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Club Report - Awards Night

Marjorie Burge writes:

On Friday 27th May, the final evening of our 2015/16 season, a group of happy photographers sat down to our Awards Night and Buffet Supper.  Some had come to collect their awards, all had come to enjoy the company of friends and the amazing food.  It is always good to have an opportunity for longer conversations with fellow photographers than time allows for on a club evening.  We were delighted to welcome our guest speaker for the evening, Ray Bridges LRPS CPAGB ADPS BPE3*, a member of Maidstone Camera Club and Tenterden Camera Club, together with his wife Ann.  Ray, who is a good friend of APS and has judged many of our competitions, gave us an insight into his passion for photography, and then assisted with the awarding of the trophies at the end of the evening. 
Congratulations go to all the winners and runners up in all competitions.  We are a relentlessly competitive club and while many of the photographers appear many times on the awards list, it is good …

Club Report - "An evening with Mel and Sue"

Philip Hinton writes:

Last week we had the pleasure of a double bill for our final presentation of the this season.  Melanie Chalk ARPS DPAGB and Chair of Folkestone Camera Club and our own Sue Chapman ARPS CPAGB who is also a member of Folkestone Camera Club, and both are members of the Dynamic Range Group.  They began the evening by stating that girls like to have fun and kicked of with a short quiz pairing the audience into teams of two, then showing twenty images and asking quickfire observational questions.  After they gave a joint presentation of a visit to Talliston House, a unique property in Essex, showing many of the unusual rooms in detail and how they dealt with the difficult lighting conditions.  After the break Melanie gave a short audio visual display, part of her ARPS submission, followed by Sue with a short travelogue of her recent trip to Iceland.  It was a most enjoyable way to round off the season.

Sue Chapman:
Melanie Chalk:  w…

Fri 20th May.2016

George Pearson writes:

For our penultimate evening of the season we have a performance from ‘Mel and Sue’.  We are promised something out of the ordinary, rather less serious than being ‘judged’ and found wanting in my case.  Melanie is from Folkestone CC and a good friend of the club; an excellent photographer; Sue can speak for herself and no doubt will.

The Artigras Festival is this weekend and we need volunteers to man/woman the APS stall.  If you can help, great, if not and have prints taking up valuable cupboard space bring them in on Friday, any sales will benefit our club funds.

Finally the Annual Presentation is on 27th with Tracey Hughes KCPA Vice President as our guest. Sue is co-ordinating the food.

The entire season’s programme was sorted by Phil and my/our thanks to him for what I think was an outstanding programme.

Annual Exhibition Competition (13.May)

Marjorie Burge writes:

Our final big print competition of the season for the Annual Exhibition produced a wealth of amazing images.  Clive Tanner FRPS DPAGB of Maidstone Camera Club, a Premier KCPA judge, Chairman of the KCPA judges panel, a member of the Executive Committee of the PAGB, a former President of the KCPA, and ex-council member of the RPS, was happy to have been invited to officiate.  He is a good friend of APS and always generous in his praise of the quality of our photography.

Clive's judging was, as always, informative and sympathetic.  Bright patches to be toned down – curious about the story behind the image – in some he would like to have seen more (even a mermaid!) – admiration for wildlife photographers - and always the thought "could you have done any better?".  The final choice had been made at the beginning of the evening and these were held back and shown only at the end (frustrating for those trying to ‘pick the winner’).  Clive said "All t…

Fri 13th May.2016

George Pearson writes:

Friday 13th May
This week, fingers crossed, we get to celebrate the best of our images for this season.  To judge for acceptances at our Annual Exhibition we have Clive Tanner FRPS, DPAGB.  Anyone who went to the KCPA exhibition will have noticed that he dominated the awards in the Record section, a genre in which he excels.  He is pre-viewing the prints, so serious consideration is being given.

