Sunday, 29 September 2013

DXO Film Pack 3 - free

Just a quick heads up. DXO Film Pack 3 is available free of charge until 31 Oct. If you enjoy applying different "looks" to your pictures you might want to give this a go.

I've downloaded it and have been playing with it a bit. I like some of the black and white conversions very much: there's some nice pre-sets which you can tweak to get the exact look you're after. Give it a try!


Saturday, 24 August 2013

2013-2014 season starts 6 September 2013

The new season for Ashford Photographic Society starts on Friday 6 September. We'll meet as usual at the Givaudan Sports and Social Club. We are open from 7.15pm and start at 7.45pm.

Ashford Photographic Society extends a warm welcome to everyone interested in any form of photography, whether you are a beginner or are very experienced. You are welcome to come and visit us to see what we have to offer, and to enjoy the photographs of our members.

The full programme for 2013-2014 is now available. Here are a few highlights to whet your appetite. In addition to our regular programme of competitions (prints and projected digital images) we have a series of excellent visiting speakers, whose photography covers a very wide range of interests. Among others we have:

22 Nov 2013 Paul Foley FRPS
06 Dec 2013 Roger Reynolds FRPS
10 Jan 2014 Baden Bowen
21 Feb 2014 Shirley Hollis ARPS
04 April 2014 Polina Plotnikova ARPS
09 May 2014 Dave Mason
23 May 2014 Cathy Roberts FRPS

(Links take you to the speaker's website)

If you are thinking of trying for Royal Photographic Society (RPS) Distinctions, distinctions from the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain or international distinctions such as those from FIAP or PSA, Ashford Photographic Society offers an excellent environment to develop your skills. We have members with a wide variety of distinctions: most recently, Philip Hinton has achieved his ARPS. One evening this year is dedicated to RPS Distinctions. Richard Walton FRPS will visit us on 7 Feb 2014: Richard serves on RPS Distinctions panels, and can provide excellent advice on what it takes to obtain them.

We also offer tuition evenings. These range from camera skills to post-processing digital images in Lightroom and Photoshop, and are offered in response to members' interest.

We look forward to seeing you on 6 September.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Philip Hinton ARPS

It was only a year ago that Philip was celebrating achieving his LRPS. Inspired by this success, Philip embarked on the challenge of producing the cohesive panel of 15 images together for his ARPS submission.

He traveled down to RPS headquarters in Bath to attend the assessment on 26th June and sat with twenty other photographers to hear the judge's comments. Philip's panel came up just before lunch and, to his relief and delight, was accepted unanimously by the judging panel.

When submitting an ARPS panel, the photographer must include a 'Statement of Intent', which puts the panel in context.

Here is Philip's statement:

My interest in photography began with a fascination for Victorian postcards that I collected in my teens. The romance and mystery of these anonymous,  grainy and faded sepia images, some risqué, even macabre, still influence me today.

Each print is a blend of multiple original  images that are textured and rendered with a modern palette, to create a panel with a unique atmosphere that evokes the real and imagined feminine mystique.

Philip's successful ARPS pane;

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Photography 2012 e-book

As a way of celebrating a successful year for the club, a set of members' photographs from 2012 has been collated into an e-book.

Ashford Photographic Society Photography 2012

The link below will open the book in PDF format. Please note that it is 50MB in size so may take a while to load depending on the speed of your internet connection.

View the e-book here

If you do not have Acrobat Reader you can download it from the Adobe web site.

Thank you to all members who contributed and a special thank you for Nicholas Hill for taking the time to create book.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

George Pearson awarded DPAGB for photographic merit

We would like to congratulate George Pearson, who received the DPAGB award following an adjudication by the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain in Bromsgrove on 20th April.

Below are three of the fifteen images that George submitted.

Religious cult


Out snowshoeing

Well done again to George.

Sunday, 31 March 2013

Bob Devine Awarded Photographic Society of America Distinction

Ashford Photographic Society would like to congratulate Bob Devine on being awarded the PPSA distinction. Read the full press release below and visit Bob's page on PSA website.


Bob Devine Awarded Photographic Society of America Distinction

The Photographic Society of America (PSA) is pleased to announce that Bob Devine, PPSA has been awarded the Proficiency Distinction (PPSA) in recognition of his photographic achievement record in PSA recognized International Exhibitions of photography. To qualify for the Proficiency Distinction, 288 or more acceptances are required. The award Certificate will be presented in September at the 2013 PSA International Conference in Portland, Maine USA. The award includes an invitation to submit a sample of work to the PPSA Gallery on the PSA web site.

