OPS Weekly Newsletter 2 June 2024

OPS Weekly Newsletter 2 June 2024


  • We still need members to be our exhibition secretary, programme support, internal competition support, treasury support and hospitality secretary. Please see some descriptions of the roles below. Do contact myself of any committee member if you have any questions.


  1. Last week’s meeting: Annual General Meeting and Ten Best of the Season audio visual extravaganza.


We had one of our biggest audiences of the season with 30 members attending. Many thanks to everyone who attended and took part. Minutes of the meeting will be circulated in due course.


As mentioned above if you want to get involved with the activities needed to run the club then please see some job descriptions below that will give you an idea of the roles and responsibilities. The tasks are not onerous. Having more members helping lightens the load. This is especially true for the programme, so please do lend a hand.


Many thanks also to all those members who delighted us with their 10 Best of the Season images. There were, I believe, 129 images, and what a cracking set of images they were. Many thanks to Adrian for putting them together with the music. It took him a whole day to get the show together thanks to Lightroom inability to play ball. A very professional piece of work and getting the tune ‘Albatross’ synced up with Ron’s images of seabirds was pure genius.


  1. Photo themed events in Oxford


Oxford Photographic Society’s Annual Exhibition

Cloister Gallery, Soldiers of Oxford Museum

Park Street


OX20 1SN

From 4 May to 15 June. Note it is not open on Mondays


End of Year Student Shows from Art & Design, Photography, Technology, Urban Design and Architecture

The Art & Design Foundation show celebrates the achievements of 90 students exhibiting across the disciplines of Graphic Design, Fine Art, Photography, Fashion, Textiles, Costume and Architecture.

Brookes University

Oxford Brookes University

Headington Campus





The DNA Of My Favourite Street

An exhibition of 60 photographs of Magdalen Road by Bernard Clarke

Sat 1 June to Sun 9 Jun

74-77 Magdalen Rd, Oxford OX4 1RE



Eve and Marilyn: Making an Icon – Emily Brady

Talk about photographer Eve Arnold and her muse Marilyn Monroe

Tue 2 July 6pm-7pm

Kendrew Barn St John’s College, Oxford OX1 2JP



Meadow photography course

Capture our wonderful meadow in bloom in the summer whilst exploring the Arboretum. Learn various methods to photograph trees, plants and views with your own camera

10.30am – 1pm/£50/Sat 15th Jun. Harcourt Arboretum Nuneham Courtenay


Natural Photography Workshop

Leave the cameras at home and try a photography workshop with a difference. Create your own beautiful prints from plants and explore a new experimental photographic technique that references Sir John Frederick William Herschel’s discoveries in the 1800s

10.30am – 2.30pm/£50/Wed 3rd Jul. Harcourt Arboretum Nuneham Courtenay


  1. Photo exhibitions further afield


Best photography exhibitions to see in 2024

One of the best ways to gain inspiration for your photography and exploring different styles is by experiencing and viewing the work of other photographers and artists. We’ve put together a selection of the best exhibitions on around the UK during 2024 to see photography; including exhibitions that present photographs alongside other disciplines.


Below, you’ll find the information you need including dates, location and ticket details to plan your trips.



  1. General photographic interest


Photographic Alliance of Great Britain

e-news Issue 357 1 June 2024


Back issues of ‘e-news’ can accessed here: https://www.pagbnews.co.uk/newsletter-archive


Photography Online

The BEST VIEW on the planet | Panning on Moving Subjects | Photo Challenge | 4×5 Photography

In this episode of Photography Online, we venture to what we reckon could be the best view in the world. Join us as we camp overnight to photograph the sunset and morning light in this amazing location.  We also head off to Cuba to look at panning with a moving subject. We’ll tell you all you need to know if you fancy giving this technique a go. We catch up with the Photo Challenge team as they push into the second half of their 7 day quest to shoot all 15 UK national parks. This time they are at the Pembrokeshire Coast, Brecon Beacons and the Norfolk Broads. Then we get out a 4×5 wooden camera to take some shots in an old abandoned building.



The Magazine For Photographers

Welcome to a brand new Issue of my Magazine. Another amazing one, enjoy the read

In this week’s Issue:

Let’a talk Panasonic S9

Get your photos published in this magazine for free

Vimeo stands with Creators

When should you upgrade your photography gear?

