Summer Photography Course – 2016

Summer Photography Course – 2016

The 2015 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 2016 the course will run from 27th June until 15th 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 £65 and this includes membership of the Society until September 2017


“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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Julia Margaret Cameron Exhibition

Julia Margaret Cameron Exhibition

Jo has again came up trumps and arranged another trip to the V & A. There will be an inroductory talk by the curator Dr Marta Weiss, followed by a tour of the exhibition.

We chose Friday the 29th because it’s a ‘Friday Late’ at the V&A and the Museum is open late to the public (so it should be easier for members to get to from work if necessary)  and there are lots of free events throughout the evening.  There is also a bar in the Main Entrance.

Numbers are restricted so please reserve your tickets below. This is a members only event.


To mark the bicentenary of the birth of Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879), one of the most important and innovative photographers of the 19th century, the V&A will showcase more than 100 of her photographs from the Museum’s collection. The exhibition will offer a retrospective of Cameron’s work and examine her relationship with the V&A’s founding director, Sir Henry Cole, who in 1865 presented her first museum exhibition and the only one during her lifetime.

Cameron is one of the most celebrated women in the history of photography. She began her photographic career when she received her first camera as a gift from her daughter at the age of 48, and quickly and energetically devoted herself to the art of photography. Within two years Cameron had sold and given her photographs to the South Kensington Museum (now the V&A) and in 1868, the Museum granted her the use of two rooms as a portrait studio.

150 years after first exhibiting her work, the V&A will present highlights of Cameron’s output, including original prints acquired directly from the artist and a selection of her letters to Henry Cole. Best known for her powerful portraits, Cameron also posed her sitters – friends, family and servants – as characters from biblical, historical or allegorical stories. The exhibition will feature a variety of photographic subjects, which Cameron described as ‘Portraits’, ‘Madonna groups’, and ‘Fancy Subjects for Pictorial Effect’.

Cameron’s photographs were highly innovative: intentionally out-of-focus, and often including scratches, smudges and other traces of her process. In her lifetime, Cameron was criticised for her unconventional techniques, but also appreciated for the beauty of her compositions and her conviction that photography was an art form.

Annual Exhibition 2015

Annual Exhibition 2015

It’s that time of year again and our Annual Exhibition is set to take place in the Welcome Centre next to St Mary’s Church.

The exhibition is the opportunity for members of the society to showcase their work they have taken in the preceding year.

There will be a great diversity of work being shown (both prints and digital) which reflects the diverse nature of the members and their interests. Whatever your taste in art there will be something you will like in the exhibition.

The exhibition runs from Monday 26th October 2015 to Saturday the 31st October 2015.

Weekdays the exhibition is open between 7pm and 10pm each evening, and on Saturday from 10.30am until 8pm.

On Tuesday and Wednesday there will be a couple of external competitions between other photographic societies/camera clubs in a side room to the exhibition.

On the Friday from 8pm there will be the annual prize giving of the Society for competitions ran throughout the year, and ran during the exhibition itself.

The exhibition is free and is wheelchair accessible. There is also a car park which is a bonus due to parking restrictions in Walthamstow Village.

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The Bert Whittern Shield – 2015

The Bert Whittern Shield – 2015

As part of the WDPS Annual Exhibition we hold two competitions with external clubs.

The first of these is the Bert Whittern Shield which is a print competition between WDPS, Muswell Hill Photographic Society and Dunmow Camera Club.

Each society or camera club has to submit 15 prints for judging. The judge will critique the prints and award a score out of 20 to each print. The society or club with the highest aggregate score will be the winner.

This is a great opportunity to see the work of other clubs and will be really interesting.

If you have never seen a judge critiquing images it will be an interesting experience and likely to improve your photography.


Congratulations to Muswell Hill for such a clear and decisive win, we look forward to challenging you for the shield in 2017. A big thank you to Dunmow for making the effort to come all the way down to Walthamstow to take part.

  • Dunmow Camera Club                                                229 points
  • Muswell Hill Photographic Society                     261 points
  • Walthamstow & District Photographic Society       254 points

Summer Exhibition 2015 – Winns Gallery

Summer Exhibition 2015 – Winns Gallery

It’s that time of year again and the Society are exhibiting in the Winns Gallery.

Thirty two members are showing their work and over seventy prints are being shown.

Whatever your taste I’m sure there will be work that you love as there is a wide diversity of styles being shown which reflect the diversity of the Society.

This year for the first time we are asking visitors to vote for their favourite photo in the exhibition.

Members of the Society will be in attendance during opening times, so if you would like more information about the Society pop along and have a chat.

The exhibition is open every day until, and including August Bank Holiday Monday – the 31st, between 11am and 5pm.

Winns Gallery is located within Lloyd Park in the complex with the cafe and artist studios. The entrance is opposite the bowling greens.

E17 Art Trail 2015

E17 Art Trail 2015

The E17 Art Trail runs from the 30th May until the 14th June 2015 and we are pleased to announce that the Walthamstow & District Photographic Society will again be supporting the festival.

The Trail is a great community led art event with over 250 exhibitions and events taking place over the two weeks the trail is running.

After a number of years the WDPS have moved location from the Central Library and are now exhibiting in the Rose and Crown on Hoe Street.

Our exhibition is situated to the rear of the pub on the right hand side towards the ‘Red Room’. We are displaying 22 photos from 20 members of the Society which reflect the diverse styles of photography members enjoy. There is sure to be something of interest to all visitors.

The Rose and Crown has 8 other artists showing their work in the venue –  check them out by clicking this link – there is some great work on show – including some other photography.

If you are interested in our Summer Photography Course in Walthamstow you can pick up flyers for this in the venue.

We hope you can visit our exhibition, and please remember to sign our guest book.