Talks and Lectures

Our programme of events includes illustrated talks and lectures by distinguished photographers ( visitors and guests are welcome ; they asked to pay a fee of £5  ) .

Jean-Paul Burch introduces  here the programme for this year :

29-09-16               Heather Angel: the magic of macro.

Heather reveals her secrets for shooting winning macro images many of which have  appeared in two books she has written on close-up and macro photography.

Composition, critical focusing and lighting are key to the success of a macro shot.  Heather reveals her secrets for shooting winning macro images many of which have appeared in two books she has written on close-up and macro photography. .
After wildlife, Heather has a great passion for macro and never travels anywhere without one of her macro lenses – for taking flowers, plant details and smaller wildllife from insects, marine life as well as amphibians and reptiles.
“The great thing about macro subjects is that you have complete control of the lighting.  Selective use of reflectors, diffusers, fill flash or prime flash in the field ensures you can select the optimum lighting – without making blaming the weather for lack lustre results!”
Heather also works indoors using window light in a large sunroom or in her studio using state of the art lighting – including fibre optics. This presentation includes some innovative and stunning lighting to reveal hidden wonders in the macro world.
More recently, Heather has been using Focus Stacking to get flowers with long trumpets and intricate 3-D ones all in focus.”

20-10-16               Andrew Hasson: 30 years in fleet street.

An account of the life and travels of a fleet street photographer over his career.

” I am a professional freelance photographer with more than 25 years experience.

My pictures are used regularly in The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian and every other national newspaper, as well as magazines as diverse as Country Life and Take a Break.

I have worked with the BBC and Channel 4, producing publicity pictures for listings, magazines and DVD covers.”

10-11-16               Andrew Tobin: Photographing the 2014 World Cup

Behind the scenes photographing the 2014 World Cup from a Pro sports photographer.

Andrew will be speaking about the preparation, logistics and behind the scenes work that goes into shooting one of the world’s biggest sporting events, with loads of pictures to illustrate what goes on.

01-12-16               Ken Scott: Finding your ground.

It’s a new talk of Kens’ , but you know how captivating and inspiring he is,  so lets be drawn in by the anticipation!


“Ken Scott is a photographer, adventurer, speaker, and coach from Sussex, England.

Ken is still best known for his mountain landscape and light photography, which spans over thirty-five years of walking in Britain, and abroad in Corsica, the Pyrenees, North America and the Alps. His most recent mountain adventures include a crossing of the Pyrenees High Route (HRP) in 2011 and there are plans for a major expedition in 2017.

In recent times Ken’s photographic repertoire has expanded to include a diversity of styles from intimate nature to abstract art, which have developed from the discipline of daily practice. In March 2016 Ken passed 3000 consecutive days (over eight years) of his “365 Project”, now “Project Infinity”, making a picture every day.

Ken is a motivational photography coach and workshop leader, running photography workshops and holidays in Spain and France – “The Joy of Seeing” – an approach to mindful photographic practice and being ‘in the moment’ with seeing and photographing the world around us.

He also is an He is an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society, an acclaimed speaker, delivering professional photographic talks and lectures to camera clubs and outdoor organisations throughout the UK, and a respected judge and appraiser on the camera club circuit, influential in the training and development of judging practice.

23-03-17               Matt Emmett: Rediscovering our forgotten heritage.

‘No Entry’; ‘Dangerous Site Keep Out’; ‘Trespassers Will Be Prosecuted’: common sights on walls or perimeter fences around many of the world’s abandoned sites.  These warnings allude to potential dangers and prove an ineffective deterrent against  thieves and vandals. To the urban explorer/photographer these signs simply serve to  whet the appetite for the promise of hidden wonders that may lie beyond.

