Walker Trophy 2017 Projected Round 1

Walker Trophy 2017 Projected Round 1

The first competition of 2017 had a lot of entries, so much so that we were only able to show the first two entries from each person.

Even so 56 images were judged last night and the competition was tough.

Congratulations to Mike Ward for not only winning, but also securing 3rd place!! Can anyone catch him now?

Here are the winning images;

1st – Mike Ward – The Doctor Calls

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2nd – Sue Shickle – Waterfall

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3rd – Mike Ward – Gateway to the City

02_Michael Ward_Gateway to The City

4th – Thomas Barry – View from Golden Jubilee Bridge

01_Thomas Barry_View from Golden Jubilee Bridge


Competitions 2017

Competitions 2017

Below is the provisional list of both internal and external competitions of the Society.

Be aware that there may be changes which will be announced in the newsletter and in meetings.

Competition/Exhibitions Date Last entries Image type Location Judge
Autumn and Winter 09/Jan/2017 08/Jan/2016 Projected Greenleaf Road Members vote
Walker projected 1 30/Jan/2017 29/Jan/2017 Projected Greenleaf road Ken Payne
Slide battle with Chingford 13/Feb/2017 06/Feb/2017* Projected Chingford Dave Wilcox
Walker projected 2 27/Feb/2017 21/Feb/2017 Projected Greenleaf road John Woolliams
Basildon Trophy 13/March/2017 06/Mar/2017* B&W Prints Loughton Graham Parry
Walker projected 3 20/March/2017 19/Mar/2017 Projected Greenleaf road Dave Wilcox
Camera craft cup 23/March/2017 12/Mar/2017* Projected Enfield, Gentleman’s Row Colin Southgate FRPS, CPAGB
1 in 100 competition 10/April/2017 03/April/2017* Projected Chingford Sarah Kelman
Walker prints 1 24/April/2017 24/April/2017 Prints Greenleaf road Ken Payne
Chigwell 4 way ??? Projected Chigwell Camera club
The Barking Colour cup 11/May/2017 ??/May/2017 Prints Eastbury Manor, Barking Dr Roger Winter
Walker prints 2 15/May/2017 08/May/2017 Prints Greenleaf road
In the style of… 22/May/2017 22/May/2017 Projected Greenleaf Road Members vote
E17 arts trail 03 – 18/June/2017 22/May/2017* Prints Ye old Rose and Crown N/A
Walker print 3 12/June/2017 05/June/2017 Prints Greenleaf road
Winns gallery Aug/Sep 2017? Prints Lloyds park
Centenary Trophy 11/Sep/2017 04/Sep/2017 A/V Show (max 5 mins) Greenleaf Road Members Vote
Albert Bale 25/Sept/2017 18/Sept/2017 Portrait prints Greenleaf road
Ware 8 way Oct/2017? Prints TBA
Goddard trophy 09/Oct/2017 02/Oct/2017 Panel of 4 prints Greenleaf road
Alan Coleman Trophy 19/Oct/2017 ??/Oct/2017* B&W prints Eastbury Manor, Barking Naomi Saul
Annual exhibition 23/Oct-28/Oct 2017 09/Oct/2017 Prints & projected Welcome centre
Bert Whittern Shield 24/Oct/2017 22/Oct/2017* Prints Welcome Centre
Grainger Trophy 25/Oct/2017 22/Oct/2017* Projected Welcome Centre
Loughton Anniversary Trophy ??/Nov/2017 ??/Oct/2017* Print & Projected Loughton
Chigwell 4 way ??/Nov/2017 ??/Nov/2017* Prints Chigwell
Print battle with Chingford 20/Nov/2017 13/Nov/2017* Prints Greenleaf road

The above chart is intended to be a summary of the competitions and exhibitions we will be taking part in, in the coming year. For internal competitions the ‘Last entry by’ is the latest date that your entries must be with the competition secretary (John Cross).

