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Got a camera … join the Club!

April 15, 2014

Do you want to find out if SLPS is for you?   Come along to one of our Thursday evening meetings at CADWA L16 1JP,  8pm to 10 pm (see MEETINGS page for details/map).

Just turn up at 7.45  or,  better still,  contact Angelica to let her know you are coming. (No need to bring anything with you.)

Development Group – April 14

Article and photos by Mal Holmes

The SLPS ‘Developers Group’ for April welcomed Ted Baker FRPS to give a ‘critique’ of members’ images, both Printed & DPI’s. It was really good to discuss with a ‘seasoned judge’ aspects of the final image produced by members, so to progress and enhance their knowledge in order to produce a more pleasing image for personal and competition entries.

Ted,  a Liverpool based photographer and past President of the SLPS, bought his first camera at the tender age of 17, and has been photographing ‘Liverpool Life’ longer than he cares to recall…. but he ‘HIT’ the streets and alleys of Liverpool and Toxteth in the early 60′s capturing the ‘street art’ of the city with characters long forgotten, but expertly preserved in his images.

The afternoon got underway with some great DPI’s offered by our members with Ted readily giving his opinion, and opening the discussion to the floor for other members to comment.  Of course this was a really useful exercise, as judges don’t often call for comments from the floor and this proved very popular.

After the first hour, Ted went on to critique a small selection of printed images, (2 from each member) Ted’s comments were very constructive and a lot of us went away far wiser than we were at the start.

It was good to see new members at the group meeting, hoping to further their own skill levels by joining the SLPS as full members, and their participation and comments were greatly appreciated.

On a personal note…. the printed B&W image of an Arabic Gentleman was a super image and Ted commented on it very favourably … and as for Ann Creswells Camel and Pole (or is it a man???) photo… Ted stated “Without a SHADOW of a doubt” a clear winner…lol

Once again a big thank you to Joan Palin, for her organisational skills and Ann Cresswell for her baking perfection.

Another superb ‘Developers Group’ meeting and one which will no doubt be repeated in future group itineraries. Many thanks to Ted Baker FRPS for giving up his time for this event. Should you ever wish to chat with him you’ll find him sitting in the front row, left aisle, on club nights.

A small selection of Ted’s superb ‘Street Art’ can be found on the BBC Liverpool Local History website below…


Picture of the Week

March 31, 2014
Beady Eye

‘Beady Eye’ by Wayne Brocken


SLPS battle it out with Bebington last night!

March 19, 2014

A WIN for SLPS….

Tonight saw the SLPS v Bebington Photographic Society Interclub Challenge. It had been 20+ years since the two clubs were together last, but tonight saw the renewal of that connection, with a promise to make this a more regular fixture.

The battle was judged by the popular judge Ian Stewart (ARPS / DPAGB) overseen by the two Society Presidents. First half showed 10 prints from each Society (unnamed) and Ian gave marks for each print. At the end of the marking, the points were added up and each Society credited with the marks scored on their individual scores.

Carol Schlijper from Bebington, snatched the top 20 points with her blue ice image (taken in Iceland) and when the points for the first half were added up, Bebington was the first round winner with 142 points to the SLPS’s 131.

After a break for refreshments and a chat with the Bebington members, Part 2 got under way with the DPI’s, our own President (Paul Mathews) got the overall image score of 20 points, and the SLPS won this part of the battle with a score of 149 to Bebington’s 134.

When both sets of scores were added a grand total of 280 to SLPS won the overall competition to Bebington’s 276!

A GREAT night…. and a good win for SLPS…. perhaps you could submit one of your own images for the next battle!

Here is a link to our selected images

Our thanks to Bebington for their warm hospitality and refreshments.

Article and pics by Mal Holmes   Click on thumbnails to enlarge.

Carol Schlijper wins the print round with "Atlantic Iceland". Judge Ian Stewart ARPS DPAGB.

Carol Schlijper wins the print round with “Atlantic Iceland”. Judge Ian Stewart ARPS DPAGB.

