Programme

Welcome to Birlingham Photography Club

All meetings, unless stated otherwise, are held on the first 
Tuesday of every month
7pm - 8.30pm at:

Birlingham Village Hall 
Birlingham
Pershore 
WR10 1AB

£3 per person, to include light refreshments, everyone is welcome, 
under 18's to be accompanied.



2018 Programme Announced!

Come and see what we've got lined up for you this year.



February 6th
Take a walk on the wild side!

BPC Members, Mark Waidson and Geoff Moore, will talk about what it takes to capture those magnificent landscapes that we've seen in their collections.  

"It's all about planning", says Mark.  You need to know when and where you will get the best shots and this often means arriving early or staying out late.  

This is going to be inspirational to us all, but can we cope with getting up at silly o'clock, that is the question!


March 4th
Member vist to Slimbridge

Booking is now open for the spring visit to Slimbridge Wetlands Trust, Gloucestershire.  More information will be available after Christmas, but get your name down now as there is a limit of just 15 people per group visit.


March 6th 
Photo critique session 

Worcestershire based photographer, Paul Lloyd, makes a welcome return to the club when he will critique images submitted by club members.  

Paul says that if you like a photo then it's a good one but sometimes the technical side of things can go a long way to making a good image a great one.  

He assures us that his comments will be gentle and constructive and all submitted work will be critiqued with respect.  Bring your image on the night.


March 10th,10am - 12pm
Lightroom for beginners

Following the Photoshop for beginners workshop, BPC member, Ken Wigfield, will lead an introduction to Adobe Lightroom.  This two hour workshop is ideal for anyone who is trying to get to grips with the basics of Lightroom. 

Please bring your own laptop if you have Lightroom already loaded on to it.
Entry is free of charge to BPC members and £10pp for non-members.  Please book in advance by emailing birlinghamphoto@btinternet.com


March 17th - 20th
The Photography Show, NEC Birmingham

Car sharing to the NEC is being organised for members and guests who plan to go.  Tickets are available via various websites at £13.95 adult and £10.95 concessions - watch out for ticket deals when full price drops to concession price and multi day discounts.  Email birlinghamphoto@btinternet.com to register for car sharing (subject to availability) - please state the day you intend to go.

April 3rd
Low light and night photography

Always a popular subject and local expert and BPC Member, Kevin Williams, will make a short presentation about how to get the most out of your photography after the sun goes down.

The second half of the April meeting will give you a chance to have a go when Kevin leads a practical session (subject to the weather). 

Don't forget to bring your camera and a tripod or beanbag.


April 6th
Prison photo visit - Gloucester Prison



Have you ever wondered what the inside of a prison looks like - Norman Stanley Fletcher style?  Gloucester Prison is now a tourist attraction and pulls in crowds from far and wide.  The building provides a stark insight into the way of the world for convicted men as they went about their days marked by the sound of boots on the corridor and keys in the locks.  

The prison was closed in 2013 and currently Jailhouse Tours run guided and self-guided tours on a daily basis.  The site has a variety of potential uses, a hotel chain has expressed an interest and part of it has been earmarked for housing.  One thing is for sure, the tours may not be available forever, especially as Jailhouse Tours is seeking to renew its current contract, which expires in mid-April.  

The BPC photo visit is a good opportunity to see a unique building, learn about the British penal system and take some interesting and unusual shots of an environment that, hitherto, has been inaccessible to us.

It is suggested that BPC takes a self-guided tour to allow sufficient time and flexibility to explore and photograph the building.  Bookings, at £15pp and £13 concessions are being taken now.  Transport can be arranged at a nominal additional cost.

Please email birlinghamphoto@btinternet.com 

May 1st

Learn about Lighting - interactive workshop 
by professional photographer, Richard Barley

Richard Barley is one of the top wedding photographers across Worcestershire, and has  many years experience and a substantial portfolio.

However, he joins Birmingham Photography Club not for a wedding demo, but for an interactive lighting workshop which will help members to understand the importance of lighting, the right lighting, whether that is natural or artificial.

Richard says that you can achieve fantastic results without laying out for expensive studio lighting.  Bring your camera and flashgun if you have one and learn from one of the best!

For more information about Richard's work and the photography training courses he runs visit www.richardbarleyphotography.co.uk and www.richardbarley.co.uk

Sunday, May 20th
Croome Park Photography Walk - 9am arrival - meet outside the restaurant

BPC Members and guests are invited to take part in an informal photography walk through the grounds of one of the National Trust's most beguiling properties, Croome Court and Park, which is situated between Pershore and Worcester at WR8 9DW.

The property has excellent access for all, a restaurant, RAF museum, shop and toilets.
Admittance and parking is free to NT members, please visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croome#Prices for current non-member visitor charges.

The park walk will start shortly after 9am, the Court opens at 11am for anyone wishing to visit and members are welcome to bring a picnic lunch or use the restaurant for a Club lunch afterwards.

Please email birlinghamphoto@btinternet.com for further information or to register your interest for this 'pay as you go' event.


June 5th
Slow shutter speeds by Gareth Watson, London Camera Exchange, Worcester

Shutter speeds can be your masterstroke in turning a regular image into something quite magical.  Whether you go for the fastest speed and freeze frame the action or you're looking for the dreaminess of the controlled 'smudgery' of clouds, flowing water or the wind as it catches leaves and grasses in its path.

BPC's June meeting will include a presentation by Gareth Watson, Manager for LCE Worcester Branch, who will explain the technical side of capturing those slow shutter speed images that you're looking for.