  • For projected images this date is the Sunday before the Monday of the competition. (http://wdps.org/competition-upload/)
  • For Printed images this is the Monday preceding the date of the competition.
  • If you need your images printed and mounted then this needs to be done in plenty of time to meet the ‘Last entry by’ date. Ian (fatcatprinting@hotmail.co.uk) Ian Waterman can print and mount these for you but can’t do them all at the last minute! Late submissions may not be admitted!
  • For external competitions (marked with a ‘*’) the date is earlier as a selection committee will need to meet beforehand to decide which images will be entered
  • Images for internal, projected competitions should be no larger than 1920 pixels on the long side and named as follows: NN_Jane Doe_ A print title.jpg, Where NN is a number (01, 02, 03 ETC.) and ‘_’ is an underscore.
Digital Image Submission

Digital Image Submission

We have a set format for all digital image competitions which must be followed.

It’s relatively simple but we still get errors, typically;

  • not re-named at all
  • not using spaces or capitals
  • not following the naming convention

It is important that the naming convention is followed as the software we use ‘looks’ at the underscores and from them determines the author and image title.

Digital Image Specifications 

  • The resolution of our projector is 1920 pixels (horizontal) by 1080 pixels (vertical). Anything submitted in excess of these dimensions will be downsized. An image too small will display small on the screen
  • File Format: jpg

Digital Image Filename:

The filename must be of the format    “XX_Your Name_Image Title

  • XX is the number of your image in order of preference, eg 01, 02, 03, 04
  • Your Name is of course your name, eg. Matt Russell (spaces are allowed between names)
  • Image Title is the name of the image, eg. From the Top Deck of the Bus (spaces are allowed between words)
  • Please use an underscore in between the number, your name, and the title.  An underscore is “_
  • An example would be   03_Matt Russell_From the Top Deck of the Bus

Digital Image submission: 

  • Images should be submitted online at http://wdps.org/competition-upload
  • All images must be named correctly or they may not be shown
  • A small number of images may be accepted on USB drive on the evening. If there is not sufficient time to load these to the PC then they will not be shown in the competition.

For external camera club competitions different dimensions may apply.

Summer Photography Course – 2017

Summer Photography Course – 2017

The 2016 course proved to be very popular with over 30 people attending, a number of whom still regularly attend and are active within the Society.

In 2017 the course will run from 26th June until 14th August – Monday evenings 7.45pm – 10pm.

It is highly likely to be oversubscribed so if you are interested in attending please sign up as soon as possible.

The course is both practical and theoretical with the simple aim that by the end of the course you will take better photographs.

Over the years hundreds of people have attended, enjoyed, and gained from taking part in the course.

We find that people attend for a whole variety of reasons with common reasons being;

  • Stuck in a rut of taking snapshots and wanting to take quality photos instead
  • Buying a dSLR and never taking it off the automatic setting
  • A rekindling of an interest in photography
  • Technique and science of photography
  • Photographic outings
  • Practical assignments

There will be at least 3 outings on weekends in the Walthamstow area.  Additionally each week practical assignments will be set which relate to what has been covered that week in the course.

This practical work is optional and whilst reviewed this is done anonymously.  Many people find this the best aspect of the course as it stretches photographic skills into areas they may not previously have taken.

We find that most people tend to own dSLR cameras but bridge or compact cameras are often owned.  In the Society many people use bridge or compact cameras including competition winners.

The price of the course is only £75 (with some early bird fees of £65) and this includes membership of the Society until September 2018 (worth £50)

“I did not arrive with any particular preconceptions or specific expectations. Course has been very enjoyable and I am very happy with the content.”

“From my perspective the course has had a nice balance. I have sought to attend on Monday evenings and to participate in the field events.”

“As a novice I have learnt a great deal about photography and camera settings”

“I joined the 2013 Walthamstow Photographic Society Summer School.  Prior to this my photography was limited to trying to get better holiday photos than my friends, and I had never taken the camera off auto.

At the Summer School I learnt about the different settings on my camera, how to technically take a good photo, how to be creative taking photos, and most importantly from the homework I was encouraged to try photographing a whole range of different subjects pushing me out of my comfort zone.

Two years later, thanks to the start given at the Summer School, my photography and confidence has come on in leaps and bounds.

