Burton upon Trent Photographic Society


All meetings before Jan 2021 will be via Zoom
 This Programme is subject to last minute changes
Sept 10th
Annual General Meeting
Sept 17th
President's Evening 
Sept 24th
Creating a Photograph – Composition Challenge.
Part one of a two part presentation Steve will look at the creative triangle and then consider numerous aspects of composition backed with photographs most of my own taking.
Part two to be arranged
Oct 1st - Hand in Night
Trevor Morecraft - An explosion and a deserted town
Trevor has visited Chernobyl and the town of Prypyat on two occasions, in 2016 and 2019, over 4 days. We explore the explosion history, and the Reactor Control Room before heading to the long abandoned town of Prypyat
Oct 8th
1st Internal Competition
Subject: Open
Judge: Steve Clifford CPAGB BPE 3 AFIAP
Oct 15th
Clare Carter - Perpetually in Motion
Clare believes that landscape photographers have to be in tune with the fourth dimension - the passage of time. This talk illustrates all the forces of nature that create motion and change.
Oct 22nd
Polin Plotnikova -  Starting form a blank canvas
This talk features images on two of Polin's  favourite photographic subjects – Creative Flower Portraiture and Still Life. Both themes are illustrated with images from her studio work.  
Oct 29th
David Keep - Underwater Photography  2 – from manatees to crocodiles.
This talk follows on from part 1 - Sharks and Swimming Pools & bigger creatures. Crocodiles, whale sharks, manatees, hammerhead sharks & seals are all covered. Also includes a section on how David shot his World Cup gold medal winning image Diving Gannets, Shetland.
Nov 5th
Andrea Hargreaves - The Art of Metamorphosis part II
Continues to follow Andrea's creative journey showing how the Valkyrie series came life, inspiring Morghanna and the Raven Queens and beyond. She deconstructs her favourite characters and trys to explain why some images don't make the cut, but how, with a little thought and imagination, they can be reinvented to be given a new lease of life.
Wed Nov 11th
Staffs Photo Comp - Projected Images
Nov 12th
2nd Internal Competition
Subject: Open
Judge: Kylie Anne Martin AFIAP BPE1
Nov 19th
Stan Farrows FRPS EFIAP DPAGB - Still Life Backgrounds – Construction Tips
Stan has been a photographer for almost as long as he can remember, having bought his first camera as a child at the age of 8 or 9.
Over the years since he has applied his photographic skills to his teaching and to his other professional work at the University of St Andrews, and although his original degrees are in Biological Sciences, his Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Technology includes Print Design.
Nowadays Stan describes himself as a creative digital photographer. He is a member of the Royal Photographic Society and has been awarded a Fellowship (FRPS), the Society's highest honour. He also hold EFIAP and DPAGB distinctions.
He has now had several hundred works accepted for exhibition worldwide and has won several major awards including gold medals from the Photographic Society of America and FIAP. In 2015 he was awarded the coveted FIAP Blue Badge as best Author in the 153rd Edinburgh International Exhibition, a print-only exhibition that attracts several hundred entries from across the World.
In tonight’s Zoom presentation Stan will be talking about how he constructs his innovative still-life backgrounds.
Stan’s website is to be found at

