What’s on at Oldham Photographic Society? Meetings are held on most Thursdays throughout the year. See the “what’s on” section for details of meetings. All meetings are at 7:15pm for a 7:30pm start unless otherwise stated. We meet at: The North Chadderton Conservative Club (The Blue Club), Victoria Street, Chadderton OL9 0HH. Map here

Programme of Meetings

Changes to what’s on are notified here. Please check back for updates. Page last updated by Christine Widdall on  13th December 2017



1 New Challenge – Monochrome landscape and portrait ML/CW

Annual Awards Presentation Evening

 8 Table Top Photography Practical Night

Bring cameras and articles to photograph. Lights and background will be provided.

15 Appraisal.

Members may submit up to six images each for  friendly appraisal. 1600×1200 pixels.

Mike will demonstrate and go through the new uploading software.

22 Outdoor meeting Saddleworth – meet 7 pm Dovestones car park
29 Aftermath of Photo-essay Challenge

Bring in your photo essays on the night.

 July 6 Speaker: “After Hours” with Bob Peel
Hand in for 2nd Quarterly Competitions
13  “Wet Processing” with John Brewer, a practical demonstration – away from club – venue Ancoats TBC
20  Second Quarterly Competitions
27 Speaker:  An evening with Gary Waidson
 Aug  3 New Challenge: Sports led by Eddie Leach plus mini-appraisal
10 Summer School – Flash photography – using flashguns on and off your camera (Mike Lawrence, possibly with input from Chris)
17 Summer School – Multiple exposures – the why, how and for the fun of it – includes HDR, stacking and timelapse (Derek Brett from Hyde PS)
24 Summer School – What judges are looking for – subject matter, processing and presentation (Chris Widdall with input from Mike)
31  Summer School – Photoshop demos – the perennial cutting out for montage (Chris) and making selections for local tonal adjustment etc (Mike)
 Sept 7 L&CPU prints folio in digital form
 14 Aftermath Monochrome landscape and portrait ML/CW
 21  Presidents’ Evening with Christine Widdall

“Becoming a Competition Photographer – a retrospective”

Showing the development of style from a club level photographer to a salon photographer, with examples from 30 years of membership of Oldham PS.

Plus a Buffet Supper

 28  AGM plus a chance to help Eddie choose his mock CPAGB images!
 Oct 5  Appraisal – upload to comp system – 4 images per person maximum
 12 Practical photoshoot – details TBC
 19 Aftermath Sports Challenge – upload your photographs onto the competition area.

Hand In (upload) for 3rd Quarterly

 26  L&CPU NB Folio – some of the best work from Lancashire and Cheshire, selected from the 2017 federation competitions
 Nov 2  3rd Quarterly Competition judged by Jim Cunningham
 9  Halloween Photoshoot – with models and make-up – details TBC (with Vin Yates)
 16 Round-up Challenge Competition. This will be an opportunity to show again, and have judged, your best work from all of this year’s challenges. You can take part even if you didn’t do that challenge at the time.

There are five challenges, the first four of which must be uploaded to to competition portal. These are:

Colour Harmony
High Key / Low key
Monochrome landscape / Portrait

The fifth category is “Photo Essay” and these must be brought on the night on a memory stick.

The judge is Jeremy Malley-Smith DPAGB

 23 Speaker: Renowned photographer Simon Watkinson with “The Creative Power of Monochrome”

Visitors £2 at the door – all welcome.

Please note the car park opposite the club is closed this week, but there are plenty more free car parks in Chadderton
30 The Travis Burton Lecture “The Old Halls of Lancashire and Cheshire”. This is a talk that was given at the Royal Photographic Society and at various societies throughout the country, by Travis Burton, FRPS, who was possibly our most famous Victorian member. Burton died in 1942. We have his original lantern slides in our collection and they will be borrowed back from the archive to show on the night. Our lanternist will be Mark Watson, President of Manchester PS and Burton’s original script for the lecture will be read out by Christine Widdall. Feel free to dress Victorian on the night – this is another event in our celebration of 150 years of Oldham PS.
Dec 7 Appraisal night – upload up to 4 images each onto the competition area.
14 A practical evening of studio lighting techniques. Please bring cameras.
Lighting techniques learned will be used with model at a later session.
21  Christmas Party and buffet. Pay usual entry at the door…food is provided by the society.
28 Closed – Merry Christmas
2018 – Happy New Year


4 Creative Montage Photography – start of a new challenge

Presentation by Eddie Leach

 11 Model Photoshoot night – bring cameras
 18  “Underwater Photography” – a talk by Paul Webster
25  PDI Battle OPS vs IOM vs RDCC with judge Robert Millin
 Feb 1  Appraisal night – upload photos to competition portal
8  L&CPU NA print Folio
Closing date for entries to 4th Quarterly
15 TBA
 22  4th Quarterly Judging
Mar 1 TBA
 15 Triptych Competition
22  NC Folio

(Adrian Deaville Competition week? ?)

29  Annual Competition Part 1
Apr  5  Annual Competition Part 2
 12  Aftermath Challenge – Creative Montage
 19  Talk by top YPU and nationally acclaimed creative photographer Andrea Hargreaves

Hand in for 1st Quarterly Competiiton

 26 TBA
 May  3 First Quarterly Competition results night