Thursday 12th May
For those of you who have booked a place Martin and Anthony will pass on their expertise in flash techniques.  For more details see

Venue Oak Room Smeeth meeting at 7.45

This may be repeated if the initial demand exceeds sensible numbers

Club Report - “Exploring my Photographic World” A Talk By Baden Bowen CPAGB, BPE3*, AFAIP

Philip Hinton writes:

As the season is drawing to a close we had our penultimate speaker Baden Bowen CPAGB, BPE3*, AFAIP. from Dover.  His presentation began with a wide selection of his award winning photographs which he explained how he achieved many of the more complex manipulated images and how some he would now improve on or would do differently.  In the second half he explained how he had gone back to basics with a variety of film cameras from Polariod to Hasselblads, and repairing and redesigning old cameras which he still produced high quality images.  With a number of behind the scene photographs, Baden showed how with a simple studio set up in his kitchen he could still produce outstanding photographs.

You can see more of Baden's fantastic work at

 A Walk in the Park
Arches - HP5
Eastern Princess
Hasselblad 6x45
Hasselblad - HP5
In Bloom Kodak Portra 160
Pentax 67 Tmax 100
Speed Graphic - Tmax 100
The Bride - Tmax 100
The Waterhole

Next Friday 13t…

Workshop: Introduction to off-camera flash 12th May

12th May 20.00h to 22.00h - Introduction to off-camera flash – Martin Till and Anthony Baines

Why use flash?Demonstration of different techniques and effects:Pop-up flashOn-camera flashThe fundamentals of off-camera flashUsing reflectors, diffusers, umbrellas and soft-boxes to modify lightHow to set up a single off-camera flash portrait 'home studio' We will then split attendees into small groups, so you can all practice (supervised) the art of off-camera flash.
What to bring Your (DSLR) camera (and a speedlite that you have one, although Canon and Nikon ones and a few remote triggers will be provided)An understanding of the basic flash controls of your camera (you may wish to read the flash section of your camera's manual) Signing up If you would like to attend, please email Katrina by Sunday 8th May, including the following information:
The make and model of your cameraAny speedlite flash guns that you are able to bring (not mandatory)
Workshop for 26th May 2016 with Mar…

Fri 6th May.2016

George Pearson writes:

This week we have Baden Bowen to give a presentation 'Exploring my Photographic World'.  A couple of years ago Baden exploded onto the county scene with some extraordinary composites and portraits.  Since then he has begun to use FILM wow! and I am looking forward to see the way he is thinking now.

You can get a preview on

Christopher Rogers CPAGB

Chris has been a member of Ashford Photographic Society since 2011 and is now the club's Vice-Chairman.  He has now been awarded the CPAGB from The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain.  This involved Chris submitting 10 prints, with each one being marked individually.

Congratulation Chris, well deserved.

Below are some of the images Chris used in gaining his award and the marks each image obtained.

No. Title Score 1. Lonely and In Captivity 20 2. Baby Elephant In Late Sunshine193. Number 37 At Full Power20 4. The Young Priest245. Angry Hippo21 6. Number 522 7. Red Eyed Green Tree Frog22 8. Number 49 Powers Round26 9. Number 15 Has It24 10. Speckled Th…

Driftwood Trophy Print Panel Competition (29.Apr)

Marjorie Burge writes:

On Friday 29th April, the judge for the Driftwood Trophy Print Panel Competition (donated by Chris Shore FRPS) was Roger Force FRPS DPAGB APAGB, of Dartford & District Camera Club.  Roger is a KCPA Premier judge, a PAGB judge, and sits on the KCPA judges panel and the RPS licentiate panel.

Roger approached the evening on a serious note, giving us the benefit of his wealth of experience in putting panels together, stressing that the layout of the images was essential to a successful panel.  Each panel, and each image within the panel, was given his close attention, some just four images, some the maximum of six.  In just a few, he rearranged the images to give what he considered to be a better balance to the panel, giving the panel importance over and above the separate images.  He stressed how impressed he was with the high standard of all panels entered in the competition, and apologised that he had to eliminate some of high quality in order to choose his …