Happy New Year to all TV members
2023 Events Planning Meeting
On the 7th the Committee met to work on the outline events calendar for 2023. The focus was on putting more events on towards the North of the region. Here below are ‘dates for your diary’. Some are specific and others just for indicative reasons. The SIG events are to promote specific Special Interest Groups.
Jan 18th Zoom The 3 'F's
Feb Zoom SIG 1
Feb 19th Woosehill
March2nd Zoom TOG (see below)
March 19th Woosehill
March Shuttleworth Collection
March 22nd Bodelian Library
April 8th Oxford Photo Walk
April 16th Woosehill
April 26th Zoom SIG 2
April 22nd Silverstone
May 4th Zoom TOG
May 7th Bluebell Walk
May 21st Woosehill
May 24th Studio Model Session (Maidenhead Max 10 cost £15)
May 31st Zoom SIG 3
June Creativity weekend (Maidenhead Cost £110)
June 28th Zoom SIG4
July Cruise Maidenhead Cost tba
July 6th Zoom TOG
Sept 7th Zoom TOG
Nov Autumn Leaves
Nov 2nd Zoom TOG
Nov 12th AGM
We have tried to give a variety of events both physical and via zoom, North and South.
The RPS/BIPP 'merger' is ongoing. Last year Stuart (Bebb) and I had a chat about creating a forum for Pro Photographers within the Region this would be a big step forward although there are still resource questions and organisational issues to work through.
Elsewhere within the RPS the Volunteer Manager (Kate) has left and is to be replaced by 2 new members of staff at Bristol with a promised 24/7 coverage. The recruitment of a new CEO and Marketing Director is also underway so big changes at Bristol.
Usually when members join (or leave!) I email them with either a welcome or to find out the reason. Sadly over the last couple of months, because of the IT problems at Bristol I have not had the information with which to do this. If you have joined us since August I apologise that you have not been welcomed as you should have been, welcome and don't hesitate to get in touch.
Proposed Thames Valley Online Image Review Group (TOG)
In addition to the above we propose starting this up. The idea is
It is planned that the Group meets bi monthly by Zoom to review images provided by members. At each meeting the lead comments will be made by an established CACC ( Chilterns Association of Camera Clubs) Judge or a Committee member with additional comments by members. Meetings will be on the first Thursday of the month with the closing date for submission being the end of the month. The months in which Zoom meeting will be held will January, March, May, July, September and November with the first being March 2023
To encourage members to shoot more often images should be no more than a year old at the date of submission. Copyright remains with the photographer but RPS TV is allowed to use submitted images for RPS TV purposes. There are no categories.
Initially each member may submit up to three images numbered 1-3. Depending on the number of images submitted overall they will be used in that order.
This is not a competition but each meeting will choose an image of the month.
This is meant to be a relaxed forum to gently critique member’s images.
Let me know if you are interested in joining.
It was disappointing that Cherry's presentation had to be cancelled. Thanks to Alan and Bryan for sorting out the admin consequences.
Next month, on the 19th, we have Tony Harris (a hospitality photographer) presenting. Tony now operates from his London studio capturing London's much loved restaurant food and beautiful hotel rooms such as The Westbury and The Cavendish in Mayfair. An exciting opportunity came his way when he was asked to shoot for a recipe book, it was later revealed that the sponsors were the England Rugby Team. The result: 'Eating for England'. As a Welshman I will desist from any comment but I bet Welsh Rarebit wasn't featured!
This is an exciting and unusual opportunity to learn how to photograph food and striking rooms. Find out how to photograph hot food before the colour changes.
In March make a note of the 19th when Justin Mills a leading Landscape and Garden Photographer will be presenting.
I repeat the words I used to close the last TV Times. We are hard at it trying to organise events for you all. Let me know if you think we are on the right track and any ideas that you would like us to explore. Without feedback it is tricky. Anything that you could perhaps 'host' with us organising the publicity especially welcome, we are a community so join in – it can be fun. The link to our Facebook page is at the bottom of this missive. Please spare a minute or two.
Thames Valley is a large region and the Committee is determined to provide opportunities to TV members. Remember to stay in touch by following our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram feeds.