DPS Summer School Preview: Sandra’s Painting with Light Night 25th August

It’s the last night of our first ever Durham Photographic Society Memorial Summer School season, and another practical photography night on the subject of painting with light

It will be led by landscape, night sky and adventure photographer Sandra Hewitson ably assisted by none other than Neil Maughan (you heard it here first!) and possibly others

There will be two set ups to try so bring your camera (and tripod and remote release if you have them) and be prepared to hone your skills have a good time

DPS MSS is at our usual venue of St Oswald’s Hall on the four Thursdays in August at 7.30 pm. Doors open 6.15 ish. Free to members and you can bring a friend also free. Tea and coffee available as usual

Next up: we resume our traditional programme with a great night with Rod Wheelans and Anne Griener of PAGB, STF and Dumfries fame

A gallery of Sandra’s photographs is in Members Galleries 2016 here

Pictured: Sandra Hewitson with David Noton at the Photography Show. Photo Alan Sharp

                                                         Sandra Hewitson and David Noton by Alan Sharp

DPS Memorial Summer School Night News: 18th August

Jeff & Mike’s Film Photography Night:

It was another very good DPS MSS night enjoyed by a packed gathering of members, with a sprinkling of guests which is always good to see. As a bonus there was an amazing array of film cameras brought in by Jeff & Mike and other members to view and handle

Mike Boult kicked off with the story of his journey in photography since joining the club,  his venture into pinhole photography and how much he appreciated the support of fellow members which led to the creation of the DPS mentor scheme.

Jeff Teasdale, vastly experienced in all aspects of film photography, gave fascinating insights into the history, the formats both old and still current, the available film types, the work of legendary film photographers and more. Altogether it was interesting, inspiring and educational. His enthusiasm for the current film photography renaissance was infectious

Mike says, “If you want to know more about film photography or in fact any aspect of photography, remember we have now set up a mentoring scheme. All the details are on the Members Page. These people are there to help. All you need to do is contact them!”

The launch of the new mentor scheme for Durham PS Members is here

Useful links for film camera buyers (to use and/or collect – others are available):

West Yorkshire Cameras link

Camera Fayre Auctions, Boston Spa link

The Intrepid Camera Company link

On Track Exhibition, Shildon RM

This is going to be very special! The plan is for as many members as possible to take part. Please send railway images for selection to David Trout by 12th September but don’t wait for the deadline – sooner is better than later. Email size 800 max width by 600px max height

See earlier NewsBlog for details here.

Annual Exhibition Durham Cathedral

The exhibition continues and will be on in the North Aisle until 29th August with take down on the 30th. Members can continue to enjoy stewarding and meeting the public. It’s a golden opportunity not to be missed. See The Joys of Stewarding the DPS Annual Exhibition here

We need volunteers to join the crack DPS Take Down Crew on the 30th

Town Hall Exhibition

Members’ photography is also on show in the entrance gallery of Durham Town Hall. The theme is “What makes the North East great”. But hurry – must come down at the end of August

Edinburgh Fringe – Members Galleries 2016

As well as individual members’ galleries (including two new ones from David Trout and Brian Blake) we are creating a group one from this year’s Edinburgh Fringe with pictures taken by as many members as possible. Say 3 to 7 images each 800px max width by 600 px max height. Email to Tony Griffiths (address inside rear cover of your programme. Very good contributions so far

Members Galleries 2016 is here

About us Gallery

Currently showing is a wonderful collection of members’ landscapes to be followed in a week or so by Landscapes Part 2 link

Dale’s Wet Collodian Portrait Project

To have your portrait taken by Dale Wesley Hill is special and yours could appear in his amazing gallery of prints that will be seen at the club. You won’t regret it! Both women and men needed

Crystal Balls Challenge – don’t hog!

We have two! Please pass them around between members during the summer and/or bring in on Thursday night so everyone can apply their imagination and creativity, not to say technical skill between now and review night 8th December

This Weekend

Edinburgh Fringe is still on! Links and more events through the summer and autumn are on the Hot Dates page here.

