26.03.2023 Vocal Point

Well today has come around quicker for sure with the hour gone ,but with that we know Spring is bringing lots of photo opportunities for us .The daffodils are already brightening the roadside and woods .

What an exciting week at BPS with Jane Lazenby sharing her knowledge and passion with us ,and getting some of us to dig deep and find acting skills to boot .

Thank you to Jan for booking her ,and to Sheila for catering for the workshop with homemade treats to accompany the hot drinks .

We have gained a new member from the Bowling Club display ,so all looking very positive as we go towards the end of the  year .

We still have the Novice and Open Annuals to enjoy and the Awards ceremony .

And a revamped and very exciting Summer Programme for you to enjoy.

This week David is taking the early class with editing techniques ,a good one for anyone to attend -there is always something to learn.

A request was made for more information about lighting and so at 8pm we have secured Christopher Bradbury with a talk and demonstration on lighting and posing for beginners and Improvers ,I believe he has been before and it is one not to be missed  .

Also it handing in for the Novice Annual  all sections print and PDI      

See you all on Tuesday 


15.01.2023 Vocal Point

A very nice chilly bright morning ,perfect for a walk in the woods .

This Tuesday is our very first Bromsgrove Challenge Cup, we will be welcoming members from Hagley, Kempsey, Redditch and Solihull Photographic Societies. With our judge Louise Hill and plenty of excellent images to view, it promises to be an enjoyable evening . Louise is a very experienced judge with a lovely manner ,so I am sure she will find a worthy winner . If you want to score along on Tuesday, David sent out a scoresheet that you can print off .

Also we are running a raffle so please bring some pennies for a raffle ticket . Refreshments are complimentary so treat yourself to a raffle ticket or two with your tea money . 

If I could have some help setting up from 7pm that would be great please . 

We may need some one to help on the welcome desk – have I any volunteers please ? 

Please come along to support Bromsgrove and make our guests feel welcome .It is a great opportunity to meet like minded people .7.45 for 8pm start 

At the end of the month we will have a sales table on Practical Night .You are invited to bring items for the table –

You can either – donate them so all proceeds go to the club OR label them with your name and  the price  .(15% of this will be retained for  the club funds ) please take these items home with you at end of the evening at storage is very limited .This is an ideal way to get rid of unwanted Christmas presents and raise money for the club.

Don’t forget entries for the print competition close on Tuesday night .

Thank you to Tony for entertaining everyone last week, and stepping in to fill the early session , the feedback was excellent .

See you all Tuesday 


18.12.2022 Vocal Point

Dear All,

Looking out of the window at the snow -thinking about the photos it will make .

This Tuesday , the last session of the year brings an early class with Beks , for all levels , and Beks is always happy to answer questions .

The 8pm session is 3rd PDI -Mono and Wildlife  with John Haines as judge .With an healthy entry I am assured .Tea will be provided by Karen Goodman and Chaz.

Last chance to book for the New Years Party , so we have numbers for food .Its on 3rd Jan , food and quiz  and raffle , should be a good social night to start the year .You can always support the raffle if you aren’t attending !!

No meeting on 27th December .Plenty of chances to take some images and use the skills of the critique group to get some valuable advice .

See you Tuesday 


26.11.2022 Vocal Point

I am sure all those who attended on Tuesday will agree with me ,what an interesting and different evening we had . We had some gremlins but all came good in the end .

So in the New Year we plan to repeat the practical side of this , with everyone having a good view and being able to be involved .So please bear this mind when recycling your plastic bottles ,save any coloured ones we can use .

And any lights ,film wrap or the odd bicycle wheel !

I attended the print workshop at Smethwick along with several other members , this was very interesting and eye opening with regard to printing. I have on the back of this manged to print an image -Way to go !

This leads us to this week – and our 2nd print competition with some stunning images I am assured .

At 7pm David will be continuing the Roger Lewis Foundation Course .

So plenty to look forward to ,and with some winter sunshine ,there are still good opportunities to get out and get some nice images .

See you all on Tuesday ,


19.11.22 Vocal Point

An early vocal point to give you time to join the competition this afternoon on You Tube

We have 25 clubs competing  for the Cwm Rhondda Trophy this year from the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, South Africa and Malta, a truly International Competition!

This has been a very interesting and entertaining way to spend a few hours in past years. 

