2019-2020 (subject to updates)
The competition dates and the speaker dates are now fixed for this season. All other events are provisional and subject to change.
All meetings are at 7.30pm in the A K Bell Library, York Pl, Perth PH2 8EP.
The Soutar Lecture Theatre is the venue on all nights except those marked ‘Sandeman’ when we will meet in the Sandeman Room upstairs (same entrance) but may then split up into other areas of the Library First floor. See the ‘Finding us’ page for full venue information. Meetings conclude around 9.30 – 9.45pm
Oct 9 President’s Night and Welcome. Soutar Theatre (downstairs). President Malcolm Lind will introduce himself and will welcome you all to a new season at Perthshire Photographic Society. During the evening, committee members will also introduce themselves and will provide you with information about this season’s programme and competitions. Registration will take place during these first few meetings and membership cards will be issued. Please remember to bring a cheque book or cash to pay for your membership! Please see our Information Page
Oct 16 Workshop evening – Sandeman Room (upstairs) – Image critique. The main aim of this first workshop is for us all to meet each other and to make new members feel very welcome. We will split into 5 or 6 groups and will look at a number of images during the evening. Each table will have one of our more experienced members who will act as a coordinator. We would ask each of you to bring with you 3 images, either as prints or on a laptop/tablet. Groups will move around the tables during the evening and we will offer advice on what makes a good image. If you don’t wish to bring in any of your photos, that’s okay! We want you to enjoy the evening!
Oct 23 – Bernard Longley ARPS and Keith Fisher ARPS DPAGB. ‘How to Prepare an Audiovisual Presentation.’ Bernard and Keith, visiting us from Lancashire, are experts and judges in the field of audiovisual work and they will show us how to put together an effective audiovisual presentation. They visited Dundee PS five years ago and their presentation has encouraged members there to get involved in video production. During this tour of Scotland, Bernard and Keith will also be visiting Dundee PS and Milngavie & Bearsden Camera Club. So, if you wish to do well in our audiovisual competition in March, you had better be here this evening!
• HAND IN for FOUR-WAY BATTLE (See details on competitions page)
Oct 30 – Mark Hamblin. ‘Wild Scotland.’ We are really fortunate this evening to be able to welcome one of the UK’s foremost professional wildlife and landscape photographers, Mark Hamblin. Mark is a director with ‘Scotland:The Big Picture’, he is an author and he is a regular contributor to many wildlife and photographic magazines. Mark’s presentation will contain photos and video from around Scotland and he will include some of his landscape photos along with his wildlife images. Mark lives within the Cairngorms National Park and offers guided photography tours. We have also invited Mark to include some information about ‘rewilding Scotland’, a topic that will be dsicussed at The Big Picture Conference in Stirling in September (https://www.scotlandbigpicture.com/conference). This promises to be an inspiring and informative evening that you won’t want to miss! Since Mark is such a highly regarded speaker, we are looking at the possibility of offering a limited number of tickets to non-members, for a small charge, via Eventbrite. A link to Eventbrite will be added here once this has been set up. Here is Mark’s website: http://www.markhamblin.com/about-mark
• HAND IN for MAIN CUP (See details on Competitions Page)
Nov 6 – Faye and Trevor Yerbury. This evening we are delighted to welcome two photographers who are highly respected both in Scotland and internationally. Trevor Yerbury has received many accolades during his career as a portrait photographer and he has exhibited his work all over the world. He is passionate that his work is simple and elegant with a classic, sophisticated look. Faye Yerbury has received many awards for her portraiture, wedding and avant-garde work, and for her classical nudes. She has also held exhibitions in many parts of the world. You can find out more about Faye and Trevor here: https://www.yerburystudio.com/about/?doing_wp_cron=1562073987.7022271156311035156250
Nov 13 Workshop evening – Sandeman. (The topics for the remaining workshops will be decided at a later date but might include post-processing, printing, mounting and portraiture. Your suggestions are welcome!)
Nov 27 Four Way Battle Competition between Perth, Dundee, St Andrews and Glenrothes, hosted by Perth
Dec 4 Workshop evening – Sandeman. (The topics for the remaining workshops will be decided at a later date but might include post-processing, printing, mounting and portraiture. Your suggestions are welcome!)
CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR BREAK
Jan 8 Grant Cup Competition – Up to 3 digital files. The theme for this year is “Isolation”. (See details on Competitions Page). We will be judging this competition ourselves and so you might find it useful to have a pen and paper with you to make notes as we show the images.
• HAND IN for NAN BORTHWICK SALVER and PETER ROURKE SALVER (See details on Competitions Page)
Jan 15 Members Night – Sandeman. This evening we are giving you the chance to show us some of your photos! We are offering 4 or 5 members the chance to show us some of their photos in the informal setting of the Sandeman Room. It’s meant to be a relaxed and enjoyable evening, with no formal talk or script required. You can say as much, or as little, as you wish, about your photos. Digital images will be shown on a large monitor and you are also welcome to bring along prints. These have been really successful evenings during the past two years! If you would like to be involved, please contact the programme secretary (contact details to be added later). There is also a second Members Night on 11th March.