Next Week Thursday 25th August

It’s the fourth and final of the DPS Memorial Summer School events taking place on Thursdays nights in August and we’re going to conclude our first ever DPS MSS season with a bang and flashes of light! Namely – Light Painting with Sandra Hewitson . It will be a hands on, fun photography night involving two set ups. Bring your camera and, if you have them, tripod an remote release

Then on Thursday 1st September our club night programme kicks off again with an evening with a truly star couple, the Kenny and Trott of the PAGB world! Rod Wheelans MPAGB MFIAP FIPF HonPAGB HonSPF and Anne Greiner MPAGB with ’More Holiday Snaps’

Pictured: Evening Light by Ivor Miller – from the landscape collection in About us

Evening Light. Ivor Miller

Durham PS Summer School Preview: Jeff & Mike’s Film Photography Night 18th August

And now for something completely different! It’s the third night of the four Durham Photographic Society Memorial Summer School evenings, this one focussing on the increasingly popular world of film photography:

It will be led by Jeff Teasdale and Mike Boult. It will include a review of film photography, a wide range of film cameras (bring your own film camera if you have one) and a look at some famous photographers. It will also be revealed how you can get a 100 million pixel camera for under £200!! Do not miss this night of nostalgia and up to the minute photography!

As a bonus, surprise guests might well turn up

Summer School is at our usual venue of St Oswald’s Hall on the four Thursdays in August at 7.30 pm. Free to members and you can bring a friend. Tea and coffee available as usual

Next up: the final DPS MSS night of 2016 – Sandra’s Light Painting Night 25th August

Jeff Teasdale’s article, Why do I make Pinhole Cameras is on this website here

Some excellent photography books by Jeff Teasdale are on line here

See some Mike Boult photography on Flickr here

Pictured: Turn, Turn again by Jeff Teasdale and Winding Tracks by Mike Boult

Turn, Turn Again by Jeff Teasdale     Winding Tracks by Mike Boult

DPS Memorial Summer School Night News: 11th August

Jed Wee Photography Appreciation Night:

It was the second of our first ever Memorial Summer School nights, and what a night! There was a huge gathering of members and their guests, all enthusiasts for photography and for Jed Wee

Jed is a highly respected pro photographer, and photography workshops and excursions leader, also a popular judge and lecturer on the NCPF clubs circuit. He delivered an interactive master class on the appreciation of photographs illustrated by a superb collection of his own work

In one exercise, when asked to pick a winner from a selection of 8, each widely differing image had enthusiastic advocates – a good illustration of what it’s like to be a judge having to decide a winner

The key message was there is no right or wrong, just valid opinions. Few present will be unaffected by the thoughts and ideas streaming out of both the leader and the group

For more of Jed, his website Essence of Light is here

Coming soon: “Members’ Image Appreciation Night” with Richard Speirs, 3rd November

Portrait Night CDs

Please remember to bring in CDs for Danni, Sam and Victoria with 3 or so of your best pictures of them. Angy will pass them on

On Track Exhibition, Shildon RM

See earlier NewsBlog for details here. This is going to be very special! Any member wishing to take part can send railway images for selection to David Trout by 12th September. Email size 800 max width by 600px max height

Edinburgh Fringe – Members Galleries 2016

As well as individual members’ galleries we are creating a new one on this year’s Edinburgh Fringe with pictures taken by as many members as possible. 20 or so have already made the trip. Say 3 to 7 images each 800px max width by 600 px max height. Email to Tony Griffiths (address inside rear cover of your programme

Dale’s Wet Collodian Portrait Project

Contact Dale if you’d like him to photograph you in his own unique style and be in his gallery of prints that will be seen at the club. You won’t regret it but hurry! That’s both women and men

Annual Exhibition Durham Cathedral

The exhibition continues and will be on in the North Aisle until 29th August with take down on the 30th. Members can continue to enjoy stewarding and meeting the public. It’s a golden opportunity not to be missed. See earlier NewsBlogs for details

Town Hall Exhibition

Members’ photography is also on show in the entrance gallery of Durham Town Hall for the rest of the month. The theme is “What makes the North East great” .

Crystal Balls Challenge – don’t hog!

Please attempt to pass them around between members during the summer and/or bring in on Summer School Thursday nights

The review of the images night is 8th December

Mentor Scheme

Need a helping hand with your photography? At any level we have someone for you. Check out our Newsblog on the subject here and contact Mike Boult to take part either as a mentor or to be mentored

This Weekend

Edinburgh Fringe is still on of course, plus WW1 Centenary Weekend at Durham Cathedral, Sedgefield Show (& Slaley Show), Classic Cars at Raby Castle and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge eye is blinking more often right through August

Links to these and more events through the summer are on the Hot Dates page here.

