2018 – 2019
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 10 President’s Night and Welcome. Soutar Theatre (downstairs). President Mike Bell will welcome you all to a new season at Perthshire Photographic Society. He will introduce himself, tell you a bit about the Society and will talk about his photographic interests. During the evening, various committee members will give you an overview of this year’s programme. They will cover several topics, including visiting speakers, workshops and competitions. Registration will also take place during these first few meetings and membership cards will be issued. Please bring a cheque or some cash with you! (Membership costs £45 for adults, and £25 if aged 18-25. The cost is £10 for students in full time education. Please see our Information Page
Oct 17 Workshop evening – Sandeman Room (upstairs). Photo Clinic. Malcolm Lind will coordinate the evening. We will divide into small groups and discuss a number of prints (provided by committee members), with particular emphasis on composition. The aim of the evening is to give us all a chance to meet each other and to learn about photography by discussing the merits (or otherwise!) of the photos provided. This is intended to be a relaxed and fun evening!
Oct 24 – Jo Cound. ‘Tenacious Trees and Silver Alchemy.’ We are delighted to welcome local artist Jo Cound this evening. Jo lives in Crieff and specialises in photographs of the natural world, in particular, photographs of flowers, trees, moss, fungi and insects. Her images are captured on film and digitally. Many of her images are hand printed in her darkroom. Jo’s talk this evening celebrates the magic of the silver print and the process involved in producing images traditionally (referred to as ‘analogue’ images these days.) Jo will show us the large format and pinhole cameras used to produce her images, and will tell us how they work. She will also talk about film and processing, and how she achieves the print quality that she desires. For Jo, the print is paramount, and she hopes to show us its versatility and magic. She will be bringing with her some hand printed images that she printed in her own darkroom. This promises to be a very entertaining evening! Jo has exhibited at many local exhibitions and craft fairs, and also in London, Edinburgh and at Kew Gardens. You can see some of her images here: http://www.jocound.co.uk/
Oct 31 – Dave Hunt. ‘Mobile Device Photography and Alternative Printing Methods.’ It’s a pleasure to welcome another local artist this week, Dave Hunt. Dave works from his studio near Killin and is a fine art photographer. He employs various techniques to produce fine art prints with subjects ranging from landscapes to portraiture and figures. This evening, Dave will use the first part of his presentation to share with us his methods for capture and editing using mobile phones and tablet devices. He will show us how he uses Snapseed and Procreate software to create images for high-end printing, and how this is integrated into a workflow incorporating Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. After the break, Dave will present an overview of his current work that he has prepared for exhibitions and for sale. He uses Victorian and vintage processes, including the Wet Plate Collodion capture, and alternative printing methods such as Cyanotype, Vandyke Brown and Platinum/Palladium. What a fascinating range of subjects! If you use a mobile phone or tablet for photography, you will find this presentation very interesting and useful! You can read more about Dave here: https://davehunt.eu/about/
• HAND IN for MAIN CUP (See details on Competitions Page)
Nov 7 – Helen Sloan. ‘Behind the Scenes on the Set of Game of Thrones.’ We are really excited to have Helen Sloan, principal stills photographer for the TV series Game of Thrones as our guest this evening. During her presentation, she will lift the lid on what it’s like to photograph one of the biggest TV productions in the world. Expect observations and anecdotes about her place in the crew, plus insight and advice. Helen will be talking about her job, the kit and techniques that she uses, and will share an exclusive slide show with us. That will include some fascinating behind the scenes photos. She has been involved with Game of Thrones since the first day of filming on the pilot episode. This will be a well attended evening, so make sure you arrive early if you want a front row seat! This is a ticketed event to allow non PPS members to attend (for a small charge of £5). There will be no charge for PPS members but they must get their free ticket in advance to guarantee their seat. One ticket will be given to you when you join or renew. Both member and non-member tickets are also available on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/helen-sloan-behind-the-scenes-on-the-set-of-game-of-thrones-tickets-50209704578 (please note there is a booking fee for the non-member tickets). Some £5 non-member tickets are available at e-computers, Scott Street, Perth (no booking fee). If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, here’s one event that you can’t afford to miss! Here’s a recent blog giving lots more information about Helen: https://nikoninframe.co.uk/behind-the-lens/helen-sloan-game-of-thrones-principal-stills-photographer?cookie=1
Nov 14 Workshop evening – Sandeman. Print workshop. The aim of this workshop is to show you how various committee members go about their printing, and to give you a chance to learn how to submit photos for our print competitions. The workshop will be pitched at various levels of complexity! Malcolm Lind will demonstrate printing from an iPad; Mike Bell will show you how to print from Lightroom; Ian Mackay and John Melbourne will do their best to show you how to print from Photoshop! (That will also involve using Lightroom and/or Adobe Camera Raw.) Graham Robb has also offered to demonstrate printing, and so we hope that you will learn a lot about printing during the evening, regardless of how experienced you are. (Details to be finalised.)
