Our 2021-2022 season will begin in September
We hope to be able to meet in person and apart from our regular meetings, we expect to be able to run special events such as workshops, visits to places of interest, our annual club dinner and our annual outing.
There's a lot happening at the club, so if you're not yet a member and want to find out more, then just click on "Contact Us" in the footer on every page and complete the form or leave a message on our Facebook page - link above.
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Below is the information about the season's guest speakers.
On the other Thursdays, there will be mainly a mixture of competitions (see the Competition Rules in the footer or the summary above for dates and details) and "Members' Evenings" (see summary above for dates) in which members talk about and show some of their images and/or videos and give the story behind them. There are meetings every Thursday from 9th September to 19th May except 23rd and 30th December.
You can read more about our Monday Zoom subgroup sessions on the "About Us" page.
TALK – the Pat & Ian Collection (Pat Couder and Ian Brash) 16th September
Pat and Ian say: PIC is a collection of our favourite images taken for our own Club competitions and Exhibitions in a wide range of genres. Some before and after images, how we processed in software with hints and tips along the way.
Both Pat and Ian are members of the South London Photographic Society and are premier judges. Both have visited Tonbridge to talk and/or judge before.
TALK – Inspiration & Motivation (Ann Miles) 7th October
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Ann says: Wide-ranging talk touching on her inspiration can be found and ways of maintaining motivation after the initial enthusiasm may be waning. Although happy to use creative techniques for image making, my main interest are nature, landscape and architectural photography especially where people interact with the buildings so there will be a mix of all these four genre in the talk.
Ann trained as a biologist and spent her working life in scientific publishing which enabled her to keep abreast of all the changes from traditional to digital photography and printing. She has been an active photographer all her life and, for about 10 years, taught general and nature photography at degree level. Ann is a member of the London Salon which keeps her in touch with the best of pictorial photography around the world. She gained an Associateship in Nature and a Fellowship in Visual Arts and served as Deputy Chair of the Fine Arts Panel for 8 years.
TALK – Monochrome (Gareth Martin) ZOOM 21st October
Gareth is an amateur photographer whose main interest is monochrome. He enjoys giving talks and judging and has been in great demand for both via Zoom since the beginning of lockdown as evidenced by the many favourable comments on the UK Club Photography Facebook page.
Gareth set up Afan Nedd Camera Club in Port Talbot, Wales in 2007. He is its Chairman and External Competitions Secretary.
TALK – Photojournalism / Royal Photography but title TBC (Ranald Mckechnie) 4th November
Ranald is a photo-journalist who has photographed everyone from the Royal Family to contenders for the Guinness Book of Records and lots of things in between. With many stories to tell his talk is sure to cover a wide range of photographic situations from the serious to the bizarre.
TALK – Life (David Mason) 18th November
Dave has visited Tonbridge before to talk about his street photography and ‘Life’ is his latest presentation. He takes great pleasure in finding the extraordinary in the ordinary, often documenting the surreal happenings on the city streets. His preference, regarding the type of images he produces, is that they have an honesty about them, captured in camera with little, if any, post-processing.
TALK – A reluctant sports Photographer (Terry Ward) ZOOM 2nd December
From the British Athletics Champs to Crufts and beyond, this lecture explains Terry’s ideas on sports photography and focuses on how to stand out from the crowd in this most competitive form of photography.
Terry has been featured in the media, magazines, books and websites, and sells his images through Getty Istock, Alamy and his own Archive images through his website. He has published many titles including his landscape photo book Vista, a historical pamphlet Back to Basics, and a yearly look at music and culture, the GURU zine.
TALK – Photographing Kent: A Landscape Photography Tour and Britain's Best Kept Secret (Alex Hare) 16th December
Alex will present his images of our home county from the North coast where Turner found inspiration to the South coast with its historical piers and the White Cliffs, plus, inland, the Garden of England with its rural landscape and castles.
Alex is a professional photographer providing images for websites, advertising and marketing. He also runs workshops, photo tours and video training.
TALK – Night Moves - a Dark Look through the Camera Lens (Jerry Webb) 13th January
A different look at photography. Jerry will take a darker look at life using techniques and ideas that reflect that and provide drama and tension in your photographs. How to work in low-light, bright light, twilight and darkness, using a number of different techniques including motion blur, contrasting exposures plus ideas that give you moody, atmospheric and sometimes tension creating images.
