OPS Weekly Newsletter 25 April 2024

OPS Weekly Newsletter 25 April 2024


Members, family and friends are invited to the private viewing at 15.00-17.00 Saturday 4 May. Adrian Arbib will be opening the exhibition and selecting the winner of the Shelagh Roberts Award.

Adrian has contributed to all the UK newspapers and many international ones. He was a staff photographer for La Repubblica in London for over 6 years and has travelled extensively covering human rights stories; including Rwanda, the Horn of Africa, West Papua and India.


  • Do start preparing for our final Print Competition on 14 May and Panel Competition on 21 May


  1. Last week’s meeting: Print Critique evening with David Lowe


David gave some excellent advice regarding the prints that were presented for this critique evening. He described the construction of the images very well, how and where the image worked well, and gave good pointers to areas that he thought could be improved.


He had very good advice on choice of paper and how much the impact of the print could be improved with a change to a ‘fine art’ paper, particularly a textured paper. This advice echoed the recommendations we had from Colin Hurley of Permajet who gave us a talk on the Art of Paper Selection back in February.


He also had good advice about making an image ‘yours’. He was very complimentary about the time and effort wildlife photographers take to get the shot they want, describing this as ‘pre-planned, thought-out, well executed – not snapped’.


Though David was certainly not on a mission to skewer some camera club shibboleths, it was very refreshing that he chose two of Uwe’s distinctly creative images in his top three favourites.


And it was more than a pleasure to welcome back Ivor to an OPS evening.


  1. Next week’s meeting 23 April at 20.00: ZOOM – Speaker event with Joe Houghton “Photography in an AI world”


We have the pleasure of welcoming back Joe Houghton who previously gave us a talk on Lightroom and Photoshop. This evening he will be going through the advantages of using AI.


A link will be sent to all members so that this ZOOM presentation can be done in your own homes.


  1. Upcoming meetings in April and May


Tuesday 7 May: Uwe Ackermann and a show and tell from our last Oxford photo walk


In the first half of the evening Uwe’s talk will be 30 minutes “Dabbling in Documentary – the war on Graffiti” then 30 minutes “Something new when everything that can be photographed has been photographed”. The second half of the evening is a show and tell from members who took pictures in Oxford on the 16th April, This evening follows on from the successful evening held on the 16th January when it was very dark and cold. Hopeful the walk about on the 16th April will give us a different perspective with lighter evening and warmer weather.


Tuesday 14 May: Third Print Competition

Judge for our Third Print Competition Martin Pattern DPAGB LRPS BPE4

Martin Pattern is a Photographic Judge for The CACC and surrounding regions. He has won multiple honours and medals in exhibitions around the world and have had his photographs published in national newspapers both in print and online. He is based in Hertfordshire and we are very pleased to have him judge at OPS


21 May Panel Competition

Judged by Phil Joyce FRPS


28 May AGM and your 10 Best of Year

The AGM will be followed by the showing of members’ selection of their 10 best of the season


  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 26 May. Note it is not open on Mondays



Cyanotype: Camera-Free Photography Braziers Park

Learn how to make photographs without a camera. Create beautiful blueprints of found objects.

10am – 4pm/From £65. Option to accommodation + food from £35/Sun 28th Apr

24 Braziers Park, Ipsden, Wallingford Oxfordshire

01491 680221 or 01491 680481 https://www.braziers.org.uk/programme/


Bluebell photography course

Capture spring’s stunning display of colours whilst exploring the Arboretum. Learn various methods to photograph trees, plants and views with your own camera

10.30am – 1pm/£50/Sat 4th May 24 Harcourt Arboretum Nuneham Courtenay


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 24Harcourt 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 24. Harcourt Arboretum Nuneham Courtenay


  1. Photo exhibitions further afield


Saul Leiter: An Unfinished World

17 February – 2 June 2024

10am – 5pm

MK Gallery

900 Midsummer Blvd

Milton Keynes, MK9 3QA


American photographer Saul Leiter (1923 – 2013), one of the most important practitioners of the post-war period and a pioneer of colour photography, celebrated for his evocative images of New York City in the 1950s and 1960s, is the subject of a major survey at MK Gallery.


Leiter photographed every day for sixty years, keenly observing daily life and discovering beauty on the streets of the East Village neighbourhood where he lived his entire adult life and which became his enduring subject. Upon his death in 2013, Leiter left behind a remarkable collection of around 15,000 black and white prints, at least 40,000 colour slides, a similar number of black and white negatives and over 4000 paintings, only a handful of which had seen the light of day. Once lost to obscurity, his work has since been rediscovered and revaluated for its ground-breaking role in the emergence of colour photography.


Saul Leiter: An Unfinished World at MK Gallery is the largest exhibition of Leiter’s work to take place in the UK, featuring 171 photographs alongside a selection of over 40 of Leiter’s lesser-known paintings.



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


Subways, sphinxes and the Stones: highlights from NYC’s Photography Show – in pictures

A cover shoot for New York magazine and the subversive work of Lee Miller join a selection from top galleries at Aipad’s photography bonanza



Storyteller: photography by Tim Hetherington – in pictures

The Imperial War Museum is to open its first exhibition dedicated to work of the multi-award-winning conflict photographer Tim Hetherington, who died 13 years ago on assignment covering the Libyan civil war



How the GuruShots winners Tell a Story

We’ve teamed up again with the world’s leading photo game GuruShots to showcase the winning images from the Tell a Story challenge – they encompass street photography, portraiture and more.



Animal Kingdom: Submit your best Animal photos to APOY 2024

Round Two of Amateur Photographer of the Year 2024 (APOY) is now open for entries! The theme is Animal Kingdom, so we want to see your best wildlife and animal photos – all things great and small. Three of last year’s entrants share their tips for entering this round



RPS Workshops Newsletter

Here you will find listings of our upcoming workshops, delivered online,in-person and on demand. We keep the participant numbers of workshops low to ensure you get individual attention.



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