Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Golden hour mini walkabouts

Breaking free from our lockdown lives, six members joined Angela and Ken for a socially distanced walk through the lanes and fields of Birlingham.

We divided into two groups, one headed out to the wetlands and the other on a riverside meadow walk.  Sadly, all of the buttercups were over, the wildlife was operating its own lockdown and the cloud started to come in, so the golden hour was slightly more leaden than golden.

However, our intrepid few made, as always, what they could out of what they had: macro, wildlife and landscape were the flavours of the day and thanks to everyone who took time to take part.

There will be a similar walk, exclusive to members, on Tuesday 9th June, starting at 7.30pm - more details will be sent by email.

For now, here are the first few photographs from the 2nd June walk.
Stay well one and all and we shall see this through and meet up again on the other side.

Cobweb Capture
By Ken Fitch 

Keep smiling
By Ken Fitch 

Golden Hour
By Angela Fitch 

Not quite sure why I took this!
By Angela Fitch 

Thursday, 30 April 2020

Photography Online - probably the best YouTube prog for togs!

If you have yet to discover Photography Online it's really worth looking at.

Set in Scotland, these hour long, monthly YouTube videos are packed full of content to suit most photographers.

Although genres are mainly landscape and wildlife, there is plenty of stuff around kit and techniques to keep most photographers interested.

The May session includes a really clever bit about Depth of Field, so if you struggle with the concepts of focal length, FStops, focus and bokeh this is definitely for you!

Free to join, no hard sell, no cheesy links with third parties, just good honest info from people who know what they're doing.

Check it out here

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Digital Camera online tutorials

Many thanks to Jim for sending in this link to dozens of online tutorials provided by Digital Camera, one of the better camera glossies on the market.

Lots of stuff about camera techniques plus software including PS Elements, which is a bit of a rarity!

The BPC WhatsApp group offers lots of interesting snippets like this one and a bit of chat.  It's exclusive to BPC Members, if you haven't joined yet and would like to, send your mobile number to and we'll add your name.

Click here for Digital Camera tutorials

A message from Will Cheung, Editor of Photography News

Hello! Are you a camera club member? If so, this message – and exclusive offer – is just for you

I do hope you and your camera club colleagues are faring well in these challenging times. We know most clubs have stopped meeting face to face and aim to start up again for the new season in September. This leaves us with a dilemma as we have been sending multiple copies to chairpersons homes for distribution during camera club gatherings. 

During this period of lockdown and uncertainty, we would like to offer UK camera club members a free monthly copy of Photography News sent direct to them. Please can you inform all your camera club colleagues about this offer and if individuals wish to take us up on it, all they have to do is email with ‘PN free offer’ and their club’s name in the subject line. They will be then added to the mailing list. 

To receive the next issue, members must email us by 14 April to ensure they are put on the mailing list in time. They will then receive every subsequent issue on a monthly basis by post, until we return to some semblance of normality. 

Just to confirm, members’ details will only be used for this free PN offer during this difficult period and will not be used for any form of marketing or passed on to any third party. Please note, this offer is for UK camera club members with UK addresses only. If you have any questions, please feel free to drop me a line. 

Your sincerely, 
Will Cheung, Editor

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