All posts by Richard Ryder

RPS SE Documentary Group Meeting 26 Jan 20

The main agenda for the meeting is to review the pictures to include in the book on the subject Food. Please bring your photos either small prints or as PDI on memory stick.
Together we will review and discuss framework for a book and the exhibition.

FRANCE. The Var department. Hyères. 1932.

H Cartier Bresson is the most important reportage photographer and there is so much to learn from him. Jan Davis will introduce a documentary video of Henri Cartier Bresson discussing his photography and contact sheets which reveal many fundamental elements of this type of photographer.
Also Jan will bring his book collection on HCB for anyone to borrow.

Cost £5.

Chichester Photographers Exhibit in Chartres

An exhibition of photographs of Chichester being held in Chartres from November 2019  to February 2020

Last year I was asked by EPA Chartres International to organise a photography exhibition illustrating Chichester to the people of Chartres. EPA Chartres International is the umbrella organisation that looks after all of Chartres’ international friendships and city twinnings. The exhibition would follow on those that have already taken place for Chartres’ other twinned cities – Sakurai (Japan), Speyer and Ravenna.

What was really interesting about this request was that it was not for a typical photo exhibition.  Rather it would be a genuinely public exhibition taking place in the open air along one of Chartres’ main avenues – the Boulevard Chasles. This boulevard runs from the Place des Epards to the Place St Michel past the Theatre de Chartres, and at present is showing an exhibition about Chartres and UNESCO. The viewers wouldn’t have to visit any building – they could see the photographs as they went about their normal daily life. Furthermore, the brief was that they would like to avoid the well-known portrayals of Chichester beauty spots.

I decided that it would be a better exhibition if it was not limited to one person’s viewpoint. I concluded that the 20 photographs required would be a far better collection if they reflected different viewpoints and styles. What also couldn’t be ignored was the clear need for a high technical standard. These photographs were going to be blown up to over a meter square!  Richard Crossley and Richard Ryder, both Chichester residents, joined me to set about the task.

 Over the year, each of us produced 20 or more pictures that we felt had something to say about Chichester, its people and its environment. A number of sessions of positive criticisms of each other’s work resulted in each of us submitting half a dozen photographs to EPA Chartres. These were accepted and the exhibition opened on Saturday 9th November.  The exhibition will remain open until February 2020.

Rob Campling

22 October 2019 Digital Imaging Group Tutorial recordings

We had a very good turn out for our meeting on 22 October and it was particularly good to see so many new members on that evening.  John Bradshaw gave a very interesting set of tutorials based on the theme of Black & White. Whilst Sheila Tester demonstrated the dark arts of layers, masks and blending.  The videos of these sessions can be found by clicking on the links below:

Sheila Tester

Layers, masks and blending

John Bradshaw

For convenience John’s tutorial has been split into the following videos:

If you are not able to view the details of these videos then John has also provided his notes for this session here

Digital Imaging Group – 22 October 2019

The Next Digital Imaging Group meeting takes place in the Tangmere Village Centre Small Hall starting promptly at 7.30pm. Both club members and visitors are very welcome to attend.  There will be a small charge for the evening to cover costs £3 for members and £4 for visitors/guests.

John Bradshaw FRPS will be showing us various techniques to make our black and white images really stand out using both ACR [Adobe Camera RAW] and Photoshop.  He’ll even show you how to produce images to emulate old darkroom techniques such as Bromoil.

As requested at our September meeting Sheila Tester DPAGB EFIAP will also be demonstrating Dodging, Burning and blending modes in Photoshop.

Digital Imaging Group 24 Sep 19 tutorial recordings

We had a fascinating evening on Tuesday 24 September where Jonathan & Richard demonstrated various method for re-sizing images for Club competitions – 4 in all so take your pick!  Thank you to those who attended for your suggestions for topics at future meetings of the group – I’ll be discussing these with Sheila and we will be putting together a list shortly.

During the second half of the meeting Richard gave a short demonstration showing how to remove unwanted objects using both ACR and Photoshop.

The AV recordings of these demonstrations can be found by clicking the links below:

Nomad Boxes – Club order

John Howes has kindly offered to put together another  Club bulk order with Nomad Boxes. Provided sufficient boxes are ordered you should get about a 10% discount on the listed prices and no charge for carriage. You can find the information here

Nomad Print Box Order

Or check out the Nomad website for 

Please note that when you place your order with John that he will need to know the following:

  • Name of product
  • Colour
  • Quantity required
  • any additions such as handles, foam inserts etc

If you would like to order, please get your request directly by email  to John by Thursday 28th March 2019!

SCPF Judge Training and Development

The next Level 1 two day training workshop will take place at Littleton on Sundays 26th November and 2nd December. This workshop is now fully subscribed, but if anyone is still interested they should get in touch in the normal way via the SCPF website where you will also find further information about judging. Peter Rocchiccioli will create a reserve list and, if there is demand, will consider running a further workshop sooner.

Seeing Daylight: A Portrait of Dorothy Bohm

I have spent my lifetime taking photographs. The photograph fulfils my deep need to stop things from disappearing. It makes transience less painful and retains some of the special magic, which I have looked for and found. I have tried to create order out of chaos, to find stability in flux and beauty in the most unlikely places.” Dorothy Bohm 

Dorothy Bohm is one of Britain’s most celebrated street photographers. This beautiful film looks at her most important images and revisits the places that have shaped her unique view of the world. Introduced by Dorothy’s daughter, art historian Monica Bohm-Duchen.

The 45 minute showing takes place at the Pallant House Gallery on Thursday 27 Sept at 6pm. Details of ticket prices etc can be found here See also the 2 minute trailer for the film below