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!

Welcome to 2019

Happy New Year!

The word on the street is that 2019 is going to be the best year yet! Remember, you heard it here first.

We’re here to help get your photographic year off to a flying start. Our first TPS meeting is on Thursday 3rd January, starting at 8pm in the hall behind the Godstone Baptist Church. We’ll be taking a look back at 2018 and launching our TPS Challenges for 2019. Which one will you take on?

Visitors are welcome to come along. Just drop us an email to secretary@tpsinfo.org.uk and ask to speak to a Committee Member when you arrive.

See you there!

A Year in Photography

It’s New Year’s Eve.

As one year draws to a close, it’s always exciting to look forward to what the coming year may have in store for us.

The first big meeting date in our TPS 2019 calendar is on 3rd January when we’ll be taking a look back at the year gone by and launching our TPS Challenges for 2019. There’ll be plenty of guest speakers and an opportunity for you to take on a simple challenge to help your photography skills develop in 2019.

Come along to find out more. It all kicks off at 8pm on Thursday 3rd January 2019 in the hall behind the Godstone Baptist Church. Check out the video below and we’ll look forward to seeing you there.

Happy New Year!

Announcing our new Flickr Groups for TPS365/52/12 in 2019

Our shiny new Flickr Groups for 2019 are now live and TPS Members can join today!

You need have a free or Pro account on Flickr and be signed in before you can join a group. And we recommend you join groups from a PC/Mac (not on a smartphone/tablet) for best results:

To join TPS 365 (one photo each day), go to https://www.flickr.com/groups/tps365-2019/ and click +Join Group

To join TPS 52 (one photo each week), go to https://www.flickr.com/groups/tps52-2019/ and click +Join Group

To join TPS12 (one photo each month), go to https://www.flickr.com/groups/tps12-2019/ and click +Join Group

We’ll explain everything you need to know about successfully completing one or more of our 2019 challenges at our TPS meeting on 3rd January. So, for now, all you need to do is join the group(s) you’d like to be part of and get ready to contribute your photos throughout the year ahead.

If joining TPS 365, your challenge starts on 1st January so remember to start snapping on New Year’s Day. If joining TPS 365, your first weekly photo is due by Sunday 6th January. And if joining TPS12, well, put your feet up and relax; you have until 31st January to submit your first photo.