Category Archives: Beginners

Beginners Photography course 2019

Neath Photographic Society will again be running their popular Beginners Photography Evenings at the Camera Club on Bridge Street (behind Neath Athletic Rugby Club).

The beginners evenings are open to all (under 16’s must be accompanied by a responsible adult) and cost just £2 per session. We deliver an educational program to help beginners master the basics of photography.

Meetings start on Thursday Sept 12th, 7.30pm. and continue on alternate Thursday evenings through to April 16th 2020.

All you need is any camera and a willingness to learn and enjoy doing photography – it’s good fun.

Why not come along and give it a try.

If you need more information just get in touch with us on the contact page

Session 1: 12th Sept

  • Opening night – an informal “getting to know you” evening with some basic photographic advice.
  • Tutor: Stuart Meredith.

Session 2: 26th Sept

  • Composition.
  • Tutor: Denice Evans

Session 3: 10th Oct

  • Exposure and basic camera controls.
  • Tutor: Arfon John and Brian Callard

Session 4: 24th Oct

  • Metering the light.
  • Tutor: Brian Callard

Session 5: 7th Nov

  • Using apertures effectively.
  • Tutor: Roy Thomas

Session 6: 21st Nov

  • Using Shutter speeds effectively.
  • Tutor: Arfon John

Session 7: 5th Dec

  • White Balance and using artificial light.
  • Tutor: Brian Callard

Christmas Break


Session 8: 9th Jan

  • Painting with light.
  • Tutor: Ross Evans

Session 9: 23rd Jan

  • Home studio portrait.
  • Tutor: Arfon John

Session 10: 6th Feb

  • Flash photography.
  • Tutor: Arfon John

Session 11: 20th Feb

  • Low light/night photography.
  • Tutor: Darrell Shand

Session 12: 5th March

  • Basic image editing.
  • Tutor: Anne Morgan

Session 13: 19th march

  • Show and tell – Critique evening.
  • Group session

Session 14: 2nd April

  • Practical Evening
  • Tutor: Arfon

Session 15: 16th April

  • Image Mounting and Display:
  • Tutor: Colin Wilkie

Thursday 3rd December ?

There is an alteration to the advertised programme, ‘Painting by Light’ scheduled for the Beginners Group on the 3rd of December has been postponed and will now be held on another date to be arranged.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

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Barrian Cup & Dave Cowdrey Trophy

Saturday 6th June saw 25 clubs contesting the Barrian Cup.  Each club had entered 5 prints, of which a maximum of 3 could be Landscapes or Seascapes. The Judge – Mr Grahame Hodgkiss ARPS,DPAGB,APAGB had the unenviable task of critiquing and scoring these prints, and also scoring the Land/Sea Scapes that were competing for the Dave Cowdrey Trophy, and what a marvellous job he done.  His comments were straight to the point with no waffle.

”It all hung on round 5,
and the atmosphere
could be cut with a knife”

Our opening print ‘Tree Birds’ by Terry Goss score the first 20 of the competition.  Round 2 and ‘Jenna by the River’ by Haydn Thomas followed on with another 20.  At the end of round 2 we were in first place.  Round 3 and ‘Covent Garden 2’ by Ben Clarkson scored a 16.  We were still in first place.  Round 4 and ‘Leg’ by Julian Brock only managed to pick up 13 pts. At the end of round 4 we were in second place by 1 point.  It all hung on round 5, and the atmosphere could be cut with a knife, ‘A Reflective Moment’ by Tony Shadrach scored 14 and with our closest rivals Gwynfa and Llanelli both scoring well we finished in 3rd place.

Next came the presentation for the Dave Cowdrey Trophy for best Landscpe/Seascape,  and the winner was our own Terry Goss with Tree Birds. Congratulations Terry, well done.

This goes to prove two things, we can compete with the best clubs in the area and secondly we need more strength in depth with our selections.  The latter can only be achieved by authors submitting their best work for selection.  The selection committee this year have given us our best season with regard Battle finishes.  Many thanks to all the selectors and the authors for submitting their entries.  Below is a table of the Clubs involved and their final positions.

Pos.

Club

Score

 

Pos.

Club

Score

1

Llanelli

87

 

14

Western Valley

76

2

Gwynfa

86

 

15

Port Talbot

72

3

Neath

83

 

15

The Vale

72

4

Backwell

81

 

15

Bridgend

72

5

Merthyr

80

 

15

Barry

72

5

Cardiff

80

 

19

Towy Valley

67

7

Swansea

79

 

20

Mumbles & West Cross

66

8

Cwmbran

78

 

21

Newport

65

8

Hanham

78

 

22

Dean

61

8

Rhondda

78

 

22

Aberdare

61

8

Ebbw Vale

78

 

22

Pyle & Porthcawl

61

12

Thornbury

77

 

25

Caldicot

59

12

Sodbury & Yate

77