Most people now own a digital camera, even if only on a phone, but the majority cannot take photography to the level of an art form.
But Bury St Edmunds Photographic Society (BSEPS) is open to all those who want to take that step, whether they are novices,amateurs or professionals. This is the first in a regular series of articles showcasing their skills.
Through practical demonstrations, competitions, lectures or just by talking to others about photography, the society’s aim is to encourage the development of photographic skills and the appreciation of photography.
It meets on Thursdays at 7.30pm at Newbury Community Centre, St Olaves Road, Bury St Edmunds, where its programme is a mix of lectures, practical workshops/club evenings and competitions and its season finishes with an annual dinner and prize-giving in May.
In the 2016-7 season there are 14 competitions, with members split into intermediate and advanced and their pictures judged by external judges.
The pictures here are from BSEPS’ February Spring Open competition in which members could enter two images of any subject into classes for projected digital image, print colour or print mono. It attracted 71 entries.
Committee member Dale Reynolds joined in 2011 to learn more about his camera.
He recalls: “I found the members very friendly and helpful and the standard and quality of the images I saw was amazing.
“This inspired me to find out more about camera techniques and image processing.
“Entering competitions was a great way of getting constructive criticism about my photos.”
It has two Facebook groups at www.facebook.com/groups/bseps/ and a website at www.burystedmundsphotographicsociety.com