Next Week Thursday 11th August

It’s the third of the DPS Memorial Summer School events taking place on the four Thursdays nights in August. This will be a Jeff & Mike Film Night – that’s not movie classics, it’s the increasingly popular still photography genre of shooting with film!

See also the “What’s on … Summer School Line-up” Newsblog here and forthcoming tantalising preview (including news of a surprise guest). Feel free to bring your treasured film cameras with you

Pictured: Shildon Detail by Catherine Yates and Bittern 4464 by David Trout LRPS – possibles for “On Track”

Bittern 4464. David Trout     Shildon detail by Catherine Yates

Tonight’s the Night! Jed Wee night at DPS Summer School

Ever wanted to challenge a judge on competition nights? Ever wanted to get into a dialogue with a visiting lecturer? Rather than just sitting and listening, ever wanted to join in the conversation? Do you yearn to express your point of view and listen to others? Just fancy something completely different?

If so, tonight’s highly participative Summer School Jed Wee night is for you!

Led by two-brains Jed Wee – renowned pro photographer, lecturer and judge – we’ve never before experienced anything like it so don’t miss! More details here

                                                            Jed Wee in Iceland, Photo Ian Stafford

Durham PS Summer School Preview: Jed Wee Night 11th August

And now for something completely different! It’s the second night of the four highly participative Durham Photographic Society Memorial Summer School evenings, this one led by Jed Wee who writes:

“Colour or black and white? Horizontal or vertical? Street or macro? Wildlife or landscape?

Lots of questions… join us on Thursday for some answers. Or more likely, more questions to those questions!

We’ll take a light hearted look at some photographs; think about how we view them, what influences our opinions on them, and even what influences a judge’s opinions on them.

You’ll have a chance to have your own say with a proper interactive workshop and a bit of fun – a bit like quiz night meets knockout.

See you there!”

Summer School is at our usual venue of St Oswald’s Hall on the four Thursdays in August at 7.30 pm. Free to members and you can bring a friend. Tea and coffee available as usual

Next up: Jeff and Mike’s Film Night 18th August and Sandra’s Light Painting Night 25th August

Jed’s website, Essence of Light, is here

Pictured: Drama or Serenity by Jed Wee ARPS

            SugarSands. Jed Wee

More from … DPS Memorial Summer School

More pictures from the Summer School portrait night are now showing on the About us page for one week only here

Coming soon – the Summer School Portrait Night gallery will have a more permanent home in the Social and Events Galleries section of the Members Page here, along with images from opening preview night of our Annual Exhibition in the Cathedral

Next week at DPS Memorial Summer School, 11th August it’s the one and only Jed Wee with the Jed Wee Special night. Then on the 18th , it’s Jeff & Mike’s Film Night – bring your prized Leicas and Hasselblads etc for added retro feel, and on the 25th Sandra’s painting with light workshop

Pictured: Eye on the Ball by Jed Wee ARPS

                                                                Eye on the Ball. Jed Wee ARPS

DPS Memorial Summer School Night News: 4th August

It was a great start to our first ever Memorial Summer School night. Named in honour and celebration of the members who have passed in recent times, having a Summer School means we are one of the few photography clubs to open all year round

Founder and organiser Angy Ellis was rewarded by over 50 enthusiastic members and a sprinkling of guests turning up and proceeding to have a great night of hands on photography and socialising. And with possibly a Record Breaking number of cameras ever to turn up to a “Camera club” event!

There were two lighting set ups – Joanne Coates with her continuous lighting and Peter Walton with his synched strobes – with expert advice on hand, and, in contrast, the area outside the Hall that had endless opportunities and backgrounds in the evening light

Best of all, it was great to work with our absolutely superb, experienced and accomplished models, Danni Whittle, Samantha Bell and Victoria Dickinson. And with Peter Walton’s advice to engage ringing in our ears (“This is not Street or Landscape photography – engage!”) that’s exactly what we did

In short it was great fun and we all learnt a lot

NB: please remember to bring in CDs for Danni, Sam and Victoria with 3 or so of your best pictures of them. Angy will pass them on

Annual Exhibition Durham Cathedral

The exhibition continues and will be on in the glorious North Aisle until 29th August with take down on the 30th. Members can enhance their enjoyment of it by spending time stewarding and meeting the public. See earlier NewsBlogs for details

Town Hall Exhibition

Members’ photography is also on show in the entrance gallery of Durham Town Hall for the rest of the month. The theme is “What makes the North East great” – don’t miss!