” There is a thrill in exploring an environment that allows you to step into a previously unknown world and discover something first-hand, taking your time and noting the details as you go. Having a camera with me allows me to prolong that thrill long after the building is gone. It’s an often quoted cliché but there really is a strong sense of palpable history present in abandoned buildings, the items left behind like paperwork in a drawer or plaques or signs in an industrial plant, allow you a glimpse into the past. I consider experiencing these places to be a great privilege.

From the point of view of a photographer there is a total lack of distraction in the stillness of a derelict building; the sound and movement associated with people or workers has been removed, for me this makes them far more sensory than when they are occupied. Your mind can easily focus on what is around you and takes in so much more. The building’s voice is clear and a character and visual aesthetic emerges that was much harder to define than if it was a busy, populated environment. Capturing this character and stillness comes across well in the photos and is something people tell me they love about the images.

It has been put to me that photographing ruins and abandonment is beautifying something actually quite negative that impacts real people and society in general. I make no apologies for finding something positive, an uplifting or beautiful aspect to a situation that others may find distressing. Photographers didn’t cause the site to fail and fall into a derelict state and with my own work I don’t feel there’s a parallel with photographers who shoot among the ruins of a town like Detroit and the human tragedy unfolding there. The buildings I am interested in are uninhabited shells. I am interested purely in capturing the aesthetics, character and history of the building, showing the passage of time and the effects of nature on a structure that is no longer being maintained.”

02-03-17               Robert Canis: Field techniques in nature photography.

” Robert Canis is a UK based professional photographer specialising in wildlife and landscapes. Born in 1970, from an early age he has always had a keen interest in wildlife and when introduced to a local naturalist and photographer called Ted Coleman, his enthusiasm soon rubbed off on him and it wasn’t long before he found himself photographing alongside him. Robert is adamant that there really is no better way of learning about nature than to be with a ‘seasoned’ naturalist. He taught him not only how to find and track animals but how best to photograph them with no or minimal disturbance. Above all he instilled in him an ethic that remains with him to this day, that no matter how hard you have worked in attempting to photograph a species, its safety and well-being must always come first.

Upon leaving school he attended Paddington College in London where he gained a BTECH National Diploma in Photography and for several years thereafter worked as an assistant photographer and photographic technician. At the age of 19 he gained his ARPS (Associate of the Royal Photographic Society) in the nature category. He was one of the youngest ever to do so and in 1992 decided to take the plunge and go freelance since he felt that he needed to devote more time to photographing wildlife. Photographing British wildlife is certainly his first love though over the years he has had a growing fascination with Eastern Europe, which has resulted in trips to Poland, Finland (3 as tour leader) and at least 50 to the Czech Republic.

Each year Robert gives in the region of 20 illustrated talks and regularly holds wildlife and landscape photography workshops both in the UK and overseas. He is represented by three international agencies and his awards include category winner in the British Wildlife Photography Awards, twice Highly Commended in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year, twice Highly Commended in the International Garden Photographer of the Year, Highly Commended in the Environmental Photographer of the Year and recipient of the Royal Photographic Society’s Gold Medal in their Annual International Exhibition. “

27-04-17               Andy Small: Fine art flower photography

A talk on flower photography, Landscape photography as well.  I really recommend  you have a look at his website, His work is fantastic. I met him at the Wisley craft fair  at his stall and liked pretty well all his work!

” Andy Small is a professional Fine Art photographer and RHS course tutor who specialises in photographs of flowers, nature and landscape. He has found success by being one of the UK’s most original, artistic and influential flower photographers

The photographer exhibits regularly in the UK. He photographs contemporary colourful, artistic, modern, macro close up images of flowers, plants, nature and landscapes. All canvas prints and framed artwork is printed by Andy Small. “

18-05-17               Jan Ramscar Photogram Photography

“Working in a darkroom, I shine light through the flowers and seeds and onto the photographic paper. Because the natural subjects themselves act as filters for the light, the images that result are in startling, otherworldly colours and are of arresting beauty.

Each photogram is unique and unrepeatable, much like a monoprint in Art, and so these images cross the boundary between photography and Fine Art   “