Nov 28 – Ian Cameron. Landscape Photographer. ‘Transient Light.’ (Soutar Theatre, Perth) Making a welcome return to the Society this evening, is landscape photographer Ian Cameron. Ian is based up north, in Forres, Moray, and he believes that composition, timing and light are what make a good landscape photo. He runs landscape photography workshops in Norway, and in Central and Northern Scotland. This evening, the overall theme of Ian’s talk is the preparation and planning required for successful landscape photography. His presentation will be interspersed with short videos of the landscapes that he visits and will include a variety of landscape related themes. You can see some of Ian’s photos here: http://www.transientlight.co.uk/gallery/
• Nov 28 – Four-Way Battle – (at St Andrews Photographic Society) A competition between Perth, Glenrothes, St Andrews and Dundee, held in St Andrews. Contact external competitions secretary Graham Robb for details.
Dec 5 Workshop evening – Sandeman. Portrait workshop. This is an important workshop and the committee have decided to repeat it. Perhaps we’ll look at changing the format slightly and we might include a bit more tuition. More details to follow. Your input is welcome!
CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR BREAK
Jan 9 Grant Cup Competition – Up to 3 digital files. Theme is ‘Simplicity’ this year. (See details on Competitions Page)
• HAND IN for NAN BORTHWICK SALVER and PETER ROURKE SALVER (See details on Competitions Page)
Jan 16 Workshop evening – Sandeman. Member talk evening. Rather than have a workshop this evening, we are giving you the chance to show us some of your photos! This was a really successful evening last year and so we have decided to run two of them this year. We will be looking for about 5 or 6 members to talk for about 10 to 15 minutes each. The Sandeman Room provides a really informal setting for presentations. It’s meant to be an informal and enjoyable evening and no formal talk or script is required. Just put some photos up (preferably digital projected images, but prints are welcome if you prefer) and say as much, or as little, as you wish, about them. Please contact programme secretary Ian Mackay at email@example.com to let him know that you would like to get involved.
Jan 23 – Des Ong. Wildlife Photographer. ‘Captivating Nature – Wildlife of Britain and Beyond.’ We are really fortunate to have world-class wildlife photographer Des Ong visiting us this evening. Des, who is based in England, just happens to be in the Perth area running a workshop, and he has very kindly agreed to come and talk to us. Des carries out a lot of his photography in Indonesia, Madagascar, Uganda and Costa Rica. The result is that he captures beautiful photos of some unusual animals and birds and we very much look forward to seeing some of those. This evening, Des will showcase some of the projects that he typically tackles over a 12 months period, providing a glimpse into his life as a wildlife photographer. He will take us from the high mountains of Norway to the rainforests of tropical South-east Asia. He will share his ideas, approach and techniques with us. As well as still photos, Des will include short video clips to help bring the journeys to life. This is definitely an evening that you won’t want to miss! You can see some of his images here: http://www.desong.co.uk/
Feb 6 – Neil Barr. Landscape Photographer. ‘From There to Here.’ A number of us in the Society having been following Neil Barr on Facebook for some time. He has posted many beautiful photos of Scotland during the past couple of years. Quite incredibly, Neil only started taking photos 4 years ago, and now he is a professional photgrapher. This evening, he tells us how, and why, he turned to landscape photography. It’s a very interesting story and so we look forward to an entertaining evening. You can see some of Neil’s photos online: https://www.neilbarr.co.uk/
Feb 8 (Friday) – PSNS talk by Paul Gallagher. Soutar Theatre. ‘Transitions.’ This talk is sponsored and organised by our parent body, the Perthshire Society of Natural Science (PSNS). However, PPS was responsible for organising this evening’s speaker, Paul Gallagher. Paul is one of the UK’s leading landscape photographers. In this talk, he tells us about how he has had to transition from large format black and white photography to colour, and infrared, digital photography. He has promised us that this talk contains lots of unpublished material and that it will be a very entertaining evening! Paul has written a number of books about black and white photography, and he is co-owner of the very successful landscape workshop company ‘aspect2i.’ This will be a ticketed event and it will be very popular. You may wish to make sure that you book your tickets now (£5 for PPS members, £10 for non-members). Tickets are available at ‘e-computers’, Scott Street, Perth, or through Eventbrite (with an additional booking fee) at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/paul-gallagher-transitions-a-journey-in-landscape-photography-tickets-48644568213 You can see some of Paul’s images here: https://www.paulgallagher.co.uk/