Assignment Streets of Brass

Send your 8 images for the Assignments page gallery to Dave Forster asap. The Review night will be 7.00 pm Tuesday 9th August at the Dunelm Club

Crystal Balls Challenge – try not to hog!

Please attempt to pass them around between members during the summer and/or bring in on Thursday night Summer School

Review night is 8th December

Mentor Scheme

Need a helping hand with your photography? At any level we have someone for you. Check out our Newsblog on the subject here and contact Mike Boult to take part

This Weekend

Edinburgh Fringe kicks off plus Stockton International Riverside Festival and Tough Mudder Skipton, and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge eye is blinking more often right through August

Links to these and more events through the summer are on the Hot Dates page here.

Next Week Thursday 11th August

It’s the second of the Durham Photographic Society Memorial Summer School events taking place on the four Thursdays nights in August. This will be a barnstorming Jed Wee Special and all about the appreciation of photography. It will be highly participative and an Experience with a capital E so diarise now and be there!

See also the “What’s on … Summer School Line-up” Newsblog here and forthcoming tantalising preview

Pictured: scenes from DPS MSS Portrait Night, and portraits of Danni, Sam and Victoria – photos Angy Ellis

Danni. Angy Ellis Sam. Angy Ellis DPS MSS 1 (2)

DPS MSS 1 (13) Victoria. Angy Ellis DPS MSS 1 (6)

DPS Summer School Preview: 4th August

1. Portrait Night

It’s the first night of the four Durham Photographic Society Memorial Summer School evenings of practical, participative photography named in honour of our members no longer with us.

First up is an evening of portrait photography led by VP Peter Walton. There will be two indoor lighting set ups organised by Joanne Coates and Peter, and a third session (if weather permits) in the playpark. The idea is to freely rotate between the three. Danni, Samantha and Victoria are confirmed as our top models (though feel free to volunteer yourselves as well!)

Summer School will be at our normal venue of St Oswald’s Hall on the four Thursdays in August at 7.30 pm. Free to members and you can bring a friend

Tea and coffee available as per usual

To follow: Jed Wee Night 11th August, Jeff and Mike’s Film Night 18th August and Sandra’s Light Painting Night 25th August

Pictured: Danni, Samantha and Victoria by Angy Ellis

  Danni. Angy Ellis Samantha. Angy Ellis Victoria 3. Angy Ellis

What’s on: Durham PS Memorial Summer School line-up

from Angy Ellis

The DPS Memorial Summer School programme is finalised. It will be the first time the club will be open during August – keeping our year vibrant, thriving and exciting – with a full year’s programme for our members

There will be a varied and interesting series of hands-on tutorials, chats, demonstrations and more:

4th August – Portrait night

We will have 3 portrait stations, two headed up by Peter Walton & Joanne Coates. There will be 3 models, Sam, Victoria and Danni, and lights and props – just bring your camera(s). Help and advice will be on hand so you learn techniques and leave with some great shots

11th August – Jed Wee

This night will be a Jed Wee Special – an interactive night on image understanding – just turn up and be prepared to enjoy a great night

18th August – Film Night

Michael Boult & Jeff Teasdale will lead a hands-on ‘Film’ night (stills not movies!). They will cover cameras, format, processing, printing, Lightroom etc. It will be a very interesting well put together evening

25th August – Light Painting with Sandra Hewitson.

Sandra will talk through her equipment, technique, camera and settings and with the blinds closed and lights off we can have a go ourselves. A practical photography night so bring your cameras

All members welcome. As well as trying something new and sharing skills – the four weeks are also to encourage new members so you can bring along a family member/ friend for any of the nights and it’s free. Let me know so we can keep an eye on numbers

Pictured: Sam, Victoria and Danni by Angy Ellis

  Samantha. Angy Ellis Danni. Angy Ellis Victoria 3. Angy Ellis