challenges on the day and post-processing. Sports covered include athletics, squash, tennis, boxing, cross-country horse jumping, speed skating, white water canoeing and more.
Examples of David’s work can be found here –
We are disappointed not to be able to hold our annual exhibition in Teddington and Hampton Libraries this February and March. We are considering alternative arrangements including exhibiting in or after summer.
Some clubs are welcoming guests to their Zoom meetings, many with excellent speakers.
Guildford Photographic Society extends an invitation to join them online for a wide range of talks over the coming couple of months. Tickets are available from Eventbrite and are all priced at £5:
Monday 22 February – Lawrence Homewood – Street & Travel Photography
Award winning photojournalist and Surrey/Sussex based photographer will give a presentation covering his camera equipment and accessories, setting, tricks and techniques, useful facts knowing your rights, composing and editing your images, staged and un-staged street photography. All the images featured were taken all over the United Kingdom, Europe and Thailand featuring a diverse selection of people, buildings and locations. All images have been edited, many of which were used to gain his photographic distinctions with BPE, PAGB and FIAP.
Monday 1 March – Marilyn Taylor – Papua New Guinea – Land of Mystery 8pm
 The club’s own Marilyn Taylor will present her stunning travel images taken on her travels in Papua New Guinea. Perhaps not everyone’s holiday destination of choice, but the principles of approaching and capturing the people we meet on our travels anywhere remain the same. Come along and listen to how Marilyn brings home a set of holiday photos, about which, any of us would be proud to say, ‘I took that!’.
Monday 15 March – Tom Way – Wildlife Through a Lens 8pm
Multi-award winning wildlife photographer Tom Way will give a talk on wildlife photography. During this presentation, Tom gives a detailed insight into his life as a fine art wildlife photographer. He will talk about the three key components that he feels are essential in creating powerful and evocative wildlife imagery whilst also going into depth regarding creating a viable business through photography. This talk title is regularly updated with the latest imagery and so the talk does change from year to year.
Monday 29 March – Steve Best – Comedians: Back to Front
Steve does a wonderful talk/show/lecture about his journey through being a stand-up comedian to a photographer to the baffling world of publishing, and out the other end to who knows where? There are plenty of jokes and slides and insights into the comedy world, to the cameras he uses, to the whys, and dos and don’ts!

RPS Bristol HQ still has many talks and events running online: many are free for RPS Members and free or at a nominal cost for non-RPS members.  For talks try this link to see what’s on offer.

You will see that Rick Goldstein, our Publicity co-ordinator, is the new Photographer of the Month. We would be interested in your opinion of this new feature of our website.

I look forward to seeing you at our next meeting.