The Club offers a range of regular monthly practical photography workshops in which small groups of members can learn more about lighting, shooting with models and more. These hands-on practical events offer a great opportunity to tap into the extensive skills and experience of our Group Leaders.
All groups & workshops are available to members and are booked on a first-come, first served basis. Please see the Club Calendar for information of upcoming dates.
All groups & workshops MUST be booked in advance using the Events Booking Sheets held in the Stewards Office. Members can book by ringing the Club. Please note that Events Booking Sheets are generally available for signup from 4 weeks in advance of the event date (the exact date of publication for each event sheet can be confirmed by ringing the Club).
Darkroom Skills & Techniques
Leader: Marco Masetti
These evenings are aimed at members new to the darkroom and those who want to improve their technique. If you want to develop b&w film all you need to bring is an exposed film. If you want to make prints from b&w negatives all you need to bring are your negatives. Check Club Calendar for cost (includes printing paper or negative storage pages; chemicals are available from the club at good prices). Maximum number: 4 as we only have 4 darkrooms.
Studio Lighting Techniques
Leader: Steve Ullathorne
Steve will focus on control of the lights and good studio practice. It is important for photographers to know how it feels on both sides of the lights, so everyone attending will photograph each other. You will get used to lighting more than one person and we can concentrate on learning the correct way to treat the lights and to communicate with the subject. Studio accreditation included, check Club Calendar for cost. Minimum number 5 max of 7.
Still Life Group
Leader: Polina Plotnikova
The group is exploring various aspects of creating artistic fine art still life images, focusing on composition, choosing the right props, different lighting techniques, pre-visualising the image and working towards creating it. There is plenty of practical shooting time of new setups during each session along with discussions and review of some inspirational images of still life including paintings, watercolours, drawings and photography. The cost is £25 per person, group is limited to 8 participants in order to have enough time for everyone to shoot. The group meets monthly, please check Club Calendar for dates.
The Fashion Group
Leader: Michael Colman
The group meets monthly, in the studio or on location, to create professional standard editorial and advertising images to a pre-planned brief. We meet at 6.00pm for briefing and set up with shooting commencing from 6.30pm. Location shoots may occasionally be featured in the programme. For further details, see The Fashion Group’s page here.
The Portrait Group
Leader: Nick Gregan
In this group you will work on creating good portrait photography. Each month we focus on a specific lighting technique to improve your portrait photography. We also work on portrait photography skills such as posing, building rapport, capturing character and creating different types of portraits. Check Club Calendar for cost.
City Photo Walks
Leader: Michael Colman
The group will meet monthly through the summer at various points near a landmark close to the Thames. The photo walk will last for a couple of hours taking in points of interest, ideally catching the sunset over the river and ending with a drink in a pub. The itineraries may vary due to the interests of each group.
The walks are free to members and those interested should book with a club steward by providing their email and mobile number. Members will have the opportunity to exhibit their images on the club’s online exhibition facility.
Club Nights are held monthly from October to March allow an opportunity for Members to lighten dark winter evenings with a social event and enjoy a glass of wine. Arranged mid-week, the programme offers a variety of topics with talks, films and similar events based around a photographic theme. The events are free, family and friends are welcome. An opportunity to introduce potential new Members to the Club.