Jan 22 – Niall Benvie. ‘> 2 Seconds’ (‘Greater Than 2 Seconds’). Niall Benvie has worked in environmental communications for many years as a photographer, designer and writer. He has published 6 books and is a columnist for ‘Outdoor Photography’ magazine. He believes that the biggest challenge that photographers face today is retaining the audience’s attention for more than a couple of seconds. Even extraordinary images of, for example, diving kingfishers or shows of northern lights, barely earn a second glance. Niall’s presentation looks at some of the innovative techniques that he uses to catch the viewer’s eye and to hold their attention. This presentation should appeal to photographers of all genres who are looking to improve their photography. You can see some of Niall’s work here: https://niallbenvie.photoshelter.com/index
Feb 5 – Alex Nail. Landscape photographer. We are delighted to welcome Alex Nail this evening. Alex is a full-time landscape photographer based in Bristol. He came to international attention in 2017 when he won the Mountain Category of the International Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards with a beautiful photo of Uxatindar in Iceland. A couple of weeks later, he was announced as the overall runner-up in the Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year with a portfolio of three images. He is an expert at shooting time-lapse films and we hope that he will talk to us about some of the techniques that he uses for this. Because Alex is such a popular photographer, we are looking at the possibility of offering a limited number of tickets to non-members, for a small charge, via Eventbrite. More details will be added once this has been set up. You can read more about Alex, and watch his ITN interview, here: https://www.alexnail.com/about/
Feb 12 Colour Rosebowl Competition (Sandeman) – Up to 3 colour prints. Your choice of subject. (See details on Competitions Page)
• HAND IN for DALL CUP (SELFIE COMPETITION) (See details on Competitions Page)
Feb 19 – Stan Farrow. “Ebay, Cardboard and Milk Bottles – the Making of an Exhibition.” This is an intriguing title for what promises to be an intriguing evening! Many of you will have met Stan before, either when he last visited us in 2014 or at photo societies in Dundee or St Andrews. He is hosting an exhibition of his work at the Discovery Point Café Gallery in Dundee from 13th July until 17th October 2019. Stan is a creative digital photographer and he often uses software to create digital art with layers of texture. As his title suggests, this talk will be about how he prepared for his latest exhibition. He will be showing us lots of prints from the exhibition and may also use some projected images. Here is more of Stan’s work: https://stanfarrowphotography.co.uk/f255452460
Feb 26 Scottish Photographic Federation Portfolio 2019 evening. The SPF Annual Portfolios is a competition featuring Monochrome Prints, Colour Prints and Digital Images. The competition is open to clubs and individuals and takes place in May each year. The event is judged by three judges and the highest scoring entries form the ‘Annual Portfolio of Accepted Prints and Projected Images’ for the year. Portfolio shows of the accepted entries are then made up on a disc for clubs to show on a club night. So, this evening we will be showing you those projected images and prints that came top in the competition in 2019. Along with the images you will see the scores that they were awarded, the title of the photo, the name of the photographer and the name of the club that they represented.
Mar 4 Selfie Competition (Dall Cup) and Audiovisual Showcase. (description based on last year – subject to change) This evening will be split into two different activities. We start with a Selfie Competition. A ‘selfie’ is a picture of yourself taken by yourself using a handheld camera/phone camera. Selfie sticks are allowed, but tripods and remote controls are not allowed. You can enter up to 3 photos, for digital projection, but please rate them in order of importance e.g. A, B, C etc, in case we have to restrict the number of photos that we show. More information is available here: Competitions Page. The audience will be the judges and will vote for 1st, 2nd, 3rd places, Highly Commended and Commended. The Dall Cup will be awarded to the winner of this competition. The second part of the evening will be an Audiovisual Showcase. A decision will be made at a later date about whether to make this a competition this year. You are invited to submit an audiovisual presentation of up to 6 minutes in length. It can include images, video clips or a combination of the two. You can add text, music or sound as you wish.
Mar 11 Members Night – Sandeman. This evening we are giving you the chance to show us some of your photos! We are offering 4 or 5 members the chance to show us some of their photos in the informal setting of the Sandeman Room. It’s meant to be a relaxed and enjoyable evening, with no formal talk or script required. You can say as much, or as little, as you wish, about your photos. Digital images will be shown on a large monitor and you are also welcome to bring along prints. These have been really successful evenings during the past two years! If you would like to be involved, please contact the programme secretary (contact details to be added later).
Mar 18 AGM / Member talk. The first part of the evening will be devoted to our Annual General Meeting. There should be time later for a member presentation, or an auction of equipment, if required.
Mar 25 End of Term Dinner with prize-giving. All PPS members and partners are welcome.