OPS Weekly Newsletter 26 November

  • This Tuesday evening please bring one to two mounted (50cm x 40cm) images for our exhibition at the Central Library in Westgate. The exhibition runs form Monday 4 to 20 December. See Les’s message below.

  1. Last week’s meeting – Managing your photographs with Brian Worsley  

Brian told us that managing your photographs is extremely important in the digital age given the number of images people take and store on their computer hard drives, external drives, usb sticks, cloud storage etc. Searching years of stored photographs of the one that you want can be extremely lengthy or nigh on impossible if you not organise your images with a way to search them.

Key is having a system that works for you and fundamental to this is organisation and planning. Fortunately there is lost of software out there that you can use. Brian primarily focussed on Lightroom but there are many other solutions available.

First of all you need a structure for your files. Brian recommends a structure based on dates. He sets up a primary file with the year, say 2023. Beneath that he has subfolders for each month. Being an engineer Brian likes years, months and days in numbers. That way they can easily be put in date order ie: 2023-01-29 and not 2023-Jan-29.

When he brings in images from his card reader (note: its quicker via a card reader than via the camera) into Lightroom he makes sure each image is renamed starting with his year-month-day (numbered) formula plus any other relevant digits and descriptor.

The next important, and crucial, identifiers are key words. Brian recommends at least four keywords. These are words that identify the image – type of genre, sub-genre, location, particular shooting technique used, dominant colour, person ethnicity, gender etc etc. The key issue is that you use keywords that work for you. Here is some advice online: https://petapixel.com/2020/01/21/lightroom-keyword-hacks-making-the-most-of-your-keywords/

And here: https://www.lightroomqueen.com/photo-keyword-ideas/

And here: https://lenscraft.co.uk/photo-editing-tutorials/tutorial-keywording-in-lightroom/

Brian also showed us how he selects the images he wants to work on. He uses the ‘survey’ mode in Lightroom and also Pick and more. Please see video explaining it here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2u72-aejMw and here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0qr7Sn05fc

A thoroughly instructive evening with excellent examples all explained very well. Thank you Brian.

  1. Next Tuesday’s meeting: Living and working as a professional photographer in Namibia

 With Scott Hurd via zoom. More details here: http://oxfordphotosociety.co.uk/opsevent/wildlife-from-namibia/

  1. Upcoming meetings in November and December


Tuesday 5 December: Turning Photos into Books with Michelle Peters and A look at Project work and a look at AI with Phil Joyce

Michelle talk is titled ’Turning photos into books’? Michelle will be revisiting her images and telling why it is important to create books of the work one does. Michelles Interests is mostly photographs taken when she travels and she does enjoy seeing landscapes, cityscapes, and architecture.

She will have a books available to view at break time.

The second half will be presented by Phil, he is planning to talk about project work a brief look at A1 and how this effects the future of photography..

Tuesday 12 December: In the Footsteps of Shackleton with Eddy Lane

The wildlife, frozen landscapes and history from two expeditions to the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica

Tuesday 19 December: Christmas Club Night

A social evening where we will run our second group event of sharing and viewing each others images 4/6 per table. And maybe some mince pies and a glass of fizz. Run by Helen Webb

Happy Christmas. and farewell to our first half of the season.

  1. Exhibition at Central Library 4 to 20 December

Please see message from Les:

I announced at Tuesday’s meeting that we have been given the opportunity of having a an exhibition at the Westgate’s Library which will be from the 04th to 20th Dec.  We will then be having regular displays at the Library at intervals throughout out the next year. We will also have the opportunity to give small talks using Digital images that will be advertised across the Library network and be apart of the events calendar which they publish. Well thats for the future but i hope you agree this a fantastic chance to raise the profile of OPS. These talks will be themed, and its another great place to showcase your images.

I have added a few pictures from the recent meeting to show one of the areas and the room used for talks.

I need you to bring to the club next week, 1 possibly two images from your collection of prints that have already been mounted on a board 50×40 – Please mark your name and title on the back of your image/mount.

I need the title and a brief description and with Camera settings if you can retrieve that with your name and website if you  want sent to me so that we can print them out to add to the display.

I think we need a maximum of 30 images and we will use what we can. this is our first time so it is a learning curve.

Kind Regards

Les Gordon

Programme Secretary




  1. General photographic interest

Mozambique’s Mário Macilau wins James Barnor prize – in pictures

This year’s winner of the James Barnor prize, which supports photography talent on the African continent and among the wider African diaspora, is Mário Macilau. The second edition of the £10,000 prize focuses on the East African region. Here is a selection from three series of his work in Mozambique, looking at the practice of animism, the lives of street children, and the relationship with former colonial ruler Portugal


Political and documentary photography posters from the 1970s

In the late 70s, the cash-strapped Half Moon Gallery in London developed an innovative approach to getting its shows seen. Showcasing socially engaged photographers such as Daniel Meadows, Janine Wiedel and Philip Jones Griffiths, it laminated their prints and shipped them by rail as touring exhibitions. Photography on the Move, featuring the posters that advertised the exhibitions, is at the Four Corners Gallery in London until 27 January


Colours of autumn at the National Arboretum – picture essay

Fabulous changing colours captured at the National Arboretum at Westonbirt as autumn comes to a close


2023 ocean photographer of the year – in pictures

The winners and finalists of this year’s contest celebrate the blue planet but they also draw attention to the many environmental challenges to marine life and ecosystems – from a warming climate to human development and tourism. The winning images are on show until May 2024 at the Australian National Maritime Museum


Winners of the 2023 Natural Landscape Photography Awards

The winning images from the third annual Natural Landscape Photography Awards were just announced. The competition was started to “promote the very best landscape photography by digital and film photographers who value realism and authenticity in their work,” with rules set up to prevent deceptive editing techniques. More than 1,000 photographers entered from 54 countries this year. Contest organizers were once again kind enough to share the winners and runners-up.



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