The new Leica D-Lux 8

Photographer of the Week

Double your chances of being featured

Adobe brings Firefly to Lightroom



Grace Jones shakes her bones! Great moments in after-dark photography

The perfect post-sundown shot has long proved elusive. But a new book called Night Fever is celebrating the trailblazers who caught not just what the small hours look like – but how they feel

Night Fever: Film and Photography After Dark is published by Cornerhouse in the UK and the US on 1 June and 25 June 2024, respectively. Launch events will be held at Barbican, London on 11 July and Light Industry, New York City, on 20 June



Widening the Lens: using photography to re-examine our environment

In a new exhibition, artists find new ways to look at and investigate their natural surroundings and how they interact with human stories



See your photos published in AP’s Reader Portfolio feature

Want to see your portfolio of images on the pages of Amateur Photographer Magazine? See below how to get involved and get published!

Our 2-page Reader Portfolio segment of the magazine spotlights readers’ excellent images and how they captured them.



  1. Job descriptions

Below are three job descriptions to give you an idea of the tasks that need to be done. Do please contact myself or a committee member, past and present, if you need more information.


Exhibition Secretary – Job Description

  • Choose venue
  • Agree dates
  • Get team together to help set up and hang exhibition/collect work/take down exhibition, return work etc
  • Agree how to hang
  • Order necessary equipment
  • Complete Art Weeks application if taking part – NOTE: this needs to be completed before the end of the previous year
  • Prepare budget
  • Do press release and send to local press
  • Put together comms plan for social media
  • Create poster
  • Print Posters and put up as appropriate
  • Email posters to members to print off at home and put up
  • Email members and co-ordinate submissions/payment
  • Keep list of entries and entrants contact details
  • Get details of photo name and short description to display with picture – print as appropriate
  • Ensure all entries on site on correct day
  • Type up info about the club to display
  • Ensure OPS membership information available at the venue
  • Organise reception for Private View
  • Invite guest speaker
  • Organise Sheila Roberts’ Best In Show Award
  • Take down exhibition – return work



Internal Competition Secretary job spec.

Note: we need someone to support the Internal Competition Secretary in some of the following task

  1. Running internal competitions
  2. Co-ordinating entries through PCPM on club laptop
  3. Reminding members of entry deadlines and encouraging entries
  4. Send images to judge if required
  5. Projecting images on the night
  6. Entering scores on PCP
  7. Sending copies of images to web master and external competition secretary after the event.
  8. Send scores to Chairman
  9. Maintain PCP Database
  10. Enter competition dates and deadline for entries
  11. Add new members and delete ex members
  12. Inform new members how to download software and advise the password
  13. Other duties
  14. Custodian of club laptop and projector
  15. Set up projector and laptop on club evenings.


Programme Secretary Tasks and Responsibilities

Note: we need someone to support the Internal Competition Secretary in some of the following task

  1. Plan a varied and balanced programme to meet the needs of the membership

within the agreed budget.

  1. To get feedback from members to find the ranking of events. (Normally via an

email with results entered into a shared spreadsheet). Excluding internal


  1. Liaise with the Competition Secretary (Secretaries) to ensure that all club

competitions, including judges and closing dates are included within the


  1. Ensure that the appropriate speakers/presenters are booked in good time and

that a booking form has been returned with details of the event and required

payment. These documents are then stored on the OPS shared OneDrive


  1. Contact the presenter/judge in good time prior to and at the start of the meeting

so that their needs can be addressed having confirmed attendance a few days

prior to the event. A post event thank-you should also be sent to the presenter/


  1. Ensure that contingency plans for the programme are in place
  2. Liaise with the Treasurer to ensure that the presenters fees are agreed and

noted prior to attendance – stored booking form will show this.

  1. Brief the Chairman prior to the start of a club meeting when a speaker/

presenter is in attendance.

  1. Inform the membership of programme events each week by email, together

with login details for Zoom meetings and provide full programme calendar

details via the OPS website.

  1. Ensure that the programme on the web site is current and complete, together

with any Zoom meeting login details and maintain the shared Excel Programme


  1. Encourage members to suggest topics of interest and speakers/events.
  2. Advertise OPS meetings on the website and other sites such as the OPS

Facebook page and other sites to encourage guest attendance where relevant.


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