OPS Weekly Newsletter 31 March 2024

OPS Weekly Newsletter 31 March 2024


  • This Tuesday meeting, 2 April, will be held at Old School House, Hertford Street, East Oxford, OX4 3AJ. See attached map sent round earlier in the week by Jill.
  • Subsequent April evenings will be held at Holton Village Hall, Holton, Oxfordshire, OX33 1PR.
  • Our next Digital Projected Image competition will take place on 9 April so please start selecting your entries.


  1. Next week’s meeting Tuesday 2 April: Confessions of a Landscape Photographer


Note: the meeting will be held at Old School House, Hertford Street, East Oxford, OX4 3AJ.


Paul Mitchell FRPS MCSD : Born in East Yorkshire, Paul’s interest for photography began at school. He then studied graphic design at art college and soon after began his design career in London working for many well known FMCG companies and brands. He now lives in East Dorset as a professional landscape photographer and specialist book designer.


Paul has had numerous exhibitions in London and the South East and has had articles and images published in many photographic magazines. He is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and is the current Chair of the Landscape Distinctions panel. He also serves on the Visual Art and PhotoBook panels. A member of the prestigious Arena group of photographers and a founder member of The Landscape Collective UK (LCUK). Paul is also a well respected photographic judge and lecturer.


Paul has also been successful in the prestigious Landscape Photographer of the Year competition, winning the Sunday Times Choice Award in 2013, the Urban Category winner in 2015 and commended in 2017 and 2018. He has also had successes in the Outdoor Photographer of the Year and the International Garden Photographer of the Year. In March 2022 Paul won the RHS Gold Medal and Best in Show at their Botanical Art and Photography Show held at the Saatchi Gallery.


You can see more details by visiting his web site : www.paulmitchellphotography.co.uk


His talk tonight is titled ” Confessions Of Landscape Photographer ” : An illustrated talk about how Paul researches and plans ahead before going on his landscape photography trips at different locations (coast, woodland etc.). He also gives an insight as to what techniques he uses when composing landscapes and the type of landscape images he would make under varying weather conditions. It also covers the type of software apps, filters and equipment he uses. Paul’s talk is fully illustrated with digitally projected images and prints.


Change of venue: Our 2 April evening will be held at Old School House, Hertford Street, East Oxford, OX4 3AJ.


  1. Upcoming meetings in April


Tuesday 9 April: Digital Image Competition No. 3 (Change of venue – Holton Village Hall, Holton, Oxfordshire, OX33 1PR.)


Our judge will be Peter Cox

President – Tring & District Camera Club


Tuesday 16 April: An evening in Oxford with our cameras

OPS members to take images in and around Oxford showing the very diverse way people see images from each other. We are going to have our second one of these evenings following on from the success of the first one we held on the 16th January.


Tuesday 23 April: Print Critique

Tonight David Lowe will be reviewing and giving his views on our prints in a Print Critique evening at the Holton Village Hall, Holton, Oxfordshire, OX33 1PR.


Tuesday 30 April:  ZOOM – Speaker event with Joe Houghton “Photography in a 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. Photo themed events in Oxford


Sun Printing – Cyanotypes

Friday, 5th April 2024 14:00-16:30


This workshop is at Hunsdon House Garden School, Headington, Oxford

Explore the historic photographic process of cyanotypes, also known as sun prints in this half day workshop with Abingdon-based artist Emma Williams aka Natural Learning Oxford. Use a specially coated paper, arrange your items on top and expose it to the rays of the sun. You can use plants, objects, stencils, even your hands to make patterns. Then, just rinse your print in water and your picture will appear like magic!



Make a traditional black and white portrait photograph in central Oxford

Sessions in our beautiful riverfront workspace. Make a portrait and see it develop in the darkroom.

Salter Brothers Yard, Folly Bridge, Oxford OX1 4LB

Mon 15th April  10am or 2pm     £50 or £65 for 2 people

Mon 29th April  10am or 2pm     £50 or £65 for 2 people



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


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


RPS Workshop Newsletter


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

We have lots of workshops coming up with something for all skill levels and interests.



Pulling together: how Cambridge came to dominate the Boat Race – a photo essay

The race along the River Thames between England’s two greatest universities spans 195 years of rivalry and is now one of the world’s oldest and most famous amateur sporting events. Our photographer has been spending time with the Cambridge University Boat Club over the past few months as they prepare for 2024’s races



From a graceful turn to a dangerous toy: the World Nature Photography awards 2024 – in pictures

The World Nature Photography award winners have been announced from a pool of entries from all corners of the globe – including a baby elephant in Kenya and an owl-like plant in Thailand. The top award and cash prize of $1,000 went to Tracey Lund from the UK for her image of two gannets under the water off the coast of the Shetland Islands. Lund and her fellow winners were drawn from thousands of images



Amateur Photographer of the Year 2024 is now open for entries!

APOY is back and the first round is… Black & White!



Fine Art Photography: What Is It, and How Can You Do It?

Anyone with a camera can be a photographer these days, and many of those who do have cameras want to be professional photographers or artists. Over the past couple of decades, I’ve noticed a clear rise in people calling themselves “fine art photographers” – but who are these “fine art photographers?” What do they actually do? And what is fine art photography?




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