Heswall Photographic Society. Who we are and what we do ..
The club promotes the art and science of photography, mostly through digital photography these days. We arrange talks and presentations by members and external speakers, we hold regular internal competitions and workshops, we encourage members to enter external competitions, and we hold local exhibitions of members' work. The society also promotes the development of audio-visual (AV) presentations, which are usually done by digital projection.
We are one of the largest photographic societies on the Wirral, situated in Heswall. We cater for those just starting photography as well as experienced photographers. Photographic advice is freely given. We have a superb 50+ seat meeting room, modern HD projection and a state of the art Bose sound system. Refreshments are included at each meeting.
During the season, club meetings are on Friday evenings starting at 8.00pm and usually finishing by 10.00pm. A typical club meeting might consist of an illustrated talk by a visiting speaker. During the interval we have refreshments and catch up with all the news from fellow club members. We try to make it a social event as well as a photographic meeting. Competitions involve the submission of a printed image, or a digital image which can then be projected. Sometimes there will be a set topic. Judging is done a few weeks later by an external judge who makes brief comments on the submitted work. Competition entry is entirely voluntary and is anonymous. It is a good way to test your skills and to learn from others. We also encourage members to apply for photographic distinctions (LRPS, PAGB, etc.) We run a public exhibition each spring and usually have an on-line exhibition in the autumn.
Almost all our work is now digital rather than film. We occasionally hold workshops, where members can bring their cameras to meetings. These take place more often during the summer programme. Post-capture editing of images on a computer is an important part of digital photography and so some of our meetings involve guidance on the more frequently used software such as Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and Lightroom.
Anyone considering joining the club might like to attend as a Visitor, at £4.00 per attendance. Visitors will find a friendly, welcoming club where members share their common interest - the fascinating and satisfying hobby of photography.