06.11.2022 Vocal Point

Dear All 

What  fabulous presentation about printing ,hopefully it has inspired some of you to fire up your printers – I have moved the box mine is in ! 

This week we have our 2nd PDI competition with a very healthy entry, and the judge Colin Walls has asked for a prompt start to enable him to give as much time as possible to his critique .

And an interactive early session with David Jellie  on the exposure triangle .

Following on from the display we did at Bromsgrove Arts , we had a lot of interest and a visitor on the back of it ,so well done and thank you to all who got involved .

I was asked by several members about purchasing T shirts .We don’t have any at the moment but I am looking at sourcing some locally coming in around £15 for a black t shirt with full logo on the whole front .

If you could let me know if you would be interested I would be grateful . If there is enough interest I will look at ordering and then possibly caps or whatever people would like .

Many thanks 


30.10.2022 Vocal Point

Dear All

Well it has been a very busy weekend for Bromsgrove Photographic Society, we had a stand at Bromsgrove Arts with a great representation of all the work from various members , we had a show of all the winning images from last season . Jan supplied a large screen for this and it made a great show.

We had lots of interest and it is good to be part of the community .

Handing in for the PDI closes at midnight Tuesday .

This week we have a presentation from Permajet about printing which should be a fabulous evening and inspiring us all to do printing .

The early session is with Tony Gervis and should prove entertaining .

Look forward to seeing you Tuesday evening 


23.10.2022 Vocal Point

Dear All,

A fabulous print competition last week , with some excellent comments , and lots to take away and consider .

A very exciting presentation to look for ward to on Tuesday with Leigh Preston , with his workshop the following day . All those attending please either bring £20 on the door or bank transfer in advance . Refreshments provided ,please bring your own lunch . Doors open at 9-45am for 10am prompt start .

On Tuesday at 7pm there is a continuation of the Roger Lewis Foundation Course with Beks , for all levels .Every day is a school day as they say , you never know what you might learn .

Main presentation at 8 pm .

Then at the end of the week there is the Bromsgrove Arts Display, at Bromsgrove  please pop along to support us if you can . It is on all day Saturday and Sunday . 


16.10.2022 Vocal Point

Dear All

Some lovely sunny autumn days , plenty of fungi around in all shapes and sizes ,always fascinating to look at .

What a fabulous practical evening hosted by Jenny Webster ,with the help of the critique advisors -Tony, Colin, Mike .

A big thank you to all of them ,and I look forward to the next one .It was great to listen to the comments from the members and again there was a good friendly feel in the room. Don’t forgot you have open access to their knowledge and advice through BPS Critique – a very valuable asset of the club.

This Tuesday is the start of the Roger Lewis Foundation Course at 7pm, a fantastic learning opportunity for all levels , all welcome ( David has sent dates and topics covered -keep this for future reference of what interests you) and at 8pm our first print competition. It is lovely to see your images come to life in print hopefully it will inspire more members in to printing their images .

End of the month is Bromsgrove Arts as Bromsgrove School , do try to pop along to support us or if you can help on the stand please let me know, the more involved the better . See attached poster for details . 

I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday .


08.10.2022 Vocal Point

Dear All


Don’t forget to bring your print entries on Tuesday evening ,Tuesday is closing date


If you can’t make Tuesday -you can drop them at mine if it helps  -Meadowcroft Kennels Belbroughton DY9 9XS during open hours only (daily 9-11.30am and in the afternoon 3-5pm -not Sundays as we are closed )

Please try to get a good entry for our judge , it is very rewarding seeing your image in print not just on the screen .

Novices do not need to mount them .

All entries need to be labelled on the back with -Name , Section (Novice/Open), Class eg mono  Title of image and then after entering the pdi on photoentry please add the number that photo entry generates to aid Nick on the night .


Do send images in for critique , if you haven’t signed up yet contact David Jellie .


Don’t forget to send in images /bring prints for Tuesday Practical Night which is about critiquing images , very informative and interactive . It is shaping up to be a great learning session for us all -Jenny sent a separate email explaining the format and asking for PDI’s 


It is not too late to sign up for the LP workshop , which looks like a fabulous day , only £20 -list is on the desk at club this week and next if you are interested .


Active on Facebook , if you aren’t you can buddy up with someone who is ,or email Beks who will send out any upcoming events in a separate email just to those who have expressed interest .


I have sent details out separately , if anyone is able to help let me know please .

I won’t apologise for long email-just shows how much is going on !