Guest Speakers

On Photography – a personal view by Mike Farley

On Photography – a personal view by Mike Farley

It was an ambitious title – ‘On Photography’! Whole books, whole courses and whole careers have been devoted to uncovering the different facets of photography. Tonight’s speaker, Mike Farley LRPS, drew on a lifetime of engagement with photography as a hobby and his...

‘The Perimeter’ by Quintin Lake

‘The Perimeter’ by Quintin Lake

Being something of a couch potato, listening to Quintin’s account of his walk around the entire coastline of Britain came as something of a culture shock. The lockdown, and the World Snooker Championships, have kept me in for a while. OK, lame excuses I know....

A History of Photographic Lenses…and why they cost so much!

A History of Photographic Lenses…and why they cost so much!

Photocraft was delighted to welcome, via Zoom, Stewart Robinson, Founder of "Lenses For Hire". Stewart presented an interesting talk that gave us a full understanding of why and how photographic lenses have developed over the (many) years, taking us far back in time...

‘Chasing The Lights’ by Simon Van-Orden

‘Chasing The Lights’ by Simon Van-Orden

“What's that, Daddy?” My first of two experiences of the Aurora Borealis was the shimmering backdrop to a childrens' puppet show on black and white TV in the 1950s called ‘Meet the Penguins’. I never got a satisfactory answer from my Dad, and anyway, at that tender...

You be the Judge!

You be the Judge!

“We was robbed!” people sometimes grumble at the end of a club competition night, if the judge has been especially tough – or, to put it another way, entrants haven’t received the marks they thought they deserved! It can be tough having your images publicly critiqued,...

Lightroom Live!  –  A talk by Joe Houghton

Lightroom Live! – A talk by Joe Houghton

Our talk this week was given by Joe Houghton, via Zoom, on the use of Lightroom for image processing. Joe Houghton is an Adobe Certified Expert with both Lightroom and Photoshop. He told us that he has been using Lightroom since he first saw it at a pre-production...

Odd things, a talk by Diane Seddon

Odd things, a talk by Diane Seddon

An exploration of the world of creative photography Diane Seddon ARPS AFIAP CPAGB BPE3* started her talk by asking us to imagine we were walking, in the dark of the night, to the middle of a long disused bridge across a mountain lake. The night is cool and your senses...

Steve Crawley – A Career in Photography

Steve Crawley – A Career in Photography

Fifteen, twenty years ago ‘An Evening with Steve Crawley’ was an annual treat at PhotoCraft, but I guess there are very members from that time who will remember them. I always looked forward to his talks and still remember his professional advice on how to illuminate...

London from the Rooftops | James Burns

London from the Rooftops | James Burns

Question: How can you take a dramatic lightning picture from a rooftop whilst you’re relaxing in the pub? (Answer at the end of this blog!) There has been a sea change in the London skyline over the last couple of decades. One of the most notable professional...

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