Jerry is self-taught and often at odds with conventional perceptions, interpreting what he sees using his own individual methods and distinctive style. His photographs include people, portrait, event, street and project photography and he has been published many times. He has had exhibitions in London and Sussex where he now lives and works.
TALK – An Alternative Camera Manual (Steve Kingswell) 27th January
This talk asks why we learn so much about camera technique before we learn to express ourselves. It suggests another way to learn photography. Steve aims to get you thinking about photography from different & new perspectives. Described as “suitable for beginners through to intermediates, and providing some serious food for thought for advanced photographers”.
Steve holds an ARPS distinction from the Royal Photographic Society, and an AFIAP distinction from FIAP. He is also an accredited judge for the Surrey Photographic Association, the Federation of South London Photographic Societies and surrounding areas. He has judged the Documentary Photographer of the Year for The Royal Photographic Society, and has been exhibited across the world in international salons and exhibitions.
TALK – Underwater Photography (David Keep ARPS, DPAGB, FBPE, EFIAP) ZOOM 10th February
This talk covers underwater photography from working with models in the swimming pool to photographing the magnificent creatures which swim in the oceans around the world. His particular favourites are sharks.
Based in Derby, which is about as far from the sea as you can be in the UK, David has been given many awards from national and international competitions for underwater images as well as for sport images. As well as still photographs he also makes videos, some in what he calls his ‘shark studio’.
TALK – Pictures on a Page - Life as a Picture Editor on The Times (Paul Sanders) 3rd March
Paul began his career as a news photographer in 1991 working on regional newspapers. In 1998 he joined International News Service Reuters and worked all over Europe before joining The Times in 2002. He became Picture Editor in 2004 guiding the transition from broadsheet to compact format. He left The Times in 2012 to pursue his passion for fine art Landscape photography. He has talked to Tonbridge Camera Club before about his mindfulness approach to creating his images but this season’s talk will describe his experiences as a picture editor.
TALK – Lightroom Live! (Joe Houghton) Via ZOOM 17th March
This is a presentation with a difference. We will send Joe 2 folders of images. One has members’ unprocessed RAW files, the other their processed images.
Joe will edit the RAW files using Lightroom, Photoshop & Nik Silver Efex, and show his own approach to editing the file to club standard, then we compare Joe’s edit with the member’s edit and discuss the differences. “This session never fails to entertain, inform and delight.”
Penny and Joe Houghton are a Dublin based husband and wife team. Both avid photographers, both enjoy sharing their skills and experience with others and helping people develop their own creativity. Their passion is helping others develop their photographic eye, through 1-1 sessions, small group photo walks, video training or bigger workshop forums to groups. They also provide photographic services to businesses who wish to learn how to take their own shots, spending time with staff working out and documenting optimum and reproducible setups which the business can then use themselves.
TALK: A Photographer's Perspective - Life through the Lens (Viveca Koh) 7th April
In this talk Viveca will discuss the various photographic techniques that she has been experimenting with, continuing to develop her work and the way that she sees things.
She will show monochrome photographs shot in locations in Venice and the UK, a portrait commission from Tim Andrews (involving a man with Parkinson’s Disease who has been photographed during the last eight years by 370 different photographers), and experimentations with a Holga 120 film camera. She will share some iPhone images, a method of photographic capture that she greatly enjoys and uses regularly and there will be images featuring texture overlays, including a series of vintage postcards.
Viveca is a self-taught Fine Art photographer, with a special fascination for small details, for lost, abandoned, poignant and generally broken objects, and also for darkness contrasting with light, both in a physical and emotional sense.
TALK: Fashion photography but title TBC (Jon Gray 21st April
Jon has been a professional photographer for 40 years in the highly competitive world of fashion, advertising and e-commerce. Commissions have taken him all over the world, shooting for a wide range of Blue-Chip Clients such as Gucci, BP, P&O, British Airways, Vogue, BBC, Saga, Barclay Homes, Argos and Zee & Co. He has also been commissioned by several leading Photo libraries such as Getty Images, and the Telegraph, shooting stock images.
Jon was awarded a Fellowship of the British Institute of Professional Photographers. He trains and teaches all levels of photographers and International students.