Mono Prints Round 2 – The Results

Our rescheduled Mono Prints Round 2 competition went ahead without a hitch yesterday and we enjoyed seeing some fabulous photography from our talented TPS members.

Our judge, Raymond Bridges, pored over the entries and, as usual, picked out his favourites. We hope everyone enjoyed his commentary and helpful advice on how to tweak or improve our images for future competitions.

The scores are now published in full on our Competition Results pages, where you’ll also find the updated league tables for both Club and Advanced competitions.

Well done to everyone who took part. Now, sit back, and enjoy some of the judge’s favourite images from the night.



Our next competition night will be on 14th March when we’ll host the third and final round of our PDI competition. For members, the entry deadline via PhotoEntry will be Sunday 10th March 2019 – don’t forget!

World-class guest speakers at TPS

We’ve some stellar speakers lined up to join us at TPS events in the coming weeks.

Underwater Flower Series
by Colleen Slater

On 4th April, we’ll meet in the Godstone Baptist Church Hall and be joined by Colleen Slater, a creative, macro photography specialist. Colleen has a keen interest in the fascinating, smaller things in life, like beetles, butterflies, ladybirds and flowers. Her evocative, atmospheric and intimate images focus on the ordinary, often unnoticed things, in the everyday world. Colleen’s work was recently featured in Amateur Photographer’s Macro Special Edition and she will share expert advice for creating perfect close-up photos.

Image from the Sirens series
by Rachel Talibart

One week later, on 11th April, we will welcome Rachel Talibart to our regular meeting place in the White Hart Barn in Godstone. Awarded 2018 Black & White Photographer of the Year, Rachel is described by Outdoor Photography magazine as “One of the Best Landscape Photographers working in Britain today.” Her photography reflects a passion for capturing breath-taking moments from empty shores, often in adverse weather that would have many running for shelter. Rachel’s celebrated ‘Sirens’ portfolio has been published as a fine art photography book and she will be talking about her approach to photography and offering tips for capturing that perfect moment.

Circus in the Studio Shoot
by Gavin Hoey

And professional photographer Gavin Hoey will our guest at the White Hart Barn on 16th May. Gavin’s speciality is portraiture and photographic lighting. He runs “Camera Alchemy” workshops for the Royal Photographic Society and will be sharing simple techniques for perfect lighting.

Remember, entry is free for TPS members. Non-members and guests can attend at a cost of £5 per person.

There’s always lots to look forward to at TPS and excited to have so many opportunities to improve our photography with these expert speakers. Make a note in your diary and see you there!

Tonight’s Meeting Cancelled

With regret, we’ve had to cancel this evening’s TPS meeting (31st Jan 2019), which was to have been Round 2 of our Mono Prints Competition. The weather forecast shows snow sweeping in to Godstone from 7pm this evening and we don’t want to put our members at risk of having to travel home in what could be dangerous driving conditions.

As for the competition, don’t worry you’ll still be able to use your prints at a later date. We’ll make further announcements once we have a plan for how we’ll manage this year’s Mono Prints Competition.

Sorry for any inconvenience caused. Stay safe and warm 🙂

2018-19 Colour Prints Round 2

The scores are in! Thanks to all our TPS members who took part in Round 2 of our Colour Prints competition last night. The standard was as high as we’ve come to expect and our judge had a tough time picking out his favourites.

The Round 2 Scores and latest League Tables are now updated on our website. Check out how things stand after two rounds.

Here are some of the favourite images selected by our guest judge, Dr. Niall Ferguson LRPS. Enjoy!



Our next competition night is just around the corner on 31st January when we’ll be reviewing Round 2 of our Mono Prints Competition. It’s time to get printing!

Thanks for the Memories

Last week we welcomed in the New Year at TPS by announcing our challenges for 2019. We’re very pleased to see so many members taking part and our new Flickr groups are bustling with activity.

We’re grateful to all the members who contributed photos to our slideshow and especially to those who volunteered to share their 2018 experience in their presentations last week.

It was interesting that several speakers said “I wouldn’t have taken this picture had I not been part of the TPS Challenge.”

That, for me, is the best endorsement you can give to a year-round photography challenge. If it gets you to take more pictures, experiment a little and discover the type of photography you most enjoy then it has to be a worthwhile and beneficial experience.

As we embark on another year of photography, you might like to keep in mind some of the advice shared by our speakers:

  • Get into the habit of “seeing” a picture; the more photos you (need to!) take, the easier it becomes to “see” pictures around you.
  • Be prepared to experiment and relax into your photography. No-one’s going to judge your images so try to express yourself and your style.
  • Comment on other people’s photos and they will comment on your own. Feedback and encouragement are always helpful.
  • Break some rules! Yes, things like the rule of thirds are often helpful in competition images, but don’t let these general principles constrain your creative expression. Do what feels right for you.
  • Spend less time lugging a heavy kit bag around and more time enjoying taking photos. You don’t need lots of equipment to take great photos. Try shooting with just one camera and lens, or your smartphone.
  •  Play with the features of your camera and try out lots of photo editing apps to see what you enjoy using the most.
  • Streamline your editing workflow. The easier it is to process your photos the greater the chances of your staying the course all year long .
  • Create your own challenges or rules, like taking the same photo each month or creating a series of images along a theme of your choice.
  • Have fun. It’s only taking and sharing photos!

Thanks again to those TPS members who took part.

Here’s one last look back on some of your TPS Challenge photos from 2018. We hope you find as much inspiration here as we have. Enjoy 2019!