I enjoy entering the club competitions and interclub competitions and in 2015 I won the 1 in 100 interclub competition had 6 acceptances for the Southampton International Exhibition.” – Caroline Preece


Understanding all the knobs, buttons and symbols on your camera and what menu items mean.

    • How to use the Shutter Speed to get the correct exposure or use it to create creative images.
    • How using different Apertures impacts on what is in sharp focus in your images and how to use this Depth of Field for creative image making.
    • Understanding the Aperture/shutter speed relationship.
    • How to Focus and the different in-camera focusing modes available.
    • How to use ISO to cope with different lighting and photography conditions and for creative image making.
    • How to expose images correctly using all the above to improve your images and how to utilise this for creative effect.
    • How to use your camera’s light meter and the various options for in-camera light metering.
    • How to hold a camera and various ways of supporting one for different photographic tasks.
    • Holding the camera – low shutter speeds, technique for different lenses.
    • Exposure modes and what they are best for.
    • What lenses to use for what tasks and understanding focal lengths.
    • How to look after your equipment.

Understand the different rules that can help improve the composition of an image

  • Rule of thirds
  • Keeping horizons straight
  • Using other aids such as framing, lead in lines etc to improve your image
  • Understand what format to use;  landscape, portrait, square, letterbox, panorama
  • Understanding how your position impacts on the final feel of the image
  • Knowing when to break the ‘rules’

  • Moving objects.
  • Panning.
  • Difficult conditions

Managing your images digitally.

  • Moving your images from camera or card to computer
  • Understanding workflow and adopting a workflow model that works for you
  • File management including filing structure, tagging, naming and cataloguing images
  • Looking at software options;  free, hobbyist and professional
  • Preparing your images for printing or other media
  • Presenting your images

A overview on Portrait photography from a professional portrait photographers point of view.

Digital Processing and image adjustment.

Basic adjustments in Photoshop Elements:

      • Levels.
      • Shadows and Highlights.
      • Brightness and Contrast.
      • Straightening.
      • Cropping.
      • Cloning.
      • Red Eye Elimination.
      • Resizing images.
      • Sharpening.

  • Understanding lighting and the effect it has on your final image.
  • How the quality of light changes though the day.
  • How different conditions may cause a Colour shifts and how to rectify this.
  • Working in adverse weather conditions that change the quality of light.
  • Reflectors.
  • Flash / Fill in Flash.
  • Common lighting set-ups

  • What you can and can’t photograph, when and where
  • How to protect your images.
  • Ways of granting to others the right to use your images

Previous attendees have came from Walthamstow, Leyton, Leytonstone, South Woodford, Woodford, Wanstead, & Chingford.

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Christmas Party 2016

Christmas Party 2016

Well Xmas party (too lazy to write Christmas) is upon us again, so dodgy speech from me and raffles. Had a panic on the food front but thats been sorted.

Raffles will have a few photographic items, I have stuck in a brand new set of ND and Grad ND filters with holders, Phil has a camera bag to be won and there will be a Fat Cat print voucher plus the normal bits I would assume.

If you haven’t got ticket yet Pauline may be able to sort it still so e mail her. Might be possible to pay on the night.

It’s a social evening so get along and be sociable.

It’s the last meeting of the year, but we might be in a pub the following Monday details to follow.

Finally don’t forget the first week back is a members evening you get the chance to vote on the “Winter” competition. SO get out and get taking.

Anyway Enjoy the Hostilities.

All the best.



Winns Gallery Public Vote 2016

Winns Gallery Public Vote 2016

For two weeks in August the Society held its annual Summer Exhibition for the 4th consecutive year in the Winns Gallery in Lloyd Park, Walthamstow.

Over the duration of the exhibition over 800 visited and more than 500 people voted!

The overwhelming winner was Society stalwart Andy Charles with his photo View from the Tate.

Not content with grabbing 1st place Andy also came second with Lloyd Park in the Autumn, and also 5th place with Down by the Jetty.

A remarkable achievement bearing in mind members were only allowed to showcase three images and there were in excess of 80 on display.

Well done Andy!!

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