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 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 and click +Join Group

To join TPS 52 (one photo each week), go to and click +Join Group

To join TPS12 (one photo each month), go to 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.

Call for Speakers – Share your TPS365/52/12 Story and Inspire Others

Over recent years, many TPS members have taken part in a fun challenge to encourage them to take and share more pictures. And if you’ve taken part, this is your chance to reflect on your journey and inspire others to take part in 2019.

A bit of background: At the start of 2018, we created three groups on Flickr, the popular photo sharing site, and members were invited to join one or several groups. The challenge: to upload one photo each day (TPS365), week (TPS52) or month (TPS12).

We’ll be continuing this tradition in 2019 and our first meeting of the New Year will be dedicated to launching our new challenges. Make a note in your diary: Thursday 3rd January 2019 at 8pm.

If you’ve taken part in TPS365, TPS52 or TPS12 in 2018, we want to hear your story. There are three ways to take part:

(A) Send in up to five (5) of your favourite photos from your year on TPS365/52/12 by emailing them to We may include some of your selected photos in our review of the year. If your photos are too big to send by email you may prefer to send them through a free service like

(B) Be one of our speakers on 3rd January 2019. You’ll have up to five (5) minutes to show a few of your photos from the year and share what you enjoyed and learned from the experience. Don’t worry if you’re not used to public speaking; this will be a friendly, fun evening and it’s always a treat to hear from our members! We especially love learning how TPS’ers approached the challenge, any hurdles they had to overcome, and their advice for those eager to take part in 2019. All we’ll need from you are a few of your favourite images and, if you want to get fancy, some PowerPoint slides to help you tell your story. Don’t worry if you’ve not used PowerPoint before; I can compile your images for you. Just let me know the order you’d like them to appear on the night (e.g. by numbering the file names)

(C) Be a TPS Superhero and do both (A) and (B) above. Go on, you know you want to!

GET INVOLVED TODAY: Please email me, Allister, at, to confirm how you’d like to take part. Once I have enough volunteers I’ll send out further details.

So, what are you waiting for?! Get in touch now!