Normanton Camera Club

President Mrs. M Furmston FRPS
Chairman GM Padgett LRPS, DPAGB
Vice Chairman      AE Furmston FRPS

Professor Terry Hewitt (12th Sept)

Colour Management From Camera to Screen to Printer

Terry has been in advanced IT supporting scientific and engineering research since 1978 in both industry and academia. His area of specialization is visualisation and supercomputing and he has been responsible for some of the most powerful computers in the UK. This fuelled an interest in digital images going back as far as 1978. He has been into digital photography since 2006 and is interested in all aspects of the craft particularly using IT to support the workflow. He is General Secretary of Stockport Photographic Society.

The presentation includes both talk and interactive demonstrations of software appropriate to photographers and is presented in a language that photographers can understand. (No IT jargon!). Why is colour management important? What's ICC, sRGB, AdobeRGB? Pictures always look a bit different on screen than when you took them and different again when you print them. This is hardly surprising: three different devices are working together, none of which has been calibrated to the others.

Paul Mitchell FRPS (3rd Oct)

Spirit of light - pinhole photography

Born in East Yorkshire, Paul's interest in photography began at school. He then studied graphic design at art college and soon after began his design career in London working for many well-known companies and brands. He is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a member of the prestigious Arena group and a founder member of The Landscape Collective UK (LCUK). Paul is also a well-respected photographic judge and lecturer. He now lives, and runs his own design consultancy, in Buckinghamshire and tries to devote most of his free time to photographing the landscape. Paul has had numerous exhibitions in London and the South East and has had articles and images published in many photographic magazines.

He has been successful in the prestigious Landscape Photographer of the Year competition, winning the Sunday Times Choice Award in 2013 and being the Urban Category winner in 2015. Apart from his self-published book on pinhole photography “Spirit of Light” he has collaborated with four renowned photographers to publish “The Coast – a personal view of the English coastline”.

Ken Senior CPAGB (17th Oct)

“Ken’s Lens”

An in-house lecture by our very own Ken Senior CPAGB. Ken’s a newcomer to Normanton but by no means new to photography. A life-long interest has set him apart from other photographers with his imaginative and unique style and sensitive digital skills that enhance his images. Skills that have enable him to win numerous awards in last year’s exhibition across several genres. Ken’s inspired lecture title taken from Len Goodman’s Strictly Coming Dancing star quote “Len’s Lens” is a parallel to Ken’s photographic eye - nothing escapes his inquisitive mind, his sensitivity towards humanity in his street photography and his innate ability to be in the right place at right time.

Ian Newton ARPS (31st Oct)

Alaska - The Last Frontier

Ian is an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society specialising in Wildlife Photography for over 30 years. His digital illustrated lectures on wildlife, mainly birds, plus other natural history subjects. Ian is no stranger to Normanton Camera Club and this lecture will take us to Alaska where he took a 3 week trip to the Kenai peninsula in an RV plus time further north in Nome, close to the Arctic circle and scene of the last great gold rush. His talk contains images of birds, including bald eagles, and grizzly bears up close plus the magnificent scenery. His wildlife photography is exemplary and his ability to portray his passion during a lecture is remarkable. He not only knowledgeably describes the conditions each image was taken under but, more importantly, how.

Neil Wittmann ARPS (12th Dec)

A Creative Approach to Photography

Neil Wittmann will welcome us to his surreal, contemporary world. He believes we are the sum of our experience. All experience is valuable, forming ‘who we are’ and how we see the world. He likes to wander around locations with his camera and explore a subject as fully as possible. He then takes his image to another dimension of its existence and there he examines and searches the image in a bid to discover what really got him to press the shutter release in the first instance. Following early retirement from ArtForms Leeds, where he was a peripatetic musician of 36 years, he has indulged himself in photography gaining LRPS in 2014 and ARPS in 2015. He says he works in a contemporary way from his own photography to produce works ‘about’ rather than ‘of’ and tends to work on a series rather than ‘one-offs’ He takes as much enjoyment from ‘playing’ and experimenting with his photographs as he does from being out and about actually taking them.

TILLMAN KLEINHANS ARPS EFIAP/b DPAGB BPE2*(9th Jan)

Postcards from Provence and other stories

Photography has been called an embryo of an idea, rather than an illustration of it, and in the work of Tillman Kleinhans we see what that means. His pictures raise a multitude of questions and possibilities and each moment is isolated, stylised and expressed to the viewer. In some works it is the formal balance that strikes most deeply. Rather than just focusing on one style of subject, Kleinhans shows the depth of his talents by creating a varied and diverse portfolio. In his black and white photos the contrasting light and shade gives the image a textured surface which intrigues and draws the audience in. By choosing the most wonderful locations and using all his photographic knowledge to crop and focus the picture, he creates an image which shows the abstract beauty of the world around us.