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Sunday’s Development Group – Noel George’s Tabletop Photography

March 16, 2014

‘What a wonderful Development Group Meeting we had today!!! Noel George did us proud. He set up 6 tables with an assortment of ideas for table top photography including some of his award winning “setups”. We all now know how to balance an egg on the edge of a cocktail glass…….this was the bonus of the day so look out for these in future monthly comps. Noel was very generous with his knowledge and equipment. We had an excellent turnout despite Liverpool playing Manchester United and our lovely spring weather. Thank you Noel for a memorable session I am sure we all learned a great deal.’
Cheers Joan

Once again Noel George made a great job of his ‘Camera Craft’ lecture, demonstration and practical workshop on the demanding art of ‘Tabletop Photography”.

Alix Watson

Alix Watson

His contribution differed greatly from his last workshop a year ago, with loads of new techniques to further enhance our members knowledge base on the subject, from still life, choosing the best background to suit the shooting objects, an excellent demonstration on the use of polarizing filters, cans and glasses to produce strange psychedelic patterns and effects, to a simple rig which all members could make at home to give great results for photographing water droplets.

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It was good to see members interacting with each other to offer tips and expertise on how to produce better photography results on the whole, with advice on tripods, flash and general techniques.

Once again, a big thank you to all members who attended to make the Developers Group the success that it is…. for Joan’s organisation of the event and her ‘refreshments’… and a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to Noel for giving us all such a fabulous day !!!

Article and photos by Mal Holmes

The Development Groups are the ideal forum for members to get some hands on experience with their own equipment and learn about different aspects of photography. So if you haven’t been, give it a try.  Details here .

2013/2014 Monthly Competition Final Results

Our SLPS President, Paul Matthews – testing the water.

February 28, 2014

Paul won most of our club competitions in SLPS last season and has entered this year’s Cork International.   We have only just discovered the outcome of his entry on his facebook page, and are not in the least surprised by his successes!  Well done Paul! Perhaps he can publish the five successful images here for us.

1st Cork International Photography Exhibition 2013

“This is the first competition I have entered just for a giggle. I entered four in the Mono section and four in the Colour section and got five acceptances and a FIAP ribbon. Giggle over, I don’t need to do any more.”

Click here to view Paul’s facebook pages. 1926241_720052774694708_1839745736_o

On Line Photoshop Course for £19!

February 19, 2014

Hi Folks,

If you are quick there is a Groupon offer for an online Photoshop course to help you with the skills of Photoshop, and you can learn at your leisure. Of course we haven’t tried it ourselves, so we can’t personally endorse it. Here is the link.

Sunday 23rd March – Join other Photographic Society members to listen to four outstanding speakers …. and more!

February 18, 2014

THE BIG DAY on SUNDAY March 23 2014 –  See L&CPU website for booking details (£10 in advance), and work out some car sharing with South Liverpool PS members.

The Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union invites you to:

The L&CPU Big Day of Photography Edge Hill University, Ormskirk L39 4QP

For this spectacular Big Day event, the L&CPU has drawn speakers from the local areas, Yorkshire and Scotland, within whose ranks are many great photographers. We are proud to welcome the following speakers to show us their work and pass on their knowledge for our benefit and enjoyment:

The Speakers Are:

Sean Conboy: Professional Architecture Photographer: www.photo-genics.com

Colin Prior: Professional Landscape Photographer: www.colinprior.co.uk

Steve Race: Renowned Wildlife Photographer: www.steverace.com

Terry Donnelly: Professional Corporate Photographer : www.redpillphoto.co.uk

The programme of events will be from 10.00am to 5.00pm with a lunch interval.

Additional Attractions
Big Day Print Competition – bring one print, not previously entered in any L&CPU competition. Our speakers will each select their personal award and agree the overall winning print.

Sponsor – Sales stalls with good discounts on the day.

Monthly Comps League Tables – Updated as at 19th February 2014

February 13, 2014