Wednesday, 20thJanuary 2021 at 8pm
Using Flash Photography. Presented by Stewart WALL
Due to the current restrictions because of Covid-19 we have had to amend our prepared schedule. We have arranged for professional photographer Stewart Wall to give us a talk online. He will focus on how he has used flash throughout his career, both as a press photographer and as a studio photographer.  
Stewart says:  “As digital cameras allowed us to increase ISO without causing too much noise (digital grain) it is easy to forget about flash equipment in poor lighting scenarios. But what flash does, is allow us to put light into a scene when light is not there”.  Great for those indoor family portraits and backlit subjects!
If you are not a member but would like to come along to this evening, follow the link here to sign up on Eventbrite – or link here for Meetup.

Wednesday, 16thDecember 2020 at 8.00pm
Members Christmas Competition: “Contrast or Contrasts”
This year’s theme was “Contrast or Contrasts”.  Each Member was invited to submit up to three digital images.  The key rules were that entries had to be on topic, must be the Member’s own work and should ideally have been taken this year. 

Gerald Kitiyakara LRPS, a well-known SPA Judge and President of Carshalton Camera Club, kindly agreed to be our Judge. Gerald gave constructive feedback on the images which was greatly appreciated by the entrants.
Gerald selected his top three images which members voted on. The winning image (shown below) was by Rick Goldstein entitled ‘Match made in Heaven’.

Wednesday, 17thFebruary 2021 by Zoom
What Makes a Good Competition Image?
With the members’ Christmas Competition last month and hopefully our Annual Exhibition before long, the Committee thought that members might appreciate a little help in selection of images. The plan is to have a talk from a Judge or exhibition photographer to see images in their mind-set to select that Wow Factor!
More details to follow.

Wednesday, 17th March 2021 by Zoom
AGM and Picture Selection for SPA Interclub PDI Competition
After the formal AGM, we will be selecting Members’ images for the Society’s entry.  A good opportunity to see each other’s pictures – and hopefully improve on previous year’s performance
Annual Exhibition 2021 – February – Postponed?
Because of the Covid-19 restrictions, we will not be holding our Annual Exhibition in Teddington and Hampton Libraries in February.  But we are working on alternatives for later in the year and / or an alternative way of displaying the Exhibition.
Some Clubs are welcoming guests to their Zoom Meetings, many with excellent speakers: here are some which have arrived in our inboxes recently.   
Hidden Wonders of the Night Sky – Lillian Hobbs LRPS. 25thJanuary at 8.00pm via zoom.  Detail on the Guildford Photographic Society. Website here.
Eddie Hyde– Motion Capture – Shutter Speed.  8thFebruary at 8.00pm also via zoom and from the Guildford Photographic Society. Website here
Ludshott Photographic Club is delighted to confirm that, in spite of current conditions, the annual audio-visual Jim Henson Trophy will still go ahead as planned on Monday March 1st 2021.
The competition will run remotely via Zoom.
We will run the AVs from our end and our judge, Howard Bagshaw ARPS MPAGB, will give us live feedback and comments from his end.
The closing date for entries will be Wednesday February 10th 2021. Full details are on our website .

The SPA Facebook page is a good source of information for events being run by other SPA clubs, to which guests are invited: link here.

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

If you have not already done so, it’s well worth subscribing to PAGB e-news at

New Feature: We are introducing a new feature called “Member Profiles” where we hope to feature one Member’s story each month, together with a link to their gallery. The first to tell their story will be Penny Westmoreland: I’m sure you will enjoy learning more about Penny and her photography.  Keep an eye open for this new feature and let us have your feedback: please volunteer to tell your story for all to enjoy!
Members, please update your gallery by sending us up to 10 of your best, recent images.  Please send them to this Dropbox if you wish (you do not need a Dropbox Account to use it).  Images should illustrate the range of your work and/or your special interests, but not be the same as those in our 2020 Exhibition:  these are shown separately under Exhibitions.

We hope to see many of you at our next meeting.  
Meanwhile, Stay Well and Stay Safe!

Paul, Treasurer