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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Eat or Heat

Eat or Heat

On the 30th November the E17 Eat or Heat project will be hosting 2 events which may be of interest to members.

  1. Christmas Fair at St Mary’s Welcome Centre (where we hold our Annual Exhibition)
  2. Piano recital at St Mary’s church

Eat or Heat are an organisation that endeavour to help families in these times of austerity.

As the economic situation has deteriorated, we have seen more families that say

“I can either heat and light the house, but can’t feed the family too”.

Should you not be able to attend any event the project need cans, packets, cartons, and crates of food. Not fresh food as they don’t have anywhere to store it.

To find out more about the project, including where and what to donate, please visit their website

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Food Photography Competition

Food Photography Competition

We have been contacted by Miss Foodie who is running a food photography competition with the winner receiving an afternoon tea for two at Sopwell House in St Albans.

From their website;

Photographers of all ages, experience levels and camera types are invited to enter this competition where great imagery is key.

Photos will be judged on:

  • Creativity and imagination
  • Deliciousness

How to enter: 

Please send your most delicious looking food photographs to:

Along with your:

  • Full name
  • A brief description of the photograph

Entrants are limited to a maximum of 1 photograph submission

Competition Deadline: 1 December 2013

The winner will be announced on 2 December and contacted by email

The winner and all runners up will have their photos featured on!

Good luck!

Terms & Conditions

  • By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to their photograph being displayed on
  • There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  • No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  • The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
  • Winners will be chosen by Miss Foodie.
  • The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current [UK] data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
  • Entries received after the competition closing date will not be considered.
Exhibition | Only in England | Science Museum

Exhibition | Only in England | Science Museum

Stephanie mentioned on Monday evening that this exhibition was highly recommended by Jim.


Only in England: Photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr
21 September 2013 – 16 March 2014

Book tickets now

Fascinated by the eccentricities of English social customs, Tony Ray-Jones spent the latter half of the 1960s travelling across England, photographing what he saw as a disappearing way of life.

Humorous yet melancholy, these works had a profound influence on photographer Martin Parr, who has now made a new selection including over 50 previously unseen works from the National Media Museum’s Ray-Jones archive.

Shown alongside The Non-Conformists, Parr’s rarely seen work from the 1970s, this selection forms a major new exhibition which demonstrates the close relationships between the work of these two important photographers.

Focal Point Exhibition

Focal Point Exhibition

Graduates of Newcastle College, who have just completed the Commercial Photographic Practice course, have brought together a diverse and captivating range of work.

Over 30 students have carefully selected their strongest images, covering portraiture, fashion, still life, landscapes and fine art. The course allows students to work on live briefs, which helps them obtain key photography experience and skills, which are transferable into the industry.

74 Kingsland Road
London E2 8DL

“The fdA Commercial Photographic Practice course has really helped me develop as a person. Not only have I improved my photography skills, but my communication and social skills as well,” says Sophie. “I’ve had a brilliant two years, and I’m very excited to see what happens next.”

sophie henderson photographer

Forest Photographic Discount

Just a reminder that Forest Photographic, on the corner of Hoe Street, and Greenleaf Road, provide members of the Society with 10% discount on production of your membership card.

As well as providing prints from digital Forest Photographic can provide the following services;

  • Film processing – Black and White & Colour
  • Photo gifts
  • Photo shoots
  • Canvas prints

There are many other services so pop across to their site for a look