Canterbury Photographic Society
We believe that the first meeting of local photographers took place in Canterbury in 1898. By all accounts they met to share ideas, methods, compare new equipment and perhaps most important of all to discuss why some pictures were visually more exciting than others. Today our club still meets for the same purpose!
The bewildering array of sophisticated equipment now on offer enables us to take pictures without having to have an A level in science. However while a camera can relieve the photographer of the tedium involved in getting the exposure correct and making sure the picture is in focus, it cannot decide which image is worth recording and how.
Only by looking at a variety of pictures and hearing informed comment from experienced photographers can we learn. The club provides ample opportunity for both beginners and more advanced photographers to view prints and slides throughout the season. Participation in competitions is purely voluntary but is recommended. Otherwise be sure that most of your related questions will be taken up by enthusiastic members who will always do their best to point you in the right direction.
Our season’s programme also generally includes workshops, talks on new techniques, travelogues, audio-visual presentations and competitions with other clubs in the area.
Digital cameras and computer enhanced prints are revolutionising the photographic world allowing manipulation of images to a degree which would be impossible using traditional darkroom methods. The club fully supports digital photography and one evening per month is devoted entirely to digital photography with emphasis on getting to grips with Photo Shop. A number of members are active in experimenting with the latest computer software, scanners, printers and digital cameras for which help is available.
Our friendly club ensures you will get a warm welcome and an interesting and rewarding time to expand your enjoyment of photography.
AGM 2018 Chairman’s Report
This has been an extremely successful year for the club. At the Ross Cup we improved our ratings from amongst the very bottom of the leader board to ‘The Most Improved Club Award’. Little did we know just how Improved. Our club came second place in the Ross cup and along with Beckenham who came first, we now have the honour of represening the KCPA at Blackburn in the autumn at the PAGB national competition.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the hard work of the selection committee Pete, Di, Steve and Wendy who have put in many long hours trawling through countless images and researching current trends in an effort to improve our club’s standing amongst our piers. Stewart Mckeown deserves a special mention scoring 19 points and judges comment for one image and a winning image for for best overall Landscape award for which he was presented with a slate clock.
We also showed improvement at the East Kent Trophy where we won the print section and came second place to Gateway club who won the trophy.
We have competed in three battles this year against Deal, Whitstable and Gateway all of which were very close on the scoring. Let us hope we can improve further at the return battles next season.
At the KCPA annual exhibition several members were successful in having prints and PDI’s selected for the exhibition at Faversham and then at Eastbourne.
The club’s membership has grown this season with new members keen to participate in competitions and activities and we welcome their input.
We have enjoyed a season of high class speakers and judges and I would like to thank Steve for his efforts to provide a varried programne and for compiling an eaqualiy exciting programme for 2018/19.
Pete and Jon have coped well with the increasing entries into our competitions and at some point we will need to agree the management of the sheer volume or work that we expect our judges to handle.
I am hoping that the new year will see many more successes for the club and its members
Thanks to Wendy for organising a very successful summer shoot and I hope the summer shoots this year are well supported, giving members an opportunity to enjoy their photography, learn from each other and enjoy a social get-together.
David Cornelius, Chairman
(April 2018 - Present)