Saturday, 10 November 2018

Autumn Exhibition Opens

Darren cuts the ribbon and the cake!

Many thanks to Darren Hedges and his team of wonderful staff who helped to make the official opening of Birlingham Photography Club's 2018 Autumn Exhibition on Saturday 10th November a huge success.

BPC members and their guests enjoyed the tea and delicious cakes as much as they enjoyed looking at the images at Revill's Farm Shop & Cafe.

Nine BPC members are taking part in the exhibition, which is based on local scenes and is proving to be an interesting topic of conversation by visitors to Revill's as they try to guess where some of the images were taken.

Congratulations to all of the photographers who made a huge effort to create their stunning images that will grace Revill's cafe walls on the lead up to Christmas.

Opening hours are 9am - 5.30pm Monday to Saturday and 10am - 4pm on Sundays, more information is available at 

BPC Organisers would also like to thank Picture Scene, where husband and wife team, Kelvin and Gill Hartshorne, worked tirelessly on a splendid job of mounting and framing the work.  More information is available at

Visitor book comments include:

"Congratulations on a lovely and varied exhibition, showcasing genuine local talent in a great location."

"Congratulations to everyone involved in this exhibition.  Well Done."

"Great exhibition, demonstrating superb photography skills."

"Lovely afternoon celebrating Birlingham's photographic skills a super tea shop."

"Super images and a cream tea - what a combination!"

"High standard of photography displayed in a lovely setting - well done all.  Look forward to the next exhibition!"

"A very nice spread of photos, all well presented.  Thanks to Angela for organising the exhibition."

"A lovely exhibition.  Well done to everyone involved."

"A lovely selection of photographs. It's interesting to see the contrast between the colour, black and white and sepia photos.  What a talented bunch!"

BPC members photographed below have original works on display, together with further images by:

Pete Allen, Tissy Davidson, Nick Harley and Tony Woods.  The exhibition will run until Christmas, for more information email

Pictured (L-R)

Elaine Castleford, Sheila Reed, Steve Reynolds, Darren Hedges, Angela Fitch, Jennifer Taylor and Rose Finch

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Wex's Guide to Using Filters

Are you a landscape photographer?
Do you use on-camera filters?

Neutral Density Graduated Filters (ND Grads) are just the thing to transform landscape images which have bland or uninteresting skies into something quite extraordinary.

Wex Photo Video has a useful guide to using filters.  
Visit to to find out more

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

BPC Christmas Do!

Saturday, 8th December, 7pm arrival
Whistlers, Broad Street, Pershore
£24.95pp - partners welcome

What a fantastic year BPC has had!

Visits to Slimbridge Wetlands Trust, Croome Park and Gloucester Prison, a stunning exhibition of work at Evesham's library and a further exhibition to open in October at Revill's Farm Shop and Cafe, Defford.  Over 20 members have exhibited work, many photographers exhibiting for the first time.  Congratulations to everyone on capturing those wonderful images that have been part of the Club's exhibitions.

Added to which, 17 members have taken part in interactive training days with local pro photographer Richard Barley.

Perhaps it's time for a rest?  The Christmas Do is just what we all need to round off a fantastic year over some excellent food, good wine and first class company.

Bookings are being taken now, email
£24.95 per person, partners are welcome.

Deposits of £10pp will be collected at the November meeting and the balance at December's meeting.

Absolute Beginners Photoshop Workshop

Saturday, 1st December, 10am - 1pm
Birlingham Village Hall
£7 for members, £10 for non-members - booking essential

Several BPC Members have suggested that they need some basic training in Photoshop and to meet demand this three hour absolute beginners workshop has been designed for photographers who are new to Photoshop or have tried it in the past but given up.

The workshop is totally interactive.  Four mentors will lead small groups and cover everything from the basics of opening and saving images, throughout the essentials of adjusting exposure, dealing with shadows and highlights and colour saturation, converting to mono, controlling contrast and brightness and move on to cropping, straightening horizons, adding text to an image, cloning, healing, dodging and burning.

Each attendee will need to bring their own laptop with a version of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements fully installed.  Attendees will also need some images on which to work in real time.  A free seven day trial of Adobe Photoshop is available at 

The workshop is open to anyone, but is particularly designed with beginners in mind.  Bookings are being taken - please email 

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

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