Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Stuck at home? Learn Lightroom with The Lightroom Queen!

Many thanks to Jim for sending in the following.

The Lightroom Queen knows a thing or two about Adobe software and in particular Lightroom.  Many of her Ebooks are free and she offers a 'no-stings attached' newsletter.

To get you started, the following link will take you through to The Lightroom Queen's website.

Good Luck!

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Sometimes, things just work!

The following message was received this morning (17th March) from Barbara Lincoln. It's all pretty much self-explanatory and members might like to see that in our busy lives we have managed to help one of our young photography friends.

Well done Amelia, keep up the good work!

Good Afternoon Birlingham Photography Club members,

I just wanted to say a quick word of thanks! As a youth services librarian and educator, I've been running a fun beginner photography class for 12-14 year olds, and I thought you all might enjoy hearing that we were able to get some great use out of your club's website and photography links list. We were even able to use some of this information for our most recent group project! Thanks so much for sharing!

One of our youngest, Amelia has also asked me to share the article where she initially became interested in photography with you all, "Fashion Photography Tips for Beginners". I've listed it below if you'd like to review!

Initially I was a little hesitant to reach out, but I thought this actually could be a really fun photography addition for anyone else coming across your information as a beginner, like Amelia! Although we won't be meeting for a few weeks as a precaution due to the Coronavirus, I'm still in touch with the group and their parents, and wondered if you wouldn't mind adding this one to your list? I find a little encouragement goes a long way - and I would absolutely love to surprise Amelia and the rest of the library group if you do choose to include it! 

Thanks again for all your help,
Barbara Lincoln

Saturday, 15 February 2020

Sarah Howard's Guide to Long Exposure Photography

Stormy seas, fast-flowing rivers, skudding clouds, scurrying people, trailing car lights, swishy bare trees...

The list of subject matter for long exposure photography is enormous and it's time to get out there and see what you can create using a tripod, your camera, maybe a filter and a little patience!

Sarah Howard, who will make her first visit to BPC in September, has laid out in black and white how to capture creamy currents, crazy car lights and ghostly people.

Email for Sarah's guideline and for more information about Sarah, visit the Image Seen website at 

Friday, 14 February 2020

45% discount on Photography Show/Video Show - NEC 14-17 March 2020

Pick up a bargain - offer ends midnight 17th Feb...

For 45% discount on tickets to the 2020 Photography Show, which incorporates The Video Show, use VALENTINE20

See you there!

Monday, 30 December 2019

Introduction to Photoshop Elements - By Paul Lack

Introduction to Photoshop Elements (this is not a BPC event)
Malvern Library
Thursdays January 16th – March 26th
10am – 12noon
£100 for the whole course

Photoshop is a very powerful programme – but very difficult to teach yourself.  

This 10 week course covers the basic edits on the ‘simplified’  version called Photoshop Elements, and then dives into selections and layers – the bits that allow you to change parts of the picture and get really creative.  Then we look at removing and adding elements, combining pictures, panoramas, text design, art effects – the sky is the limit (oh yes, we swap skies around too!).  

Computers are supplied or bring your own.  Basic competence on a computer is needed but nothing more – we start from the beginning.  If you can handle a ‘Word’ document or similar, then you’re fine.  

It’s a small, friendly group, with a maximum of 10 people, which allows Paul to support everyone individually.

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

DPI 2019 Competition

Congratulations to everyone who entered!

Two categories: Foundation and Experienced with16 entries in the former and 33 in the latter made the 2019 digital image competition at Birlingham Photography Club something of an occasion.

The broad remit helped to attract a wide range of genres from photographers of all abilities, using everything from compacts to DSLRs.  However, given the many and varied elements which went into the competition the single thread running throughout was the dedication, skill and professionalism of everyone who entered.

These things take a lot of time and energy to put together, not least for the photographers who make their images, manipulate where necessary, re-size and then submit to meet the deadline!  A big thank you goes to everyone who went to great lengths to compete.

The visiting judge, Peter Siviter, brought out the good in every image and made any comments about an image's shortcomings proactively, offering guidance on making the image and any post production that might rectify the fault.

Peter's first prize for the Experienced category was awarded to Tissy Davidson for her beautifully crafted mono image taken at London's Tate Modern.  Runner up certificates were presented to Clive Griffiths for his stunning waterfall and Tony Woods for his pin sharp and perfect heron in flight.

In the Foundation category, Peter awarded top prize to Elaine Castleford for her captivating image of Ladybower Reservoir, made when she was on the 2019 BPC Bash to Derbyshire.  Peter's runner up awards went to Jean Young for her close up and personal image of fungus with a Tudor backdrop and Elaine Castleford scooped a runner up certificate as well for her quintessentially bucolic photograph of autumn trees.

The judge's awards were followed by the popular vote and for the second time in a row the judge and the people are in complete agreement, with Tissy and Elaine receiving the people's popular vote prizes.

Congratulations to everyone who took part - all of the photographs were of a very high standard, some would sit well in major exhibitions, so think big and check out what's out there and cast your net further!

Tissy Davidson receives her prize
from Peter 

Elaine Castleford receives her prize
from Peter Siviter

Winner - Experienced Category
Descending the Gallery Staircase by Tissy Davidson 

Runner up - Experienced Category
Grey Heron by Tony Woods 

Runner up - Experienced Category
Swirl by Clive Griffiths 

Winner - Foundation Category
Ladybower by Elaine Castleford

Runner up - Foundation Category
Autumnal Scene by Jean Young 

Runner up - Foundation Category
Arley Arboretum by  Elaine Castleford

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

BPC 2020 Weekend Bash - sells out in 8 hours!

Reserve list is now open

Many thanks to everyone who booked their places on the minibus for the 2020 BPC Weekend Bash - the bus sold out in eight hours!

We also have four people using their own cars, so if anyone would like to consider doing that please let me know and I can add you to the supplementary list so that you're included on all communications about the group meals, changes to the itinerary and so on.

If you would like to add your name to the reserve list please let me know.  This list, subject to demand, may turn into a list for a similar weekend event in autumn 2020 - no commitment at this stage and this will only run if there is sufficient interest to hire the minibus.

Those booked on the minibus will pay £10pp, which includes vehicle hire, vehicle insurance, driver (thanks Graham), fuel and car parking throughout the weekend.  I will collect the transport payments at the January BPC meeting.

Overnight accommodation may be booked at the Premier Inn, Morland Road, Glastonbury BA6 9FW.   

We shall stay overnight on the 4th April, make an early start for a sunrise photo shoot and then return to the hotel for breakfast at the adjoining Brewer's Fayre pub/restaurant and check out of the hotel.

The itinerary is action packed and there is a wet weather plan - just in case.