Saturday, 12 September 2015

A New Season Starts

Hoylake Photographic Society kicked off their 2015/16 season on 11th September with a "Meet and Greet" session aimed at attracting new members to the club. The club has members with a wide range of experience from advanced to novice and prospective new members were invited to bring along their cameras for some free advice on the night from the more experienced members. Demonstrations were set up in shooting still life, photographing water droplets using a camera and flashgun, post processing techniques, aircraft photography and photo books were on display of some of our members work. There was also an exhibition of prints by club members and the award winners of the Wirral Festival of Firsts 2015 photographic competition.

Les Pickstock standing in for club President Barry Quatermass on the night welcomed the new visitors to the club and the evening was an informal gathering of like minded people interested in all things photographic.
Les Pickstock welcomes members and guests
Club member Ian Chantler was on hand to discuss his passion for photographing aircraft both in the air and on the ground and Anthony Clarke spent a long time admiring Ian's work on his laptop.

Ian Chantler and Anthony Clarke
Visitors to the club took in the wide range of prints that were on display which were taken by our club members plus the award winning photographs from the Wirral Festival of First 2015 photography competition which Hoylake Photographic Society judged this year.

Wirral Festival of Firsts 2015 photographs
There were a range of photo books on display belonging to our club members and they made impressive reading.

Les Pickstock was on hand to offer his advice on post processing to anyone who needed help. His advice went down well with our visitors and some club members. There's always something new to learn.

Les Pickstock demonstrating his post processing techniques.
Experienced club member Rob Devenish spent a long time giving two guests advice on camera settings and how to get the best out of the camera.

Rob Devenish and guests
The Meet and Greet proved to be a great success with several application forms for club membership being taken home by our visitors on the night. This bodes well for the coming season.

If you are interested in photography and looking to join a friendly group of like minded people to enjoy and advance your hobby then Hoylake Photographic Society meet every Friday from September to May at Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby. The doors open at 7.30 pm for a 7.45 pm start and a 10 pm finish. Membership is only £30 for the season but you don't have to become a member to attend. You can visit us as a non member paying only £2 on the door. Our next meeting is on Friday 18th September when we will be viewing the accepted entries to the Hoylake International Exhibition 2015.