Wed Nov 25th
Ashby CC vs Burton PS
Print and Pdi Competition. Hosted by Burton PS
Nov 26th
Les Loosemoore - People, Landscape, Sport and much more...
A variety of images on a range of topics
Dec 3rd
3rd Internal Competition
Subject: Open
Judge: Dave Tucker DPAGB EFIAP/s BPE3
Dec 10th
Details to be announced
Dec 17th
Christmas Party???
Details to be announced
Jan 7th
Travelling Portfolio
Prints and Pdi’s from MidPhot 2020 including work from Burton PS members.
Jan 14th
3rd Internal competition
Subject: All About the Light
Judge: Roger Evans FBPE EFIAP/p MPAGB
Jan 21st
Robert Pettigrew  "The Real Shangri La"
Robert was awarded an MBE for higher mountaineering and mountain exploration in the Indo China border region of the Punjab Himalaya and this talk will take us through some of those travels
Jan 28th
PAGB Recorded Lecture
Twenty Audio Visuals by Sheila Haycox
Sat Jan 30th
MidPhot AV Championships
Great day of traditional AV and Photo Harmony Now on Zoom.  Tickets on sale at the MCPF website www.mcpf.co.uk 
Feb 4th*
Julian Elliot "Stuck in Vietnam"
A talk about my very first trip to Vietnam. What happened when an “incident” forced an extended stay in the country and how I overcame the challenges.  
Feb 11th*
Fund Raiser
Details to be announced
Feb 18th
5th Internal competition
Subject: Monochrome (B+W)
Judge: John Whitby MPAGB EFIAP/g
Feb 25th
Sharon & Robert Prenton Jones "The Art of Composite Photography"
The talk will cover the thinking behind some of the images. The fun involved both on the shoot and playing with Photoshop afterwards. Hints, tips and plenty more. Deconstructing images and making a composite image live.
Mar 4th
Elaine Butler "An Introduction to basic composite Photography" 
I provide a step by step overview of how composites can be useful in many scenarios.  I begin with how to create simple composites, with no studio equipment, and work through to  more detail on how I created award winning composite images. I also provide a step by step guide sheet... for members to try out themselves afterwards. That is where the magic happens.... I love seeing the images created by club members after a session!  http://www.elainebutlerphotography.com
Mar 11th
Mike Bennett "Capture the Moment" 
A bit of all sorts of photography and techniques including Street photography, Portraiture, Project Work & Creative/Photoshop http://www.mikebennettphoto.com
Mar 18th
Open Evening
Details to be announced
Weds Mar 24th - Sun 28th
MidPhot 2021 Exhibition
Old Schoolhouse, Oldbury
Mar 25th
6th Internal Competition
Subject:  Images that depicts the moods of Lock-down
Apr 1st
Polina Plotnikova  “Capturing the mood” 
My Lensbaby talk “Capturing the mood” is designed with special audience in mind and would benefit those who are generally interested in alternative special effects in camera as oppose to post-processing. It is based exclusively on my work with Lensbaby lenses and optics and it includes my travels, landscape, dance, portraiture and wildlife photography – all taken with special effect lenses

Apr 8th
James Kerwin "Behind the Camera" 
In 2014 I began shooting my first abandoned building series ‘Decadence’, and six years on I have now built up a large portfolio taken in some of the most striking locations in Europe and beyond. My primary focus is capturing rich colour palettes and straight lines in the camera, then utilising modern post-processing techniques to develop each completed image. www.jameskerwin.uk
Weds Apr 14th
Staffs Club Print Competition to be hosted by BPS
at Lea Hall, Rugeley 7.30pm start
Apr 15th
Details to be announced
Apr 22nd
Peter Milsom EFIAP/G DPAGB BPE4* “The Power of Sport”  
Peter took up photography seriously in 2006 following 18 years of competitive athletics and coaching. His first efforts were directed at the sports events he was familiar with, and he gradually extended these to other sports, including canoe slalom, jet ski racing and various para sports. Peter is on personal terms with many of the athletes and provides photographs to help them improve their technique. His aim is to capture those special moments, the highs and lows of sport and the efforts and emotions shown in achieving a world class performance. He is often granted media accreditation to major events which allow him to capture images of world class athletes from the best vantage points. www.petermilsomphotography.co.uk

Apr 29th
Panel Competition
Judge: Anne Sutcliffe FRPS EFIAP PPSA
May 6th
Competition against Rugeley CC and Lichfield CC
Details to be confirmed
May 13th
Gareth Martin "In the making" 
Gareth will show the starting image and the finished picture in this talk.
May 20th
Presentation Evening
May 27th
Annual General Meeting
Burton Photographic Society is affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB)
through the Midland Counties Photographic Federation (MCPF)
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