Events Diary

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Workshop – Camera Basics – Peter Jones (PJ) and Richard Corkrey ARPS @ Cowdray Hall
Sep 26 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm


What to bring:

Your camera, camera manual, and tripod

What to expect:

The evening will be mainly centred around DSLR and CSC/Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Cameras. At the last count most members were using Canon or Nikon cameras so there will be plenty of expert help on hand for these. Some members are using Olympus and Panasonic MFT system cameras so there will be some help on hand for these also. If you are not using any of the above we will help you as far as we can so it is important that everyone should bring their camera manuals. The aim of this and future workshops is to get everyone out of the automatic modes. Subjects covered will include using Program, Aperture, Shutter/TV, and Manual Modes, Metering Modes, ISO, Image Stabilisation, and using a tripod/monopod. We will also discuss lenses.

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Print Competition (Non-League) – Ladies and Gentlemen’s Trophy @ Cowdray Hall
Oct 3 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Print Competition (Non-League) - Ladies and Gentlemen's Trophy @ Cowdray Hall | Easebourne | United Kingdom

Open – No set subject, but must be new work.
Judge – Stéphane Rocher

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Speaker Evening: Astrid McGechan @ Cowdray Hall
Oct 17 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Speaker Evening: Astrid McGechan @ Cowdray Hall | Easebourne | England | United Kingdom

“Landscape Photography and Emotion”

Landscape photography and emotion go hand in hand.

When Astrid started out in photography years ago, she did not think much about what she felt when seeing something she wanted to photograph: she just picked up the camera and pressed the shutter button to capture what she saw.

In 2010, she held her first exhibition, jointly with fellow landscape photographer Huw Alban. The strongest memory she has of that event is of a visitor, who told her that she was going through difficult times with her family. But looking at her photographs made her feel much better, they conveyed a sense of harmony, beauty and calm, she said. She returned twice over the following two weeks, each time silently taking in the work.
Astrid realised then that being able to convey an emotion with her photographs was very important to her. So she started to try and be more aware of what she felt when exploring a scene, and to determine what influence her state of mind had on the resulting photograph. Over time, this process has helped her to change the way she makes her photographs, and, hopefully, to produce photographs that convey feelings and thoughts and thus evoke an emotional response in the viewer.

Astrid is a landscape photographer based in Surrey. Since 2010, she has regularly exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in the UK and in Germany. In 2013, she was appointed Head Judge of a corporate photography competition for a multinational client, headquartered in Beijing. Her first book “The Elmbridge Hundred – A Visual Journey” was published in 2014 and she is currently working on a new book project. Her photographs have been published in the UK and Europe, and sold in the UK, Europe and US. She teaches photography at the Riverhouse Arts Centre in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey and is a contributor to Landscapes by Women.

In this lecture, she will explain how she tries to capture her emotions of the moment in a photograph. She will be showing a selection of her images to illustrate the various techniques that she has found helpful.

The lecture, which will begin with a short introduction of herself and how she got into photography, Astrid will then take you on a light-hearted journey through her creative process, which should appeal to all levels of photographers, irrespective of their preference of subject matter.

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Workshop – How To Enter a Competition with Peter Jones (PJ) @ Cowdray Hall
Oct 24 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm


What to bring:

One or two photographic prints for assessment (we don’t recommend prints smaller than A4)

What to expect:

You will learn the basics of photographic composition and the points that judges will be looking for. Tips on avoiding blown highlights, blocked shadows, white skies, etc. The importance of correct focus placement and avoidance of oversharpening. Guidelines including the Rule of Thirds, and the Golden Spiral will be discussed. Cutting mount board and sizing prints will be demonstrated along with choosing the best photographic paper for your prints. If you do not wish to do your own printing or cutting you will be shown various on-line options. Learn sizing and formatting of Photographic Digital Images (PDI).

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PDI Competition R1 – “Open” @ Cowdray Hall
Oct 31 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
PDI Competition R1 - "Open" @ Cowdray Hall | Easebourne | United Kingdom

Open (no set subject).
Judge – David Eastley LRPS

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Speaker Evening: Caroline Fraser ARPS @ Cowdray Hall
Nov 14 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Speaker Evening: Caroline Fraser ARPS @ Cowdray Hall | Easebourne | United Kingdom

“Abstracting The Landscape”

Caroline’s interpretation of the Landscape is very individual so this talk will be about abstract landscape photography, and her forays into making books. The talk will also encompass the history of abstract landscape photography referencing other photographers.

Photography is Caroline’s passion, and is a means to express her love for nature and the peace that she finds when exploring wild places .

Using her photography as a means to express the fragility and transience of life, she prefers the intimate landscape to the bigger picture. Her favoured locations include the highlands of Scotland, Iceland and the beach at Camber Sands close to her studio at the ‘The School Creative Centre’ in Rye. She uses multiple exposure and intentional camera movement alongside traditional techniques as a means of self expression.

In 2010 she achieved the ARPS (Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society) with impressionistic images of sand and water from the Hebrides.

In 2011 she gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Photography at Central St Martin’s, University of the Arts, London. During this period she worked on the series ‘Springtime in Suburbia’, exploring man’s desire for law and order over nature’s tendency towards chaos in the suburban environment.

She has published a number of books and poems through her own publishing house;  Hawkwood Press. She also has her own website which can be viewed at

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Workshop – The Lightroom Challenge with Jill Denis LRPS @ Cowdray Hall
Nov 21 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm


What to bring

Optional – an image to challenge Jill to improve. Preferably RAW format but JPEG. A laptop with image editing software already installed and a selection of images to try editing during the practical session.

What to expect

Almost any digital image can be improved using post processing. This workshop aims to show you how to quickly and easily get the best out of your images. Jill will be using Adobe’s Lightroom software but the methods used can be applied to other phot editing software. There will be a demonstration of the basics of digital photo editing plus a chance ask lots of questions. This will be followed by a practical session. Challenge Jill to improve one of your less successful digital image!

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Print Competition R1 – “On the Beach” @ Cowdray Hall
Nov 28 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Print Competition R1 - "On the Beach" @ Cowdray Hall | Easebourne | United Kingdom

Set subject “On the Beach”
Judge – Rob de Ruiter ARPS

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Speaker Evening: Richard Veitch @ Cowdray Hall
Dec 12 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Speaker Evening: Richard Veitch @ Cowdray Hall | Easebourne | United Kingdom

“The Kruger National Park (Summer in December)”

A detailed look at the animals and birds of the park as the wet season commences.

“Summer in December” is a trip around the Kruger National Park in South Africa with me and my wife, Carol. It is a magical time of the year for the park and its inhabitants. The long dry season comes to an end, sometimes with a bang and floods, sometimes with a gentle soaking rain which can last for days. The daytime temperature rises quickly when the clouds clear and the animals seek shade in the heat of the afternoon. We have travelled frequently to Southern Africa, each time gaining insight to the world of the wildlife and expertise in the photography of the animals and birds we encounter.

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PDI Competition R2 – “From an Unusual Perspective”
Jan 9 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
PDI Competition R2 - "From an Unusual Perspective" @ Easebourne | United Kingdom

Set Subject – “From an Unusual Perspective”
Judge – Jon Mitchell

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