1st Place images 2015-16

30 Jan 2017

The latest BPE salon published its results this week. Roger entered four images in the mono section and was rewarded with four acceptances and a PAGB ribbon for 'Dusting Down'.

There are lots of both National and International salons opening up for entries, so if you fancy testing your imags against some of the best amateur togs why not give it a go.


6 Dec 2016

If like many of us, you invested in Adobe Photoshop pre CC then you may be a little upset to find that Adobe no longer provide Camera RAW updates for these products. That's not a major issue until you decide to upgrade to a new camera body and then it becomes one. In effect, Adobe have frozen support for bodies forcing most people to consider moving to their CC product which is based on a monthly/annual subscription model. It's not overly expensive in the scheme of things at around £8 per month, but as someone who paid for a full product I resent being forced into this model of software payment and I know I'm not alone with those feelings.

There are lots of alternatives which you can use to get around this, but none of them currently offer the ability to keep exactly the same workflow as before. 

You can use your own camera manufacturers bespoke software (In the case of Canon thats DPP, Nikon's NX-D, Fuji's Silkypix) and that will convert the RAW file to TIFF, PSD or DNG from which you can then resume your normal workflow.

You can use a RAW to TIFF batch converter such as Easy2Convert RAW to TIFF Pro ($20). That will convert all your shoot to TIFF's and again you can then resume your normal workflow.

You can buy Photoshop Elements 15 (About £85) and that uses the latest RAW converter, but you don't get the catalogue/lightbox facility of Bridge or Lightroom, you don't get curves adjustments and you can't batch process in the RAW converter like you can in PS.

There's also a new kid on the block that's well worth a look called Affinity Photo.

5 Dec 2016

The PAGB run Awards for Photographic Merit or APM's twice a year around the country. Each regional federation gets to host one of these events about every 5 years. In November it was the turn of the SPF and they held their event in Bridge of Allan just north of Stirling. The event runs over a weekend with the CPAGB's on the Saturday and the DPAGB's and MPAGB's on the Sunday.

Roger already held the Distinction level achieved back in April 2012 and it has taken him those intervening four and a half years to amass sporting images of the required standard to have a go for the Masters.

The Masters is awarded to those who achieve the highest standard of UK amateur photography. By that they are looking for photographs which would enjoy a considerable level of success in national or international exhibitions.

Six judges assess the images and can score between 2 to 5 points each giving a range between 12 and 30. Twenty images are required and the pass score is 450 meaning that each image needs to average 22.5. (For the C and D awards the average is 20). For the M, the judges are advised to score images either 2 (not good enough) or 4 (good enough) and are discouraged from scoring a 3 other than for a very near miss. The 5 is reserved for 'probable award winners'. With the 3 score discouraged, you only need one judge to think an image falls below the standard for it to fall below the average (4+4+4+4+4+2 = 22) so it's far from easy.

30 Nov 2016


Congratulations must go to John Wild who took the brave step of venturing into the salon photography world by entering his first international salon. And John went for one of the biggest and best, The Smethwick International, which regularly attraches over 12000 entries.John had his beautiful shot of wild redpolls accepted into this prestigious exhibition.Well done John, but watch out, it's more addictive than Class A drugs (As Bob Dennis often tells us!)

John said that the online entry system made it so easy to enter, so no excuses for the rest of you, get some great images and get them into the salons.

2 Nov 2016

Fifteen clubs contested our annual print battle with Warrington PS coming out the worthy winners with images from Christine Willis, Gordon Mills, Dave Cowsill and Joan Blease, a montage of which is included.

The overall colour print winner went to Andrew Williams of Frodsham PS with ' Wensleydale Portrait'. The overall winner in the monochrome went to Ray Girling of Mid Cheshire CC with 'On Target'. Both authors receive engraved gold medals.

25 Oct 2016

The BPE circuit's latest salon to declare their results if Dingwall, North of Inverness. Sue Champion was rewarded with two acceptances for 'Yellow Daisies' and 'Magnolia Still Life'. (Shown right).

Roger received two HC awards for new images 'Sam Oldham battles the rings' and 'The Lift'.

If you are interested in seeing the full acceptance and awarded images then they provide an online gallery here.

18 Oct 2016

CPS has some talented travel photographers, so why not use that talent to try to win a seven night holiday

to the Gambia currently being offered by AP and Lonely Planet.

There are three runners up prizes of Fuji X-T10's so get sorting through those images and enter online.

There are three categories of people, places and wildlife so give it a go! You've got until the end of November to enter, so no excuses.

Full details can be found here


6 Aug 2016

You may recall,back in March, seeing an article for this exhibition in London. Well now you don't have to go all that way because it's now at the Manchester Art Gallery until 30th October and its FREE.

Direct from the National Portrait Gallery, London, Vogue 100: A Century of Style is a major exhibition celebrating 100 years of cutting-edge fashion, beauty and portrait photography by British Vogue
Manchester Art Gallery
Friday 24 June 2016–Sunday 30 October 2016

Vogue 100: A Century of Style showcases the remarkable range of photography that has been commissioned by British Vogue since it was founded in 1916, with over 280 prints from the Condé Nast archive and international collections being brought together for the first time to tell the story of one of the most influential fashion magazines in the world.

Featuring iconic images of many of the faces that have shaped the cultural landscape of the twentieth century, from Henri Matisse to Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and Damien Hirst; Marlene Dietrich to Gwyneth Paltrow; Lady Diana Cooper to Lady Diana Spencer; and Fred Astaire to David Beckham. Also featured in the exhibition are the fashion designers that defined the looks of the century, including Dior, Saint Laurent and McQueen.

The exhibition brings together vintage prints from the early twentieth century, ground-breaking photographs from renowned fashion shoots, unpublished work and original magazines. Images by leading twentieth-century photographers, including Cecil Beaton, Lee Miller, Irving Penn and Snowdon will feature alongside more recent work by David Bailey, Corinne Day, Patrick Demarchelier, Nick Knight, Herb Ritts and Mario Testino.

Full details of the exhibition can be found here.


1 Aug 2016

If there was a salon specifically designed for Roger then it would be Fotosport 2016.  When he heard about a biennial salon, dedicated to sports photography, based in Reus just outside Barcelona in Catalonia he was tempted. When he researched it and found that ever since 1958 they had not only run the biennial, but commissioned the design and casting of unique medals depicting a different sport each time he was hooked and wanted to enter to try to win one. (You can see this year's volleyball design in the image). Well he did rather better than expected. He didn't win one of their special medals, he won three along with two FIAP gold medals and three Fotosport diplomas. He also won the best overall author and a prestigious FIAP blue badge. You can see both his and others images at their superbly designed website. His award winners are shown.


26 Jul 2016

Well done to Keith Fitzpatrick who took a scarey step by entering his first nation exhibition and was rewarded not just by an aceptance, but with an award!

His pictorialy powerful image 'Alice Cooper Struts His Stuff' scooped a Certificate of Merit.

In the highly competitive atmosphere of salon photography it's difficult enough to get an acceptance never mind an award, so very well done to Keith.

Roger also managed a CoM with a new Table Tennis image 'Kelly Sibley Forehand'.



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