FREE Photography Workshop for the Festival 2nd September

From Sharon Brown, Melbourne Festival

Hello Everyone

I know it is short notice but People Express are arranging a FREE Photography Workshop for the Festival next Saturday afternoon (2nd September) as part of the joint project about Melbourne Market Gardeners which we are working on.

The session will be led by Christopher Mear a young documentary photographer who we have commissioned to photograph the market gardens and the produce they grow throughout the year.

Everyone will meet at Melbourne Assembly at 2pm and walk across Brown’s field to Heaths at Woodhouses and Photograph produce in Heaths field.

I have attached the flyer which has a few more details. FLOL leaflet

Please contact Sharon Brown ( )  if anybody would like to reserve a place.

Melbourne Arts Trail – Weekend 16th/17th September– Assistance Required.

This will be held at the same venue as last year. 

This is a very prestigious event and gives us our chance to promote the club and show off our work, to improve local awareness and to help gain new members.

Gaining new members is really important for the club as it keeps the club vibrant, plus if we have more members we are more secure financially.  As it is an all weekend event we really need some more help from the membership.  To make sure this runs smoothly we need club members to volunteer their time (1 – 2 hours) to assist with this exhibition.

We are looking for the following:-

  1. To help set the stand on Friday evening the prints need to be put into frames and hanging, plus putting up the gazebo.
  2. To man the stand on Saturday.
  3. To man the stand on Sunday.
  4. Then dismantle the stand after 17:00hrs on Sunday and return boards etc. to Thomas Cook hall.

We also need you to submit your images to display.

We are arranging a collection of your prints at Harpers on Thursday 14th   September at 21:00hrs.  If you cannot make it to Harper’s you can please let me know by email, we will try and collect them from you. Please contact me at the following e-mail address ( or Paul ( with your offers of help so that I can plan the weekend.


We will be running the Tombola again, as this raised £200.00 last year, which was a big boost to funds. So please can you donate any suitable items.

Jennifer Zahorodnyj,

Exhibition Secretary

Coopers at Weston on Trent 15 June 17

A Note from Gavin

Just thought I’d let you know there’s a classic car rally at Coopers of Weston on Trent from 6pm this coming Thursday night. It always presents great photo opportunities. I wonder if you have time to put a last minute post out to the membership please.

I will be there with a rusty XR3i! Also Dave Bell is taking his Deltic (TVR!) and John Orton one of his family of minis!

Summer Is coming – Bring your Camera with you

As the summer approaches the normal Thursday night sessions are being replaced with some more practical sessions , which are intended to help your improve you camera skills and take some great pictures. These are the first sessions that are planned

Photographic Field Trip, Lumsdale, Matlock. Thursday 18th May

This is the first of our planned summer field trips. This will be visiting Lumsdale, just outside Matlock is about a 45 min drive away . Here the brook descends through a series of man made ponds, mills and large waterfalls, and gives you plenty of time to try different techniques learnt. Not only is there falling water, but there are ruined mills and open ponds. This is certainly one of the hidden gems of both industrial archaeology and photography that are available to us.

Ian Pettit will be coordinating the trip and both he and other members of the society will be there at assist with your images. Please let Ian know if you are planning to attend, so that we don’t miss anyone. The plan is to meet in Castle Square in Melbourne at  5pm, and car share where possible.

Full details of the valley will be found here 

This is an example of some of the pictures that were taken earlier in the year in the valley.








How to Do Session  Thursday 8th June

This Thursday will be the second of this summers technical session. It will start at 7:30 pm in the Thomas Cook Memorial Hall and will run to approximately 09:15, allowing time to get in last orders at the Chip & Pin.

This session will continue to look at your Camera and how to get the best images from it. This will focus on:

  • Keeping your camera steady
  • Depth of Field
  • Different Metering Modes
  • Light Sources and White Balance
  • Exposure Compensation

Photographic Field Trip Castlefields and Salford Quays – Saturday 17th June

Located close to Manchester these two locations give an opportunity to see the remains of Industrial Manchester and the new developments based around the old Salford Dock area.  We’ll visit Castlefield first to see the canal basin and old mills and warehouses and the move on to Salford Quays staying until dusk to get some twilight and evening shots. Around the quays you will find the Lowry, the Imperial War Museum North and Media City, which make outstanding subjects.

Ian Pettit will be coordinating the trip and both he and other members of the society will be there at assist with your images. Please let Ian know if you are planning to attend, so that we don’t miss anyone. The plan is to meet in Castle Square in Melbourne at 10 am  and car share where possible.