Feb 9 (Saturday) – Workshop with Paul Gallagher – ‘Processing and Printing.’ Only 6 places available. Following on from his talk above, Paul has agreed to run two workshops for us. He will cover colour workflow and printing, and B&W workflow. He will show you the challenges and differences of both . He uses Adobe Camera Raw/Lightroom and Photoshop for his processing and printing. Paul, along with colleague Michael Pilkington, runs the Epson Print Academy. It will be a lecture based day and during the afternoon Paul will process and print one photograph from each member. Location for the workshops is the ‘Morning Room’ in the Royal George Hotel in Perth. Teas/coffees and a sandwich lunch will be included in the price. President Mike Bell has sent out an email to all existing PPS members who have signed up to the new GDPR rules, giving further details of the workshops, and the cost, and inviting you to contact him by 23rd October 2018 if you would like to attend. If there are more applicants than vacancies there will be a draw after October 23rd to allocate places. To be eligible to attend, you will have to be a paid up Society member for 2018/2019, and under the new data protection laws, you will have to have given the Society permission to contact you by email. There is the possibility that we may try and organise a dinner on this Saturday night, at a local restaurant, for Paul and any workshop attendees who wish to come along. You can see some of Paul’s work here: https://www.paulgallagher.co.uk/
Feb 10 (Sunday) – Workshop with Paul Gallagher – ‘Processing and Printing.’ Only 6 places are available. Contact president Mike Bell by 23rd October 2018 if you wish to attend. The details for this workshop are the same as for the one above. See the note about a possible dinner on the Saturday evening.
Feb 13 Workshop evening – Sandeman. Member talk evening. This is the second of our member talk evenings. You are encouraged to participate! Once again, we will be looking for 5 or 6 members to talk for about 10 to 15 minutes each. It is aimed at being a relaxed and informal evening, with no script or formal talk required. See the details for January 16th. James Herd has already offered to talk and show us some ‘slides’ (for those of you who remember what ‘slides’ are!) Please contact programme secretary Ian Mackay at firstname.lastname@example.org
Feb 20 Colour Rosebowl Competition – Up to 3 colour prints. Your choice of subject. (See details on Competitions Page)
• HAND IN for DALL CUP (NEW SELFIE COMPETITION) (See details on Competitions Page)
Feb 27 Scottish Photographic Federation Portfolio 2018 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 2018. 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. The photos will be accompanied by an authoritative and entertaining commentary from David Hay. If you want to see some great photos, and if you are looking to improve your own photography, then you need to be here this evening!
Mar 6 – Al Buntin. ‘The End Result.’ Once again, it is a pleasure to welcome a local photographer this evening, Al Buntin. Al is a member of the Dundee Photographic Society and has visited us in Perth in previous years. Al worked as an artist in the UK and in the USA, mostly in the Greeting Card Industry. He has also had several childrens books published. Currently, he paints in acrylics and watercolour. His main photographic interest is in photographing people. He also explores digital imagery and manipulation, and this leads to some quite unique and unusual photos. This evening, Al will be using prints for his talk, rather than digital projected images, and he will be handing out his prints to audience members so that you can see them close up. You may want to sit in the front rows for a better view. The majority of prints will be of people and will be composite images manipulated in Photoshop. Look forward to being entertained! You can see some of Al’s photography here: http://www.albuntin.com/gallery.html
Mar 13 Workshop evening – Sandeman. Selfie Competition (Dall Cup) and Audiovisual Showcase. This evening will be split into two different activities. We start with a Selfie Competition! This is a new and light-hearted 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. Files to be emailed to Wallace Gilbraith by 20th February 2019. More information is available here: Competitions Page. We hope to see some humorous and original selfies! 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 competiton. We hope that the second part of the evening will be an Audiovisual Showcase. We encourage you to make a video of up to a maximum of 6 minutes in length and to show it on the evening. The video can consist of still photos, video clips or a mixture of the two. Hopefully, it might tell a story and be accompanied by music and/or text. If time permits, Ian Mackay will do a short demo showing how easy it can be putting together a short video using Photodex ProShow Gold software, which is not too expensive. Hopefully, that may encourage more of you to show videos next year.
Mar 20 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 27 End of Term Dinner with prize-giving. All PPS members and partners are welcome.
You can download a printable one page summary of the 2018-19 programme: PPS_Prog_2018_onepage