Public talks

Improve your photography

During Ilkley Camera Club’s Exhibition there will be illustrated lectures open to all. They will be presented by members of the Club on eight Saturdays and Sundays in May and June 2019. The talks will be held in the Learning Room at Cliffe Castle Museum, Keighley, from 12 noon for up to 90 minutes.

These are free events but booking is advised. To book your place please either call in at Cliffe Castle Museum, telephone 01535 618231 or email: Cliffe.Castle@bradford.gov.uk

Sunday 5 May – Striving for better photographs
Photography as a hobby can be both challenging and very rewarding. This talk by Geoff Smith ARPS gives an insight into why that is, how you might meet the challenge and what may make a picture better.

Sunday 12 May – Powerful portrait photos
All great portraits, whether with natural light or studio lighting, depend on the photographer’s ability to use the light and pose the subject. This is true despite advances in technology. This talk by Richard Spurdens EFIAP/p, DPAGB takes you through the basic principles of setting up, lighting and creating powerful portraits.

Saturday 18 May – Starting out in photography
This talk by Marion Payne is about how joining a camera club can inspired your photography in so many different ways, not least in venturing away from purely auto settings. It’s a challenging, worthwhile and ongoing experience. But first and foremost it’s about enjoying yourself.

Saturday 25 May – Sharp and soft: understanding focus in photography
How do you get everything in your photo sharp from the foreground to the far distance? How can you deliberately blur things? This talk by Peter Farmer LRPS explains how to vary your focus and decide what focal results you want.

Saturday 1 June – Inspire yourself with a photo project: bird photography
Have you got all the gear but lost your way? This talk by Larry James CPAGB shows how you can combine your photography with other hobbies, interests or passions to develop projects and unlock your mojo.

Saturday 15 June – All in the mind: blending photos for creative results
Photography doesn’t have to stop at what you see in the view-finder. Imagination and technical wizardry can produce images that are whacky, surreal or plain creepy. This talk by Tim Sawyer AFIAP, CPAGB and Sharon Sawyer CPAGB will introduce you to the wonderful world of creative results.

Saturday 22 June – Decisions – means to an end: a look at the critical choices
Images that have impact and touch the emotions depend on critical choices about many factors including location, timing, composition, exposure, lighting and focus. This talk by Stuart and Judy Parker tries to guide you through the maze.

Sunday 30 June – Shooting landscapes
With a national park on our doorstep and regular travel abroad, we have wonderful scenery all around. So why are we sometimes disappointed with the photos we produce? This talk by Phil Reeds CPAGB gives you pointers and techniques for better landscape shots.

For more information about Cliffe Castle Museum and its facilities click here.