JOHN BOYD LRPS DPAGB (16th Jan)

When the Red Light Goes On

The former BBC Radio and TV Presenter will take us through his approach to award winning Natural History photography. From the kit you need to the locations that should yield the best results.  John worked for many years in radio as a Presenter as well as being the Saturday evening Newsreader on BBC Look North. He will relate some of the amusing and sometimes embarrassing incidents that made him an audience favourite with West Yorkshire folk and beyond. He was also, for several years, the Official Stadium Announcer at the old Wembley Stadium. Since he retired he has brought a pragmatic approach to his hobby of photography with the belief that if you try often enough and hard enough, you will succeed. It's usually perspiration more than inspiration that will get you over the line. Be prepared to enjoy a relaxed evening and have a good laugh as well as viewing some of the images that have seen John win awards from the RPS Digital Group, Wath Salon, Southampton, Bristol, Port Talbot, Smethwick and the Midland Counties in addition to the Rotherham Trophy and several Certificates of Merit from the Yorkshire Union. This is an evening to come along and enjoy yourself and, who knows, you may even learn something!

CHRIS UPTON ARPS (6th Feb)

THORESBY- THE END OF THE MINE

Thoresby Colliery, the last pit in Nottinghamshire, closed in July 2015 bringing to an end over 900 hundred years of mining in the county. Prior to its closure Chris spent nine months documenting the site, the buildings and the people and has created an archive of images recording the pit in its final days. Chris Upton is a Nottinghamshire based, award winning photographer and educator specialising in Travel, Landscape and Social Documentary photography. He is an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society and is also proud to be an official Fujifilm X-Series photographer. Chris has received awards in national photographic competitions and has also held several solo exhibitions . Chris’s work has been published in many magazines and books, he lectures widely, runs training workshops and is represented by several international stock image libraries. 

DAVE MASON (6th March)

A Slice of Life

Dave is a photographer who takes great pleasure in finding the extraordinary in the ordinary, often documenting the surreal happenings on the city streets. After spending most of his life living in South London he is now based in the Canterbury area. His preference, regarding the type of images he produces is that they have honesty about them, captured in camera with little, if any, post processing. He lectures widely on “Street” photography, has exhibited in various group shows and also run solo exhibitions.

ANN MILES FRPS MPAGB EFIAP (20th March)

Monochrome My Way

Ann Miles has been an active photographer for the last 30 years and, for about 10 years, taught general and nature photography at university degree level. She is a Member of The London Salon, a position that keeps her in touch with the best of pictorial photo- graphy around the world. She gained ARPS in Nature and FRPS in Visual Arts and served as Deputy Chair of the Fine Arts Panel for 8 years. This reflects a wide spectrum of photographic interest. Ann’s photography, sometimes combined with watercolour painting, depicts the interactions of people, architecture, nature and landscape. She is drawn to scenes that include people and where trees or other landscape elements form strong and often symmetrical patterns. In her lecture “Monochrome My Way” Ann will explore the different moods that we can create using the monochrome medium: from stark barren snow scenes to dark threatening skies in landscapes and seascapes; from detailed architectural studies to soft artistic renderings. She will also show several colour images where monochrome is not appropriate. There will be some discussion of the software and techniques available for making the most of your digital conversions.

ADRIAN LINES MPAGB FBPE EFIAP ARPS (10th Apr)

Altered Reality

Adrian joined Wigan Photographic Society in 1996 thinking that a club would teach him how to take better photographs but soon discovered that club photography was built around competition. He spent the next few years mainly shooting nature subjects and learning the intricacies of Photoshop whilst trying hard to beat fellow club members in monthly competitions. He was then introduced to the national and international exhibition circuits and was impressed with the diversity of work being produced leading him to look at Photoshop as a creative tool rather than just using it to correct mistakes. Over the past few years he has tried to push the boundaries of what is considered photography as far as he can with his ‘wacky’ composites and aggressive editing. He often became disheartened by the negative comments of the ‘purists’ and even considered pulling out of the accreditation but with encouragement from photographic friends he persisted and gained the ‘Master’ without the drama expected.

STEVE CHEETHAM LRPS (15th May)

The Adventures of Monoman - Black and White Landscapes

Steve Cheetham’s roots are firmly in the darkroom era having developed an interest in photography in his early childhood, developing and printing his own work while still at school and continuing well into his twenties. Life in general took over, however, and his darkroom equipment was eventually consigned to the tip. Over the past five years his interest has reignited in the digital era and the main thrust of his work now is in trying to produce mono prints of a quality to rival those he obtained in the wet processing days.