PSA is a worldwide organization of both amateur and professional photographers, with membership in over 70 countries. Visit the PSA web site at to view the ROPA Galleries and to learn more about PSA, its activities, and the benefits of membership.

Photographic Society of America

Laura J. Davies, FPSA
Public Relations V.P.
194 Windsor Court
New Brighton, MN 55112

Friday, 29 March 2013

Kent County Photographic Association Annual Exhibition 2013

Nicholas Hill's portrait of a Cuban boxer "Olympic Contender" won a PAGB Gold medal at the KCPA Exhibition 2013
The Kent County Photographic Association Annual Exhibition opened last night (28 March 2013) at the Maidstone Museum and Bentliff Art Gallery. The exhibition runs until 19 May.

The exhibition attracted 1368 print entries, of which 212 were accepted. Three judges who are extremely well known on the national scene selected the pictures that made up the exhibition: Gwen Charnock FRPS, MFIAP, Phil Charnock FRPS, MFIAP, and Rosemary Wilman HonFRPS, AFIAP, BPE5*. Given an acceptance rate of less than one in six entries, many congratulations are due to all the photographers who had their work accepted.

Two of the winners from Ashford after receiving their awards. (Left to right) Clive Tanner, KCPA President, Bob Devine, Rosemary Wilman (representing the judges) and Nicholas Hill.
Ashford Photographic Society had major successes in this exhibition. 26 prints from members were accepted, and, of these, one was awarded a PAGB gold medal, two were awarded PAGB ribbons and six were highly commended.

Nicholas Hill ARPS was awarded the PAGB gold medal in the Portraiture category for "Olympic Contender". This picture was featured on the front cover of the exhibition catalogue (see image at the top of this post). He was also awarded a PAGB ribbon for "Lady of the House" in the Colour Pictorial section. Bob Devine ARPS, DPAGB was awarded a PAGB ribbon for "Lioness and Cub" in the Nature category. Two further pictures from Nicholas (“Between Rounds” and “The Street Fighter”) and Bob (“Hoopoe with Lizard” and “Cheetah with Kill in Massai”) were highly commended; prints by David Marsh (“Cuillins from Elgol Beach”), and Stephen Cheek (“Lioness”) were highly commended.

Bob had one further picture accepted in the exhibition; Nicholas had three. Members of Ashford Photographic Society who were also successful in having pictures accepted were: George Pearson CPAGB (four), Martin Till LRPS, Philip Hinton LRPS, Sue Chapman ARPS, CPAGB (two), Jim Moody-Smith (two), Stephen Cheek (two) and Anthony Baines ARPS CPAGB.  
Nicholas Hill's Gold Medal image "Olympic Contender"
Nicholas Hill's "The Lady of the House" was awarded a PAGB Ribbon

Bob Devine's "Lioness and Cub" was awarded a PAGB Ribbon

Monday, 25 March 2013

Ashford win the KCPA Diamond Jubilee Trophy

The KCPA's Diamond Jubilee Trophy Competition (an inter-club PDI event) was hosted by Eastbourne PS and staged at the Birley Centre, Eastbourne on Saturday 23 March; 24 clubs competed. The competition was judged by Glyn Edmunds APSA EPSA EFIAP/s from Southampton CC who provided short comments on a selection of the images, ensuring that every club had at least one image commented upon.
Ashford PS won the competition with 141 points; Tonbridge CC and Invicta PC were joint second with 134 points. (the lowest total was 115). Adding to our celebrations Bob Devine's image "Lioness with cub" was adjudged the best image in the competition and so received the Premier Certificate and the Ashford PS Shield (a Trophy we presented when we staged the inuagural Diamond Jubilee Trophy competition) while Nicholas Hill's image  "Make your own alien, just add water" was awarded a Highly Commended certificate.
The photo of Sue was provided by a member of Eastbourne PS and features their Chairman, Roy Morris, on the right and the judge, Glyn Edmunds on the left.
Sue Chapman receives the Jubilee Trophy
Here is the winning set of images:

An anxious wait by Mick Gilburt LRPS - Scored 17

The ice Queen by Philip Hinton LRPS - Scored 16
Jason Handley by Garry Shorter - Scored 17

Lioness with cub by Bob Devine ARPS - Scored 20 and Best image in competition

Mating Lions by Bob Devine ARPS - Scored 17

Make your own alien just add water by Nicholas Hill ARPS - Scored 20 and Highly Commended

Smokestream swirl by Anthony Baines ARPS - Scored 16

The lady of the house by Nicholas Hill ARPS - Scored 18