Sunday, 22 July 2018

Peter Siviter to judge BPC 2018 comp!

Birlingham Photography Club is delighted to announce that Peter Siviter will judge the 2018 Club competition, which will be held on Tuesday, 4th December at the regular Club meeting at Birlingham Village Hall.

Peter, a member of Smethwick Photographic Society, has enjoyed an amazing year with his photography, scooping an RPS Gold Award at Cheltenham and no fewer than four (yes four!!) medals at the Midlands Salon!

The Birlingham competition is exclusive to BPC members, free to enter and it's an open theme.  Any member can submit up to three images and prizes will be awarded to the judge's 1st choice, two runners up and the Members' Choice, selected via an anonymous vote.

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The 2018 BPC photography competition will include a digital category, thus allowing members who prefer not to print to submit images electronically.

Deadline for digital images - Saturday 24th November
Deadline for hard copy images - Saturday 1st December

More information about Smethwick Photographic Society at

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Programme Update!

Check out the programme page!

Details of the Autumn presentations are now available on the programme page.
If you would like to see a specific theme or can suggest a speaker for 2019 meetings please email 

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Lightroom Workshop @ Pershore

Thanks to Jim for the following

Beginners' Adobe Lightroom training days - 13th July and 21st August.
This is not a BPC event, so caveat emptor.

Run by Andy Page, the website says he's worked with Lightroom since the beginning, the courses will be held at Keyfresh IT, Ascot Road, Pershore WR10 2JJ.

Tea and coffee supplied, but take your own lunch + laptop with the latest edition of Lightroom or download the free trial from 

£120 for a  9 - 5 day - more information is available at

Friday, 15 June 2018

Richard Barley Photography Workshop

Five go to Worcester!

A fantastic day yesterday (14th June) with Worcester top tog, Richard Barley!
The full day workshop included the basics of photography - in a nutshell, the exposure triangle.

Richard started the day by finding out what equipment we were using and what specific problems each of us needed to deal.

We then set our tripods up at Severn Quay and spend plenty of time working on exposure, shutter speed and ISO.  White swans on a dark background are not the easiest things to photograph, but with Richard's guidance we all managed to get something that wasn't blinking burned out highlights off the camera's viewing screen.

After a working lunch, we covered aspects of portraiture and with that came depth of field.

Richard's golden rule is start taking your photos from a standard combination of settings, he recommends:

Aperture (F-stop)         Shutter speed       ISO
       5.6                                   1/200             200            for outdoor photography
       5.6                                    1/60            1600            for indoor photography

He says, start with the above, keep the aperture at 5.6 and move the shutter speed and ISO to meet the specific needs of your camera, lens and the available light.

Everyone had an enjoyable day, learned a great deal and enjoyed the tog to tog exchange of ideas, help and advice.

Thanks Richard!

For more information about Richard Barley's training visit

Richard (right) helps Paul get to grips
 with various menu selections
By Irene Luck

Richard demonstrates his preferred app
which helps him to calculate depth of field
By Irene Luck

Swan Rescue feed the birds at the Quayside
By Angela Fitch

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Resizing in Mac

This top tip in from BPC Member, Paul Marsh...

1)  Open image with preview. (Paul suggests using a copy of original as the alterations are permanent).
2)  Select “TOOLS” , then “ADJUST SIZE”.
3)  Select “RESOLUTION”, change the number, see the result
(72 down to 40 gave me 3mb to 1MB) press OK to confirm.

Richard Barley Lighting Workshop

BPC Members were able to hone their lighting skills at the May club meeting when one of Worcestershire's top photographers, Richard Barley, revealed the art of lighting in a studio setting.

Richard covered: flash, studio and natural lighting and gave Members plenty of time to try some of his suggested camera settings with Lucy, our model for the evening.

Richard has very kindly given BPC Members an excellent training day rate and the first date, which is fully booked, is scheduled for Thursday 14th June.  Other dates will be made available subject to demand.

Many thanks to Richard and Lucy for an excellent interactive workshop.  More information about Richard Barley can be found at

By Angela Fitch 

Lucy 01
By Kevin Williams 

Lucy 02
By Kevin Williams

Lucy 01
By Jim Fergusson

Lucy 02
By Jim Fergusson

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Latest news on Paperback Photographer!

Installed just four days ago, BPC's summer exhibition, Paperback Photographer, has yielded some unexpected results!

Not only was one image sold almost immediately, but another has spurred a local resident to join the library and another image has resulted in a local author approaching the photographer with a view to using his image as the book cover for one of her novels!

Added to the above there has been lots of interaction and comment, not least the lady who didn't like the way that the photographers' chosen titles were easily accessible as she peeped before she wrote her own idea on the 'guess sheet'!

Many thanks to Evesham Library for their support in staging the exhibition and to Evesham Festival of Words who has been instrumental in making the whole thing happen.